IllinoisTimes - Articles http://illinoistimes.com/article Sun, 25 Sep 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Loaf Actually http://illinoistimes.com/article-17718-loaf-actually.html Loaf Actually
 I’m a 35-year-old woman, and my boyfriend of a year is 43. Sadly, my friends and family don’t like him. They think he’s “not good enough” for me. Their argument: He doesn’t have a fu...]]>
Mature Mob - To battle the budget crisis, aging mobsters return to the stage http://illinoistimes.com/article-17719-mature-mob.html Mature Mob - To battle the budget crisis, aging mobsters return to the stage
 It’s one of those things that may seem like it’s always been here, but Senior Services of Central Illinois, Inc., is only 50 years old. And it hasn’t always gone by that name. Its roots go...]]>
Life in focus http://illinoistimes.com/article-17720-life-in-focus.html Life in focus
 Hardworking, faithful, and resilient in the face of what others might call setbacks, professional photographer Dave Beatty has enjoyed a career photographing corporate jets and entertainment sta...]]>
Slowing down to save our food supply - The Ark of Taste highlights heritage foods http://illinoistimes.com/article-17721-slowing-down-to-save-our-food-supply.html Slowing down to save our food supply - The Ark of Taste highlights heritage foods
 Consumers today seem to have more choices at the grocery store than ever before. My great-grandmother would have marveled at the red strawberries available in grocery stores in the middle of win...]]>
Fuqua helms Magnificent muddl http://illinoistimes.com/article-17722-fuqua-helms-magnificent-muddl.html Fuqua helms Magnificent muddl
 There’s much more to making a Western than putting movie stars under Stetson hats, giving them six-shooters and throwing them on a horse. This approach plus poorly choreographed sequences of e...]]>
Marvelous music mix http://illinoistimes.com/article-17723-marvelous-music-mix.html Marvelous music mix
 As we wind our way through September, heading toward the other end of things, a wonderful mix of music with which to entertain ourselves appears to be ahead for all.With the hot rods coming to t...]]>
Black Queen http://illinoistimes.com/article-17724-black-queen.html Black Queen
 Back in 2009 when Caleb Smith showed up at an open mic run by Bruce Williams and sang Queen songs, the two self-described “huge fans” of the supergroup decided to start a tribute band. They...]]>
Route 66 rivalry http://illinoistimes.com/article-17725-route-66-rivalry.html Route 66 rivalry
 Jacksonville’s Playhouse on the Square is pleased to present Bleacher Bums, a Cubs/Cardinals comedy presented in nine innings. Originally penned by Tony Award-winning actor, producer, director...]]>
Celebrate the supernatural http://illinoistimes.com/article-17726-celebrate-the-supernatural.html Celebrate the supernatural
 This weekend, paranormal enthusiasts will gather in one of the most haunted small towns in the Midwest to celebrate ghosts, hauntings and the supernatural. The 16th annual American Hauntings Fal...]]>
Interdenominational hymn sing http://illinoistimes.com/article-17727-interdenominational-hymn-sing.html Interdenominational hymn sing
 Help Grace Lutheran and Trinity Lutheran churches commemorate their 175th anniversaries during Springfield’s first-ever City Wide Hymn Fest on Sunday, Sept. 25. The concert, directed by J.B. G...]]>
None of your business - Is the city smart enough to pull off the Y block deal? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17728-none-of-your-business.html None of your business - Is the city smart enough to pull off the Y block deal?
 How embarrassing. The City of Springfield finds itself in the same bind as the young swain who, wooing a sophisticated lovely, invites her to a posh dinner only to realize at the end of the meal...]]>
Editor's note 9/22/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17729-editors-note-9_22_16.html Editor's note 9/22/16
Sangamon County is eerily quiet during this election campaign. True, Illinois as a blue state isn’t in play for the presidential election, so that cuts us out of a lot of hoopla. But what about the...]]>
“Ban the Box” helps ex-cons succeed http://illinoistimes.com/article-17730-%25E2%2580%259Cban-the-box%25E2%2580%259D-helps-ex-cons-succeed.html “Ban the Box” helps ex-cons succeed
More than 700,000 Americans are released from prison each year. We expect them to reenter society and be law-abiding, but we make it extremely difficult for anyone who has served time to ever become g...]]>
What 47 cents buys these days http://illinoistimes.com/article-17731-what-47-cents-buys-these-days.html What 47 cents buys these days
Although most of us take it for granted, the U.S. Postal Service is an amazing bargain. For only 47 cents, you can purchase a “Forever” postage stamp.Buy one 47-cent stamp, and postal workers will...]]>
Trump supporters http://illinoistimes.com/article-17732-trump-supporters.html Trump supporters
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word to the wise poem #3 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17733-word-to-the-wise-poem-3.html word to the wise poem #3
not mentioning any names or anythingbut teenage kids here’s a warning word:if you ask a parent for money to go tothe fair and you’re given admission thecost of elephant ears turkey legs rides onst...]]>
Letters to the Editor 9/22/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17734-letters-to-the-editor-9_22_16.html Letters to the Editor 9/22/16
 REDISTRICTINGIt’s time we return the power of Illinois government back to the people. Our current political system is broken. It’s rigged against us. The people of Illinois deserve a more ju...]]>
What’s keeping Democrats awake at night? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17735-what%25E2%2580%2599s-keeping-democrats-awake-at-night.html What’s keeping Democrats awake at night?
