IllinoisTimes - Feature http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-26-1-feature.html Tue, 23 May 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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...]]>
Enos Park presses ahead - Revitalization efforts evolving http://illinoistimes.com/article-18641-enos-park-presses-ahead.html Enos Park presses ahead - Revitalization efforts evolving
 A century after its peak, Enos Park soldiers on, hoping to regain its reputation as one of Springfield’s most desirable neighborhoods.It has not been easy.Elegant Victorian-style homes are in...]]>
What’s so funny about Philly? - Comedy is serious business to Ray Phillips http://illinoistimes.com/article-18619-what%25E2%2580%2599s-so-funny-about-philly.html What’s so funny about Philly? - Comedy is serious business to Ray Phillips
 Growing up in the Philly projects with an African-American father and Italian mother, my Mom would try to cook soul food for my Dad and we appreciated it. But I’m telling you, spaghetti and pi...]]>
You’re a free man! Now what? - Illinois Innocence Project wants to help ease exonerees back into society http://illinoistimes.com/article-18578-you%25E2%2580%2599re-a-free-man_-now-what.html You’re a free man! Now what? - Illinois Innocence Project wants to help ease exonerees back into society
 The Illinois Innocence Project based at University of Illinois Springfield, is part of a nationwide network of groups working toward overturning wrongful convictions. Since it began in 2001, the...]]>
A crazy system - Mentally ill inmates clog jails. Sometimes they die. http://illinoistimes.com/article-18553-a-crazy-system.html A crazy system - Mentally ill inmates clog jails. Sometimes they die.
Tiffany Ann Rusher could be a handful. She was nonetheless loved.In Rusher’s final days, relatives gathered at St. John’s Hospital. Her mother, Kelli Andrews, rubbed Rusher’s stomach and feet in...]]>
Where history offers hope - The Springfield and Central Illinois African-American History Museum http://illinoistimes.com/article-18480-where-history-offers-hope.html Where history offers hope - The Springfield and Central Illinois African-American History Museum
 On Monument Avenue, next to the main entrance of Oak Ridge Cemetery, the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum sits in view of the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site. Th...]]>
Abe art http://illinoistimes.com/article-18452-abe-art.html Abe art
 Each year the cover of Capital City Visitor, published by Illinois Times, features a portrait of Abraham Lincoln by a central Illinois artist.  In 2017, for the second year in a row, we dec...]]>
Museum comeback - Illinois State Museum reopens with a plan to revitalize http://illinoistimes.com/article-18427-museum-comeback.html Museum comeback - Illinois State Museum reopens with a plan to revitalize
 The Illinois State Museum, founded in 1877, reopened its doors on July 2, 2016, after being closed for nine months due to budget cuts at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The closing...]]>
The proud history of St. Pat’s Parade - Preserving family traditions while supporting downtown for 33 years http://illinoistimes.com/article-18399-the-proud-history-of-st-pat%25E2%2580%2599s-parade.html The proud history of St. Pat’s Parade - Preserving family traditions while supporting downtown for 33 years
 Last Saturday, March 11, thousands of green-clad parade watchers of all ages gathered in downtown Springfield at the “Craic O’ Noon” to experience the St. Patrick’s Day Marching Band Par...]]>
A troubled life - Police killed Daniel Rogers, but did he have to die? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18373-a-troubled-life.html A troubled life - Police killed Daniel Rogers, but did he have to die?
 Daniel Rogers wasn’t dealt an easy hand.He was a roofer cursed by bipolar disorder. His father is an alcoholic with acknowledged mental problems. Rogers’ mother reportedly has Alzheimer’s...]]>
The vanishing Statehouse press corps - In an era of mainstream news cutbacks, ideological media step in http://illinoistimes.com/article-18344-the-vanishing-statehouse-press-corps.html The vanishing Statehouse press corps - In an era of mainstream news cutbacks, ideological media step in
 In the 1980s and 90s, when state government coffers appeared to be overflowing and the political parties worked together, the Statehouse press corps numbered in the 40s. Its size made “Illinoi...]]>
Precision beef bulls - At Illinois Beef Expo, DNA testing lets bull buyers ‘look under the hood’ http://illinoistimes.com/article-18345-precision-beef-bulls.html Precision beef bulls - At Illinois Beef Expo, DNA testing lets bull buyers ‘look under the hood’
 The Annual Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale on Feb. 23 during the 29th Illinois Beef Expo was pretty predictable. And the genetic testing that made that predictability possible was good new...]]>
Thinking outside the stereotype - District 186 students experience a dynamic cultural awareness program http://illinoistimes.com/article-18318-thinking-outside-the-stereotype.html Thinking outside the stereotype - District 186 students experience a dynamic cultural awareness program
 On Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 6 and 7, at Erin’s Pavilion, Springfield Public School District 186 held a series of unprecedented sessions addressing the subject of “cultural relevance,” popu...]]>
Reaching high - District 186 pushes for academic excellence http://illinoistimes.com/article-18290-reaching-high.html Reaching high - District 186 pushes for academic excellence
 Anyone who doubts the intellectual powers of public high school students need only watch Ruby Latif teach advanced placement literature to seniors at Southeast High School.The year’s reading l...]]>
The business of spreading music success - HISO Music is one man’s dream of helping others’ dreams comes true http://illinoistimes.com/article-18271-the-business-of-spreading-music-success.html The business of spreading music success - HISO Music is one man’s dream of helping others’ dreams comes true
