IllinoisTimes - Articles http://illinoistimes.com/article Sat, 30 Apr 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Editor’s note 4/28/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17127-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note-4_28_16.html Editor’s note 4/28/16
 Voices for Illinois Children, the Chicago-based advocacy group, knows how to encourage children – and legislators – when they do something right. Emily Miller, the group’s policy and advoc...]]>
Graduation exercise - Another plan to tax income by ability to pay http://illinoistimes.com/article-17128-graduation-exercise.html Graduation exercise - Another plan to tax income by ability to pay
 Everyone who cares enough to have an opinion agrees that revenue is at the heart of the State of Illinois’ present distress. Some say that’s because the state doesn’t raise enough of it, o...]]>
Showing my heart to the world http://illinoistimes.com/article-17129-showing-my-heart-to-the-world.html Showing my heart to the world
 My name is Thomas J. Bestudik and I am currently an inmate at Taylorville Correctional center serving three years. My world revolves around my nearly 9-year-old daughter, and I wrote a poem to e...]]>
Panama Papers reveal hypocrisy http://illinoistimes.com/article-17130-panama-papers-reveal-hypocrisy.html Panama Papers reveal hypocrisy
 It’s always educational to observe the behavior of wildlife in their natural habitat. For example, we learn that there’s nothing more vicious than a wild animal that’s cornered. I would ad...]]>
The State Journal Register http://illinoistimes.com/article-17131-the-state-journal-register.html The State Journal Register
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insect thoughts #4 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17132-insect-thoughts-4.html insect thoughts #4
insect thoughts #4(more than you want to hear)on my kitchen floor in a bowl of waterlives a live tick I found it on my neckafter burning charlie’s prairie last weekdon’t think it had time to bite ...]]>
Letters to the Editor 4/28/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17133-letters-to-the-editor-4_28_16.html Letters to the Editor 4/28/16
 RETIREE INCOME TAXI note that there seems to be a concern that retirees would flee the state of Illinois in droves if the state were to tax retirement income in excess of $50,000. I am wondering...]]>
Blog post temporarily breaks stalemate http://illinoistimes.com/article-17134-blog-post-temporarily-breaks-stalemate.html Blog post temporarily breaks stalemate
 A blog post appears to have helped at least temporarily break the long stalemate at the Illinois Statehouse.Rep. Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago) wrote up a story and I posted it on my blog (http:/...]]>
Why are they still in prison? - Lawsuit challenges IDOC on inmate risk evaluations http://illinoistimes.com/article-17135-why-are-they-still-in-prison.html Why are they still in prison? - Lawsuit challenges IDOC on inmate risk evaluations
 Harrison Chancy has spent the last 38 years behind bars for a murder and armed robbery that took place in 1977. Now age 57, he still maintains he didn’t commit those crimes, and despite eviden...]]>
IT’S ONLY MONEY http://illinoistimes.com/article-17136-it%25E2%2580%2599s-only-money.html IT’S ONLY MONEY
Just how much money has been spent – some might say wasted – on the Salvation Army’s fledgling homeless shelter on Ninth Street is becoming clear as Evans Construction this month filed a $340,00...]]>
BEAUTIFUL BIRDS http://illinoistimes.com/article-17137-beautiful-birds.html BEAUTIFUL BIRDS
Spring means the return of migratory birds which headed south for winter, and the Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders is asking for help tracking two particularly pretty species. The nonprofit gr...]]>
County quirk - Law makes it hard to recruit clerk candidates here http://illinoistimes.com/article-17138-county-quirk.html County quirk - Law makes it hard to recruit clerk candidates here
A big election year for Illinois policymakers means some politicians are stepping on eggshells, but that’s not the case for Sangamon County Clerk Don Gray. Despite the criticism he encountered as a...]]>
State settles minority contracting case - Firm gets years to pay six-figure penalty http://illinoistimes.com/article-17139-state-settles-minority-contracting-case.html State settles minority contracting case - Firm gets years to pay six-figure penalty
 Capitol Strategies, a Springfield technology firm, and two affiliated companies have agreed to pay $550,000 to the state of Illinois for violating laws intended to ensure that minority-owned fir...]]>
MacArthur makeover - IDOT, city mull infrastructure plans for business corridor http://illinoistimes.com/article-17140-macarthur-makeover.html MacArthur makeover - IDOT, city mull infrastructure plans for business corridor
 MacArthur Boulevard has seen better days.The historic thoroughfare, originally called West Grand Boulevard, once marked the western boundary of Springfield. It was built as a two-lane road in 19...]]>
