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Second Thoughts
Saturday, July 25, 2015 12:00 am
 In “Naming rights and wrongs,” I discussed, but did not settle, a question raised by Rick Miller of Capitol Fax, to whit, whether government facilities and entities in Illinois should be
Second Thoughts
Thursday, July 23, 2015 12:00 am
 In “Town character,” my recent column about the hometown as hero in mid-Illinois books, I noted that towns, like people, have different personalities. They are born, grow old and die. In
Second Thoughts
Thursday, July 23, 2015 12:00 am
 In “The razor blade in the apple” I ventured to dismiss Mr. Rauner’s proposal to exempt local governments from the Prevailing Wage Act, which sets a locally controlled floor for constru
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, July 16, 2015 12:00 am

The hometown as hero in mid-Illinois books

“This is, I think,” explained the author to an interviewer in 1947, “a departure from the usual method.” That departure was to write a novel in which an American town would be the chief charac
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, July 9, 2015 12:00 am

Should Illinois honor the now-dishonored dead?

 Across the South, Confederate battle flags, long regarded with pride as the symbol of a newly risen South, have been coming down from atop statehouses and courthouses. Hyperbolic commentators se
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, July 2, 2015 12:00 am

A Sangamonian makes, and writes, history in the West

 These days, a man who stands at the edge of Springfield and gazes at the wide open spaces to the west and imagines herds grazing contentedly is a shopping center developer. A century and a half
Second Thoughts
Thursday, July 2, 2015 12:00 am
 Recently Rich Miller argued in a post on his Capitol Fax blog site that having a county named as John C. Calhoun, the secessionist Southern senator, was unbecoming to a progressive state.

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