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Second Thoughts
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 12:00 am
 I have more to say about the late Lee Sandlin, whose work I extolled in “A poet of fact.” For decades Lee seemed doomed to be another of those writers who is famous for not being known
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 12:00 am

Our feathered friends are trying to tell us something

 The stout birders of Springfield set out just after New Year’s Day again this year to count birds because, really, what else is there to do this time of year? During what was the 80th such cen
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 12:00 am

The lessons of Illinois’ historic sites history

 For those who don’t know the story, here’s what happened. Politically connected Springfieldians undertake to put more of the city’s long-hidden Lincoln legacy on display to new generations
Second Thoughts
Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 12:00 am
 In “Topping off the tank” in 2012, I noted about the federal gas tax that it had not been adjusted for inflation since 1993, Merely raising the federal gas tax enough to restor
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 12:00 am

The lost art of political invective

 Spiro T. Agnew came to Springfield in September of 1970 to make a speech. To that approximately half of the public not yet born in 1970, I must explain that Mr. Agnew was a vice president of the
Second Thoughts
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 12:00 am
 In my 2012 column “New Beijings,” I speculated more than half seriously on a possible cure for the depopulation of the Illinois countryside. I proposed to add a few New Beijings to our Ne
Second Thoughts
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 12:00 am
 On January 9. Bob Goldsborough of the Chcago Tribune published a fine obituary of Lee Sandlin, the man I described in "A poet of Fact" as "arguably . . . Illinois’ best writer." In on
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 12:00 am

Illinois loses Lee Sandlin

 The man who arguably was Illinois’ best writer died not long ago, and hardly anyone south of the Loop noticed. Lee Sandlin, belle-lettrist and critic, was among the contributors to Chicago’s

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