IllinoisTimes - Feature http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-26-1-feature.html Wed, 20 Aug 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Black and white - Police say they’re trying to make the city safer. But black drivers feel targeted. http://illinoistimes.com/article-14307-black-and-white.html Black and white - Police say they’re trying to make the city safer. But black drivers feel targeted.
 Just before midnight on Nov. 4, Samuel Johnson of Springfield was returning home from Bloomington when he saw a police cruiser in the median along Interstate 55. He hadn’t been drinking or usi...]]>
The silliest catch - I survived the Redneck Fishing Tournament http://illinoistimes.com/article-14277-the-silliest-catch.html The silliest catch - I survived the Redneck Fishing Tournament
Whoever it was who said “Get thee to a redneckery” meant Bath in the wilds of Mason County, and so I am here for the annual Redneck Fishing Tournament. So are a lot of other people. From New Jersey. From New York. From Denver, and all points between. Forget Fustercluck in California, with its belly flop contests, and the Roadkill Cook-off Contest in West Virginia. Bath, population 320 on a goo...]]>
Downhome Fest is all about the music - Festival puts the power (and money) in the hands of local musicians http://illinoistimes.com/article-14248-downhome-fest-is-all-about-the-music.html Downhome Fest is all about the music - Festival puts the power (and money) in the hands of local musicians
  “Our idea was to gather up all these smaller, original bands and give them a chance to get up on the big stages, make some money and get their name out there,” says local musician Josh Cata...]]>
Forging a new path - Springfield’s Jackson Street could get a makeover http://illinoistimes.com/article-14215-forging-a-new-path.html Forging a new path - Springfield’s Jackson Street could get a makeover
 In the 1820s, when Springfield was still changing from a sleepy frontier settlement to a bustling metropolis, a small creek ran through what is now the city’s downtown.  Nearly 200 years...]]>
For the love of the game - Springfield Foxes play semi-pro football for free http://illinoistimes.com/article-14183-for-the-love-of-the-game.html For the love of the game - Springfield Foxes play semi-pro football for free
 Lawrence “Moe” Dampeer once was one of the nation’s most-coveted high school football recruits, receiving attention from the likes of UCLA, Florida State, Miami and Ohio State while starri...]]>
Science to solve tomorrow’s problems - State research center helps people, profits and the planet http://illinoistimes.com/article-14158-science-to-solve-tomorrow%25E2%2580%2599s-problems.html Science to solve tomorrow’s problems - State research center helps people, profits and the planet
 It looks like an overgrown garbage disposal from a kitchen sink, but the large metal cylinder sitting in B.K. Sharma’s laboratory is doing something incredible. It’s a reactor of sorts, turn...]]>
Summer movie preview 2014 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14131-summer-movie-preview-2014.html Summer movie preview 2014
 One look at the weekly box office totals for the first half of 2014 confirms that business is good in the American film industry. Too bad the massive haul the Hollywood studios rake in doesn’t...]]>
Prairie Dreams - A play tells the story of pioneers at Clayville http://illinoistimes.com/article-14103-prairie-dreams.html Prairie Dreams - A play tells the story of pioneers at Clayville
Prairie Dreams: The History of Clayville and Its People. Dates and times: July 4, 6 p.m., July 5, 7 p.m. July 6, 3 p.m. Admission: Adults (13 and over) $13.50. Seniors and veterans $11.50. Youth (12 a...]]>
Board games - Who should control Lincoln’s museum? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14077-board-games.html Board games - Who should control Lincoln’s museum?
 Steven Beckett pleads naive.When he drew up a bill to divorce the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, the University of Illinois law p...]]>
The future of power - Electricity may soon get cleaner … and a lot more expensive http://illinoistimes.com/article-14058-the-future-of-power.html The future of power - Electricity may soon get cleaner … and a lot more expensive
 Climate change is happening already, and climate scientists say the more the globe heats up, the more humans will suffer.Summer heat will last longer and bring hotter average temperatures. Wildf...]]>
Blazing trails the right way http://illinoistimes.com/article-14026-blazing-trails-the-right-way.html Blazing trails the right way
 Ever since humans could stand upright and walk, they would create paths to destinations that attracted them out of necessity or curiosity. Except for paved roads, things have changed little in s...]]>
SOHO turns 10 - Eric Welch’s passion project celebrates music and charity http://illinoistimes.com/article-14023-soho-turns-10.html SOHO turns 10 - Eric Welch’s passion project celebrates music and charity
 Twenty years ago, Eric Welch had a vision. “I was 21 years old,” he recalls, “and I’d started going out to the bars and seeing local bands that I was thrilled by. Then I would go downtow...]]>
In central Illinois, VA means delay - The national scandal hits home. An underfunded overworked health care system needs reform. http://illinoistimes.com/article-14002-in-central-illinois-va-means-delay.html In central Illinois, VA means delay - The national scandal hits home. An underfunded overworked health care system needs reform.
