IllinoisTimes - Feature http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-26-1-feature.html Fri, 31 Jul 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Faith and practice - History of the Jewish community in Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-15928-faith-and-practice.html Faith and practice - History of the Jewish community in Springfield
 Springfield’s original Jewish settlers arrived in the city in the 1850s. Some of them moved into Springfield from the surrounding small towns, where they had lived previously. Early immigrant...]]>
Extinct - What would be lost if the Illinois State Museum closes http://illinoistimes.com/article-15896-extinct.html Extinct - What would be lost if the Illinois State Museum closes
 There’s more to the Illinois State Museum than meets the average citizen’s eye. The exhibits on display at the museum’s main location at Spring and Edwards streets represent a tiny fractio...]]>
Take me out to the ballgame - A brief history of Springfield baseball http://illinoistimes.com/article-15863-take-me-out-to-the-ballgame.html Take me out to the ballgame - A brief history of Springfield baseball
In almost every large town in the state, base ball clubs have been organized this spring. We notice in our exchanges, not only in this state but all states, that this game is more popular than ever. I...]]>
Sounding off on Sangamon County - Citizen survey shows healthier, happier residents, but some problem areas remain http://illinoistimes.com/article-15850-sounding-off-on-sangamon-county.html Sounding off on Sangamon County - Citizen survey shows healthier, happier residents, but some problem areas remain
 Happy days are here again in Sangamon County – at least by some measures.The results of the second Sangamon County Citizen Survey were released on June 26, showing that residents of Springfiel...]]>
Pain on the way - Illinois’ budget cuts hit home http://illinoistimes.com/article-15802-pain-on-the-way.html Pain on the way - Illinois’ budget cuts hit home
Cash-strapped cities, towns and suburbs are set to slash public safety, reduce pension costs, tap rainy day funds and explore bankruptcy, a BGA Rescuing Illinois report finds.Dire budgeting and cost-c...]]>
Horrific health care - In Illinois prisons, getting sick can be a death sentence http://illinoistimes.com/article-15777-horrific-health-care.html Horrific health care - In Illinois prisons, getting sick can be a death sentence
When Rubin Watts arrived at the Dixon Correctional Center infirmary in 2007, his legs and feet were red and swollen, with stinking open wounds that were oozing pus and a bloody discharge. He had a ski...]]>
A band on the brink - With a new record deal, Looming moves to the next level http://illinoistimes.com/article-15737-a-band-on-the-brink.html A band on the brink - With a new record deal, Looming moves to the next level
 "I’ve always maintained that culture starts at home, in local communities, through creative interaction. Revolutions always come up from the grass roots, not top-down through corporate hierar...]]>
Law enFARCEment - Park cops protect, serve and screw up http://illinoistimes.com/article-15609-law-enfarcement.html Law enFARCEment - Park cops protect, serve and screw up
 The Springfield Park District police department doesn’t sound like a tight ship or a fun place to work. Consider a memo titled “Rumors” that former Capt. Jonathan Davis wrote to his office...]]>
Smart on crime - Put fewer in prison to save money. Get more in rehab to save lives. http://illinoistimes.com/article-15573-smart-on-crime.html Smart on crime - Put fewer in prison to save money. Get more in rehab to save lives.
