IllinoisTimes - Second Thoughts http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-138-1-second-thoughts.html Tue, 06 Dec 16 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 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...]]>
The youth vote http://illinoistimes.com/article-17769-the-youth-vote.html The youth vote
In this week's Dyspepsiana, I take up the question of election-rigging. Which got me to thinking . . . .The principle—that those subject to the state’s laws ought to be able to shape those laws...]]>
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...]]>