IllinoisTimes - Feature http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-26-1-feature.html Thu, 19 Jul 18 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Open for learning. Ready for play. http://illinoistimes.com/article-20211-open-for-learning-ready-for-play.html Open for learning. Ready for play.
 The Kidzeum of Health and Science opens in downtown Springfield on Saturday, July 21. After years of planning and fundraising, the long-awaited children’s museum will at last be a reality. Kid...]]>
From dream to reality - History of an idea a long time coming http://illinoistimes.com/article-20223-from-dream-to-reality.html From dream to reality - History of an idea a long time coming
 Opening the Kidzeum has been a long journey with a winding path. In the end, it came full circle, with the Kidzeum opening in downtown Springfield just a few blocks from the original location of...]]>
Trail blazing - Jackson Street, Bicentennial Plaza and the Governor’s Mansion open for business. What’s next? http://illinoistimes.com/article-20189-trail-blazing.html Trail blazing - Jackson Street, Bicentennial Plaza and the Governor’s Mansion open for business. What’s next?
 After years of idle public speculation, abandoned plans and long periods of apparent inaction, the stretch of Jackson Street north of the Governor’s Mansion will unveil the results of a new st...]]>
Prizewinning Illinois photography - Results from the SAA Collective’s 2018 Images of Illinois photography contest http://illinoistimes.com/article-20164-prizewinning-illinois-photography.html Prizewinning Illinois photography - Results from the SAA Collective’s 2018 Images of Illinois photography contest
 Once again, Illinois Times celebrates the wonders of the prairie state by showcasing winning images from the Springfield Art Association’s SAA Collective annual Images of Illinois photography...]]>
Eight reasons to shop local - Shopping local not only helps you, it serves an entire community. Here are just eight reasons you should shop local. http://illinoistimes.com/article-20165-eight-reasons-to-shop-local.html Eight reasons to shop local - Shopping local not only helps you, it serves an entire community. Here are just eight reasons you should shop local.
1. Inject money into the local economy.When you shop local, your money and tax dollars stay in the community, helping your schools, your streets and your city’s coffers, which helps to fund everythi...]]>
Shopping local online http://illinoistimes.com/article-20166-shopping-local-online.html Shopping local online
 Online shopping is a tool that our culture has adopted in full force, and it is hard to argue with the convenience factor that online shopping provides. Even those of us who do our best to keep...]]>
History lives here - Restored Governor’s Mansion will tell the stories of its colorful occupants http://illinoistimes.com/article-20134-history-lives-here.html History lives here - Restored Governor’s Mansion will tell the stories of its colorful occupants
 Restoration of the Governor’s Mansion is wrapping up for a grand opening in July. The mansion is the third-oldest continuously occupied executive mansion in the United States and has been on t...]]>
Bicentennial and Beyond opens at Illinois State Museum http://illinoistimes.com/article-20139-bicentennial-and-beyond-opens-at-illinois-state-museum.html Bicentennial and Beyond opens at Illinois State Museum
 A vibrant and fanciful painting of Carolina parakeets is juxtaposed with a taxidermy mount of this once prolific bird that was hunted to extinction. An original John Deere steel plow appears so...]]>
The death of department stores - Bergner’s, Sears are shutting down http://illinoistimes.com/article-20126-the-death-of-department-stores.html The death of department stores - Bergner’s, Sears are shutting down
 With the corporate parent of Bergner’s declaring bankruptcy and Sears struggling, two of the city’s oldest and largest department stores, both in White Oaks Mall, are shutting down.But the d...]]>
Candidate Kwame - Kwame Raoul, Democrat for attorney general, explains his views, and the influences that shaped them. http://illinoistimes.com/article-20086-candidate-kwame.html Candidate Kwame - Kwame Raoul, Democrat for attorney general, explains his views, and the influences that shaped them.
The man who wants to be Illinois’ next attorney general has a mean jump shot, would rather listen than talk, has survived cancer and draws inspiration from his own life experiences when taking a sta...]]>
BACK TO THE BACKLOG - ILLINOIS PASSED A BUDGET, BUT THE STATE IS STILL A MESS. HERE’S HOW IT GOT THAT WAY. http://illinoistimes.com/article-20074-back-to-the-backlog.html BACK TO THE BACKLOG - ILLINOIS PASSED A BUDGET, BUT THE STATE IS STILL A MESS. HERE’S HOW IT GOT THAT WAY.