 Each year, Illinois spends about $1.3 billion to lock up more than 48,000 prisoners. Nearly half of those who are released return to prison within three years. Parolees in Illinois face signific...]]>
Summer Movie Preview 2015 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15539-summer-movie-preview-2015.html Summer Movie Preview 2015
It’s summertime and at the movies that means two things – superheroes and sequels. Of the mainstream films being released between June and Aug., more than one-third will be followups, TV takeoffs...]]>
A black outlook - Illinois coal in slump http://illinoistimes.com/article-15473-a-black-outlook.html A black outlook - Illinois coal in slump
 A decade ago, Chris Cline was sitting at the top of the proverbial coal heap.Cline, who made his fortune mining coal in Appalachia, bet big on Illinois coal at the dawn of the 21st century, quie...]]>
We’ve come a long way. There’s a long way to go. - Thoughts for PrideFest from Equality Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-15474-we%25E2%2580%2599ve-come-a-long-way-there%25E2%2580%2599s-a-long-way-to-go.html We’ve come a long way. There’s a long way to go. - Thoughts for PrideFest from Equality Illinois
 Springfield PrideFest marks the first festival of the season celebrating Pride for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Illinoisans, our families, friends, allies and neighbors. On June...]]>
Battling rape on campus - Compassionate response to victims gives them confidence to report http://illinoistimes.com/article-15444-battling-rape-on-campus.html Battling rape on campus - Compassionate response to victims gives them confidence to report
 Julia Dixon only knew her attacker a few hours before her exciting new college experience became a nightmare.It was her second weekend at college, and Dixon, then age 18, was watching YouTube vi...]]>
Treatment instead of jail - Courts try new approach to mental illness http://illinoistimes.com/article-15379-treatment-instead-of-jail.html Treatment instead of jail - Courts try new approach to mental illness
 There is a court reporter in the courtroom of Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John Madonia on this Friday afternoon. That’s a bad sign.If everyone here in Sangamon County’s fledgling men...]]>
Edwards Place comes alive - Springfield’s oldest house reopens after restoration http://illinoistimes.com/article-15313-edwards-place-comes-alive.html Edwards Place comes alive - Springfield’s oldest house reopens after restoration
 In 1857, Benjamin and Helen Edwards of Springfield remodeled their home on what is now north Fourth Street, hanging ornate floral wallpaper in their formal parlor and their new children’s parl...]]>
Return of the mighty mustang - Feral horses from western states come to Illinois looking for a new home http://illinoistimes.com/article-15329-return-of-the-mighty-mustang.html Return of the mighty mustang - Feral horses from western states come to Illinois looking for a new home
 In a muddy corral on a hill in southern Illinois, dozens of horses chomp on hay and cautiously eye the cowboy-boot-clad visitors who walk past their pen. When a human gets too close, the horses ...]]>
Images of Illinois - Prairie Art Alliance announces juried photography contest winners http://illinoistimes.com/article-15280-images-of-illinois.html Images of Illinois - Prairie Art Alliance announces juried photography contest winners
From Chicago’s tallest towers to Lincoln’s log cabins, across the sweeping plains, through rivers, streets, rails and woods, the submissions for the Prairie Art Alliance’s fourth annual Images o...]]>
On the stump - Mayoral candidates differ, but you have to listen carefully http://illinoistimes.com/article-15252-on-the-stump.html On the stump - Mayoral candidates differ, but you have to listen carefully
 It is near the end of a grueling day on the campaign trail. The two candidates for Springfield mayor are sitting side by side in a Lincoln Library meeting room, where they’ve spent more than 9...]]>
The wrong guy - Witness misidentification leads to wrongful convictions http://illinoistimes.com/article-15235-the-wrong-guy.html The wrong guy - Witness misidentification leads to wrongful convictions
 Eighth Annual Defenders of the Innocent event5:30 p.m., April 8Erin’s Pavilion4965 S. Second St.For more information, call 206-6569 or visit www.uis.edu/innocenceproject.Angel Gonzalez was in ...]]>
In his own words - Mike Houston reflects on 12 years as mayor http://illinoistimes.com/article-15197-in-his-own-words.html In his own words - Mike Houston reflects on 12 years as mayor
Having finished third in the Feb. 24 primary, Mayor Mike Houston is finished as mayor. But he isn’t categorical about running for elective office in the future, nor is he shy about defending his rec...]]>
Rauner’s long shot: Right-to-work zones - Governor’s “employee empowerment” tactic seeks local support but attracts widespread union opposition, a BGA Rescuing Illinois report concludes. http://illinoistimes.com/article-15165-rauner%25E2%2580%2599s-long-shot-right-to-work-zones.html Rauner’s long shot: Right-to-work zones - Governor’s “employee empowerment” tactic seeks local support but attracts widespread union opposition, a BGA Rescuing Illinois report concludes.
