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Thursday, March 6, 2014 04:50 pm
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In the 19th century, votes were bought not by money but by whiskey. A keg would be set up outside each polling place on election day, and the more generous a candidates was with the ladle the bette...
Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 09:55 am
The tax-reform proposal recently unveiled by Dave Camp, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has been praised by even Democratic-leaning commentators such as Jonathan Chait as “maybe th...
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 11:43 am
More on the politics of water rate increases. (See also "Demanding answers.") I addressed the issue in this paper back in 1988, when Springfield also was suffering through a protracted dry spell....
Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 07:08 pm
 In a 2013 piece that was harder to write than it is to read, I remembered my good friend and long-time I contributor Rich Shereikis, who died of advanced pancreatic cancer at the age of 75....
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, ...

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