IllinoisTimes - Articles http://illinoistimes.com/article Sun, 28 Aug 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Finally, a use for the Armory http://illinoistimes.com/article-17624-finally-a-use-for-the-armory.html Finally, a use for the Armory
In next week's installment of Dyspepsiana, I argue that a nice way to mark the State of Illinois' 200th anniversary in 2018 would be to restore the memorial it built to celebrate the commonweal...]]>
Coup in battle over ballot access - Gill gets preliminary injunction against elections board http://illinoistimes.com/article-17623-coup-in-battle-over-ballot-access.html Coup in battle over ballot access - Gill gets preliminary injunction against elections board
A candidate for the U.S. House seat covering Springfield scored a coup today as he attempts to get the state's signature requirements for ballot access struck down....]]>
Shaggedy Ann http://illinoistimes.com/article-17586-shaggedy-ann.html Shaggedy Ann
When I was in my 20s watching “Sex and the City,” I saw the Samantha Jones character as a sexual role model – thinking I could have love-‘em-and-leave-‘em sex like her. However, even when I...]]>
Pod people http://illinoistimes.com/article-17587-pod-people.html Pod people
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Getting it right this time - Ideas for an Illinois bicentennial http://illinoistimes.com/article-17588-getting-it-right-this-time.html Getting it right this time - Ideas for an Illinois bicentennial
 Yes, I know – who feels like celebrating the state of Illinois? The commonwealth will be 200 years old in 2018, and no one in state government seems prepared to party. As our Erika Holst recen...]]>
Editor's note 8/25/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17589-editors-note-8_25_16.html Editor's note 8/25/16
It looks like Tammy Duckworth is going to be our next U.S. senator, so we’d better start getting to know her. Sen. Mark Kirk’s ads against Duckworth are so shrill as to be unconvincing. Nobody bel...]]>
Can It Can’t Happen Here happen here? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17590-can-it-can%25E2%2580%2599t-happen-here-happen-here.html Can It Can’t Happen Here happen here?
In 1935, It Can’t Happen Here, by Sinclair Lewis, was published. Lewis tells the story of how a populist demagogue with strong authoritarian leanings becomes president and eventually a dictator. Som...]]>
Donnie’s little lies are huuuuuge http://illinoistimes.com/article-17591-donnie%25E2%2580%2599s-little-lies-are-huuuuuge.html Donnie’s little lies are huuuuuge
An old saying asserts that falsehoods come in three escalating levels: “Lies, damn lies and statistics.” Now, however, we’ve been given an even higher level of intentional deception: Policy spee...]]>
summer poem # 19 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17592-summer-poem--19.html summer poem # 19
we visited the ben and jerry factorynear our vermont cottage a popularstop for tourists and locals alike a   little kid tipped his cone the pink ball of ice cream flew out I caughtit in myun...]]>
Letters to the Editor 8/25/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17593-letters-to-the-editor-8_25_16.html Letters to the Editor 8/25/16
PREPARE FOR CIVIC DUTYWe’re about eleven weeks out from the Presidential elections. Are you on top of the issues and concerns you’ll address with the pull of a lever or the punch of a stylus on No...]]>
Bradley’s TV ad reminiscent of ‘Willie Horton’ ad http://illinoistimes.com/article-17594-bradley%25E2%2580%2599s-tv-ad-reminiscent-of-%25E2%2580%2598willie-horton%25E2%2580%2599-ad.html Bradley’s TV ad reminiscent of ‘Willie Horton’ ad
 Gov. Bruce Rauner announced early last year that he wants the state to reduce its prison population by 25 percent over 10 years. He has since signed numerous pieces of legislation during the pas...]]>
Rauner signs criminal justice reforms - Prisoner phone law among those signed http://illinoistimes.com/article-17595-rauner-signs-criminal-justice-reforms.html Rauner signs criminal justice reforms - Prisoner phone law among those signed
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a suite of bills into law this week focused on criminal justice reforms, including one which limits how much prisoners pay for phone calls.The laws come as Rauner seeks a 25-p...]]>
SENIOR SAFETY http://illinoistimes.com/article-17596-senior-safety.html SENIOR SAFETY
Our limits change as we age, and when it comes to driving, minding those limits can mean the difference between life and death. The AARP Driver Safety Class is aimed at drivers over age 50, and it’s...]]>
HALFWAY HOUSE WINS APPEAL http://illinoistimes.com/article-17597-halfway-house-wins-appeal.html HALFWAY HOUSE WINS APPEAL
Illinois has a serious lack of transitional housing for people reintegrating into society after prison, but where to put such housing raises its own concerns. An adult transitional house in Springfiel...]]>
ZZ Top returns to Springfield - Little old band from Texas closes fair http://illinoistimes.com/article-17598-zz-top-returns-to-springfield.html ZZ Top returns to Springfield - Little old band from Texas closes fair
For ZZ Top, Oct. 23, 2013, was, in part, the measuring stick for last Sunday’s grandstand show to close the state fair.It was barely three years ago that the three-same-guys-three-same-chords (just...]]>
For Rt. 66 nostalgia, visit Atlanta http://illinoistimes.com/article-17599-for-rt-66-nostalgia-visit-atlanta.html For Rt. 66 nostalgia, visit Atlanta
 For a quick fix to get your kicks on 66, pile the family or friends into the coupe and head north to Atlanta, Illinois. Fewer than 50 miles from Springfield, Atlanta is chock full of enough Moth...]]>
Farm history at Ryan’s Round Barn http://illinoistimes.com/article-17600-farm-history-at-ryan%25E2%2580%2599s-round-barn.html Farm history at Ryan’s Round Barn
 One of the loveliest places I’ve been in some time is Ryan’s Round Barn. Located six miles from Kewanee on Route 78, the barn is about two hours north of Springfield, near the entrance to Jo...]]>
The stages of fall - Autumn theater in central Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-17601-the-stages-of-fall.html The stages of fall - Autumn theater in central Illinois
Fall into some great theater this autumn season.
