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Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019 12:08 am

Sid’s secret and the charming history of Chicago football

 This year marks the centennial celebration of the Chicago Bears, an iconic founding franchise of the National Football League. While the team’s roots are found in next-door Decatur, where they...
Thursday, July 25, 2019 12:08 am

Mark the death of Justice Stevens by reading his book.

 Arriving home on the evening of July 17, I was saddened by the news that retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens had died at the age of 99. Having spent the past few months reading The M...
Thursday, May 30, 2019 12:07 am

The legendary Harry Caray

The Legendary Harry Caray: Baseball’s Greatest Salesman, by Don Zminda. Bowman and Littlefield, 2019.A Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cub and St. Louis Cardinal fan walk into a bar. They cannot agree on...
Thursday, May 16, 2019 12:09 am

A new novel by Taylor Pensoneau, author of books about Illinois politicians and Illinois gangsters

 Taylor Pensoneau’s name is familiar in these environs. He’s known for his long affiliation with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writing about Illinois politics, his influential role with the Ill...
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...


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