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Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, July 26, 2012 12:00 am

Good for the City of Springfield, yes, but for the city?

“People,” goes an old political adage, “vote their pocketbooks.” That goes for people in elected office too.A diligent reader attended a Springfield Park Board meeting at which
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, July 19, 2012 12:00 am

What do the Oneota teach us about ourselves?

The other day a passing canoeist (who else?) found an unusual pottery fragment on a sandbar in the Sangamon between Springfield and Petersburg. The find prompted the usual questions? How old is it? Wh
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, July 12, 2012 12:00 am

Should Griffin Woods be spared “development”?

Few of our readers know the words and music to “Woodman, Spare that Tree,” a mawkish ballad that was a hit in the 1830s. Instead they are singing the blues about the destruction of Griffin
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, July 5, 2012 12:00 am

Jim Edgar tries to bridge the Chicago-Downstate divide

Jim Edgar is the closest thing the Illinois Republican Party has to a sage. His long career in elective office made him wise – wise enough anyway to retire from elective office – and he ge
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, June 28, 2012 12:00 am

Was rezoning for another supermarket in the city’s interest?

If a woods fall and eight aldermen are not listening, does it make a sound? A few days ago the Springfield city council voted 8-2 to replace Griffin Woods, the 20-acre patch of forest at Bruns Lane an
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, June 21, 2012 12:00 am

Considering downtown redevelopment in its metropolitan context

A seven-member team of urban paramedics known as a Sustainable Design Assessment Team recently spent three days touring Springfield’s city center, greater downtown Springfield. They were charged
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, June 14, 2012 12:00 am

What to do when White Oaks is gone

A planned new “patioscape” on the parking lot side of the former White Oaks Cinema will provide outdoor seating for customers of the shops and eateries expected to move into the converted
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, June 7, 2012 12:00 am

Might immigrants come to America to farm our universities?

I have often lamented here the continuing decline in the population of Illinois’ rural parts. (See “Devoid of life,” July 14, 2011.) Like a great many readers, I have roots in centra
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, May 31, 2012 12:00 am

Does the Internet mean the death of serendipity?

I was looking up something else on the web a couple of months ago when I ran across a reminiscence by the veteran Tribune writer Ron Grossman. “Like Columbus, I’d start with a destination
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, May 24, 2012 12:00 am

Confusing management for governance in District 186

A few years ago, the executive director of the National School Boards Association said, “In a democracy, school boards are the closest thing to the ground.” “Like dandelions in a law

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