IllinoisTimes - Second Thoughts http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-138-1-second-thoughts.html Sat, 01 Oct 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Springfield High's one-hundredth http://illinoistimes.com/article-17679-springfield-highs-one-hundredth.html Springfield High's one-hundredth
 I graduated from Springfield High School in 1966. My classmates organized a 50th reunion for the same weekend that the Springfield High School building  turned 100. District 186 staged a...]]>
Centennial Building continued http://illinoistimes.com/article-17678-centennial-building-continued.html Centennial Building continued
In "Refined, delicate and urban," I talked about the Centennial Building on the statehouse grounds, which was built to honor the first centenary of the founding of the State of Illinois. I, argued, ...]]>
Fool me once . . . . http://illinoistimes.com/article-17670-fool-me-once-.html Fool me once . . . .
There’s a sucker born every minute, they say, which might explain why state legislatures and city councils count so many of them among their members. As I noted here and here, spending the publi...]]>
Finally, a use for the Armory http://illinoistimes.com/article-17624-finally-a-use-for-the-armory.html Finally, a use for the Armory
In next week's installment of Dyspepsiana, I argue that a nice way to mark the State of Illinois' 200th anniversary in 2018 would be to restore the memorial it built to celebrate the commonweal...]]>
Religious freedom in Montgomery County http://illinoistimes.com/article-17613-religious-freedom-in-montgomery-county.html Religious freedom in Montgomery County
 In “Get right or get out” I recalled episodes from Illinois’ recent past in which fearful Illinoisans confronted the Other. I mentioned an incident in Litchfield involving Jehovah’s ...]]>
Fair to middling http://illinoistimes.com/article-17563-fair-to-middling.html Fair to middling
 The more things change, the more they stay the same. Thirty-six years ago, Springfield's mayor was Mike Houston, and the Illinois State Fair was, well, what the fair has always been. I wrote ab...]]>
Parade unrest http://illinoistimes.com/article-17564-parade-unrest.html Parade unrest
I'm not sure that everyone loves a parade but I do--as a subject. I wrote two columns about the parade that kicks off the Illinois State Fair each year.  This one appeared in our paper of A...]]>
Nature's cheats http://illinoistimes.com/article-17562-natures-cheats.html Nature's cheats
Appropriate for the Olympics season is this very interesting piece from Scientific American, "Magic Blood and Carbon-Fiber Legs at the Brave New Olympics," in which Daid Epstein addresses ...]]>
Ill spent http://illinoistimes.com/article-17488-ill-spent.html Ill spent
In “Wasted,” I lamented the fact that the Illinois public has so little basis on which to judge the merit in that perennial complaint that our tax money is being wasted by grasping public emplo...]]>
Stout fellows, continued http://illinoistimes.com/article-17489-stout-fellows-continued.html Stout fellows, continued
 In “The burdens of office” I recalled my inglorious tenure as president of Springfield High School’s Interact (a combination of  “international” and “action”) Club in the 19...]]>
Why Mencken matters http://illinoistimes.com/article-17515-why-mencken-matters.html Why Mencken matters
 Paula Marantz Cohen of Drexel University hold argues in the online magazine The Smart Set why long-dead writer/critic/commentator H.L. Mencken remains as relevant as ever. She recalls HLM on ...]]>
More name-calling http://illinoistimes.com/article-17462-more-name-calling.html More name-calling
We learned on July 18 that the directors of the Prairie Capital Convention Center approved the sale of naming rights to the building to the Bank of Springfield for $150,000 per year for 10 year...]]>
Churchly people http://illinoistimes.com/article-17487-churchly-people.html Churchly people
 For those on the evangelical right who are dismayed that there is not enough God in the Donald Trump campaign, I offer this on the GOP convention from the always interesting Tyler Cowen:They are...]]>
Naming right http://illinoistimes.com/article-17413-naming-right.html Naming right
 A follow-up to a follow-up: I recently noted (see "Ask the kids") that School District 186 has begun the process of devising a formal process for renaming district facilities. Is it a pr...]]>
Imaginary landscapes http://illinoistimes.com/article-17408-imaginary-landscapes.html Imaginary landscapes
