IllinoisTimes - Articles http://illinoistimes.com/article Fri, 31 Oct 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Putting parks in their place - How not to plan for urban green space http://illinoistimes.com/article-14631-putting-parks-in-their-place.html Putting parks in their place - How not to plan for urban green space
 The problem in a city that likes to think of itself as forward-looking is that it seldom looks back long enough to learn from its own past. That, anyway, was the conclusion I came to after think...]]>
Governing is hard work http://illinoistimes.com/article-14632-governing-is-hard-work.html Governing is hard work
 I have been working in or around government for more than 50 years, and if you asked me to boil down what I’ve learned to one sentence, it is this: Governing is much harder work than most peop...]]>
Editor's Note 10/30/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14633-editors-note-10_30_14.html Editor's Note 10/30/14
The billboard towering above Wabash Avenue still proclaims, “The Benedictine PROMISE: affordable and attainable undergraduate education.” It is a promise broken. Last Thursday the Benedictine Univ...]]>
From one bad war to a worse one http://illinoistimes.com/article-14634-from-one-bad-war-to-a-worse-one.html From one bad war to a worse one
 In 2004, Stuart Bowen of Texas was asked by a friend to take on a difficult and important job, which he did. Bowen’s friend was George W. Bush, and the job was to investigate corruption and wa...]]>
Now hiring http://illinoistimes.com/article-14635-now-hiring.html Now hiring
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flu shot poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14636-flu-shot-poem-1.html flu shot poem #1
 flu shot poem #1this is flu shot season my friend annette writes she can’t take one on account of raw egg allergy she  adds, “I’ll always remember my grandmother’s recollections of...]]>
Letters to the Editor 10/30/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14637-letters-to-the-editor-10_30_14.html Letters to the Editor 10/30/14
A WEEKLY ADVENTUREI left Lincolnland for Lincoln three years ago. Every two weeks or so, I visit your site for a dose of the capital city. Today I reviewed the Chris Britt cartoons going back to Augus...]]>
The demotion of Dave McKinney http://illinoistimes.com/article-14638-the-demotion-of-dave-mckinney.html The demotion of Dave McKinney
 Perhaps the worst thing to happen to journalism over the years is its simplistic overreliance on the mere “appearance of impropriety” to justify big, splashy stories.No actual wrongdoing nee...]]>
Blight patrol - Enos Park finds legal route to force action on abandoned properties http://illinoistimes.com/article-14639-blight-patrol.html Blight patrol - Enos Park finds legal route to force action on abandoned properties
 A Springfield neighborhood group may have found a little-known way to deal with abandoned properties. Enos Park Development LLC, the real estate arm of the Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Ass...]]>
TIME FLIES http://illinoistimes.com/article-14640-time-flies.html TIME FLIES
It’s easy to overlook the beauty of the world around you, but Dave Heinzel of Springfield makes it much easier to appreciate. Heinzel, a multi-media artist, recorded a captivating time lapse video o...]]>
PICKET LINES http://illinoistimes.com/article-14641-picket-lines.html PICKET LINES
More than 50 picketers showed up on Monday, Oct. 27, during the lunch hour outside the State Journal-Register to demand a contract that includes raises for editorial employees. Two city cops, both ami...]]>
The wild green yonder - Money at center of Havana airport dispute http://illinoistimes.com/article-14642-the-wild-green-yonder.html The wild green yonder - Money at center of Havana airport dispute
 Since 2006, Kent Johnson’s son has cultivated 131 acres at Havana Regional Airport, a grass airstrip in Mason County favored by pilots of ultralight aircraft and small airplanes.Kent Johnson i...]]>
Former doctor faces drug charge - Pawnee police make pinch http://illinoistimes.com/article-14643-former-doctor-faces-drug-charge.html Former doctor faces drug charge - Pawnee police make pinch
 A former Taylorville physician awaiting sentencing on federal fraud charges has been busted for drugs in Pawnee.Officers were summoned to a Casey’s store in Pawnee at approximately 8:15 p.m. o...]]>
Dave McKinney: Mensch http://illinoistimes.com/article-14644-dave-mckinney-mensch.html Dave McKinney: Mensch
 I’ve known Dave McKinney, erstwhile Springfield bureau chief of the Chicago Sun-Times, for about three years now. We have lunch now and again. We’ll catch a Cardinals game when I can get fre...]]>
Ouija board, movie lack mystery http://illinoistimes.com/article-14645-ouija-board-movie-lack-mystery.html Ouija board, movie lack mystery
