IllinoisTimes - Articles http://illinoistimes.com/article Thu, 27 Jul 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Closing the summer gap - Camp Compass makes learning fun http://illinoistimes.com/article-18925-closing-the-summer-gap.html Closing the summer gap - Camp Compass makes learning fun
 “If you don’t want to come to Camp Compass, that’s too bad for you because we have a lot of fun here,” said Donovan, a fifth-grader attending the free six-week summer program serving low...]]>
Beyond hot dogs and s’mores - Campfire cooking to rival a restaurant http://illinoistimes.com/article-18926-beyond-hot-dogs-and-s%25E2%2580%2599mores.html Beyond hot dogs and s’mores - Campfire cooking to rival a restaurant
 To be clear, I love a good dog as much as the next guy, especially if it’s been locally produced. My favorites are the uncured beef wieners from Stan Shutte at Triple S Farms, and the old-fash...]]>
Dazzling Valerian overstays its welcome http://illinoistimes.com/article-18927-dazzling-valerian-overstays-its-welcome.html Dazzling Valerian overstays its welcome
 “Less is more” is a notion director Luc Besson has no use for. His penchant for excess is front-and-center in his latest, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, an adaptation of a Fren...]]>
What’s up with Downhome http://illinoistimes.com/article-18928-what%25E2%2580%2599s-up-with-downhome.html What’s up with Downhome
 Ready or not, here we go rocking and rolling into the last weekend of July 2017. My how the summertime has flown by.This weekend’s big event is the Downhome Music, Beer and Art Festival, held...]]>
Joshua Reilly http://illinoistimes.com/article-18929-joshua-reilly.html Joshua Reilly
 A Springfield-area native and now Clearwater, Florida, resident, this talented and engaging guitarist, singer and songwriter in the Americana vein released his first full-length album on July 5....]]>
Two days, three stages, 22 bands http://illinoistimes.com/article-18930-two-days-three-stages-22-bands.html Two days, three stages, 22 bands
 Local music lovers rejoice, for Springfield’s yearly showcase of original music, art and craft beer has returned. The seventh annual Downhome Music Festival features 22 bands, mostly local act...]]>
A clergyman remembers the Lincolns http://illinoistimes.com/article-18931-a-clergyman-remembers-the-lincolns.html A clergyman remembers the Lincolns
 Enjoy dinner and a show on Friday, July 28, when the Elkhart Historical Society hosts a dinner lecture by Rev. Dr. Malcom Shotwell titled “Our neighbors, the Lincolns: A clergyman remembers.�...]]>
Talented quilters http://illinoistimes.com/article-18932-talented-quilters.html Talented quilters
 On July 28-29, Jacksonville High School will be the site of the annual celebration for central Illinois quilters, the River Country Quilt Show. The show is a popular destination for local quilt...]]>
To have and to mold http://illinoistimes.com/article-18933-to-have-and-to-mold.html To have and to mold

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Agency problems - The dilemmas of public power on a warming planet http://illinoistimes.com/article-18934-agency-problems.html Agency problems - The dilemmas of public power on a warming planet
 As I write this the weather is, as my grandmother used to say, sultry. Central Illinois is not on the Gulf coast, but Gulf air is in central Illinois much of the year. The damp heat typical of s...]]>
“We speak to you, not about you” - An immigrant’s billboard about not gossiping http://illinoistimes.com/article-18935-%25E2%2580%259Cwe-speak-to-you-not-about-you%25E2%2580%259D.html “We speak to you, not about you” - An immigrant’s billboard about not gossiping
 I established my Springfield salon, Gulden’s Nail Spa, in 2012. I was born and raised in Adana, Turkey, and moved to the United States at the age of 21. It has always been my dream to own my o...]]>
Partisan use of preemption is surging http://illinoistimes.com/article-18936-partisan-use-of-preemption-is-surging.html Partisan use of preemption is surging
We the People are being burgled. Again. The latest hit is just the latest in a long string of political robberies, a nationwide crime wave being pulled off by moneyed elites and their political henchm...]]>
Healthcare stampede http://illinoistimes.com/article-18937-healthcare-stampede.html Healthcare stampede
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vt report # 1, 2017 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18938-vt-report--1-2017.html vt report # 1, 2017
we’re again at our camp as green mountainers call cottageswe have a loon – the long eerie descending wail was it an owl no it ended in that loony laugh – ergotwo loons! swimming out frontno loon...]]>
Letters to the Editor 7/27/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18939-letters-to-the-editor-7_27_17.html Letters to the Editor 7/27/17
 RACE DISCRIMINATIONPublications aimed at senior citizens are constantly reminding us about the importance of getting in and staying in shape through programs of regular exercise. And there is no...]]>
