IllinoisTimes - Articles http://illinoistimes.com/article Tue, 31 Mar 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 On the stump - Mayoral candidates differ, but you have to listen carefully http://illinoistimes.com/article-15252-on-the-stump.html On the stump - Mayoral candidates differ, but you have to listen carefully
 It is near the end of a grueling day on the campaign trail. The two candidates for Springfield mayor are sitting side by side in a Lincoln Library meeting room, where they’ve spent more than 9...]]>
Lincoln and the Jews - Admirer, friend and protector during an antisemitic era http://illinoistimes.com/article-15253-lincoln-and-the-jews.html Lincoln and the Jews - Admirer, friend and protector during an antisemitic era
Lincoln and the Jews: A History, by Jonathan D. Sarna and Benjamin Shapell.Thomas Dunne Books, 2015.In the weeks preceding the controversial speech of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a jo...]]>
Insurgent ups the ante and succeeds http://illinoistimes.com/article-15254-insurgent-ups-the-ante-and-succeeds.html Insurgent ups the ante and succeeds
 Smart, slick and superior to its predecessor Divergent, Insurgent does what every good adventure tale must, namely give us characters we care for as the whole world goes to hell around them. Thi...]]>
Eggs for dinner http://illinoistimes.com/article-15255-eggs-for-dinner.html Eggs for dinner
 Americans primarily think of eggs as something appropriate for breakfast and, on weekends, brunch. That’s changed a bit recently: fried or sunny-side-up eggs have been showing up as burger, st...]]>
Supersuckers http://illinoistimes.com/article-15256-supersuckers.html Supersuckers
 By calling themselves the “Greatest Rock-n-Roll Band in the World” these guys don’t lack in confidence or go much for modesty, but without mustering bluster and blasting out the jams, thes...]]>
Hip-hop and what not http://illinoistimes.com/article-15257-hip-hop-and-what-not.html Hip-hop and what not
 Sometimes there’s so much going on that the only way to properly discuss events comes from the shotgun approach of blasting away willy-nilly. Let us proceed with vain aim to hit all.I’ve bee...]]>
Leading ladies http://illinoistimes.com/article-15258-leading-ladies.html Leading ladies
 On Monday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m., join the Springfield branch of the American Association of University Women to view a documentary on groundbreaking women in politics, medicine and other field...]]>
Women on wheels http://illinoistimes.com/article-15259-women-on-wheels.html Women on wheels
 On Saturday, March 28, Decatur’s Prairieland Punishers, a women’s flat-track roller derby league, will host the Central Illinois Showdown roller derby bout. This bout is the 2015 season home...]]>
Public service powerhouse http://illinoistimes.com/article-15260-public-service-powerhouse.html Public service powerhouse
 On Thursday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m., the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library plays host to Abner Mikva, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014 for a career of service spannin...]]>
Bowling for hollers http://illinoistimes.com/article-15261-bowling-for-hollers.html Bowling for hollers
Curses, foiled again• Brian J. Byers crashed his car while driving drunk and then poured water on the road so it would look like black ice caused the crash, according to police in Sparta, N.J. Byers...]]>
Eyes that light up a womb http://illinoistimes.com/article-15262-eyes-that-light-up-a-womb.html Eyes that light up a womb
 I’m a 35-year-old guy who’s doing online dating and who’s against having kids for moral reasons. Don’t get me wrong; I love kids. I just don’t think we need any more people on this cro...]]>
Political economy - Matching the supply of knowledge to the demands of government http://illinoistimes.com/article-15263-political-economy.html Political economy - Matching the supply of knowledge to the demands of government
 “Because economic decisions are made by elected officials every day,” said Rockford state senator Dave Syverson to the Register Star recently, “we need to have officials who understand the...]]>
Editor’s note 3/26/15 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15264-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note-3_26_15.html Editor’s note 3/26/15
 At this writing, the Illinois House has passed a stopgap budget fix, waiting for the Senate to act to keep government running till June 30. Many Statehouse watchers are so amazed and pleased tha...]]>
Governing by crisis isn’t governing http://illinoistimes.com/article-15265-governing-by-crisis-isn%25E2%2580%2599t-governing.html Governing by crisis isn’t governing
 After Congress came a hair’s breadth from shutting down the Department of Homeland Security a few weeks ago, members of the leadership tried to reassure the American people. “We’re certain...]]>
Debt buyers bury hard-hit consumers in lies http://illinoistimes.com/article-15266-debt-buyers-bury-hard-hit-consumers-in-lies.html Debt buyers bury hard-hit consumers in lies
 Good news, people: The “boom” is back! Yes, good times are here again, thanks to an economic boom that’s being generated by (of all things) bad times.As you might know from your own experi...]]>