Faithful reader Brent Hahn responded to my maunderings about natural beauty and politics, "The blossomy haw, remembered," with this reminder that the sensible person who lives in a place bereft of s...]]>
Ask the kids http://illinoistimes.com/article-17409-ask-the-kids.html Ask the kids
I read today that the policy committee of School District 186 is considering adopting a formal process for the naming of district facilities after citizens deemed worth of the honor.You migh...]]>
Distant echoes from the north http://illinoistimes.com/article-17383-distant-echoes-from-the-north.html Distant echoes from the north
 Our sister paper, Chicago's Reader, has just published its annual Best of Chicago issue. In it are excellent pieces that echo topics recently taken up in this space."The Thompson Center is Chi...]]>
Lies, damn lies and governors http://illinoistimes.com/article-17358-lies-damn-lies-and-governors.html Lies, damn lies and governors
 A useful reminder from Charles Wheeler, writing at Illinois Issues. “Speaker Madigan’s Democrats have controlled our General Assembly for more than 30 years. Speaker Madigan’s Democra...]]>
Re-treeing http://illinoistimes.com/article-17327-re-treeing.html Re-treeing
 My recent column calling for the re-treeing Springfield – “Something there is that doesn't love a tree,” which of course should have been titled “Someone there is who doesn’t love ...]]>
Tree Cities Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-17329-tree-cities-illinois.html Tree Cities Illinois
 Bits and pieces about trees pile up on my desk like autumn leaves in the yard. Last week I mentioned Barrington, Illinois, as a Tree City USA. It is not alone. In addition to the U.S. flag th...]]>
The virtues of thrift http://illinoistimes.com/article-17275-the-virtues-of-thrift.html The virtues of thrift
Back in January I repeated one of my time-worn rants about the environmental damage being done by factory-style cultivation of corn. I stated,   A good field in mid-illinois these days i...]]>
Guelzo on Blumenthal on Lincoln http://illinoistimes.com/article-17184-guelzo-on-blumenthal-on-lincoln.html Guelzo on Blumenthal on Lincoln
 I am grateful to the Washington Monthly -- not for the first time -- for alerting me to the release of a new biography of Lincoln that focuses on his Springfield years. Allen Guelzo, t...]]>
Thank you, Governor http://illinoistimes.com/article-17156-thank-you-governor.html Thank you, Governor
I appreciate the governor of Illinois confirming a point that I made in my drafts of “Graduation exercise” but which I couldn’t squeeze into the finished piece. From Doug Finke:  &nbsp...]]>
Modern spirit http://illinoistimes.com/article-17154-modern-spirit.html Modern spirit
 In "More jet-age wonders" I praised the  jet-age barn on the state fairgrounds known as the Illinois Building, which was completed in 1950 to plans drawn up by the Chicago firm of Lo...]]>
Job-killers http://illinoistimes.com/article-17152-job-killers.html Job-killers
Samuel Scott III, the retired chairman and CEO of Corn Products International, which now calls itself  Ingredion. He gave a speech to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in which he examin...]]>
Motorola revisited http://illinoistimes.com/article-17126-motorola-revisited.html Motorola revisited
 A drearily familiar story came briefly back to mind in today's Trib. The campus in Harvard in northern Illinois that Motorola opened in 1997 to make cellphones. and which had been closed since ...]]>
From the Credit Where Credit Is Due Dept. http://illinoistimes.com/article-17124-from-the-credit-where-credit-is-due-dept.html From the Credit Where Credit Is Due Dept.
 The article on Illinois Indian language by Michael McCafferty that I referred to in "Mis-say it loud, mis-say it proud" appears in Protohistory at the Grand Village of the Kaskaskia: The Illin...]]>
Booby-trapping the tax system http://illinoistimes.com/article-17125-booby-trapping-the-tax-system.html Booby-trapping the tax system
 This week I take up, and just as quickly put down, the question of a graduated income tax for Illinois. Not many states have a flat rate tax on incomes. Illinois does so for reasons that ha...]]>
Most depressing news of the week-- so far http://illinoistimes.com/article-17121-most-depressing-news-of-the-week-so-far.html Most depressing news of the week-- so far
 The Chicago Tribune, summarizing the day's events in the General Assembly:...]]>
Ghost houses http://illinoistimes.com/article-17032-ghost-houses.html Ghost houses
When the National Park Service in 1971 took over the blocks of Eighth and Jackson streets around the Lincoln home, it ruthlessly cleared them of any structures that had not been standing w...]]>