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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
Second Thoughts
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 12:00 am
 Faithful readers of this paper will recall that Jackson Street between 2nd  and 8th streets has been talked about in recent months as a pedestrianized link between the statehouse complex
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 12:00 am

Where should the governor of a divided state reside?

 “I look forward to living in the Governor’s Mansion,” said candidate Bruce Rauner to the Associated Press, “and would consider it an honor.” More than 216 miles separating Winnetka fro
Second Thoughts
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 12:00 am
Further thoughts on the naming, renaming and misnaming of public buildings that I addressed in "Official graffiti": The original wing of what is now regrettably known to most Illinoisans as the Mi
Second Thoughts
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 12:00 am
 In “Why did the pedestrian not cross the road?” I noted that downtown promoters and merchants have become concerned about the risks to workers, shoppers and tourists downtown posed by car
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:00 am

Immigrant-hating and the Illinois democracy

 Quick – how big a part of Illinois’ population in recent years has consisted of unauthorized immigrants. Ten percent? Fifteen? Twenty? In 2012, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, it was 3
Second Thoughts
Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 12:00 am
Tom Sullivan at Hullabaloo fetched a bit of tape from the memory hole. Holding copies of FBI emails about torture that the ACLU obtained through FOIA requests last fall, Sen. Dick Durbin said, 
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 12:00 am

The General Assembly tags the museum building

 In a 2010 column titled “A school by any other name” I explored the changing fashions in naming public buildings. I noted that public officials eager to not be caught endorsing anyone who mi

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