IllinoisTimes - Articles http://illinoistimes.com/article Thu, 27 Nov 14 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Not your father’s KKK http://illinoistimes.com/article-14748-not-your-father%25E2%2580%2599s-kkk.html Not your father’s KKK
Curses, foiled againAfter John Franklin Forbis, 72, was convicted of possessing 850 pounds of marijuana in Columbia County, N.Y. in 1992, he jumped bail and eluded police for 22 years. Authorities fin...]]>
Lord of the lies http://illinoistimes.com/article-14749-lord-of-the-lies.html Lord of the lies
In social situations, my boyfriend will often pretend to have read books I know he hasn’t. He doesn’t just fake it with some casual “Yeah, I read that.” He will try to say something deep and p...]]>
High marks - It’s still early in Jennifer Gill’s tenure as District 186 schools superintendent. But so far people like what they see. http://illinoistimes.com/article-14750-high-marks.html High marks - It’s still early in Jennifer Gill’s tenure as District 186 schools superintendent. But so far people like what they see.
 Jennifer Gill wasn’t always a leader.Her days at Springfield High School were busy ones. She spent a year on the student council. Worked on the yearbook staff during her senior year in 1987. B...]]>
Troubleshoot broken lights - Don’t let burnt-out bulbs darken the holidays http://illinoistimes.com/article-14751-troubleshoot-broken-lights.html Troubleshoot broken lights - Don’t let burnt-out bulbs darken the holidays
There is perhaps nothing more frustrating around the holidays than attempting to fix a string of broken lights. Luckily, there are a few quick steps to take before simply trashing the whole strand and...]]>
From my home to yours - Going home for the holidays? Share a taste of where you now call home by bringing back some of your favorite local delicacies for the family http://illinoistimes.com/article-14752-from-my-home-to-yours.html From my home to yours - Going home for the holidays? Share a taste of where you now call home by bringing back some of your favorite local delicacies for the family
 Not only are the holidays a time to gather and catch up with family, they’re an opportunity to share the very best food and drink available. Mom’s not getting out the fancy dishes for nothin...]]>
Messiah http://illinoistimes.com/article-14753-messiah.html Messiah
 I’m overflowing with more Christmas spirit than I have been in years. It’s not because I’m finally finished with knee replacement surgeries and regaining strength and mobility. It’s not...]]>
Penguins deserving of time in spotlight http://illinoistimes.com/article-14754-penguins-deserving-of-time-in-spotlight.html Penguins deserving of time in spotlight
 While I’m not privy to what’s said during the bean-counting meetings at DreamWorks Animation, I’d be willing to bet the moneymen there are more than thrilled with the success of their Mada...]]>
Thanksgiving eve evening http://illinoistimes.com/article-14755-thanksgiving-eve-evening.html Thanksgiving eve evening
 For years now, I’ve been preaching that Thanksgiving Eve is the biggest bar and club party night of the calendar year in the United States of America. Those in the know already knew, but in th...]]>
Idol Rumors http://illinoistimes.com/article-14756-idol-rumors.html Idol Rumors
 No one does classic rock like the guys who learned the songs before they were classics. When bands like Queen, Kiss, Boston, Judas Priest and Aerosmith rocked our world, local musicians Rusty Le...]]>
Feeding our community http://illinoistimes.com/article-14757-feeding-our-community.html Feeding our community
 On Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., join the University of Illinois Extension local food system and small farms educator Bill Davis for a program on seed saving and why seed libraries fos...]]>
Walking in a winter wonderland http://illinoistimes.com/article-14758-walking-in-a-winter-wonderland.html Walking in a winter wonderland
 For the past 24 years, Memorial Medical Center has transformed the Illinois State Fairgrounds Orr Building into a winter wonderland at the annual Festival of Trees event. This year will be no di...]]>
Distinguished documents http://illinoistimes.com/article-14759-distinguished-documents.html Distinguished documents
 Abraham Lincoln is widely recognized as one of the best public speakers of all time. Through his speeches, Lincoln inspired citizens to vote him into the White House, abolish slavery, reject war...]]>
Honest, officer, I didn’t see it coming - How to make Illinois drivers better drivers? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14760-honest-officer-i-didn%25E2%2580%2599t-see-it-coming.html Honest, officer, I didn’t see it coming - How to make Illinois drivers better drivers?
