IllinoisTimes - Feature http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-26-1-feature.html Sun, 25 Feb 18 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 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...]]>
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...]]>