CURRENT NEWS

A bill being considered in the Illinois House that has received bipartisan support would make the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program a permanent option for Illinois patients. The program launched Jan. 3...
Polar vortex and all, it’s been a long winter, no? Heck, it snowed less than a week ago, the same day Amazon delivered a bevy of banana-palm starts we ordered, either because we had blind faith or w...
 Illinois could lose up to two of its congressional seats after the next U.S. Census count if the population decline is as bad as early estimates, but the scope of what the state stands to lose i...
 “Forgive me if I seem a bit at sea / but you woke me from a dream of words / I was setting to music I’ll want you / to transcribe for me…” – Opening lines of “The Gate of Horn” by...

CAP CITY NEWS

On April 23 the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether to allow a citizenship status question on the 2020 Census. The high court will need to reach a decision quickly once oral arguments are present...
Some random takeaways from Tuesday’s election. First, think of all the good that might have been done with money that rolled into Frank “Not A Chance” Edwards’ campaign. The only way he was go...

GUEST OPINION

I became active in politics in the late 1950s, got elected to Congress in 1964, and have remained engaged in one way or another every year since then. I’ve had a ringside seat for a long time. So I...

After a thousand columns, it’s time for a break

 This week’s column is the 1,000th to appear under my name in this paper, and I’ve decided it’s time to take a break from weekly opinion-mongering. After so many essays, even I am getting t...

The newest draft city plan is a good one

 The Springfield city council has before it a draft of a new comprehensive city plan, City of Springfield Comprehensive Plan, “Forging a New Legacy,” intended to guide development in the capi...

JIM HIGHTOWER

What do the majority of Americans want their lawmakers working on? Check any legitimate poll and you’ll hear them saying clearly and consistently that they want such basics as middle-class jobs, hea...
  Ho-ho-ho! Wait till you hear about the gifts I gave some of America’s power elites for Christmas.To each of our Congress critters, I sent my fondest wish that, from now on, they receive the e...

RICH MILLER

Sen. Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake, spent more than a year holding hearings and overseeing negotiations which eventually produced SB 1829, a massive omnibus bill on sexual harassment.The proposal would do...
 Freshman Rep. Terra Costa Howard, (D-Glen Ellyn), was reportedly none too pleased when Think Big Illinois began running TV ads in her district.Think Big Illinois is the dark money group created...
 Henry Ford revolutionized both the automotive and the agricultural industry by producing affordable and reliable products for consumers. The Ford family is a piece of Americana and a part of tha...

Hotel backers seek financing

 A bar and entertainment center featuring bowling and arcade games would be the main moneymakers at a proposed downtown Springfield hotel, according to a prospectus being circulated by a Chicago...

Steri-Clean deals with hoarders, overdoses and crime scenes

 When a loved one dies of a suicide, violent crime or a drug overdose, the Sangamon County coroner gives the deceased’s family a list of biohazard businesses to help with cleanup needed in the...

Four candidates vie for Ward 2 seat

 Among myriad issues, aldermanic candidates in Ward 2 face a common issue in the April 2 election: voter apathy.Four years ago, Ward 2 had the lowest turnout of any ward, with 20 percent of regis...

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