IllinoisTimes - Illinois - James Krohe Jr http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-65-1-illinois-james-krohe-jr.html Tue, 30 Aug 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Getting it right this time - Ideas for an Illinois bicentennial http://illinoistimes.com/article-17588-getting-it-right-this-time.html Getting it right this time - Ideas for an Illinois bicentennial
 Yes, I know – who feels like celebrating the state of Illinois? The commonwealth will be 200 years old in 2018, and no one in state government seems prepared to party. As our Erika Holst recen...]]>
Get right or get out - Fearful Illinoisans confront the Other http://illinoistimes.com/article-17573-get-right-or-get-out.html Get right or get out - Fearful Illinoisans confront the Other
 Back in June, news got about that there was waiting on the governor’s desk a bill to set up a Muslim Advisory Council. Kumbaya gestures of this sort have long been popular among politicians pa...]]>
Bouncing back - A dumb old fad gets – a little – smarter http://illinoistimes.com/article-17548-bouncing-back.html Bouncing back - A dumb old fad gets – a little – smarter
 The wonderful thing about getting older is watching people falling for the same cons their grandparents did. The Philippines invasion became Vietnam became Iraq. Trump is Buchanan again, who was...]]>
Yabba Dabba Doo-ing it - Recalling the broken promise of the PCCC http://illinoistimes.com/article-17528-yabba-dabba-doo-ing-it.html Yabba Dabba Doo-ing it - Recalling the broken promise of the PCCC
 We learned 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. Mike Coffey Jr., chairman of the boa...]]>
Revising a revision - Are the Rauners giving Illinois a mansion it really wants? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17490-revising-a-revision.html Revising a revision - Are the Rauners giving Illinois a mansion it really wants?
You know how it is. You repaint the living room, and suddenly the furniture looks shabby. So you replace that, which makes the carpet look worn. Over on Jackson Street, they finally fixed the leaky ro...]]>
The burdens of office - Doing good by doing nothing http://illinoistimes.com/article-17473-the-burdens-of-office.html The burdens of office - Doing good by doing nothing
 I know that my life makes you nervousBut I tell you that I can’t live in serviceLike the doctor born for a purpose— The Clash/”Rudie Can’t Fail”Critical though I feel obliged to be of...]]>
Wasted - Cutting costs does not necessarily cut waste http://illinoistimes.com/article-17449-wasted.html Wasted - Cutting costs does not necessarily cut waste
 An old rule of thumb among business owners holds that half of all the money they spend on advertising is wasted. The problem is no one knows which half. The question of waste in government spend...]]>
Everybody join in - Illinois needs a new state song for a new era http://illinoistimes.com/article-17420-everybody-join-in.html Everybody join in - Illinois needs a new state song for a new era
 You know how some songs seem just right for the moment? Charles H. Chamberlain and Archibald Johnston’s isn’t. The state of Illinois made their “Illinois” the official state song in 1925...]]>
At the corner of Someplace and Nowhere - Street names as archaeology http://illinoistimes.com/article-17386-at-the-corner-of-someplace-and-nowhere.html At the corner of Someplace and Nowhere - Street names as archaeology
 Attentive readers might have noticed my recent preoccupation with the problem of place – how people come to define a place as a “place” and what it means to the people who live there. (See...]]>
Planning a mess - Does the city of Springfield need its own planner? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17370-planning-a-mess.html Planning a mess - Does the city of Springfield need its own planner?
 It sounded like a Seinfeld episode. The Salvation Army buys a building on Ninth Street for a new homeless shelter and spends half a mill fixing it up, only for Mayor Jim Langfelder to tell them,...]]>
Pots and kettles - The governor tries to divide Illinois against itself – again http://illinoistimes.com/article-17334-pots-and-kettles.html Pots and kettles - The governor tries to divide Illinois against itself – again
 Bruce Rauner is trying to divide Downstate from Chicago over school funding. It’s a low tactic that has a long tradition, as I noted in this column from the IT of June 5, 1981. The much longer...]]>
The blossomy haw, remembered - Natural beauty and politics http://illinoistimes.com/article-17314-the-blossomy-haw-remembered.html The blossomy haw, remembered - Natural beauty and politics
 Paul Scott Mowrer was born in Bloomington in 1887 and lived there until he was in the sixth grade. In short, everything important that can happen to a boy in the normal course of growing up happ...]]>
Something there is that doesn’t love a tree - Re-treeing Springfield means transplanting attitudes too http://illinoistimes.com/article-17299-something-there-is-that-doesn%25E2%2580%2599t-love-a-tree.html Something there is that doesn’t love a tree - Re-treeing Springfield means transplanting attitudes too
 Careful readers of his paper will know that Sustainable Springfield is encouraging businesses and landowners to allow the organization to plant native and/or non-invasive tree species on their p...]]>
Undesirables - A new project to stimulate downtown living – 33 years ago http://illinoistimes.com/article-17264-undesirables.html Undesirables - A new project to stimulate downtown living – 33 years ago
This week our look back over IT’s 40 years is occasioned by the City of Springfield’s halting efforts to redevelop the Y block. Hopes that a residential building here will magically transform down...]]>
Playing the suckers - “Heads I win, tails you lose” is a lousy state motto http://illinoistimes.com/article-17246-playing-the-suckers.html Playing the suckers - “Heads I win, tails you lose” is a lousy state motto
Homeopathy figures prominently in the annals of medical quackery. It is based on the idea, or rather the hope, that “like cures like,” meaning that a disease can be cured by whatever produces simi...]]>
Why don’t we do it beside the road? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17196-why-don%25E2%2580%2599t-we-do-it-beside-the-road.html Why don’t we do it beside the road?
