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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...
Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 12:01 am
My recent column complaining about the pension “reform” plan cobbled together by the General Assembly annoyed some readers. One reader asked whether, when I was young and did not get a toy I wante...
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 12:01 am
One of the things to admire about Gillum Ferguson’s new book, Illinois in the War of 1812, which I wrote about recently, is his depiction of the native peoples caught up in that conflict. He portray...
Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 12:01 am
 Bob Vaughn, who runs the Sangamon Auditorium at UIS, tells me that the upcoming performance by the San Francisco Jazz Collective will be dedicated to Springfield drum great Barrett Deems, whom I mentioned in my recent column about drummers. The date of the 7 p.m. performance, Sunday March 30, 20...
Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 12:01 am
 Last year, noting that not a single high-level executive had been successfully prosecuted in connection with collapse of the national economy in 2008, I asked why more real crooks don’t go to ...
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 12:01 am
 Every Illinoisan wants, or ought to want to curb unneeded increases in Medicaid spending. Purging the rolls will help a little, but the real problem is something else.According to Harold Pollack...
Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 02:37 pm
Writing two days before Christmas about the theft from Target’s data system of as many as 40 million customer names, card numbers, expiration dates and card security codes, the Chicago Tribune edito...
Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 12:01 am
Over the years I’ve ridden trains of one kind or another as often as I ride horses, and like all passengers have had my share of ideas about how to improve service. Until Illinois gets a genuinely h...
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 12:01 am
 In “Having fun saving the world” (Nov. 7, 2013) I raised questions about the proposed Kidzeum’s hopes of turning “addressing the following critical issues affecting the health and wellne...
Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 12:01 am
I had a few more thoughts on the subject of town histories. (“What they had to do,” Nov. 27, 2013.) I noted in that piece that the story of any of Springfield civic siblings –Decatur, Champaign ...

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