IllinoisTimes - Articles http://illinoistimes.com/article Wed, 23 Apr 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Repurposed furniture: A market of old and new http://illinoistimes.com/article-13748-repurposed-furniture-a-market-of-old-and-new.html Repurposed furniture: A market of old and new
 Before throwing out that dresser with a broken drawer or the outdated coffee table, be aware there are a few people in Springfield who can turn it into something new.With an increasing amount of...]]>
Interior designers bring ideas to life http://illinoistimes.com/article-13749-interior-designers-bring-ideas-to-life.html Interior designers bring ideas to life
 When it comes to remodeling, it may be easier to perceive a new room than to make it a reality.Interior designers can help take ideas and translate those feeling into homes people can truly enjo...]]>
The latest in landscaping - Outdoor design trends enhance your home’s value http://illinoistimes.com/article-13750-the-latest-in-landscaping.html The latest in landscaping - Outdoor design trends enhance your home’s value
 As with any industry, the landscape industry works to keep up with popular trends over the years – from xeriscaping to hedges surrounding a property. Trends come and go, but the job of a lands...]]>
Top 10 reasons to garden http://illinoistimes.com/article-13751-top-10-reasons-to-garden.html Top 10 reasons to garden
 In our hurry-up, busy world filled with electronic gadgets such as iPhones, tablets and android devices, where does gardening fit in?, asked a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educa...]]>
Raised bed checklist http://illinoistimes.com/article-13752-raised-bed-checklist.html Raised bed checklist
 The idea of putting in a raised-bed vegetable garden can be confusing if you’re not sure where to start, said a University of Illinois horticulture educator.It can be especially difficult for...]]>
Turf tips for spring http://illinoistimes.com/article-13753-turf-tips-for-spring.html Turf tips for spring
 Lawn care questions in the wake of last summer’s drought are now pouring in, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. Rhonda Ferree listed the following as her top 10 tip...]]>
Pansies brighten up a spring garden http://illinoistimes.com/article-13754-pansies-brighten-up-a-spring-garden.html Pansies brighten up a spring garden
 Pansies are making a comeback in the garden world, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. “According to the Garden Media Group, pansy and violet sales were up 6.4 perce...]]>
Early composting helps soil and plants later http://illinoistimes.com/article-13755-early-composting-helps-soil-and-plants-later.html Early composting helps soil and plants later
 New gardeners often ask, “What is compost and do I need to buy it?” When starting a new garden, it is hard to imagine we should initially spend more time, money and energy on compost than on...]]>
Spring salad at your front door http://illinoistimes.com/article-13756-spring-salad-at-your-front-door.html Spring salad at your front door
 Mesclun is a mixture of assorted small, baby salad leaves also known as a mesclun mix. You can purchase mesclun bagged in cellophane at your grocer. Yet freshly harvested from a few square feet...]]>
Home & garden events calendar http://illinoistimes.com/article-13757-home-garden-events-calendar.html Home & garden events calendar
Jaycees Lawn Mower ClinicApril 19, 8am-1pm, OReilly Auto Parts North, 1321 N. Dirksen Pkwy, Push mower full-service tuneup. All service done same day. $55 or $20 blade sharpening. 553-2082.Introductio...]]>
The perfect time to plan this year’s fruit tree orchard http://illinoistimes.com/article-13758-the-perfect-time-to-plan-this-year%25E2%2580%2599s-fruit-tree-orchard.html The perfect time to plan this year’s fruit tree orchard
 It’s time to plan for a new home orchard or to consider replacements for aging fruit trees in an existing home orchard, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. “There...]]>
Rio 2 a Vibrant, Predictable Animated Affair http://illinoistimes.com/article-13759-rio-2-a-vibrant-predictable-animated-affair.html Rio 2 a Vibrant, Predictable Animated Affair
 Much of the same is at play in Rio 2, the sequel to the surprise 2011 hit that dealt with the misadventures of Blu (voice by Jesse Eisenberg), a Spix’s Macaw raised in the frigid wilds of Minn...]]>
Costner saves Day http://illinoistimes.com/article-13760-costner-saves-day.html Costner saves Day
 It’s apparent from the start that director Ivan Reitman wants Draft Day to be to the NFL what Moneyball was to the MLB. For a while, the film succeeds in that. It is a no-nonsense, behind-the-...]]>
Easters past http://illinoistimes.com/article-13761-easters-past.html Easters past
 What a difference a couple of years make! In 2012 Easter fell on the seventh of April. It was a glorious weekend, undoubtedly our best Easter ever. The most wonderful thing about it was the marr...]]>
Wicked Walls http://illinoistimes.com/article-13762-wicked-walls.html Wicked Walls
