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Second Thoughts
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 12:00 am
 In “Unplugged” I wondered why Illinois’ internet service is so backward. I probably should have specified Downstate Illinois. These days Comcast customers in suburbs can get se
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, March 3, 2016 12:00 am

A new edition of a picture history of Illinois raises an old question

Everyone likes picture books, and for mostly good reasons. Picture books about history are especially intriguing, in the same way that pictures of cities you’ve never been to are intriguing. T
Second Thoughts
Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016 12:00 am
A faithful reader was kind enough to share her own recollections of Adrian Belew in Springfield. She writes:
Second Thoughts
Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 12:00 am
 This week in the print edition of IT we reran an old Prejudices column of mine about the brief sojourn of rock guitarist Adrian Belew in mid-Illinois. That version of the column had to be edited
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 12:00 am

A rock star guitarist in Springfield? Really?

 On January 25, 2016, the State Journal-Register published an article in which rock guitarist and former Springfield resident Adrian Belew reminisced about his career. Ordinarily, one would expec
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 12:00 am

What ought to be required of a member of the Commonwealth?

 Who gets to be an American? I don’t mean who gets to live here. I mean, who gets to be an American citizen? This large question weighs heavily on the smaller minds on our political right. I re
Second Thoughts
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016 12:00 am
 In 2014, in "Where is Illinois?" I stuck my big nose into the issue of regional identity. You would think that the one inarguable fact about Illinois is that it is a Midwestern place. Wal
Second Thoughts
Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 12:00 am
 In "Back on the roads again," I noted that Mr Rauner's proposed budget  would cut funding for public transit in the Chicago area (in spite of increased demand). I asked, is it wise
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 12:00 am

Public science in an age of privatized government

 Bruce Rauner the other day took action that, he explained in a press release, would “develop a sustainable fiscal model for the continued operation of the Illinois State Museum.” I’m a lit


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