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Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 12:00 am

Illinois’ difficult history with the Other

 Consider this nightmare scenario. Thousands of religious refugees whose beliefs are radically outside the mainstream, acting with the connivance of compliant politicians, establish a theocracy w
Second Thoughts
Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 12:00 am
Last week, Bruce Rauner signed a letter sent jointly by Republican governors to President Obama asking him "respectfully" to suspend all plans to resettle additional Syrian refugees in the U.S."Res
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 12:00 am

It’s capital vs. labor again in the Capitol

 The news media, as their name suggests, focus on what is new in the world. Journalism’s only subject is current events – “current” having been defined of late to mean “within the past
Second Thoughts
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 12:00 am
Sadly, two weeks after writing a column extolling a senior Illinois Republican for his brave stand on admitting refugees from the horrors of World War II Europe into the U.S., our state is shamed b
Second Thoughts
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 12:00 am
In my column of May 6, 2010, “Making room for the Huangs,” I described Wenguang Huang, the Chinese translator and journalist who emigrated to the United States in 1990, specifically to Springfie
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 12:00 am

Was Downstate really a pop food laboratory?

 Writing about diners and diner food lately (see “Off the menu” and “Breakfast of a champion”) has left me hungry to know what other contributions to the nation’s waistline can be trace
Second Thoughts
Friday, Nov. 6, 2015 12:00 am
 As much as I enjoy watching them, I dreaded the Cubs’ entry into the playoffs, because that would mean I would be compelled to watch them in every game. I am offended by any team that decor
Second Thoughts
Friday, Nov. 6, 2015 12:00 am
 In “Going for the fences” (Oct. 2, 2014) I noted that the moguls who rule the game were in a sweat. Both home runs-per-game and runs-per-game were 20 percent lower than the record-setting
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 12:00 am

Charlie Parker’s winning way to disguise English muffins

 To such names as A.L. Ide, Ira Weaver and George Celani (who in the 1980s invented an express air package service out of thin air!), we should now add to Springfield’s roster of distinguished
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 12:00 am

Sen. Durbin urges opening the door a crack for the Syrians

 The United States should accept 100,000 refugees from the ghastly violence in Syria, said U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin recently. More than half of that nation’s people have been driven from their hom


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