IllinoisTimes - Feature http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-26-1-feature.html Wed, 10 Feb 16 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Black behind bars http://illinoistimes.com/article-16751-black-behind-bars.html Black behind bars
 In 2013, one out of every 266 people in Illinois was in prison. For African-American residents, it was one in every 68 people.That’s just one of the shocking facts illustrating the serious rac...]]>
What’s ahead in 2016? - Lawmakers return to Springfield with some new ideas, but the unfinished business of 2015 will likely overshadow other topics in the second year of the legislative session.  http://illinoistimes.com/article-16686-what%25E2%2580%2599s-ahead-in-2016.html What’s ahead in 2016? - Lawmakers return to Springfield with some new ideas, but the unfinished business of 2015 will likely overshadow other topics in the second year of the legislative session. 
 Illinois Issues is in-depth reporting and analysis that takes you beyond the headlines to provide a deeper understanding of our state. Illinois Issues is produced by NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS in Spr...]]>
SHIPWRECK - Scorned woman scuttles $21.5 million cruise-ship verdict http://illinoistimes.com/article-16662-shipwreck.html SHIPWRECK - Scorned woman scuttles $21.5 million cruise-ship verdict
 Amy Mizeur didn’t hold back on her way out the door when she was terminated from her job at The Gold Center in Springfield last spring.“This is what you get when you refuse to screw your bos...]]>
The 10 best movies of a so-so year http://illinoistimes.com/article-16635-the-10-best-movies-of-a-so-so-year.html The 10 best movies of a so-so year
 I’ve seen a few movies in my time, so it’s very possible that a sense of burnout has set in. Perhaps that’s why most of the cinematic fare of 2015 left me with a feeling of “Meh” rathe...]]>
The 10 best scenes of 2015 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16636-the-10-best-scenes-of-2015.html The 10 best scenes of 2015
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 seamle...]]>
Illinois pols forge Cuba connection - As U.S. lifts sanctions, downstate lawmakers tout state’s agribusiness, commerce opportunities. They envision a new export boom. http://illinoistimes.com/article-16654-illinois-pols-forge-cuba-connection.html Illinois pols forge Cuba connection - As U.S. lifts sanctions, downstate lawmakers tout state’s agribusiness, commerce opportunities. They envision a new export boom.
 The restoration of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba has sparked a renewed effort to boost Illinois agricultural exports to the island nation, which has been under cripplin...]]>
First Night Springfield is ‘Downtown to a fine art’ - Family-friendly NYE celebration features 30 live performances, 8 stages http://illinoistimes.com/article-16598-first-night-springfield-is-%25E2%2580%2598downtown-to-a-fine-art%25E2%2580%2599.html First Night Springfield is ‘Downtown to a fine art’ - Family-friendly NYE celebration features 30 live performances, 8 stages
 Send out 2015 in a blaze of performing arts, fireworks and creativity and celebrate a new year at First Night Springfield. The Springfield Area Arts Council-hosted celebration is Springfield’s...]]>
Four new holiday films http://illinoistimes.com/article-16580-four-new-holiday-films.html Four new holiday films
 Joy a holiday also-ran There’s no question that David O. Russell’s Joy has a great deal going for it. It sports an incredible cast, including key members from previous efforts Silver Linings...]]>
Making a scene - Will Springfield pay for more and better music? http://illinoistimes.com/article-16537-making-a-scene.html Making a scene - Will Springfield pay for more and better music?
