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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...
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, Oct. 16, 2014 12:01 am

Can governors change history?

 One of the quainter rituals of any campaign, along with “debates,” is the newspaper editorial endorsement. It proceeds from three dubious assumptions – one, that anyone reads editorials be...
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 12:01 am

Slogging through the season’s political ads

 William Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It is famous for the line “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” Nowhere is that more evident than in political adv...
Thursday, June 5, 2014 12:01 am

Legislation would have sidestepped rulemaking process

 Illinois is taking too long to approve regulations for a controversial oil and gas drilling method, according to a coalition of businesses. They simply asked lawmakers to speed things up with le...
Thursday, May 22, 2014 12:01 am

Feds would pay to create health insurance exchange

If state lawmakers don’t act soon, Illinois could miss out on hundreds of jobs and $500 million in federal dollars to establish a state health insurance marketplace. As end of the spring legislative...
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...
Thursday, March 13, 2014 12:01 am

If you liked Dan Walker, you’ll love Gov. Bruce Rauner

 “To those who have grown rich on the public dollar, to those who have won secret grants and contracts, to those in government who put themselves first and the taxpayers second – to you I bri...
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 12:01 am
 Treasurer Dan Rutherford delivered a forceful, even believable defense of himself last week during a suburban press conference hours after he was hit with a federal lawsuit alleging sexual haras...

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