New gallery, new show http://illinoistimes.com/article-17141-new-gallery-new-show.html New gallery, new show
 Join local artists David Brodsky, Jed Leber and Corrin Smithson McWhirter for the opening reception for “Translations,” the first exhibition to be displayed at the newly established SAA Coll...]]>
Animal-free antics http://illinoistimes.com/article-17142-animal-free-antics.html Animal-free antics
 Founded in 2011, Cirque Italia is the United States’ first traveling water circus. This magical European-inspired spectacle is the brainchild of Manuel Rebecchi, who spent his childhood travel...]]>
The Mix http://illinoistimes.com/article-17143-the-mix.html The Mix
 Back in January of 2014 plans were made to develop a band capable of knocking out current and popular radio dance hits live, without tracks. Band founder Pete Jeffers (drums) was joined by Ed Bo...]]>
April into May music http://illinoistimes.com/article-17144-april-into-may-music.html April into May music
Another tough weekend lies ahead for Springfield music fans, but only for making choices (not in a lack of entertainment offerings). Things start on Thursday night when The Curve Inn hosts Black Queen...]]>
Come, creative spirit - Liturgical Arts Festival champions creativity, unity http://illinoistimes.com/article-17145-come-creative-spirit.html Come, creative spirit - Liturgical Arts Festival champions creativity, unity
 The Liturgical Arts Festival of Springfield is a weeklong interfaith arts festival presented every two years by a nonprofit, interfaith organization of the same name. The festival highlights exc...]]>
Simply, asparagus http://illinoistimes.com/article-17146-simply-asparagus.html Simply, asparagus
 During college, I spent my summers farming with my wife’s grandfather – her “Papa” – on his organic produce farm. Every evening, weary, sore, and satisfied from a true hard day’s wor...]]>
Conner’s new Springfield film - Red carpet premier at the Hoogland Saturday http://illinoistimes.com/article-17147-conner%25E2%2580%2599s-new-springfield-film.html Conner’s new Springfield film - Red carpet premier at the Hoogland Saturday
 Before “I Do,” the latest feature from Springfield filmmaker Kimberly Conner, was a long time in the making. The first draft of the script for the film, which has its premier at the Hoogland...]]>
Cheadle salvages Miles Ahead http://illinoistimes.com/article-17148-cheadle-salvages-miles-ahead.html Cheadle salvages Miles Ahead
 Making a film biography is fraught with hazards, even more so when tackling the life of an artist. Unless the movie is based on the subject’s autobiography, who can truly say where their inspi...]]>
Making Springfield look cool - “The Studio Show” uses YouTube to shine a spotlight on Springfield creativity http://illinoistimes.com/article-17149-making-springfield-look-cool.html Making Springfield look cool - “The Studio Show” uses YouTube to shine a spotlight on Springfield creativity
 What started as just an excuse for a group of friends to hang out has turned into a Springfield-focused, bi-weekly web series generating a strong buzz and garnering increasing numbers of viewers...]]>
What you seethe is what you get http://illinoistimes.com/article-17150-what-you-seethe-is-what-you-get.html What you seethe is what you get
My boyfriend of a year used to fly into rages. He and his ex had huge, ugly screaming fights. He now uses “mental tricks” to stay calmer. Obviously, rage is a bad thing, but it’s also a passiona...]]>
Algorithm blues http://illinoistimes.com/article-17151-algorithm-blues.html Algorithm blues
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Job-killers http://illinoistimes.com/article-17152-job-killers.html Job-killers
Samuel Scott III, the retired chairman and CEO of Corn Products International, which now calls itself  Ingredion. He gave a speech to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in which he examin...]]>
Shadow children - UIS dedicates a tree in remembrance of “Caleb Thomas” http://illinoistimes.com/article-17153-shadow-children.html Shadow children - UIS dedicates a tree in remembrance of “Caleb Thomas”
UIS and DCFS team up to train abuse investigators and memorialize slain child...]]>
Motorola revisited http://illinoistimes.com/article-17126-motorola-revisited.html Motorola revisited
 A drearily familiar story came briefly back to mind in today's Trib. The campus in Harvard in northern Illinois that Motorola opened in 1997 to make cellphones. and which had been closed since ...]]>
From the Credit Where Credit Is Due Dept. http://illinoistimes.com/article-17124-from-the-credit-where-credit-is-due-dept.html From the Credit Where Credit Is Due Dept.
 The article on Illinois Indian language by Michael McCafferty that I referred to in "Mis-say it loud, mis-say it proud" appears in Protohistory at the Grand Village of the Kaskaskia: The Illin...]]>
Booby-trapping the tax system http://illinoistimes.com/article-17125-booby-trapping-the-tax-system.html Booby-trapping the tax system
 This week I take up, and just as quickly put down, the question of a graduated income tax for Illinois. Not many states have a flat rate tax on incomes. Illinois does so for reasons that ha...]]>