Inside the Rauner staff shakeup http://illinoistimes.com/article-18940-inside-the-rauner-staff-shakeup.html Inside the Rauner staff shakeup
In the end, Mike “Z” Zolnierowicz had only one choice. Gov. Bruce Rauner’s top political lieutenant, the man everyone calls “Z” who was most responsible for winning the 2014 Republican prima...]]>
Going fishing on Governor - City, state OK aquaculture project http://illinoistimes.com/article-18941-going-fishing-on-governor.html Going fishing on Governor - City, state OK aquaculture project
 Randy Jones figured he’d gotten the green light in May, when the Springfield Building and Zoning Department sent him a letter: “Per inspector the violations are abated.”That, he thought, w...]]>
SHA EMPLOYEES PROTEST http://illinoistimes.com/article-18942-sha-employees-protest.html SHA EMPLOYEES PROTEST
A group of Springfield Housing Authority employees demonstrated outside an SHA board meeting July 24. The protest was intended to urge the board to reach a decision in union contract negotiations. SHA...]]>
LIBRARY BARRIERS FALL http://illinoistimes.com/article-18943-library-barriers-fall.html LIBRARY BARRIERS FALL
Beginning July 1 Lincoln Library has eliminated overdue fines on juvenile and young adult materials. This decision was made to encourage young readers and learners to use the library more. “We are w...]]>
Sobering statistics - Tax revenue, economy lagging http://illinoistimes.com/article-18944-sobering-statistics.html Sobering statistics - Tax revenue, economy lagging
 Businesses closing. Start-ups sagging. Shopping down. Declining population. People getting older.It all adds up to a dismal financial picture for the city of Springfield, which is seeing tax rev...]]>
Editor's Note 7/27/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18945-editors-note-7_27_17.html Editor's Note 7/27/17
Gov. Bruce Rauner has a plan for schools, but he won’t disclose it or verify his financial projections until the General Assembly sends him their bill so he can veto it. He has called the legislatur...]]>
Unholy matrimony http://illinoistimes.com/article-18923-unholy-matrimony.html Unholy matrimony
A few afterthoughts occasioned by my column "On not doing wrong." To the unbeliever, the particular opprobrium with which Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki regards gay marriage is pu...]]>
It really is a sweatshop - AC absent at SJR http://illinoistimes.com/article-18924-it-really-is-a-sweatshop.html It really is a sweatshop - AC absent at SJR
Air conditioning at the State Journal Register went on the fritz more than a week ago, and with temperatures climbing to the high 90s in recent days, it’s still not fixed. Fans and Popsicles...]]>
Lewd Skywalker http://illinoistimes.com/article-18900-lewd-skywalker.html Lewd Skywalker
A guy friend of 20 years and I once fooled around years ago. Though he has a girlfriend, he keeps throwing sexual remarks into our conversations, sending inappropriate texts and asking me to send nake...]]>
Time expired? - Parking meters due for updating http://illinoistimes.com/article-18901-time-expired.html Time expired? - Parking meters due for updating
 There is plenty of parking in downtown Springfield – that’s what the experts say. Parking downtown is a huge headache – that’s what a lot of people think.The truth lies somewhere in betw...]]>
Miso is more than soup - An indescribable yumminess http://illinoistimes.com/article-18902-miso-is-more-than-soup.html Miso is more than soup - An indescribable yumminess
 I first encountered miso nearly four decades ago at a hole-in-the wall sushi restaurant in Chicago. It came in the form of a complimentary bowl of miso soup that preceded my sushi selections. I ...]]>
Impressive Dunkirk hampered by gimmick http://illinoistimes.com/article-18903-impressive-dunkirk-hampered-by-gimmick.html Impressive Dunkirk hampered by gimmick
 There’s no shortage of ambition on display where Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk is concerned. In replicating the evacuation of 400,000 Allied troops from Northwestern France in the late spring...]]>
Ecstatic and blue - DEMO Project breaks ground http://illinoistimes.com/article-18904-ecstatic-and-blue.html Ecstatic and blue - DEMO Project breaks ground
Since launching in the autumn of 2013, DEMO Project – the alternative art gallery located on the campus of the Springfield Art Association – has steadily developed a reputation regionally and nati...]]>
Explosive scenario http://illinoistimes.com/article-18905-explosive-scenario.html Explosive scenario
 This weekend the scene explodes, and I don’t know which way to go. All one can do is list as many happenings as possible that might slip under the radar and hope for the best.On Friday, singin...]]>
The Brotherhood http://illinoistimes.com/article-18906-the-brotherhood.html The Brotherhood
 Although The Brotherhood originally started out as the same blues band under various names, members eventually evolved into their current group, playing music that covers many genres, all reflec...]]>