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Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 12:00 am

Everyone loses in the Walter Milton affair

The most accident-prone intersection in Springfield is at 1900 West Monroe Street where the corridor to the boardroom crosses the corridor to the superintendent’s office. There was yet
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 12:00 am

What lies beneath Abe World’s Lincoln hat?

Nothing – save perhaps a shredded writ of habeas corpus – says “Lincoln” like a stovepipe hat. Abe World relies on his hats as a graphical motif – I count four of them on
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 12:00 am

Spielberg almost gets Lincoln right

Springfield has seen two Lincoln movies recently – Saving Lincoln, which retells the White House years from the perspective of his close friend and bodyguard and which the Abraham Lincoln Associ
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 12:00 am

Hearing sometimes shouldn’t be believing

Wait a minuteMaybe my hears are clogged or somethin’Maybe I’m not understanding the English language”– “My Life Is Good,” by Randy NewmanI have concluded, after not
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 12:00 am

Politics isn’t the only bar to merit hiring

Baptists have had more success against sin in Illinois than merit-hiring advocates have had against patronage. As I noted the other day, political patronage has been a factor in hiring in State of Ill
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 12:00 am

How to really help the veteran

Illinois legislators and governors have a soft spot for heroes. I know that because they do so much to create them. The administrators of adoption agencies that find ways to keep going when the state
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 12:00 am

What are public universities for?

Illinois legislators aren’t the only people who have to borrow money to pay for services whose value they sometimes question. Tuition and fees at four-year public institutions in the U.S. rose n
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Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 12:00 am

Springfield needs new attractions to draw the tourists

My Christmas shopping being done, I curled up in front of a glowing space heater to catch up on my reading. At the top of the pile was the official 2012 visitors guide to Springfield, “your not
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 12:00 am

What Mary Lee Leahy did and didn’t change

Mary Lee Leahy died Dec. 12, after a busy life working for good causes as an attorney and public servant. Perhaps unfairly, she is remembered mainly as a Holy Warrior against patronage in public emplo
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 12:00 am

Dave Brubeck made jazz cool

I hear you’re mad about BrubeckI like your eyes, I like him tooHe’s an artist, a pioneerWe’ve got to have some music on the new frontier– “New Frontier” by Donald F

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