IllinoisTimes - Illinois - James Krohe Jr http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-65-1-illinois-james-krohe-jr.html Thu, 25 May 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Park-ing problems - The latest Y block plans are revealed http://illinoistimes.com/article-18710-park-ing-problems.html Park-ing problems - The latest Y block plans are revealed
 You know how it goes. A rich family buys an old place in a once-posh neighborhood and starts to fix it up. They’re worried that plans for multi-family apartments in the empty lot across the st...]]>
Oh, for a Thucydides of the prairie - Illinois’ nature was shaped by people – and vice versa http://illinoistimes.com/article-18675-oh-for-a-thucydides-of-the-prairie.html Oh, for a Thucydides of the prairie - Illinois’ nature was shaped by people – and vice versa
 In 2013, a too-small audience gathered on the U of I main campus to listen to the first of a series of lectures offered by the Prairie Research Institute, as our state’s scientific surveys are...]]>
Ride sharing http://illinoistimes.com/article-18650-ride-sharing.html Ride sharing
 Buildings are coming down along Ninth Street to make way for an off-street transfer facility for the Springfield Mass Transit District, with an eye toward construction someday of a full-scaled t...]]>
Lost in Illiniville - A new book recounts building the U of I main campus http://illinoistimes.com/article-18605-lost-in-illiniville.html Lost in Illiniville - A new book recounts building the U of I main campus
 I expect that the main campus in Urbana and Champaign of the University of Illinois is the Downstate town that many Springfieldians know best after their own – in some parts the prettiest and...]]>
White-collar flight - Cat is leaving Peoria for a prettier woman http://illinoistimes.com/article-18586-white-collar-flight.html White-collar flight - Cat is leaving Peoria for a prettier woman
 For 90 years, “Caterpillar” was just a different way of spelling P-e-o-r-i-a. But the company has decided to move its entire executive team of some 300 people out of the River City to Chicag...]]>
The hog and I - Staying in touch with my inner pig farmer http://illinoistimes.com/article-18562-the-hog-and-i.html The hog and I - Staying in touch with my inner pig farmer
 I was at my desk in 1982 when the phone rang. “Hello.”“What the hell is a pork belly?” It was Lewis Bergman, calling from New York City. Lewis was former editor of the New York Times Mag...]]>
Powerful forces - CWLP will soon need a clean power plan of its own http://illinoistimes.com/article-18534-powerful-forces.html Powerful forces - CWLP will soon need a clean power plan of its own
 That man Trump, who relishes catastrophe, has done his part to unleash it on the planet by trashing the Obama Clean Power Plan to decarbonize the electricity generation industry. This is a matte...]]>
Historic omissions - When it’s Illinois history, books aren’t long enough http://illinoistimes.com/article-18487-historic-omissions.html Historic omissions - When it’s Illinois history, books aren’t long enough
 For some time I have been working on a history of mid-Illinois. One might ask – several potential publishers did – how one can make an interesting book of even modest size with facts and sto...]]>
Projecting a better image - The new Illinois license plate design stinks http://illinoistimes.com/article-18461-projecting-a-better-image.html Projecting a better image - The new Illinois license plate design stinks
 At first I assumed that Jesse White was trying to goose sales of specialty plates to top off his budget. Why else would an Illinois Secretary of State oblige the drivers of his state to adorn th...]]>
The making of a fan - A look back at AAA baseball in Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-18437-the-making-of-a-fan.html The making of a fan - A look back at AAA baseball in Springfield
 Opening Day is April 2, and in honor of the new season I bring you this column from 1978, when Springfield was, gloriously, home to the Redbirds, the St. Louis Cardinals’ AAA farm team.The pie...]]>
Planting seeds - The meager harvest from school gardens http://illinoistimes.com/article-18407-planting-seeds.html Planting seeds - The meager harvest from school gardens
 Teaching, it has been said, is like cultivating a garden. Some teachers believe that cultivating a garden is a form of teaching. The kids at Butler Elementary have been growing and harvesting he...]]>
Bowls on a stick - Why tourism promises more than it delivers http://illinoistimes.com/article-18383-bowls-on-a-stick.html Bowls on a stick - Why tourism promises more than it delivers
 I have written often in the past about tourism development in Springfield. The topic is a hardy perennial – not because there are always new things to say, but because there are always new rea...]]>
Absolutely ridiculous - Trump is deporting America’s future http://illinoistimes.com/article-18352-absolutely-ridiculous.html Absolutely ridiculous - Trump is deporting America’s future
 “It’s absolutely ridiculous,” said Springfield’s Rosanna Pulido about a bill in the General Assembly that would bar from schools, health care facilities and places of worship non-federal...]]>
Dodge-bashing downtown - What if, after you build it, they come? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18328-dodge-bashing-downtown.html Dodge-bashing downtown - What if, after you build it, they come?
 Oh, are we going to have us some fun. Public party space being planned in the form of a new Bicentennial Plaza between Fifth and Sixth Streets at Jackson and a park on the Y block across the str...]]>
Animal wrongs - Jari the gibbon raises old questions about zoos http://illinoistimes.com/article-18294-animal-wrongs.html Animal wrongs - Jari the gibbon raises old questions about zoos
Who would be a gibbon? Or, more to my present point, who would be a gibbon in a zoo? We learned this week about poor Jari, a 3-year-old gibbon at the Henson Robinson Zoo. She came into this world in a...]]>
Marrying for money - How might struggling toy towns like Jerome survive? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18257-marrying-for-money.html Marrying for money - How might struggling toy towns like Jerome survive?
