IllinoisTimes - Articles http://illinoistimes.com/article Fri, 27 Feb 15 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 The wicked witch of the Westin http://illinoistimes.com/article-15133-the-wicked-witch-of-the-westin.html The wicked witch of the Westin
 There’s a girl who works at the hotel where my co-workers and I go for drinks. She’s hot, smart and fun, and I really like her and want to ask her out. The problem is that when she laughs, s...]]>
Stand-your-ground state http://illinoistimes.com/article-15134-stand-your-ground-state.html Stand-your-ground state
Curses, foiled again• Police thought Luis Moreno Jr., 26, was driving solo in a carpool lane in Fort Lee, N.J., but when they stopped him, he showed he was legal by pointing out two men in the back...]]>
An overdue policy on the library - Is independence feasible for the state’s historical library? http://illinoistimes.com/article-15137-an-overdue-policy-on-the-library.html An overdue policy on the library - Is independence feasible for the state’s historical library?
 Is the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum a museum with a library attached? Or is it a library with a museum attached? The two institutions are like conjoined twins, one of whom has...]]>
Editor's note 2/26/15 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15138-editors-note-2_26_15.html Editor's note 2/26/15
Mayor Mike Houston lost Tuesday’s primary election, but he can hold his head high for running a campaign focused on the issues and his record as mayor, which isn’t nearly as bad as the final vote ...]]>
The meaning of Lincoln’s funeral http://illinoistimes.com/article-15139-the-meaning-of-lincoln%25E2%2580%2599s-funeral.html The meaning of Lincoln’s funeral
The planned re-creation of the Lincoln funeral train and reenacting of the funeral ceremonies in Springfield scheduled for May mark a remembrance of a great president and an inspirational world figure...]]>
Chicagoans are reclaiming their city http://illinoistimes.com/article-15140-chicagoans-are-reclaiming-their-city.html Chicagoans are reclaiming their city
Chicago! City of broad shoulders. Plutocratic hog butcher. Toolmaker for progressive change. Stacker of the wheat of grassroots power, wheat separated from the chaff of corporate politicians. Stormy,...]]>
No Ethics Air http://illinoistimes.com/article-15141-no-ethics-air.html No Ethics Air
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taxseason poem #3 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15142-taxseason-poem-3.html taxseason poem #3
Farmer Letter to the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Census, 1955From my father R.A. DouganGentlemen: Enclosed is form MC 20gfilled out to the best of my ability. Inote that there is no provision ma...]]>
Letter's to the Editor 2/26/15 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15143-letters-to-the-editor-2_26_15.html Letter's to the Editor 2/26/15
 MORE REASON TO VACCINATEIn her Feb. 12 Guestwork, “Why historians vaccinate their kids,” Erika Holst provides an excellent explanation why the historians she knows fall into the pro-vaccine ...]]>
Another reckless, delusional budget http://illinoistimes.com/article-15144-another-reckless-delusional-budget.html Another reckless, delusional budget
After he was elected, but before he was sworn in to office, Bruce Rauner repeatedly lambasted Gov. Pat Quinn and the legislative Democrats for passing a “booby trap” budget that was about to blow...]]>
Contract law - Prosecutor’s office embraces double dipping http://illinoistimes.com/article-15145-contract-law.html Contract law - Prosecutor’s office embraces double dipping
While Gov. Bruce Rauner pushes for steep budget cuts throughout state government, at least one agency has figured out a way to cut payroll.The Illinois State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor’s off...]]>
Oversight? What oversight? - Charity accused of fraud http://illinoistimes.com/article-15146-oversight-what-oversight.html Oversight? What oversight? - Charity accused of fraud
 Tower of Refuge, a charity run by a felon and his wife that has been accused of defrauding the state of Illinois, was so loosely run that one member of the organization’s purported board of di...]]>
Menard County board says ‘no’ to hog farm - Final decision rests with state department of ag http://illinoistimes.com/article-15147-menard-county-board-says-%25E2%2580%2598no%25E2%2580%2599-to-hog-farm.html Menard County board says ‘no’ to hog farm - Final decision rests with state department of ag
The Menard County Board of Commissioners voted not to recommend approval of a proposed hog farm near Petersburg on Tuesday night. The recommendation is nonbinding, however, and the farm may still be a...]]>
iPods for Alzheimer’s - SIU medical school uses music to help dementia patients http://illinoistimes.com/article-15148-ipods-for-alzheimer%25E2%2580%2599s.html iPods for Alzheimer’s - SIU medical school uses music to help dementia patients
 It had been a while since James could recall holding his newborn son in his arms. Listening to his new iPod, however, brought that memory to the surface for the 74-year-old Alzheimer’s patient...]]>
Illinois governors in trouble - A history of corruption at the top http://illinoistimes.com/article-15149-illinois-governors-in-trouble.html Illinois governors in trouble - A history of corruption at the top
