IllinoisTimes - Second Thoughts http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-138-1-second-thoughts.html Mon, 06 Jul 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 The late Calhoun, Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-15827-the-late-calhoun-illinois.html The late Calhoun, Illinois
 Recently Rich Miller argued in a post on his Capitol Fax blog site that having a county named as John C. Calhoun, the secessionist Southern senator, was unbecoming to a progressive state. ...]]>
Standard complaint http://illinoistimes.com/article-15759-standard-complaint.html Standard complaint
 In “Merge, right?” and “Honest, officer, I didn’t see it coming,” I ventured the opinion that the State of Illinois does not set the licensing bar for automobile drivers high enough...]]>
Stealing from the rich http://illinoistimes.com/article-15758-stealing-from-the-rich.html Stealing from the rich
In "The razor blade in the apple," I examined Mr. Rauner's proposal to freeze property taxes, exempt local governments from the Prevailing Wage Act and allow those governments to limit wh...]]>
Getting approval http://illinoistimes.com/article-15633-getting-approval.html Getting approval
“No more property tax hikes without taxpayer approval,” preached brother Rauner last year. He pays property taxes in a lot of states, so maybe he forgot that in Illinois most property tax hikes...]]>
A little knowledge . . . Part 7 in a series http://illinoistimes.com/article-15567-a-little-knowledge-part-7-in-a-series.html A little knowledge . . . Part 7 in a series
From a recent report by Doug Finke: "Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont. . .  said property taxes account for most of the complaints fielded by her district office."...]]>
Historic change http://illinoistimes.com/article-15564-historic-change.html Historic change
 The SJ-R’s Doug Finke informs us that Mr. Madigan has had a change of mind, if not of heart, about the best way to organize the State of Illinois’ historic preservation efforts. Good....]]>
Right on right-to-work http://illinoistimes.com/article-15534-right-on-right-to-work.html Right on right-to-work
 They’re having a right-to-exploit -- sorry, "right-to-work” debate in Missouri too, as we learn from a recent dispatch to the Washington Post. A bill embodying measures backed by our Mr. ...]]>
More name-calling http://illinoistimes.com/article-15535-more-name-calling.html More name-calling
 In my 2014 column “Name-calling” I explored the question of whether it is more appropriate to call Springfield residents Springfieldians or Springfielders.” I consider...]]>
Produce to the people http://illinoistimes.com/article-15468-produce-to-the-people.html Produce to the people
 I have a little more about Springfield’s first public market I mentioned in my piece about farmers markets, “Sustainable agriculture.” Produce and meats were sold in a building ere...]]>
Rare specimens http://illinoistimes.com/article-15469-rare-specimens.html Rare specimens
 The nature dioramas at the Illinois State Museum I mentioned in my recent column about such displays “Making dead hyenas come alive”) do not offer the bravura displays of taxidermy &n...]]>
One way is not the best way http://illinoistimes.com/article-15465-one-way-is-not-the-best-way.html One way is not the best way
 In a 2014 column (“Why did the pedestrian not cross the road?”) I noted that merchants and property owners in downtown Springfield had been fretting out loud about automobile drivers – ...]]>
Food fest http://illinoistimes.com/article-15441-food-fest.html Food fest
 As I noted in another post, the topic of this week’s disquisition over at Dyspepsiana is farmers markets. In that piece, I note that such events have grown in popularity to such an extent th...]]>
Farm markets http://illinoistimes.com/article-15439-farm-markets.html Farm markets
 Next week I will be examining the phenomenon of the farmers market. The focus is on Springfield’s Old Capitol market, which has been operating continuously for some 20 years, after some year...]]>
An idea unprecedented in history http://illinoistimes.com/article-15440-an-idea-unprecedented-in-history.html An idea unprecedented in history
 I meant to comment on it the moment I read about it – “it’ being the grand bargain being worked out between Michael Madigan and Bruce Rauner that would result in the orphaning of the Li...]]>
Grammar nerdery http://illinoistimes.com/article-15376-grammar-nerdery.html Grammar nerdery
The three or four readers who in 2014 shared my exasperation with the universal use of “for” (see All for one – and ‘for’ for all) might find amusing this mock web quiz at Clickhole inten...]]>
A tree grows in Grandma http://illinoistimes.com/article-15377-a-tree-grows-in-grandma.html A tree grows in Grandma