 After eight years of many record releases and live performances, the highly respected and much appreciated, Champaign-Urbana based group, New Ruins, split up back in 2012. From the ashes, co-fou...]]>
Don’t skip national record store day http://illinoistimes.com/article-13763-don%25E2%2580%2599t-skip-national-record-store-day.html Don’t skip national record store day
 It’s that time of year again when we celebrate on an international level a great holiday of profound importance to the world. Well, yes, there’s Passover and Easter, too, but I was referring...]]>
Indian sounds http://illinoistimes.com/article-13764-indian-sounds.html Indian sounds
 Enjoy the classic tale The Jungle Book April 18-19 presented by Springfield Theatre Centre. Gil and Ann Opferman are directing this beloved story of Mowgli the Indian boy raised by wolves i...]]>
American notes http://illinoistimes.com/article-13765-american-notes.html American notes
 Longtime rural Midwestern singer/songwriter Chris Vallillo headlines the Prairie Grapevine Folklore Society Concert on Tuesday evening, April 22. Known for his skillful guitar playing and singin...]]>
Pro-future planet http://illinoistimes.com/article-13766-pro-future-planet.html Pro-future planet
 “Consumerism, Society and our Ecological Future” is the talk, Tuesday, April 22 at UIS Brookens Auditorium, by featured speaker Tim Kasser, professor of psychology at Knox College and a...]]>
Watching paint die http://illinoistimes.com/article-13767-watching-paint-die.html Watching paint die
 I’ve been dating a girl I really like for six weeks. She pays her rent with a 9-to-5 job but studied painting at art school and wants to make it her career. Unfortunately, I don’t like her p...]]>
Not all crooks are dumb http://illinoistimes.com/article-13768-not-all-crooks-are-dumb.html Not all crooks are dumb
Curses, foiled again• Yafait Tadesse went to prison for stealing names and Social Security numbers of a dozen people and using the stolen identities to claim tax refunds. The bogus returns instructe...]]>
Rearranging the desks - The CEC pushes government into the 20th century http://illinoistimes.com/article-13769-rearranging-the-desks.html Rearranging the desks - The CEC pushes government into the 20th century
 The citizens panel gathered to find what it called opportunities for economy in the provision of public services in Springfield and Sangamon County. Upon investigation, they found that the cemet...]]>
Changing how we do local government http://illinoistimes.com/article-13770-changing-how-we-do-local-government.html Changing how we do local government
 Former U.S. Senator from Illinois Alan J. Dixon, in his recent book, The Gentleman from Illinois, writes, “Frankly, I believe there are too many elective offices in most states, including an e...]]>
Sniffing the ethical rot in Wall Street’s culture http://illinoistimes.com/article-13771-sniffing-the-ethical-rot-in-wall-street%25E2%2580%2599s-culture.html Sniffing the ethical rot in Wall Street’s culture
 Not too many years ago, any news story about bonus money would’ve been about some 20-year-old baseball player – an up-and-coming superstar getting $100,000 or so on top of his salary as an e...]]>
Cellini is impressed by Rauner http://illinoistimes.com/article-13772-cellini-is-impressed-by-rauner.html Cellini is impressed by Rauner
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just is poem #1 or 1000 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13773-just-is-poem-1-or-1000.html just is poem #1 or 1000
 a carhit a carhit a carhit a carhit my friendron stoppedat a red lighthe checked outokay at thehospital Icould addphilosophicclichés hereweb of lifeout of theblue left fieldbut you cando that f...]]>
Letters to the Editor 4/17/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13774-letters-to-the-editor-4_17_14.html Letters to the Editor 4/17/14
 ROAD REPAIR FAIRNESSEnjoyed the article by Lauren Duncan (“Pay at the pump, fix the roads,” April 10) regarding raising the gasoline tax to raise more money for roads.I am not sure that rais...]]>
Mike Madigan, media hound http://illinoistimes.com/article-13775-mike-madigan-media-hound.html Mike Madigan, media hound
A long time ago I asked Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan why he never golfed at his golf outing fundraisers.Madigan explained that he was a terrible golfer (he’s since improved, I’m told). I...]]>
Does FutureGen have a future? - First full-scale carbon sequestration site planned near Jacksonville http://illinoistimes.com/article-13776-does-futuregen-have-a-future.html Does FutureGen have a future? - First full-scale carbon sequestration site planned near Jacksonville
 Illinois is one step closer this week to becoming the home of the nation’s first “clean coal” facility, planned near Jacksonville.The federally backed FutureGen 2.0 project aims to capture...]]>
SAVE THE MONARCHS http://illinoistimes.com/article-13777-save-the-monarchs.html SAVE THE MONARCHS
Illinois’ state insect is dwindling in population.There has been a 90 percent decrease in the U.S. population of monarch butterflies, Illinois’ state insect, since the mid-1990s, according to a gr...]]>