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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
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:00 am

Springfield’s Kidzeum promotes “health and wellness”

 If we are to believe the hype – and of course we are meant to believe it – the proposed Kidzeum of Health and Science will save the earth, rescue our children from disease and invigorate the
Second Thoughts
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:00 am
I tried to say all this a year and a half ago in “Living too high off the hog” (March 3, 2011) but this time I will hand the mike over to Aaron Carroll at the Incidental Economist. Referring to re
Second Thoughts
Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 12:00 am
 In the process of commenting on the zippy new surfaces at the Washington Park tennis courts (now the Velasco Tennis Center) in “Courting new fans,” I mentioned that I used to play there in t
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Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 12:00 am

The Velasco Tennis Center opens in Washington Park

PHOTO BY DAVID HINE Is it entirely a coincidence that the Washington Park tennis courts, where the Springfield Park District offers lessons for young players, now are painted like a child’s bed
Second Thoughts
Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 12:00 am
Last week I didn’t want to write another rant about corporate moochers any more than you probably wanted to read one, but as long as these kinds of deals keep getting proposed, we will have to keep
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 12:00 am

ADM is asking a broke Illinois for money

 For a lot of people in Springfield, Decatur is just a place to stop when you get hungry on the way back from a U of I game. But people live there too – at least some still do; the city has los
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Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 12:00 am

The congressman confronts complexity, and gets confused

 Usually, when I read Mad-Hatteresque pronouncements from members of the Republican caucus of the U.S. House, I am reminded of the works of Lewis Carroll. Reading the remarks by 13th District con

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