 A sense of relief returned to Illinois government last week. For the first time in years, lawmakers agreed to a budget by their May 31 deadline, and they did it with little partisan acrimony. Bu...]]>
Muni’s season of high-spirited fun - Little Shop of Horrors opens Friday http://illinoistimes.com/article-20037-muni%25E2%2580%2599s-season-of-high-spirited-fun.html Muni’s season of high-spirited fun - Little Shop of Horrors opens Friday
 The Springfield Muni Opera is starting its 2018 season on skid row. Specifically, the cartoonish version of skid row which serves as the setting for Little Shop of Horrors. The cheerfully dark m...]]>
Disrupter for governor - Sam McCann’s third-party long shot http://illinoistimes.com/article-19992-disrupter-for-governor.html Disrupter for governor - Sam McCann’s third-party long shot
 Talk about being unfriended.If State Senator Sam McCann from the Macoupin County community of Plainview was unpopular with the powers that be in Springfield before, he became a virtual pariah fo...]]>
World Affairs Council makes global issues local http://illinoistimes.com/article-19996-world-affairs-council-makes-global-issues-local.html World Affairs Council makes global issues local
 Since 1988 the World Affairs Council of Central Illinois (WACCI) has been sponsoring programs to educate citizens in the local area about U.S. foreign policy, global economic and environmental i...]]>
More fire than smoke - Heather Moore rises in Springfield Fire Department http://illinoistimes.com/article-19969-more-fire-than-smoke.html More fire than smoke - Heather Moore rises in Springfield Fire Department
As a basketball player, Heather Moore didn’t fit the mold.Chiefly, she was too short and too slight – vintage media guides from High Point University in North Carolina, her alma mater, list her at...]]>
NPR Illinois is on a roll - In a changing media landscape, the local NPR affiliate is determined to connect with listeners http://illinoistimes.com/article-19942-npr-illinois-is-on-a-roll.html NPR Illinois is on a roll - In a changing media landscape, the local NPR affiliate is determined to connect with listeners
 “NPR is one of the top news sources in the country today,” said Randy Eccles, general manager and publisher for NPR Illinois, the radio station housed at the University of Illinois Springfie...]]>
The Joy of Running 100 Miles - Meet ultramarathoner Joe Miller http://illinoistimes.com/article-19933-the-joy-of-running-100-miles.html The Joy of Running 100 Miles - Meet ultramarathoner Joe Miller
“It was sooooo much fun. I met so many amazing, grit-filled and passionate people.” Most of us can’t imagine that reaction to running more than 24 hours to cover 100 miles, with the temperature...]]>
SEIZED - Cops take cash, cars and sometimes houses http://illinoistimes.com/article-19898-seized.html SEIZED - Cops take cash, cars and sometimes houses
 The case sounds simple.Acting on a tip, Springfield cops last July 26 served a search warrant at a Black Avenue home near Fairview Elementary School, finding a dozen marijuana plants in full bud...]]>
Master farmers http://illinoistimes.com/article-19846-master-farmers.html Master farmers
 You need to be really good at what you do. You’ve got to be an innovator while respecting tradition. An inspirational leader and a public servant. A mechanic, conservationist, lobbyist, financ...]]>
Women unite in the battle against cancer - Women’s Power Lunch Against Cancer supports research at the Simmons Cancer Institute http://illinoistimes.com/article-19845-women-unite-in-the-battle-against-cancer.html Women unite in the battle against cancer - Women’s Power Lunch Against Cancer supports research at the Simmons Cancer Institute
 The annual Women’s Power Lunch Against Cancer inspires and educates, while raising funds for cancer research at Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at SIU Medicine. The 9th annual Women’s Power L...]]>
Kinetic energy turns kids on - Rube Goldberg elevates learning for fifth-grade engineers http://illinoistimes.com/article-19823-kinetic-energy-turns-kids-on.html Kinetic energy turns kids on - Rube Goldberg elevates learning for fifth-grade engineers
 Everyone wins when Engineer in the Classroom (EITC) arrives in area fifth grades for 12 weeks each winter. Engineers from local firms visit participating classes – this year 12 – to generate...]]>
