IllinoisTimes - Second Thoughts http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-138-1-second-thoughts.html Sun, 26 Feb 17 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Making it up about Chicago http://illinoistimes.com/article-18315-making-it-up-about-chicago.html Making it up about Chicago
Frustrated that you are reliant on lyin' reporters to fact-check assertions by our lyin' politicians? Ever wonder how the pros decide whether a claim is mis-stated, misleading or downright false?Gua...]]>
Budget talk doesn't add up http://illinoistimes.com/article-18314-budget-talk-doesnt-add-up.html Budget talk doesn't add up
 Look, spring training just got underway this week, and I just don't have the time to make fun of Bruce Rauner's budget address, so I will leave you in the capable hands of brother Eric Zorn, o...]]>
Real Lincoln http://illinoistimes.com/article-18287-real-lincoln.html Real Lincoln
 I am obliged to Matt Yglesias over at Vox for pointing out that the Republican Party marked Lincoln’s birthday this year by posting on its official Twitter account a quote from the great man...]]>
A little knowledge . . . No. 11 in a series http://illinoistimes.com/article-18255-a-little-knowledge-no-11-in-a-series.html A little knowledge . . . No. 11 in a series
From Upshot, we get this report of a new public opinion survey of a national sample of 1,890 adults about “Obamacare,” or the Affordable Care Act. 35 percent of respondents said either they ...]]>
Bad date http://illinoistimes.com/article-18252-bad-date.html Bad date
 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...]]>
Plyscraper, for real http://illinoistimes.com/article-18253-plyscraper-for-real.html Plyscraper, for real
 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...]]>
Seeing things whole http://illinoistimes.com/article-18249-seeing-things-whole.html Seeing things whole
 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...]]>
The cosmopolitan perspective http://illinoistimes.com/article-18250-the-cosmopolitan-perspective.html The cosmopolitan perspective
 I only scratched the surface of my topic in “Form over function” (Jan. 26, 2017). Under the old commission government, each of the five commissioners were both administrative and legisl...]]>
Catching sound http://illinoistimes.com/article-18251-catching-sound.html Catching sound
 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 ...]]>
Homework http://illinoistimes.com/article-18220-homework.html Homework
 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...]]>
George Washington foretells Trump http://illinoistimes.com/article-18192-george-washington-foretells-trump.html George Washington foretells Trump
 George Packer in The New Yorker reminds us that George Washington, in his farewell address upon leaving office in 1796, said this about the danger of partisan demagoguery. It agitates the ...]]>
Manierre Dawson in town http://illinoistimes.com/article-18167-manierre-dawson-in-town.html Manierre Dawson in town
The Illinois State Museum has announced the dates of showing of 16 original oil paintings in its collection by Manierre Dawson. “A Journey to Abstraction.” Dawson, sayeth the curators, was a lit...]]>
Trump explains Lincoln http://illinoistimes.com/article-18121-trump-explains-lincoln.html Trump explains Lincoln
Next month Springfield will mark the 208th anniversary of te birth of Abraham Lincoln. The city is familiar by now with the tributes that national and international Somebodies pay to our best citizen....]]>
Our second city http://illinoistimes.com/article-18084-our-second-city.html Our second city
Way back in 2014, when the sun still shone on America, I did a column titled New York, New York in which  I ventured an opinion or two about why New York City draws to it the best and...]]>
History books for Christmas http://illinoistimes.com/article-18061-history-books-for-christmas.html History books for Christmas
Here is a short shelf of books that explore in some way the history of mid-Illinois, as I promised in "Understanding our brave new world through the old one." All are still in print or, if no...]]>
Closing time http://illinoistimes.com/article-18030-closing-time.html Closing time
 "Sears revolutionized American retail not once but twice, and made a lot of Americans immeasurably better off," Megan McArdle writes in Bloomberg. "But Sears built a great business for an ...]]>
A little knowledge . . . . No. 10 in a series http://illinoistimes.com/article-18029-a-little-knowledge-no-10-in-a-series.html A little knowledge . . . . No. 10 in a series
Public Policy Polling has been peeking under the low brow of the American public again, and found that a great many Trump supporters live in a different United States than do their countrymen. ...]]>
Still counting . . . http://illinoistimes.com/article-18003-still-counting-.html Still counting . . .
