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Second Thoughts
Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 12:00 am
I'm writing about cemeteries this week.My focus is Springfield's Oak Ridge Cemetery, world-famous for being the final (one hopes) resting place of Lincoln and his family. But anyone who's driven in
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 12:00 am

Spreading white poverty and failing schools

 It is possible paint a picture with numbers. The State Journal-Register did it the other day when it used data from the Illinois Report Card, the state’s education data source, to draw before-
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Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 12:00 am

Pointing fingers at sex pests

 The news from the Illinois Statehouse almost makes one nostalgic for the Illinois politicians of old, those sticky-fingered but charming rogues. Today’s Capitol, we learn, is a playpen for not
Second Thoughts
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 12:00 am
 In “How high can you go?” (Nov. 16, 2017) I looked at the various proposals to lure Amazon’s proposed second national headquarters to Chicago.          
Second Thoughts
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 12:00 am
 In “Stellar! Stellar!”—a column lumbered with my lamest title ever—I explored the new fund drive to help build the University of Illinois’ Springfield campus. For space reasons I wa
Second Thoughts
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 12:00 am
 In Business as usual” (Nov. 9, 2017) I looked at, por rather down on, the new economic development initiative known as the Sangamon County Project. There is more to be said. The focus of
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 12:00 am

Communal reading as tells a city’s story to itself

 Unless we are blessed with snow, December hereabouts can be a grim month, which might have been one of the reasons that Vachel Lindsay decided to shuffle off this mortal coil on the fifth of tha
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 12:00 am

The bidding is underway for Amazon’s new headquarters

 Usually, Amazon sells stuff at a discounted price. At the moment it is trying to sell something at the highest possible price – a second headquarters operation somewhere other than its hometow
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 12:00 am

Sangamon County tries to reinvent the wheel

 In 2015, in a rare lucid moment (see “A place for business to live,” Aug. 6, 2015), I suggested that Mayor Jim Langfelder’s just unveiled economic development commission include not only t


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