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Thursday, April 14, 2016 12:29 am

Is the state museum building at risk?

 Bruce Rauner’s campaign to destroy the Illinois State Museum risks losing tourist income, the services of top scientists and administrators and priceless artifacts, not to mention any claim Il...
Thursday, March 10, 2016 12:22 am

Judging our elected emperors by their clothes

 I took in two things during lunch the other day. One was bean soup. The other was Goethe’s observation that the nobleman “tells us everything through the person he presents, but . . . the bu...
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 12:22 am

The return of the businessman-reformer

 Daydreaming the other day, I ran through my head some scenes from my imagined movie remake, Mr. Potter Goes to Springfield, in which Capra’s naïve do-gooder Jefferson Smith is replaced by Hen...
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 12:12 am
 In 2013, one out of every 266 people in Illinois was in prison. For African-American residents, it was one in every 68 people.That’s just one of the shocking facts illustrating the serious rac...
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 12:19 am

Does the French Revolution hold lessons for Citizen Rauner?

 Drowsy after a heavy holiday meal, I settled in to finish Stefan Zweig’s classic 1934 biography of Marie Antoinette. As I drifted in and out of sleep, the Versailles in Zweig’s account of th...
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 12:20 am

It’s capital vs. labor again in the Capitol

 The news media, as their name suggests, focus on what is new in the world. Journalism’s only subject is current events – “current” having been defined of late to mean “within the past...
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 12:22 am

Has the governor taken the wrong guy hostage?

 Trust me, readers, I am no more eager to write another column about the closing of the Illinois State Museum than you are to read it. I have been moved to do it because the most important aspect...
Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 12:20 am

Illinois buys Con-Agra a house-warming gift

 Well, looks like we got taken again by a big out-of-town jasper. The Omaha-based processed food giant Con-Agra – parent of Chef Boyardee, Swiss Miss and other take-in fast foods – is moving...
Thursday, June 18, 2015 12:21 am

Rauner’s property tax freeze plan hides a nasty surprise

 The interesting debate about property taxes in Illinois was the one they didn’t have last week at the Statehouse. Under consideration were various versions of a proposal, first made last year...
Thursday, April 16, 2015 12:01 am

The governor doesn’t want to pay to bury the poor

 Balancing a budget on the backs of poor people who are on their backs seems cold even for a member of the New Republican Party. In early April, Mr. Bruce Rauner suspended reimbursements paid by...

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