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Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011 12:00 am

Will tougher enforcement improve shabby housing on the east side?

If its aldermen were running Springfield’s fire stations, the city would have burned down years ago. On Oct. 18 the Springfield City Council passed a complex new ordinance that stiffened the pen
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 12:00 am

The death of Steve Jobs and the Anerican need to believe

Steve Jobs is dead, and the world talked about little else for a week. By now we have arrived at the transitional moment that was neatly described by columnist Rick Polito in the Pacific Sun – t
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011 12:00 am
Is it really possible – even in a nation whose congresspeople believe that laying off people creates jobs and whose wealthy believe that helping to pay to run the country that made them rich is
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011 12:00 am

Enticing trained brains back to Springfield

The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce is talking industrial parks as the way to make Greater Springfield – which I prefer to think of as Bigger Springfield – a Great Place to Do Busi
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011 12:00 am

In which a mere opinion-monger sets out on the path toward Truth

Life is full of mysteries. Why would a beneficent god allow humans to invent ceramic cooktops? Why didn’t the Pyschedelic Furs sell more records? The public’s confusion is rich soil for th
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011 12:00 am
I know only two lawyer jokes. One is Rod Blagojevich. The other one is this: In a nation that already has more lawyers per capita than any other nation on earth, U.S. law schools are churning out many
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011 12:00 am

Is there an alternative to tearing down Enos Elementary?

On Sept. 11, the District 186 board announced that it would cancel classes forever at Enos Elementary School. The board approved plans to demolish the aging building on the north side and replace it w
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011 12:00 am

The old Franklin Life complex did not get the owner it deserves

I left one question unanswered when I wrote recently that the Horace Mann Educators Corp. building in downtown Springfield was one of four in the capital city designed by a world-famous architecture f
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011 12:00 am

Updates and addenda to recent columns

Satchel Paige wisely advised us, “Don’t look back: Something may be gaining on you.” He’s right.I addressed the time and energy costs of daily commuting to jobs in Springfield
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011 12:00 am

Why aren’t kids learning science?

As news goes, it wasn’t very new. The company that administers the ACT college prep tests announced recently that fewer than a quarter of Illinois’ 2011 graduating high school class met th


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