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Thursday, March 14, 2013 12:00 am

Will a monumental Lincoln penny bring in tourist dollars?

I read with dismay – I always read with dismay, like some people always sleep with their cat – that the president would like the federal government to stop minting pennies. They can buy vi
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, March 7, 2013 12:00 am

What might a museum of Springfield sounds include?

I am told that radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi believed that sounds never die, and that if one could somehow catch up with old sound waves one could hear sounds made years, even centuries, ago. As The
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 12:00 am

Everyone loses in the Walter Milton affair

The most accident-prone intersection in Springfield is at 1900 West Monroe Street where the corridor to the boardroom crosses the corridor to the superintendent’s office. There was yet
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 12:00 am

What lies beneath Abe World’s Lincoln hat?

Nothing – save perhaps a shredded writ of habeas corpus – says “Lincoln” like a stovepipe hat. Abe World relies on his hats as a graphical motif – I count four of them on
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 12:00 am

Spielberg almost gets Lincoln right

Springfield has seen two Lincoln movies recently – Saving Lincoln, which retells the White House years from the perspective of his close friend and bodyguard and which the Abraham Lincoln Associ
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 12:00 am

Hearing sometimes shouldn’t be believing

Wait a minuteMaybe my hears are clogged or somethin’Maybe I’m not understanding the English language”– “My Life Is Good,” by Randy NewmanI have concluded, after not
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 12:00 am

Politics isn’t the only bar to merit hiring

Baptists have had more success against sin in Illinois than merit-hiring advocates have had against patronage. As I noted the other day, political patronage has been a factor in hiring in State of Ill
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 12:00 am

How to really help the veteran

Illinois legislators and governors have a soft spot for heroes. I know that because they do so much to create them. The administrators of adoption agencies that find ways to keep going when the state
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 12:00 am

What are public universities for?

Illinois legislators aren’t the only people who have to borrow money to pay for services whose value they sometimes question. Tuition and fees at four-year public institutions in the U.S. rose n
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 12:00 am

Springfield needs new attractions to draw the tourists

My Christmas shopping being done, I curled up in front of a glowing space heater to catch up on my reading. At the top of the pile was the official 2012 visitors guide to Springfield, “your not

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