IllinoisTimes - Second Thoughts http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-138-1-second-thoughts.html Wed, 27 Jul 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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...]]>
More jet-age wonders http://illinoistimes.com/article-17030-more-jet-age-wonders.html More jet-age wonders
Space limitations kept me from discussing all of Springfield's International Style buildings in my recent column on jet-age architecture. You’d think that the basic building model for the state fa...]]>
Men in uniform http://illinoistimes.com/article-16957-men-in-uniform.html Men in uniform
In "Off the rack" I chided the governor for his too-casual choices of attire while on the job. I concede that my standards in such matters were shaped by my first tow governors, William Stratton and...]]>
Unfit http://illinoistimes.com/article-16926-unfit.html Unfit
 Usually when the subject is Illinois governors and someone brings up cuffs, you know what they mean. But this week I’m talking about attire, not arrests. We’ve had chief executives who pre...]]>
Eggheads, again http://illinoistimes.com/article-16927-eggheads-again.html Eggheads, again
This week I take up the governor’s choices in clothes, but I can find no fault with his grooming. I haven’t always been able to say that about Illinois’s senior politicians. In a 1990 column t...]]>
Faster., faster! http://illinoistimes.com/article-16901-faster-faster_.html Faster., faster!
 In “Unplugged” I wondered why Illinois’ internet service is so backward. I probably should have specified Downstate Illinois. These days Comcast customers in suburbs can get se...]]>
Belew http://illinoistimes.com/article-16874-belew.html Belew
A faithful reader was kind enough to share her own recollections of Adrian Belew in Springfield. She writes: ...]]>
Tell me, Adrian . . . http://illinoistimes.com/article-16873-tell-me-adrian-.html Tell me, Adrian . . .
 This week in the print edition of IT we reran an old Prejudices column of mine about the brief sojourn of rock guitarist Adrian Belew in mid-Illinois. That version of the column had to be edited...]]>
Midwest revisited http://illinoistimes.com/article-16808-midwest-revisited.html Midwest revisited
 In 2014, in "Where is Illinois?" I stuck my big nose into the issue of regional identity. You would think that the one inarguable fact about Illinois is that it is a Midwestern place. Wal...]]>