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Bill Whalen
by | May 3, 2013

THE ONLY CHICAGO HOME of the only president born and bred in Illinois is now a pile of rubble. Ronald Reagan lived in that toddling town as a young boy, and before the itinerant Reagans moved again, young “Dutch” survived…

by | Mar 29, 2013

I slept in on Palm Sunday. My Lenten penance: a very bad homily. Chicago has a Catholic church on nearly every corner and many offer evening Masses, so I knew I had options. I decided on a five o’clock Mass…

by | Mar 9, 2007

California’s environmental community has a Dickensian feel to it these days. These are truly the best of times and the worst of times. On the upside, eco-lovin’ interests hold the upper hand in Sacramento and, for that matter, in most…

by | Nov 2, 2006

According to New York City’s Department of Finance, 159 of the Union Nations’ 199 member-states owe their American host city some $18 million in unpaid parking fines. Leading the way with more than 17,000 of the 150,000 unpaid citations: Egypt,…

by | Aug 29, 2006

A small town of less than 2,000 households, Hurricane, West Virginia, is betting its future on its location amidst “Advantage Alley,” a five-county partnership promoting economic development along the state’s Interstate 64 corridor. Yet, ironically, the town suffers from a…

by | Nov 8, 2005

To know California is to appreciate her identity crisis: Is she more a nation, a state, or some entity in between? It should come as no surprise, then, that California’s policymakers likewise find themselves in conflict — with each other….

by | Sep 16, 2005

With a $15.8 billion price tag — six times its original estimate and double the price of the Panama Canal — to say nothing of some 12,000 design modifications (make that 12,001 once they’ve figured how to plug all the…

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