In 2013, one out of every 266 people in Illinois was in prison. For African-American residents, it was one in every 68 people.That’s just one of the shocking facts illustrating the serious rac...

Troubled mine wants to expand

 Even as an underground fire has forced closure of a Montgomery County mine, the mine operator is seeking state permission to expand mining operations near Hillsboro.The Deer Run mine, owned by S...

SJ-R contract negotiations at turning point

 The union that represents State Journal-Register newsroom employees is weighing options now that a “final and best” contract offer has been rejected by workers.The Jan. 29 vote rejecting man...

Budget impasse destroying the state, advocates say

 Over the past seven months, human service organizations across the state have made layoffs, cut programs and pleaded their case to lawmakers that the people of Illinois need a budget in place. I...

IT food writer dies

 We at Illinois Times are shocked and saddened by the passing of Julianne Glatz, our food writer who passed away last night in her sleep.Glatz became a near-instant institution a...

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...
 At a recent dinner with my work team, I was reminded that I had said I wanted to travel less for work this year so I could focus on other projects. Instead, I find myself bouncing across the cou...
 Every time Gov. Bruce Rauner gives a major speech, social media (and even mass media) lights him up over the way he drops his “g’s” at the end of words. He’s workin’ and doin’ his be...
 ILLINOIS RANKS HIGHThe Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, in partnership with the Equality Federation, h...

New technology allows old-timey feel for photographs by Ginny Lee

 Prairie Art Alliance member artist Ginny Lee has come to terms with technology. “Even a year ago I was a little bit iffy about showing iPhone photos made with apps. But then it become such a p...

Something sappy

 Drip, drip, drip . . . It was mid February. After a long, cold winter, it was the first day that hinted spring was on the way. Drip, drip, drip . . . It had been below freezing overnight, but by...
 This week finds us celebrating various ends of the music spectrum. As usual, if you want to do it, there is plenty to do.Let’s begin with the life of Riley; Mark, to be exact. Area musician Ma...
 Known to Springfield fans as a headline performer at SOHO festival pasts, as well as other venues with his band The Humadors, Dan Hubbard is on a brand new adventure and invites you to come alon...
 Often overlooked in the concern over Gov. Bruce Rauner’s obstructionism is the damage he is doing to his own agenda. Not the Turnaround Agenda, but the governor’s alleged support of ideas li...
 Our next door neighbor on MacArthur was a nice lady named Mae Shaheen. She lived with her brother, George. They were the siblings of Joe Shaheen, who ran the Springfield Speedway.On race nights...
 Actress/author/director Amber Tamblyn will present two Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Lectures at Illinois College 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 8, in Rammelkamp Chapel and Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p...
 “White talk” is about rejecting racism, recognizing shared experiences and praising equality. On Tuesday, join Dr. Alison Bailey, director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program at Illi...
 Hear the songs enjoyed by Abraham Lincoln on the very instrument he used to listen to. On Saturday, Feb. 6, see the unveiling of the recently restored square grand piano made by Emilius N. Scher...
I’m a woman who’s both loving and seriously hating Tinder. Guys on this app mostly want to hook up, and even those who say they want a relationship are flaky, often disappearing after a single dat...
 In 2013, one out of every 266 people in Illinois was in prison. For African-American residents, it was one in every 68 people.That’s just one of the shocking facts illustrating the serious rac...

New technology allows old-timey feel for photographs by Ginny Lee

 Prairie Art Alliance member artist Ginny Lee has come to terms with technology. “Even a year ago I was a little bit iffy about showing iPhone photos made with apps. But then it become such a p...

Troubled mine wants to expand

 Even as an underground fire has forced closure of a Montgomery County mine, the mine operator is seeking state permission to expand mining operations near Hillsboro.The Deer Run mine, owned by S...

SJ-R contract negotiations at turning point

 The union that represents State Journal-Register newsroom employees is weighing options now that a “final and best” contract offer has been rejected by workers.The Jan. 29 vote rejecting man...

Budget impasse destroying the state, advocates say

 Over the past seven months, human service organizations across the state have made layoffs, cut programs and pleaded their case to lawmakers that the people of Illinois need a budget in place. I...
Seniors graduating from high school this spring should keep their eyes open for the Sherel Nutt Memorial Scholarship applications in their local schools. The Springfield Lake Shore Improvement Associa...

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