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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
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 12:00 am

What Mary Lee Leahy did and didn’t change

Mary Lee Leahy died Dec. 12, after a busy life working for good causes as an attorney and public servant. Perhaps unfairly, she is remembered mainly as a Holy Warrior against patronage in public emplo
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 12:00 am

Dave Brubeck made jazz cool

I hear you’re mad about BrubeckI like your eyes, I like him tooHe’s an artist, a pioneerWe’ve got to have some music on the new frontier– “New Frontier” by Donald F
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 12:00 am

Can CWLP be managed for the people’s benefit?

“The word ‘socialism,’” said Illinois governor John Peter Altgeld in a speech 115 years ago, “is used as a term of derision only by the ignorant or the servile.” Sp
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 12:00 am

Mike Madigan goes exploring in Azerbaijan

I don’t know about you, but I love to hear people talk about their interesting trips to foreign places. You learn the most interesting things. What fun it would be therefore to sit down with Mik


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