Tom Kacich

Tom Kacich

Tom's #Mailbag, June 21, 2019

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The Mailbag is almost as jammed as last Saturday's St. Louis Blues victory parade. But the beer content of the Mailbag is significantly less.

Golden Corral, Chick-Fil-A or Starbucks: Which finishes first?

Among the questions veteran News-Gazette reporter Tom Kacich answers in this week's Mailbag, which publishes in full at 2 p.m. Friday:

"In a race, which gets built first, Golden Corral, Chick-fil-A, or the Starbucks on Mattis and Springfield?"

Tom Kacich | Congressmen seeing world on taxpayers' dime

"Join Congress, See the World," could be the slogan for some members of our national legislature.

Mark Sanford, the former governor of South Carolina who disappeared in 2009 only to be outed for having traveled to Argentina to meet with his "soul mate," continued his globetrotting recently as a member of the House.

Tom's #Mailbag, June 14, 2019

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Humane society, hockey, history, Hardee's, holes in parking lots and the harvest of trees are among the items in this week's Mailbag.


Timber harvest?

Tom Kacich | Capital program full of benefits for area

For an area that has been the recipient of so much government largesse — three interstate highways, a land grant university in Urbana, a federal airfield in Rantoul, a veterans hospital and state prison in Danville and a construction engineering research center in Champaign — people here still can get quite enraged about any level of government spending.

Tom Kacich | 13th District race could be rematch of '18 election

The 2020 election in Illinois' 13th Congressional District, which includes Champaign-Urbana and much of central Illinois down to the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis, already is looking like the 2018 election.

Tom's #Mailbag, May 31, 2019

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Lots of questions during a short workweek, made even shorter by a tornado that passed right over the Mailbag's home office in southeast Urbana. The St. Louis Blues flag that was flying that morning was slightly damaged but survived.

Tom Kacich | Even just after WWI, Memorial Day wasn't a perfectly patriotic affair

Not unlike the United States of 2019, Americans in 1919 — just months removed from the end of a great world war — were of two minds about Memorial Day. Was it a day off from work or a day for solemn reflection?

It seemed to take time for the patriotic spirit to kick in, even in those days.

Whoa Nelly: Was concert too loud?

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