IllinoisTimes - Feature http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-26-1-feature.html Thu, 24 May 18 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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...]]>
A mill’s tale - Pillsbury descends into Superfund status http://illinoistimes.com/article-19583-a-mill%25E2%2580%2599s-tale.html A mill’s tale - Pillsbury descends into Superfund status
 Ann Ridgeway was on her porch when the crash came.No one had told neighbors that a massive metal building was going to fall that day in October 2014. Towering more than 10 stories, the so-called...]]>
A building for belonging - Not just a hangout, the new UIS Student Union hopes to bring a community together http://illinoistimes.com/article-19562-a-building-for-belonging.html A building for belonging - Not just a hangout, the new UIS Student Union hopes to bring a community together
 “The coolest thing is that so many students participated in big and small ways,” says John Tienken, a former University of Illinois Springfield student trustee who is now a law student at th...]]>
Med school is a cut above - SIU School of Medicine remains a leader among medical schools worldwide http://illinoistimes.com/article-19448-med-school-is-a-cut-above.html Med school is a cut above - SIU School of Medicine remains a leader among medical schools worldwide
 Founded in Springfield in 1970, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has seen 2,818 students graduate (with 42 percent of those currently practicing medicine doing so in Illinois). Th...]]>
Jacksonville has a lot going on - From New Year’s Day to Taco Daze, from music to theater to history, the town is on a roll http://illinoistimes.com/article-19421-jacksonville-has-a-lot-going-on.html Jacksonville has a lot going on - From New Year’s Day to Taco Daze, from music to theater to history, the town is on a roll
 Everything old is new again in Jacksonville, even the annual New Year’s Day celebration in the west central Illinois city of nearly 19,000.“I would say it started in the 1970s. It was in the...]]>
Holiday events calendar http://illinoistimes.com/article-19401-holiday-events-calendar.html Holiday events calendar
 Winter Art SaleNov 30, Dec 1, 10am-2pm Thu-Fri. Featuring one-of-a-kind student-created art plus complimentary coffee and cookies. Free. LLCC Trutter Center, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2200.Edwards...]]>
The beers of winter - Here’s what to drink on a cold winter night http://illinoistimes.com/article-19386-the-beers-of-winter.html The beers of winter - Here’s what to drink on a cold winter night
 We are late.Usually, we do this in October, when oompah’ers are oompah’ing in oompah bands in the beer tents of Munich while drinkers pay homage to malted beverages without which the world w...]]>
The fast way to health and weight loss - How a Springfield group transformed itself by intermittent fasting http://illinoistimes.com/article-19349-the-fast-way-to-health-and-weight-loss.html The fast way to health and weight loss - How a Springfield group transformed itself by intermittent fasting
 In the guidebook for Narcotics Anonymous there is a paragraph which begins: “We have a disease; progressive, incurable and fatal.” The paragraph ends with the sentence: “Insanity is repeat...]]>
Homeless. The daily struggle. - As the city’s overflow shelter opens for the winter, the homeless ask whether more can be done http://illinoistimes.com/article-19350-homeless-the-daily-struggle.html Homeless. The daily struggle. - As the city’s overflow shelter opens for the winter, the homeless ask whether more can be done
 Sitting quietly inside an empty McDonald’s, Tracey and Michael Gragg ponder how they’ll find shelter for the night.Married for 18 years, the Graggs have been homeless for the last two. Micha...]]>
Sluggish market for high-end houses - Why doctors are fleeing Leland Grove http://illinoistimes.com/article-19327-sluggish-market-for-high-end-houses.html Sluggish market for high-end houses - Why doctors are fleeing Leland Grove
 Is there a doctor in the house? Not as many in the Springfield area, thanks to the state of Illinois’ budget woes.Uncertainty over the state’s fiscal situation, fueled by Illinois’ record-...]]>
Best of Springfield Party (Photos) http://illinoistimes.com/article-19293-best-of-springfield-party-%2528photos%2529.html Best of Springfield Party (Photos)
Hundreds of people turned out for the inaugural Best Of Springfield party at the BOS Center on Thursday, Oct. 26. It was 1985 all over again, and there were many celebrity sightings, including Flavor...]]>
Author, storyteller, teacher, friend - Jackie Jackson caps her literary career with publication of The Round Barn, Vol. 4 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19305-author-storyteller-teacher-friend.html Author, storyteller, teacher, friend - Jackie Jackson caps her literary career with publication of The Round Barn, Vol. 4
 Saying Jackie Jackson’s magnum opus is about a barn, is like saying Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a history of rabbit holes. The Round Barn encompasses a way of life that has all but d...]]>
High schoolers race for business success - Sangamon CEO teaches students entrepreneurial skills http://illinoistimes.com/article-19307-high-schoolers-race-for-business-success.html High schoolers race for business success - Sangamon CEO teaches students entrepreneurial skills
 Who would rise early to get to a class at 7:30, leave at 9 to spend a full day at school, return in the evening and even weekends to fulfill requirements, while also finishing homework, particip...]]>