IllinoisTimes - Articles http://illinoistimes.com/article Tue, 30 May 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 2017 Summerlong Summerguide calendar http://illinoistimes.com/article-18687-2017-summerlong-summerguide-calendar.html 2017 Summerlong Summerguide calendar
MayIllinois Products Farmers MarketMay 25, Jun 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Jul 6, 13, 20, 27, Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 4-7pm. Every Thursday. Shopping, health and wellness information, special focuses and more in a s...]]>
Sangamon County Fair http://illinoistimes.com/article-18688-sangamon-county-fair.html Sangamon County Fair
 The Sangamon County Fair has made some exciting changes in time for the 2017 season, which runs June 13-18. General admission pricing has been reduced and a new concert ticket price has been int...]]>
Pawnee Prairie Days - Small-town festival offers carnival, parade, pageants, fun http://illinoistimes.com/article-18689-pawnee-prairie-days.html Pawnee Prairie Days - Small-town festival offers carnival, parade, pageants, fun
 This June, cruise 20 minutes south down I-55 and enjoy a small-town festival among the cornfields in picturesque Pawnee. This year’s Pawnee Prairie Days will be observed June 22-24. The three-...]]>
Legacy of Giving Festival - Two nights, 70 bands, five stages, 10 charities http://illinoistimes.com/article-18690-legacy-of-giving-festival.html Legacy of Giving Festival - Two nights, 70 bands, five stages, 10 charities
 The SOHO (Service Organization for Humanitarian Opportunity) Music Festival was a highlight among the central Illinois summer festival scene for 12 years. But earlier this year SOHO’s founder...]]>
Wedding his appetite http://illinoistimes.com/article-18691-wedding-his-appetite.html Wedding his appetite
I have this disturbing pattern. I’ve dated three different guys, each of whom said he didn’t want to get married, wasn’t ready, whatever. But then, the next girl they met … BAM! Walking down t...]]>
Wacky Wheelers Parades - Creatively decorate your bicycle for a group bike ride http://illinoistimes.com/article-18692-wacky-wheelers-parades.html Wacky Wheelers Parades - Creatively decorate your bicycle for a group bike ride
 The health benefits to riding a bike are numerous and include strengthening your hips, thighs and rear end. Because cycling is a low-impact activity, it is gentle on joints, making it an excelle...]]>
Amaranth Apple Festival - Food and music festival celebrates the eternal beauty of Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-18693-amaranth-apple-festival.html Amaranth Apple Festival - Food and music festival celebrates the eternal beauty of Springfield
 Although the name “Amaranth Apple Festival” (Downtown Springfield Inc.’s revision of 2016’s Bacon Throwdown) may sound like a celebration of the late summer and early autumn deciduous fr...]]>
Powerlight Abraham Lincoln Super Cruise and Car Show Spectacular - Car show weekend features a seven-mile cruise, air and ground displays and more http://illinoistimes.com/article-18694-powerlight-abraham-lincoln-super-cruise-and-car-show-spectacular.html Powerlight Abraham Lincoln Super Cruise and Car Show Spectacular - Car show weekend features a seven-mile cruise, air and ground displays and more
 The Powerlight Abraham Lincoln Super Cruise and Car Show Spectacular is one of the most anticipated car show weekends for automotive enthusiasts in central Illinois. Powerlight weekend presents...]]>
Zoo, Shakespeare and history - The summer mix for Bloomington-Normal http://illinoistimes.com/article-18695-zoo-shakespeare-and-history.html Zoo, Shakespeare and history - The summer mix for Bloomington-Normal
 Holding my nose in the zoo building full of big cats and apes, sampling goodies from laden family reunion tables, anticipating the first July Fourth fireworks bursting over a small lake – that...]]>
Tour historic Oakland Mansion - An 1853 country estate, now in the heart of St. Louis http://illinoistimes.com/article-18696-tour-historic-oakland-mansion.html Tour historic Oakland Mansion - An 1853 country estate, now in the heart of St. Louis
 Historic houses happen to be one of my favorite things, so when I heard about the beautiful Oakland Mansion in St. Louis, I headed out with Annie Jansen and her sister, Joanie, to check it out....]]>
Shandy is dandy - Make your own summer elixir http://illinoistimes.com/article-18697-shandy-is-dandy.html Shandy is dandy - Make your own summer elixir
 We are lazy.Loathe to get out of our cars, we use the drive-thru – it is too much work to write “through” – when we want a hamburger. Cheese comes already grated. Remote controls are no...]]>
Springfield’s Boys of Summer - Sliders to open season http://illinoistimes.com/article-18698-springfield%25E2%2580%2599s-boys-of-summer.html Springfield’s Boys of Summer - Sliders to open season
 With championship aspirations, the Springfield Sliders begin their 2017 season on the road against the Lafayette Aviators on May 30. The Sliders are a collegiate summer league baseball team from...]]>
Arsenic and old musicals - Family fun takes the stage this summer http://illinoistimes.com/article-18699-arsenic-and-old-musicals.html Arsenic and old musicals - Family fun takes the stage this summer
 Popular musicals abound around central Illinois this summer. Whether you’re into dancing paper boys or have a soft spot for recalcitrant beasts, pack your bug spray and your rosé.New Salem’...]]>
