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Second Thoughts
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 12:00 am
 In my September column, “Where’s Illinois?,” I hazarded the guess that the mental maps that Americans make of the places they know resemble the actual map as much as the State of Illinoi
Second Thoughts
Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 12:00 am
 The Executive Mansion is falling apart -- the mechanical systems need to be replaced, the roof leaks and the flooring is even less well-supported than recent State of Illinois budgets. Not
Second Thoughts
Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 12:00 am
The Executive Mansion is falling apart -- the mechanical systems need to be replaced, the roof leaks and the flooring is even less well-supported than recent State of Illinois budgets. Govenor-el
Second Thoughts
Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 12:00 am
 In my upcoming column on state driver licensing requirements, I note that because driverless cars will demand even less of our brains and our bodies than manual driving does, we are likely to pr
Second Thoughts
Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 12:00 am
I only recently noticed that a reader had chided me in the comments for listing all the places I'd lived in my piece about food scrap recycling. (Waste not. Why not?)I wasn't t place-dropping, I swe
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 12:00 am

A drummer who hasn’t missed a beat in 90 years

 I can only barely keep time, but while I could never be a drummer I love to talk with my father about the drummer’s craft. He’s worked as a professional musician for 76 years now – he’ll
Second Thoughts
Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 12:00 am
 Each year about this time, when the first snow threatens, local police urge caution upon drivers who apparently have forgotten everything they ever learned about how to drive on snow-slicked p
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 12:00 am

A trek across a cornfield crosses hundreds of years

 It was August and the ripening corn stood taller than we did. The field was bounded by the old Illinois Terminal tracks, South Grand, Cook and the 66 bypass, as it then was still known, Everett

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