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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
Second Thoughts
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 12:00 am
Among the original items in Mr. Rauner's Turnaround Agenda (he counts 44, I get a little more than a dozen) are several sensible reforms that the saner Democrats ought to at least be talking about.&n
Second Thoughts
Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 12:00 am
In "As the crow is bent" (perhaps my worst title ever), I explored the ramifications of my unusual surname.Unusual, that is, outside Cass County and environs. My father, on his travels around
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 12:00 am

Why the losers are winning in the U.S.

I am among those dismayed by the outcome of the November elections – not because people I disagree with elected the next President of the United States, but because they didn’t. Voters were asked
Second Thoughts
Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 12:00 am
For readers with a taste for the archival. Here is the full version of my column abut the Y block in downtown Springfield, an abridged version of which we ran on Nov. 10, The original that follows app
Second Thoughts
Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 12:00 am
Rural America, even as it laments its economic weakness, retains vastly disproportionate electoral strength. Rural voters were able to nudge Donald J. Trump to power despite Hillary Clinton’s large
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 12:00 am

Does a name determine one’s destiny?

 Some say that names are destiny. Surely jurist Learned Hand was doomed at his christening to take up the law, just as John Wisdom took up philosophy or Brandon Belt picked up a baseball bat. I a
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 12:00 am

A look back at 35 years of bungling at the Y block

 Ever know a kid who never quite grew up because her parents wouldn’t let her? The Y block in downtown Springfield is a lot like that. I described the partial clearing of that parcel in 1978. (

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