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Thursday, June 16, 2016 12:01 am

The governor tries to divide Illinois against itself – again

 Bruce Rauner is trying to divide Downstate from Chicago over school funding. It’s a low tactic that has a long tradition, as I noted in this column from the IT of June 5, 1981. The much longer...
Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 10:01 am

Manar’s bill might help CWLP get paid

The State of Illinois owes City Water, Light & Power, Springfield’s municipal utility, $12 million in back pay from the state for electricity and water....
Thursday, March 31, 2016 12:21 am

A new study promotes tourism promotion

 You wouldn’t think that a town that boasts the burial place and the only adult home of a man famed around the world as not only America’s greatest president but America’s greatest citizen,...
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 12:22 am

The return of the businessman-reformer

 Daydreaming the other day, I ran through my head some scenes from my imagined movie remake, Mr. Potter Goes to Springfield, in which Capra’s naïve do-gooder Jefferson Smith is replaced by Hen...
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 12:12 am
 In 2013, one out of every 266 people in Illinois was in prison. For African-American residents, it was one in every 68 people.That’s just one of the shocking facts illustrating the serious rac...
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 12:21 am

A new book offers not quite everything you wanted to know about corn

 I grew up within a block of a corn field on the east end of Springfield. Nearly every weekend of those years we’d visit the relatives on their farm outside Beardstown; over the potholes and th...
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...
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015 12:21 am

Should children be permitted in cultural venues?

 While visiting an old friend in Evanston last weekend, I attended a Ceremony of Lessons and Carols at Northwestern University’s Millar Chapel. It was typical of such performances – hard benc...

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