IllinoisTimes - Articles http://illinoistimes.com/article Tue, 19 Sep 17 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 Dumb mistake about smartphone parking http://illinoistimes.com/article-19147-dumb-mistake-about-smartphone-parking.html Dumb mistake about smartphone parking
 Reader John Paul of Prairie Archives points out that my account of smart phone parking apps in “Parking smartly” (Sept. 14, 2017)  was misleading. Downtown street parking spaces a...]]>
Well-Made Assassin Cut Above the Usual Action Fare http://illinoistimes.com/article-19146-well-made-assassin-cut-above-the-usual-action-fare.html Well-Made Assassin Cut Above the Usual Action Fare
Timely and smart, Michael Cuesta’s American Assassin proves to be a worthy successor to the Jack Ryan films.  Based on the novel by Vince Flynn, the author’s spy du jour, Mitch Rapp is the ...]]>
The gym reaper http://illinoistimes.com/article-19115-the-gym-reaper.html The gym reaper
This annoying guy at my gym keeps asking me out. I’m always polite, saying, “Would love to, but sorry, I’m really busy.” And then I move to another part of the gym. I’d go at a different tim...]]>
Gardening with your senses http://illinoistimes.com/article-19116-gardening-with-your-senses.html Gardening with your senses
 Gardeners may be familiar with the sense of calm and peace that can come from relaxing in a patch of fragrant and colorful flowers. It’s little wonder that the gardens have been harnessed for...]]>
What to do with all the leaves http://illinoistimes.com/article-19117-what-to-do-with-all-the-leaves.html What to do with all the leaves
 The fall foliage show of reds, yellows and golds will be beginning shortly in many parts of Illinois, and then will be finishing up before we know it. One good freeze up north will take care of...]]>
Nature journaling http://illinoistimes.com/article-19118-nature-journaling.html Nature journaling
 Nature journaling enhances the outdoor or garden experience, while building a more positive and personal connection with nature. “I use nature journaling as a creative form of self-expression,...]]>
Fall establishment of prairie habitat http://illinoistimes.com/article-19119-fall-establishment-of-prairie-habitat.html Fall establishment of prairie habitat
 Driving across Illinois in 2017, it can be difficult to imagine what the landscape looked like when Illinois was nicknamed the “Prairie State.” With the plight of pollinators in the public m...]]>
Preparing your home for fall and winter weather http://illinoistimes.com/article-19120-preparing-your-home-for-fall-and-winter-weather.html Preparing your home for fall and winter weather
 It’s been a great summer, but don’t let the pleasant weather catch you off guard. It’s time to prepare your home for the fall and winter weather to come.1. Clean the exterior glass. As the...]]>
The fall colors we are already obsessed with http://illinoistimes.com/article-19121-the-fall-colors-we-are-already-obsessed-with.html The fall colors we are already obsessed with
 The changing of the leaves has us daydreaming over new home hues. From jewel tones to oversaturated oranges, autumnal tones bring a burst of drama and natural allure to any space. As interior re...]]>
Try these fall outdoor redesign projects http://illinoistimes.com/article-19122-try-these-fall-outdoor-redesign-projects.html Try these fall outdoor redesign projects
 Fall is a popular time to enjoy the outdoors, especially with the magic of the change of seasons. The summer is a time when many homeowners may wish to start thinking about fall improvements, es...]]>
Make a splash - Fountains are a welcome addition to an yard http://illinoistimes.com/article-19123-make-a-splash.html Make a splash - Fountains are a welcome addition to an yard
 Fountains have been around since Roman times. In the ancient world, they were purely functional, employing springs or aqueducts to provide water for drinking, bathing and cleaning to even the sm...]]>
Getting back into the kitchen - Two books tell you how http://illinoistimes.com/article-19124-getting-back-into-the-kitchen.html Getting back into the kitchen - Two books tell you how
 Our society is experiencing an epidemic of obesity and diabetes with the root cause of insulin resistance. Insulin resistance develops when we bombard our body all day long with sugar-containing...]]>
Uneven It still effective, unnerving http://illinoistimes.com/article-19125-uneven-it-still-effective-unnerving.html Uneven It still effective, unnerving
 Having gone through multiple directors and various screenwriters, Stephen King’s It has finally made it to the big screen, an event that’s been a long time coming for those disappointed with...]]>
Parking smartly - Smartphones? We need smart cars to save downtown http://illinoistimes.com/article-19126-parking-smartly.html Parking smartly - Smartphones? We need smart cars to save downtown
 Attorneys in their sunset years dream of the day when they no longer have to start a day knotting a necktie, governors of when they can complain about bills without people expecting them to know...]]>
Editor's Note 9/14/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19127-editors-note-9_14_17.html Editor's Note 9/14/17
