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Second Thoughts
Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 12:00 am
My recent column complaining about the pension “reform” plan cobbled together by the General Assembly annoyed some readers. One reader asked whether, when I was young and did not get a toy I wante
Second Thoughts
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 12:00 am
One of the things to admire about Gillum Ferguson’s new book, Illinois in the War of 1812, which I wrote about recently, is his depiction of the native peoples caught up in that conflict. He portray
Second Thoughts
Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 12:00 am
 Bob Vaughn, who runs the Sangamon Auditorium at UIS, tells me that the upcoming performance by the San Francisco Jazz Collective will be dedicated to Springfield drum great Barrett Deems, whom I mentioned in my recent column about drummers. The date of the 7 p.m. performance, Sunday March 30, 2014, falls about a month after what would have been  Deems’ 100 birthday.

Vaughn adds, “Concert goers are invited to share a piece of his birthday cake in the Auditorium Lobby following the concert. Special guests will be present.”
Second Thoughts
Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 12:00 am
 Last year, noting that not a single high-level executive had been successfully prosecuted in connection with collapse of the national economy in 2008, I asked why more real crooks don’t go to
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 12:00 am

Local entrepreneurs bite the hand that feeds them

 Court and Karen Conn are peeved. In the current issue of Compass, the magazine of the libertarian Illinois Policy Institute, they air several gripes about their problems doing business in the ca
Second Thoughts
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 12:00 am
 Every Illinoisan wants, or ought to want to curb unneeded increases in Medicaid spending. Purging the rolls will help a little, but the real problem is something else.According to Harold Pollack
Second Thoughts
Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 12:00 am
Writing two days before Christmas about the theft from Target’s data system of as many as 40 million customer names, card numbers, expiration dates and card security codes, the Chicago Tribune edito
Second Thoughts
Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 12:00 am
Over the years I’ve ridden trains of one kind or another as often as I ride horses, and like all passengers have had my share of ideas about how to improve service. Until Illinois gets a genuinely h
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 12:00 am

Why are drummers the butt of so many jokes?

What do you call someone who hangs around with musicians? A drummer.I don’t know why I have always enjoyed drummer jokes. My father is a professional drummer, and a fine one, so one should not read

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