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Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 12:00 am

A rock star guitarist in Springfield? Really?

 On January 25, 2016, the State Journal-Register published an article in which rock guitarist and former Springfield resident Adrian Belew reminisced about his career. Ordinarily, one would expec
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 12:00 am

What ought to be required of a member of the Commonwealth?

 Who gets to be an American? I don’t mean who gets to live here. I mean, who gets to be an American citizen? This large question weighs heavily on the smaller minds on our political right. I re
Second Thoughts
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016 12:00 am
 In 2014, in "Where is Illinois?" I stuck my big nose into the issue of regional identity. You would think that the one inarguable fact about Illinois is that it is a Midwestern place. Wal
Second Thoughts
Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 12:00 am
 In "Back on the roads again," I noted that Mr Rauner's proposed budget  would cut funding for public transit in the Chicago area (in spite of increased demand). I asked, is it wise
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 12:00 am

Public science in an age of privatized government

 Bruce Rauner the other day took action that, he explained in a press release, would “develop a sustainable fiscal model for the continued operation of the Illinois State Museum.” I’m a lit
Second Thoughts
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 12:00 am
U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R.-Paranoia) is a sponsor of  the SAFE Act, recently passed in the House by representatives fretting that members of ISIS might gain entry into the U.S. disguise
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 12:00 am

The return of the businessman-reformer

 Daydreaming the other day, I ran through my head some scenes from my imagined movie remake, Mr. Potter Goes to Springfield, in which Capra’s naïve do-gooder Jefferson Smith is replaced by Hen
Second Thoughts
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 12:00 am
 At the Downtown Springfield Inc. annual awards dinner in January at the Wyndham City Centre, the Springfield Mayre Jim Langfelder talked about the most recent developments in the Bluffstone LL
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 12:00 am

The immigration issue in Springfield in the 1980s

 As part of Illinois Times’ 40th anniversary observances, we will revisit in light of more recent events columns from James Krohe Jr.’s Prejudices series that ran from 1977 to 1994. Minor err

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