IllinoisTimes - Articles http://illinoistimes.com/article Fri, 30 Jan 15 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Step up the fight against climate change http://illinoistimes.com/article-15035-step-up-the-fight-against-climate-change.html Step up the fight against climate change
The latest United Nations climate report is arresting because it confirms prior trends of climate change and emphasizes for the first time that dramatic climate change could hit us suddenly. The scien...]]>
Statehouse hot topics - Bills filed for changes in policing and labor http://illinoistimes.com/article-15023-statehouse-hot-topics.html Statehouse hot topics - Bills filed for changes in policing and labor
For the first time in a more than a decade, the governor’s office and the Illinois General Assembly are controlled by two different parties, which will make for an exciting and entertaining legislative session. There is no shortage of contentious issues for the legislature to take up. Here are a few bills to watch....]]>
A Soviet immigrant in Springfield - David Brodsky finds his photographic voice in central Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-15024-a-soviet-immigrant-in-springfield.html A Soviet immigrant in Springfield - David Brodsky finds his photographic voice in central Illinois
 Before David Brodsky and his family immigrated to the United States almost exactly 25 years ago, with the help of the Springfield Jewish Federation, he was literally a man without a country. “...]]>
Black or White a flawed but noble look at race http://illinoistimes.com/article-15025-black-or-white-a-flawed-but-noble-look-at-race.html Black or White a flawed but noble look at race
 Much like American Sniper, Mike Binder’s Black or White is likely to draw a disparate number of responses, interpretations and criticisms as it deals with the issue of race relations, a subjec...]]>
Through January http://illinoistimes.com/article-15026-through-january.html Through January
 Here we are at the end of the first month of 2015. I don’t know whether to celebrate, contemplate, circumnavigate, perpetrate, deflate or inflate, so let’s just investigate further.Start you...]]>
Tennessee Borderline http://illinoistimes.com/article-15027-tennessee-borderline.html Tennessee Borderline
 Playing a mixture of modern and classic country combined with Southern and classic rock, this area-based quintet fits the bill for a classic, central Illinois cover band. Moving from Miranda Lam...]]>
The wonderful world of wine http://illinoistimes.com/article-15028-the-wonderful-world-of-wine.html The wonderful world of wine
 Join the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association for a Winter Wine Tasting Festival. The Friday night event offers the public an opportunity to sample wines from more than 20 Illinois wi...]]>
Back in plaid http://illinoistimes.com/article-15029-back-in-plaid.html Back in plaid
 Forever Plaid tells the fictional story of a young male vocal group, The Plaids, who perished in a car accident on their way to see the Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. By some m...]]>
A Friday night fairytale http://illinoistimes.com/article-15030-a-friday-night-fairytale.html A Friday night fairytale
 This weekend’s hottest – or should we say iciest – party for kids is the Sangamon Valley Youth Performance Group’s Fairytale Ball. The Friday night dinner and dancing event is open to Fr...]]>
Playing with mismatches http://illinoistimes.com/article-15031-playing-with-mismatches.html Playing with mismatches
 I like this woman I’ve been seeing, but she’s really in love with me. I’ve been clear that I’m not ready to get more serious and that I’m really never going to be up for that with her....]]>
Non-surprise of the week http://illinoistimes.com/article-15032-non-surprise-of-the-week.html Non-surprise of the week
 Curses, foiled again• Police said Eric Frey, 29, handed a pizza shop employee in Uniontown, Pa., a note written on toilet paper. “I have a gun,” it read. “Give me $300.” The worker hit...]]>
The bird and I - Our feathered friends are trying to tell us something http://illinoistimes.com/article-15033-the-bird-and-i.html The bird and I - Our feathered friends are trying to tell us something
 The stout birders of Springfield set out just after New Year’s Day again this year to count birds because, really, what else is there to do this time of year? During what was the 80th such cen...]]>
Editor's note 1/29/15 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15034-editors-note-1_29_15.html Editor's note 1/29/15
One Springfield alderman has taken great offense at being accused by a fellow alderman of “pontificating” during city council debate. Indeed, the accusation doesn’t seem quite right. To pontific...]]>
How tacky can the golden arches get? http://illinoistimes.com/article-15036-how-tacky-can-the-golden-arches-get.html How tacky can the golden arches get?
