IllinoisTimes - Illinois - James Krohe Jr http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-65-1-illinois-james-krohe-jr.html Sat, 04 Jul 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Cowboy Joe - A Sangamonian makes, and writes, history in the West http://illinoistimes.com/article-15813-cowboy-joe.html Cowboy Joe - A Sangamonian makes, and writes, history in the West
 These days, a man who stands at the edge of Springfield and gazes at the wide open spaces to the west and imagines herds grazing contentedly is a shopping center developer. A century and a half...]]>
Doing development right - Aldermen call Bluffstone’s bluff http://illinoistimes.com/article-15765-doing-development-right.html Doing development right - Aldermen call Bluffstone’s bluff
 They could just put trailers on it, I suppose. An Iowa firm, Bluffstone LLC, hoped to build a five-story, 70-unit apartment complex on a downtown Springfield parking lot. Because the apartments...]]>
The razor blade in the apple - Rauner’s property tax freeze plan hides a nasty surprise http://illinoistimes.com/article-15749-the-razor-blade-in-the-apple.html The razor blade in the apple - Rauner’s property tax freeze plan hides a nasty surprise
 The interesting debate about property taxes in Illinois was the one they didn’t have last week at the Statehouse. Under consideration were various versions of a proposal, first made last year...]]>
Voter reform - Does Illinois need mandatory civics classes? http://illinoistimes.com/article-15612-voter-reform.html Voter reform - Does Illinois need mandatory civics classes?
 As a nation we are split into two camps along familiar populist/progressive lines, with one believing that government doesn’t work because the people running our governments don’t understand...]]>
A good life well recalled - Growing up on an Illinois farm http://illinoistimes.com/article-15581-a-good-life-well-recalled.html A good life well recalled - Growing up on an Illinois farm
The dewy-eyed farm memoir is by now a discredited genre but nostalgic farm folk and wannabe urbanites apparently eat these stories with a big spoon. Countryfarm Lifestyles (“a country living website...]]>
Making Mr. McGregors - Is the California drought an opportunity for Illinois farmers? http://illinoistimes.com/article-15548-making-mr-mcgregors.html Making Mr. McGregors - Is the California drought an opportunity for Illinois farmers?
 Moving west to California some years ago, I was commanded to pull off the interstate at the state line in the Sierra Nevada. A young man in uniform asked me to open the car so he could inspect w...]]>
Implementing planning - Can a city planner make Springfield love planning? http://illinoistimes.com/article-15522-implementing-planning.html Implementing planning - Can a city planner make Springfield love planning?
 Usually no one pays attention to what the losers in a mayoral contest had to say. The recent city hall election was a happy exception. The un-preferred Paul Palazollo said repeatedly during the ...]]>
Land of drinkin’ http://illinoistimes.com/article-15482-land-of-drinkin%25E2%2580%2599.html Land of drinkin’
 “It’s time we started cashing in.” So sayeth Richard C. Longworth in the Chicago Tribune recently. Longworth, senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, was talking about Illi...]]>
Sustainable agriculture - Farmers markets prove remarkably durable http://illinoistimes.com/article-15453-sustainable-agriculture.html Sustainable agriculture - Farmers markets prove remarkably durable
 It’s farmers market time. I’ve washed and starched my reusable shopping bag and hope to be first in line to buy a fine lettuce that reliably voted for the Green Party until the day it was pl...]]>
The encouragement of competent teachers - Would Elizabeth Graham be allowed to teach today? http://illinoistimes.com/article-15425-the-encouragement-of-competent-teachers.html The encouragement of competent teachers - Would Elizabeth Graham be allowed to teach today?
 Reading Phil Bradley’s fine remembrance of Elizabeth Graham the other day (see “Before the university we had Elizabeth Graham,” April 9, 2015) I was moved to reflect again on teachers and...]]>
Making dead hyenas come alive - The Field Museum wants a new diorama for some old specimens http://illinoistimes.com/article-15391-making-dead-hyenas-come-alive.html Making dead hyenas come alive - The Field Museum wants a new diorama for some old specimens
 How much would you give so a dead hyena could have a new home? The Field Museum of Natural History is hoping you’ll give something. The museum – a world institution that, happily, happens to...]]>
Last rights - The governor doesn’t want to pay to bury the poor http://illinoistimes.com/article-15362-last-rights.html Last rights - The governor doesn’t want to pay to bury the poor
 Balancing a budget on the backs of poor people who are on their backs seems cold even for a member of the New Republican Party. In early April, Mr. Bruce Rauner suspended reimbursements paid by...]]>
Selling off a metaphor - Should the State of Illinois sell the Thompson Center? http://illinoistimes.com/article-15321-selling-off-a-metaphor.html Selling off a metaphor - Should the State of Illinois sell the Thompson Center?