 Illinois was deeply in debt and its financial outlook was bleak. After a close gubernatorial race, the people of Illinois elected a wealthy Chicago-area businessman as their governor, hoping tha...]]>
The case for more and stronger unions http://illinoistimes.com/article-15150-the-case-for-more-and-stronger-unions.html The case for more and stronger unions
 Only One Thing Can Save Us: Why America Needs a New Kind of Labor Movement, by Thomas Geoghegan. The New Press, 2014.Gov. Bruce Rauner’s first six weeks in office have been an interesting time...]]>
McFarland runs a winning course http://illinoistimes.com/article-15151-mcfarland-runs-a-winning-course.html McFarland runs a winning course
 Continuing their series of inspirational, true-life sports stories, Disney Pictures’ McFarland USA is a worthy addition to their cannon, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the likes of Miracle...]]>
Surviving winter’s end http://illinoistimes.com/article-15152-surviving-winter%25E2%2580%2599s-end.html Surviving winter’s end
 Enough, already!I am officially sick of winter. Living in a place that has changing seasons is actually something I prize. That even includes winter. True, I don’t get quite as excited as I di...]]>
New Madrid makes the earth shake - Southern psych-rockers set to storm Bedrock 66 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15153-new-madrid-makes-the-earth-shake.html New Madrid makes the earth shake - Southern psych-rockers set to storm Bedrock 66
 The Bedrock 66 series remains Springfield’s best chance to see unexpected, exciting live music across a wide spectrum of sounds, from bluegrass to power pop to alt country and beyond. This Fri...]]>
Weather the weather http://illinoistimes.com/article-15154-weather-the-weather.html Weather the weather
 Definitely the hot topic last week was the coldness in the air. I know making the trek out into the mighty Midwest tundra seems unbearable, but for heaven’s sake, is it really all that bad? Wh...]]>
The Tossers http://illinoistimes.com/article-15155-the-tossers.html The Tossers
 Boasting the largest population of Irish descendents in the Midwest, Chicago’s a good place to come from if your thing is playing Irish music. That’s exactly the case for The Tossers, a sout...]]>
Cinematic concert http://illinoistimes.com/article-15156-cinematic-concert.html Cinematic concert
 Cinematography meets the symphony on Sunday, March 4, from 4-6:30 p.m., at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. Attendees of Night at the Movies will enjoy live performances of popular film soundtr...]]>
Abstract expressionism at UIS http://illinoistimes.com/article-15157-abstract-expressionism-at-uis.html Abstract expressionism at UIS
 Sublime Light, a visual art exhibit by Lyle Salmi at the University of Illinois Springfield’s Visual Arts Gallery, explores the relationship between light and space through the vehicle of abst...]]>
Attention area thespians http://illinoistimes.com/article-15158-attention-area-thespians.html Attention area thespians
 If you dream of seeing your name in lights, consider auditioning for a role in the 2015 season at New Salem’s Theatre in the Park. Open auditions for children will occur at 9 a.m., and open au...]]>
Puzzle correction - Puzzle Answers for #362 and the Puzzles for #363 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15159-puzzle-correction.html Puzzle correction - Puzzle Answers for #362 and the Puzzles for #363
 We apologize for running the #361 Puzzles twice in both the 2/5/15 issue and the 2/19/15 issue, this was an oversight on our part. Please CLICK HERE to download the #363 Puzzle, you can find the...]]>
Victim of the week http://illinoistimes.com/article-15107-victim-of-the-week.html Victim of the week
Curses, foiled againJeffrey Wood, 19, announced a robbery at a convenience store in Washington, D.C., where two police detectives were shopping. They were in plain clothes but one had her badge hangin...]]>
Beak experience http://illinoistimes.com/article-15108-beak-experience.html Beak experience
I recently started dating this new girl. I asked her whether her lips and boobs are real (and it turns out they are). However, I did call her out on having a nose job. She admitted it but seemed kind ...]]>
An end to 30 years of hell - Illinois Innocence Project frees a wrongly convicted man http://illinoistimes.com/article-15109-an-end-to-30-years-of-hell.html An end to 30 years of hell - Illinois Innocence Project frees a wrongly convicted man
That morning started like any other for Christopher Abernathy, but he soon received a call that would free him from prison after 29 years for someone else's crime....]]>
Reading recipes http://illinoistimes.com/article-15110-reading-recipes.html Reading recipes
 When my husband, Peter, was a college freshman, he and a friend developed a shared longing for liver and onions. The friend had an apartment, so they decided to make themselves a liver-and-onion...]]>
Grey a bit anticlimactic http://illinoistimes.com/article-15111-grey-a-bit-anticlimactic.html Grey a bit anticlimactic
 For any story that revolves around sex to have any sort of impact, the characters involved must be complex and appealing. If we can’t come to care about or be intrigued by them, then having th...]]>