Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 12:08 am

From Illinois to Princeton to the White House

Looking for a good book to read? One that is so well-written that the words make you believe you are there? A page-turner that is hard to put down? One that is both inspiring and reflective? Provides...
Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 12:08 am
New Media Futures – The Rise of Women in the Digital Arts is a 300-page, coffee table-size book that highlights 22 women from the Midwest who have made a difference in digital media. Three women art...
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018 12:09 am
 THE BREAKAWAY: The Inside Story of the Wirtz Family Business and the Chicago Blackhawks, by Bryan Smith. Northwestern University Press, 2018.To be a fan of a Chicago professional sports team is...
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 12:27 am

Her son’s loving tribute to Judy Baar Topinka’s leadership and style

 Judy Barr Topinka had a distinguished career in politics, serving as Illinois representative, senator, state treasurer and comptroller. She was often called “colorful” so it is fitting that...
Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 12:07 am

Sundown Town: The Negroes didn’t know they would not be welcome in Illinois

Sundown Town is an easy, yet difficult, read. It’s a page-turner with an unbelievable, yet believable, story. Taking the reader from Alabama to Illinois right before the turn of the century, the aut...
Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 12:09 am

How a smart Springfield lawyer saved Peachy Harrison from the gallows

 Were Abraham Lincoln to somehow miraculously reappear on the streets of Springfield this week, there would be a great deal that he might recognize. He could walk to his home on Eighth Street whe...
Thursday, July 12, 2018 12:08 am
Picture what life was like in the 1830s in western Illinois near the Mississippi River. Although the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 prohibited slavery in the area that became Illinois, residents could ke...
Thursday, March 22, 2018 12:08 am

The most famous man on the planet, he stayed in the ring too long.

 Muhammed Ali died in 2016 at the age of 74. Upon his death, President Barack Obama eulogized him with the observation that, “He stood with King and Mandela; stood up when it was hard; spoke up...


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