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Second Thoughts
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 12:00 am
The English novelist Christopher Fowler ruminates to good effect in this blog post about George Orwell's novel, 1984.Orwell could never have predicted Trump. The fall of real authority came with the
Second Thoughts
Monday, July 3, 2017 12:00 am
Some further thoughts that I couldn't squeeze into this week's column on higher education.It is amazing how many of the men and women now honored as great Illinoisans managed to become so without b
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, June 29, 2017 12:00 am

Rethinking, not just reforming, public higher ed

 We can all agree that Illinois’ public higher education system is in a state of crisis – or rather crises. Bruce Rauner, living in his own private Illinois, believes that tax-supported colle
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, June 22, 2017 12:00 am

Reinventing city government 30 years ago

Come fall, it will be 30 years since the City of Springfield’s new aldermanized city council first convened. I voted for it, and I wrote about it. A new system of representation had been forced by a
Second Thoughts
Thursday, June 22, 2017 12:00 am
Jordan Weissman of Slate sums up Republican senators' proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act.  Medicaid is America's largest health insurance program by enrollment. It covers 62 milli
Second Thoughts
Friday, June 16, 2017 12:00 am
 A pleasant surprise today -- a box full of copies of my new book, fresh from the printer. After some 40 years, the thrill of seeing one's name in print has faded, but I confess that openin
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, June 15, 2017 12:00 am

How should the state deal with dead documents?

 Having found itself unable to solve the state’s big problems, legislators the other day took up a small one – the agreement to spend $2.4 million over five years for space in a converted fur
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 12:00 am
In this week's column I say my two cents’ worth about the warehousing of State of Illinois documents, which is, pretty much, that storing such documents on acid-free paper in a controlled en

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