IllinoisTimes - Illinois - James Krohe Jr http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-65-1-illinois-james-krohe-jr.html Thu, 28 Aug 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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...]]>
Gathering nuts - Springfield’s oral history tradition http://illinoistimes.com/article-14260-gathering-nuts.html Gathering nuts - Springfield’s oral history tradition
 In “Squabbling over the inheritance” (June 12), I lamented the fact that the Illinois State Historical Library, which has collected and preserved materials on the state’s political, social...]]>
Immigrants behaving badly - Is a bad tree worse than no tree at all? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14224-immigrants-behaving-badly.html Immigrants behaving badly - Is a bad tree worse than no tree at all?
 The house came ready-made but the yard didn’t. Thus it was that, in addition to the picket fence and the rose trellis, my parents decided to plant a tree in the front yard. They did this becau...]]>
Advice and dissent - How to turn the Y block into a “why not?” block http://illinoistimes.com/article-14196-advice-and-dissent.html Advice and dissent - How to turn the Y block into a “why not?” block
 “Give it back to the Indians,” I thought when I read the State Journal-Register’s call for ideas about what to do with the YWCA block downtown. “Give it back to nature. Give it to anyone...]]>
Unionizing moms and dads - The settling of the Harris case settles nothing http://illinoistimes.com/article-14170-unionizing-moms-and-dads.html Unionizing moms and dads - The settling of the Harris case settles nothing
 Pamela Harris won her case, and the U.S. Supreme Court won another skirmish in its war against the liberal consensus. What Illinois’ disabled and dependent citizens won is less clear.Chicago-a...]]>
Promised lands - Looking back while going over the Donner Pass http://illinoistimes.com/article-14144-promised-lands.html Promised lands - Looking back while going over the Donner Pass
 During four Junes since 1994 I’ve moved to and from Illinois and the West Coast. On that first trip, orange and yellow U-Haul and Penske rental trucks settled on the big roads by the hundreds,...]]>
Somebody tell the dogs - Reflections on Dog Bite Prevention Week http://illinoistimes.com/article-14089-somebody-tell-the-dogs.html Somebody tell the dogs - Reflections on Dog Bite Prevention Week
The third week of May every year is Dog Bite Prevention Week. The American Veterinary Medical Association spent that week “educating people about preventing dog bites.” Their time would have been...]]>
Squabbling over the inheritance - Did Illinois history begin in 1809 and end in 1865? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14062-squabbling-over-the-inheritance.html Squabbling over the inheritance - Did Illinois history begin in 1809 and end in 1865?
 That nice Mr. Madigan, I’m sure, just wants to help. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency have not been getting along. Friends of b...]]>
Our Cup runneth over - It’s time for the 2014 world championships of soccer http://illinoistimes.com/article-14033-our-cup-runneth-over.html Our Cup runneth over - It’s time for the 2014 world championships of soccer
 Honestly, I had no idea that anyone was paying attention. I had begun extolling the virtues of soccer as a spectator sport for years (beginning at this paper back in 1977) when most U.S. sports...]]>
Exclude me in your prayers - A Supreme Court ruling misunderstands religious freedom http://illinoistimes.com/article-14003-exclude-me-in-your-prayers.html Exclude me in your prayers - A Supreme Court ruling misunderstands religious freedom
 I have long wondered why God, who for decades has been routinely invited to watch over the General Assembly and guide its deliberations, has asked Mike Madigan to do that job for him. Now I know...]]>
Stuck in Illinois . . . - . . .with the Indiana blues again http://illinoistimes.com/article-13954-stuck-in-illinois-.html Stuck in Illinois . . . - . . .with the Indiana blues again
 I’m packin’ up darlin’, down the road I go…a black top road running to a gravel road then a sand top road and I’ll be gone–“You Don’t have To Go” as performed by Jerry Lee...]]>
My life of service - I go to a Rotary convention http://illinoistimes.com/article-13937-my-life-of-service.html My life of service - I go to a Rotary convention
 Foreign travel is usually regarded as a perk of high office. After I had been elected president of Springfield High School’s Interact Club, the service club for boys, sponsored by the local Ro...]]>
Latitude for error - A new map charts the Cubs-Cards divide http://illinoistimes.com/article-13907-latitude-for-error.html Latitude for error - A new map charts the Cubs-Cards divide
 The proprietors of The Upshot drove in a couple of runs for their new web-based news site when they posted a fun interactive map of baseball fandom. Aggregating Facebook “likes,” Tom Giratik...]]>
Cultural arts major - George Lucas wants to improve young Chicagoans http://illinoistimes.com/article-13824-cultural-arts-major.html Cultural arts major - George Lucas wants to improve young Chicagoans
