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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, 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, Aug. 20, 2015 12:20 am

Is the U.S. a nation-state or a nation of states?

 Bells in Springfield – church bells, hand bells, even cell phone ringers – rang  at 2:15 p.m. on April 9 to mark the 150th anniversary of the end of major Civil War fighting. Except, as...
Thursday, March 12, 2015 12:01 am

“My way is the highway,” says the governor

 It is unclear exactly where Illinois’ new CEO wants to take this state, but we have indications in his proposed budget how he would like us to get there. If approved, his budget would spend sl...
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 12:01 am

Is independence feasible for the state’s historical library?

 Is the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum a museum with a library attached? Or is it a library with a museum attached? The two institutions are like conjoined twins, one of whom has...
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 12:01 am
 On Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m., join the Sangamon County Historical Society and Oak Ridge Cemetery executive director Michael Lelys for a program focusing one of the nation’s leading histori...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am

Immigrant-hating and the Illinois democracy

 Quick – how big a part of Illinois’ population in recent years has consisted of unauthorized immigrants. Ten percent? Fifteen? Twenty? In 2012, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, it was 3...
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...

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