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Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 12:09 am

Chuck’s top 10 of 2016

 There were two dominating factors in American film this year – Disney Studios and animated features – and it should come as no surprise that the success of one went hand-in-hand with the oth...
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 12:08 am
 Movies are about moments – big moments that erase our cynicism about cinema and remind us of its capacity to dazzle as well as touch us. This happens in a way only possible with a medium that...
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 12:07 am
 Each winter for the past 25 years, the Springfield Art Association has offered an antidote to the common blockbuster with the Molly Schlich Independent and International Film Series. Over the co...
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 12:08 am
 A vivid, effective MonsterWhile no one would ever mistake J.A. Bayona’s A Monster Calls as Christmas fare, love is at the core of the film. This is an at times difficult-to-watch movie that de...
Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 12:13 am
 The visual arts in Springfield blossomed throughout 2016, with established institutions and grassroots groups alike reporting a great range of positive motion in spite of potentially mitigating...
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 12:11 am

She’s sorry, and she wants her daughter back

 Just two months ago, Jennifer Watkins and her daughter Sidney were living a new life in Massachusetts that now seems light years away.Watkins moved from Florida to Massachusetts last summer. Wan...
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 12:13 am

Gearing up responsibly for the great outdoors

 The trouble with winter is that staying warm in the cold weather calls for lots of gear, and all of our manufacturing, selling and consuming takes a toll on the planet we call home. Here are a f...
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 12:14 am

Call to action on climate change

About the articleIn 2015 Illinois Times and dozens of alternative weeklies and other newsmedia outlets participated in Letters to the Future, a project published ahead of the Paris climate talks that...
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 12:13 am

Six things leaders must prioritize to address climate change

 1.    Impose a price on carbonThis could occur in several ways. The revenue-neutral carbon fee has a great backbone of advocacy support. It would charge fossil fuel producers at t...
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 12:11 am

Former guidance dean reports from the front lines on District 186 racial disparities

 Kelly Wickham Hurst spent about 20 years with Springfield School District 186. As guidance dean, she frequently took to her blog and social media to share stories of black students being treated...

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