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Second Thoughts
Friday, July 21, 2017 12:00 am
A few afterthoughts occasioned by my column "On not doing wrong." To the unbeliever, the particular opprobrium with which Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki regards gay marriage is pu
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, July 20, 2017 12:00 am

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
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, July 13, 2017 12:00 am

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
Second Thoughts
Friday, July 7, 2017 12:00 am
In "Underground movements" I discussed some novels new solutions to the very old problem of how to dispose of human remains.The same question has been vexing New York Times commentator Ric
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, July 6, 2017 12:00 am

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
Second Thoughts
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 12:00 am
The English novelist Christopher Fowler ruminates to good effect in this blog post about George Orwell's novel, 1984.Orwell could never have predicted Trump. The fall of real authority came with the
Second Thoughts
Monday, July 3, 2017 12:00 am
Some further thoughts that I couldn't squeeze into this week's column on higher education.It is amazing how many of the men and women now honored as great Illinoisans managed to become so without b
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, June 29, 2017 12:00 am

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
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, June 22, 2017 12:00 am

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


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