IllinoisTimes - Articles http://illinoistimes.com/article Tue, 24 Jan 17 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 He’s baaack! - Parsons accused of shenanigans in Texas http://illinoistimes.com/article-18191-he%25E2%2580%2599s-baaack_.html He’s baaack! - Parsons accused of shenanigans in Texas
Jeffrey Parsons, who left town years ago but can’t seem to escape legal detritus from his business dealings in Springfield, is back in the news, this time in Texas, where he now lives.Customers who...]]>
Springfield businessman charged with raping UIS student - Accused was affiliated with student exchange program http://illinoistimes.com/article-18190-springfield-businessman-charged-with-raping-uis-student.html Springfield businessman charged with raping UIS student - Accused was affiliated with student exchange program
A Springfield businessman once employed by the University of Illinois Springfield in the school’s exchange student program has been charged with raping a freshman from China and has also been accused of sexually assaulting other students....]]>
Is it something I wed? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18168-is-it-something-i-wed.html Is it something I wed?
Two of my girlfriends just got divorced. Both recently admitted to me that they knew they shouldn’t have gotten married at the time but did anyway. Just this weekend, another friend – married for...]]>
Downtown. Can we talk? - Faded gem needs direction http://illinoistimes.com/article-18169-downtown-can-we-talk.html Downtown. Can we talk? - Faded gem needs direction
Downtown Springfield lacks many things.A hardware store. A movie theater. A college. A dry cleaning shop. Modern parking meters.What it does have are things that no city wants in its urban heart. Vaca...]]>
Keaton riveting in The Founder http://illinoistimes.com/article-18170-keaton-riveting-in-the-founder.html Keaton riveting in The Founder
 Of course I can’t be for certain, but I can’t imagine that even in his wildest dreams Ray Kroc could have conceived that McDonald’s restaurants would have the impact on the world that they...]]>
Show me shows http://illinoistimes.com/article-18171-show-me-shows.html Show me shows
 We survived the great ice scare of last weekend with a few cancellations and a little rescheduling, which resulted in bonus attendance at the gigs that remained, attended by brave and reckless s...]]>
It’s citrus season - From Cara Caras to clementines http://illinoistimes.com/article-18172-it%25E2%2580%2599s-citrus-season.html It’s citrus season - From Cara Caras to clementines
 After weeks of rich wintery fare, nature has a way of offering her own elixir. Citrus fruits are in peak season now through early spring, arriving just in time to pull us out of our butter-laden...]]>
Ultraviolet http://illinoistimes.com/article-18173-ultraviolet.html Ultraviolet
 Back in 2003, Suzie Stephens decided to get a group together to expand and expose her love of music and performance, creating Ultraviolet in the process. Born a fourth cousin (really) to Bill Mo...]]>
Inauguration questions answered http://illinoistimes.com/article-18174-inauguration-questions-answered.html Inauguration questions answered
 The 2016 election has shaken longstanding assumptions about American politics, leaving many people with more questions than answers. On Inauguration Day, the Springfield Art Association and Univ...]]>
Reflections on race http://illinoistimes.com/article-18175-reflections-on-race.html Reflections on race
 The Springfield Race Unity Committee presents eight local small conversation groups (including Springfield police officers) reporting on past, present and future efforts to promote unity, interr...]]>
Red brick roads - Bringing brick streets back from the grave http://illinoistimes.com/article-18176-red-brick-roads.html Red brick roads - Bringing brick streets back from the grave
 Springfield has no yellow brick roads leading toward Oz – I know because I looked for one for 40 years. It used to have plenty of red brick ones, though, gorgeous streets the color of aged win...]]>
Editor's note 1/19/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18177-editors-note-1_19_17.html Editor's note 1/19/17
The inauguration of a new flamboyant, iconoclastic but unpredictable president this week has prompted from progressives a most American reaction – to protest and organize. Many from Springfield will...]]>
Should support of Israel become conditional? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18178-should-support-of-israel-become-conditional.html Should support of Israel become conditional?
