IllinoisTimes - Illinois - James Krohe Jr http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-65-1-illinois-james-krohe-jr.html Mon, 02 Mar 15 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 An overdue policy on the library - Is independence feasible for the state’s historical library? http://illinoistimes.com/article-15137-an-overdue-policy-on-the-library.html An overdue policy on the library - Is independence feasible for the state’s historical library?
 Is the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum a museum with a library attached? Or is it a library with a museum attached? The two institutions are like conjoined twins, one of whom has...]]>
A man worth knowing - Father John Garvey, late of Springfield, dies at 70 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15117-a-man-worth-knowing.html A man worth knowing - Father John Garvey, late of Springfield, dies at 70
  “Agnostic though you are you should pray for his health,” John urged me when he heard that critic and essayist Clive James was suffering from cancer. “After [the deaths of Chris...]]>
Of the people and for the people – but never like them - Lincoln and the Springfield democracy http://illinoistimes.com/article-15092-of-the-people-and-for-the-people-%25E2%2580%2593-but-never-like-them.html Of the people and for the people – but never like them - Lincoln and the Springfield democracy
“What thrilled the people who stood before Abraham Lincoln,” wrote novelist Francis Grierson in The Valley of Shadows, “was the sight of a being who, in all his actions and habits, resembled the...]]>
Masters of the new machine - The new guv’s remarks on salaries don’t add up http://illinoistimes.com/article-15067-masters-of-the-new-machine.html Masters of the new machine - The new guv’s remarks on salaries don’t add up
 “We’re going to pay what we need to bring in talented people,” said Illinois’ new governor to reporters on Jan. 23. He was defending the many six-figure salaries he’s offered to t...]]>
The bird and I - Our feathered friends are trying to tell us something http://illinoistimes.com/article-15033-the-bird-and-i.html The bird and I - Our feathered friends are trying to tell us something
 The stout birders of Springfield set out just after New Year’s Day again this year to count birds because, really, what else is there to do this time of year? During what was the 80th such cen...]]>
A cautionary tale - The lessons of Illinois’ historic sites history http://illinoistimes.com/article-14992-a-cautionary-tale.html A cautionary tale - The lessons of Illinois’ historic sites history
 For those who don’t know the story, here’s what happened. Politically connected Springfieldians undertake to put more of the city’s long-hidden Lincoln legacy on display to new generations...]]>
Insult with wit - The lost art of political invective http://illinoistimes.com/article-14972-insult-with-wit.html Insult with wit - The lost art of political invective
 Spiro T. Agnew came to Springfield in September of 1970 to make a speech. To that approximately half of the public not yet born in 1970, I must explain that Mr. Agnew was a vice president of the...]]>
A poet of fact - Illinois loses Lee Sandlin http://illinoistimes.com/article-14937-a-poet-of-fact.html A poet of fact - Illinois loses Lee Sandlin
 The man who arguably was Illinois’ best writer died not long ago, and hardly anyone south of the Loop noticed. Lee Sandlin, belle-lettrist and critic, was among the contributors to Chicago’s...]]>
Home court disadvantages - Where should the governor of a divided state reside? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14907-home-court-disadvantages.html Home court disadvantages - Where should the governor of a divided state reside?
 “I look forward to living in the Governor’s Mansion,” said candidate Bruce Rauner to the Associated Press, “and would consider it an honor.” More than 216 miles separating Winnetka fro...]]>
Wrong in principle - Immigrant-hating and the Illinois democracy http://illinoistimes.com/article-14896-wrong-in-principle.html Wrong in principle - Immigrant-hating and the Illinois democracy
 Quick – how big a part of Illinois’ population in recent years has consisted of unauthorized immigrants. Ten percent? Fifteen? Twenty? In 2012, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, it was 3...]]>
Official graffiti - The General Assembly tags the museum building http://illinoistimes.com/article-14849-official-graffiti.html Official graffiti - The General Assembly tags the museum building
 In a 2010 column titled “A school by any other name” I explored the changing fashions in naming public buildings. I noted that public officials eager to not be caught endorsing anyone who mi...]]>
Deer me - The annual deer kill is underway – hooray! http://illinoistimes.com/article-14821-deer-me.html Deer me - The annual deer kill is underway – hooray!
 I read that Illinois hunters killed 52,000 deer in the first weekend of the season, and that’s just those using firearms; the muzzleloaders and spear-throwers have yet to get their crack at th...]]>
Why did the pedestrian not cross the road? - New approaches promise safer streets for walkers http://illinoistimes.com/article-14792-why-did-the-pedestrian-not-cross-the-road.html Why did the pedestrian not cross the road? - New approaches promise safer streets for walkers
 Most unexpected turns to the right put someone in jeopardy – the Republicans’ insistence on spending cuts for federal health research is but one example – and that is as true on the street...]]>
Honest, officer, I didn’t see it coming - How to make Illinois drivers better drivers? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14760-honest-officer-i-didn%25E2%2580%2599t-see-it-coming.html Honest, officer, I didn’t see it coming - How to make Illinois drivers better drivers?
