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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
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 12:00 am

Expressing our unconscious unease about immigrants

 The dread of the invader runs deep in every human. The savage acts on it unthinkingly, by reaching for a club; the civilized man and woman is no less vulnerable to it but considers it disreputab
Second Thoughts
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016 12:00 am
 In my 2013 column, "Throwing in the towel," I talked about the several proposals then on the table to treat elite college athletes like the semi-pros they really are. New York's Jonathan
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 12:00 am

Does the French Revolution hold lessons for Citizen Rauner?

 Drowsy after a heavy holiday meal, I settled in to finish Stefan Zweig’s classic 1934 biography of Marie Antoinette. As I drifted in and out of sleep, the Versailles in Zweig’s account of th


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