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Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, July 16, 2015 12:00 am

The hometown as hero in mid-Illinois books

“This is, I think,” explained the author to an interviewer in 1947, “a departure from the usual method.” That departure was to write a novel in which an American town would be the chief charac
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, July 9, 2015 12:00 am

Should Illinois honor the now-dishonored dead?

 Across the South, Confederate battle flags, long regarded with pride as the symbol of a newly risen South, have been coming down from atop statehouses and courthouses. Hyperbolic commentators se
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, July 2, 2015 12:00 am

A Sangamonian makes, and writes, history in the West

 These days, a man who stands at the edge of Springfield and gazes at the wide open spaces to the west and imagines herds grazing contentedly is a shopping center developer. A century and a half
Second Thoughts
Thursday, July 2, 2015 12:00 am
 Recently Rich Miller argued in a post on his Capitol Fax blog site that having a county named as John C. Calhoun, the secessionist Southern senator, was unbecoming to a progressive state.
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, June 25, 2015 12:00 am

Aldermen call Bluffstone’s bluff

 They could just put trailers on it, I suppose. An Iowa firm, Bluffstone LLC, hoped to build a five-story, 70-unit apartment complex on a downtown Springfield parking lot. Because the apartments
Second Thoughts
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 12:00 am
 In “Merge, right?” and “Honest, officer, I didn’t see it coming,” I ventured the opinion that the State of Illinois does not set the licensing bar for automobile drivers high enough
Second Thoughts
Monday, June 22, 2015 12:00 am
In "The razor blade in the apple," I examined Mr. Rauner's proposal to freeze property taxes, exempt local governments from the Prevailing Wage Act and allow those governments to limit wh
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, June 18, 2015 12:00 am

Rauner’s property tax freeze plan hides a nasty surprise

 The interesting debate about property taxes in Illinois was the one they didn’t have last week at the Statehouse. Under consideration were various versions of a proposal, first made last year
Second Thoughts
Monday, June 15, 2015 12:00 am
“No more property tax hikes without taxpayer approval,” preached brother Rauner last year. He pays property taxes in a lot of states, so maybe he forgot that in Illinois most property tax hikes
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, June 11, 2015 12:00 am

Does Illinois need mandatory civics classes?

 As a nation we are split into two camps along familiar populist/progressive lines, with one believing that government doesn’t work because the people running our governments don’t understand

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