IllinoisTimes - Feature http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-26-1-feature.html Mon, 05 Dec 16 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Sustainably suited up - Gearing up responsibly for the great outdoors http://illinoistimes.com/article-17980-sustainably-suited-up.html Sustainably suited up - Gearing up responsibly for the great outdoors
 The trouble with winter is that staying warm in the cold weather calls for lots of gear, and all of our manufacturing, selling and consuming takes a toll on the planet we call home. Here are a f...]]>
Perishing Planet - Call to action on climate change http://illinoistimes.com/article-17943-perishing-planet.html Perishing Planet - Call to action on climate change
About the articleIn 2015 Illinois Times and dozens of alternative weeklies and other newsmedia outlets participated in Letters to the Future, a project published ahead of the Paris climate talks that...]]>
A call to action - Six things leaders must prioritize to address climate change http://illinoistimes.com/article-17944-a-call-to-action.html A call to action - Six things leaders must prioritize to address climate change
 1.    Impose a price on carbonThis could occur in several ways. The revenue-neutral carbon fee has a great backbone of advocacy support. It would charge fossil fuel producers at t...]]>
Speaking out of school - Former guidance dean reports from the front lines on District 186 racial disparities http://illinoistimes.com/article-17916-speaking-out-of-school.html Speaking out of school - Former guidance dean reports from the front lines on District 186 racial disparities
 Kelly Wickham Hurst spent about 20 years with Springfield School District 186. As guidance dean, she frequently took to her blog and social media to share stories of black students being treated...]]>
Lessons from Finland’s schools - Illinois Education Association president brings back ideas to improve education here http://illinoistimes.com/article-17891-lessons-from-finland%25E2%2580%2599s-schools.html Lessons from Finland’s schools - Illinois Education Association president brings back ideas to improve education here
 When I was offered the opportunity to participate in an education study tour of the Finland school system, sponsored by the National Education Association Foundation, I welcomed the opportunity...]]>
Lawyers behaving badly - Bankruptcy firm under fire http://illinoistimes.com/article-17892-lawyers-behaving-badly.html Lawyers behaving badly - Bankruptcy firm under fire
 In television ads and on the internet, Ostling and Associates boasts that it is Illinois’ largest bankruptcy law firm.“When you need help, call Ostling and Associates,” the announcer on a...]]>
Studying for 77 years - Upcoming event celebrates the oldest black book club http://illinoistimes.com/article-17897-studying-for-77-years.html Studying for 77 years - Upcoming event celebrates the oldest black book club
 Seventy-seven years ago on a cold winter night in February, seven African-American women met in a home on Williams Street to form a study group that would continue to this day. Known as the olde...]]>
Running out of time - Damage, economics may doom historic YWCA building http://illinoistimes.com/article-17877-running-out-of-time.html Running out of time - Damage, economics may doom historic YWCA building
 Before he was president, state senator Barack Obama used to kid Mary Hardy Hall of Springfield about the outdated manual elevator at the YWCA. “ ‘If it isn’t the woman with the oldest...]]>
Top Ten Censored Stories 2016 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17829-top-ten-censored-stories-2016.html Top Ten Censored Stories 2016
 Throughout its 40-year history, Project Censored has covered a lot of ground that the corporate mainstream media has missed. Begun by Carl Jensen, a sociology professor at California’s Sonoma...]]>
Here’s to you - Fall beers abound http://illinoistimes.com/article-17806-here%25E2%2580%2599s-to-you.html Here’s to you - Fall beers abound
 This is not – repeat, not – a scientific exercise.Professional beer judges will, and do, say that discretion and restraint are necessary to properly judge ales, lagers, porters and so forth....]]>
Gambling explosion - Video gaming yields millions for infrastructure, but at a cost http://illinoistimes.com/article-17770-gambling-explosion.html Gambling explosion - Video gaming yields millions for infrastructure, but at a cost
 Orville Dash is no stranger to addiction.Now 79 years old, he is a recovering alcoholic but hasn’t drank a beer in 35 years. He quit smoking, too; he once inhaled three or four packs per day b...]]>
Water wars - Bad water feeds rage in Chatham http://illinoistimes.com/article-17744-water-wars.html Water wars - Bad water feeds rage in Chatham
 Grubs.Just when Craig Hall figured he’d heard it all, fans at a recent Glenwood High School football game recognized him as a South Sangamon Water Commission trustee and complained about a gri...]]>
Mature Mob - To battle the budget crisis, aging mobsters return to the stage http://illinoistimes.com/article-17719-mature-mob.html Mature Mob - To battle the budget crisis, aging mobsters return to the stage
 It’s one of those things that may seem like it’s always been here, but Senior Services of Central Illinois, Inc., is only 50 years old. And it hasn’t always gone by that name. Its roots go...]]>
On a mission - City pushes for Hunter Lake. Again. http://illinoistimes.com/article-17669-on-a-mission.html On a mission - City pushes for Hunter Lake. Again.