 The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs scandal is starting to hit closer to home. It was late 2013 when Dr. Sam Foote filed a complaint with the VA Office of Inspector General and met with news...]]>
The church lady - Anita Bedell fights gambling and keeps the faith http://illinoistimes.com/article-13927-the-church-lady.html The church lady - Anita Bedell fights gambling and keeps the faith
 She’s almost always outgunned, outfinanced and outvoted, but it’s hard to imagine Anita Bedell getting outworked.As executive director of Illinois Church Action on Alcohol and Addiction Prob...]]>
Gambling on a black rock - Public money pays for FutureGen to reinvent an outmoded energy source http://illinoistimes.com/article-13897-gambling-on-a-black-rock.html Gambling on a black rock - Public money pays for FutureGen to reinvent an outmoded energy source
 Coal has powered the world for hundreds of years because it is a relatively cheap and reliable source of power. But it’s also filthy, creating messes at every step from the mine to the smokest...]]>
Will teach for food - Adjunct instructors are making it work in central Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-13812-will-teach-for-food.html Will teach for food - Adjunct instructors are making it work in central Illinois
 The use of adjunct instructors – part-time, non-staff teachers in higher education, sometimes referred to as “contingent faculty” – has become increasingly common in colleges and univers...]]>
Fixing school funding - Illinois’ antiquated school aid formula doesn’t work http://illinoistimes.com/article-13787-fixing-school-funding.html Fixing school funding - Illinois’ antiquated school aid formula doesn’t work
 Illinois has seen the price of food, gasoline, shelter and most basic necessities increase. Yet for four years the state hasn’t increased the amount it pays per child in public school. And the...]]>
Getting it right - Freeing the wrongly convicted with the Illinois Innocence Project http://illinoistimes.com/article-13718-getting-it-right.html Getting it right - Freeing the wrongly convicted with the Illinois Innocence Project
 Brian Banks had the world at his feet.A promising high school football star with serious NFL prospects, Banks got his first college recruiting letter as a sophomore. Before he even started his s...]]>
Images of Illinois - Prairie Art Alliance photo contest winners http://illinoistimes.com/article-13687-images-of-illinois.html Images of Illinois - Prairie Art Alliance photo contest winners
“Great execution and composition.”“Lines,” a black-and-white photograph of the Peoria Civic Center, evoked this comment and earned Brian MacKenzie of Springfield “Best of Show” in Prairie...]]>
Eat real. Move more. - The genHkids campaign to get children healthy http://illinoistimes.com/article-13654-eat-real-move-more.html Eat real. Move more. - The genHkids campaign to get children healthy
As a response to what was being called an epidemic of obesity in America, Dr. Kemia Sarraf felt it was time to take action in Sangamon County. It was 2008. With Illinois near the bottom of average sta...]]>
Let the sunshine in - Springfield’s troubles with open government http://illinoistimes.com/article-13637-let-the-sunshine-in.html Let the sunshine in - Springfield’s troubles with open government
 Mayor Mike Houston calls the shots at Springfield city council meetings. And hizzoner wasn’t much interested in following rules or listening to anyone when nine people signed up to speak about...]]>
A beacon for ex-cons - Tower of Refuge gets parolees on the right path http://illinoistimes.com/article-13593-a-beacon-for-ex-cons.html A beacon for ex-cons - Tower of Refuge gets parolees on the right path
 Before he was even 12, Lorenzo Louden had shot a man and slept with two prostitutes. Growing up so early, it’s no wonder he preferred gang life to school and eventually wound up in prison.Now...]]>
Dead dogs walking - Strays get saved in Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-13554-dead-dogs-walking.html Dead dogs walking - Strays get saved in Springfield
 The dog on the exam table looks like a creature from a Star Wars sequel.Even with a doggie sweater on, it weighs just four pounds, five ounces, with hair so sparse it would risk a sunburn if thi...]]>
Cash helps Rauner climb - It wouldn’t be Illinois politics without money and drama http://illinoistimes.com/article-13529-cash-helps-rauner-climb.html Cash helps Rauner climb - It wouldn’t be Illinois politics without money and drama
 On the day Gov. Pat Quinn gave his annual State of the State address, which was preceded by all of its usual pomp and circumstance, Republican gubernatorial primary candidate Bruce Rauner steppe...]]>
Carrying the torch - Hip-hop stays vital in central Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-13502-carrying-the-torch.html Carrying the torch - Hip-hop stays vital in central Illinois
 Every Tuesday night Bar None (corner of Fifth Street and Monroe) plays host to Torch Tuesday, the area’s most reliable showcase for hip-hop music and culture. Presided over by Howard “Torch�...]]>
Sniffing out trouble - Inside the Springfield Police Department’s K-9 training program http://illinoistimes.com/article-13467-sniffing-out-trouble.html Sniffing out trouble - Inside the Springfield Police Department’s K-9 training program
 Inside a livestock building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds, a man is hiding stashes of marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine in state-owned work vehicles parked inside for the winter...]]>
What do the birds tell us? - Lessons from a 40-year study of the birds of Sangamon County http://illinoistimes.com/article-13451-what-do-the-birds-tell-us.html What do the birds tell us? - Lessons from a 40-year study of the birds of Sangamon County
 Birds are at once well-known companions and elusive visitors. Many embark on enormous journeys, bringing with them the songs of spring and insights into the health of our surroundings. They belo...]]>
Funny business - Mike Pittman’s long road from baseball to politics to his own TV comedy show http://illinoistimes.com/article-13413-funny-business.html Funny business - Mike Pittman’s long road from baseball to politics to his own TV comedy show
Mike Pittman is a former Springfield Cardinal, City of Springfield bureaucrat and east side real estate developer who now runs the Capital City Courier, owns a baseball training school and hosts a standup comedy show on FOX-55....]]>
Blues Sisters - Local women singers head to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis http://illinoistimes.com/article-13400-blues-sisters.html Blues Sisters - Local women singers head to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis
 “I have heartaches, I have blues. No matter what you got, the blues is there.”Jan. 21-25, at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, Tenn., hundreds of blues musicians gather fro...]]>
The innovators - Leading Springfield to a future of health and fitness http://illinoistimes.com/article-13358-the-innovators.html The innovators - Leading Springfield to a future of health and fitness
Fitness is in. We’ve all seen enough alarming articles about obesity in America to know that something has to change, and there are plenty of people in Springfield trying to do something about it. W...]]>