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Second Thoughts
Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 12:00 am
 This week in the print edition of IT we reran an old Prejudices column of mine about the brief sojourn of rock guitarist Adrian Belew in mid-Illinois. That version of the column had to be edited
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 12:00 am

A rock star guitarist in Springfield? Really?

 On January 25, 2016, the State Journal-Register published an article in which rock guitarist and former Springfield resident Adrian Belew reminisced about his career. Ordinarily, one would expec
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 12:00 am

What ought to be required of a member of the Commonwealth?

 Who gets to be an American? I don’t mean who gets to live here. I mean, who gets to be an American citizen? This large question weighs heavily on the smaller minds on our political right. I re
Second Thoughts
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016 12:00 am
 In 2014, in "Where is Illinois?" I stuck my big nose into the issue of regional identity. You would think that the one inarguable fact about Illinois is that it is a Midwestern place. Wal
Second Thoughts
Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 12:00 am
 In "Back on the roads again," I noted that Mr Rauner's proposed budget  would cut funding for public transit in the Chicago area (in spite of increased demand). I asked, is it wise
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 12:00 am

Public science in an age of privatized government

 Bruce Rauner the other day took action that, he explained in a press release, would “develop a sustainable fiscal model for the continued operation of the Illinois State Museum.” I’m a lit
Second Thoughts
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 12:00 am
U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R.-Paranoia) is a sponsor of  the SAFE Act, recently passed in the House by representatives fretting that members of ISIS might gain entry into the U.S. disguise
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 12:00 am

The return of the businessman-reformer

 Daydreaming the other day, I ran through my head some scenes from my imagined movie remake, Mr. Potter Goes to Springfield, in which Capra’s naïve do-gooder Jefferson Smith is replaced by Hen
Second Thoughts
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 12:00 am
 At the Downtown Springfield Inc. annual awards dinner in January at the Wyndham City Centre, the Springfield Mayre Jim Langfelder talked about the most recent developments in the Bluffstone LL

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