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Second Thoughts
Friday, March 6, 2015 12:00 am
While researching my recent column on the State of Illinois’ historical library (see “An overdue policy on the library”) I made (or rather renewed) my acquaintance with John Francis Snyder. As
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, March 5, 2015 12:00 am
 I guess you could call it a roaming charge. State Sen. Chapin Rose, a Republican from over Mahomet way, has introduced a bill to reform the program that grants tuition aid at state colleges and
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 12:00 am

Is independence feasible for the state’s historical library?

 Is the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum a museum with a library attached? Or is it a library with a museum attached? The two institutions are like conjoined twins, one of whom has
Second Thoughts
Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 12:00 am
I mentioned in my recent remembrance of John Garvey that I had known him for nearly 50 years. I met him when I was 18 years old. The folly of Vietnam had become alarmingly plain, I was facing the d
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 12:00 am

Father John Garvey, late of Springfield, dies at 70

  “Agnostic though you are you should pray for his health,” John urged me when he heard that critic and essayist Clive James was suffering from cancer. “After [the deaths of Chris
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 12:00 am

The new guv’s remarks on salaries don’t add up

 “We’re going to pay what we need to bring in talented people,” said Illinois’ new governor to reporters on Jan. 23. He was defending the many six-figure salaries he’s offered to t
Second Thoughts
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 12:00 am
 In “Insult with wit,” my paean to the lost art of invective, I noted that while the mature Lincoln did not stoop to invective. This was partly fastidiousness, partly because (as Joseph Med
Second Thoughts
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 12:00 am
 In response to no public demand whatsoever, I took up as my column topic this week (“Masters of the new machine,” out February 5) our new governor’s interesting remarks on public sector
Second Thoughts
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 12:00 am
 I have more to say about the late Lee Sandlin, whose work I extolled in “A poet of fact.” For decades Lee seemed doomed to be another of those writers who is famous for not being known

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