IllinoisTimes - Illinois - James Krohe Jr http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-65-1-illinois-james-krohe-jr.html Sat, 21 Oct 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 What Columbus Day means to us - Another hero of a bad cause creates controversy http://illinoistimes.com/article-19262-what-columbus-day-means-to-us.html What Columbus Day means to us - Another hero of a bad cause creates controversy
 In my youth, Springfield’s Roman Cultural Society held an essay contest every year in which grade school kids were invited to address the topic, “What Columbus Day  Means To Me.” I ne...]]>
Making Illinois safe for the Bs - Two legislators want to reform higher ed http://illinoistimes.com/article-19231-making-illinois-safe-for-the-bs.html Making Illinois safe for the Bs - Two legislators want to reform higher ed
 Public higher education is in trouble in Illinois. Enrollment at most of the former “normal” schools is down, costs are rising and the best in-state students are signing up to attend out-of-...]]>
What would Willis do? - Will CWLP not have to clean up its act? http://illinoistimes.com/article-19211-what-would-willis-do.html What would Willis do? - Will CWLP not have to clean up its act?
 For years the Sierra Club has played the conscience of City Water, Light and Power in the absence of mayors and aldermen capable of the role. Most people can agree that having a conscience is a...]]>
Editor's Note 9/28/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19187-editors-note-9_28_17.html Editor's Note 9/28/17
 Unfolding events in Washington and Springfield remind us of the need to vote to make our voices heard. If we don’t vote we are delivered an outcome we had no hand in creating. If we vote we st...]]>
The politics of pretty - An election is just another beauty pageant http://illinoistimes.com/article-19188-the-politics-of-pretty.html The politics of pretty - An election is just another beauty pageant
 My favorite Miss America was Vonda Kay Van Dyke (1965), forever famous as the first  Queen of Atlantic City to use ventriloquism in the talent portion of the contest. She later wrote a seri...]]>
Foreign exchange - Is the Asian enrollment boom at the U of I about to bust? http://illinoistimes.com/article-19149-foreign-exchange.html Foreign exchange - Is the Asian enrollment boom at the U of I about to bust?
 A college campus is a sleepy place in the summer, which makes summer a good time to go sightseeing. I’ve always enjoyed visiting the main campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana for tha...]]>
Parking smartly - Smartphones? We need smart cars to save downtown http://illinoistimes.com/article-19126-parking-smartly.html Parking smartly - Smartphones? We need smart cars to save downtown
 Attorneys in their sunset years dream of the day when they no longer have to start a day knotting a necktie, governors of when they can complain about bills without people expecting them to know...]]>
A certain despair - August is no time for faint-hearted gardeners http://illinoistimes.com/article-19092-a-certain-despair.html A certain despair - August is no time for faint-hearted gardeners
 It is late August as I write this, a time of year when gardens and gardeners alike begin to look a little, well, tired, for reasons I explored in the column, which appeared in our paper of Aug....]]>
Drawing fire - A cartoon again excites believers http://illinoistimes.com/article-19075-drawing-fire.html Drawing fire - A cartoon again excites believers
 At least no one demanded that such cartoons be suppressed a la Charlie Hebdo. No blood at IPI was shed, and no one issued a fatwa against Mr. Allie, even if ritual murder was in the air around t...]]>
Monumental folly - Southern soldiers fall again http://illinoistimes.com/article-19047-monumental-folly.html Monumental folly - Southern soldiers fall again
 Not since Chancellorsville have so many rebel soldiers fallen in battle. Across the U.S., statues and other memorials to Confederate heroes from the Civil War are being driven from their pedesta...]]>
A matter of perspective - Springfield as portrayed in panoramic maps http://illinoistimes.com/article-19005-a-matter-of-perspective.html A matter of perspective - Springfield as portrayed in panoramic maps
 Springfieldians are always trying to get above themselves. As I noted in “Seeking the scenic in central Illinois” (Aug. 19, 2010), something must be seen to be scenic, and seeing the landsca...]]>
