IllinoisTimes - Articles http://illinoistimes.com/article Wed, 27 Jul 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Ill spent http://illinoistimes.com/article-17488-ill-spent.html Ill spent
In “Wasted,” I lamented the fact that the Illinois public has so little basis on which to judge the merit in that perennial complaint that our tax money is being wasted by grasping public emplo...]]>
Stout fellows, continued http://illinoistimes.com/article-17489-stout-fellows-continued.html Stout fellows, continued
 In “The burdens of office” I recalled my inglorious tenure as president of Springfield High School’s Interact (a combination of  “international” and “action”) Club in the 19...]]>
Why Mencken matters http://illinoistimes.com/article-17515-why-mencken-matters.html Why Mencken matters
 Paula Marantz Cohen of Drexel University hold argues in the online magazine The Smart Set why long-dead writer/critic/commentator H.L. Mencken remains as relevant as ever. She recalls HLM on ...]]>
More name-calling http://illinoistimes.com/article-17462-more-name-calling.html More name-calling
We learned on July 18 that the directors of the Prairie Capital Convention Center approved the sale of naming rights to the building to the Bank of Springfield for $150,000 per year for 10 year...]]>
“Ghostbusters” Reboot a Pleasant Surprise http://illinoistimes.com/article-17463-%25E2%2580%259Cghostbusters%25E2%2580%259D-reboot-a-pleasant-surprise.html “Ghostbusters” Reboot a Pleasant Surprise
I’ve never made any bones about not liking the original Ghostbusters. While many of my generation have proclaimed it a comedy classic, I always saw it as a lumbering movie that was hijacked b...]]>
Trying to get race right - Springfield’s efforts to build bridges http://illinoistimes.com/article-17464-trying-to-get-race-right.html Trying to get race right - Springfield’s efforts to build bridges
 Sunshine Clemons was in high school when she had one of those formative experiences nearly every black person has involving police.Clemons, who lives in Springfield, says she and a couple of her...]]>
Conflicts of interest - Chicago writer Michael Harvey takes a quick trip to Boston for his latest mystery http://illinoistimes.com/article-17465-conflicts-of-interest.html Conflicts of interest - Chicago writer Michael Harvey takes a quick trip to Boston for his latest mystery
 “If my bones are Chicago, my blood is Boston, and specifically Brighton,” observes Michael Harvey in the acknowledgements to his most recent mystery novel. Harvey is a multitalented journali...]]>
Fitness and food, my new frontier http://illinoistimes.com/article-17466-fitness-and-food-my-new-frontier.html Fitness and food, my new frontier
 A week after my wife, Julianne, died, I received an invitation to have lunch from her editor at Illinois Times, Fletcher Farrar. It was at this meeting that he brought up the possibility of my d...]]>
Lights Out a fun frightshow http://illinoistimes.com/article-17467-lights-out-a-fun-frightshow.html Lights Out a fun frightshow
 In order for a horror film to work, it’s required that at certain points, its characters act … without thinking? I don’t want to use the word “stupid,” as I surely don’t know how I w...]]>
Hot dang music http://illinoistimes.com/article-17468-hot-dang-music.html Hot dang music
 Is it hot enough for you? If I hear that phrase one more time … Anyway, onward to the music, please.In the parade of weekend festivals that comes each July in our community, the Downtown Sprin...]]>
Reed Turchi & The Caterwauls http://illinoistimes.com/article-17469-reed-turchi-the-caterwauls.html Reed Turchi & The Caterwauls
 Native of the Asheville, North Carolina, Swannanoa Valley area, Reed Turchi grew up playing boogie-woogie blues piano, became infatuated with the slide guitar sounds of Northern Mississippi and...]]>
Food trucks at the fairgrounds http://illinoistimes.com/article-17470-food-trucks-at-the-fairgrounds.html Food trucks at the fairgrounds
 Enjoy cold beverages, delicious food and live music during the first annual Springfield Food Truck Festival hosted by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The festival will be held on S...]]>
Sing, dance and play http://illinoistimes.com/article-17471-sing-dance-and-play.html Sing, dance and play
 The Springfield Park District is proud to present a free singalong, dance-along and do-along music festival and 40-year celebration for Funshop, the Springfield Park District’s play-based educ...]]>
Bands and bacon http://illinoistimes.com/article-17472-bands-and-bacon.html Bands and bacon
 The WUIS Bedrock 66 Live! concert series is thrilled to present the Bedrock 66 Live! Music Festival in conjunction with the Downtown Bacon Throwdown II on Friday and Saturday, July 22-23, in dow...]]>
The burdens of office - Doing good by doing nothing http://illinoistimes.com/article-17473-the-burdens-of-office.html The burdens of office - Doing good by doing nothing