 Illinois Times invited a small group of area music promoters, booking agents and festival organizers to dinner at Obed and Isaac’s on Dec. 2 to discuss the presentation of live, original music...]]>
Upcoming concerts http://illinoistimes.com/article-16538-upcoming-concerts.html Upcoming concerts
 Thu. Dec. 17Hillbilly Casino, Jukebox Casanova and SS WEB at Bar None, 245 S. Fifth St.Thu. Dec. 17Epsom, Naked Spirit, Heart Attack Man, Attic Saltat South Town Studios, 11th St. and South Gran...]]>
Selling off Illinois - Governor wants more revenue but spinning off taxpayer-owned assets and services is risky business and ultimately requires asking the tough question: “Why do this?” – A BGA Rescuing Illinois report http://illinoistimes.com/article-16508-selling-off-illinois.html Selling off Illinois - Governor wants more revenue but spinning off taxpayer-owned assets and services is risky business and ultimately requires asking the tough question: “Why do this?” – A BGA Rescuing Illinois report
 When Gov. Bruce Rauner announced plans in October to sell the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago, he made a pitch worthy of his deal-making days in the private sector. “We’ve got to drive v...]]>
Don’t raze the Thompson Center http://illinoistimes.com/article-16509-don%25E2%2580%2599t-raze-the-thompson-center.html Don’t raze the Thompson Center
 The state government center in Chicago is showing its age but should be revitalized instead of sold to developers, argues a respected architecture and urban planning observer. The James R. Thomp...]]>
Money to burn - Springfield Fire Department resists cuts http://illinoistimes.com/article-16477-money-to-burn.html Money to burn - Springfield Fire Department resists cuts
 Seven years ago, the city of Springfield faced a fiscal crisis so serious that then Mayor Tim Davlin formed a blue-ribbon committee to define the problem and recommend solutions.The housing bubb...]]>
Letters to the future - Scientists, authors and activists predict the outcome of the upcoming UN Climate Talks in Paris http://illinoistimes.com/article-16454-letters-to-the-future.html Letters to the future - Scientists, authors and activists predict the outcome of the upcoming UN Climate Talks in Paris
World leaders from more than 190 countries will convene in Paris during the first two weeks of December for the long-awaited United Nations Climate Change Conference. Will the governments of the world...]]>
Homeless for the holidays http://illinoistimes.com/article-16413-homeless-for-the-holidays.html Homeless for the holidays
If you didn’t know better, you might think Richard Craig is a powerful businessman. An athletic, handsome man of 46, he’s dressed sharply from head to toe: black wingtip dress shoes, black dress s...]]>
Censored: Ten big stories the news media ignored - Even in the social-media era, when a small news outlet can create a viral story, some of the biggest news of the past year never got to most of the public http://illinoistimes.com/article-16381-censored-ten-big-stories-the-news-media-ignored.html Censored: Ten big stories the news media ignored - Even in the social-media era, when a small news outlet can create a viral story, some of the biggest news of the past year never got to most of the public
In 1976, when Carl Jensen, a professor at California’s Sonoma State University, started looking into news media self-censorship, nobody had ever dreamed of the Internet. Most computers were still bi...]]>
Modern fur traders - Illinois trappers have game in their skins http://illinoistimes.com/article-16357-modern-fur-traders.html Modern fur traders - Illinois trappers have game in their skins
 With the speedometer at 85 and fingers crossed, I fly toward the Macon County Fairgrounds in Decatur.I have gotten a late start, and so am risking a speeding ticket to see something that I might...]]>
Archaeology of a hate crime - Rail project uncovers evidence of 1908 race riots http://illinoistimes.com/article-16299-archaeology-of-a-hate-crime.html Archaeology of a hate crime - Rail project uncovers evidence of 1908 race riots
 When Floyd Mansberger and Christopher Stratton at Fever River Research began their archaeological investigation of 10th Street between Madison and Mason streets in Springfield, they knew the pro...]]>
Mitsubishi exits. What’s next? - A public-private task force seeks a new buyer or tenant for the automaker’s mammoth plant. But government may be reluctant to sweeten a deal with tax credits or other incentives, a Better Government Association Rescuing Illinois report finds. http://illinoistimes.com/article-16300-mitsubishi-exits-what%25E2%2580%2599s-next.html Mitsubishi exits. What’s next? - A public-private task force seeks a new buyer or tenant for the automaker’s mammoth plant. But government may be reluctant to sweeten a deal with tax credits or other incentives, a Better Government Association Rescuing Illinois report finds.