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Tune in to fall http://illinoistimes.com/article-17602-tune-in-to-fall.html Tune in to fall
 As the echoes of summer fade, autumn brings its own tune. There’s plenty of excellent live music in Springfield this time of year, from thrilling a cappella to the soulful oldies. Here’s the...]]>
Cocktails for fall - Tastes change with the weather http://illinoistimes.com/article-17603-cocktails-for-fall.html Cocktails for fall - Tastes change with the weather
 When it comes to cocktails, fall is a tweener season.Not too hot, not too cold, autumn demands beverages that can, at once, warm and refresh the palate. It’s a time to get reacquainted with li...]]>
Sword play - Timing, athleticism and thinking are all part of the sport Springfield Fencing Club promotes http://illinoistimes.com/article-17604-sword-play.html Sword play - Timing, athleticism and thinking are all part of the sport Springfield Fencing Club promotes
 Many are attracted to the sport of fencing by the love of sword play. Once you pick up a foil, your life will never be the same.Joanne Liu, who has been fencing for more than 20 years, took up t...]]>
Olive you - There’s nothing like fresh olives and EVOO http://illinoistimes.com/article-17605-olive-you.html Olive you - There’s nothing like fresh olives and EVOO
 It seems the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in our family. My daughter has loved olives since she was a baby. The only time I ever had to simply abandon my shopping cart and remove my wa...]]>
Don’t Breathe is a thrilling, fun house ride http://illinoistimes.com/article-17606-don%25E2%2580%2599t-breathe-is-a-thrilling-fun-house-ride.html Don’t Breathe is a thrilling, fun house ride
 Having employed a ferociously violent aesthetic in rebooting Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead (2013), director Fede Alvarez takes a decidedly different approach with Don’t Breathe, an intriguing si...]]>
Fests and the rest http://illinoistimes.com/article-17607-fests-and-the-rest.html Fests and the rest
 Here we go to that special place in time between the state fair whirlwind and Labor Day weekend, on the cusp where summer meets the fall. The Old Capitol Blues and BBQ festival, voted the best f...]]>
Pat Travers Band http://illinoistimes.com/article-17608-pat-travers-band.html Pat Travers Band
Known for decades as one of the premier rock guitarists of a generation, Pat Travers has done it all and just keeps doing it. Best known to the masses as the hit maker of “Boom Boom (Out Go The Ligh...]]>
Unscripted, live comedy http://illinoistimes.com/article-17609-unscripted-live-comedy.html Unscripted, live comedy
The Portuguese Rodeo Clown Company is on a mission to “make America laugh again.” Help them achieve their goal by attending one or both of their two-hour performances Aug. 26-27, at 8 p.m., in the...]]>
Play rugby this fall http://illinoistimes.com/article-17610-play-rugby-this-fall.html Play rugby this fall
 The Springfield Celts Rugby Football Clubs are gearing up for their fall seasons, and you could be part of the action. The Springfield Celts Rugby Football Club was initially established as a me...]]>
Alvarez and Lang Respond to the Challenges of “Don’t Breathe” http://illinoistimes.com/article-17611-alvarez-and-lang-respond-to-the-challenges-of-%25E2%2580%259Cdon%25E2%2580%2599t-breathe%25E2%2580%259D.html Alvarez and Lang Respond to the Challenges of “Don’t Breathe”
Having helmed a remake of Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead which was greeted with either great derision or unbridled admiration, director Fede Alvarez decided he would take his time before embarking on h...]]>
Muddled Execution Hobbles “Hur” http://illinoistimes.com/article-17612-muddled-execution-hobbles-%25E2%2580%259Chur%25E2%2580%259D.html Muddled Execution Hobbles “Hur”
It’s a testament to the novel by Lew Wallace that the power of Ben-Hur cannot be completely obscured by shoddy filmmaking.  That was my take away after sitting through the sixth screen versio...]]>
Religious freedom in Montgomery County http://illinoistimes.com/article-17613-religious-freedom-in-montgomery-county.html Religious freedom in Montgomery County
 In “Get right or get out” I recalled episodes from Illinois’ recent past in which fearful Illinoisans confronted the Other. I mentioned an incident in Litchfield involving Jehovah’s ...]]>