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Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011 12:00 am

Need Springfield gag on stormwater?

My advice is, don’t ever invite the executive director of the Springfield Metro Sanitary District and a carp to the same party. Springfield, you see, is one of dozens of Illinois cities and town
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011 12:00 am

There are famous buildings, and buildings by famous architects

Springfield’s Trivial Pursuit is not a party game that is much played these days, except by candidates for state representative seats. Several different versions were released over the years in
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, July 28, 2011 12:00 am

Horace Mann’s HQ looks better at 39 than its neighborhood

The downtown headquarters building of the Horace Mann Educators Corp. is getting its first major fix-up since it opened in 1972. Whatever its merits as a work of design, the building certainly was wel
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:00 am

Rural Illinois continues to bleed people

Illinois has long been content to be a C-minus kind of state. That’s about the grade the 2010 census gave the state for its performance during the Oughts, when the number of people living in Ill
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, July 7, 2011 12:00 am

Why aren’t there more songs about government?

The life of an opinion-monger is filled with idle moments that more diligent commentators spend in study and reflection. I prefer to wonder rather than ponder. And one of the things I wonder about is,
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, June 23, 2011 12:00 am

Should the law be on trial as well as Blago?

As I write, the jury is still out on Rod Blagojevich. The coming verdict in his second trial for behaving like an Illinois governor will settle for now the question of his criminal culpability. Other
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, June 16, 2011 12:00 am

Reforming medicine care to tend to the not yet sick

On a recent pleasure trip to San Francisco, I took a ride on one of the many historic streetcars that ply that city’s waterfront. Car 1058 is one of the kinds of cars that made up the fleets of
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, June 9, 2011 12:00 am

Will fixing Dirksen Parkway fix traffic problems?

Road crews, I see, will be spending the summer making the intersection of Dirksen Parkway and Clear Lake Avenue safe for the out of sorts. It’s been years since I’ve driven through it on a


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