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Second Thoughts
Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 12:00 am
In "Refined, delicate and urban," I talked about the Centennial Building on the statehouse grounds, which was built to honor the first centenary of the founding of the State of Illinois. I, argued,
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 12:00 am

Turning the state fair into an expo of real rural life

 When the Illinois State Fair was first staged in 1853, country people went there to see other country people. Later, city people went to see country people. These days  –  well, I’
Second Thoughts
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 12:00 am
There’s a sucker born every minute, they say, which might explain why state legislatures and city councils count so many of them among their members. As I noted here and here, spending the publi
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 12:00 am

Marking the Centennial’s centennial

 Last week, in “Getting it right this time,” I proposed that the State of Illinois commemorate the bicentennial of its founding in 1818 not with celebration but with remediation, in the form
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 12:00 am

Ideas for an Illinois bicentennial

 Yes, I know – who feels like celebrating the state of Illinois? The commonwealth will be 200 years old in 2018, and no one in state government seems prepared to party. As our Erika Holst recen
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 12:00 am

Fearful Illinoisans confront the Other

 Back in June, news got about that there was waiting on the governor’s desk a bill to set up a Muslim Advisory Council. Kumbaya gestures of this sort have long been popular among politicians pa
Second Thoughts
Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 12:00 am
 The more things change, the more they stay the same. Thirty-six years ago, Springfield's mayor was Mike Houston, and the Illinois State Fair was, well, what the fair has always been. I wrote ab
Second Thoughts
Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 12:00 am
I'm not sure that everyone loves a parade but I do--as a subject. I wrote two columns about the parade that kicks off the Illinois State Fair each year.  This one appeared in our paper of A


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