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Annual celebration planned Sept. 17 at Fort Stevens in Washington

In 1924, the National Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs established a day to honor President Abraham Lincoln and Elizabeth Thomas, owner of the land where Fort Stevens was built; this year, the ceremony is scheduled at Fort Stevens on Sept. 17.

Illinois best and worst cities for homeowners

Ever wonder what cities are the best for homeowners in Illinois? ValuePenguin, a personal finance company, recently released its detailed ranking of cities in the Land of Lincoln based on their attractiveness to homeowners....

Land's Share of Home Prices | Long-term Interest Rate

Data Notes: Data is from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy can be found here: CSW-based price index: aggregate land data, quarterly, 1975:1-2016:1. I took the "Aggregate market value of residential land" and calculated the percentage of the "Aggregate market value of homes" and plotted it yearly. Interest rates are from MeasuringWorth.com        

Funds gush in deep blue Land of Lincoln as Kirk struggles to hold seat

Democrats badly want Rep. Tammy Duckworth to win the Illinois Senate seat; leadership PACs of her hoped-to-be future colleagues in the Senate have provided $345,000, making them her fourth most generous donors. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) By:...Show More Summary

Funds gush in deep blue Land of Lincoln as Kirk struggles to hold seat

One-term Sen. Mark Kirk‘s success or failure in his heated struggle to retain his seat will help determine whether Republicans or Democrats control the Senate come January. No surprise, then, that the race’s fundraising totals have soared. Show More Summary

Land's Share of US Home Prices

Data Notes: I am using a new data set from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy for this graph data can be found here: CSW-based price index: aggregate land data, quarterly, 1975:1-2016:1. I took the "Aggregate market value of residential...Show More Summary

America is Still the Land of Opportunity

America has long been known as the land of opportunity. “When one starts poor,” Abraham Lincoln observed, a “free society is such that he knows he can better his condition.”

Game and Parks, UNL to Survey Hunters About Public Land Use

LINCOLN – This fall the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Nebraska will survey hunters who use public lands in Nebraska. Beginning Sept. 1, hunters at...Show More Summary

Russia Lauded for Setting Out to Master Far East Using Example of US Wild West

The Russian government's offer of free land in the Far East reminds Le Monde of the taming of the American 'Wild West'. A century-and-a-half ago, Abraham Lincoln's Homestead Act made way for the settlement of the West. Today, the paper suggests, Vladimir Putin is following Lincoln's example, attracting 'Russian settlers' to tame the Far East.

The Old-New View Of Yosemite: Saving The Park From The Epidemic Of Drive-Through Nation

In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed The Yosemite Grant, granting Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove to the state of California, the first time that the U.S. Government enacted to protect land for future public enjoyment. This...Show More Summary

The Walking Dead: Andrew Lincoln Pranked By Norman Reedus

Things are not good in the land of The Walking Dead: Negan, the much-hyped villain who has a baseball bat covered in barbed wire, has finally shown up and made his presence known by killing one — or more — of the group that is lovingly called ‘Team Family’ by fans. Show More Summary

Congressional Non: Non-Labeled GMO Food

Alan Guebart, the food and farm columnist for the Lincoln Journal Star, has written the best analysis of the Senate’s GMO bill that I’ve seen to date: “The Land of Non.” Now, courtesy of Congress, our non-legislating legislature, we might soon be buying non-label labeled food. Congress reached this state of higher non-ness by carefully […]

Balance sheets, risk adjustment and risk corridors

The Land of Lincoln Co-op in Illinois is scrambling to stay solvent as they got hit with a larger than expected risk adjustment charge. They have reached an interesting strategy as reported by the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Illinois Department of Insurance Acting Director Anne Melissa Dowling wrote in a June 30 letter to the […]

Sugar Land, Texas erects statues in honour of selfie shooters

People have been creating statues to celebrate the the real and fictional characters they have admired for at least the last 35,000 years.  Washington has Lincoln, Philadelphia has Rocky, and Sugar Land, Texas has… two ladies shooting a selfie. Described by one Facebook commentator as the reason “why people hate the young generation!”, opinions seem pretty [...]Show More Summary

Debut of Thirsty Land Film

Thirsty Land debuted this weekend at the Water for Food Global Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska. The film was brought about in a collaboration between the Water for Food Institute and the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska. Now the makers of this film are in the process of submitting their work to film festivals across... Read More

Illinois proposes per-mile driving tax

Illinois motorists may soon be the victims of their own good behavior. Drivers in the Land of Lincoln have been improving their fuel efficiency and driving more hybrid and electric cars that lessen their reliance on gasoline. As a result, the state isn't collecting as much money through its gasoline tax as it once did. Show More Summary

Whatever became of Bill Schuman?

6 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Anyone alive in the 1960s will remember William Schuman, a power in the land of American music. President of Juilliard and the Lincoln Center, he won two Pulitzer prizes and a National medal for the Arts for his abundant orchestral music, which included ten symphonies. Not a note of his gets played nowadays. Chicago psychotherapist […]

Supreme Court Breakfast Table

It’s been a great week for Hillary Clinton, Merrick Garland, and Barack Obama. Each is the very embodiment of merit, competence, and hard work. Interestingly enough, all have roots in the land of Lincoln, but their success also sheds light on how some of Lincoln’s legacy is now under stress.

Election Forecast... Cloudy With a Chance of Change

There is never a dull moment in Chicago politics, but this particular election cycle is sort of peculiar. On March 15th, people in the Land of Lincoln will be voting for state and county offices. Normally, this election would get lukewarm...Show More Summary

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