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Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 12:00 am

Rauner wants to give ailing Illinois a dose of California

It was sometime just after the new millennium, I think, that Illinois political leaders first started to resemble the first guy through the broken store window crying “Justice!” while looting a TV
Second Thoughts
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 12:00 am
My column next week will be about New York City, and the allure it has always had for the ambitious and the hopeful. Writing it, I was reminded of a something said in an interview by performance artis
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 12:00 am

Why not a Y block wetland?

 For years, “green space” in downtown Springfield meant a weedy parking lot. These days greenery of a handsomer sort abounds, in curbside flower beds, in planter boxes and urns, in hanging ba
Second Thoughts
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 12:00 am
 The Y block in downtown Springfield lies along the now-buried course of the Town Branch of Spring Creek. That has implications for the redevelopment of that block, as I noted in Wet Dream. 
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 12:00 am

Big words and the search for meaning

I was reading the other evening, which is what I do when I can’t read during the day. My choice this night was a detective novel written by Englishman Bruce Montgomery as Edmund Crispin. Montgomery�
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 12:00 am

Too many Illinoisans don’t know how to behave on the road

 There is no traffic situation so bad that drivers can’t make it worse, as I was reminded while driving on I-55 recently. Work on the Des Plaines River bridge required rerouting traffic onto on
Second Thoughts
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 12:00 am
In a 2012 column I recalled the bad deal made by the State of Illinois in 1989 when it caved it to threats from Sears, Roebuck to move its Merchandise Group out of Illinois. The package a

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