 News came last week that the liberty-loving Mr. Rauner wants to free the people of Illinois from the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago. He took steps to establish its fair market value, thus t...]]>
Through a glass beautifully - Contemplating antique glass paperweights http://illinoistimes.com/article-15291-through-a-glass-beautifully.html Through a glass beautifully - Contemplating antique glass paperweights
 In a climate in which open windows are as rare as an honest tax return, I don’t need paperweights on my desk. I have one anyway. It’s a segment of a plexiglass cylinder in which seem to floa...]]>
Political economy - Matching the supply of knowledge to the demands of government http://illinoistimes.com/article-15263-political-economy.html Political economy - Matching the supply of knowledge to the demands of government
 “Because economic decisions are made by elected officials every day,” said Rockford state senator Dave Syverson to the Register Star recently, “we need to have officials who understand the...]]>
Keeping things clear - Schoolkids in the street? Must be Springfield after a snow http://illinoistimes.com/article-15223-keeping-things-clear.html Keeping things clear - Schoolkids in the street? Must be Springfield after a snow
 [Note to readers: The snow has gone, as snow does, but it will be back – probably in July, given how wacky the weather has become. Time now, while memories of the drifts are fresh, to ponder h...]]>
Back on the roads again - “My way is the highway,” says the governor http://illinoistimes.com/article-15207-back-on-the-roads-again.html Back on the roads again - “My way is the highway,” says the governor
 It is unclear exactly where Illinois’ new CEO wants to take this state, but we have indications in his proposed budget how he would like us to get there. If approved, his budget would spend sl...]]>
Pay as you leave http://illinoistimes.com/article-15175-pay-as-you-leave.html Pay as you leave
 I guess you could call it a roaming charge. State Sen. Chapin Rose, a Republican from over Mahomet way, has introduced a bill to reform the program that grants tuition aid at state colleges and...]]>
An overdue policy on the library - Is independence feasible for the state’s historical library? http://illinoistimes.com/article-15137-an-overdue-policy-on-the-library.html An overdue policy on the library - Is independence feasible for the state’s historical library?
 Is the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum a museum with a library attached? Or is it a library with a museum attached? The two institutions are like conjoined twins, one of whom has...]]>
A man worth knowing - Father John Garvey, late of Springfield, dies at 70 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15117-a-man-worth-knowing.html A man worth knowing - Father John Garvey, late of Springfield, dies at 70
  “Agnostic though you are you should pray for his health,” John urged me when he heard that critic and essayist Clive James was suffering from cancer. “After [the deaths of Chris...]]>
Of the people and for the people – but never like them - Lincoln and the Springfield democracy http://illinoistimes.com/article-15092-of-the-people-and-for-the-people-%25E2%2580%2593-but-never-like-them.html Of the people and for the people – but never like them - Lincoln and the Springfield democracy
“What thrilled the people who stood before Abraham Lincoln,” wrote novelist Francis Grierson in The Valley of Shadows, “was the sight of a being who, in all his actions and habits, resembled the...]]>
Masters of the new machine - The new guv’s remarks on salaries don’t add up http://illinoistimes.com/article-15067-masters-of-the-new-machine.html Masters of the new machine - The new guv’s remarks on salaries don’t add up
 “We’re going to pay what we need to bring in talented people,” said Illinois’ new governor to reporters on Jan. 23. He was defending the many six-figure salaries he’s offered to t...]]>
The bird and I - Our feathered friends are trying to tell us something http://illinoistimes.com/article-15033-the-bird-and-i.html The bird and I - Our feathered friends are trying to tell us something
 The stout birders of Springfield set out just after New Year’s Day again this year to count birds because, really, what else is there to do this time of year? During what was the 80th such cen...]]>
A cautionary tale - The lessons of Illinois’ historic sites history http://illinoistimes.com/article-14992-a-cautionary-tale.html A cautionary tale - The lessons of Illinois’ historic sites history
 For those who don’t know the story, here’s what happened. Politically connected Springfieldians undertake to put more of the city’s long-hidden Lincoln legacy on display to new generations...]]>
Insult with wit - The lost art of political invective http://illinoistimes.com/article-14972-insult-with-wit.html Insult with wit - The lost art of political invective
 Spiro T. Agnew came to Springfield in September of 1970 to make a speech. To that approximately half of the public not yet born in 1970, I must explain that Mr. Agnew was a vice president of the...]]>
A poet of fact - Illinois loses Lee Sandlin http://illinoistimes.com/article-14937-a-poet-of-fact.html A poet of fact - Illinois loses Lee Sandlin
 The man who arguably was Illinois’ best writer died not long ago, and hardly anyone south of the Loop noticed. Lee Sandlin, belle-lettrist and critic, was among the contributors to Chicago’s...]]>
Home court disadvantages - Where should the governor of a divided state reside? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14907-home-court-disadvantages.html Home court disadvantages - Where should the governor of a divided state reside?
 “I look forward to living in the Governor’s Mansion,” said candidate Bruce Rauner to the Associated Press, “and would consider it an honor.” More than 216 miles separating Winnetka fro...]]>
Wrong in principle - Immigrant-hating and the Illinois democracy http://illinoistimes.com/article-14896-wrong-in-principle.html Wrong in principle - Immigrant-hating and the Illinois democracy
 Quick – how big a part of Illinois’ population in recent years has consisted of unauthorized immigrants. Ten percent? Fifteen? Twenty? In 2012, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, it was 3...]]>
Official graffiti - The General Assembly tags the museum building http://illinoistimes.com/article-14849-official-graffiti.html Official graffiti - The General Assembly tags the museum building
 In a 2010 column titled “A school by any other name” I explored the changing fashions in naming public buildings. I noted that public officials eager to not be caught endorsing anyone who mi...]]>
Deer me - The annual deer kill is underway – hooray! http://illinoistimes.com/article-14821-deer-me.html Deer me - The annual deer kill is underway – hooray!
 I read that Illinois hunters killed 52,000 deer in the first weekend of the season, and that’s just those using firearms; the muzzleloaders and spear-throwers have yet to get their crack at th...]]>