 Note to readers: Like our governor-elect, I am a businessman, and to be successful, a businessman must know how to make his product stand out in a crowded marketplace. Which is why this week I h...]]>
The real Jim Krohe - A drummer who hasn’t missed a beat in 90 years http://illinoistimes.com/article-14730-the-real-jim-krohe.html The real Jim Krohe - A drummer who hasn’t missed a beat in 90 years
 I can only barely keep time, but while I could never be a drummer I love to talk with my father about the drummer’s craft. He’s worked as a professional musician for 76 years now – he’ll...]]>
Stone magic - A trek across a cornfield crosses hundreds of years http://illinoistimes.com/article-14699-stone-magic.html Stone magic - A trek across a cornfield crosses hundreds of years
 It was August and the ripening corn stood taller than we did. The field was bounded by the old Illinois Terminal tracks, South Grand, Cook and the 66 bypass, as it then was still known, Everett...]]>
Charity cases - Shouldn’t profit-seeking nonprofits pay property taxes? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14669-charity-cases.html Charity cases - Shouldn’t profit-seeking nonprofits pay property taxes?
The debate that Illinois ought to be having about government finance is not how much property owners should pay in taxes, but which property owners should pay. Large quasi-corporate nonprofit corporat...]]>
Putting parks in their place - How not to plan for urban green space http://illinoistimes.com/article-14631-putting-parks-in-their-place.html Putting parks in their place - How not to plan for urban green space
 The problem in a city that likes to think of itself as forward-looking is that it seldom looks back long enough to learn from its own past. That, anyway, was the conclusion I came to after think...]]>
Lane changes - Two-wheeled transportation comes to Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-14618-lane-changes.html Lane changes - Two-wheeled transportation comes to Springfield
 It isn’t quite ISIS crossing the Mexican border, but from the way that some people reacted to it, you’d have thought that the arrival of bicyclists on Second Street threatened our American W...]]>
Adam’s off ox - Can governors change history? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14589-adam%25E2%2580%2599s-off-ox.html Adam’s off ox - Can governors change history?
 One of the quainter rituals of any campaign, along with “debates,” is the newspaper editorial endorsement. It proceeds from three dubious assumptions – one, that anyone reads editorials be...]]>
Waste not. Why not? - Is recycling food waste a fad or the future? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14562-waste-not-why-not.html Waste not. Why not? - Is recycling food waste a fad or the future?
 As much as 40 percent of the food that Americans buys in the supermarket is tossed uneaten into the trash, according to estimates from the USDA and the federal EPA. Edibles go bad in the fridge...]]>
Going for the fences - Is the national pastime past its time? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14530-going-for-the-fences.html Going for the fences - Is the national pastime past its time?
 Woman of the Year, the 1942 movie starring Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn:  Sportswriter Tracy invites the Hepburn character to her first baseball game, at Yankee Stadium. She arrives...]]>
Where is Illinois? - Finding ourselves gets harder all the time http://illinoistimes.com/article-14504-where-is-illinois.html Where is Illinois? - Finding ourselves gets harder all the time
 You would think that the one inarguable fact about Illinois is that it is a Midwestern place. Walt Hickey, a writer for Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight, commissioned a web poll of self-identifie...]]>
New York, New York - Gotham has always drawn Springfieldians to the bright lights http://illinoistimes.com/article-14462-new-york-new-york.html New York, New York - Gotham has always drawn Springfieldians to the bright lights
 It is natural in this season to think of New York City, but this year I have been thinking of it in a happier light than the 9/11 anniversary casts on it. I had reason to read the interview that...]]>
Dangerous propositions - Rauner wants to give ailing Illinois a dose of California http://illinoistimes.com/article-14440-dangerous-propositions.html Dangerous propositions - Rauner wants to give ailing Illinois a dose of California
It was sometime just after the new millennium, I think, that Illinois political leaders first started to resemble the first guy through the broken store window crying “Justice!” while looting a TV...]]>
Wet dream - Why not a Y block wetland? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14413-wet-dream.html Wet dream - Why not a Y block wetland?
 For years, “green space” in downtown Springfield meant a weedy parking lot. These days greenery of a handsomer sort abounds, in curbside flower beds, in planter boxes and urns, in hanging ba...]]>
What do you mean by that? - Big words and the search for meaning http://illinoistimes.com/article-14383-what-do-you-mean-by-that.html What do you mean by that? - Big words and the search for meaning
I was reading the other evening, which is what I do when I can’t read during the day. My choice this night was a detective novel written by Englishman Bruce Montgomery as Edmund Crispin. Montgomery�...]]>
Merge, right? - Too many Illinoisans don’t know how to behave on the road http://illinoistimes.com/article-14352-merge-right.html Merge, right? - Too many Illinoisans don’t know how to behave on the road
 There is no traffic situation so bad that drivers can’t make it worse, as I was reminded while driving on I-55 recently. Work on the Des Plaines River bridge required rerouting traffic onto on...]]>
Land of mope and worry - A lot of people are not happy where they live http://illinoistimes.com/article-14316-land-of-mope-and-worry.html Land of mope and worry - A lot of people are not happy where they live
To borrow a phrase, all happy cities are alike; each unhappy city is unhappy in its own way. To learn a bit about what those unhappy ways are, three economists at Harvard and the University of British...]]>
Gwyneth knows - Can fishy fads rid the Illinois of silver carp? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14287-gwyneth-knows.html Gwyneth knows - Can fishy fads rid the Illinois of silver carp?
 It is satisfying to contemplate that unbridled capitalism might in some cases be harnessed to rectify the damage done by unbridled capitalism. In recent weeks commercial fishing on the Illinois...]]>