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Though it’s one of the hokiest productions ever, the 1989 Hollywood movie “Field of Dreams” has always served to remind us just what baseball has meant to America. If you’ve ever watched … more
I’ve been writing about Illinois politics and government for 30 years. Like many of my more experienced colleagues, I’ve developed an extensive list of sources and contacts that I can reach out … more
Since I live in a small out-of-the way county that has had one reported case of COVID-19, a second recently rumored, I have been hesitant to write about The Big Disruption in our lives. I am … more
URBANA, Ill. – July corn futures prices have ranged between $3.15 and $3.25 since late April, and that pattern may remain for the next several weeks. The potential for prices to move out of the range depends on supply issues and, more importantly, the nascent economic recovery, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs. more
Background. Throughout this century, Illinois has each year been spending and obligating billions more than we have been generating in revenues. So now, each of Illinois’ 4.6 million households … more
Is there anyone among us who doesn’t feel sorry for the Lawrenceville and Red Hill high school graduating classes of 2020? What’s happening isn’t fair and you didn’t deserve it. It’s not … more
Pritzker waited until people practically begged him to shut down the schools on March 15. He talked about issuing a stay at home order for days, and then only acted on March 21 after California … more
In a recent column, I had only space enough to touch on my thought that we need a reset of American politics. I was asked to drill down on the topic. Politics is not bad. The FDR speechwriter … more
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has thrust our community into unknown territory. We recognize this is a frightening time and that many in our community have faced both health and economic … more
The big picture is that the world seems out of control, with millions suffering, thousands dying and economies collapsing. It’s in the pages of local newspapers that this terrible news becomes … more
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