Illinois politics hall of shame http://illinoistimes.com/article-15267-illinois-politics-hall-of-shame.html Illinois politics hall of shame
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veach poem #2 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15268-veach-poem-2.html veach poem #2
 veach poem #2my good friend becky put together afamily cookbook telling us which onesnot to eat (broccoli casserole) and otherchoice opinions she also made a bookcalled when grandma was a little...]]>
Letters to the Editor 3/26/15 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15269-letters-to-the-editor-3_26_15.html Letters to the Editor 3/26/15
 WHY PARLORS EXISTMy name is Matt Gietl, and I am an owner of Miss Kimmees gaming parlors in Springfield. I do not understand the beating our establishments take (“Sweeping up ‘broom closet�...]]>
A softer, neo-liberal form of Raunerism http://illinoistimes.com/article-15270-a-softer-neo-liberal-form-of-raunerism.html A softer, neo-liberal form of Raunerism
 A newly formed group of self-described “center-left” Democrats claims to have secured $20 million in commitments to spend on state legislative races here.But that $20 million apparently isn�...]]>
Ward war - A three-way battle for Ward 7 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15271-ward-war.html Ward war - A three-way battle for Ward 7
 Ward 7 Ald. Joe McMenamin can be forgiven if he feels like a walking bullseye.After one term in office, McMenamin has held firm to certain principles, chief among them an insistence that the cit...]]>
FUNERAL PLANS http://illinoistimes.com/article-15272-funeral-plans.html FUNERAL PLANS
A full-fledged funeral train isn’t the only thing that might be missing at the re-creation of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral set for the first weekend in May. Before the interment at Oak Ridge Cemetery...]]>
ENDORSED BY ICON http://illinoistimes.com/article-15273-endorsed-by-icon.html ENDORSED BY ICON
Springfield ICON (Inner City Older Neighborhoods) is endorsing political candidates for the first time. The group focuses on cleaning up blighted properties, reforming the city’s waste-hauling syste...]]>
Shuffle board - Election promises to shake up city council http://illinoistimes.com/article-15274-shuffle-board.html Shuffle board - Election promises to shake up city council
 The April 7 general election is still more than a week away, but one thing is for sure: the Springfield City Council is in for some turnover. Springfield’s 10 ward seats are up for re-election...]]>
Prescription lockdown - Bills seek to curtail drug abuses that lead to heroin http://illinoistimes.com/article-15275-prescription-lockdown.html Prescription lockdown - Bills seek to curtail drug abuses that lead to heroin
 For recovering addict Nick Gore, the cost of heroin abuse is all too real.“In my three years that I’ve been sober, I’ve lost 16 friends to overdose,” Gore said. “Those 16 people that d...]]>
Child care groups fear closure - Funding shortfall in current fiscal year could disrupt system http://illinoistimes.com/article-15276-child-care-groups-fear-closure.html Child care groups fear closure - Funding shortfall in current fiscal year could disrupt system
 More than 1,200 people signed up last week to testify in support of legislation to fund an important state child care program, expressing opposition to deep cuts proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.Th...]]>
Mostly Mozart By Illinois Symphony Orchestra - Featuring World Premier piece of music http://illinoistimes.com/article-15246-mostly-mozart-by-illinois-symphony-orchestra.html Mostly Mozart By Illinois Symphony Orchestra - Featuring World Premier piece of music
Illinois Symphony Orchestra to premier brand new piece written especially for them....]]>
Take more money, please - County administrator set for raise http://illinoistimes.com/article-15248-take-more-money-please.html Take more money, please - County administrator set for raise
Sangamon County administrator Brian McFadden has gotten a pay hike of nearly 25 percent. McFadden, who had made $116,025, now earns $145,000 a year....]]>
Supreme Court hears pension arguments - Decision will play large role in next state budget http://illinoistimes.com/article-15249-supreme-court-hears-pension-arguments.html Supreme Court hears pension arguments - Decision will play large role in next state budget
The Illinois Supreme Court heard arguments last week on whether a controversial law cutting public pension benefits was constitutional....]]>
Nothing to fear here http://illinoistimes.com/article-15222-nothing-to-fear-here.html Nothing to fear here
Curses, foiled againRocco Tumbarello, 41, stole stuff from a home in West Boynton, Fla., authorities there said, but he didn’t get far. He lives across the street. The victim came home to find his 4...]]>
Keeping things clear - Schoolkids in the street? Must be Springfield after a snow http://illinoistimes.com/article-15223-keeping-things-clear.html Keeping things clear - Schoolkids in the street? Must be Springfield after a snow
 [Note to readers: The snow has gone, as snow does, but it will be back – probably in July, given how wacky the weather has become. Time now, while memories of the drifts are fresh, to ponder h...]]>