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Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 12:00 am

Public science in an age of privatized government

 Bruce Rauner the other day took action that, he explained in a press release, would “develop a sustainable fiscal model for the continued operation of the Illinois State Museum.” I’m a lit
Second Thoughts
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 12:00 am
U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R.-Paranoia) is a sponsor of  the SAFE Act, recently passed in the House by representatives fretting that members of ISIS might gain entry into the U.S. disguise
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 12:00 am

The return of the businessman-reformer

 Daydreaming the other day, I ran through my head some scenes from my imagined movie remake, Mr. Potter Goes to Springfield, in which Capra’s naïve do-gooder Jefferson Smith is replaced by Hen
Second Thoughts
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 12:00 am
 At the Downtown Springfield Inc. annual awards dinner in January at the Wyndham City Centre, the Springfield Mayre Jim Langfelder talked about the most recent developments in the Bluffstone LL
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 12:00 am

The immigration issue in Springfield in the 1980s

 As part of Illinois Times’ 40th anniversary observances, we will revisit in light of more recent events columns from James Krohe Jr.’s Prejudices series that ran from 1977 to 1994. Minor err
Second Thoughts
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 12:00 am
 Reader Jay Kitterman CHA, director of the Culinary Institute at Lincoln Land Community College, writes to remind me that the death of Indian restaurants in Springfield in 1981 I d
Second Thoughts
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 12:00 am
Last week I remarked on a pretty good new book about corn and the Midwest from the U of I Press. (See “Where corn is god.”) I didn’t know it then, but when I became a magazine journalist
Second Thoughts
Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 12:00 am
 Back in June of 2015, in “The Razor blade in the apple,” I speculated about the likely effects if passed of Mr. Rauner’s ballyhooed property tax freeze. Among its provisions, the Rauner
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 12:00 am

A new book offers not quite everything you wanted to know about corn

 I grew up within a block of a corn field on the east end of Springfield. Nearly every weekend of those years we’d visit the relatives on their farm outside Beardstown; over the potholes and th

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