 I know that my life makes you nervousBut I tell you that I can’t live in serviceLike the doctor born for a purpose— The Clash/”Rudie Can’t Fail”Critical though I feel obliged to be of...]]>
An elegy to the Spirit of ’08 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17474-an-elegy-to-the-spirit-of-%25E2%2580%259908.html An elegy to the Spirit of ’08
 I stumbled across a documentary about Barack Obama’s ’08 presidential campaign the other night while browsing through Netflix. “Perfect,” I thought, and settled back in anticipation of a...]]>
Editor’s note 7/21/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17475-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note-7_21_16.html Editor’s note 7/21/16
 Those of us watching the Republican National Convention to see whether Donald Trump can appeal beyond his base have been disappointed by all the attention to his family. Whether Melania’s spee...]]>
How to make a political platform http://illinoistimes.com/article-17476-how-to-make-a-political-platform.html How to make a political platform
 Last weekend in Orlando, Fla., I spent two hot, muggy days wrangling over policy issues as one of the members of the Democratic Party’s national platform committee. The worst development at th...]]>
As you know, I'm great. http://illinoistimes.com/article-17477-as-you-know-im-great.html As you know, I'm great.
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personal poem # 14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17478-personal-poem--14.html personal poem # 14
personal poem # 14once on a time I put in (at my job) forfull professorship that’s the pinnacleof pay and prestige I got turned downthe committee chair told me “you havenot yet internalized the pr...]]>
Letters to the Editor 7/21/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17479-letters-to-the-editor-7_21_16.html Letters to the Editor 7/21/16
 DRIVING WHILE BLACKI am surprised that Samuel Johnson won’t get his day in court to prove his allegation that he was stopped by Springfield police for the color of his skin, not his failure to...]]>
Fighting over fairy tales http://illinoistimes.com/article-17480-fighting-over-fairy-tales.html Fighting over fairy tales
 Right off the bat, I should say that I think the so-called “stopgap budget” signed into law on June 30 was a good idea. Not fiscally, but because people who rely on state government desperat...]]>
Disciplinary tribunal dings Cahnman - Former alderman faces suspension http://illinoistimes.com/article-17481-disciplinary-tribunal-dings-cahnman.html Disciplinary tribunal dings Cahnman - Former alderman faces suspension
 A former Springfield alderman is facing a possible 90-day suspension from his legal practice by the Illinois Supreme Court.The case against former Ward 5 Ald. Sam Cahnman argued by the Illinois...]]>
BUSES ON THE NET http://illinoistimes.com/article-17482-buses-on-the-net.html BUSES ON THE NET
Getting around Springfield without a car just got a bit easier. The Springfield Mass Transit District announced last week that they’ve integrated their bus schedules with Google Maps and several oth...]]>
THREE SISTERS http://illinoistimes.com/article-17483-three-sisters.html THREE SISTERS
A cool concept devised by Native Americans will play a central role in the community garden at Butler Elementary School in Springfield this coming school year. Based on the idea of “companion planti...]]>
Welcome to Springfield - ALPLM gets a new director http://illinoistimes.com/article-17484-welcome-to-springfield.html Welcome to Springfield - ALPLM gets a new director
 The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum last week welcomed its fifth director since opening day in 2005.Alan Lowe is somewhat a lifer in the world of presidential libraries, having s...]]>
Stray it forward http://illinoistimes.com/article-17485-stray-it-forward.html Stray it forward
I’m a single guy who started a “friends with benefits” thing two months ago with an unhappily married female co-worker. We’ve since developed feelings for each other and started talking about...]]>
Ghost blusters http://illinoistimes.com/article-17486-ghost-blusters.html Ghost blusters
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Churchly people http://illinoistimes.com/article-17487-churchly-people.html Churchly people
 For those on the evangelical right who are dismayed that there is not enough God in the Donald Trump campaign, I offer this on the GOP convention from the always interesting Tyler Cowen:They are...]]>
Skinny genes http://illinoistimes.com/article-17461-skinny-genes.html Skinny genes
 I’ve always been a very athletic guy. I do jujitsu every day. When I don’t exercise, I feel depressed. My girlfriend, however, has never been very physically active. She has a great body –...]]>