IllinoisTimes - Articles http://illinoistimes.com/article Fri, 09 Dec 16 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Bass fishing for U.S. attorney post? - Source says assistant wants top job http://illinoistimes.com/article-18028-bass-fishing-for-us-attorney-post.html Bass fishing for U.S. attorney post? - Source says assistant wants top job
Tim Bass, head of the U.S. attorney’s public corruption unit based in Springfield, is angling for the top job, a source says.Bass would neither confirm nor deny that he’s interested in taking over...]]>
A little knowledge . . . . No. 10 in a series http://illinoistimes.com/article-18029-a-little-knowledge-no-10-in-a-series.html A little knowledge . . . . No. 10 in a series
Public Policy Polling has been peeking under the low brow of the American public again, and found that a great many Trump supporters live in a different United States than do their countrymen. ...]]>
Do no harem http://illinoistimes.com/article-18004-do-no-harem.html Do no harem
 I’ve been happily married to the same wonderful guy for 20 years. However, the longer we’re together the harder it is to remain faithful – surely for both of us. Sex and skin are everywher...]]>
The faces of Jennifer Watkins - She’s sorry, and she wants her daughter back http://illinoistimes.com/article-18005-the-faces-of-jennifer-watkins.html The faces of Jennifer Watkins - She’s sorry, and she wants her daughter back
 Just two months ago, Jennifer Watkins and her daughter Sidney were living a new life in Massachusetts that now seems light years away.Watkins moved from Florida to Massachusetts last summer. Wan...]]>
Fashionable Pharmacy - Gallery’s recent opening boasted a catwalk and live models http://illinoistimes.com/article-18006-fashionable-pharmacy.html Fashionable Pharmacy - Gallery’s recent opening boasted a catwalk and live models
 Since first opening in the summer of 2011, the Pharmacy Gallery and Art Space has transformed from a group of scrappy upstarts to something of an area institution – all without losing a combin...]]>
How to pick the right toys - Every kid has a wish list – but how do you decide what should actually be under the tree this year? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18007-how-to-pick-the-right-toys.html How to pick the right toys - Every kid has a wish list – but how do you decide what should actually be under the tree this year?
 While it might ring true that everyone feels like a kid at Christmastime, nothing beats the excitement of actually being a kid at Christmas. Few annual traditions are more anticipated and toiled...]]>
Have yourself a Vintage Little Christmas http://illinoistimes.com/article-18008-have-yourself-a-vintage-little-christmas.html Have yourself a Vintage Little Christmas
 He might not have known it then, but maybe Charles Dickens had it right when he wanted us to look back at our Christmases past. Only today, those memories of Christmases past have become front a...]]>
Braising, the slow-cooking solution http://illinoistimes.com/article-18009-braising-the-slow-cooking-solution.html Braising, the slow-cooking solution
 ’Tis the season for braising! This hands-off cooking method, in which foods are covered and slow-cooked at a lower temperature with a small amount of liquid, transforms tough, cheaper cuts of...]]>
Ford’s Animals a haunting, tantilizing mystery http://illinoistimes.com/article-18010-ford%25E2%2580%2599s-animals-a-haunting-tantilizing-mystery.html Ford’s Animals a haunting, tantilizing mystery
 There’s a hypnotic quality to Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, a sense of foreboding that grows heavier as we progress down the dark roads of its two narratives. This will end badly, you know i...]]>
December’s rocking http://illinoistimes.com/article-18011-december%25E2%2580%2599s-rocking.html December’s rocking
 Welcome to the holiday season with all the trimmings as we slide headfirst through December headlong toward the new year of 2017. Jam-packed hardly seems a generous enough word to describe all t...]]>
The Trip Daddys http://illinoistimes.com/article-18012-the-trip-daddys.html The Trip Daddys
 For more than 20 years Craig Straubinger (aka Craig Daddy) has led The Trip Daddys of St. Louis on a musical adventure blending rockabilly, hard country, blues and real rock ‘n’ roll to crea...]]>
A grand holiday tradition http://illinoistimes.com/article-18013-a-grand-holiday-tradition.html A grand holiday tradition
 Join the Springfield Ballet Company for three performances of The Nutcracker on Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11. The SBC’s 42nd annual rendition of the timeless ballet classic features...]]>
A small-town Christmas http://illinoistimes.com/article-18014-a-small-town-christmas.html A small-town Christmas
 This weekend, travel to the zany town of Tuna, Texas, for an unforgettable Christmas play about the antics surrounding the citizens of small-town Texas. The play, which originally premiered as p...]]>
Historic holidays http://illinoistimes.com/article-18015-historic-holidays.html Historic holidays
 Take a step back in time this holiday season and learn how American soldiers celebrated the holidays during four major conflicts (Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I and World War II) at t...]]>
