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Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 12:00 am

The classic American diner is dying

 A few years ago, I met an old pal from Springfield in Chicago. We grabbed a bite at the Marquette Inn, the ground-floor diner named after the magnificent 1895 Loop building of that name which ho
Second Thoughts
Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 12:00 am
 I am on a Bruce Rauner fast, during which I have foresworn insulting our new governor. So I will instead refer you to Guardian columnist Jeb Lund’s recent appreciation of Mr. Rauner’s rol
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 12:00 am

New kinds of cars promise new kinds of parking lots

 Me and parking lots, we go back a long way. I’ve written at least seven columns over the years damning as unwise the undevelopment of downtown Springfield to make spaces for cars. The first on
Second Thoughts
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015 12:00 am
 This week I take up the subject of the demise of the American diner. There are lots of reasons why this is happening, which I didn’t have space to examine in my column. In the big cities
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 12:00 am

Will the high court leave Americans vulnerable to corporate panhandlers?

 Nobody likes being bullied. Nobody likes being called names. Nobody likes being asked for money. As for being bullied and called names while being asked for money, well, there oughta be a law.Ac
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 12:00 am

Is the U.S. a nation-state or a nation of states?

 Bells in Springfield – church bells, hand bells, even cell phone ringers – rang  at 2:15 p.m. on April 9 to mark the 150th anniversary of the end of major Civil War fighting. Except, as
Second Thoughts
Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015 12:00 am
 Downtown parking was in the news for about five minutes the other day, as it usually is this time of year when the annual Central Area Parking Survey is released by the Springfield-Sangamon Co
Second Thoughts
Monday, Aug. 17, 2015 12:00 am
I have occasionally used my space in this paper to remark on the dearth of the scenic in most of central Illinois. In “Living in three dimensions” I observed in a helpful tone that whatever goo

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