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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...]]>
October Oddities http://illinoistimes.com/article-14584-october-oddities.html October Oddities
 Many a word spent here in this column relates to our bar scene, where much of the live music happens in Springfield. Hence the “oddities” comment in our headline describing these out-of-bar...]]>
Icon for Hire  http://illinoistimes.com/article-14585-icon-for-hire%25C2%25A0.html Icon for Hire 
 Originally from Decatur, our neighbor city to the east, this ambitious and inventive combo creates pop-punk, near-rap, electronic-alternative rock music that reaches into the collective consciou...]]>
Grinning gourds http://illinoistimes.com/article-14586-grinning-gourds.html Grinning gourds
 The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular returns for its 10th year Oct. 17-18. Inspired by a similar festival for professional artists in Providence, Rhode Island, the Springfield celebration will feature...]]>
Monumental mileage http://illinoistimes.com/article-14587-monumental-mileage.html Monumental mileage
 Lace up those sneakers and bust out those energy gels; it’s marathon time! The second annual Springfield Marathon returns on Oct. 19, though runners will need to register no later than Oct. 18...]]>
Little people, long sentences http://illinoistimes.com/article-14588-little-people-long-sentences.html Little people, long sentences
 The United States is the only country in the world that regularly sentences children to life and death in prison. On Tuesday, Oct. 21, the Springfield branch of the American Civil Liberties Unio...]]>
Adam’s off ox - Can governors change history? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14589-adam%25E2%2580%2599s-off-ox.html Adam’s off ox - Can governors change history?
 One of the quainter rituals of any campaign, along with “debates,” is the newspaper editorial endorsement. It proceeds from three dubious assumptions – one, that anyone reads editorials be...]]>
November’s elections won’t resolve much http://illinoistimes.com/article-14590-november%25E2%2580%2599s-elections-won%25E2%2580%2599t-resolve-much.html November’s elections won’t resolve much
 Members of Congress are home now, campaigning for the upcoming elections. Their messages are all over the map, and for a good reason: they have very little to brag about.The Congress that recess...]]>
Editor's Note 10/16/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14591-editors-note-10_16_14.html Editor's Note 10/16/14
As the State of Illinois cuts back its financial support and hours of operation for parks and historic sites, volunteers and donors are more important than ever. Last week the New Salem Lincoln League...]]>
Marriott’s shameful hotel tipping scam http://illinoistimes.com/article-14592-marriott%25E2%2580%2599s-shameful-hotel-tipping-scam.html Marriott’s shameful hotel tipping scam
 As an old popular song from the 1970s asks, what do you get if you “work your fingers right down to the bone?” Bony fingers.As the hardworking housekeepers for the sprawling Marriott chain o...]]>
Outsider http://illinoistimes.com/article-14593-outsider.html Outsider
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vermontpoem #41 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14594-vermontpoem-41.html vermontpoem #41
 vermontpoem #41 this morning the lake is still no ripples mar the surface not even my own as I swim no little swallows (black tops white bellies) dip and wheel to catch their insect breakfast th...]]>
Letters to the Editor 10/16/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14595-letters-to-the-editor-10_16_14.html Letters to the Editor 10/16/14
 DEBATE DODGERAfter listening to the radio the other day, it sounds like several local media outlets requested a public forum between the two candidates currently running for sheriff – and it t...]]>
Rauner’s tax fantasy doesn’t add up http://illinoistimes.com/article-14596-rauner%25E2%2580%2599s-tax-fantasy-doesn%25E2%2580%2599t-add-up.html Rauner’s tax fantasy doesn’t add up
 The most important question asked of Bruce Rauner during last week’s gubernatorial debate in Peoria was posed by Jamey Dunn-Thomason of Illinois Issues.My pal pointed out that Kansas Gov. Sam...]]>
IDOT spends $143,000 on zombie-themed seat belt ad - ‘Walking Dead’ actor stars in violent web video http://illinoistimes.com/article-14597-idot-spends-%2524143000-on-zombie-themed-seat-belt-ad.html IDOT spends $143,000 on zombie-themed seat belt ad - ‘Walking Dead’ actor stars in violent web video
 In a dusty, dimly-lit warehouse, a horde of zombies closes in two men with high-powered firearms trying in vain to escape through a stuck door. The men radio for help, and outside, an armored ca...]]>
QUINN’S HENS http://illinoistimes.com/article-14598-quinn%25E2%2580%2599s-hens.html QUINN’S HENS
The chickens have come home to roost at the governor’s mansion.Nine hens donated by a local woman came to live on the governor’s lawn in June, according to Harry Lewis, the mansion’s horticultur...]]>
Ad nauseam - Scherer and Bell attack about nothing much http://illinoistimes.com/article-14599-ad-nauseam.html Ad nauseam - Scherer and Bell attack about nothing much
 In politics, no molehill is too small to be made into a mountain. The race to represent Illinois’ 96th House District pits incumbent Rep. Sue Scherer, a Democrat from Decatur, against Republic...]]>
Children taken to hospital after van hits school bus http://illinoistimes.com/article-14577-children-taken-to-hospital-after-van-hits-school-bus.html Children taken to hospital after van hits school bus
A school bus from Springfield Public Schools was rear-ended by a work van Wednesday morning, sending five students to the hospital. ...]]>
Cage warrior http://illinoistimes.com/article-14550-cage-warrior.html Cage warrior
 The outcome wasn’t what she had hoped for. Tamikka Brents doesn’t take losing lightly. “I hate losing. But I will just train harder. This just didn’t turn out like I had planned,” said...]]>
Experience the power of power pop http://illinoistimes.com/article-14551-experience-the-power-of-power-pop.html Experience the power of power pop
 Paul Collins, who will be performing at Bar None Sunday, Oct. 12, is responsible for some of the catchiest, punchiest songs to never crack the top 20. In 1970s Los Angeles, his first band, The N...]]>
Indian percussion + Beethoven’s Third = ISO season premier http://illinoistimes.com/article-14552-indian-percussion-%252B-beethoven%25E2%2580%2599s-third-%253D-iso-season-premier.html Indian percussion + Beethoven’s Third = ISO season premier
 This Saturday, Oct. 11, marks the premier of the 2014-2015 season of the Illinois Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, the third under the auspices of music director Alastair Willis. The enthusiasti...]]>
Two kinds of people http://illinoistimes.com/article-14553-two-kinds-of-people.html Two kinds of people
 There are two kinds of people in this world, those who have worked in food service and those who haven’t.It’s not the first time I’ve heard that sentence. In fact, it’s axiomatic to anyo...]]>
Questions of identity propel Gone Girl http://illinoistimes.com/article-14554-questions-of-identity-propel-gone-girl.html Questions of identity propel Gone Girl
 Having purposely kept myself in the dark regarding the central conceit at the core of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel Gone Girl, I approached David Fincher’s adaptation of it ready to be...]]>
Girl-A-Thon and more http://illinoistimes.com/article-14555-girl-a-thon-and-more.html Girl-A-Thon and more
 Many wonderful shows are happening this weekend on the music front from bar gigs to outdoor festivals. If we can visit a few here now, then you can go in person later.Before we go another word,...]]>
Jarekus Singleton Band http://illinoistimes.com/article-14556-jarekus-singleton-band.html Jarekus Singleton Band
 Brand new is not a term often associated with the blues, a genre steeped in tradition and rooted in form, but the talent and energy of Jarekus Singleton is challenging that conception. Combining...]]>