IllinoisTimes - Articles http://illinoistimes.com/article Fri, 24 Oct 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Project Censored - Ocean acidification tops the annual list of important stories ignored by the mainstream media http://illinoistimes.com/article-14607-project-censored.html Project Censored - Ocean acidification tops the annual list of important stories ignored by the mainstream media
 Our oceans are acidifying – even if the nightly news hasn’t told you yet.As humanity continues to fill the atmosphere with harmful gases, the planet is becoming less hospitable to life as we...]]>
The angel of death - The scourge of scarlet fever in 19th century Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-14608-the-angel-of-death.html The angel of death - The scourge of scarlet fever in 19th century Springfield
 The citizens of 19th century Springfield may not have faced the threat of ebola or known what an enterovirus is, but they were no strangers to deadly outbreaks of infectious diseases. In a popul...]]>
John Wick: A bloody, cathartic ride http://illinoistimes.com/article-14609-john-wick-a-bloody-cathartic-ride.html John Wick: A bloody, cathartic ride
 Make no mistake, there’s little in the way of originality where David Leitch and Chad Stahelski’s John Wick is concerned. It’s a simple story you know well – a man of violence, in an att...]]>
A spooky supper http://illinoistimes.com/article-14610-a-spooky-supper.html A spooky supper
 Halloween treats don’t all have to be sweet. Here are some devilish dishes for a spooky supper to delight kids and adults alike.Most iterations of witches fingers are made with cookie dough. C...]]>
Charlie Parr  http://illinoistimes.com/article-14611-charlie-parr%25C2%25A0.html Charlie Parr 
 Often musicians who emulate a sound from the past are destined to succumb to the public perception of revivalist or tribute artist, but Charlie Parr consistently rises above such notions while p...]]>
Brewhaus celebration http://illinoistimes.com/article-14612-brewhaus-celebration.html Brewhaus celebration
 There’s something about approaching late October that I always look forward to experiencing. It’s the smell of the cooling air, the feel of warming sunshine, leaves turning and falling in sw...]]>
Celebrity choreography http://illinoistimes.com/article-14613-celebrity-choreography.html Celebrity choreography
 Springfield celebrities will pair with local dancers to razzle and dazzle guests in the Hilton’s Grand Ballroom on Saturday, Nov. 8, during the Prairie Art Alliance’s annual Dancing with the...]]>
Farmers market fun http://illinoistimes.com/article-14614-farmers-market-fun.html Farmers market fun
 The Old Capitol Farmers Market wraps up the 2014 season with a special Halloween-themed bash this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In addition to hosting the local farmers, artisans and other...]]>
Not your average fall festival http://illinoistimes.com/article-14615-not-your-average-fall-festival.html Not your average fall festival
 For most of us in the 21st century, fall is synonymous with fun. It’s a time for parties, pumpkin carving, corn mazes, costume contests, apple cider, trick-or-treating, haunted houses and more...]]>
Knight terrors http://illinoistimes.com/article-14616-knight-terrors.html Knight terrors
 I’m a woman in my early 30s. I was one of the employees who got laid off after my employer lost a big account. I’ve found a new job, but it’s not on my career path and it pays terribly. St...]]>
Crisis of the week http://illinoistimes.com/article-14617-crisis-of-the-week.html Crisis of the week
Curses, foiled again • Police got a good look at a burglary suspect who made off with $3,700 in Coral Gables, Fla., even though the man tried to hide his identity by repositioning surveillance camer...]]>
Lane changes - Two-wheeled transportation comes to Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-14618-lane-changes.html Lane changes - Two-wheeled transportation comes to Springfield
 It isn’t quite ISIS crossing the Mexican border, but from the way that some people reacted to it, you’d have thought that the arrival of bicyclists on Second Street threatened our American W...]]>
Sunshine on Sangamon County http://illinoistimes.com/article-14619-sunshine-on-sangamon-county.html Sunshine on Sangamon County
Politics and corruption are two words that are all too often found together, especially in Illinois. While we have laws meant to protect whistleblowers who point out legitimate problems, most remain f...]]>
Dumb and dumber: Political fearmongers http://illinoistimes.com/article-14620-dumb-and-dumber-political-fearmongers.html Dumb and dumber: Political fearmongers
 One thing you can say about Rick Perry is that he sticks to his guns. If one of his policy proposals turns out to be dumb, by golly, he will double down on dumb.For example, in his current re-ru...]]>
District 186's Babney Fife http://illinoistimes.com/article-14621-district-186s-babney-fife.html District 186's Babney Fife
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retiree’s lament poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14622-retiree%25E2%2580%2599s-lament-poem-1.html retiree’s lament poem #1