Governor Bruce Rauner’s bid to establish statewide “right-to-work zones,” one of the major initiatives of his emerging state economic development plan, could become a rallying cry in Illinois’...]]>
Illinois governors in trouble - A history of corruption at the top http://illinoistimes.com/article-15149-illinois-governors-in-trouble.html Illinois governors in trouble - A history of corruption at the top
 Illinois was deeply in debt and its financial outlook was bleak. After a close gubernatorial race, the people of Illinois elected a wealthy Chicago-area businessman as their governor, hoping tha...]]>
An end to 30 years of hell - Illinois Innocence Project frees a wrongly convicted man http://illinoistimes.com/article-15109-an-end-to-30-years-of-hell.html An end to 30 years of hell - Illinois Innocence Project frees a wrongly convicted man
That morning started like any other for Christopher Abernathy, but he soon received a call that would free him from prison after 29 years for someone else's crime....]]>
Master mixologist, will travel - Intemperance Cocktail Consulting Service can mix your drink and tell you its history http://illinoistimes.com/article-15129-master-mixologist-will-travel.html Master mixologist, will travel - Intemperance Cocktail Consulting Service can mix your drink and tell you its history
 Edward Burch of Springfield can fix an extraordinary Martini with dry rye gin, blanc vermouth, and old-style Boker’s Bitters while recounting the drink’s unique history and the nuances of ea...]]>
Cub Scout Pack 202 visits Illinois Times office on field trip http://illinoistimes.com/article-15106-cub-scout-pack-202-visits-illinois-times-office-on-field-trip.html Cub Scout Pack 202 visits Illinois Times office on field trip
On Friday, Feb. 13, at 4 p.m., Cub Scout Pack ADDPACKNUMBER visited the Illinois Times office, located at 1240. S. Sixth Street, for a field trip. The boys were well-behaved throughout the presentatio...]]>
Promises, promises - How mayoral candidates are contending for the east-side vote http://illinoistimes.com/article-15080-promises-promises.html Promises, promises - How mayoral candidates are contending for the east-side vote
 Springfield has never elected a black mayor. It’s been 16 years since an African-American candidate even ran for mayor.Allan Woodson was one of Springfield’s first black aldermen and the las...]]>
Killing bobcats - Is it time for Illinois to lift the ban? http://illinoistimes.com/article-15056-killing-bobcats.html Killing bobcats - Is it time for Illinois to lift the ban?
Bobcat hunting, Ron Edgerly swears, is about as much fun as a man can have in the woods. Just listen to him tell what happened when the quarry doubled back on its tracks in the frozen Gogomain Swamp i...]]>
A Soviet immigrant in Springfield - David Brodsky finds his photographic voice in central Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-15024-a-soviet-immigrant-in-springfield.html A Soviet immigrant in Springfield - David Brodsky finds his photographic voice in central Illinois
 Before David Brodsky and his family immigrated to the United States almost exactly 25 years ago, with the help of the Springfield Jewish Federation, he was literally a man without a country. “...]]>
Rooting out systemic racism - After a decade of quiet struggle, the Dominican Sisters have started a movement http://illinoistimes.com/article-14969-rooting-out-systemic-racism.html Rooting out systemic racism - After a decade of quiet struggle, the Dominican Sisters have started a movement
 T he Dominican Sisters of Springfield have a long history. Their congregation was founded in Jacksonville in 1873 and moved to Springfield in 1893. However, some of the women who founded the con...]]>
Illinois’ broken tax system - Can Rauner fix it? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14932-illinois%25E2%2580%2599-broken-tax-system.html Illinois’ broken tax system - Can Rauner fix it?
 Governor-elect Bruce Rauner said all the right things while not saying much during a December speech in Springfield filled with generalities and rah-rah talk.We need a tax code overhaul and long...]]>