IllinoisTimes - Blogs http://illinoistimes.com/blog Mon, 30 Mar 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Making better ducks http://illinoistimes.com/blog-15250-making-better-ducks.html 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 http://illinoistimes.com/blog-15251-a-little-knowledge-part-6-in-a-series.html 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 http://illinoistimes.com/blog-15247-opportunity-squandered.html 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 http://illinoistimes.com/blog-15221-everything-old-is-new-again-part-1.html 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 http://illinoistimes.com/blog-15220-seeing-grandma-in-a-new-setting.html 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 http://illinoistimes.com/blog-15194-our-memory-as-a-people.html 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 . . . http://illinoistimes.com/blog-15190-and-the-winner-is-.html 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 http://illinoistimes.com/blog-15191-rereading-the-past.html 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 http://illinoistimes.com/blog-15192-higher-mission.html 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...]]>
Photo Gallery: The Pharmacy Highbrow/Lowbrow reception tonight and tomorrow http://illinoistimes.com/blog-15193-photo-gallery-the-pharmacy-highbrow_lowbrow-reception-tonight-and-tomorrow.html Photo Gallery: The Pharmacy Highbrow/Lowbrow reception tonight and tomorrow
 Tonight and tomorrow The Pharmacy will be presenting its latest show of new work by member artists. Photographer Pat Yeagle got some shots of the exhibit while it was still being constructed. Wa...]]>
No Resurrecting “Lazarus Effect” http://illinoistimes.com/blog-15189-no-resurrecting-%25E2%2580%259Clazarus-effect%25E2%2580%259D.html No Resurrecting “Lazarus Effect”
I suppose it’s a prerequisite that characters in horror films have never seen any horror films themselves.  If they did, then they would know better than to go into the dark house, venture into the creepy woods at night or pick up the hitchhiker at the side of the road.]]>
Smith Slick, Robbie Bright in “Focus” http://illinoistimes.com/blog-15160-smith-slick-robbie-bright-in-%25E2%2580%259Cfocus%25E2%2580%259D.html Smith Slick, Robbie Bright in “Focus”
Midway through his new feature Focus.  Will Smith’s given the self-reflective line of dialogue, “I still got it.” That his character, con man extraordinaire Nicky Spurgeon, is face down d...]]>
Different roads http://illinoistimes.com/blog-15132-different-roads.html Different roads
I mentioned in my recent remembrance of John Garvey that I had known him for nearly 50 years. I met him when I was 18 years old. The folly of Vietnam had become alarmingly plain, I was facing the d...]]>
Moore’s Honesty Sustains “Alice” http://illinoistimes.com/blog-15130-moore%25E2%2580%2599s-honesty-sustains-%25E2%2580%259Calice%25E2%2580%259D.html Moore’s Honesty Sustains “Alice”
 Alice Howland knows that she’s living on borrowed time.  She’s well aware of what fate awaits her having been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and seeing those whose m...]]>
Oscar-Nominated Shorts an Eclectic Mix of International Visions http://illinoistimes.com/blog-15131-oscar-nominated-shorts-an-eclectic-mix-of-international-visions.html Oscar-Nominated Shorts an Eclectic Mix of International Visions
 Animated Shorts - The five nominated films to be shown vary in quality but are overall a solid bunch.  Canada’s charming Me and My Moulton concerns three dissatisfied sisters who...]]>
Lincoln's low tricks http://illinoistimes.com/blog-15052-lincolns-low-tricks.html Lincoln's low tricks
 In “Insult with wit,” my paean to the lost art of invective, I noted that while the mature Lincoln did not stoop to invective. This was partly fastidiousness, partly because (as Joseph Med...]]>
Dollar a year, my foot http://illinoistimes.com/blog-15055-dollar-a-year-my-foot.html Dollar a year, my foot
 In response to no public demand whatsoever, I took up as my column topic this week (“Masters of the new machine,” out February 5) our new governor’s interesting remarks on public sector...]]>
More on Lee Sandlin http://illinoistimes.com/blog-15059-more-on-lee-sandlin.html More on Lee Sandlin
 I have more to say about the late Lee Sandlin, whose work I extolled in “A poet of fact.” For decades Lee seemed doomed to be another of those writers who is famous for not being known...]]>
