IllinoisTimes - Illinois - James Krohe Jr http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-65-1-illinois-james-krohe-jr.html Tue, 09 Feb 16 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 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...]]>
With 772 you get eggroll - The immigration issue in Springfield in the 1980s http://illinoistimes.com/article-16728-with-772-you-get-eggroll.html With 772 you get eggroll - The immigration issue in Springfield in the 1980s
 As part of Illinois Times’ 40th anniversary observances, we will revisit in light of more recent events columns from James Krohe Jr.’s Prejudices series that ran from 1977 to 1994. Minor err...]]>
Where corn is god - A new book offers not quite everything you wanted to know about corn http://illinoistimes.com/article-16695-where-corn-is-god.html Where corn is god - A new book offers not quite everything you wanted to know about corn
 I grew up within a block of a corn field on the east end of Springfield. Nearly every weekend of those years we’d visit the relatives on their farm outside Beardstown; over the potholes and th...]]>
Thriving on disturbed ground - Expressing our unconscious unease about immigrants http://illinoistimes.com/article-16671-thriving-on-disturbed-ground.html Thriving on disturbed ground - Expressing our unconscious unease about immigrants
 The dread of the invader runs deep in every human. The savage acts on it unthinkingly, by reaching for a club; the civilized man and woman is no less vulnerable to it but considers it disreputab...]]>
Imagining revolutions - Does the French Revolution hold lessons for Citizen Rauner? http://illinoistimes.com/article-16645-imagining-revolutions.html Imagining revolutions - Does the French Revolution hold lessons for Citizen Rauner?
 Drowsy after a heavy holiday meal, I settled in to finish Stefan Zweig’s classic 1934 biography of Marie Antoinette. As I drifted in and out of sleep, the Versailles in Zweig’s account of th...]]>
A shooting - An account of the demolition of the Hotel Abraham Lincoln, 1978 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16591-a-shooting.html A shooting - An account of the demolition of the Hotel Abraham Lincoln, 1978
 As part of our 40th anniversary observances, and in light of more recent events, we will revisit some of columns from James Krohe Jr.’s Prejudices series that ran from 1977 to 1994. Typos in t...]]>
Childproofing culture - Should children be permitted in cultural venues? http://illinoistimes.com/article-16567-childproofing-culture.html Childproofing culture - Should children be permitted in cultural venues?
 While visiting an old friend in Evanston last weekend, I attended a Ceremony of Lessons and Carols at Northwestern University’s Millar Chapel. It was typical of such performances – hard benc...]]>
“You look fabulous, really!” http://illinoistimes.com/article-16548-%25E2%2580%259Cyou-look-fabulous-really_%25E2%2580%259D.html “You look fabulous, really!”
 The U.S. economy, having finally recovered from the bankers’ attempt to poison it, is up and about again, and Springfield is seeing a modest uptick in spending on the rehabilitation of histori...]]>
The recycling drop-off - Reusing resources doesn’t always add up in Sangamon County http://illinoistimes.com/article-16519-the-recycling-drop-off.html The recycling drop-off - Reusing resources doesn’t always add up in Sangamon County
 Saving the world, even this very small part of it, is a tricky business in every sense of the word. Lake Area Disposal is closing its popular recycling drop-off center, at least for a while, aft...]]>
Our gift from St. Nicholas - Memories of a grand Springfield hotel http://illinoistimes.com/article-16490-our-gift-from-st-nicholas.html Our gift from St. Nicholas - Memories of a grand Springfield hotel
 I often reflect on the past while washing the dishes – usually, trying to remember where I’d laid the scrub pad that I’d had in my hand a minute ago. But yesterday as I stood at the sink,...]]>
The melting pot boils again - Illinois’ difficult history with the Other http://illinoistimes.com/article-16464-the-melting-pot-boils-again.html The melting pot boils again - Illinois’ difficult history with the Other
 Consider this nightmare scenario. Thousands of religious refugees whose beliefs are radically outside the mainstream, acting with the connivance of compliant politicians, establish a theocracy w...]]>
Unhappy days are here again - It’s capital vs. labor again in the Capitol http://illinoistimes.com/article-16423-unhappy-days-are-here-again.html Unhappy days are here again - It’s capital vs. labor again in the Capitol
 The news media, as their name suggests, focus on what is new in the world. Journalism’s only subject is current events – “current” having been defined of late to mean “within the past...]]>
Kitchen concoctions - Was Downstate really a pop food laboratory? http://illinoistimes.com/article-16393-kitchen-concoctions.html Kitchen concoctions - Was Downstate really a pop food laboratory?
 Writing about diners and diner food lately (see “Off the menu” and “Breakfast of a champion”) has left me hungry to know what other contributions to the nation’s waistline can be trace...]]>
Breakfast of a champion - Charlie Parker’s winning way to disguise English muffins http://illinoistimes.com/article-16366-breakfast-of-a-champion.html Breakfast of a champion - Charlie Parker’s winning way to disguise English muffins
 To such names as A.L. Ide, Ira Weaver and George Celani (who in the 1980s invented an express air package service out of thin air!), we should now add to Springfield’s roster of distinguished...]]>
Let the Pilgrims land again - Sen. Durbin urges opening the door a crack for the Syrians http://illinoistimes.com/article-16330-let-the-pilgrims-land-again.html Let the Pilgrims land again - Sen. Durbin urges opening the door a crack for the Syrians
 The United States should accept 100,000 refugees from the ghastly violence in Syria, said U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin recently. More than half of that nation’s people have been driven from their hom...]]>
Winner takes nothing - Baseball playoffs can’t determine the best team in baseball http://illinoistimes.com/article-16307-winner-takes-nothing.html Winner takes nothing - Baseball playoffs can’t determine the best team in baseball
 As you might have heard, the merry band of ball players disguised as Chicago Cubs won for themselves a chance to go to the World Series this year as one of the two best teams in American profess...]]>
‘We are writing the rules,’ says Obama http://illinoistimes.com/article-16310-%25E2%2580%2598we-are-writing-the-rules%25E2%2580%2599-says-obama.html ‘We are writing the rules,’ says Obama
 The negotiations and the sales push behind Washington’s latest (and biggest) “free trade” agreement amounts to Kabuki theater.What theater? Kabuki. It’s a 17th-century form of Japanese d...]]>
Closing a deal - Has the governor taken the wrong guy hostage? http://illinoistimes.com/article-16267-closing-a-deal.html Closing a deal - Has the governor taken the wrong guy hostage?
