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Thursday, March 29, 2012 12:00 am

Will a transit center take Springfield where it wants to go?

I suppose the question to the Springfield City Council ought to be phrased this way: If they come, will you build it? “It” is a multimodal transit center, a nice plan for which was unveile
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, March 22, 2012 12:00 am

One writer struggles with prolixity, and loses

A while back – a long while back – I undertook to write a smallish book about a large topic, the history and culture of Illinois. I was certain that after more than 30 years spent reading,
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, March 15, 2012 12:00 am

Ought religious freedom to exclude atheists?

In February, the New York Times’ Timothy Egan nominated Roger Williams as the true founding father of America’s religious freedom. It was Williams who, in 1636, established a new colony at
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, March 8, 2012 12:00 am

Should one’s stand on dependency depend on who does the depending?

Readers who were around back when Ronald Reagan was just another lying politician and not yet a saint will remember the Cadillac Queen. She was a Chicago welfare recipient who starred in Reagan’
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, March 1, 2012 12:00 am

Fun and games during Lincoln’s birthday month

Another Lincoln birthday month has come and gone, and this one was busier than most. We learned that the Mary Todd Lincoln that had looked down from an oil portrait in the Executive Mansion for more t
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 12:00 am

Finding a new home for historic houses

Buildings are like people. Even when they get too old and decrepit to work, their examples can still teach. Something like 100 buildings from the Lincoln era are thought to still stand in Springfield.
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 12:00 am

Springfieldians once were prodigious walkers

Yes, kids, I really did used to walk two miles to school. For the whole of my ninth grade year in 1962-63, I often walked from Washington Junior High at 21st and Jackson to our house near the Statehou
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 12:00 am

Buying a future with borrowed money

In January, the University of Illinois announced it was raising its tuition on new undergraduates at its three campuses yet again. Lamentation was general throughout the land. Tuition for residents at
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 12:00 am

The state makes a bad bet on Sears

By the late 1980s, Sears & Roebuck had lost the knack of selling America its school clothes and car tires like it used to. However, it was still able to sell the governor of Illinois, the General


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