"Whiplash" Follows the Beat of its Own Drum http://illinoistimes.com/blog-15021-whiplash-follows-the-beat-of-its-own-drum.html "Whiplash" Follows the Beat of its Own Drum
“There are no two words in the English language more harmful than ‘Good job.’ ” So says Terence Fletcher, instructor at the Shaeffer Conservatory of Music, a master manipulator whose sole...]]>
Despite Aniston's Fine Work, "Cake" Half-Baked http://illinoistimes.com/blog-15020-despite-anistons-fine-work-cake-half-baked.html Despite Aniston's Fine Work, "Cake" Half-Baked
The role of Claire Bennett in Daniel Barnz’s “Cake” is one performers love to see come their way.  The character is sympathetic, is required to deliver biting crowd-pleasing bits of dial...]]>
Listen to the President -- he's your leader http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14991-listen-to-the-president-hes-your-leader.html Listen to the President -- he's your leader
Reporter Claire Cain Miller recalled Pres. Obama’s wish, expressed during the State of the Union Address, that Internet service that is fast enough to be useful and affordable enough to be used be extended to every American city. Right now, lack of competition among the big providers means that most Americans have both slower and more expensive Internet service than people in many other countrie...]]>
On the roads again? http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14987-on-the-roads-again.html On the roads again?
 In “Topping off the tank” in 2012, I noted about the federal gas tax that it had not been adjusted for inflation since 1993, Merely raising the federal gas tax enough to restor...]]>
2015 Oscar Nominations: Snubs and Surprises Aplenty http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14985-2015-oscar-nominations-snubs-and-surprises-aplenty.html 2015 Oscar Nominations: Snubs and Surprises Aplenty
 It’s an annual rite in Hollywood. If you’re part of the film industry, you wait by the phone in the wee morning hours on the second Thursday in January as Oscar nominations are announced at...]]>
New Beijings http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14961-new-beijings.html New Beijings
 In my 2012 column “New Beijings,” I speculated more than half seriously on a possible cure for the depopulation of the Illinois countryside. I proposed to add a few New Beijings to our Ne...]]>
Other views of Lee Sandlin http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14984-other-views-of-lee-sandlin.html Other views of Lee Sandlin
 On January 9. Bob Goldsborough of the Chcago Tribune published a fine obituary of Lee Sandlin, the man I described in "A poet of Fact" as "arguably . . . Illinois’ best writer." In on...]]>
“Taken 3” and Neeson Running on Empty http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14960-%25E2%2580%259Ctaken-3%25E2%2580%259D-and-neeson-running-on-empty.html “Taken 3” and Neeson Running on Empty
It’s hardly surprising that an air of weariness hangs over Taken as the third entry in any most any franchise starts to look ragged around the edges.  However, what’s most surprising is jus...]]>
A town by any other name . . . http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14957-a-town-by-any-other-name-.html A town by any other name . . .
 You might recall that in a February 2014 column I argued with myself about whether “Springfieldian” or “Springfielder” is the more appropriate term for residents of the state capital.&...]]>
Waiting for wisdom http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14954-waiting-for-wisdom.html Waiting for wisdom
 Faithful readers of this paper will recall that Jackson Street between 2nd  and 8th streets has been talked about in recent months as a pedestrianized link between the statehouse complex...]]>
Patience Required to Appreciate Anderson’s “Vice” http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14936-patience-required-to-appreciate-anderson%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%259Cvice%25E2%2580%259D.html Patience Required to Appreciate Anderson’s “Vice”
 “There’s this guy…” It’s been my experience that any time someone uses that phrase, trouble is in the offing.  That’s certainly the case i...]]>
Torch Tuesday is on fire in the new year http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14929-torch-tuesday-is-on-fire-in-the-new-year.html Torch Tuesday is on fire in the new year
The Springfield hip-hop scene closed out 2014 with a smattering og well-attended events including a recent Peoria vs. Springfiled rap battle, last week's New Year's Eve show and an industry showcase...]]>