 Toymaker George Lucas is thinking about buying Chicago a museum to house his personal collection of early 20th century soft-core and magazine cover art by the likes of Maxfield Parrish and Norma...]]>
The birth of the plyscraper http://illinoistimes.com/article-13799-the-birth-of-the-plyscraper.html The birth of the plyscraper
 Illinois corn growers have been getting fat because so many Americans drive to their convenience stores for sweet drinks in cars using ethanol-laced gasoline, both made cheap by trade barriers t...]]>
Rearranging the desks - The CEC pushes government into the 20th century http://illinoistimes.com/article-13769-rearranging-the-desks.html Rearranging the desks - The CEC pushes government into the 20th century
 The citizens panel gathered to find what it called opportunities for economy in the provision of public services in Springfield and Sangamon County. Upon investigation, they found that the cemet...]]>
Legislative little me’s - Basing representation on demography, not geography http://illinoistimes.com/article-13730-legislative-little-me%25E2%2580%2599s.html Legislative little me’s - Basing representation on demography, not geography
 In a country where people of like social class (and thus political views) tend to huddle together like bison in a blizzard, defining the geographical reach of a given legislative district goes a...]]>
Please Mr. Postman - The pleasures and perils of the epistolary romance http://illinoistimes.com/article-13696-please-mr-postman.html Please Mr. Postman - The pleasures and perils of the epistolary romance
 Just when I thought I could learn to forget herRight through the door come a tear-stained letter.– “Tear-stained Letter,” Richard Thompson“We will go out and write poetry in red chalk on...]]>
Prince of demagogues - Stephen A. Douglas and Illinois’ populist past http://illinoistimes.com/article-13667-prince-of-demagogues.html Prince of demagogues - Stephen A. Douglas and Illinois’ populist past
 The prospect is in store of two rabble-rousing populists trading insults for the next seven months. Each will try to tap the deep vein of grievance that runs through a middle class convinced tha...]]>
Home and away - Leaving home does not always mean losing it http://illinoistimes.com/article-13624-home-and-away.html Home and away - Leaving home does not always mean losing it
 “He went to places of lost happiness, and increased his misery by beholding the old faces no more, and the old days vanished.” That was Edgar Lee Masters, writing in Vachel Lindsay: A Poet i...]]>
Shaking up Springfield - If you liked Dan Walker, you’ll love Gov. Bruce Rauner http://illinoistimes.com/article-13597-shaking-up-springfield.html Shaking up Springfield - If you liked Dan Walker, you’ll love Gov. Bruce Rauner
 “To those who have grown rich on the public dollar, to those who have won secret grants and contracts, to those in government who put themselves first and the taxpayers second – to you I bri...]]>
Honest money - Would vote-buying improve elections? http://illinoistimes.com/article-13565-honest-money.html Honest money - Would vote-buying improve elections?
Am I the only one? Watching the Republican gubernatorial primary reminds me of a homecoming king contest that pits the quarterback whose dad bought him a convertible against the student council vice-p...]]>
Demanding answers - Does water conservation add up for Springfield? http://illinoistimes.com/article-13539-demanding-answers.html Demanding answers - Does water conservation add up for Springfield?
 This month, City Water, Light and Power announced it would ask the city council to approve updating the water demand analysis done for the department in 1991, the better to assess how best to me...]]>
Betting with other players’ chips - TIF projects are a bad bet for 186 schools http://illinoistimes.com/article-13509-betting-with-other-players%25E2%2580%2599-chips.html Betting with other players’ chips - TIF projects are a bad bet for 186 schools
 This caught my attention while reading the paper the other day – caught my attention in the same way that swallowing something unexpectedly nasty catches one’s attention. In the estimation o...]]>
Name-calling - What do you call Springfield residents? http://illinoistimes.com/article-13478-name-calling.html Name-calling - What do you call Springfield residents?
 Many years ago, when the creeks ran clear  and deer roamed free in the wooded groves of downtown Springfield, I was leaving Lanphier Park after watching the Springfield Redbirds play a ball...]]>
Changing the rules - Should people change the people’s government? http://illinoistimes.com/article-13461-changing-the-rules.html Changing the rules - Should people change the people’s government?
 Proposals to change the Illinois Constitution, I’ve noticed, are like UFO sightings: They tend to come in bunches. At the moment, the skies above Springfield are filled with strange apparition...]]>
Trial by jury - Dragooning jurors to serve justice is unjust http://illinoistimes.com/article-13424-trial-by-jury.html Trial by jury - Dragooning jurors to serve justice is unjust
 The United States ended military conscription in 1973, but draft-dodgers still roam the land – ordinary citizens drafted involuntarily into service as trial jurors by the courts. Many objectio...]]>