 Goodness me, has it really been five and a half years? In November, 2009, I devoted a column to new ways of dealing with the fact that when our loved ones go away forever, they leave one last...]]>
Taxing thoughts http://illinoistimes.com/article-15338-taxing-thoughts.html Taxing thoughts
Tomorrow is tax deadline day, which is why the most recent edition of Who Pays? A Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in All 50 States makes such depressing reading.  The left-of-cent...]]>
Department of Injustice http://illinoistimes.com/article-15335-department-of-injustice.html Department of Injustice
 In a piece in the April 7 Wall Street Journal, Peter Berkowitz, a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, drew attention to revelations in a new book that ought to interes...]]>
Depends on the circumstances http://illinoistimes.com/article-15336-depends-on-the-circumstances.html Depends on the circumstances
 Edmund Burke might forgive me for adapting the following passage from his “Reflections on the Revolution in France” (1790) to make it more plainly relevant to the revolution that is, halti...]]>
Seeing glass paperweights clearly http://illinoistimes.com/article-15311-seeing-glass-paperweights-clearly.html Seeing glass paperweights clearly
 Readers interested in learning more about the Morton D. Barker paperweight collection I wrote about this week can do so at the Illinois State Museum's web exhibit at http://exhibits.museum.stat...]]>
The intelligent lawmaker's guide to economics http://illinoistimes.com/article-15312-the-intelligent-lawmakers-guide-to-economics.html The intelligent lawmaker's guide to economics
The other day I wrote about Rockford state senator Dave Syverson’s proposal to ensure that Illinois lawmakers  know more about the economic effects of their decisions by requiring newly...]]>
Making better ducks http://illinoistimes.com/article-15250-making-better-ducks.html Making better ducks
 People love to feed the ducks, as happens every day where the Jacksonville Branch of Spring Creek enters Washington Park. People don’t love ducks, however, judgig by what they feed these ani...]]>
A little knowledge . . . . Part 6 in a series http://illinoistimes.com/article-15251-a-little-knowledge-part-6-in-a-series.html A little knowledge . . . . Part 6 in a series
Over at Vox, Sarah Kiff reminds us that the Affordable Care Act is now five years old. Better known as Obamacare, the legislation has accomplished more and cost less than even it supporters expected...]]>
Opportunity squandered http://illinoistimes.com/article-15247-opportunity-squandered.html Opportunity squandered
Reading about the reactions from around Illinois to the cuts in state programs proposed by Gov. Scrooge, I was reminded of this passage from Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography. Those who govern, ...]]>
Everything old is new again, Part 1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15221-everything-old-is-new-again-part-1.html Everything old is new again, Part 1
Alert readers of the news will have noted the kerfuffle about the salaries being paid by Illinois' new governor to his  senior staff, in particular the 100 Gs being paid to equip Mrs. R with a c...]]>
Seeing Grandma in a new setting http://illinoistimes.com/article-15220-seeing-grandma-in-a-new-setting.html Seeing Grandma in a new setting
In “Underground movements” (Nov. 12, 2009) I took a nearly serious look at the problem of what to do with human remains on a planet becoming short of both space and resources.   Dona...]]>
Our memory as a people http://illinoistimes.com/article-15194-our-memory-as-a-people.html Our memory as a people
 Yes, I do go on a bit about the library of Illinois history whose future is at stake in the wrangling over who runs the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. I believ...]]>
And the winner is . . . http://illinoistimes.com/article-15190-and-the-winner-is-.html And the winner is . . .
 Wise heads at the statehouse have been scratched as observers try to make sense of the antagonistic stances taken by Illinois' new governor. One explanation is that he is uninterested in actu...]]>
Rereading the past http://illinoistimes.com/article-15191-rereading-the-past.html Rereading the past
 In my recent column titled “An overdue policy on the library,” I quoted from a very interesting article about the history of Illinois’ history library, Roger D. Bridges’ “The Origins...]]>
Higher mission http://illinoistimes.com/article-15192-higher-mission.html Higher mission
While researching my recent column on the State of Illinois’ historical library (see “An overdue policy on the library”) I made (or rather renewed) my acquaintance with John Francis Snyder. As...]]>