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Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:00 am

An account of the demolition of the Hotel Abraham Lincoln, 1978

 As part of our 40th anniversary observances, and in light of more recent events, we will revisit some of columns from James Krohe Jr.’s Prejudices series that ran from 1977 to 1994. Typos in t
Second Thoughts
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:00 am
 For years, sagacious observers have warned that the real treat to prosperity in Illinois is not high taxes or low politics but stagnant population growth. I addressed the issue in a 2014 colum
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015 12:00 am

Should children be permitted in cultural venues?

 While visiting an old friend in Evanston last weekend, I attended a Ceremony of Lessons and Carols at Northwestern University’s Millar Chapel. It was typical of such performances – hard benc
Second Thoughts
Monday, Dec. 21, 2015 12:00 am
 I've put this off until the last minute, as so many of us do when it comes to Christmas errands. There's still time, however, to share one of my favorite treats -- Christopher Hitchens on the
Second Thoughts
Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 12:00 am
This week in my actual column, Dyspepsiana, I recall my time as a tenant in the Ferguson Building at Sixth and Monroe in downtown Springfield. The building is now undergoing redevelopment by new ow
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 12:00 am

Reusing resources doesn’t always add up in Sangamon County

 Saving the world, even this very small part of it, is a tricky business in every sense of the word. Lake Area Disposal is closing its popular recycling drop-off center, at least for a while, aft
Second Thoughts
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 12:00 am
 At the risk of sounding like a killjoy, I pass along this suggestion for your next Thanksgiving dinner  from the late Christopher Hitchens, which appeared in a 2005 piece in the Wall Stre
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 12:00 am

Memories of a grand Springfield hotel

 I often reflect on the past while washing the dishes – usually, trying to remember where I’d laid the scrub pad that I’d had in my hand a minute ago. But yesterday as I stood at the sink,
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 12:00 am

Illinois’ difficult history with the Other

 Consider this nightmare scenario. Thousands of religious refugees whose beliefs are radically outside the mainstream, acting with the connivance of compliant politicians, establish a theocracy w

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