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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
Second Thoughts
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 12:00 am
In a 2012 column I recalled the bad deal made by the State of Illinois in 1989 when it caved it to threats from Sears, Roebuck to move its Merchandise Group out of Illinois. The package a
Second Thoughts
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 12:00 am
 In next week's column, “What do you mean by that?” I ask the perennial question: Big words – what are they good for? One man who has some very good answers to that question is writer
Second Thoughts
Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 12:00 am
 More on happiness in, and with cities, a topic I touched on in “Land of mope and worry.” Wages and housing alone don’t predict where people want to live very well. Cities like San Fran
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 12:00 am

A lot of people are not happy where they live

To borrow a phrase, all happy cities are alike; each unhappy city is unhappy in its own way. To learn a bit about what those unhappy ways are, three economists at Harvard and the University of British
Second Thoughts
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 12:00 am
A while back, I edited and wrote chapter introductions to a collection of essays on the influence of Daniel Burnham, the architect-turned-city planner whose 1909 Plan of Chicago gave Chicago its fa
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, July 31, 2014 12:00 am

Springfield’s oral history tradition

 In “Squabbling over the inheritance” (June 12), I lamented the fact that the Illinois State Historical Library, which has collected and preserved materials on the state’s political, social

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