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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...
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...

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