Sounds of summer http://illinoistimes.com/article-18700-sounds-of-summer.html Sounds of summer
There are too many exciting concerts scheduled to hit central Illinois stages in the coming months to fit in this humble space. From big festivals to tiny venues and from classic rock to boot-scootin�...]]>
Kitsune - Into the kitchen of one of Chicago’s best new restaurants http://illinoistimes.com/article-18701-kitsune.html Kitsune - Into the kitchen of one of Chicago’s best new restaurants
 I recognized the look. I see it every time I walk in the back door of a new restaurant. “I’m Peter, and I’m here to stage.” (A stage is an unpaid, short-term internship when a cook works...]]>
Two young leads nearly save Everything http://illinoistimes.com/article-18702-two-young-leads-nearly-save-everything.html Two young leads nearly save Everything
 Stella Meghie’s Everything, Everything is the sort of movie that’s easy to scoff at. A tale of young love replete with improbable events and inexplicable actions, the film is one of extremes...]]>
Memorable Memorial Day and more http://illinoistimes.com/article-18703-memorable-memorial-day-and-more.html Memorable Memorial Day and more
 Well, here we are, set to explore, exploit and explain another wonderful Memorial Day weekend full of fun and music. Let’s keep enough reverence to the reason for the celebration and respect t...]]>
Creole Stomp http://illinoistimes.com/article-18704-creole-stomp.html Creole Stomp
 You won’t find a better band replicating the sounds of Cajun and Zydeco through original songs and traditional tunes, but these dashing and daring musicians of high caliber cheerfully toss in...]]>
A cemetery celebration http://illinoistimes.com/article-18705-a-cemetery-celebration.html A cemetery celebration
 During the 19th century, cemeteries served as gathering places for the community, often hosting speeches, walks and picnics. On Saturday, May 27, Oak Ridge Cemetery will restore that 19th centur...]]>
Five Star Brass http://illinoistimes.com/article-18706-five-star-brass.html Five Star Brass
 Five Star Brass, the United States Army band ensemble, will kick off the Springfield Area Arts Council’s annual Artist on the Plaza summer entertainment series on Tuesday, May 30. The free, se...]]>
Run, ride, skip, skate in the streets http://illinoistimes.com/article-18707-run-ride-skip-skate-in-the-streets.html Run, ride, skip, skate in the streets
 This summer, enjoy safe, outdoor recreation in one of Springfield’s most historic parks during Washington Park’s Bike and Hike Days. Bike and Hike Days run Memorial Day weekend through Labor...]]>
Boston Concert - Photo gallery http://illinoistimes.com/article-18708-boston-concert.html Boston Concert - Photo gallery
On Tuesday, May 23, American rock group Boston made a stop at Springfield’s Prairie Capital Convention Center as part of their 2017 Hyper Space tour. Click through...]]>
Editors Note 5/25/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18709-editors-note-5_25_17.html Editors Note 5/25/17
It doesn’t help much for Illinois editorialists to get angry, bang the table and shout “Unacceptable” about the Statehouse budget impasse, or “Enough,” as they did a year ago. The neutral, b...]]>
Park-ing problems - The latest Y block plans are revealed http://illinoistimes.com/article-18710-park-ing-problems.html Park-ing problems - The latest Y block plans are revealed
 You know how it goes. A rich family buys an old place in a once-posh neighborhood and starts to fix it up. They’re worried that plans for multi-family apartments in the empty lot across the st...]]>
Casino bills taking billions from Illinois education http://illinoistimes.com/article-18711-casino-bills-taking-billions-from-illinois-education.html Casino bills taking billions from Illinois education
 Having passed the Illinois Senate on May 17 and pending in the House, Senate Bill 7 would authorize a Chicago Casino Development Authority (CCDA) as a government unto itself via a “perpetual�...]]>
Stop blaming workers for this mess http://illinoistimes.com/article-18712-stop-blaming-workers-for-this-mess.html Stop blaming workers for this mess
 Anti-immigrant eruptions are older than the U.S. itself, and they’ve flared up periodically throughout our history, targeting the Irish, French, Italians and Chinese, among others. Even Donald...]]>
Dysfunction and infighting http://illinoistimes.com/article-18713-dysfunction-and-infighting.html Dysfunction and infighting
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family story # 23 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18714-family-story--23.html family story # 23
family story # 23my granddaughter cressidaage eight having exhausted various play activities saidI guess I’ll put on my lab coatand go do an experiment ©2017 Jacqueline Jackson...]]>
Letters to the Editor 5/25/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18715-letters-to-the-editor-5_25_17.html Letters to the Editor 5/25/17
FOOD WEEK FANI again wanted to extend my appreciation to Illinois Times, participating restaurants and sponsors for another great 217 Food Week. In addition, the sponsors who provided the prize packag...]]>
This is the wrong hill to die on http://illinoistimes.com/article-18716-this-is-the-wrong-hill-to-die-on.html This is the wrong hill to die on
 Democrats have been privately grumbling for a while now that Gov. Bruce Rauner isn’t truly interested in good faith negotiations on a balanced budget with economic reforms to end the two-and-a...]]>