IllinoisTimes - Articles http://illinoistimes.com/article Thu, 24 Jul 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Tales from the cryptic http://illinoistimes.com/article-14213-tales-from-the-cryptic.html Tales from the cryptic
My boyfriend of two years got an early birthday present from his sister and her husband: a really expensive, second-row ticket for a major sporting event next year. The trouble is, it falls on my 30th...]]>
Snooze, you lose http://illinoistimes.com/article-14214-snooze-you-lose.html Snooze, you lose
Curses, foiled againAfter a 17-year-old baby sitter reported a home invasion and robbery, police in Ferndale, Wash., wound up arresting the sitter, her 16-year-old boyfriend and another male suspect b...]]>
Forging a new path - Springfield’s Jackson Street could get a makeover http://illinoistimes.com/article-14215-forging-a-new-path.html Forging a new path - Springfield’s Jackson Street could get a makeover
 In the 1820s, when Springfield was still changing from a sleepy frontier settlement to a bustling metropolis, a small creek ran through what is now the city’s downtown.  Nearly 200 years...]]>
Wave the flag - Black Flag plays Homespun http://illinoistimes.com/article-14216-wave-the-flag.html Wave the flag - Black Flag plays Homespun
 After nearly 40 years, Black Flag is still a whole lot of fun.With just one original member, the legendary hardcore punk band from California is, in at least one respect, a shadow of its former...]]>
Vegetarian dishes for summer visitors http://illinoistimes.com/article-14217-vegetarian-dishes-for-summer-visitors.html Vegetarian dishes for summer visitors
 By the time you read this, they’ll be here, my oldest daughter, Anne, and 3 1/2-year-old grandson Robbie. Since Robbie came into our lives, we’ve visited back and forth frequently. But for t...]]>
Dismal Sex Tape http://illinoistimes.com/article-14218-dismal-sex-tape.html Dismal Sex Tape
 In watching Jake Kasdan’s dismal Sex Tape, I was under the impression that many of its key players were having a series of days like this during its making – uninspired, flat, dull and not a...]]>
Ending with a bang http://illinoistimes.com/article-14219-ending-with-a-bang.html Ending with a bang
As we wind down July, the events pile up. Here’s a mere partial listing of the many wondrous happenings for this week in the Springfield area.On Friday, Bar None hosts a memorial music night for the...]]>
Marina V http://illinoistimes.com/article-14220-marina-v.html Marina V
 From Russia with love comes the irrepressible Marina V (short for Verenikina) dashing across the U.S. with her “C Minor to Shining Sea” summer tour in full swing. Some years ago, the Russian...]]>
Block party http://illinoistimes.com/article-14221-block-party.html Block party
 Springfield Art Association rolls out its colorful festival Paint the Street in downtown Springfield Saturday, July 26. Anyone can purchase a six-foot by six-foot square to fill with their imagi...]]>
Group gardens http://illinoistimes.com/article-14222-group-gardens.html Group gardens
 University of Illinois Extension will host Roots to Rooftop Tour: Community Gardens, Urban Agriculture and a Rooftop Garden on Sunday, July 27. Extension educator Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant sa...]]>
Creative camerawork http://illinoistimes.com/article-14223-creative-camerawork.html Creative camerawork
 There’s a new gallery in town! 1227 is located at 1227 S. Pasfield Ave., behind The Pharmacy. Five local photographers Lou Fremgen, Tom Handy, James Hawker, Greg Laun and John Record, a group...]]>
Immigrants behaving badly - Is a bad tree worse than no tree at all? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14224-immigrants-behaving-badly.html Immigrants behaving badly - Is a bad tree worse than no tree at all?
 The house came ready-made but the yard didn’t. Thus it was that, in addition to the picket fence and the rose trellis, my parents decided to plant a tree in the front yard. They did this becau...]]>
Editor's Note 7/24/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14225-editors-note-7_24_14.html Editor's Note 7/24/14
It has now been 100 days since more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped by a group called Boko Haram. The occasion was marked by a meeting of the girls’ parents with Nigerian President Good...]]>
Are we doomed to polarization? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14226-are-we-doomed-to-polarization.html Are we doomed to polarization?
