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Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 12:00 am

Baseball playoffs can’t determine the best team in baseball

 As you might have heard, the merry band of ball players disguised as Chicago Cubs won for themselves a chance to go to the World Series this year as one of the two best teams in American profess
Second Thoughts
Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 12:00 am
 In “Wrong in principle” I recalled how, beginning in the 1830s and ’40s the arrival in Illinois of Germans, who spoke an incomprehensible language, and Irish, who obeyed an incomprehens
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 12:00 am

Has the governor taken the wrong guy hostage?

 Trust me, readers, I am no more eager to write another column about the closing of the Illinois State Museum than you are to read it. I have been moved to do it because the most important aspect
Second Thoughts
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 12:00 am
Attentive readers will recall that I have an unaccountable fascination with naming things – in particular the naming of public parks and schools and the like. I took up the topic here and here a
Second Thoughts
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 12:00 am
Speaking of things Calhoun: In “Naming rights and wrongs” I remarked on a suggestion from Rich Miller to rename Calhoun County. That bucolic corner of the state, you might know, was named to ho
Second Thoughts
Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 12:00 am
The other day I admitted that I was not quote convinced of the wisdom of the State of Illinois offering tax credits so that Con-Agra, a billion-bucks makers of processed foods, could move their cor
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 12:00 am

Illinois buys Con-Agra a house-warming gift

 Well, looks like we got taken again by a big out-of-town jasper. The Omaha-based processed food giant Con-Agra – parent of Chef Boyardee, Swiss Miss and other take-in fast foods – is moving
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 12:00 am

Dead poets are better remembered in books than buildings

 The only class of people less happy to confront dead writers than high school sophomores are probably mayors. Dead writers cause more trouble in their hometowns than even the most factious of th


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