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Second Thoughts
Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 12:00 am
 A while back I lamented Illinois’ failure to set up its own exchange at which citizens without health insurance might learn about and apply for affordable coverage. Today, Business Insider pro
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 12:00 am
The headlines all say that the General Assembly has reformed Illinois’ public employee pension system. The headlines lie. Legislators didn’t reform what has become an unworkable system, although t
Second Thoughts
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 12:00 am
Bruce Rauner’s term limits referendum lurks like a submerged snag in the Sangamon. (See “Fixing the wrong problem,” Sept. 26, 2013.) Interested readers might want to read this useful summary in
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 12:00 am

Some diners do not go to restaurants to be entertained

Thinking of oneself as a fogey is so poignant for a boomer, so vested are we in being the nation’s new generation. When we find more and more Xers taking our favorite seats on the bus, we react with
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 12:00 am

Thanksgiving and the War of 1812 in Illinois

 Thanksgiving is the time of year when some white people serve up a heapin’ dish of guilt. The season reminds us all of the circumstances of the founding of the nation, when it was the white pe
Second Thoughts
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 12:00 am
Crain’s Chicago Business recently took its own look at why the State of Illinois failed to set up its own state-run exchange under the Affordable Care Act. The result is that uninsured Illinoisans w
Second Thoughts
Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 12:00 am
Downtown Springfield had a 10,000-square-foot children’s museum from 1996 to 2001,  which closed from a lack of money and interest. Which raises a question: The proposed new on will succeed bec
Second Thoughts
Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 12:00 am
 More on the subject of local histories: Helen Van Cleave Blankmeyer wrote a history of Sangamon County titled The Sangamo Country. I don’t recall if it was commissioned by or merely published
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:00 am

Why do so many cities with history not have a history?

 Most towns of any size have history that is worth reading about, but surprisingly few have a good history in which they might read it. By “a good history” I mean a single-volume history for

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