IllinoisTimes - Feature http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-26-1-feature.html Fri, 18 Apr 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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...]]>
The dead zone - Oak Ridge Cemetery’s mid-life crisis http://illinoistimes.com/article-13334-the-dead-zone.html The dead zone - Oak Ridge Cemetery’s mid-life crisis
 During winter, especially, the signs aren’t obvious.Snow covers expanses of lawn prone to brown during dry summers. Dead trees, perhaps as many as 90, aren’t distinguishable from the ones th...]]>
The 10 best scenes of 2013 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13310-the-10-best-scenes-of-2013.html The 10 best scenes of 2013
Movies are about moments – big moments that erase our cynicism about cinema and remind us of its capacity to dazzle, quiet scenes that succeed in touching our hearts. This happens in a way only poss...]]>
The 10 best films of 2013 - Alienation and loss dominate http://illinoistimes.com/article-13311-the-10-best-films-of-2013.html The 10 best films of 2013 - Alienation and loss dominate
 The more things changed, the more they remained the same for American movies. Superhero films and sequels still held sway at the box office as the top five grossing movies fell into one of these...]]>
Four new holiday films http://illinoistimes.com/article-13239-four-new-holiday-films.html Four new holiday films
Grand performances move HustleDeception, denial and blind ambition are at the core of David O. Russell’s American Hustle, a wildly ambitious, relentlessly engaging and darkly humorous tale that feat...]]>
Music matters at Lincoln Land - Established and successful, music education is ready to grow http://illinoistimes.com/article-13203-music-matters-at-lincoln-land.html Music matters at Lincoln Land - Established and successful, music education is ready to grow
 On Wednesday, Dec. 4, outside Room 2250 in Menard Hall on the campus of Lincoln Land Community College, well-dressed young adults pace nervously, awaiting the moment they enter to participate in...]]>
State of the arts - Five innovators give their perspectives on the Springfield arts and music scene http://illinoistimes.com/article-13173-state-of-the-arts.html State of the arts - Five innovators give their perspectives on the Springfield arts and music scene
As 2013 draws to a close, the arts in Springfield are in an exciting place. Local visual artists, theatrical performers and musicians have rarely had so many opportunities to gain exposure, with a gro...]]>
Grocery stores galore - Supermarkets flood Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-13145-grocery-stores-galore.html Grocery stores galore - Supermarkets flood Springfield
 At first glance, it should be a matter of simple mathematics.If there are x number of mouths to feed in any given city, then that city should support y number of grocery stores. The industry rul...]]>
Batting a thousand - UIS athletic director Kim Pate keeps her eye on the ball http://illinoistimes.com/article-13128-batting-a-thousand.html Batting a thousand - UIS athletic director Kim Pate keeps her eye on the ball
 Three years ago, the athletic department at the University of Illinois Springfield faced criticism from several angles. Scandals large and small hinted at lax standards and a lack of accountabil...]]>
What makes The Whip Guy™ crack? - Springfield’s Chris Camp and his family of whippersnappers take their show on the road http://illinoistimes.com/article-13087-what-makes-the-whip-guy%25E2%2584%25A2-crack.html What makes The Whip Guy™ crack? - Springfield’s Chris Camp and his family of whippersnappers take their show on the road
 Lifelong Springfield resident Chris Camp is one of only four professional whip crackers in the United States. Locals may recognize him from his regular appearances at the State Fair but widespre...]]>
Paddling the Sangamon River water trail - A fresh effort to care for Lincoln’s river http://illinoistimes.com/article-13054-paddling-the-sangamon-river-water-trail.html Paddling the Sangamon River water trail - A fresh effort to care for Lincoln’s river
 Rivers have dictated the history of life itself, drawing to it animals, with humans in their wake. There are celebrated, legendary and notorious rivers – rivers that rage and those that range ...]]>
Cure for the common blockbuster - The Route 66 Film Festival, Nov. 1 and 2, opens a local window on the world of independent movies http://illinoistimes.com/article-13000-cure-for-the-common-blockbuster.html Cure for the common blockbuster - The Route 66 Film Festival, Nov. 1 and 2, opens a local window on the world of independent movies
For more than 10 years, the Route 66 Film Festival has been screening independent films from around the world for Springfield audiences. Not that local filmgoers have always been aware of it. “I wear my festival button all the time,” says Route 66 executive board member Lana Wildman, “and I almost always have to explain to people what it’s about.”...]]>
Project Censored - Annual media watchdog list critiques coverage of whistleblowers and wealth gaps – and the notion of journalistic objectivity http://illinoistimes.com/article-12957-project-censored.html Project Censored - Annual media watchdog list critiques coverage of whistleblowers and wealth gaps – and the notion of journalistic objectivity
This year’s annual Project Censored list of the most underreported news stories includes the widening wealth gap, the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning for leaking classified documents, and President Ob...]]>
Death in the jail - Settlement may be near in the county’s most expensive lawsuit http://illinoistimes.com/article-12935-death-in-the-jail.html Death in the jail - Settlement may be near in the county’s most expensive lawsuit
 The death of A. Paul Carlock of Springfield haunts Sangamon County nearly six years after the police officer turned clown died during a stint in the county jail.Charged with possession of child ...]]>
Urban pioneers - Bringing the Enos Park neighborhood back http://illinoistimes.com/article-12899-urban-pioneers.html Urban pioneers - Bringing the Enos Park neighborhood back
 In the 1000 block of North Fifth Street, a tall, former beauty is a beehive of activity. Construction trucks surround her and a swarm of burly men work inside and out to restore this two-story V...]]>
Engineered to succeed - Hanson’s global experience gets rail consolidation rolling http://illinoistimes.com/article-12883-engineered-to-succeed.html Engineered to succeed - Hanson’s global experience gets rail consolidation rolling
What does the future hold for Springfield? That depends largely on what happens with the proposal to consolidate rail traffic on the 10th Street rail corridor.If the project withers without funding, d...]]>
Crushed - Illinoisans struggle as student debt robs America's future http://illinoistimes.com/article-12826-crushed.html Crushed - Illinoisans struggle as student debt robs America's future
Angela McGonigle tried to do everything right. Born and raised in Springfield, she had saved $5,000 to attend Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville but used the money to study abroad instead. D...]]>
Going the mile - Springfield – a mecca for motorcycles http://illinoistimes.com/article-12803-going-the-mile.html Going the mile - Springfield – a mecca for motorcycles
It is, really, very simple.Apply throttle, turn left every 10 seconds or so and forget about the brakes. Boiled down, that is the essence of racing motorcycles on dirt tracks. You don’t have to ...]]>