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Second Thoughts
Sunday, June 4, 2017 12:00 am
Chicago Highlands' 5th hole. Photo from Golf AdvisorThis week I wrote about golf, more specifically about golf courses in and around Illinois. Among them are Chicago Highlands in suburban Westchest
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, June 1, 2017 12:00 am

Rauner’s tax freeze is the wrong solution to the wrong problem

 “Everyone in Illinois,” says Bruce Rauner, “knows that property taxes are too high” compared to other states. Everyone in Illinois knows nothing of the sort. Mr. Rauner, for example, kno
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:00 am

The latest Y block plans are revealed

 You know how it goes. A rich family buys an old place in a once-posh neighborhood and starts to fix it up. They’re worried that plans for multi-family apartments in the empty lot across the st
Second Thoughts
Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:00 am
 As I discuss at length in “Park-ing problems,” the Rauner-backed North Mansion Y-Block Development Group NFP has proposed to fill the vacant Y block with a block-square park whose main fe
Second Thoughts
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 12:00 am
 Will Baumol died on May 4. He is the economist who conceived of the concept of “cost disease.” An  interesting man and an important thinker. He is obituarized here and his ideas are
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, May 11, 2017 12:00 am
 Buildings are coming down along Ninth Street to make way for an off-street transfer facility for the Springfield Mass Transit District, with an eye toward construction someday of a full-scaled t
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, May 4, 2017 12:00 am

A new book recounts building the U of I main campus

 I expect that the main campus in Urbana and Champaign of the University of Illinois is the Downstate town that many Springfieldians know best after their own – in some parts the prettiest and
Thursday, April 27, 2017 12:00 am
 Kewanee is known to the wider world. It was officially dubbed the "Hog Capital of the World" in 1948, when government agriculture statistics showed that Henry County led the world in hog produ
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, April 27, 2017 12:00 am

Cat is leaving Peoria for a prettier woman

 For 90 years, “Caterpillar” was just a different way of spelling P-e-o-r-i-a. But the company has decided to move its entire executive team of some 300 people out of the River City to Chicag

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