Kids today

Here will be found articles about child welfare, parenting, state  programs for dependent children and other non-school-related issues involving children that appeared mainly in Illinois Times and Illinois Issues.

I was for a while an official Disaffected Youth, and as such was made a member of state and local committees of 1970 White House Conference on Youth, the Urban Needs Committee of Springfield's United Way, an Illinois Department of Public Health's drug abuse program planning group, the Committee on School Organization of the Governor's Commission on Schools, and similar groups.

 

In the 1970s (still a youth myself) I was hired to write state agency publications that pertained to kids and schools-school district organization in Illinois in the first case, and drug abuse among kids in the second. The most significant of these (at least to me) was Getting It Together: Community Action Against Drug Abuse (Illinois Dept. of Public Health, State of Illinois, Springfield, 1971). Very much a how-to and very much of its time, it deserves the oblivion into which such publications fall.  It was however the occasion of my meeting the excellent Lynford Keyes, one of those able and dedicated career public servants who then roamed in herds through Springfield streets but today seem on the verge of extinction. 

 

An altogether more serious project came my way twenty years later. Jim Nowlan, then Director of Research for the Illinois Tax Foundation, invited me to make a report on the State of Illinois's programs for children. (See "Afterword" below.)

After 40 years I cannot say that Illinois children are better off than they were when I started except in gross material terms. My work had nothing to do with that decline, but it saddens me to say that it didn't do anything to slow it either. 

Note that pieces about play and play spaces, public education pedagogy and politics, school buildings, and higher education appear under the topic "Common schools."

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Rating Game

Illinois tries again to protect its young

Illinois Issues  February 2006

Afterword

Fixing Kids: Illinois' Programs for Children

Illinois Tax Foundation, 1993

What To Do with Troubled Kids

Illinois as custodian of its dependent children

Illinois Issues  March 1995

Body Counts

Why the State of Illinois is a lousy surrogate parent

"Prejudices" Illinois Times  January 9, 1981

Nurture and Support

Devising a decent family policy for Illinois

"Prejudices"  Illinois Times  March 10, 1994

Decent People

Is Illinois’s child welfare system an accessory to murder?

“Prejudices”  Illinois Times  November 9, 1993

More Harm Than Good

Illinois tries to make itself safe from kids and vice versa

“Prejudices”  Illinois Times  Undated

 Shotgun Weddings

The state can’t be both pro-family and anti-father

“Prejudices”  Illinois Times  June 7, 1993

Relative Chaos

Illinois wonders, “Who gets the kids?”

“Prejudices”  Illinois Times  May 20, 1993

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SITES

OF INTEREST

John Hallwas

Essential for anyone interested in Illinois history and literature. Hallwas deservedly won the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois State Historical Society.

Lee Sandlin Author

One of Illinois’s best, and least-known, writers of his generation. Take note in particular of The Distancers and Road to Nowhere.

Chicago Architecture Center

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Resources for a marvelous building database, architecture dictionary, even a city planning graphic novel. Handsome, useful—every Illinois culture website should be so good.

The Encyclopedia of Chicago

 

The online version of The Encyclopedia of Chicago, Crammed with thousands of topic entries, biographical sketches, maps and images, it is a reference work unmatched in Illinois.

Illinois Great Places

The Illinois chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 2018 selected 200 Great Places in Illinois that illustrate our  shared architectural culture across the entire period of human settlement in Illinois.

McLean County Museum

of History

A nationally accredited, award-winning project of the McLean County Historical Society whose holdings include more than 20,000 objects, more than 15,000 books on local history and genealogy, and boxes and boxes of historical papers and images.

Mr. Lincoln, Route 66, and Other Highlights of Lincoln, Illinois

 

Every Illinois town ought to have a chronicler like D. Leigh Henson, Ph.D. Not only Lincoln and the Mother road—the author’s curiosity ranges from cattle baron John Dean Gillett to novelist William Maxwell. An Illinois State Historical Society "Best Web Site of the Year."

Southern Illinois University Press

SIU Press is one of the four major university publishing houses in Illinois. Its catalog offers much of local interest, including biographies of Illinois political figures, the history (human and natural) and folklore of southern Illinois, the Civil War and Lincoln, and quality reprints in the Shawnee Classics series.

Chronicling Illinois

“Chronicling Illinois” showcases some of the collections—mostly some 6,000 photographs—from the Illinois history holdings of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.

Illinois Digital Archives

 

Created in 2000, the IDA is a repository for the digital collections of the Illinois State Library and other Illinois libraries and cultural institutions. The holdings include photographs, slides, and glass negatives, oral histories, newspapers, maps, and documents from manuscripts and letters to postcards,  posters, and videos.

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BOOKS

 OF INTEREST

Southern Illinois University Press 2017

A work of

solid history, entertainingly told.

Michael Burlingame,

author of Abraham 

Lincoln: A Life 

One of the ten best books on Illinois history I have read in a decade.

Superior Achievement Award citation, ISHS Awards, 2018

A lively and engaging study

. . . an enthralling narrative.

James Edstrom

The Annals of Iowa

A book that merits the attention of all Illinois historians

as well as local historians generally.

John Hoffman

Journal of Illinois HIstory

A model for the kind of detailed and honest history other states and regions could use.

Harold Henderson 

Midwestern Microhistory

A fine example of a resurgence of Midwest historical scholarship.

Greg Hall

Journal of the Illinois

State Historical Society

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