IllinoisTimes - Feature http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-26-1-feature.html Fri, 24 Nov 17 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 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...]]>
The GOP’s fresh face - Conservative with a clean image, Erika Harold launches unlikely campaign for attorney general http://illinoistimes.com/article-19254-the-gop%25E2%2580%2599s-fresh-face.html The GOP’s fresh face - Conservative with a clean image, Erika Harold launches unlikely campaign for attorney general
 It’s not unusual for Illinois politicians to end up in prison, but usually it happens after they are elected, not before.For Erika Harold, the only Republican running for Illinois attorney gen...]]>
Project Censored http://illinoistimes.com/article-19242-project-censored.html Project Censored
 In America, we commonly think of press freedom and censorship in terms of the First Amendment, which focuses attention on the press itself and limits on the power of government to restrict it. B...]]>
What’s behind bad behavior? - Acting up and melting down result from Adverse Childhood Experiences http://illinoistimes.com/article-19243-what%25E2%2580%2599s-behind-bad-behavior.html What’s behind bad behavior? - Acting up and melting down result from Adverse Childhood Experiences
 Educators are beginning to get answers to questions they have always asked: Am I doing something wrong? Why does a student react violently to a simple request? Why does another student retreat a...]]>
Evolving Benedictine - Three years after shutdown, “nontraditional” education takes shape http://illinoistimes.com/article-19204-evolving-benedictine.html Evolving Benedictine - Three years after shutdown, “nontraditional” education takes shape
 Bram Stoker would have liked this school.“Just drive by at night,” said Benedictine University Springfield Campus Director Janet Kirby. “It has taken time for the community to understand t...]]>
Jazzed up and down - Trying to rejuvenate a long-running jazz festival http://illinoistimes.com/article-19178-jazzed-up-and-down.html Jazzed up and down - Trying to rejuvenate a long-running jazz festival
 Once upon a time, before hip-hop, rap, hot country and even rock in all its formats, jazz ruled as the cool and popular music of the day. Considered a justifiably fitting style for an expanding...]]>
Outdated? - Townships face scrutiny http://illinoistimes.com/article-19167-outdated.html Outdated? - Townships face scrutiny
Tax collectors in the Bible occupy the same social strata as sinners and prostitutes. The Beatles portrayed the taxman as a taunting, greedy parasite.And then there’s Janine Stroble.For 32 years, St...]]>
The new activists - In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, grassroots protest is thriving in central Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-19101-the-new-activists.html The new activists - In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, grassroots protest is thriving in central Illinois
All across the country, a new surge of grassroots activism is taking place, frequently spearheaded by citizens who had not necessarily been politically involved previously. Often growing out of social...]]>
Mansion progress report - $15 million governor’s mansion restoration anchors nearby projects http://illinoistimes.com/article-19066-mansion-progress-report.html Mansion progress report - $15 million governor’s mansion restoration anchors nearby projects
 The fountain is gone. You can tell because a wide treeless dirt path, accented by a large mound of gravel, offers an unimpeded view of the empty space where it once stood. The north entrance is...]]>
Darkness in the daytime - Solar eclipse promises a truly cosmic experience http://illinoistimes.com/article-19017-darkness-in-the-daytime.html Darkness in the daytime - Solar eclipse promises a truly cosmic experience
 “For some people, it is a life-changing event,” said Dr. John C. Martin, associate professor of astronomy-physics at University of Illinois Springfield, regarding the upcoming solar eclipse...]]>
Eclipse events http://illinoistimes.com/article-19018-eclipse-events.html Eclipse events
Danenberger Family Vineyards: “Soleil Noir – Solar Eclipse Bash” featuring six bands, food, souvenir wine glass and safety glasses. Begins 12 p.m., tickets available at dfv.yapsody.com/event/ind...]]>
Historical eclipse tidbits http://illinoistimes.com/article-19019-historical-eclipse-tidbits.html Historical eclipse tidbits
 • Fifteen total eclipses have been recorded somewhere in the continental United States in the last 150 years. One that was visible as a partial eclipse in this area happened on Feb. 26, 1979....]]>
