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Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:00 am

Remembering Springfield’s “greatest citizen after Lincoln”

 In 1922 a reporter from the Illinois State Journal dropped by the City Hall offices of Willis J. Spaulding at Seventh and Monroe. Spaulding was then the city’s Commissioner of Public Property.
Second Thoughts
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 12:00 am
Way back in 2014, when the sun still shone on America, I did a column titled New York, New York in which  I ventured an opinion or two about why New York City draws to it the best and
Second Thoughts
Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 12:00 am
Here is a short shelf of books that explore in some way the history of mid-Illinois, as I promised in "Understanding our brave new world through the old one." All are still in print or, if no
Second Thoughts
Monday, Dec. 12, 2016 12:00 am
 "Sears revolutionized American retail not once but twice, and made a lot of Americans immeasurably better off," Megan McArdle writes in Bloomberg. "But Sears built a great business for an
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 12:00 am

Some politicians want to bring back coal

 The new president, apparently, plans to make America toxic again. The New York Times reports that Comrade Trump has put a climate-change agnostic and friend of the coal companies in ch
Second Thoughts
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 12:00 am
An update on the issue I raised here and here: The U.S. presidential vote is still being counted. As of December 6, Hillary Clinton leads by 2.6 million votes, which is 2 percent of the tota
Second Thoughts
Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 12:00 am
Readers who share my dismay at the ways that the structure of our national political system frustrates the will of the majority have a sympathetic ear in blogger Jason Kottke, who offers links to usef
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 12:00 am

What the Trump win says about our rural parts

 Looked at in one way – actually, looked at in several ways – Donald Trump’s win was the revenge of the countryside against the city. While the billionaire common man couldn’t carry Illin

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