 You wouldn’t ask a carpenter how to build a happy marriage. The residents and business owners along MacArthur Boulevard between South Grand and Wabash did something similar when they asked tra...]]>
Picking up the check - Why should public schools train private workers? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17168-picking-up-the-check.html Picking up the check - Why should public schools train private workers?
 The memory of it lingers after 50 years. Lunchtimes when I was a student in District 186 schools meant mock pizza pie. While that dish was an awful eating experience, it was a valuable learning...]]>
Graduation exercise - Another plan to tax income by ability to pay http://illinoistimes.com/article-17128-graduation-exercise.html Graduation exercise - Another plan to tax income by ability to pay
 Everyone who cares enough to have an opinion agrees that revenue is at the heart of the State of Illinois’ present distress. Some say that’s because the state doesn’t raise enough of it, o...]]>
Mis-say it loud, mis-say it proud - Save Illinois? We can’t even pronounce it http://illinoistimes.com/article-17107-mis-say-it-loud-mis-say-it-proud.html Mis-say it loud, mis-say it proud - Save Illinois? We can’t even pronounce it
I was in the waiting room at the doctor’s office the other day. I’d already read that week’s OK! magazine at home, so instead I picked up a copy of “Illinois Voices: Observations on the Illino...]]>
Selling off the family silver - Is the state museum building at risk? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17064-selling-off-the-family-silver.html Selling off the family silver - Is the state museum building at risk?
 Bruce Rauner’s campaign to destroy the Illinois State Museum risks losing tourist income, the services of top scientists and administrators and priceless artifacts, not to mention any claim Il...]]>
Being all you can be - Springfield to gay man in 1993: “We don’t need to know that.” http://illinoistimes.com/article-17034-being-all-you-can-be.html Being all you can be - Springfield to gay man in 1993: “We don’t need to know that.”
This week I dust off a Prejudices column from June 3, 1993, when same-sex marriage was illegal in Illinois and many Springfieldians still believed that same-sex love should be too. Tom Chiola, by the...]]>
If you don’t market it, will they come? - A new study promotes tourism promotion http://illinoistimes.com/article-17002-if-you-don%25E2%2580%2599t-market-it-will-they-come.html If you don’t market it, will they come? - A new study promotes tourism promotion
 You wouldn’t think that a town that boasts the burial place and the only adult home of a man famed around the world as not only America’s greatest president but America’s greatest citizen,...]]>
Jet-set architecture? In Springfield? http://illinoistimes.com/article-16958-jet-set-architecture-in-springfield.html Jet-set architecture? In Springfield?
 Much in the way that human corpses become food for the worms, dead eras become food for TV producers. Few of us who lived through the 1950s and early ’60s actually lived jet-age lives but it w...]]>
Vainglory - Men promising more than they can deliver – again http://illinoistimes.com/article-16932-vainglory.html Vainglory - Men promising more than they can deliver – again
 Some 30 years ago I was moved by the mindless boasting of the Republican blowhard in the White House to write this column, which appeared in the Prejudices series on Aug. 8, 1985. The presidenti...]]>
Off the rack - Judging our elected emperors by their clothes http://illinoistimes.com/article-16911-off-the-rack.html Off the rack - Judging our elected emperors by their clothes
 I took in two things during lunch the other day. One was bean soup. The other was Goethe’s observation that the nobleman “tells us everything through the person he presents, but . . . the bu...]]>
Seeing is believing – isn’t it? - A new edition of a picture history of Illinois raises an old question http://illinoistimes.com/article-16890-seeing-is-believing-%25E2%2580%2593-isn%25E2%2580%2599t-it.html Seeing is believing – isn’t it? - A new edition of a picture history of Illinois raises an old question
Everyone likes picture books, and for mostly good reasons. Picture books about history are especially intriguing, in the same way that pictures of cities you’ve never been to are intriguing. T...]]>
Tell me, Adrian - A rock star guitarist in Springfield? Really? http://illinoistimes.com/article-16850-tell-me-adrian.html Tell me, Adrian - A rock star guitarist in Springfield? Really?
 On January 25, 2016, the State Journal-Register published an article in which rock guitarist and former Springfield resident Adrian Belew reminisced about his career. Ordinarily, one would expec...]]>
Citizenship test - What ought to be required of a member of the Commonwealth? http://illinoistimes.com/article-16820-citizenship-test.html Citizenship test - What ought to be required of a member of the Commonwealth?
 Who gets to be an American? I don’t mean who gets to live here. I mean, who gets to be an American citizen? This large question weighs heavily on the smaller minds on our political right. I re...]]>
The new model museum - Public science in an age of privatized government http://illinoistimes.com/article-16791-the-new-model-museum.html The new model museum - Public science in an age of privatized government
 Bruce Rauner the other day took action that, he explained in a press release, would “develop a sustainable fiscal model for the continued operation of the Illinois State Museum.” I’m a lit...]]>
Bruce Rauner, progressive - The return of the businessman-reformer http://illinoistimes.com/article-16759-bruce-rauner-progressive.html Bruce Rauner, progressive - The return of the businessman-reformer
 Daydreaming the other day, I ran through my head some scenes from my imagined movie remake, Mr. Potter Goes to Springfield, in which Capra’s naïve do-gooder Jefferson Smith is replaced by Hen...]]>