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Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 12:00 am

A trek across a cornfield crosses hundreds of years

 It was August and the ripening corn stood taller than we did. The field was bounded by the old Illinois Terminal tracks, South Grand, Cook and the 66 bypass, as it then was still known, Everett
Second Thoughts
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 12:00 am
 Bruce Rauner not only must learn how to be a governor – every new governor does – but how to be a politician. He made a good start in the campaign. He promised things he cannot deliver and
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 12:00 am

Shouldn’t profit-seeking nonprofits pay property taxes?

The debate that Illinois ought to be having about government finance is not how much property owners should pay in taxes, but which property owners should pay. Large quasi-corporate nonprofit corporat
Second Thoughts
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 12:00 am
 In my 2012 column “Faith, hope and statuary,” I panned recent attempts to commemorate through public statuary sacrifice by public protectors like firefighters and cops. Such works leave a
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 12:00 am

Two-wheeled transportation comes to Springfield

 It isn’t quite ISIS crossing the Mexican border, but from the way that some people reacted to it, you’d have thought that the arrival of bicyclists on Second Street threatened our American W
Second Thoughts
Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 12:00 am
 Further thoughts about the Daily Herald’s forlorn search for a gubernatorial candidate who can “change Illinois history.” The paper believes it found one in Bruce Rauner. As I noted in l
Second Thoughts
Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 12:00 am
 I’ve been thinking a bit more about food waste, and the several ways it might be reduced, or at least redeemed. While it’s too wet to burn, food waste can be digested by our littl
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 12:00 am

Can governors change history?

 One of the quainter rituals of any campaign, along with “debates,” is the newspaper editorial endorsement. It proceeds from three dubious assumptions – one, that anyone reads editorials be

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