IllinoisTimes - Feature http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-26-1-feature.html Sun, 26 Feb 17 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Thinking outside the stereotype - District 186 students experience a dynamic cultural awareness program http://illinoistimes.com/article-18318-thinking-outside-the-stereotype.html Thinking outside the stereotype - District 186 students experience a dynamic cultural awareness program
 On Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 6 and 7, at Erin’s Pavilion, Springfield Public School District 186 held a series of unprecedented sessions addressing the subject of “cultural relevance,” popu...]]>
Reaching high - District 186 pushes for academic excellence http://illinoistimes.com/article-18290-reaching-high.html Reaching high - District 186 pushes for academic excellence
 Anyone who doubts the intellectual powers of public high school students need only watch Ruby Latif teach advanced placement literature to seniors at Southeast High School.The year’s reading l...]]>
The business of spreading music success - HISO Music is one man’s dream of helping others’ dreams comes true http://illinoistimes.com/article-18271-the-business-of-spreading-music-success.html The business of spreading music success - HISO Music is one man’s dream of helping others’ dreams comes true
 In a long brick building within a rented suite on Yale Boulevard in Springfield’s Harvard Park neighborhood, a quiet, yet profound revolution is underway. Here is the headquarters of HISO (pro...]]>
Young poets society - Three fresh voices aim to shake up Springfield’s literary scene http://illinoistimes.com/article-18225-young-poets-society.html Young poets society - Three fresh voices aim to shake up Springfield’s literary scene
 Poetry is at once the most marginalized and the most accessible of art forms. Pretty much anyone with both a thought and the desire to express it can jot down a few words and head to the local c...]]>
Downtown. Can we talk? - Faded gem needs direction http://illinoistimes.com/article-18169-downtown-can-we-talk.html Downtown. Can we talk? - Faded gem needs direction
Downtown Springfield lacks many things.A hardware store. A movie theater. A college. A dry cleaning shop. Modern parking meters.What it does have are things that no city wants in its urban heart. Vaca...]]>
A delightful mixed bag of movies - Chuck’s top 10 of 2016 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18123-a-delightful-mixed-bag-of-movies.html A delightful mixed bag of movies - Chuck’s top 10 of 2016
 There were two dominating factors in American film this year – Disney Studios and animated features – and it should come as no surprise that the success of one went hand-in-hand with the oth...]]>
The 10 best film scenes of 2016 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18124-the-10-best-film-scenes-of-2016.html The 10 best film scenes of 2016
 Movies are about moments – big moments that erase our cynicism about cinema and remind us of its capacity to dazzle as well as touch us. This happens in a way only possible with a medium that...]]>
SAA’s film series brings drama, variety http://illinoistimes.com/article-18125-saa%25E2%2580%2599s-film-series-brings-drama-variety.html SAA’s film series brings drama, variety
 Each winter for the past 25 years, the Springfield Art Association has offered an antidote to the common blockbuster with the Molly Schlich Independent and International Film Series. Over the co...]]>
Four new holiday films http://illinoistimes.com/article-18064-four-new-holiday-films.html Four new holiday films
 A vivid, effective MonsterWhile no one would ever mistake J.A. Bayona’s A Monster Calls as Christmas fare, love is at the core of the film. This is an at times difficult-to-watch movie that de...]]>
Springfield’s art scene is riding high http://illinoistimes.com/article-18032-springfield%25E2%2580%2599s-art-scene-is-riding-high.html Springfield’s art scene is riding high
 The visual arts in Springfield blossomed throughout 2016, with established institutions and grassroots groups alike reporting a great range of positive motion in spite of potentially mitigating...]]>
The faces of Jennifer Watkins - She’s sorry, and she wants her daughter back http://illinoistimes.com/article-18005-the-faces-of-jennifer-watkins.html The faces of Jennifer Watkins - She’s sorry, and she wants her daughter back
 Just two months ago, Jennifer Watkins and her daughter Sidney were living a new life in Massachusetts that now seems light years away.Watkins moved from Florida to Massachusetts last summer. Wan...]]>
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...]]>