McDonald’s is scrambling, and I’m not talking about eggs. You know your business has what image consultants call “quality perception issues” when you have to launch a PR initiative that public...]]>
Rauner money rant http://illinoistimes.com/article-15037-rauner-money-rant.html Rauner money rant
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conundrum poem # 1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15038-conundrum-poem--1.html conundrum poem # 1
volume four of my round barn sagawill be in print this spring it’s thelast of the trilogy so we can all soonrelax but here’s a question for youI am including a lively letter from mydad to his kids...]]>
Letter's to the Editor 1/29/15 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15039-letters-to-the-editor-1_29_15.html Letter's to the Editor 1/29/15
 ALPLM ISSUES NO SHOCKIt really comes as no shock to hear the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library is having problems in funding and oversight, at least not for me. (“A cautionary tale,” by J...]]>
Rauner’s promised changes are coming http://illinoistimes.com/article-15040-rauner%25E2%2580%2599s-promised-changes-are-coming.html Rauner’s promised changes are coming
Gov. Bruce Rauner didn’t completely close the door to higher taxes last week during a speech at the University of Chicago, but he made it very clear with what he said and what he did that he wants h...]]>
Crisis for Christians in Iraq - Dominican Sisters visit those fleeing ISIL http://illinoistimes.com/article-15041-crisis-for-christians-in-iraq.html Crisis for Christians in Iraq - Dominican Sisters visit those fleeing ISIL
 The drive from Qaraqosh to Erbil usually takes about 40 minutes. In mid-2014, the trip took closer to four hours, thanks to a highway snarled with thousands of cars fleeing a terrorist group wit...]]>
CALLING YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS http://illinoistimes.com/article-15042-calling-young-entrepreneurs.html CALLING YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS
Sangamon CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) has announced a recruitment event for its 2015-2016 class. The Sangamon CEO program, a collaboration between businesses and school districts in Sa...]]>
HOG FARM STALLED http://illinoistimes.com/article-15043-hog-farm-stalled.html HOG FARM STALLED
Plans for a hog farm to be built near Petersburg have been stalled – at least for the moment. Grigsby Family Farms of Tallula proposed building a 9,300-hog facility about six miles from Petersburg, ...]]>
No walk in the park this time - Sgro faces challenge on park board http://illinoistimes.com/article-15044-no-walk-in-the-park-this-time.html No walk in the park this time - Sgro faces challenge on park board
 George Bush – the first one – was in the White House, Al Gore hadn’t yet invented the Internet (or claimed to) and Jerry Garcia was still leading the Grateful Dead when Leslie Sgro became ...]]>
Packing heat - Illinois finishes first year of concealed carry http://illinoistimes.com/article-15045-packing-heat.html Packing heat - Illinois finishes first year of concealed carry
 More than 2,000 Sangamon County residents received a license to carry a concealed firearm in the first year under a state law enacted in 2014.The Illinois State Police released data showing 2,08...]]>
No easy answers - Aldermanic candidates struggle with questions http://illinoistimes.com/article-15046-no-easy-answers.html No easy answers - Aldermanic candidates struggle with questions
There were nearly enough Springfield aldermen, would-be and otherwise, to field two football teams at a Monday candidates’ forum sponsored by Inner City Older Neighborhoods.But the 21 candidates for...]]>
Raising a last toast to Smokey, friend of gay Springfield - MARY LOU SCHNEIDER Dec. 29, 1928-Jan. 1, 2015 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15047-raising-a-last-toast-to-smokey-friend-of-gay-springfield.html Raising a last toast to Smokey, friend of gay Springfield - MARY LOU SCHNEIDER Dec. 29, 1928-Jan. 1, 2015
 At 2 p.m. on Jan. 11 the faithful gathered to celebrate the life and passing of a V.I.P. to the Springfield gay and lesbian community. After all these years, the memorial was held in the last lo...]]>
A bowl of super snacks - New England vs. Seattle http://illinoistimes.com/article-15048-a-bowl-of-super-snacks.html A bowl of super snacks - New England vs. Seattle
For New England:Nothing says “New England” more than lobster. This is a less expensive, delicious way to put lobster on your Super Bowl menu.    Potted lobster1 1/2-2 c. finely minc...]]>
Art Beat: Pirates, Local Tunes & Movies Galore http://illinoistimes.com/article-15022-art-beat-pirates-local-tunes-movies-galore.html Art Beat: Pirates, Local Tunes & Movies Galore
It's Friday, and that means time again to bring you our discussion of what events to check out this weekend and beyond. Scott Faingold of the Illinois Times and I will tell you about: The mov...]]>
Small-scale fracking - Low-volume fracking occurs in Illinois with less oversight http://illinoistimes.com/article-14988-small-scale-fracking.html Small-scale fracking - Low-volume fracking occurs in Illinois with less oversight
Illinois has yet to issue permits for high-volume hydraulic fracturing, but at least one well has been “fracked” since a new law began regulating the practice.

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Flights of fancy http://illinoistimes.com/article-14989-flights-of-fancy.html Flights of fancy
Curses, foiled againPolice charged Kahlif Aleem Buggs, 32, with fraudulent use of debit cards after Tamara Thomas noticed a family “shopping like it was Christmas” at a Family Dollar store in DeKa...]]>
Urning curve http://illinoistimes.com/article-14990-urning-curve.html Urning curve
My boyfriend of eight months was with his ex for almost five years. Unfortunately, she passed two years ago. I have sympathy for him but occasionally he’ll call me by her name and it’s really upse...]]>