IllinoisTimes - Articles http://illinoistimes.com/article Tue, 02 Sep 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Take a walking tour of Rochester houses - There are many more rewards at the end of the trail http://illinoistimes.com/article-14371-take-a-walking-tour-of-rochester-houses.html Take a walking tour of Rochester houses - There are many more rewards at the end of the trail
 If you’ve long thought Rochester the last exit on the Lost Bridge Trail, the end of the line for your urban adventures on the fringes of Springfield, get off your bike and take a hike. There a...]]>
The charms of St. Charles and Batavia http://illinoistimes.com/article-14370-the-charms-of-st-charles-and-batavia.html The charms of St. Charles and Batavia
 When thinking of heading north, often we think of Chicago. The suburbs get lost in the plans. A recent trip reminded me that there is a lot of beauty and history outside the urban sprawl. This f...]]>
Explore southern Illinois on the Ohio River scenic byway http://illinoistimes.com/article-14372-explore-southern-illinois-on-the-ohio-river-scenic-byway.html Explore southern Illinois on the Ohio River scenic byway
 Once upon a time in far, far southeastern Illinois there lived slaves, outlaws, miners, explorers, soldiers and river travelers. If you meander along the Ohio River from Shawneetown to Cairo, yo...]]>
Fall curtain call - A season of robust theater in central Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-14373-fall-curtain-call.html Fall curtain call - A season of robust theater in central Illinois
 A good actor isn’t afraid to be emotionally naked in front of an audience. From the silver screen to Broadway, talented thespians figuratively bare themselves to the public. But how much more...]]>
Lots of good music coming this fall http://illinoistimes.com/article-14374-lots-of-good-music-coming-this-fall.html Lots of good music coming this fall
 As reliable as the leaves donning their brilliantine colors and that familiar chill exiling the once seemingly interminable humidity, music is once again in the air as autumn gets underway. This...]]>
Steak your claim http://illinoistimes.com/article-14375-steak-your-claim.html Steak your claim
 If you’re grilling steak this Labor Day weekend, why not grill extra for a second meal later in the week? Below are three of my favorite ways to use leftover steak, although, they’re delicio...]]>
Dame: dynamic yet tired http://illinoistimes.com/article-14376-dame-dynamic-yet-tired.html Dame: dynamic yet tired
 There’s no question that Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is a visually stunning piece of work, the sort of film DVDs were made for – you’ll find yourself...]]>
Ocean State http://illinoistimes.com/article-14377-ocean-state.html Ocean State
 Formed in early 2014, Ocean State performs a classic selection of American country, blues and jazz standards along with a good splash of Brazilian-based, samba-influenced compositions. The can�...]]>
Labors of love http://illinoistimes.com/article-14378-labors-of-love.html Labors of love
 As the Labor Day weekend approaches, the common calendar says to bade the summer season goodbye and begin our autumn adventures. Labor Day proper, always the first Monday in September, falls on...]]>
Our objects, ourselves http://illinoistimes.com/article-14379-our-objects-ourselves.html Our objects, ourselves
 University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery kicks off their season Monday, Aug. 25, with the installation project Filler by Springfield native Jeff Robinson, UIS Visual Arts Gallery d...]]>
Beer and vittles and pipes http://illinoistimes.com/article-14380-beer-and-vittles-and-pipes.html Beer and vittles and pipes
 Rain or shine, Sunday, Aug. 31, enjoy a festival put on by a group that likes to have a good time. Central Illinois St. Andrew Society and the folks of Celtic Mist invite you to their second ann...]]>
Just Abe http://illinoistimes.com/article-14381-just-abe.html Just Abe
 There are two days left to catch John O’Connor as Mr. Lincoln in the Theatre in the Park production Mr. Lincoln that opened with two amazing performances earlier in the month. A one-man play w...]]>
What do you mean by that? - Big words and the search for meaning http://illinoistimes.com/article-14383-what-do-you-mean-by-that.html What do you mean by that? - Big words and the search for meaning
I was reading the other evening, which is what I do when I can’t read during the day. My choice this night was a detective novel written by Englishman Bruce Montgomery as Edmund Crispin. Montgomery�...]]>
Life lessons http://illinoistimes.com/article-14384-life-lessons.html Life lessons
Curses, foiled again• Police charged Danielle Saxton, 27, with shoplifting from a boutique in West Frankfort, Ill., after investigators saw pictures of her wearing the stolen clothing and jewelry th...]]>
MP3’s a crowd http://illinoistimes.com/article-14385-mp3%25E2%2580%2599s-a-crowd.html MP3’s a crowd
 I’ve been dating a girl for two months, and I go back and forth from thinking the relationship has legs to wanting to end it. I just had a birthday, and she got me a new iPod Touch with my nam...]]>