An update on the issue I raised here and here: The U.S. presidential vote is still being counted. As of December 6, Hillary Clinton leads by 2.6 million votes, which is 2 percent of the tota...]]>
Fair and just http://illinoistimes.com/article-18001-fair-and-just.html Fair and just
Readers who share my dismay at the ways that the structure of our national political system frustrates the will of the majority have a sympathetic ear in blogger Jason Kottke, who offers links to usef...]]>
Not the pick of the litter http://illinoistimes.com/article-18000-not-the-pick-of-the-litter.html Not the pick of the litter
Among the original items in Mr. Rauner's Turnaround Agenda (he counts 44, I get a little more than a dozen) are several sensible reforms that the saner Democrats ought to at least be talking about.&n...]]>
Fitzgerald and Maxwell, from the archives http://illinoistimes.com/article-17977-fitzgerald-and-maxwell-from-the-archives.html Fitzgerald and Maxwell, from the archives
Alert readers will know that two mid-Illinois writers, translator and poet Robert S. Fitzgerald and Lincoln novelists and editor William Maxwell, have been much talked about in these pages over the ...]]>
Krohe khronicles http://illinoistimes.com/article-17974-krohe-khronicles.html Krohe khronicles
In "As the crow is bent" (perhaps my worst title ever), I explored the ramifications of my unusual surname.Unusual, that is, outside Cass County and environs. My father, on his travels around ...]]>
"People, not Pontiacs," uncut http://illinoistimes.com/article-17941-people-not-pontiacs-uncut.html "People, not Pontiacs," uncut
For readers with a taste for the archival. Here is the full version of my column abut the Y block in downtown Springfield, an abridged version of which we ran on Nov. 10, The original that follows app...]]>
Rural clout http://illinoistimes.com/article-17942-rural-clout.html Rural clout
Rural America, even as it laments its economic weakness, retains vastly disproportionate electoral strength. Rural voters were able to nudge Donald J. Trump to power despite Hillary Clinton’s large ...]]>
Boomer bust http://illinoistimes.com/article-17913-boomer-bust.html Boomer bust
 Note to baby boomers: Now's your chance to relive the '60s for real -- only now Bull Connor is in the White House....]]>
Rigged http://illinoistimes.com/article-17912-rigged.html Rigged
 Turns out the election was rigged, after all. Voters were asked to chose from among four candidates, and the one who was awarded the most votes was – Illinoisan Hillary Clinton. She lost, h...]]>
Of the women, for the women and by the women http://illinoistimes.com/article-17890-of-the-women-for-the-women-and-by-the-women.html Of the women, for the women and by the women
 I just voted a few minutes ago, with pleasure and relief. Just visible n spite of the  smoke and mirrors was the fact that this was an election of the women, for the women and by the wome...]]>
Lucky charm http://illinoistimes.com/article-17887-lucky-charm.html Lucky charm
In 2002 I moved to the Chicago area and became a White Sox fan; they won the World Series in 2005. In 2010 I moved to the Bay Area and started following the Giants; they won baseball’s top prize t...]]>
Women's place http://illinoistimes.com/article-17888-womens-place.html Women's place
 Some further observation on, and from, Women, Work, and Worship in Lincoln’s Country: The Dumville Family Letters from the University of Illinois Press, which I review this week in “Old le...]]>
A little knowledge . . . . No. 9 in a series http://illinoistimes.com/article-17815-a-little-knowledge-no-9-in-a-series.html A little knowledge . . . . No. 9 in a series
The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute down Carbondale way continues to bravely explore the treacherous pathways of public opinion in Illinois. Among the 1,000 Illinois registered voters surveyed i...]]>