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Tuesday, July 2, 2013 12:00 am
In “Three strikes and you're in,” I endorsed the idea that what Springfield needs to make its economy perk is the entrepreneurial energy and enterprise that immigrants supply. Catherine Rampell of the new York Times has more from a 2012 report commissioned by the Small Business Administration. According to Robert W. Fairlie, an economics professor at the University of California, Sa...
Thursday, June 7, 2012 07:26 pm

Might immigrants come to America to farm our universities?

I have often lamented here the continuing decline in the population of Illinois’ rural parts. (See “Devoid of life,” July 14, 2011.) Like a great many readers, I have roots in centra...
Thursday, March 3, 2011 10:15 am

Springfield’s booming health care economy can’t keep living like this

Springfield has become to sick people what Decatur is to soybeans, a major regional processing center in which raw materials are processed by the latest in high-tech machinery into novel products such...
Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011 03:25 pm

Who pays for Springfield’s low-priced housing?

Each year for nearly 20 years now, the National Association of Home Builders and the Wells Fargo Bank have boiled down national real estate data into an easy-to-digest housing affordability index. Loc...
Thursday, June 24, 2010 10:04 pm

‘The answer to homelessness is homes’

The City of Springfield plans to build and rehabilitate hundreds of homes as part of a strategy to end homelessness within two years.The city’s 2010-2014 Consolidated Plan, created by the city&r...

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