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Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 12:00 am

Two-wheeled transportation comes to Springfield

 It isn’t quite ISIS crossing the Mexican border, but from the way that some people reacted to it, you’d have thought that the arrival of bicyclists on Second Street threatened our American W
Second Thoughts
Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 12:00 am
 Further thoughts about the Daily Herald’s forlorn search for a gubernatorial candidate who can “change Illinois history.” The paper believes it found one in Bruce Rauner. As I noted in l
Second Thoughts
Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 12:00 am
 I’ve been thinking a bit more about food waste, and the several ways it might be reduced, or at least redeemed. While it’s too wet to burn, food waste can be digested by our littl
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 12:00 am

Can governors change history?

 One of the quainter rituals of any campaign, along with “debates,” is the newspaper editorial endorsement. It proceeds from three dubious assumptions – one, that anyone reads editorials be
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 12:00 am

Is recycling food waste a fad or the future?

 As much as 40 percent of the food that Americans buys in the supermarket is tossed uneaten into the trash, according to estimates from the USDA and the federal EPA. Edibles go bad in the fridge
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 12:00 am

Is the national pastime past its time?

 Woman of the Year, the 1942 movie starring Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn:  Sportswriter Tracy invites the Hepburn character to her first baseball game, at Yankee Stadium. She arrives
Second Thoughts
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 12:00 am
 In “Where’s Illinois?” I pondered the ways in which the Midwest is a state of mind – and that when it comes to geography, Americans’ minds are often in a state of confusion. Yale
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 12:00 am

Finding ourselves gets harder all the time

 You would think that the one inarguable fact about Illinois is that it is a Midwestern place. Walt Hickey, a writer for Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight, commissioned a web poll of self-identifie
Second Thoughts
Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 12:00 am
The social impacts of the cyber revolution are beyond the brief of a columnist specializing in weedy parking lots and aldermanic antics. But, like the current Republican gubernatorial candidate, I

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