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Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 12:00 am

Bringing brick streets back from the grave

 Springfield has no yellow brick roads leading toward Oz – I know because I looked for one for 40 years. It used to have plenty of red brick ones, though, gorgeous streets the color of aged win
Second Thoughts
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 12:00 am
The Illinois State Museum has announced the dates of showing of 16 original oil paintings in its collection by Manierre Dawson. “A Journey to Abstraction.” Dawson, sayeth the curators, was a lit
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 12:00 am

What might Springfield do to boost population growth?

In 1909 its Chamber of Commerce undertook a campaign to make Springfield “the largest city by all odds in the state outside Chicago.” Our best Babbits insisted that there was “no good reason why
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 12:00 am

The right’s industrial policy is not about jobs

 Let’s talk about manufacturing in Illinois – everybody else is. Our new honorary president and our not-so-new governor have promised to bring back good manufacturing jobs, jobs just like the
Second Thoughts
Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 12:00 am
Next month Springfield will mark the 208th anniversary of te birth of Abraham Lincoln. The city is familiar by now with the tributes that national and international Somebodies pay to our best citizen.
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:00 am

Remembering Springfield’s “greatest citizen after Lincoln”

 In 1922 a reporter from the Illinois State Journal dropped by the City Hall offices of Willis J. Spaulding at Seventh and Monroe. Spaulding was then the city’s Commissioner of Public Property.
Second Thoughts
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 12:00 am
Way back in 2014, when the sun still shone on America, I did a column titled New York, New York in which  I ventured an opinion or two about why New York City draws to it the best and
Second Thoughts
Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 12:00 am
Here is a short shelf of books that explore in some way the history of mid-Illinois, as I promised in "Understanding our brave new world through the old one." All are still in print or, if no
Second Thoughts
Monday, Dec. 12, 2016 12:00 am
 "Sears revolutionized American retail not once but twice, and made a lot of Americans immeasurably better off," Megan McArdle writes in Bloomberg. "But Sears built a great business for an

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