Recently Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a provocative and sobering speech touching on the viability of future Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, and again brought into question the nature of th...]]>
Searching for integrity in Trumplandia http://illinoistimes.com/article-18179-searching-for-integrity-in-trumplandia.html Searching for integrity in Trumplandia
It’s about time America has a president who will stand up to those greed-headed corporate executives who keep hauling our middle-class jobs out of country. Bring those jobs back home, Donald Trump b...]]>
Inaugural ball http://illinoistimes.com/article-18180-inaugural-ball.html Inaugural ball
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mythology poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18181-mythology-poem-1.html mythology poem #1
I’ve been pondering zeusruler of the state supreme kinglypower he cast down thunderboltswhen angry or to punish any onehe disliked he was adept at changinghimself to get what he wanted hebecame a sw...]]>
Letters to the Editor 1/19/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18182-letters-to-the-editor-1_19_17.html Letters to the Editor 1/19/17
 AMERICANS UNITEDWhat caused the election for president in 2016 to go to a complete outsider? There was no question that with the many candidates running for president of the United States in the...]]>
A study in contrasts http://illinoistimes.com/article-18183-a-study-in-contrasts.html A study in contrasts
If I had to choose a word to describe the Democrats’ nominating speeches for House Speaker Michael Madigan’s reelection last week, it would be either “defensive” or perhaps “joyless.”The s...]]>
Lawmakers propose tax on sugary beverages http://illinoistimes.com/article-18184-lawmakers-propose-tax-on-sugary-beverages.html Lawmakers propose tax on sugary beverages
 One bill in a bipartisan package of tax measures proposed as a way to break the state’s budget impasse aims to impose increased taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages. Senate Bill 009, the Sugar-S...]]>
Madigan rallies, pro and con http://illinoistimes.com/article-18185-madigan-rallies-pro-and-con.html Madigan rallies, pro and con
 As Michael Madigan was being reelected speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives for an unprecedented 17th time, the day the 100th General Assembly was inaugurated, protesters from the Il...]]>
HOTELS PUSH TO STOP TAX PROPOSAL http://illinoistimes.com/article-18186-hotels-push-to-stop-tax-proposal.html HOTELS PUSH TO STOP TAX PROPOSAL
Springfield hotels from are teaming up to oppose a tax increase. The Springfield Hotel Lodging Association (SHLA) announced it is imploring Mayor James Langfelder and the city council not to pass a pr...]]>
UNITY RALLY SATURDAY http://illinoistimes.com/article-18187-unity-rally-saturday.html UNITY RALLY SATURDAY
A group identifying itself as “Springfield Call To Action” (SC2A) is organizing a rally for 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Old State Capitol plaza. The event is timed to coincide with the Women�...]]>
Criminal justice reform report lands on Rauner’s desk http://illinoistimes.com/article-18188-criminal-justice-reform-report-lands-on-rauner%25E2%2580%2599s-desk.html Criminal justice reform report lands on Rauner’s desk
 The final report by the Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform includes measures that could achieve Gov. Bruce Rauner’s goal of reducing the prison population by 25 percent over...]]>
An orchestra in transition - Music director candidate to conduct “New World Symphony” on Saturday http://illinoistimes.com/article-18189-an-orchestra-in-transition.html An orchestra in transition - Music director candidate to conduct “New World Symphony” on Saturday
 With Saturday’s concert, “American Voices,” the Illinois Symphony Orchestra will complete phase one of this season’s vetting of candidates for the position of new music director for the...]]>
Manierre Dawson in town http://illinoistimes.com/article-18167-manierre-dawson-in-town.html Manierre Dawson in town
The Illinois State Museum has announced the dates of showing of 16 original oil paintings in its collection by Manierre Dawson. “A Journey to Abstraction.” Dawson, sayeth the curators, was a lit...]]>
Earnest “Patriot’s Day” a Gripping, Emotional Tribute http://illinoistimes.com/article-18166-earnest-%25E2%2580%259Cpatriot%25E2%2580%2599s-day%25E2%2580%259D-a-gripping-emotional-tribute.html Earnest “Patriot’s Day” a Gripping, Emotional Tribute
Only three years removed from the event itself, Peter Berg’s Patriot’s Day runs the risk of reopening fresh wounds and perhaps offending victims of the Boston Marathon bombing of 2013, the event ...]]>
Slavery in the Land of Lincoln - Illinois held slaves for more than 100 years http://illinoistimes.com/article-18142-slavery-in-the-land-of-lincoln.html Slavery in the Land of Lincoln - Illinois held slaves for more than 100 years
 Because Illinois is a northern state and the former home of Abraham Lincoln, it isn’t typically associated with slavery. But there was slavery in Illinois for more than 100 years. Even after I...]]>
Meme streets http://illinoistimes.com/article-18143-meme-streets.html Meme streets
My girlfriend of six years is breaking up with me. My question is: How do I let our friends and my family know? I’m thinking a mass email telling my side of the story. Then I wouldn’t have to have...]]>
On onions and tears - Julianne’s last meal http://illinoistimes.com/article-18144-on-onions-and-tears.html On onions and tears - Julianne’s last meal
The first anniversary of my wife (and Illinois Times food writer) Julianne’s passing is approaching. When she died, she left me with four decades of memories and two freezers full of homemade soups,...]]>
Stylish Night is a by-the-numbers exercise http://illinoistimes.com/article-18145-stylish-night-is-a-by-the-numbers-exercise.html Stylish Night is a by-the-numbers exercise
 Much like Ron Howard, Ben Affleck is an old school, workman-like director. Give him any script, and he’s likely to come up with a competently made movie. He has no overarching theme that runs...]]>