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Thursday, April 4, 2019 12:18 am

I read I Knew We Had a Cure and knew I had to get to work

 Throughout my adult life I have set goals for myself. Like many people, my goals were always focused on improving things that were important to me – my house, my income, my job, my business in...
Thursday, March 28, 2019 12:09 am

A new biography of Ernie Banks is a great way to start the season

“They’re all beautiful days Buck. It’s just that some are more beautiful than others.” –Ernie BanksThe true harbinger of spring is not crocuses or swallows returning to Capistrano. It is the...
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...

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