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Second Thoughts
Thursday, March 31, 2016 12:00 am
Space limitations kept me from discussing all of Springfield's International Style buildings in my recent column on jet-age architecture. You’d think that the basic building model for the state fa
Second Thoughts
Monday, March 21, 2016 12:00 am
In "Off the rack" I chided the governor for his too-casual choices of attire while on the job. I concede that my standards in such matters were shaped by my first tow governors, William Stratton and
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, March 17, 2016 12:00 am

Men promising more than they can deliver – again

 Some 30 years ago I was moved by the mindless boasting of the Republican blowhard in the White House to write this column, which appeared in the Prejudices series on Aug. 8, 1985. The presidenti
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, March 10, 2016 12:00 am

Judging our elected emperors by their clothes

 I took in two things during lunch the other day. One was bean soup. The other was Goethe’s observation that the nobleman “tells us everything through the person he presents, but . . . the bu
Second Thoughts
Thursday, March 10, 2016 12:00 am
 Usually when the subject is Illinois governors and someone brings up cuffs, you know what they mean. But this week I’m talking about attire, not arrests. We’ve had chief executives who pre
Second Thoughts
Thursday, March 10, 2016 12:00 am
This week I take up the governor’s choices in clothes, but I can find no fault with his grooming. I haven’t always been able to say that about Illinois’s senior politicians. In a 1990 column t
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:


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