 Note to readers: Like our governor-elect, I am a businessman, and to be successful, a businessman must know how to make his product stand out in a crowded marketplace. Which is why this week I h...]]>
Editor's Note 11/27/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14761-editors-note-11_27_14.html Editor's Note 11/27/14
 On Monday evening, just before the Ferguson decision was announced, the Springfield Race Unity Committee was holding a forum on restorative justice, a method that could improve race relations an...]]>
SDAT responds to Britt: Here’s what we’ve accomplished http://illinoistimes.com/article-14762-sdat-responds-to-britt-here%25E2%2580%2599s-what-we%25E2%2580%2599ve-accomplished.html SDAT responds to Britt: Here’s what we’ve accomplished
 Sometimes I think that those of us living in Springfield are our own worst enemy. Case in point: our hometown cartoonist, Chris Britt, used his pulpit in last week’s paper to label the Sustain...]]>
Amazon threatens community vitality http://illinoistimes.com/article-14763-amazon-threatens-community-vitality.html Amazon threatens community vitality
 It’s that time of year – Thanksgiving holiday will be here soon. And then we’ll get to celebrate Black Friday and Cyber Monday. And, if we’re shopping online, odds are good that we’ll...]]>
Welcome to Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-14764-welcome-to-springfield.html Welcome to Springfield
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thanksgiving poem #7 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14765-thanksgiving-poem-7.html thanksgiving poem #7
 thanksgiving poem #7this is your last day faithful underpants your gaping holes can no longer be ignored your elasticis too flabby it’s the ragbag tonight so I willsay to you whatfolks say to...]]>
Nobody is a sure thing in Rauner administration http://illinoistimes.com/article-14766-nobody-is-a-sure-thing-in-rauner-administration.html Nobody is a sure thing in Rauner administration
 Whenever a new governor is about to be sworn in, one of the most popular Springfield “parlor” games (which are usually not played in parlors, but in taverns, restaurants and friendly offices...]]>
More rooms coming soon for homeless - Salvation Army begins long-anticipated expansion http://illinoistimes.com/article-14767-more-rooms-coming-soon-for-homeless.html More rooms coming soon for homeless - Salvation Army begins long-anticipated expansion
 As the early winter wind swirls snow across the parking lot at 100 N. Ninth St. in Springfield, a volunteer works the phones inside, coordinating the Salvation Army’s team of bell ringers. The...]]>
Onward, Christian soldiers - Bishop apologizes, but holds firm http://illinoistimes.com/article-14768-onward-christian-soldiers.html Onward, Christian soldiers - Bishop apologizes, but holds firm
 Some things – views on abortion, gay marriage and divorce – are non-negotiable.But Bishop Thomas Paprocki during a Monday forum at Benedictine University said that there is room for conversa...]]>
Art giveaway at DEMO Project next Friday http://illinoistimes.com/article-14769-art-giveaway-at-demo-project-next-friday.html Art giveaway at DEMO Project next Friday
Springfield artists Brad Balster and Judah Johnson will be giving away their work next Friday (Dec. 4) from 6-8:30 p.m., in the cheekily named exhibit, Priceless. Described as a “cohesive, complete exhibitio...]]>
LOST LOCOMOTION http://illinoistimes.com/article-14770-lost-locomotion.html LOST LOCOMOTION
What if central Illinois had an electric rail line carrying passengers and freight between Springfield, Bloomington-Normal, Decatur, Champaign-Urbana, Peoria and St. Louis? It might be hard to imagine...]]>
Wages on the wire - Minimum wage legislation advances ahead of Rauner’s inauguration http://illinoistimes.com/article-14771-wages-on-the-wire.html Wages on the wire - Minimum wage legislation advances ahead of Rauner’s inauguration
 Governor-elect Bruce Rauner once remarked to a room full of Republicans that he was “adamantly, adamantly against” raising the minimum wage. Although Rauner later softened his stance, it’s...]]>
Letters to the Editor 11/27/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14772-letters-to-the-editor-11_27_14.html Letters to the Editor 11/27/14
 NOT-WHAT-YOU-THINK-IT-IS NEUTRALITYI fell off my chair when I read Jim Hightower’s explanation of net neutrality (“Net neutrality in the way of corporate profits,” Nov. 20). He misses the...]]>
Illinois pension overhaul struck down - Judge: law unconstitutionally diminishes and impairs benefits http://illinoistimes.com/article-14745-illinois-pension-overhaul-struck-down.html Illinois pension overhaul struck down - Judge: law unconstitutionally diminishes and impairs benefits
A Sangamon County judge struck down Illinois' pension overhaul law today, saying it impairs and diminishes retiree benefits in violation of the state constitution....]]>
Pot biz lights up - Medical marijuana investors count on secrecy, profits and expansion http://illinoistimes.com/article-14717-pot-biz-lights-up.html Pot biz lights up - Medical marijuana investors count on secrecy, profits and expansion
About the articleThis article is the product of the first collaboration between Illinois Times and the Better Government Association. The BGA is an independent, nonpartisan and nonprofit government wa...]]>
Follow the eagles to Starved Rock http://illinoistimes.com/article-14718-follow-the-eagles-to-starved-rock.html Follow the eagles to Starved Rock
 If you are eager to eye an eagle this winter, head to Starved Rock State Park near Utica. Like swallows returning to Capistrano, bald eagles wing their way to the park every year, seeking fish f...]]>
Four steps to a perfect holiday bird - A delicious turkey starts at the store, comes to life in your kitchen and leaves everyone eager for leftovers – after the food coma dissipates. http://illinoistimes.com/article-14719-four-steps-to-a-perfect-holiday-bird.html Four steps to a perfect holiday bird - A delicious turkey starts at the store, comes to life in your kitchen and leaves everyone eager for leftovers – after the food coma dissipates.
 Thanksgiving is about family, gratitude and, of course, food. The centerpiece of any truly authentic Thanksgiving meal is a succulent, flavorful turkey – but preparing the bird takes more than...]]>
’Tis the season for cider - Hard apple beverages are all the rage right now. Here’s what to know about the crisp (or dry or sweet ) drinks you’ll be drinking this season http://illinoistimes.com/article-14720-%25E2%2580%2599tis-the-season-for-cider.html ’Tis the season for cider - Hard apple beverages are all the rage right now. Here’s what to know about the crisp (or dry or sweet ) drinks you’ll be drinking this season
 Every holiday has its iconic meals: Thanksgiving has turkey, Christmas has ham and Hanukkah has latkes. But just what are we to drink during these celebrations? Well, this year a nice hard cider...]]>