 Trust me, readers, I am no more eager to write another column about the closing of the Illinois State Museum than you are to read it. I have been moved to do it because the most important aspect...]]>
Home is where the boss is - Illinois buys Con-Agra a house-warming gift http://illinoistimes.com/article-16229-home-is-where-the-boss-is.html Home is where the boss is - Illinois buys Con-Agra a house-warming gift
 Well, looks like we got taken again by a big out-of-town jasper. The Omaha-based processed food giant Con-Agra – parent of Chef Boyardee, Swiss Miss and other take-in fast foods – is moving...]]>
Ghost writers - Dead poets are better remembered in books than buildings http://illinoistimes.com/article-16209-ghost-writers.html Ghost writers - Dead poets are better remembered in books than buildings
 The only class of people less happy to confront dead writers than high school sophomores are probably mayors. Dead writers cause more trouble in their hometowns than even the most factious of th...]]>
Trumped-up charges - The fear of immigration in Illinois belies the facts http://illinoistimes.com/article-16179-trumped-up-charges.html Trumped-up charges - The fear of immigration in Illinois belies the facts
 Brother Trump is the savior come to rescue America, in the opinion of a majority of self-identified Republicans. On the stump he works crowds into a fever with his perorations against immigrants...]]>
A “D” for damnation - Preparing children for this world and the next is tricky http://illinoistimes.com/article-16149-a-%25E2%2580%259Cd%25E2%2580%259D-for-damnation.html A “D” for damnation - Preparing children for this world and the next is tricky
Ordinarily I would not trouble the Roman Catholic church with my opinions. Its sacred books are divinely inspired; my columns, alas, are not. I would happily take my nose out of the church’s busines...]]>
Off the menu - The classic American diner is dying http://illinoistimes.com/article-16103-off-the-menu.html Off the menu - The classic American diner is dying
 A few years ago, I met an old pal from Springfield in Chicago. We grabbed a bite at the Marquette Inn, the ground-floor diner named after the magnificent 1895 Loop building of that name which ho...]]>
Getting a lot right - New kinds of cars promise new kinds of parking lots http://illinoistimes.com/article-16085-getting-a-lot-right.html Getting a lot right - New kinds of cars promise new kinds of parking lots
 Me and parking lots, we go back a long way. I’ve written at least seven columns over the years damning as unwise the undevelopment of downtown Springfield to make spaces for cars. The first on...]]>
Aggressive behavior - Will the high court leave Americans vulnerable to corporate panhandlers? http://illinoistimes.com/article-16046-aggressive-behavior.html Aggressive behavior - Will the high court leave Americans vulnerable to corporate panhandlers?
 Nobody likes being bullied. Nobody likes being called names. Nobody likes being asked for money. As for being bullied and called names while being asked for money, well, there oughta be a law.Ac...]]>
Lincoln’s Union problem - Is the U.S. a nation-state or a nation of states? http://illinoistimes.com/article-16018-lincoln%25E2%2580%2599s-union-problem.html Lincoln’s Union problem - Is the U.S. a nation-state or a nation of states?
 Bells in Springfield – church bells, hand bells, even cell phone ringers – rang  at 2:15 p.m. on April 9 to mark the 150th anniversary of the end of major Civil War fighting. Except, as...]]>
Reforming what matters - Getting labor back into politics http://illinoistimes.com/article-15997-reforming-what-matters.html Reforming what matters - Getting labor back into politics
 Tell me, brother, don’t you understandWe’re all working for the Pharaoh“Pharaoh” Richard Thompson© BMG Rights Management US, LLCReform. Our problem is not that everybody talks about it...]]>
A place for business to live - Developing economic development in Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-15971-a-place-for-business-to-live.html A place for business to live - Developing economic development in Springfield
On July 28, Mayor Langfelder 2.0 made good a campaign promise and appointed the members of a new Economic Development Commission that will advise the city’s – which is to say the mayor’s – Off...]]>
Tuning in - Making a small world bigger and the big one smaller http://illinoistimes.com/article-15937-tuning-in.html Tuning in - Making a small world bigger and the big one smaller
 So much of happiness, I’ve realized, depends on getting tuned in. When he was a young married, my father used to tune in the console radio in the living room of the Krohe family mansion on Man...]]>
The light that turns people on - Springfield must adopt a sunnier outlook http://illinoistimes.com/article-15905-the-light-that-turns-people-on.html The light that turns people on - Springfield must adopt a sunnier outlook
 Everybody’s very happy’Cause the sun is shining all the timeLooks like another perfect dayI love L.A. – “I Love L.A.” by Randy NewmanFor years, people measured the deficiencies of life...]]>