Welcome back, Hillary. Some say she never left the public political scene, but the thoughtful talk Hillary Clinton has been giving to the media on her book promotion tour remind us how much a tough, w...]]>
Hurricanes blow in hypocrisy http://illinoistimes.com/article-19128-hurricanes-blow-in-hypocrisy.html Hurricanes blow in hypocrisy
At hurricane force even this White House can see which way the wind blows. So of course Washington cobbled debt-ceiling relief with disaster relief.Every Democrat in Congress saw the needs and voted a...]]>
September songs http://illinoistimes.com/article-19129-september-songs.html September songs
 First, let’s think some good thoughts for friends, family and everyone touched by Hurricane Irma. Fellow musicians Ken Carlyle, Joshua Reilly and Patrick Hagerman, all formerly from central Il...]]>
The gaping hole in Trump’s border wall http://illinoistimes.com/article-19130-the-gaping-hole-in-trump%25E2%2580%2599s-border-wall.html The gaping hole in Trump’s border wall
How much of our money does Donald Trump want to pour into his xenophobic fantasy of erecting an impenetrable wall on our Mexican border?The big-businessman-turned-president insists that costs be damne...]]>
The Blue G’s http://illinoistimes.com/article-19131-the-blue-g%25E2%2580%2599s.html The Blue G’s
 Hey, these guys were good when they started and just keep getting better and better in live performance and on record. The celebration on Sunday presents both sides of the band with a live perfo...]]>
Hurricane hoax http://illinoistimes.com/article-19132-hurricane-hoax.html Hurricane hoax
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turtle township poem #13 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19133-turtle-township-poem-13.html turtle township poem #13
as a kid I scarcely knew jean davisshe was one of the older kids inturtle her name was maxworthyI called her up many years agosaid I’ve been reading about youin the paper – WHAT!? – you werequee...]]>
Art and music gone wild http://illinoistimes.com/article-19134-art-and-music-gone-wild.html Art and music gone wild
 On Friday, Sept. 15, join The Legacy Theatre and the Artrageous troupe for an interactive explosion of the visual and performing arts. Each Artrageous performance features a live band, captivati...]]>
Letters to the Editor 9/14/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19135-letters-to-the-editor-9_14_17.html Letters to the Editor 9/14/17
 CRITICAL OF COALReading the Sept. 7 “Guestwork” column by Rep. John Cabello (see “Coal critical to power future in Illinois” at illinoistimes.com, I wondered if Rep. Cabello was bought o...]]>
Despite the process, they passed a decent law http://illinoistimes.com/article-19136-despite-the-process-they-passed-a-decent-law.html Despite the process, they passed a decent law
Lost in much of the hoopla over the process of passing school funding reform through the Illinois General Assembly is the fact that this is a pretty darned good and far-reaching bill.While this legisl...]]>
Pro-DACA rally recalls Springfield’s immigrant history http://illinoistimes.com/article-19137-pro-daca-rally-recalls-springfield%25E2%2580%2599s-immigrant-history.html Pro-DACA rally recalls Springfield’s immigrant history
 The Trump administration’s Sept. 5 announcement rescinding the U.S. government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, which provided protections for illegal immigrants who w...]]>
ILLINOIS HISTORY http://illinoistimes.com/article-19138-illinois-history.html ILLINOIS HISTORY
 The 2017 Conference on Illinois History will take place Oct. 5-6 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Featured speakers will be Stuart Layne, executive director of the Illinoi...]]>
Local podcast goes live http://illinoistimes.com/article-19139-local-podcast-goes-live.html Local podcast goes live
 Join local comedians Jeremy Hughes and Larry Smith on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 8 p.m., for a live performance and recording session of their popular podcast, “Comedians with Day Jobs.” During...]]>
A contemporary take on classical ballet http://illinoistimes.com/article-19140-a-contemporary-take-on-classical-ballet.html A contemporary take on classical ballet
Don’t miss the Springfield Ballet Company’s 24th annual contemporary approach to classical ballet. This year’s iteration is titled Rockballet: MIXTAPE, features live music by Down State and is a...]]>
FARMERS MARKET FREEDOM http://illinoistimes.com/article-19141-farmers-market-freedom.html FARMERS MARKET FREEDOM
 Farmers markets throughout Illinois will be able to offer even greater variety beginning Jan. 1, 2018, thanks to a pair of local food bills that have now both been signed into law by Gov. Rauner...]]>
Mixed bag on MacArthur - Values drop in district, but hope lives http://illinoistimes.com/article-19142-mixed-bag-on-macarthur.html Mixed bag on MacArthur - Values drop in district, but hope lives
 Six years ago, Springfield did what many cities do when faced with a deteriorating thoroughfare. Determined to turn around MacArthur Boulevard, the city commissioned a master plan, then app...]]>