 It isn’t that Ouija, the latest property to hit the screen from Hasbro Toys after G.I. Joe and Transformers, is necessarily a bad movie; it’s simply late to the party. After the recent succe...]]>
Hummingbird cake http://illinoistimes.com/article-14646-hummingbird-cake.html Hummingbird cake
 In the pantheon of glorious southern cakes, none is more beloved than hummingbird cake. And probably none has more variations, not so much in the actual cake itself (although the proportions can...]]>
Todd Wolfe Band http://illinoistimes.com/article-14647-todd-wolfe-band.html Todd Wolfe Band
 Todd Wolfe befriended Sheryl Crow when she was a struggling backup singer in New York City and he too was “trying to make it” in the music business. Later, he joined her first live band in t...]]>
Hello Halloweeners http://illinoistimes.com/article-14648-hello-halloweeners.html Hello Halloweeners
 Welcome ghouls, goblins, guys and gals to the terribly terrifying world of the Springfield bar music scene during Halloween season. I say season, because with the Friday night appearance of the...]]>
Riveting reprisal http://illinoistimes.com/article-14649-riveting-reprisal.html Riveting reprisal
 This Saturday, Nov. 1, make the short trip up Interstate 55 to Elkhart for The Ultimate Betrayal: The Insanity Trial of Mary Lincoln, a unique presentation of the court proceeding which resulted...]]>
Anything goes http://illinoistimes.com/article-14650-anything-goes.html Anything goes
 On Friday, Oct. 31, don your Halloween finest and join Springfield Sala and host Adam Nicholson in the Club Room at the Hoogland Center for the Arts for an open-format, anything goes open mic ev...]]>
Spectacular spookadelic http://illinoistimes.com/article-14651-spectacular-spookadelic.html Spectacular spookadelic
 Live music lovers of all ages will not want to miss Springfield’s biggest Halloween party this Friday, Oct. 31, at Donnie’s Homespun. The five-and-a-half-hour festival kicks off at 7:30 p.m....]]>
Best of Springfield 2014 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14652-best-of-springfield-2014.html Best of Springfield 2014
FOOD & DRINKBEST BBQSmokey Bones2660 South Dirksen Parkway, 528-6410There’s no shortage of BBQ joints in town, but this year, our readers have hand-picked Smokey Bones fare as the very best the...]]>
Missing the point http://illinoistimes.com/article-14653-missing-the-point.html Missing the point
Curses, foiled again• Leslie Paul Ash, 39, broke into a recycling center in Somerset, England, and stole several scrap items. He remembered to wear a mask at the scene, but he put it on outside, dir...]]>
The agony of delete http://illinoistimes.com/article-14654-the-agony-of-delete.html The agony of delete
 I just had the humiliating experience of being dumped via email. I’d been seeing the guy for three months. Just days before, we had a romantic date and he kept saying things like “We’re so...]]>
Project Censored - Ocean acidification tops the annual list of important stories ignored by the mainstream media http://illinoistimes.com/article-14607-project-censored.html Project Censored - Ocean acidification tops the annual list of important stories ignored by the mainstream media
 Our oceans are acidifying – even if the nightly news hasn’t told you yet.As humanity continues to fill the atmosphere with harmful gases, the planet is becoming less hospitable to life as we...]]>
The angel of death - The scourge of scarlet fever in 19th century Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-14608-the-angel-of-death.html The angel of death - The scourge of scarlet fever in 19th century Springfield
 The citizens of 19th century Springfield may not have faced the threat of ebola or known what an enterovirus is, but they were no strangers to deadly outbreaks of infectious diseases. In a popul...]]>
John Wick: A bloody, cathartic ride http://illinoistimes.com/article-14609-john-wick-a-bloody-cathartic-ride.html John Wick: A bloody, cathartic ride
 Make no mistake, there’s little in the way of originality where David Leitch and Chad Stahelski’s John Wick is concerned. It’s a simple story you know well – a man of violence, in an att...]]>
A spooky supper http://illinoistimes.com/article-14610-a-spooky-supper.html A spooky supper
 Halloween treats don’t all have to be sweet. Here are some devilish dishes for a spooky supper to delight kids and adults alike.Most iterations of witches fingers are made with cookie dough. C...]]>
Charlie Parr  http://illinoistimes.com/article-14611-charlie-parr%25C2%25A0.html Charlie Parr 
 Often musicians who emulate a sound from the past are destined to succumb to the public perception of revivalist or tribute artist, but Charlie Parr consistently rises above such notions while p...]]>
Brewhaus celebration http://illinoistimes.com/article-14612-brewhaus-celebration.html Brewhaus celebration
 There’s something about approaching late October that I always look forward to experiencing. It’s the smell of the cooling air, the feel of warming sunshine, leaves turning and falling in sw...]]>