IllinoisTimes - Articles http://illinoistimes.com/article Thu, 18 Dec 14 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Five new holiday films http://illinoistimes.com/article-14836-five-new-holiday-films.html Five new holiday films
Hobbit: Armies  finally gets us back againAnd so, Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films have come to an end…at least I think they have. With these movies and the director’s Lord of the Rings feature...]]>
What to expect when they’re expecting a certain something - Sometimes their most-desired gift just isn’t available. Here’s how to let them down while keeping the holiday joy. http://illinoistimes.com/article-14837-what-to-expect-when-they%25E2%2580%2599re-expecting-a-certain-something.html What to expect when they’re expecting a certain something - Sometimes their most-desired gift just isn’t available. Here’s how to let them down while keeping the holiday joy.
 Many children today have raised the holiday wish list or letter to Santa to an art form: a document to be labored over and carefully considered, perhaps even rewritten or reordered a few times b...]]>
The spatula - A Christmas memoir http://illinoistimes.com/article-14838-the-spatula.html The spatula - A Christmas memoir
 It was a year past her leaving that Anna made her request, a simple thing and reasonable, that William bring with him the spatula, the one with the red handle. “I kept it in the drawer by the...]]>
Gifts that feed their food passion - The perfect food-focused presents for the person who lives in the kitchen http://illinoistimes.com/article-14839-gifts-that-feed-their-food-passion.html Gifts that feed their food passion - The perfect food-focused presents for the person who lives in the kitchen
 The holidays are a special time for foodies. From elaborate holiday meals to elegant cocktail parties to extensive holiday desserts, this is a time where foodies can shine. It’s only natural t...]]>
Christmas puddings http://illinoistimes.com/article-14840-christmas-puddings.html Christmas puddings
 “Hallo! A great deal of steam! The pudding was out of the copper. A smell like a washing day! That was the cloth. A smell like an eating-house and a pastry-cook’s next door to each other, wi...]]>
Foxx and company flounder in bland Annie http://illinoistimes.com/article-14841-foxx-and-company-flounder-in-bland-annie.html Foxx and company flounder in bland Annie
 Whenever someone decides to tinker with a classic I can’t help but be a bit skeptical about the entire affair. Such is the case with Annie, “a modern re-imagining of a beloved musical” acc...]]>
Pre-Christmas goings on http://illinoistimes.com/article-14842-pre-christmas-goings-on.html Pre-Christmas goings on
 Hold onto to your holiday hats everyone; we are in for a wild and wooly ride down entertainment row as the gigs pile up like presents under some lucky folks Christmas tree. Congratulations are i...]]>
Cats on Holiday http://illinoistimes.com/article-14843-cats-on-holiday.html Cats on Holiday
 The Cats are back! For anyone around the Springfield music scene from the 80s on, that can mean only one thing. Yes, that’s right, Cats on Holiday are back in town for a one night only Holiday...]]>
Classical Christmas http://illinoistimes.com/article-14844-classical-christmas.html Classical Christmas
 Unwind on Friday, Dec. 19 at The State House Inn with a free Holiday Piano Concert featuring pianist Zakia Hart. Zakia, accompanied by Chris Warren on drums, Tom Myers on bass, Artie Logan on sa...]]>
Star-studded seasonal showcase http://illinoistimes.com/article-14845-star-studded-seasonal-showcase.html Star-studded seasonal showcase
 For one weekend only, The Hoogland Center for the Arts hosts the sights and sounds of Springfield’s favorite local celebrities and the Hoogland Teens, Kids and Juniors. This annual event showc...]]>
Celebrate the sacred journey http://illinoistimes.com/article-14846-celebrate-the-sacred-journey.html Celebrate the sacred journey
 This Saturday, Dec. 20., travel back in metaphorical time with Edge of Perception and the Trailhead Healing Arts Center for a Yule Winter Solstice Celebration. The Winter Solstice Celebration is...]]>
The company you keep away http://illinoistimes.com/article-14847-the-company-you-keep-away.html The company you keep away
 I’ve got an intense attraction to this musician I’ve been dating for four months. He’s on the road a lot, plus he’s new to the city and recently out of a relationship. He says he’s not...]]>
Name games http://illinoistimes.com/article-14848-name-games.html Name games
Curses, foiled again• Police investigating a theft at a coin laundry in Great Falls, Mont., captured suspect Curtis Dear, 28, after following his footprints in the snow to a nearby residence. They f...]]>
Official graffiti - The General Assembly tags the museum building http://illinoistimes.com/article-14849-official-graffiti.html Official graffiti - The General Assembly tags the museum building
 In a 2010 column titled “A school by any other name” I explored the changing fashions in naming public buildings. I noted that public officials eager to not be caught endorsing anyone who mi...]]>
Editor's Note 12/18/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14850-editors-note-12_18_14.html Editor's Note 12/18/14
Every week that governor-elect Bruce Rauner comes to Springfield he learns that the state’s fiscal condition is far worse than it was when he came the week before. This time he discovered a plan to ...]]>