The Republicans have been saying behind the scenes that they have put four Democratic state Senators “on the bubble” – Tom Cullerton in DuPage County, Melinda Bush in Lake County, Jennifer Berti...]]>
Weeding things out - Lake Springfield gets some Friends http://illinoistimes.com/article-17736-weeding-things-out.html Weeding things out - Lake Springfield gets some Friends
 Chainsaws and herbicide and matches, it turns out, can be an environmentalist’s best friend.After more than two years of clearing brush with saws and poison and fire, Friends of the Sangamon V...]]>
Digging deep on Hunter Lake - Go down 30 feet, Pawnee says http://illinoistimes.com/article-17737-digging-deep-on-hunter-lake.html Digging deep on Hunter Lake - Go down 30 feet, Pawnee says
 While Pawnee questions the design of Hunter Lake, an engineering firm that has worked for the village questions the need for a 3,000-acre reservoir, which would stretch to the burg south of Spri...]]>
ABE GETS HIS KICKS http://illinoistimes.com/article-17738-abe-gets-his-kicks.html ABE GETS HIS KICKS
If there’s one fact about Abe Lincoln that everyone remembers, it’s that he loved cars. Okay, that’s not really true. Although a steam-powered precursor to the modern car was invented in 1769, t...]]>
HAVING A BLAST http://illinoistimes.com/article-17739-having-a-blast.html HAVING A BLAST
 Springfield has been host to myriad you-don’t-see-that-every-day gatherings, from the World Juggling Federation Convention to confabs of Elvis impersonators. But we feel especially secure this...]]>
Poverty decreased slightly in 2015 - New census data shows weak recovery from long slide http://illinoistimes.com/article-17740-poverty-decreased-slightly-in-2015.html Poverty decreased slightly in 2015 - New census data shows weak recovery from long slide
 More than 1.7 million Illinoisans lived in poverty last year, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week. That’s an improvement over 2014, but not nearly enough to erase th...]]>
Stone’s “Snowden” Engaging Agitprop http://illinoistimes.com/article-17741-stone%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%259Csnowden%25E2%2580%259D-engaging-agitprop.html Stone’s “Snowden” Engaging Agitprop
As with most of Oliver Stone’s fact-based movies, Snowden is a work that needs to be taken with a grain of salt.  Fascinating and frightening, the film sets out to give the title character’s...]]>
Dull “Witch” Pales Next to Original http://illinoistimes.com/article-17742-dull-%25E2%2580%259Cwitch%25E2%2580%259D-pales-next-to-original.html Dull “Witch” Pales Next to Original
For some inexplicable reason, director Adam Wingard has gained the reputation of being some sort of horror craftsman among aficionados of the genre.  Based on his previous work (V/H/S, You’r...]]>
Casualties of war paint http://illinoistimes.com/article-17680-casualties-of-war-paint.html Casualties of war paint
I dragged my boyfriend into the makeup store Sephora, and he said, “Save your money. You don’t need any of this stuff. I like you better without makeup.” Huh? Why is there a huge makeup industry...]]>
Editor’s note 9/15/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17681-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note-9_15_16.html Editor’s note 9/15/16
Chuck Todd, the political director of NBC News and the moderator of “Meet the Press,” was informative and entertaining as he commented on the current political news for the Better Government Assoc...]]>
How’ve you been? - An aging high schooler looks back http://illinoistimes.com/article-17682-how%25E2%2580%2599ve-you-been.html How’ve you been? - An aging high schooler looks back
 The “I go to my reunion” essay is a staple of the genre. By now there is nothing new that can be said, but readers read them anyway, fearful that other people’s reunions were better than t...]]>
Why this Democrat wants a strong GOP http://illinoistimes.com/article-17683-why-this-democrat-wants-a-strong-gop.html Why this Democrat wants a strong GOP
 I’ve been a Democrat all my life. I believe in the party’s values, I’m pleased when its candidates win elections and I’m persuaded the country is better off when Democratic ideas get a f...]]>
Cleaning up after pundits http://illinoistimes.com/article-17684-cleaning-up-after-pundits.html Cleaning up after pundits
 Being a muckracking political writer often makes me feel like a custodian in a horse barn, constantly shoveling manure. Indeed, I’m now a certified Equine Excrement Engineer, having developed...]]>