Where computers go to die. And live again. - BLH Computers of Springfield does nationwide business in electronics recycling http://illinoistimes.com/article-19798-where-computers-go-to-die-and-live-again.html Where computers go to die. And live again. - BLH Computers of Springfield does nationwide business in electronics recycling
 From the outside, BLH Computers, Inc. looks like a small nondescript storefront business, located in a strip mall on Stevenson Drive in Springfield. If you’ve ever needed to dispose of an outd...]]>
Tools for battling e-waste - Landfill ban, recycling and “right to repair” http://illinoistimes.com/article-19799-tools-for-battling-e-waste.html Tools for battling e-waste - Landfill ban, recycling and “right to repair”
 Electronic waste, commonly called e-waste, is a huge issue worldwide. In 2016, 44.7 million metric tones (49.3 million U.S. tons) of e-waste were generated worldwide and only 20 percent was recy...]]>
“Springfield awake, Springfield aflame!” - A century on, Vachel Lindsay’s Golden Book is more prescription than prediction http://illinoistimes.com/article-19784-%25E2%2580%259Cspringfield-awake-springfield-aflame_%25E2%2580%259D.html “Springfield awake, Springfield aflame!” - A century on, Vachel Lindsay’s Golden Book is more prescription than prediction
In 1920, the Macmillan Company of New York City published The Golden Book of Springfield written by Springfield resident Vachel Lindsay. Like everything Lindsay did, the novel was a passion project, a...]]>
Jeanne Ives’ GOP insurgency - Challenging an unpopular governor from the right http://illinoistimes.com/article-19749-jeanne-ives%25E2%2580%2599-gop-insurgency.html Jeanne Ives’ GOP insurgency - Challenging an unpopular governor from the right
 “Don’t you think this will be the year of the insurgent?“ Jeanne Ives said as she strolled across the lawn of the Illinois Statehouse. Synonyms for insurgent include rebel or revolutionary...]]>
The pill pipeline - H.D. Smith under fire for opioid sales http://illinoistimes.com/article-19726-the-pill-pipeline.html The pill pipeline - H.D. Smith under fire for opioid sales
 H.D. Smith is a titan in the drug industry.Founded in 1954 on the outskirts of downtown Springfield, the drug wholesaler has grown to become the nation’s fourth largest distributor of prescrip...]]>
LBJ meets MLK at the Hoogland http://illinoistimes.com/article-19706-lbj-meets-mlk-at-the-hoogland.html LBJ meets MLK at the Hoogland
 “This ain’t about the Constitution. This is about those who got more, wantin’ to hang on to what they got, at the expense of those who got nothing.’ And feel good about it.” – Presid...]]>
Facebook’s bad news for the news biz - For years, media outlets chased the clicks promised by Facebook. Now the social media giant threatens to destroy them. http://illinoistimes.com/article-19681-facebook%25E2%2580%2599s-bad-news-for-the-news-biz.html Facebook’s bad news for the news biz - For years, media outlets chased the clicks promised by Facebook. Now the social media giant threatens to destroy them.
 As with any toxic relationship, the possibility of a breakup sparks feelings of terror – and maybe a little bit of a relief. That’s the spot that Facebook has put the news business in. Last...]]>
Making Lincoln come alive - Springfield’s Fritz Klein has been portraying Lincoln for more than 40 years. You’d swear he’s the man on the penny. http://illinoistimes.com/article-19655-making-lincoln-come-alive.html Making Lincoln come alive - Springfield’s Fritz Klein has been portraying Lincoln for more than 40 years. You’d swear he’s the man on the penny.
 He’s been doing Lincoln almost as long as Lincoln did Lincoln.“Lincoln died at 56, and how long has it been since I’ve been 56?” asked 69-year-old Fritz Klein of Jerome, one of the natio...]]>
Comeback kid - Former governor, aging reformer, Pat Quinn wants to be attorney general http://illinoistimes.com/article-19644-comeback-kid.html Comeback kid - Former governor, aging reformer, Pat Quinn wants to be attorney general
 I first met Pat Quinn when I was a radio news reporter nearly 38 years ago, and interviewed him in person regarding his drive to reduce the size of the Illinois House of Representatives by one-t...]]>