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Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 12:01 am

The classic American diner is dying

 A few years ago, I met an old pal from Springfield in Chicago. We grabbed a bite at the Marquette Inn, the ground-floor diner named after the magnificent 1895 Loop building of that name which ho...
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, July 23, 2015 12:22 am

Springfield must adopt a sunnier outlook

 Everybody’s very happy’Cause the sun is shining all the timeLooks like another perfect dayI love L.A. – “I Love L.A.” by Randy NewmanFor years, people measured the deficiencies of life...
Thursday, June 25, 2015 12:25 am

Aldermen call Bluffstone’s bluff

 They could just put trailers on it, I suppose. An Iowa firm, Bluffstone LLC, hoped to build a five-story, 70-unit apartment complex on a downtown Springfield parking lot. Because the apartments...
Thursday, June 18, 2015 12:21 am

Rauner’s property tax freeze plan hides a nasty surprise

 The interesting debate about property taxes in Illinois was the one they didn’t have last week at the Statehouse. Under consideration were various versions of a proposal, first made last year...
Thursday, June 11, 2015 12:19 am

Does Illinois need mandatory civics classes?

 As a nation we are split into two camps along familiar populist/progressive lines, with one believing that government doesn’t work because the people running our governments don’t understand...
Thursday, May 28, 2015 12:01 am

Is the California drought an opportunity for Illinois farmers?

 Moving west to California some years ago, I was commanded to pull off the interstate at the state line in the Sierra Nevada. A young man in uniform asked me to open the car so he could inspect w...
Thursday, April 30, 2015 12:01 am

Would Elizabeth Graham be allowed to teach today?

 Reading Phil Bradley’s fine remembrance of Elizabeth Graham the other day (see “Before the university we had Elizabeth Graham,” April 9, 2015) I was moved to reflect again on teachers and...
Thursday, April 16, 2015 12:01 am

The governor doesn’t want to pay to bury the poor

 Balancing a budget on the backs of poor people who are on their backs seems cold even for a member of the New Republican Party. In early April, Mr. Bruce Rauner suspended reimbursements paid by...
Thursday, April 9, 2015 12:01 am

Should the State of Illinois sell the Thompson Center?

 News came last week that the liberty-loving Mr. Rauner wants to free the people of Illinois from the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago. He took steps to establish its fair market value, thus t...

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