 Not long after an epic drought, good news arrived.“After what Springfield went through in 1954, it is heartening to know that the city’s water supply will be wholly adequate for the next 20...]]>
A budding industry - Inside a legal marijuana-growing operation http://illinoistimes.com/article-17626-a-budding-industry.html A budding industry - Inside a legal marijuana-growing operation
 Aside from the barbed wire perimeter, you’d never know from its appearance that this low, gray warehouse on a rural road lined with soybeans is anything noteworthy. Inside, however, are hundre...]]>
Hindus at home on the prairie - Chatham temple eyes expansion http://illinoistimes.com/article-17565-hindus-at-home-on-the-prairie.html Hindus at home on the prairie - Chatham temple eyes expansion
 At sunset one recent Thursday, Dr. Dharmendra Nimavat pauses outside the Hindu Temple of Greater Springfield, where he is installing new flags to replace storm-tattered banners.New complete-with...]]>
Tardy party - Illinois’ bicentennial year is less than 17 months away, but the state hasn’t yet made any plans to celebrate. http://illinoistimes.com/article-17541-tardy-party.html Tardy party - Illinois’ bicentennial year is less than 17 months away, but the state hasn’t yet made any plans to celebrate.
 In 1918, amid enthusiastic statewide celebrations of Illinois’ centennial anniversary of statehood, Vachel Lindsay wrote The Golden Book of Springfield, in which he looked ahead a century to i...]]>
The Legacy Theatre comes of age - Celebrating a successful first five years, the theater plans a bright future http://illinoistimes.com/article-17518-the-legacy-theatre-comes-of-age.html The Legacy Theatre comes of age - Celebrating a successful first five years, the theater plans a bright future
 Five years after local theater mainstay Scott Richardson quipped to friends, “I bought a theater. Won’t this be fun!” the Legacy Theatre is alive and well. Thriving under the watchful care...]]>
Fixing the People’s House - A grand plan to give the Illinois Executive Mansion new life http://illinoistimes.com/article-17500-fixing-the-people%25E2%2580%2599s-house.html Fixing the People’s House - A grand plan to give the Illinois Executive Mansion new life
 The Illinois Executive Mansion has fallen into disrepair before. At least this time, no one is trying to demolish it.The mansion has been the Springfield residence of Illinois governors stretchi...]]>
Trying to get race right - Springfield’s efforts to build bridges http://illinoistimes.com/article-17464-trying-to-get-race-right.html Trying to get race right - Springfield’s efforts to build bridges
 Sunshine Clemons was in high school when she had one of those formative experiences nearly every black person has involving police.Clemons, who lives in Springfield, says she and a couple of her...]]>
Farming out work - Business brisk for migrant construction workers http://illinoistimes.com/article-17441-farming-out-work.html Farming out work - Business brisk for migrant construction workers
 Less than 90 minutes after quitting time, the last member of this work crew from Mexico emerges, freshly showered, from the bathroom in a house that’s walking distance from a farm where they a...]]>
Feisty law firm fights for Rauner’s agenda - Backed by conservative activists, an upstart legal practice battles against Illinois public sector unions while synching up with the governor’s reform movement, a Rescuing Illinois report finds. http://illinoistimes.com/article-17427-feisty-law-firm-fights-for-rauner%25E2%2580%2599s-agenda.html Feisty law firm fights for Rauner’s agenda - Backed by conservative activists, an upstart legal practice battles against Illinois public sector unions while synching up with the governor’s reform movement, a Rescuing Illinois report finds.