 For nearly three decades, the sprawling Mitsubishi Motors North America plant in Normal was an enormous economic engine, providing jobs and other commercial opportunities to its hometown and dow...]]>
A civil rights icon comes to Springfield - Congressman John Lewis’ new graphic novel and several lectures shine a light on equality http://illinoistimes.com/article-16256-a-civil-rights-icon-comes-to-springfield.html A civil rights icon comes to Springfield - Congressman John Lewis’ new graphic novel and several lectures shine a light on equality
 “We are tired. We are tired of being beaten by policemen. We are tired of seeing our people locked in jail over and over again. And then you holler, ‘Be patient.’ How long can we be patien...]]>
Autumn 2015 Brew Review - The beers of October. We drank lots of beer so you don’t have to http://illinoistimes.com/article-16241-autumn-2015-brew-review.html Autumn 2015 Brew Review - The beers of October. We drank lots of beer so you don’t have to
 Tastes change with the advent of fall.Absent the blast furnace of summer, we become more finicky, less willing to shotgun can after can from 18-packs that dip below 10 bucks when the temperature...]]>
Planes, trains and trucks - Decatur’s Midwest Inland Port turns transportation into economic development for the whole region http://illinoistimes.com/article-16200-planes-trains-and-trucks.html Planes, trains and trucks - Decatur’s Midwest Inland Port turns transportation into economic development for the whole region
 It all began with a napkin.The international food-processing company Archer Daniels Midland was paying $250 per shipping container to transfer its goods between two railroads in Decatur, and the...]]>
State prison reform plan held captive - It’s called RANA and its impact could be significant. But only if Illinois’ Dept. of Corrections unshackles the program, a Rescuing Illinois report reveals. http://illinoistimes.com/article-16169-state-prison-reform-plan-held-captive.html State prison reform plan held captive - It’s called RANA and its impact could be significant. But only if Illinois’ Dept. of Corrections unshackles the program, a Rescuing Illinois report reveals.
 Illinois’ devastated finances and well-known government dysfunction is claiming another victim – the legally mandated launch of a promising prison reform program designed to significantly re...]]>
Ghost of a library - Short-staffed jewel withers http://illinoistimes.com/article-16114-ghost-of-a-library.html Ghost of a library - Short-staffed jewel withers
 While tourists bustled in and around the museum side of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on a recent summer day, the library portion was quiet.Just two people perused newspape...]]>
Balancing school books - District 186 is financially stable, but still hurting from past cuts http://illinoistimes.com/article-16073-balancing-school-books.html Balancing school books - District 186 is financially stable, but still hurting from past cuts
 It’s only the fourth day of the school year in Springfield Public School District 186, but already Teresa Holton has her AP literature and composition students at Southeast High School reading...]]>
New operating system - Nonprofit gets a new operating system http://illinoistimes.com/article-16030-new-operating-system.html New operating system - Nonprofit gets a new operating system
 When Computer Banc first moved into its new headquarters on East Groth Street last spring, the 12,000-square-foot facility, formerly used by United Cerebal Palsy as a sheltered workshop, seemed...]]>
The high cost of budget cuts - When Illinois slashes social services, the vulnerable suffer http://illinoistimes.com/article-15988-the-high-cost-of-budget-cuts.html The high cost of budget cuts - When Illinois slashes social services, the vulnerable suffer
 In August 2014, a young, African-American student in his junior year at Lanphier High School was caught carrying a gun at school. The student, whose name is being withheld because he is a minor,...]]>
Keeping it Downhome - Showcase for local bands http://illinoistimes.com/article-15963-keeping-it-downhome.html Keeping it Downhome - Showcase for local bands
  The Downhome Music, Beer and Art Festival is in its fifth year and things are going like gangbusters. “It’s just grown exponentially for us,” says Downhome founder Josh Catalano. “We ha...]]>
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...]]>