 We Americans are trapped in a political dilemma. We all like representative democracy, but we don’t much like the way it’s performing.The reason for this dissatisfaction is clear. Polls in r...]]>
History is calling http://illinoistimes.com/article-14227-history-is-calling.html History is calling
 Most of us celebrated July Fourth by barbecuing and setting off some fireworks. Some of us might have paused for a moment to reflect on that thing Jefferson wrote about 238 years ago: The Declar...]]>
Church of hypocrisy http://illinoistimes.com/article-14228-church-of-hypocrisy.html Church of hypocrisy
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specificity poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14229-specificity-poem-1.html specificity poem #1
 specificity poem #1 grandchild cressie not yet 3 busy with pencil and paper – her mom heard her say “grass”– thought this worth a look since pictures so far were circles and scribbles no...]]>
Letters to the Editor 7/24/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14230-letters-to-the-editor-7_24_14.html Letters to the Editor 7/24/14
 FEMALE PRIEST SHOULDN’T STAYI was really interested in the article on the woman Catholic priest that was in the most recent issue of Illinois Times (“Woman priest defies Catholic diocese,”...]]>
Public’s thoughts on Rauner’s economic plan http://illinoistimes.com/article-14231-public%25E2%2580%2599s-thoughts-on-rauner%25E2%2580%2599s-economic-plan.html Public’s thoughts on Rauner’s economic plan
 “This morning,” 1,063 respondents were told the evening of July 17 during a Capitol Fax/We Ask America poll, “Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner released an economic plan for I...]]>
Death before dawn - Decatur’s Norfolk and Western railyard explosion of 1974 and how it changed an industry http://illinoistimes.com/article-14232-death-before-dawn.html Death before dawn - Decatur’s Norfolk and Western railyard explosion of 1974 and how it changed an industry
 The early morning hours of July 19, 1974, were like any other in the Norfolk and Western railroad yard in Decatur. The forecast was typical for July – hot, sunny, and with a gentle breeze blow...]]>
FINGER LICKIN’ GOOD http://illinoistimes.com/article-14233-finger-lickin%25E2%2580%2599-good.html FINGER LICKIN’ GOOD
 We can’t write a better intro than contained in the press release sent out by the good folks who put on the annual Redneck Fishing Tournament in Bath, so here goes: “For a lot of people, the...]]>
Seeing green http://illinoistimes.com/article-14234-seeing-green.html Seeing green
 Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27, tour the first green, passive house in Sangamon County featured in the 2014 GreenBuilt Home Tour. While 17 of the 18 award-winning houses on the tour are located...]]>
Troubled man contacts judge - Mental health an issue http://illinoistimes.com/article-14235-troubled-man-contacts-judge.html Troubled man contacts judge - Mental health an issue
 A Springfield man is being evaluated for mental issues after he went to the home of Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge Leslie Graves and otherwise made unwanted contact with the judge.Graves ha...]]>
Dysfunction on display - Board meets while ALPLM twists http://illinoistimes.com/article-14236-dysfunction-on-display.html Dysfunction on display - Board meets while ALPLM twists
 It was difficult to discern during a meeting of the Illinois Historic Preservation board last week that Eileen Mackevich, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museu...]]>
For the love of the game - Springfield Foxes play semi-pro football for free http://illinoistimes.com/article-14183-for-the-love-of-the-game.html For the love of the game - Springfield Foxes play semi-pro football for free
 Lawrence “Moe” Dampeer once was one of the nation’s most-coveted high school football recruits, receiving attention from the likes of UCLA, Florida State, Miami and Ohio State while starri...]]>
Summer weekend Milwaukee-style http://illinoistimes.com/article-14184-summer-weekend-milwaukee-style.html Summer weekend Milwaukee-style
 For a summer getaway that combines art, culture and music, along with sunshine and cool lake breezes, head north to Milwaukee. On the shores of Lake Michigan, 280 miles from Springfield, this ci...]]>
All Shook Up is fun - The Springfield Muni Opera’s summer season continues with Elvis rock ’n roll http://illinoistimes.com/article-14185-all-shook-up-is-fun.html All Shook Up is fun - The Springfield Muni Opera’s summer season continues with Elvis rock ’n roll
  “I vote for ‘Fat-Bottomed Girls,’” I hear someone say as I walk backstage at the Springfield Muni Opera. I look up and see director Anna Bussing caught in a brief debate with a member o...]]>
Saving summer’s bounty http://illinoistimes.com/article-14186-saving-summer%25E2%2580%2599s-bounty.html Saving summer’s bounty
 Not so long ago, almost every family – rich and poor, country and city dwellers – preserved much of their own food. From late summer until first frost, kitchens were even more a beehive of a...]]>
Begin Again a cure for summertime movie blues http://illinoistimes.com/article-14187-begin-again-a-cure-for-summertime-movie-blues.html Begin Again a cure for summertime movie blues
 A tonic for the steady stream of vacuous movies Hollywood has foisted on us this summer, John Carney’s Begin Again is a grounded, delightful, human tale buoyed by infectious yet meaningful pop...]]>
July jam gems http://illinoistimes.com/article-14188-july-jam-gems.html July jam gems
 I’m glad I’m not in town this weekend (we’re playing the Belgium Beer and Mussels Festival at Schlafly’s Tap Room in St. Louis – personal plug!) only because the wide and wonderful mus...]]>