Making America toxic again - Some politicians want to bring back coal http://illinoistimes.com/article-18016-making-america-toxic-again.html Making America toxic again - Some politicians want to bring back coal
 The new president, apparently, plans to make America toxic again. The New York Times reports that Comrade Trump has put a climate-change agnostic and friend of the coal companies in ch...]]>
Editor's note 12/8/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18017-editors-note-12_8_16.html Editor's note 12/8/16
Watching Gov. Bruce Rauner flailing about trying to save face while Democrat leaders refuse to play Turnaround call to mind Chicagoan Finley Peter Dunne’s 1895 quote, “Politics ain’t bean-bag.�...]]>
Welcome to Washington, Donald Trump http://illinoistimes.com/article-18018-welcome-to-washington-donald-trump.html Welcome to Washington, Donald Trump
As hard as the campaign might have been and the transition is proving to be, Donald Trump’s challenges are really just beginning. Governing after a toxic election in which the results awarded him an...]]>
The new founder http://illinoistimes.com/article-18019-the-new-founder.html The new founder
This past January, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, the multimillionaire protege of the Koch brothers’ plutocratic kingdom and American Legislative Exchange Council darling, revealed to a startled nation tha...]]>
The Trump dump http://illinoistimes.com/article-18020-the-trump-dump.html The Trump dump
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thanksgiving poem #11 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18021-thanksgiving-poem-11.html thanksgiving poem #11
 two weeks ago I sat in my silent autoas the super moon rose over lincolnpark the visibility there unimpededlast night I sat an hour in my drivewaysurrounded by brahms (the receptionfrom WILL isn...]]>
Letters to the Editor 12/8/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18022-letters-to-the-editor-12_8_16.html Letters to the Editor 12/8/16
A BROKEN WORLDI would like to offer another point of view regarding James Krohe Jr.’s “Country blues” (Dec. 1). I am from Springfield, but I have lived in and visited both rural and metropolitan...]]>
Rauner was looking for any excuse to veto CPS bill http://illinoistimes.com/article-18023-rauner-was-looking-for-any-excuse-to-veto-cps-bill.html Rauner was looking for any excuse to veto CPS bill
As Senate President John Cullerton sees it, Gov. Bruce Rauner “needed an excuse” to veto a bill last week that would’ve given the Chicago Public Schools $215 million for its June 30th ...]]>
Exit interview - Amanda Vinicky, longtime WUIS reporter, on Illinois politics and her new job in Chicago http://illinoistimes.com/article-18024-exit-interview.html Exit interview - Amanda Vinicky, longtime WUIS reporter, on Illinois politics and her new job in Chicago
 As Statehouse bureau chief for Illinois Public Radio, Amanda Vinicky has been a familiar, authoritative voice on WUIS for a decade, providing excellent coverage of state politics and government....]]>
ABE’S IN THE MONEY http://illinoistimes.com/article-18025-abe%25E2%2580%2599s-in-the-money.html ABE’S IN THE MONEY
After months of uncertainty, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, a division of the National Archives, has awarded a grant of more than $106,000 to the Papers of Abraham Lincol...]]>
KIDS LEARN CODE http://illinoistimes.com/article-18026-kids-learn-code.html KIDS LEARN CODE
Last week Springfield public school students took part in “The Hour of Code,” a 60-minute program designed as an introduction to developing computer skills. Described as an attempt to “demystify...]]>
Still counting . . . http://illinoistimes.com/article-18003-still-counting-.html Still counting . . .
An update on the issue I raised here and here: The U.S. presidential vote is still being counted. As of December 6, Hillary Clinton leads by 2.6 million votes, which is 2 percent of the tota...]]>
Source: Milhiser could be next U.S. attorney - Sangamon County prosecutor confirms interest http://illinoistimes.com/article-18027-source-milhiser-could-be-next-us-attorney.html Source: Milhiser could be next U.S. attorney - Sangamon County prosecutor confirms interest
Sangamon County state’s attorney John Milhiser could be in the running to become U.S. attorney for the Central District of Illinois, a source says.Milhiser, a Republican doesn’t deny that he’s i...]]>
Fair and just http://illinoistimes.com/article-18001-fair-and-just.html Fair and just
Readers who share my dismay at the ways that the structure of our national political system frustrates the will of the majority have a sympathetic ear in blogger Jason Kottke, who offers links to usef...]]>
Powerful "Moonlight" a Timely Tale of Lost Youth http://illinoistimes.com/article-18002-powerful-moonlight-a-timely-tale-of-lost-youth.html Powerful "Moonlight" a Timely Tale of Lost Youth
Riding a wave of positive buzz provided by the many film festivals where it was greeted with numerous accolades, Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight arrives in theaters with the onus of not only having to li...]]>
Not the pick of the litter http://illinoistimes.com/article-18000-not-the-pick-of-the-litter.html Not the pick of the litter
Among the original items in Mr. Rauner's Turnaround Agenda (he counts 44, I get a little more than a dozen) are several sensible reforms that the saner Democrats ought to at least be talking about.&n...]]>