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Second Thoughts
Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 12:00 am
 Now we hear that they got the date wrong on the Illinois state seal. The seal, which is the centerpiece of the state flag, features a perched eagle bearing a banner, “State Sovereignty, N
Second Thoughts
Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 12:00 am
 Once in a while, life imitates journalism. In “The birth of the plyscraper” (April 24, 2014), I noted the trend toward green buildigs of a different kind – large commercial and residenti
Second Thoughts
Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 12:00 am
 In her recent conversation with Bruce Rushton (“Can we talk?,” Jan. 19, 2017) Lisa Clemmons Stott, executive director of Downtown Springfield, Inc., said that  Springfield lacks a vi
Second Thoughts
Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 12:00 am
 After reading “Red brick roads” (Jan. 19, 2017), a faithful reader who grew up in Tuscola – magical name -- recalled for me the almost melodic sounds made by car tires on the old brick
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 12:00 am

The newest idea for the Y block is the worst

 First it was going to be the site of a courts complex, then of a new Lincoln museum. After that hope fizzled it was going to be home to a showcase mixed-use development, but the City of Springfi
Second Thoughts
Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 12:00 am
 The outgoing Obama administration reportedly prepared hundreds of memos -- more than 300 from the National Security Council alone -- to aid the Trump transition. Those memos, apparently, were ne
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 12:00 am

Springfield’s “new” aldermanic government turns 30

I’m terrible at anniversaries, so I wasn’t surprised that I’d forgotten that this year marks 30 years since the City of Springfield changed from an at-large commissioner form of government to it
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 12:00 am

Bringing brick streets back from the grave

 Springfield has no yellow brick roads leading toward Oz – I know because I looked for one for 40 years. It used to have plenty of red brick ones, though, gorgeous streets the color of aged win

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