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Thursday, April 2, 2015 12:01 am

Contemplating antique glass paperweights

 In a climate in which open windows are as rare as an honest tax return, I don’t need paperweights on my desk. I have one anyway. It’s a segment of a plexiglass cylinder in which seem to floa...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:01 am

Matching the supply of knowledge to the demands of government

 “Because economic decisions are made by elected officials every day,” said Rockford state senator Dave Syverson to the Register Star recently, “we need to have officials who understand the...
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, March 5, 2015 12:01 am

State pension lawsuit heads to Illinois Supreme Court

 The Illinois Supreme Court will hear arguments on a lawsuit over public pension benefits next week, bringing to a head fundamental disagreements over the rights conferred by Illinois’ constitu...
Thursday, March 5, 2015 12:01 am
 I guess you could call it a roaming charge. State Sen. Chapin Rose, a Republican from over Mahomet way, has introduced a bill to reform the program that grants tuition aid at state colleges and...
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, Jan. 22, 2015 12:01 am

The lessons of Illinois’ historic sites history

 For those who don’t know the story, here’s what happened. Politically connected Springfieldians undertake to put more of the city’s long-hidden Lincoln legacy on display to new generations...
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 12:01 am

The lost art of political invective

 Spiro T. Agnew came to Springfield in September of 1970 to make a speech. To that approximately half of the public not yet born in 1970, I must explain that Mr. Agnew was a vice president of the...
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 12:01 am
 Prepare yourself for plenty of local action as clubs are filled with area bands this weekend. But a deeper look shows a Tennessee tie to the local scene now and in recent weeks.Nashville may be...
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 12:01 am

Illinois loses Lee Sandlin

 The man who arguably was Illinois’ best writer died not long ago, and hardly anyone south of the Loop noticed. Lee Sandlin, belle-lettrist and critic, was among the contributors to Chicago’s...

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