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Second Thoughts
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 12:00 am
 In "Flyover Country" Is an Insult to Midwesterners Like Me. So Is "Heartland" Sentimentality,” journalist Matthew Wolfson offers a sober and perceptive assessment of the popular sentime
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 12:00 am

Rauner wants to give ailing Illinois a dose of California

It was sometime just after the new millennium, I think, that Illinois political leaders first started to resemble the first guy through the broken store window crying “Justice!” while looting a TV
Second Thoughts
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 12:00 am
My column next week will be about New York City, and the allure it has always had for the ambitious and the hopeful. Writing it, I was reminded of a something said in an interview by performance artis
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 12:00 am

Why not a Y block wetland?

 For years, “green space” in downtown Springfield meant a weedy parking lot. These days greenery of a handsomer sort abounds, in curbside flower beds, in planter boxes and urns, in hanging ba
Second Thoughts
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 12:00 am
 The Y block in downtown Springfield lies along the now-buried course of the Town Branch of Spring Creek. That has implications for the redevelopment of that block, as I noted in Wet Dream. 
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 12:00 am

Big words and the search for meaning

I was reading the other evening, which is what I do when I can’t read during the day. My choice this night was a detective novel written by Englishman Bruce Montgomery as Edmund Crispin. Montgomery�
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 12:00 am

Too many Illinoisans don’t know how to behave on the road

 There is no traffic situation so bad that drivers can’t make it worse, as I was reminded while driving on I-55 recently. Work on the Des Plaines River bridge required rerouting traffic onto on

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