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Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 12:00 am

Springfield as portrayed in panoramic maps

 Springfieldians are always trying to get above themselves. As I noted in “Seeking the scenic in central Illinois” (Aug. 19, 2010), something must be seen to be scenic, and seeing the landsca
Second Thoughts
Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017 12:00 am
Kevin Drum today lists the CEOs who have quit Trump’s manufacturing council in disgust over his thinly-disguised support for the Charlotteville neo-Nazis. Ten have left so far; still on the council
Second Thoughts
Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 12:00 am
 In my recent column about the need for a proper environmental history of Illinois, “Oh, for a Thucydides of the prairie,” I noted that several excellent recent works, while not environmen
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 12:00 am

It’s time to talk – and talk – about baseball

 It’s summer, when spouses (usually women, but not always) show up in ERs seemingly catatonic because their mates have begun talking, again, about the Cub curse or the Cardinal way. Baseball it
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 12:00 am

Rauner’s principled opposition to SB 1

 Sooner or later, every rookie reporter must face the ugly facts: Somewhere, sometime, there will be a school board meeting she will have to cover. A veteran opinion monger like me faces a simila
Second Thoughts
Friday, July 28, 2017 12:00 am
Anyone who cares about Springfield should read Bruce Rushton’s recent dispatch on the parlous economic prospects for the capital city. (See “Sobering statistics”July 27, 2017.) Basically, of
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, July 27, 2017 12:00 am

The dilemmas of public power on a warming planet

 As I write this the weather is, as my grandmother used to say, sultry. Central Illinois is not on the Gulf coast, but Gulf air is in central Illinois much of the year. The damp heat typical of s
Second Thoughts
Friday, July 21, 2017 12:00 am
A few afterthoughts occasioned by my column "On not doing wrong." To the unbeliever, the particular opprobrium with which Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki regards gay marriage is pu
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, July 20, 2017 12:00 am

Remembering the State Fair parade

 The mayor and others have complained about the state fair’s plans to change the route of its annual Twilight Parade. In my view, they didn’t change it enough: a better route would have the p
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, July 13, 2017 12:00 am

Illinois needs a modest proposal to fix its pensions

 Every parent knows how hard it is to have a serious conversation when there’s a two-year-old throwing a tantrum in the next room. Thank goodness enough grownups in the General Assembly ignored

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