the State has stole our pensionsthe State has stole our pensionsthe State has stole our pensionssing loo-di-doo-di-doothat big ole bag of moneywe gave our savings tothe State just took and stole itsin...]]>
Letters to the Editor 10/23/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14623-letters-to-the-editor-10_23_14.html Letters to the Editor 10/23/14
RAISE ROOM RATESInstead of putting an envelope in each Marriott hotel room along with suggesting a proper amount for hotel guests to tip housekeeping personnel (Jim Hightower, “Marriott’s shameful...]]>
Union shells out big bucks to defeat Rauner http://illinoistimes.com/article-14624-union-shells-out-big-bucks-to-defeat-rauner.html Union shells out big bucks to defeat Rauner
I wasn’t hugely surprised when Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers contributed $30,000 to the Illinois Libertarian Party’s candidate for governor, Chad Grimm, earlier this ...]]>
Peace for Israel and Palestine? - Jimmy Carter visits Jacksonville to announce plan http://illinoistimes.com/article-14625-peace-for-israel-and-palestine.html Peace for Israel and Palestine? - Jimmy Carter visits Jacksonville to announce plan
 Decades of violence between Israelis and Palestinians could be ended by carving out space for a Palestinian state, according to Jimmy Carter.The 90-year-old former president visited Jacksonville...]]>
Ad nauseam - Oberweis is swinging hard for Durbin’s seat http://illinoistimes.com/article-14626-ad-nauseam.html Ad nauseam - Oberweis is swinging hard for Durbin’s seat
 This is no David and Goliath battle. Here, “David” has little chance of winning, and “Goliath” has barely acknowledged there even is a battle.U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Springfield, a Demo...]]>
APL ROADSHOW http://illinoistimes.com/article-14627-apl-roadshow.html APL ROADSHOW
What does $56,000 buy? If you’re a dog or cat in need of a home, a 30-foot long trailer with air conditioning for when it’s hot outside, heat for when it’s cold, a generator to keep the power go...]]>
HISTORIC HOUSE ENDANGERED http://illinoistimes.com/article-14628-historic-house-endangered.html HISTORIC HOUSE ENDANGERED
Just across Fourth Street from the Executive Mansion, in the shadow of the Mansion View Hotel, sits a small, unassuming house that has seen better days. It’s known as the Condell House, and it’s o...]]>
Rallying the troops - SJ-R staff schedules demonstration http://illinoistimes.com/article-14629-rallying-the-troops.html Rallying the troops - SJ-R staff schedules demonstration
 After seven years of no raises, editorial employees at the State Journal-Register are asking the public to join them for a Monday rally outside newspaper offices on Ninth Street.“Anybody can c...]]>
A pittie-ful situation - Pit bulls on special at Animal Control http://illinoistimes.com/article-14630-a-pittie-ful-situation.html A pittie-ful situation - Pit bulls on special at Animal Control
 Pity the pit bull.Some see the breed as the devil incarnate, out to ravage men, women and children, not to mention other dogs, with vise-like jaws, lots of teeth and a hair-trigger temperament t...]]>
Future friend http://illinoistimes.com/article-14578-future-friend.html Future friend
Curses, foiled againSecurity guards at a Seattle department store had no trouble spotting a shoplifter. She was carrying 23 purses and handbags. When confronted, the woman dropped the items and ran. P...]]>
Will onesies never cease? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14579-will-onesies-never-cease.html Will onesies never cease?
My married friend just had a baby and posts what’s essentially the same “Look how cuuute!” shot on Facebook several times daily. Beyond finding this annoyingly boring, I’m 32 and unhappily sin...]]>
The most expensive lawsuit - Stubbornness costs Sangamon County $5.3 million http://illinoistimes.com/article-14580-the-most-expensive-lawsuit.html The most expensive lawsuit - Stubbornness costs Sangamon County $5.3 million
 With a $2.6 million check from taxpayers in hand, the widow of the late Amon Paul Carlock, who died after a struggle with Sangamon County jailers in 2007, says that she doesn’t feel like a win...]]>
Restoration begins on historic Taylor House - The Springfield Project envisions east-side community center http://illinoistimes.com/article-14581-restoration-begins-on-historic-taylor-house.html Restoration begins on historic Taylor House - The Springfield Project envisions east-side community center
 It’s been a private residence, a home for fallen women and a technical school for African-American students. As recently as a few months ago, it was slated to become an empty lot. Now, thanks ...]]>
Stalking wild mushrooms http://illinoistimes.com/article-14582-stalking-wild-mushrooms.html Stalking wild mushrooms
 “Stop the car!” exclaimed my daughter, Ashley, shortly after we left home. Hitting the brakes, I anxiously looked around. Both the woods on the left and fields and houses on the right looked...]]>
Fury gets job done, accomplishes little else http://illinoistimes.com/article-14583-fury-gets-job-done-accomplishes-little-else.html Fury gets job done, accomplishes little else
 Perhaps my expectations for David Ayer’s Fury were a bit too high. Primed by the presence of a strong cast, the strength of the director’s previous film – the tough cop procedural End of W...]]>