Cleaning up - New Berlin’s Brandon Sheppard is a dirt car king http://illinoistimes.com/article-18978-cleaning-up.html Cleaning up - New Berlin’s Brandon Sheppard is a dirt car king
Yeah, Roy so cool,That racing fool, he don’t know what fear’s about.He do 130 mile an hour, smiling at the cameraWith a toothpick in his mouth.– Jim CroceBefore the evening’s first green flag...]]>
Illinois, nuke dump - The Land of Lincoln is the country’s largest de facto nuclear waste dump http://illinoistimes.com/article-18949-illinois-nuke-dump.html Illinois, nuke dump - The Land of Lincoln is the country’s largest de facto nuclear waste dump
 Under a federal measure passed 30 years ago, the spent fuel from America’s nuclear reactors is supposed to be permanently buried out in the Mojave Desert, tucked deep under a mountain, far fro...]]>
Closing the summer gap - Camp Compass makes learning fun http://illinoistimes.com/article-18925-closing-the-summer-gap.html Closing the summer gap - Camp Compass makes learning fun
 “If you don’t want to come to Camp Compass, that’s too bad for you because we have a lot of fun here,” said Donovan, a fifth-grader attending the free six-week summer program serving low...]]>
Time expired? - Parking meters due for updating http://illinoistimes.com/article-18901-time-expired.html Time expired? - Parking meters due for updating
 There is plenty of parking in downtown Springfield – that’s what the experts say. Parking downtown is a huge headache – that’s what a lot of people think.The truth lies somewhere in betw...]]>
Living memorials - A memorial to one becomes a memorial to many http://illinoistimes.com/article-18879-living-memorials.html Living memorials - A memorial to one becomes a memorial to many
 Memorial. What a fitting middle name for Lincoln Memorial Garden. The founders of this gem on the shore of Lake Springfield envisioned a living memorial to honor Abraham Lincoln and his associat...]]>
Images of Illinois - Results from the SAA Collective’s sixth annual photography contest http://illinoistimes.com/article-18854-images-of-illinois.html Images of Illinois - Results from the SAA Collective’s sixth annual photography contest
 The sixth annual Images of Illinois photography contest saw numerous changes. The contest showcases the splendor of Illinois through professional, amateur and youth photography. It is spearheade...]]>
Music ties that bind - Generations of local punk/new wave musicians unite for a concert http://illinoistimes.com/article-18830-music-ties-that-bind.html Music ties that bind - Generations of local punk/new wave musicians unite for a concert
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Restoring the Marbold farmstead - Saving a piece of Greenview history http://illinoistimes.com/article-18804-restoring-the-marbold-farmstead.html Restoring the Marbold farmstead - Saving a piece of Greenview history
 To see the old Marbold Farmstead is to want to see more. The imposing brick residence on Illinois Route 29 20 miles north of Springfield dates to the 1850s and has been uninhabited since the 196...]]>
Smart talk on the radio - “The 21st” gives voice to Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-18779-smart-talk-on-the-radio.html Smart talk on the radio - “The 21st” gives voice to Illinois
 I believe that Illinois is a lot more connected than people portray it to be,” said Niala Boodhoo, host of the daily NPR talk show “The 21st” which airs live Monday through Friday at 11 a....]]>
Midwest motorcycle mecca - Bikers embrace Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-18749-midwest-motorcycle-mecca.html Midwest motorcycle mecca - Bikers embrace Illinois
 If you ride fast and crash, you are a bad rider. If you go slow and crash, you are a bad rider. And if you are a bad rider, you should not ride motorcycles. – Hunter S. Thompson Each spri...]]>
Broken record - Rauner gropes for silver lining as state flounders amid gridlock http://illinoistimes.com/article-18737-broken-record.html Broken record - Rauner gropes for silver lining as state flounders amid gridlock
 “How’s that working out for you?” That’s what Bruce Rauner, the 2014 Republican candidate, often asked in questioning why voters kept returning Democrats to run Springfield. Now he’s g...]]>
The gayest day in central Illinois - Springfield PrideFest 2017 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18665-the-gayest-day-in-central-illinois.html The gayest day in central Illinois - Springfield PrideFest 2017
 “I figured if Peoria was ready, Springfield was ready,” said Springfield PrideFest founder Jonna Cooley, offhandedly describing her rationale for starting up the festival celebrating the cen...]]>