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Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:09 am
 His most assured and satisfying film since Jackie Brown, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight is unique in the director’s oeuvre in that it’s the only one he’s made he can truly call hi...
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:08 am
 Hello everyone and welcome to almost 2016 – or maybe it already is the New Year by the time you read this. Whatever your situation, let’s open to it with open arms and let the world on in.Th...
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:07 am
Born just outside Austin, Texas, Jackson Taylor spent his formative years traveling and soaking up the sounds of real country music with his migrant worker family. When, as a young man, he made a move...
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:06 am
 I’ve long been ambivalent about New Year’s Eve celebrations. My parents and grandparents always threw a party, but it was far from a drunken debacle. To the best of my knowledge, alcohol was...
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:01 am
October Harvest,by Lola LucasThis week’s poem was suggestedby Yosh Golden who observes, “Lolawas a quiet master of words. Here,is lyrical imagery and a starklyobjective conclusion.” We printit i...
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:01 am
About the issueIt is our tradition to reserve our last issue of the year to remember some of the Springfield-area people who have died in the past year. Those we write about here are people who have c...
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:01 am

LANA BENEDICT Aug. 19, 1946-Oct. 2, 2015

It’s likely no one who knew Lana Benedict as a State of Illinois retiree, volunteer cook, gardener, singer, loving mother and wife thought she would leave life on this side of heaven at age 69 last ...
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:01 am

CHARLES ARMSTRONG ‘CHICK’ CHAPIN Feb. 27, 1921 – May 31, 2015

 Charles Armstrong Chapin was many things: a World War II veteran, an accomplished attorney, a lover of classical music, an involved member of his community and a beloved husband and father.&nbsp...
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:01 am

DONNA ELLEN FROST Jan. 1, 1943-Jan. 12, 2015

Loyal employee of Illinois Times Donna Ellen Frost was my younger sister. We went everywhere together and did everything together. My sister was my best friend. Donna was the first New Year’s b...
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:01 am

EVANS BRITTIN - March 11, 1930 – July 18, 2015

Evans Brittin was truly a gifted music man of many talents, which he willingly shared his whole life. After he served in the U.S. Navy as a pilot, he graduated from Illinois State University and taugh...

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 Illinois Times was gratified by the number of entires that we received for the Visitors Guide Cover Art Contest. We would like to thank all of the 56 participants who submitted entries. Your eff...

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