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The Joys of Public History

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On July 23, 2020
This story from Illinois says so much about how hard it is to do public history with integrity. Just months after authoring a critical report that raised further questions about the provenance of a multimillion dollar stovepipe hat purported to have been owned by President Abraham Lincoln, Illinois’ state historian is out of a job. […]
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Example A) Texas leaving billions on the table because it won’t expand medical care, dooming its poor to illness and death. Example B) The impending disaster in Illinois, most notably in higher education, but throughout state services, because the state’s voters wanted a fresh voice and elected a right-wing extremist.

Happy Hour

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On June 27, 2015

This debate over whether happy hours should be banned, as they currently are in Illinois, has a clear answer: no. I have lived in states with happy hour. I currently live in a state that does not have

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On June 22, 1922, a night and early morning of angry United Mine Workers of America members massacring strikebreakers and mine guards ended in Herrin, Illinois. Twenty-one people died, 19 of which were the strikebreakers and guards. This spasm of violence is a rare example of American labor history where workers killed more people than […]

The Right to Work March Continues

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On February 13, 2015
Illinois governor Bruce Rauner decided that since there was no way he could get a bill through a Democratic legislature that would effectively make Illinois public sector work right to work, he issued an executive order that forbids public sector unions from collecting fees to replace dues from workers who are not union members. Note […]
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