IllinoisTimes - Articles http://illinoistimes.com/article Sat, 22 Nov 14 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 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...]]>
Insecurities, self-reflection at core of Birdman http://illinoistimes.com/article-14721-insecurities-self-reflection-at-core-of-birdman.html Insecurities, self-reflection at core of Birdman
 Like a snake consuming its own tail, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman is so postmodern, so self-referential that it ultimately begins to consume itself. This is all as it was designed to...]]>
The season of Hurricane Ruth http://illinoistimes.com/article-14722-the-season-of-hurricane-ruth.html The season of Hurricane Ruth
 As a working blues-rock artist, if you’ve had Willie Dixon, one of the most profound, prolific and professional blues guys of all time quoted as saying, “You’re the only hurricane I can ap...]]>
Not-so-sweet sweet potatoes http://illinoistimes.com/article-14723-not-so-sweet-sweet-potatoes.html Not-so-sweet sweet potatoes
 Lots of folks consider them an essential part of their Thanksgiving feast: A big dish of whipped sweet potatoes, topped with a thick layer of marshmallows, baked until the tops of the marshmallo...]]>
Fumée Gypsy Project http://illinoistimes.com/article-14724-fumee-gypsy-project.html Fumée Gypsy Project
 What sounds come to mind when gypsy-jazz music gets mentioned? If it’s soaring vocals, speedy guitars and swinging bass you are in the realm of the Chicago-based Fumée Gypsy Project. This las...]]>
A Winter Fable http://illinoistimes.com/article-14725-a-winter-fable.html A Winter Fable
 On Friday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m., enjoy a classic tale of romance and deceit performed by the sweet sounds of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. The symphony will be joined by St. Louis-based Circus...]]>
You look like a monkey http://illinoistimes.com/article-14726-you-look-like-a-monkey.html You look like a monkey
White-handed gibbon Jari is not technically a monkey, but she is a member of the primate family. Sing “happy birthday” with meaning this Saturday, Nov. 22, at her first birthday party at the Henso...]]>
The punishment fits the crime http://illinoistimes.com/article-14727-the-punishment-fits-the-crime.html The punishment fits the crime
 On Monday, Nov. 24, at 6 p.m., join the Springfield Race Unity Committee at Lincoln Library for a public meeting on restorative justice, expungement of court and arrest records and mentoring. Sa...]]>
Scoot force http://illinoistimes.com/article-14728-scoot-force.html Scoot force
 My husband’s been saving for a motorcycle, and I was excited about riding on the back hanging on to him – sexy and fun! But then he came home with a Vespa, the little Italian scooter. It jus...]]>
Risky art http://illinoistimes.com/article-14729-risky-art.html Risky art
Curses, foiled again• Alan Knight, 47, denied robbing his neighbor in Swansea, Wales, and avoided prosecution by pretending to be “quadriplegic and in a comatose condition, bed-bound at home” af...]]>
The real Jim Krohe - A drummer who hasn’t missed a beat in 90 years http://illinoistimes.com/article-14730-the-real-jim-krohe.html The real Jim Krohe - A drummer who hasn’t missed a beat in 90 years
 I can only barely keep time, but while I could never be a drummer I love to talk with my father about the drummer’s craft. He’s worked as a professional musician for 76 years now – he’ll...]]>
It’s time for Illinois to ratify ERA http://illinoistimes.com/article-14731-it%25E2%2580%2599s-time-for-illinois-to-ratify-era.html It’s time for Illinois to ratify ERA
Once more, the State of Illinois has an opportunity to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It should act to do so quickly. The ERA quite simply establishes gender equality unde...]]>
Editor’s note 11/20/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14732-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note-11_20_14.html Editor’s note 11/20/14
This month’s Illinois Issues cover story on “Young black males” is recommended reading as the nation turns its attention again to Ferguson, Missouri. In the article by Maureen Foertsch McKinney,...]]>
Net neutrality in the way of corporate profits http://illinoistimes.com/article-14733-net-neutrality-in-the-way-of-corporate-profits.html Net neutrality in the way of corporate profits
When it comes to Internet Service Providers and high-speed Internet, the consumer marketplace has hardly been a model of competitiveness. Some of us are lucky enough to be able to choose from two prov...]]>
The choices are endless http://illinoistimes.com/article-14734-the-choices-are-endless.html The choices are endless
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farm poem # 38 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14735-farm-poem--38.html farm poem # 38
my sister triedrolling downthe ramp of theround barnin a barrelshe regretted it...]]>
Letters to the Editor 11/20/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14736-letters-to-the-editor-11_20_14.html Letters to the Editor 11/20/14
 DON’T BUY IOWA WINDI just finished reading Patrick Yeagle’s Nov. 6 article, “Gloomy Days for CWLP.” The purpose of this letter is to point out the foolishness of the contract to purchase...]]>
Will Rauner compromise or compete with Madigan? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14737-will-rauner-compromise-or-compete-with-madigan.html Will Rauner compromise or compete with Madigan?
Last December, Bruce Rauner appeared on a WLS Radio talk show program and revealed that he planned to form a new campaign committee to counter the power of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.“We...]]>
Drunk patrol - County resurrects DUI deputy just in time for Christmas http://illinoistimes.com/article-14738-drunk-patrol.html Drunk patrol - County resurrects DUI deputy just in time for Christmas
 The mean streets of Sangamon County have gotten a bit meaner for those who imbibe before they drive.Two years after the sheriff’s office, citing budget concerns, reassigned a deputy who had be...]]>
DAY OF REMEMBRANCE http://illinoistimes.com/article-14739-day-of-remembrance.html DAY OF REMEMBRANCE
The Phoenix Center will observe Transgender Day of Remembrance tonight from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the organization’s offices at 109 E. Lawrence Ave. The event has been growing nationally since its ...]]>
LGBT SPFLD http://illinoistimes.com/article-14740-lgbt-spfld.html LGBT SPFLD
The Human Rights Campaign has confirmed what most of us already know: Springfield is a reasonably welcoming place for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. HRC is a national civil rights grou...]]>
Bears go to court - Team sues state seeking tax relief http://illinoistimes.com/article-14741-bears-go-to-court.html Bears go to court - Team sues state seeking tax relief
 The Chicago Bears have gone to court seeking refuge from the tax man.The Bears this month sued the Illinois Department of Revenue in Sangamon County Circuit Court, claiming that the state is ove...]]>
Going to bat for education - School administrators banding together for reform http://illinoistimes.com/article-14742-going-to-bat-for-education.html Going to bat for education - School administrators banding together for reform
Illinois schools do a pretty good job, considering the state’s poor record of funding education. But Illinois’ system needs fundamental changes to be more efficient, effective and equitable.That�...]]>
Pot policy http://illinoistimes.com/article-14685-pot-policy.html Pot policy
Curses, foiled againFive beachgoers who were robbed at gunpoint in Dania Beach, Fla., identified Jonathan Warrenfeltz, 24, as one of two suspects by the word “Misunderstood” clearly tattooed on hi...]]>
Along came polygraph http://illinoistimes.com/article-14686-along-came-polygraph.html Along came polygraph
I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights doing stand-up. My girlfriend gets upset about all the time I put into this and expects my nights off to be spent with he...]]>
Punk paradise in Southtown - How 11th and South Grand became a DIY mecca http://illinoistimes.com/article-14687-punk-paradise-in-southtown.html Punk paradise in Southtown - How 11th and South Grand became a DIY mecca
 “We needed a place for kids to go in Springfield,” says Kevin Bradford, 31, cofounder of all-ages music venue Black Sheep Café, located near the corner of 11th Street and South Grand in the...]]>