 A small and obscure law firm backed by powerful forces sympathetic to what critics say is Gov. Bruce Rauner’s anti-union agenda is on the front lines of a groundbreaking government vs. labor m...]]>
Friend of bees - Arvin Pierce, a man on a mission to save, support and learn from the honeybee http://illinoistimes.com/article-17433-friend-of-bees.html Friend of bees - Arvin Pierce, a man on a mission to save, support and learn from the honeybee
 As Arvin Pierce and I pull up to a house in Virden and step out of his small red pickup truck, a young boy cowers near the back steps. He glares up at an active swarm of honeybees near a catalpa...]]>
Opioid Illinois - Sangamon County joins the battle against prescription abuse http://illinoistimes.com/article-17399-opioid-illinois.html Opioid Illinois - Sangamon County joins the battle against prescription abuse
 Even four years after successfully kicking his addiction to prescription pills like Percocet and Hydrocodone, Darren still red-flags himself at doctor visits.“I am a recovering addict,” said...]]>
Illinois’ historic problem - The state’s monuments to the past are in spiraling disrepair and their communities despair over the ultimate fate of these endangered sites, a BGA Rescuing Illinois report finds. http://illinoistimes.com/article-17361-illinois%25E2%2580%2599-historic-problem.html Illinois’ historic problem - The state’s monuments to the past are in spiraling disrepair and their communities despair over the ultimate fate of these endangered sites, a BGA Rescuing Illinois report finds.
 Illinois’ history is crumbling away. Mansions, museums and monuments that showcase Illinois’ past, and honor famous luminaries, ranging from President Abraham Lincoln to famed architect Fran...]]>
After the atom - Closing the nuclear power plant at Clinton http://illinoistimes.com/article-17346-after-the-atom.html After the atom - Closing the nuclear power plant at Clinton
 Illinois has a long history with the atom. The world’s first nuclear reactor began operating in 1942 beneath a football field at the University of Chicago, where scientists with the secret Man...]]>
Shredding Lincoln - Abe’s files in peril http://illinoistimes.com/article-17303-shredding-lincoln.html Shredding Lincoln - Abe’s files in peril
 This story is the product of a collaboration with Illinois Issues. Illinois Issues is produced in Springfield by NPR Illinois. The world had always known about Grace Bedell, an 11-year-old girl...]]>
Summer movie preview 2016 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17278-summer-movie-preview-2016.html Summer movie preview 2016
 If Hollywood knows one thing it’s, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Actually, the phrase is “If we got a hit, let’s run it into the ground.” This practice is never more apparen...]]>
Slow heist - Springfield woman stole $2.5 million over five years http://illinoistimes.com/article-17254-slow-heist.html Slow heist - Springfield woman stole $2.5 million over five years
 George Dinges trusted Susan Satterlee with every aspect of his Springfield-based business when he hired her 10 years ago as his operations manager. He would later find out she stole $2.5 million...]]>
One year, and counting - Jim Langfelder’s first year as mayor http://illinoistimes.com/article-17187-one-year-and-counting.html One year, and counting - Jim Langfelder’s first year as mayor
 It took nearly a year for the honeymoon to end, but Mayor Jim Langfelder this spring finally faced a room full of constituents angry at him.City council chambers in April bulged with people clut...]]>