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Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, March 6, 2014 12:00 am

Would vote-buying improve elections?

Am I the only one? Watching the Republican gubernatorial primary reminds me of a homecoming king contest that pits the quarterback whose dad bought him a convertible against the student council vice-p
Second Thoughts
Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 12:00 am
The tax-reform proposal recently unveiled by Dave Camp, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has been praised by even Democratic-leaning commentators such as Jonathan Chait as “maybe th
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 12:00 am

Does water conservation add up for Springfield?

 This month, City Water, Light and Power announced it would ask the city council to approve updating the water demand analysis done for the department in 1991, the better to assess how best to me
Second Thoughts
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 12:00 am
More on the politics of water rate increases. (See also "Demanding answers.") I addressed the issue in this paper back in 1988, when Springfield also was suffering through a protracted dry spell.
Second Thoughts
Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 12:00 am
 In my recent babbling about which collective noun best describes residents of Springfield, I explored which of the word endings "-ian" or "-er" was most appropriate to attach to the word Spr
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 12:00 am

What do you call Springfield residents?

 Many years ago, when the creeks ran clear  and deer roamed free in the wooded groves of downtown Springfield, I was leaving Lanphier Park after watching the Springfield Redbirds play a ball
Second Thoughts
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 12:00 am
A couple of week ago Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan announced his intention to introduce legislation to cut the corporate state income tax rate – that is, the rate applied to business prof

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