IllinoisTimes - Articles http://illinoistimes.com/article Fri, 17 Apr 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Malice in Wonderland http://illinoistimes.com/article-15342-malice-in-wonderland.html Malice in Wonderland
My boyfriend has a crazy ex-wife who can’t let go. She is the meanest, most vengeful and manipulative person, initially convincing the 15-year-old son she has with my boyfriend that I’m the reason...]]>
Game of drones http://illinoistimes.com/article-15341-game-of-drones.html Game of drones
Curses, foiled againCass Alder, 22, bought table napkins made with images of $100 bills on them, then cut out the images, glued them onto paper and tried passing one of the bogus bills at a convenienc...]]>
Home & garden events calendar http://illinoistimes.com/article-15343-home-garden-events-calendar.html Home & garden events calendar
Get Your Roses Ready for the SeasonApril 16, 5:30pm. Barney Bruzetti on getting your roses off to a good start and keeping them beautiful all summer. 30 minute presentation followed by Q&A session...]]>
Save your basement with an overhead sewer line http://illinoistimes.com/article-15344-save-your-basement-with-an-overhead-sewer-line.html Save your basement with an overhead sewer line
 April showers bring May flowers, and they can also bring nasty basement flooding.Springfield’s older neighborhoods face an increased risk of sewer backups in the spring and summer, but homeown...]]>
The Greenest of Springfield Awards - Group promotes sustainability among small businesses http://illinoistimes.com/article-15345-the-greenest-of-springfield-awards.html The Greenest of Springfield Awards - Group promotes sustainability among small businesses
 Sustainable Springfield Incorporated has announced its newest sustainability program for area small businesses, The Greenest of Springfield Awards. The program aims to raise awareness for busine...]]>
Add value to your home with these renovations http://illinoistimes.com/article-15346-add-value-to-your-home-with-these-renovations.html Add value to your home with these renovations
Homeowners choose renovation projects for a variety of reasons. Although many improvements are made to increase functionality and comfort of a home, several others are seen as worthwhile investments. ...]]>
Dos and don’ts of kitchen remodels http://illinoistimes.com/article-15347-dos-and-don%25E2%2580%2599ts-of-kitchen-remodels.html Dos and don’ts of kitchen remodels
According to Remodeling magazine’s “Cost vs. Value Report,” a major kitchen remodeling project should enable homeowners to recoup 74.2 percent of their initial investments. Kitchen renovations h...]]>
Renovating a historic home http://illinoistimes.com/article-15348-renovating-a-historic-home.html Renovating a historic home
 Living in an historic home can be a labor of love. The history and the distinct architecture of historic homes draw buyers to such properties, but what historic homes have in regard to history t...]]>
The benefits of hiring a landscaper http://illinoistimes.com/article-15349-the-benefits-of-hiring-a-landscaper.html The benefits of hiring a landscaper
The flowers are blooming, and the grass has begun to grow anew, making spring a great time for homeowners to once again turn their attention to landscaping. Those who aren’t looking forward to dusti...]]>
A haven for Japanese maples - For unusual cultivars and garden statuary, head for Davidsan’s, a tree-lover’s paradise http://illinoistimes.com/article-15350-a-haven-for-japanese-maples.html A haven for Japanese maples - For unusual cultivars and garden statuary, head for Davidsan’s, a tree-lover’s paradise
 For tree lovers and connoisseurs of Japanese maples in particular, Davidsan’s, at 919 S. Farmingdale Road near New Berlin, is a paradise. David and Gale Myers’ 22-acre tree farm is the large...]]>
Transplanting trees is no small task http://illinoistimes.com/article-15351-transplanting-trees-is-no-small-task.html Transplanting trees is no small task
An alluring landscape can make a home that much more enjoyable. Many homeowners devote considerable time to their lawns and gardens, and that devotion can pay both instant and long-term dividends. A w...]]>
How to build a disaster-resilient house http://illinoistimes.com/article-15352-how-to-build-a-disaster-resilient-house.html How to build a disaster-resilient house
 Extreme weather events in every season now are thrashing, burning, flooding and flattening many homes into rubble, and such storms are making many homeowners wonder what would happen to their ho...]]>
Explore Rockford’s family-friendly museums http://illinoistimes.com/article-15353-explore-rockford%25E2%2580%2599s-family-friendly-museums.html Explore Rockford’s family-friendly museums
 As soon as they arrived, our grandsons Ryan and Evan headed straight to the Simple Machines, a colorful interactive exhibit of pulleys, inclined planes, levers, balls, screws, wheels and axles. ...]]>
Slow Food morel dinner http://illinoistimes.com/article-15354-slow-food-morel-dinner.html Slow Food morel dinner
Spring and morels. For mushroom aficionados the two are inseparable. For the last five years, morel mushrooms have also been linked locally to Springfield’s Slow Food chapter, thanks to their annual...]]>
The Boxmasters http://illinoistimes.com/article-15355-the-boxmasters.html The Boxmasters