 I hear that Jerome had to lay off its police chief. What, you didn’t know that Jerome had a police chief? Or that Jerome had a police department? Or that Jerome needed a police department? The...]]>
More parking downtown? - The newest idea for the Y block is the worst http://illinoistimes.com/article-18233-more-parking-downtown.html More parking downtown? - The newest idea for the Y block is the worst
 First it was going to be the site of a courts complex, then of a new Lincoln museum. After that hope fizzled it was going to be home to a showcase mixed-use development, but the City of Springfi...]]>
Form over function - Springfield’s “new” aldermanic government turns 30 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18208-form-over-function.html Form over function - Springfield’s “new” aldermanic government turns 30
I’m terrible at anniversaries, so I wasn’t surprised that I’d forgotten that this year marks 30 years since the City of Springfield changed from an at-large commissioner form of government to it...]]>
Red brick roads - Bringing brick streets back from the grave http://illinoistimes.com/article-18176-red-brick-roads.html Red brick roads - Bringing brick streets back from the grave
 Springfield has no yellow brick roads leading toward Oz – I know because I looked for one for 40 years. It used to have plenty of red brick ones, though, gorgeous streets the color of aged win...]]>
Branching out - What might Springfield do to boost population growth? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18153-branching-out.html Branching out - What might Springfield do to boost population growth?
In 1909 its Chamber of Commerce undertook a campaign to make Springfield “the largest city by all odds in the state outside Chicago.” Our best Babbits insisted that there was “no good reason why...]]>
Manufacturing crisis - The right’s industrial policy is not about jobs http://illinoistimes.com/article-18132-manufacturing-crisis.html Manufacturing crisis - The right’s industrial policy is not about jobs
 Let’s talk about manufacturing in Illinois – everybody else is. Our new honorary president and our not-so-new governor have promised to bring back good manufacturing jobs, jobs just like the...]]>
Idealistic thoughts - Remembering Springfield’s “greatest citizen after Lincoln” http://illinoistimes.com/article-18090-idealistic-thoughts.html Idealistic thoughts - Remembering Springfield’s “greatest citizen after Lincoln”
 In 1922 a reporter from the Illinois State Journal dropped by the City Hall offices of Willis J. Spaulding at Seventh and Monroe. Spaulding was then the city’s Commissioner of Public Property....]]>
Zone defense - Creeping conversions remain a problem after 28 years http://illinoistimes.com/article-18072-zone-defense.html Zone defense - Creeping conversions remain a problem after 28 years
 Organizers with the City of Springfield and the Springfield Regional Planning Commission held what amounted to an informal design charette the other day. Citizens were invited to imagine a futur...]]>
Understanding our brave new world through the old one - A gift list of Illinois history books http://illinoistimes.com/article-18045-understanding-our-brave-new-world-through-the-old-one.html Understanding our brave new world through the old one - A gift list of Illinois history books
 It’s gift-choosing time again, and who better than a professional wise man to ask what you ought to get those hard-to-shop-for friends? I have the perfect gift suggestion: a short shelf of the...]]>
Making America toxic again - Some politicians want to bring back coal http://illinoistimes.com/article-18016-making-america-toxic-again.html Making America toxic again - Some politicians want to bring back coal
 The new president, apparently, plans to make America toxic again. The New York Times reports that Comrade Trump has put a climate-change agnostic and friend of the coal companies in ch...]]>
Country blues - What the Trump win says about our rural parts http://illinoistimes.com/article-17979-country-blues.html Country blues - What the Trump win says about our rural parts
 Looked at in one way – actually, looked at in several ways – Donald Trump’s win was the revenge of the countryside against the city. While the billionaire common man couldn’t carry Illin...]]>
Minority wrongs - Why the losers are winning in the U.S. http://illinoistimes.com/article-17956-minority-wrongs.html Minority wrongs - Why the losers are winning in the U.S.
I am among those dismayed by the outcome of the November elections – not because people I disagree with elected the next President of the United States, but because they didn’t. Voters were asked...]]>
As the crow is bent - Does a name determine one’s destiny? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17923-as-the-crow-is-bent.html As the crow is bent - Does a name determine one’s destiny?
 Some say that names are destiny. Surely jurist Learned Hand was doomed at his christening to take up the law, just as John Wisdom took up philosophy or Brandon Belt picked up a baseball bat. I a...]]>
People, not Pontiacs! - A look back at 35 years of bungling at the Y block http://illinoistimes.com/article-17901-people-not-pontiacs_.html People, not Pontiacs! - A look back at 35 years of bungling at the Y block
 Ever know a kid who never quite grew up because her parents wouldn’t let her? The Y block in downtown Springfield is a lot like that. I described the partial clearing of that parcel in 1978. (...]]>
Old letters - Mid-Illinois in the mid-1800s comes alive again http://illinoistimes.com/article-17866-old-letters.html Old letters - Mid-Illinois in the mid-1800s comes alive again
 Hepzibah was a young woman of a sort we’ve all known – smart, full of gumption and eager for a little bit more from life than life was prepared to give her. “It does seem to me that any on...]]>