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Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 06:45 pm
 In my recent babbling about which collective noun best describes residents of Springfield, I explored which of the word endings "-ian" or "-er" was most appropriate to attach to the word Spr...
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 02:39 pm
A couple of week ago Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan announced his intention to introduce legislation to cut the corporate state income tax rate – that is, the rate applied to business prof...
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 10:30 am
 Since David Atkins asked the right questions about the wisdom of the recent purchase of Time Warner Cable by Comcast, I won’t have to.  . . . the taxpayers funded much if not most o...
Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 02:43 pm
 A reformer talks education:  “With the advent of democracy and modern industrial conditions, it is impossible  to foretell definitely just what civilization will be twenty year...
Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 12:33 pm
 In “A new Dawn at the statehouse?” I suggested that most of the statues and memorial that litter the statehouse grounds ought to be landfilled, they being either mediocre art or memoriali...
Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 12:21 pm
There is much to say about statues, and public art in general, and I am surprised, looking back over nearly 40 years of writing about things Illinoisan, that I have said so much of it. There is, ...
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 07:34 pm
More on the lowly status of the drummer in the band, this time from Sting. In Broken Music: A Memoir, published by Dial Press in 2003, he recalled his days as a struggling up-and-coming bass player ...
Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 11:30 am
When we left Hemant Mehta, he was still trying to get someone in Morton Grove — anyone — to accept his money. the $3,000 in donations. As I noted in my column last week, Mehta had asked readers...
Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 06:46 pm
 On the subject of drummers: No singer/songwriter/producer has made more creative use of unconventional percussion over a 44-year career than Tom Waits — probably because (as he put it in a ...
Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 06:12 pm
My recent column decrying the rise of the all-purpose preposition moved faithful reader John Garvey to share. “I've been noticing, especially on radio, that the word ‘an’ is nearing extincti...

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