Welcome to the neighborhood, Rauners http://illinoistimes.com/article-14851-welcome-to-the-neighborhood-rauners.html Welcome to the neighborhood, Rauners
 I remember seeing Gov. Adlai Stevenson when I was a kid. I was in a car that passed his on the way up to New Salem to see the play Forever This Land. He looked out the window and waved to me.Act...]]>
The pain of inequality among yacht buyers http://illinoistimes.com/article-14852-the-pain-of-inequality-among-yacht-buyers.html The pain of inequality among yacht buyers
In this season of mass commercialism, let’s pause to consider the plight of simple millionaires.Why? Because we now share a common cause: Inequality. You don’t hear much about it, but millionaires...]]>
Full volume at the SHG football stadium http://illinoistimes.com/article-14853-full-volume-at-the-shg-football-stadium.html Full volume at the SHG football stadium
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sleighing poem # 1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14854-sleighing-poem--1.html sleighing poem # 1
as to one horse open sleighs we sibssat in ours sang jingle bells but if wejiggled too hard and fell out it was eitherinto hay on one side or a bin of oats onthe other for it was propped way up inthe ...]]>
Letters to the Editor 12/18/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14855-letters-to-the-editor-12_18_14.html Letters to the Editor 12/18/14
 JONESIN’ FOR JAMESMany thanks to Tom Irwin for the great article on our new Springfield resident, Mr. James Armstrong. (“At home with the blues,” Dec. 11.)After reading the article, I deci...]]>
Remembering Judy Baar Topinka http://illinoistimes.com/article-14856-remembering-judy-baar-topinka.html Remembering Judy Baar Topinka
As you already know, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka passed away last week.Topinka had a stroke the morning of Dec. 9 but that’s not what killed her. In fact, by the afternoon, she announced she was g...]]>
Giving troubled youth a chance to grow - Springfield-based IIAA uses sports as therapy http://illinoistimes.com/article-14857-giving-troubled-youth-a-chance-to-grow.html Giving troubled youth a chance to grow - Springfield-based IIAA uses sports as therapy
 Urgent shouts and the squeak of sneakers fill the basketball courts on the second floor of Gold’s Gym in Springfield. Volleyball nets span four courts, each filled with teenagers. Their eyes a...]]>
LONG HAUL LAWSUIT http://illinoistimes.com/article-14858-long-haul-lawsuit.html LONG HAUL LAWSUIT
A lawsuit alleging racial profiling by Springfield police has been set for trial…in 2016. Samuel Johnson of Springfield is suing the Springfield Police Department and the two white police officers w...]]>
SOUTHWIND SUNDIAL http://illinoistimes.com/article-14859-southwind-sundial.html SOUTHWIND SUNDIAL
 If the sun shines for the winter solstice on Sunday, Dec. 21, Robert Croteau will be at Southwind Park checking the alignments on the giant sunflower sundial he designed and helped to install. T...]]>
Lawsuit in limbo - Wrongful death case against sheriff’s office in jeopardy http://illinoistimes.com/article-14860-lawsuit-in-limbo.html Lawsuit in limbo - Wrongful death case against sheriff’s office in jeopardy
 A wrongful death case against the Sangamon County sheriff’s office has stalled, and the case may end with neither a verdict nor settlement.Attorneys representing the estate of Patrick Burns, w...]]>
Preventing another Ferguson - Activists, police working together to curb racial tension http://illinoistimes.com/article-14861-preventing-another-ferguson.html Preventing another Ferguson - Activists, police working together to curb racial tension
It could happen anywhere. It could even happen here.The high-profile killings of black men by police in Ferguson, Missouri, and in New York City in the past few months highlight a long-smoldering tens...]]>
Monumental boondoggle http://illinoistimes.com/article-14808-monumental-boondoggle.html Monumental boondoggle
Curses, foiled againOntario resident Kai Xu was charged with smuggling after border agents at the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel discovered more than 50 turtles strapped to his body and hidden between his leg...]]>
American idle http://illinoistimes.com/article-14809-american-idle.html American idle
My girlfriend is beautiful, highly intelligent and interesting. She’s smart for a living (as a strategic planner in advertising) so I find it sad that she watches so much television – maybe two ho...]]>
At home with the blues - James Armstrong, the internationally renowned bluesman, relocates to Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-14810-at-home-with-the-blues.html At home with the blues - James Armstrong, the internationally renowned bluesman, relocates to Springfield
 Believe it or not, Springfield, Illinois, is red hot for the cool blues. The capital city is home to one of the oldest blues clubs in the nation, hosts a nearly 30-year-old weekly blues performa...]]>
Chicago all aglow for the holidays http://illinoistimes.com/article-14811-chicago-all-aglow-for-the-holidays.html Chicago all aglow for the holidays
 When Santa comes to town, Chicago takes on a special glow. Sparkling trees, dazzling lights and festive song and dance performances at area celebrations create holiday magic for visitors of all...]]>