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Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, July 7, 2016 12:00 am

Illinois needs a new state song for a new era

 You know how some songs seem just right for the moment? Charles H. Chamberlain and Archibald Johnston’s isn’t. The state of Illinois made their “Illinois” the official state song in 1925
Second Thoughts
Friday, July 1, 2016 12:00 am
 A follow-up to a follow-up: I recently noted (see "Ask the kids") that School District 186 has begun the process of devising a formal process for renaming district facilities. Is it a pr
Second Thoughts
Thursday, June 30, 2016 12:00 am
Faithful reader Brent Hahn responded to my maunderings about natural beauty and politics, "The blossomy haw, remembered," with this reminder that the sensible person who lives in a place bereft of s
Second Thoughts
Thursday, June 30, 2016 12:00 am
I read today that the policy committee of School District 186 is considering adopting a formal process for the naming of district facilities after citizens deemed worth of the honor.You migh
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, June 23, 2016 12:00 am

Does the city of Springfield need its own planner?

 It sounded like a Seinfeld episode. The Salvation Army buys a building on Ninth Street for a new homeless shelter and spends half a mill fixing it up, only for Mayor Jim Langfelder to tell them,
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, June 16, 2016 12:00 am

The governor tries to divide Illinois against itself – again

 Bruce Rauner is trying to divide Downstate from Chicago over school funding. It’s a low tactic that has a long tradition, as I noted in this column from the IT of June 5, 1981. The much longer
Second Thoughts
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 12:00 am
 My recent column calling for the re-treeing Springfield – “Something there is that doesn't love a tree,” which of course should have been titled “Someone there is who doesn’t love


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