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Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 01:01 am

A trek across a cornfield crosses hundreds of years

 It was August and the ripening corn stood taller than we did. The field was bounded by the old Illinois Terminal tracks, South Grand, Cook and the 66 bypass, as it then was still known, Everett...
Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:01 am

Springfield’s Jackson Street could get a makeover

 In the 1820s, when Springfield was still changing from a sleepy frontier settlement to a bustling metropolis, a small creek ran through what is now the city’s downtown.  Nearly 200 years...
Thursday, July 10, 2014 12:01 am

The settling of the Harris case settles nothing

 Pamela Harris won her case, and the U.S. Supreme Court won another skirmish in its war against the liberal consensus. What Illinois’ disabled and dependent citizens won is less clear.Chicago-a...
Thursday, June 12, 2014 12:01 am

Did Illinois history begin in 1809 and end in 1865?

 That nice Mr. Madigan, I’m sure, just wants to help. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency have not been getting along. Friends of b...
Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:01 am

Stephen A. Douglas and Illinois’ populist past

 The prospect is in store of two rabble-rousing populists trading insults for the next seven months. Each will try to tap the deep vein of grievance that runs through a middle class convinced tha...
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 12:01 am

Thanksgiving and the War of 1812 in Illinois

 Thanksgiving is the time of year when some white people serve up a heapin’ dish of guilt. The season reminds us all of the circumstances of the founding of the nation, when it was the white pe...
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:01 am

Why do so many cities with history not have a history?

 Most towns of any size have history that is worth reading about, but surprisingly few have a good history in which they might read it. By “a good history” I mean a single-volume history for...
Thursday, May 2, 2013 06:29 pm
James Krohe Jr. Remember the news, announced by District 186 in March, that 68 of Springfield’s 1,329 public school teachers did not have the required paperwork in their personnel files showing them to be fit for the classroom? This except from A New Guide for Emigrants to the West, written by the American Baptist missionary John Mason Peck in 1836: A material defect in all the la...
Thursday, April 25, 2013 05:45 am
Celtic duo Switchback performs at the Hoogland Center for the Arts on April 26. The musical group featuring Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack will play Americana and traditional Celtic tunes. One ...
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 02:54 am

What lies beneath Abe World’s Lincoln hat?

Nothing – save perhaps a shredded writ of habeas corpus – says “Lincoln” like a stovepipe hat. Abe World relies on his hats as a graphical motif – I count four of them on...

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