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Thursday, March 30, 2017 12:00 am

The new Illinois license plate design stinks

 At first I assumed that Jesse White was trying to goose sales of specialty plates to top off his budget. Why else would an Illinois Secretary of State oblige the drivers of his state to adorn th
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:00 am

A look back at AAA baseball in Springfield

 Opening Day is April 2, and in honor of the new season I bring you this column from 1978, when Springfield was, gloriously, home to the Redbirds, the St. Louis Cardinals’ AAA farm team.The pie
Second Thoughts
Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:00 am
The piece about the Springfield Redbirds that appeared in the paper on March 23, 2017, was shortened by rain, so to speak. Readers interested in the complete version will find it here, as it appear
Second Thoughts
Monday, March 20, 2017 12:00 am
 A skeptical reader wondered how the Trumpish crackdown on unpapered immigrants might hurt Illinois agriculture, as I argued it would in "Absolutely ridiculous." More than 70 percent of
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, March 16, 2017 12:00 am

The meager harvest from school gardens

 Teaching, it has been said, is like cultivating a garden. Some teachers believe that cultivating a garden is a form of teaching. The kids at Butler Elementary have been growing and harvesting he
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, March 9, 2017 12:00 am

Why tourism promises more than it delivers

 I have written often in the past about tourism development in Springfield. The topic is a hardy perennial – not because there are always new things to say, but because there are always new rea
Second Thoughts
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 12:00 am
The current Atlantic Monthly, staff writer David A. Graham, explores an issue that I've addressed from time to time in an Illinois context -- that the real division in the U.S. is not betwe
Second Thoughts
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 12:00 am
 You really ought to go see "Shifting Sands: Springfield's Architectural Legacy, Part 2," a photographic portrait of a changing Springfield. Co-curated by the excellent Erika Holst, a regula
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, March 2, 2017 12:00 am

Trump is deporting America’s future

 “It’s absolutely ridiculous,” said Springfield’s Rosanna Pulido about a bill in the General Assembly that would bar from schools, health care facilities and places of worship non-federal
Second Thoughts
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 12:00 am
 In this week’s column I wondered out loud about the question of the day: If the federales succeed in banishing all undocumented immigrants from Illinois, would that be a good thing or a bad

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