IllinoisTimes - Second Thoughts Fri, 09 Oct 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 CEO supports the arts CEO supports the arts
The other day I admitted that I was not quote convinced of the wisdom of the State of Illinois offering tax credits so that Con-Agra, a billion-bucks makers of processed foods, could move their cor...]]>
The American way The American way
 More afterthoughts inspired by my Sept. 24 column on immigration, “Trumped-up charges:” One way to get rid of foreigners in our midst is to help them become Americans. Broadly speaking...]]>
Give me your energetic, your trained . . . . Give me your energetic, your trained . . . .
 A new report from the Pew Research Center provides confirmation that immigration in the U.S. is not quite as simple as some political candidates would have voters believe. Among their find...]]>
The history of the history The history of the history
 The State Journal-Register today offers a useful retrospective on the evolution of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site by Tara McClellan McAndrew. ("Protecting Lincoln's legacy in his n...]]>
Down on the border Down on the border
Illinois’ newest Congressman, Darin LaHood, has argued that the U.S. must put more resources into securing the borders to stop the flow of immigrants coming in illegally. Really? More? Between 200...]]>
We have a Houston problem We have a Houston problem
Reuters confirms what began to look inevitable some years go: According to official data from both states, Houston's growing population is expected to exceed that of Chicago within 8 to 10 years, mak...]]>
A little knowledge . . . No, 8 in a series A little knowledge . . . No, 8 in a series
I am obliged to Steve Benen for pointing out the results of the newest Washington Post/ABC News poll. While Hillary Clinton has only a  modest advantage over Donald Trump -- 46% to 43% --&nb...]]>
Everything old is new again, Part 2 Everything old is new again, Part 2
 This caught my eye the other day. ““The conspirators against our liberties who have been admitted from abroad through the liberality of our institutions, are now organized in every part of...]]>
Ride on Ride on
 I am on a Bruce Rauner fast, during which I have foresworn insulting our new governor. So I will instead refer you to Guardian columnist Jeb Lund’s recent appreciation of Mr. Rauner’s rol...]]>
The diner's demise The diner's demise
 This week I take up the subject of the demise of the American diner. There are lots of reasons why this is happening, which I didn’t have space to examine in my column. In the big cities ...]]>
Next time you're out of town . . . . Next time you're out of town . . . .
 As I noted in my previous post – yes, this is a blog, not a column, in spite of what our menu says – I considered the demise of the American diner in my column to be published on September...]]>
Plenty of parking Plenty of parking
 Downtown parking was in the news for about five minutes the other day, as it usually is this time of year when the annual Central Area Parking Survey is released by the Springfield-Sangamon Co...]]>
Mirror, mirror . . . Mirror, mirror . . .
I have occasionally used my space in this paper to remark on the dearth of the scenic in most of central Illinois. In “Living in three dimensions” I observed in a helpful tone that whatever goo...]]>
Taking the dopes out of doping Taking the dopes out of doping
 In “The needle and the records won“ I tried to make a case that doping in sports in inevitable and unavoidable, and that only cure is, in effect, to make it legal.   We don’t ...]]>
Being boiled alive Being boiled alive
Now and then in recent columns, I’ve touched on the risks and the occasional opportunities faced by Illinois as the world’s climate changes. Over at WUIS-FM’s useful news site, three experts ...]]>
You say You say
Words are to a writer what nails are to carpenter or lies to a diplomat. To do your job well you must choose just the right one for the job. I was chagrined today to learn, some 60 years late, that...]]>
Historic commitments Historic commitments
 No loyal son or daughter of Illinois can ignore this pleas from Tara Winter, the Director of Development for the Illinois State Historical Society. ...]]>
West Side Story, then and now West Side Story, then and now
In August, the Springfield Muni Opera will stage West Side Story. Directed and choreographed by Anna Bussing, the Broadway classic will play  August 7-8, 13-15 and 20-22. (Curtain at  8:0...]]>
Embarrassing ancestors Embarrassing ancestors
 In “Naming rights and wrongs,” I discussed, but did not settle, a question raised by Rick Miller of Capitol Fax, to whit, whether government facilities and entities in Illinois should be ...]]>
A beginning for happier endings? A beginning for happier endings?
 In my 2013 column “Happier endings” I deplored the fact that doctors of patients in the final stages of incurable diseases so often continue to administer invasive or unpleasant treatments...]]>
Civic consciousness Civic consciousness
 In “Town character,” my recent column about the hometown as hero in mid-Illinois books, I noted that towns, like people, have different personalities. They are born, grow old and die. In ...]]>
Making 2 plus 2 equal 3 Making 2 plus 2 equal 3
 In “The razor blade in the apple” I ventured to dismiss Mr. Rauner’s proposal to exempt local governments from the Prevailing Wage Act, which sets a locally controlled floor for constru...]]>
The late Calhoun, Illinois 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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...]]>