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Written in quill pen (not literally; it was 1965), my master’s thesis was about “Leaderless Politics: The Illinois Republican Party.” Not much has changed. That was an era when party … more
This needs to end. I doubt whether Democrats or Republicans will make nice long enough with one another to do what needs to be done. First they will claim a mandate and work to get their to do list … more
Remember When is gathered from past pages of the Daily Record and other Lawrence County newspapers. 100 years ago Jan. 19, 1921 About 30 Masons from Bridgeport visited Edward Dobbins Lodge … more
Remember When is gathered from past pages of the Daily Record and other Lawrence County newspapers. 100 years ago Jan. 5, 1921 A double-header basketball game will be staged at the high … more
Never has the danger of election cycles and political expediency been more apparent – or more threatening – for higher education in Illinois than it is right now. Many legislators are serious … more
Instead, the governor came into office and proposed what was essentially a pension payment holiday and other magic budgetary solutions. I was told in early 2019 by a high-level administration … more
I rise before you today to remember Roscoe D. Cunningham, a remarkably accomplished man who made an unforgettable impact in Lawrence County in his 97 years. Roscoe was born on Sept. 15, 1923 to … more
Remember When is gathered from past pages of the Daily Record and other Lawrence County newspapers. 100 years ago Dec. 29, 1920 Hotel Lawrence will be formally opened on New Years Eve with a … more
The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University asked me to do some noodling about the future of Illinois. I have mentioned this to several friends. The responses — a roll of … more
The survey I use in the course is simple and asks students to put a check by each of the items on the list that they know how to do: 1. Know which churches and sections of town have the best … more
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