In the boring summer time - It’s time to talk – and talk – about baseball http://illinoistimes.com/article-18987-in-the-boring-summer-time.html In the boring summer time - It’s time to talk – and talk – about baseball
 It’s summer, when spouses (usually women, but not always) show up in ERs seemingly catatonic because their mates have begun talking, again, about the Cub curse or the Cardinal way. Baseball it...]]>
It’s only fair - Rauner’s principled opposition to SB 1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18947-it%25E2%2580%2599s-only-fair.html It’s only fair - Rauner’s principled opposition to SB 1
 Sooner or later, every rookie reporter must face the ugly facts: Somewhere, sometime, there will be a school board meeting she will have to cover. A veteran opinion monger like me faces a simila...]]>
Agency problems - The dilemmas of public power on a warming planet http://illinoistimes.com/article-18934-agency-problems.html Agency problems - The dilemmas of public power on a warming planet
 As I write this the weather is, as my grandmother used to say, sultry. Central Illinois is not on the Gulf coast, but Gulf air is in central Illinois much of the year. The damp heat typical of s...]]>
Parade unrest - Remembering the State Fair parade http://illinoistimes.com/article-18910-parade-unrest.html Parade unrest - Remembering the State Fair parade
 The mayor and others have complained about the state fair’s plans to change the route of its annual Twilight Parade. In my view, they didn’t change it enough: a better route would have the p...]]>
The next big thing - Illinois needs a modest proposal to fix its pensions http://illinoistimes.com/article-18889-the-next-big-thing.html The next big thing - Illinois needs a modest proposal to fix its pensions
 Every parent knows how hard it is to have a serious conversation when there’s a two-year-old throwing a tantrum in the next room. Thank goodness enough grownups in the General Assembly ignored...]]>
On not doing wrong - Bishop Paprocki stands guard against corruption http://illinoistimes.com/article-18863-on-not-doing-wrong.html On not doing wrong - Bishop Paprocki stands guard against corruption
 A new set of guidelines issued by Springfield’s Bishop Thomas Paprocki bans people in same-sex marriages from receiving funeral rites in local Roman Catholic churches, receiving communion or s...]]>
Real innovation - Rethinking, not just reforming, public higher ed http://illinoistimes.com/article-18838-real-innovation.html Real innovation - Rethinking, not just reforming, public higher ed
 We can all agree that Illinois’ public higher education system is in a state of crisis – or rather crises. Bruce Rauner, living in his own private Illinois, believes that tax-supported colle...]]>
Race, class and representation - Reinventing city government 30 years ago http://illinoistimes.com/article-18814-race-class-and-representation.html Race, class and representation - Reinventing city government 30 years ago
Come fall, it will be 30 years since the City of Springfield’s new aldermanized city council first convened. I voted for it, and I wrote about it. A new system of representation had been forced by a...]]>
More floppies in a shoebox - How should the state deal with dead documents? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18790-more-floppies-in-a-shoebox.html More floppies in a shoebox - How should the state deal with dead documents?
 Having found itself unable to solve the state’s big problems, legislators the other day took up a small one – the agreement to spend $2.4 million over five years for space in a converted fur...]]>
Missing links - Even Illinois golf courses aren’t up to par http://illinoistimes.com/article-18758-missing-links.html Missing links - Even Illinois golf courses aren’t up to par
 If Mr. Rauner thinks that reforming workers’ comp is hard, wait until he tries to reform geology. It turns out that yet another reason Illinois Inc. is not economically competitive with neighb...]]>
Frozen assets - Rauner’s tax freeze is the wrong solution to the wrong problem http://illinoistimes.com/article-18726-frozen-assets.html Frozen assets - Rauner’s tax freeze is the wrong solution to the wrong problem
 “Everyone in Illinois,” says Bruce Rauner, “knows that property taxes are too high” compared to other states. Everyone in Illinois knows nothing of the sort. Mr. Rauner, for example, kno...]]>
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...]]>