 So you’ve never heard of a band called The Boxmasters? How about an actor known as Billy Bob Thornton? Ah, there we go. He’s in the band as singer and shaker, making the group an accessible ...]]>
Cory’s story and more http://illinoistimes.com/article-15356-cory%25E2%2580%2599s-story-and-more.html Cory’s story and more
 We’ve got a lot to cover this week as we shake off the chill and get down to the happenings before summer goes bananas.On Thursday, the Bedrock 66 Live! concert series hosts another show for t...]]>
Mirren anchors powerful Woman in Gold http://illinoistimes.com/article-15357-mirren-anchors-powerful-woman-in-gold.html Mirren anchors powerful Woman in Gold
 In 1999, Maria Altmann filed suit against the Austrian government in an effort to regain ownership of five paintings done by Gustav Klimt that once belonged to her family but had been stolen by ...]]>
Starry Springfield night http://illinoistimes.com/article-15358-starry-springfield-night.html Starry Springfield night
 University of Illinois Springfield announces the return of their annual Friday Night Star Parties, which will be held, weather permitting, every Friday night during April from 8 to 10 p.m., at U...]]>
A collaboration spanning a century http://illinoistimes.com/article-15359-a-collaboration-spanning-a-century.html A collaboration spanning a century
 On Saturday, April 18, the Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site hosts a publication event to celebrate A Net to Snare the Moonlight, a children’s book of poems written and illustrated by tw...]]>
Art en plein air http://illinoistimes.com/article-15360-art-en-plein-air.html Art en plein air
 On Saturday, April 18, join the Prairie Art Alliance and Springfield Audubon Society to paint, draw, photograph, create and explore the beautiful grounds of Adams Wildlife Sanctuary. The second ...]]>
Editor’s note 4/16/15 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15361-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note-4_16_15.html Editor’s note 4/16/15
 The war is over 150 years ago; a week later Lincoln is dead. Now it is three weeks till his body is finally laid to rest in Springfield. At first it seemed bizarre and maudlin to plan a reenactm...]]>
Last rights - The governor doesn’t want to pay to bury the poor http://illinoistimes.com/article-15362-last-rights.html Last rights - The governor doesn’t want to pay to bury the poor
 Balancing a budget on the backs of poor people who are on their backs seems cold even for a member of the New Republican Party. In early April, Mr. Bruce Rauner suspended reimbursements paid by...]]>
Walmart’s small wage increase is not enough http://illinoistimes.com/article-15363-walmart%25E2%2580%2599s-small-wage-increase-is-not-enough.html Walmart’s small wage increase is not enough
 You don’t need a Walmart front-door greeter to find the flaw in the company’s recently announced boost in worker wages: it’s not enough. Not enough to pull its lowest-paid workers out of p...]]>
Presidential hopefuls address inequality http://illinoistimes.com/article-15364-presidential-hopefuls-address-inequality.html Presidential hopefuls address inequality
 At last, America’s political leaders indicate that they now hear the voices and feel the pain of the poor and of the millions of working families slipping out of the middle class.Congress had...]]>
Southern fried bigotry http://illinoistimes.com/article-15365-southern-fried-bigotry.html Southern fried bigotry
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trivia poem #7 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15366-trivia-poem-7.html trivia poem #7
 trivia poem #7 here’s a trivia question when was pizza invented well I will have to tell you for you’ll never guess it was before 753 BC I was just rereading the aeneid (in translation)...]]>
Letters to the Editor 4/16/15 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15367-letters-to-the-editor-4_16_15.html Letters to the Editor 4/16/15
MED SCHOOL MINORITIESKudos to Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, which has extremely competitive admission requirements, for achieving a 15 percent minority medical student enrollment, w...]]>
Street fight - Lawmakers debate raising gas tax to pay for roads http://illinoistimes.com/article-15368-street-fight.html Street fight - Lawmakers debate raising gas tax to pay for roads
 Illinois lawmakers used $300 million meant for roads to plug a budget hole earlier this year, so now they’re considering replacing the money with a higher tax on motor fuels.The proposal would...]]>
Rauner’s playbook - Conservative ALEC tells states how to fix economy http://illinoistimes.com/article-15369-rauner%25E2%2580%2599s-playbook.html Rauner’s playbook - Conservative ALEC tells states how to fix economy
 The acronym ALEC sends waves of disgust down the average liberal’s spine, but for a Republican governor in a Democratic-leaning state, it can mean a recipe for fixing a busted system.While Ill...]]>
NO ROOM AT THE INN http://illinoistimes.com/article-15370-no-room-at-the-inn.html NO ROOM AT THE INN
The Sangamon County Juvenile Detention Center once had such a paucity of prisoners that the county shut down a 24-bed wing in 2009, housed detainees from other counties and at one point considered con...]]>