IllinoisTimes - Blogs Sun, 24 May 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Right on right-to-work Right on right-to-work
 They’re having a right-to-exploit -- sorry, "right-to-work” debate in Missouri too, as we learn from a recent dispatch to the Washington Post. A bill embodying measures backed by our Mr. ...]]>
More name-calling More name-calling
 In my 2014 column “Name-calling” I explored the question of whether it is more appropriate to call Springfield residents Springfieldians or Springfielders.” I consider...]]>
Schwarzenegger, Breslin Strive to Bring Life to “Maggie” Schwarzenegger, Breslin Strive to Bring Life to “Maggie”
Since giving up on California politics, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to the big screen has failed to generate the sort of box office success his earlier work had.  Cameos in Sylvester Stal...]]>
Produce to the people Produce to the people
 I have a little more about Springfield’s first public market I mentioned in my piece about farmers markets, “Sustainable agriculture.” Produce and meats were sold in a building ere...]]>
Rare specimens Rare specimens
 The nature dioramas at the Illinois State Museum I mentioned in my recent column about such displays “Making dead hyenas come alive”) do not offer the bravura displays of taxidermy &n...]]>
Daring “D Train” Worth the Ride Daring “D Train” Worth the Ride
During its first weekend in release, Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul’s The D Train made $447, 524 at 1,009 locations.  That breaks down to $444 per screen. This is no surprise as the film contai...]]>
One way is not the best way One way is not the best way
 In a 2014 column (“Why did the pedestrian not cross the road?”) I noted that merchants and property owners in downtown Springfield had been fretting out loud about automobile drivers – ...]]>
Food fest Food fest
 As I noted in another post, the topic of this week’s disquisition over at Dyspepsiana is farmers markets. In that piece, I note that such events have grown in popularity to such an extent th...]]>
Farm markets Farm markets
 Next week I will be examining the phenomenon of the farmers market. The focus is on Springfield’s Old Capitol market, which has been operating continuously for some 20 years, after some year...]]>
An idea unprecedented in history An idea unprecedented in history
 I meant to comment on it the moment I read about it – “it’ being the grand bargain being worked out between Michael Madigan and Bruce Rauner that would result in the orphaning of the Li...]]>
“Adaline” Enchants Despite Lack of Chemistry “Adaline” Enchants Despite Lack of Chemistry
When Casablanca comes to mind, you think of Rick and Ilsa.  When Wuthering Heights is mentioned, you immediately think of Heathcliff and Cathy. When The Notebook is on, you’re immediately suc...]]>
A Ghost in the Machine Haunts “Unfriended” A Ghost in the Machine Haunts “Unfriended”
While I certainly wouldn’t want to watch many movies like Levan Gabriadze’s Unfriended, a film that consists of one long take of a computer screen that constantly reconfigures itself depending o...]]>
Grammar nerdery Grammar nerdery
The three or four readers who in 2014 shared my exasperation with the universal use of “for” (see All for one – and ‘for’ for all) might find amusing this mock web quiz at Clickhole inten...]]>
A tree grows in Grandma A tree grows in Grandma
 Goodness me, has it really been five and a half years? In November, 2009, I devoted a column to new ways of dealing with the fact that when our loved ones go away forever, they leave one last...]]>
Lying and its Ramifications the Focus of "True Story" Lying and its Ramifications the Focus of "True Story"
In December 2001, Christian Longo murdered his wife and three children.  The two oldest, four year-old Zachary and three year-old Sadie, were thrown into the freezing waters of Lint Slough in ...]]>
Taxing thoughts Taxing thoughts
Tomorrow is tax deadline day, which is why the most recent edition of Who Pays? A Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in All 50 States makes such depressing reading.  The left-of-cent...]]>
Department of Injustice Department of Injustice
 In a piece in the April 7 Wall Street Journal, Peter Berkowitz, a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, drew attention to revelations in a new book that ought to interes...]]>
Depends on the circumstances Depends on the circumstances
 Edmund Burke might forgive me for adapting the following passage from his “Reflections on the Revolution in France” (1790) to make it more plainly relevant to the revolution that is, halti...]]>
Seeing glass paperweights clearly Seeing glass paperweights clearly
 Readers interested in learning more about the Morton D. Barker paperweight collection I wrote about this week can do so at the Illinois State Museum's web exhibit at]]>
The intelligent lawmaker's guide to economics The intelligent lawmaker's guide to economics
The other day I wrote about Rockford state senator Dave Syverson’s proposal to ensure that Illinois lawmakers  know more about the economic effects of their decisions by requiring newly...]]>
"Follows" Fails to Follow Through "Follows" Fails to Follow Through
A great deal of buzz has sprung up around David Robert Mitchell’s independent horror film It Follows and it’s easy to see why.  The director successfully creates an atmosphere of dread that...]]>
Making better ducks Making better ducks
 People love to feed the ducks, as happens every day where the Jacksonville Branch of Spring Creek enters Washington Park. People don’t love ducks, however, judgig by what they feed these ani...]]>
A little knowledge . . . . Part 6 in a series A little knowledge . . . . Part 6 in a series
Over at Vox, Sarah Kiff reminds us that the Affordable Care Act is now five years old. Better known as Obamacare, the legislation has accomplished more and cost less than even it supporters expected...]]>
Opportunity squandered Opportunity squandered
Reading about the reactions from around Illinois to the cuts in state programs proposed by Gov. Scrooge, I was reminded of this passage from Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography. Those who govern, ...]]>
Everything old is new again, Part 1 Everything old is new again, Part 1
Alert readers of the news will have noted the kerfuffle about the salaries being paid by Illinois' new governor to his  senior staff, in particular the 100 Gs being paid to equip Mrs. R with a c...]]>
Seeing Grandma in a new setting Seeing Grandma in a new setting
In “Underground movements” (Nov. 12, 2009) I took a nearly serious look at the problem of what to do with human remains on a planet becoming short of both space and resources.   Dona...]]>
Our memory as a people Our memory as a people
 Yes, I do go on a bit about the library of Illinois history whose future is at stake in the wrangling over who runs the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. I believ...]]>
And the winner is . . . And the winner is . . .
 Wise heads at the statehouse have been scratched as observers try to make sense of the antagonistic stances taken by Illinois' new governor. One explanation is that he is uninterested in actu...]]>
Rereading the past Rereading the past
 In my recent column titled “An overdue policy on the library,” I quoted from a very interesting article about the history of Illinois’ history library, Roger D. Bridges’ “The Origins...]]>
Higher mission Higher mission
While researching my recent column on the State of Illinois’ historical library (see “An overdue policy on the library”) I made (or rather renewed) my acquaintance with John Francis Snyder. As...]]>