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Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 12:00 am

What are the statues on the Capitol lawn for?

 On Jan. 9, Rich Miller of CapitolFax took a break from chronicling Illinois lawmakers who ought to be forgotten to ask a queston on his blog about one who ought to be remembered: Should there be
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 12:00 am

The legend of the Statehouse cornerstone

Atheists don’t expect to rise from the dead, but one famous dead agnostic came up, as it were, when I was reflecting last week on the fear and loathing that atheists excite among some Illinoisans. A
Second Thoughts
Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 12:00 am
When we left Hemant Mehta, he was still trying to get someone in Morton Grove — anyone — to accept his money. the $3,000 in donations. As I noted in my column last week, Mehta had asked readers
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 12:00 am

A small town protects itself against an atheist plot

What in the name of Joe McCarthy is going on up north? In case you didn’t read about it, here’s what’s happened so far. In October, American Legion Post 134 in the Cook County town of Morton Gro
Second Thoughts
Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 12:00 am
My recent column decrying the rise of the all-purpose preposition moved faithful reader John Garvey to share. “I've been noticing, especially on radio, that the word ‘an’ is nearing extincti
Second Thoughts
Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 12:00 am
My recent column complaining about the pension “reform” plan cobbled together by the General Assembly annoyed some readers. One reader asked whether, when I was young and did not get a toy I wante
Second Thoughts
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 12:00 am
One of the things to admire about Gillum Ferguson’s new book, Illinois in the War of 1812, which I wrote about recently, is his depiction of the native peoples caught up in that conflict. He portray
Second Thoughts
Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 12:00 am
 Bob Vaughn, who runs the Sangamon Auditorium at UIS, tells me that the upcoming performance by the San Francisco Jazz Collective will be dedicated to Springfield drum great Barrett Deems, whom I mentioned in my recent column about drummers. The date of the 7 p.m. performance, Sunday March 30, 2014, falls about a month after what would have been  Deems’ 100 birthday.

Vaughn adds, “Concert goers are invited to share a piece of his birthday cake in the Auditorium Lobby following the concert. Special guests will be present.”


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