A letter of anguish from Dominican sisters in Iraq http://illinoistimes.com/article-14386-a-letter-of-anguish-from-dominican-sisters-in-iraq.html A letter of anguish from Dominican sisters in Iraq
Many Springfield residents will be familiar with the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Sienna in Iraq because of their association with the Dominican Sisters of Springfield. Over a period of 15 ye...]]>
What we’ve paid for war http://illinoistimes.com/article-14387-what-we%25E2%2580%2599ve-paid-for-war.html What we’ve paid for war
War is hell.Major General Harold Greene could certainly tell you all about that – but, sadly, he’s dead. On Aug. 5, General Green became the highest-ranking American soldier to die in our unfathom...]]>
Rauner buys a steer http://illinoistimes.com/article-14388-rauner-buys-a-steer.html Rauner buys a steer
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laborday poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14389-laborday-poem-1.html laborday poem #1
a 1952 news item just found:“Dairy Workers to 5-DayWeek” – ten years beforethis clipping I heard mygrandfather say “We can’tgo to a six-day week untilwe breed a six-day cow.”...]]>
Letters to the Editor 8/28/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14390-letters-to-the-editor-8_28_14.html Letters to the Editor 8/28/14
 30 YEARS FOR WEED“Nobody gets multiple decades for pot!” These words often sing in my ears while discussing my prison sentence with people. When I was 19, I started bringing cannabis from Ca...]]>
Promote the vote http://illinoistimes.com/article-14391-promote-the-vote.html Promote the vote
Some recent Chicago Tribune poll results appear to indicate that support for raising the minimum wage in the state’s largest city may be enough to increase voter turnout for a nonbinding November ba...]]>
A pedophile’s playpen - Teacher kept job despite suspicions http://illinoistimes.com/article-14392-a-pedophile%25E2%2580%2599s-playpen.html A pedophile’s playpen - Teacher kept job despite suspicions
 When Springfield police called Steven R. Battles in 2010 to ask about his contact with boys, he asked an odd question.“I advised him it was in reference to criminal sexual abuse,” Detective ...]]>
Fixing neighborhoods - Peoria takes a new approach to revitalization http://illinoistimes.com/article-14393-fixing-neighborhoods.html Fixing neighborhoods - Peoria takes a new approach to revitalization
 Faced with budget cuts, city officials in Peoria charged with enforcing building codes and otherwise keeping neighborhoods spiffy have reorganized in hopes of revitalizing neighborhoods.More tha...]]>
Obamacare enrolls 622,000 in Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-14394-obamacare-enrolls-622000-in-illinois.html Obamacare enrolls 622,000 in Illinois
 More than 622,000 previously uninsured people in Illinois now have health coverage, thanks to the federal reforms known as “Obamacare.” That accounts for about 51 percent of the estimated 1....]]>
2014 Fall Calendar http://illinoistimes.com/article-14396-2014-fall-calendar.html 2014 Fall Calendar
 AUGUSTPittsfield Fall FestivalAug 28-31, 6pm Thu-Fri, 9am Sat, Food vendors, crafts, carnival and many activities. Parade on Saturday. Free. 217-617-2656. Pike County Courthouse, 100 E. Washingt...]]>
Former teacher pleads guilty - Seven years for sex crimes http://illinoistimes.com/article-14369-former-teacher-pleads-guilty.html Former teacher pleads guilty - Seven years for sex crimes
“Believe it or not, I care for you. I love you. You’re like a son to me.”Not words one expects to hear a child molester tell his victim after finally being held accountable years after the fact....]]>
Missing history - When historical documents disappear from courthouses http://illinoistimes.com/article-14342-missing-history.html Missing history - When historical documents disappear from courthouses
 As a supervisor in the department of state archives for the secretary of state’s office, Karl Moore makes a living by preserving records from courts and government offices throughout Illinois....]]>
Being there - Recalling Nixon, being with John Malkovich and a grand party http://illinoistimes.com/article-14343-being-there.html Being there - Recalling Nixon, being with John Malkovich and a grand party
 The passage of the Civil Right’s Act 50 summers ago has gotten lots of media attention this year, and rightly so. But there’s been little – at least that I’ve heard – of the 40th anniv...]]>
Magic in the Moonlight http://illinoistimes.com/article-14344-magic-in-the-moonlight.html Magic in the Moonlight
 While Magic in the Moonlight doesn’t rank as one of Woody Allen’s finer efforts, it certainly isn’t without its charms. Of course, one should keep in mind that the writer/director’s less...]]>
Bass, blues, folk, fun http://illinoistimes.com/article-14345-bass-blues-folk-fun.html Bass, blues, folk, fun
 Good heavens! Just when you think there’s nothing to do, there’s more than ever before. Here we go with a jam-packed weekend of assorted happenings.Here’s a snippet of Thursday events. Oti...]]>