 In a long brick building within a rented suite on Yale Boulevard in Springfield’s Harvard Park neighborhood, a quiet, yet profound revolution is underway. Here is the headquarters of HISO (pro...]]>
Young poets society - Three fresh voices aim to shake up Springfield’s literary scene http://illinoistimes.com/article-18225-young-poets-society.html Young poets society - Three fresh voices aim to shake up Springfield’s literary scene
 Poetry is at once the most marginalized and the most accessible of art forms. Pretty much anyone with both a thought and the desire to express it can jot down a few words and head to the local c...]]>
Downtown. Can we talk? - Faded gem needs direction http://illinoistimes.com/article-18169-downtown-can-we-talk.html Downtown. Can we talk? - Faded gem needs direction
Downtown Springfield lacks many things.A hardware store. A movie theater. A college. A dry cleaning shop. Modern parking meters.What it does have are things that no city wants in its urban heart. Vaca...]]>
A delightful mixed bag of movies - Chuck’s top 10 of 2016 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18123-a-delightful-mixed-bag-of-movies.html A delightful mixed bag of movies - Chuck’s top 10 of 2016
 There were two dominating factors in American film this year – Disney Studios and animated features – and it should come as no surprise that the success of one went hand-in-hand with the oth...]]>
The 10 best film scenes of 2016 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18124-the-10-best-film-scenes-of-2016.html The 10 best film scenes of 2016
 Movies are about moments – big moments that erase our cynicism about cinema and remind us of its capacity to dazzle as well as touch us. This happens in a way only possible with a medium that...]]>
SAA’s film series brings drama, variety http://illinoistimes.com/article-18125-saa%25E2%2580%2599s-film-series-brings-drama-variety.html SAA’s film series brings drama, variety
 Each winter for the past 25 years, the Springfield Art Association has offered an antidote to the common blockbuster with the Molly Schlich Independent and International Film Series. Over the co...]]>
Four new holiday films http://illinoistimes.com/article-18064-four-new-holiday-films.html Four new holiday films
 A vivid, effective MonsterWhile no one would ever mistake J.A. Bayona’s A Monster Calls as Christmas fare, love is at the core of the film. This is an at times difficult-to-watch movie that de...]]>
Springfield’s art scene is riding high http://illinoistimes.com/article-18032-springfield%25E2%2580%2599s-art-scene-is-riding-high.html Springfield’s art scene is riding high
 The visual arts in Springfield blossomed throughout 2016, with established institutions and grassroots groups alike reporting a great range of positive motion in spite of potentially mitigating...]]>
The faces of Jennifer Watkins - She’s sorry, and she wants her daughter back http://illinoistimes.com/article-18005-the-faces-of-jennifer-watkins.html The faces of Jennifer Watkins - She’s sorry, and she wants her daughter back
 Just two months ago, Jennifer Watkins and her daughter Sidney were living a new life in Massachusetts that now seems light years away.Watkins moved from Florida to Massachusetts last summer. Wan...]]>
Sustainably suited up - Gearing up responsibly for the great outdoors http://illinoistimes.com/article-17980-sustainably-suited-up.html Sustainably suited up - Gearing up responsibly for the great outdoors
 The trouble with winter is that staying warm in the cold weather calls for lots of gear, and all of our manufacturing, selling and consuming takes a toll on the planet we call home. Here are a f...]]>
Perishing Planet - Call to action on climate change http://illinoistimes.com/article-17943-perishing-planet.html Perishing Planet - Call to action on climate change
About the articleIn 2015 Illinois Times and dozens of alternative weeklies and other newsmedia outlets participated in Letters to the Future, a project published ahead of the Paris climate talks that...]]>
A call to action - Six things leaders must prioritize to address climate change http://illinoistimes.com/article-17944-a-call-to-action.html A call to action - Six things leaders must prioritize to address climate change
 1.    Impose a price on carbonThis could occur in several ways. The revenue-neutral carbon fee has a great backbone of advocacy support. It would charge fossil fuel producers at t...]]>
Speaking out of school - Former guidance dean reports from the front lines on District 186 racial disparities http://illinoistimes.com/article-17916-speaking-out-of-school.html Speaking out of school - Former guidance dean reports from the front lines on District 186 racial disparities
 Kelly Wickham Hurst spent about 20 years with Springfield School District 186. As guidance dean, she frequently took to her blog and social media to share stories of black students being treated...]]>
Lessons from Finland’s schools - Illinois Education Association president brings back ideas to improve education here http://illinoistimes.com/article-17891-lessons-from-finland%25E2%2580%2599s-schools.html Lessons from Finland’s schools - Illinois Education Association president brings back ideas to improve education here
 When I was offered the opportunity to participate in an education study tour of the Finland school system, sponsored by the National Education Association Foundation, I welcomed the opportunity...]]>
Lawyers behaving badly - Bankruptcy firm under fire http://illinoistimes.com/article-17892-lawyers-behaving-badly.html Lawyers behaving badly - Bankruptcy firm under fire
 In television ads and on the internet, Ostling and Associates boasts that it is Illinois’ largest bankruptcy law firm.“When you need help, call Ostling and Associates,” the announcer on a...]]>
Studying for 77 years - Upcoming event celebrates the oldest black book club http://illinoistimes.com/article-17897-studying-for-77-years.html Studying for 77 years - Upcoming event celebrates the oldest black book club
 Seventy-seven years ago on a cold winter night in February, seven African-American women met in a home on Williams Street to form a study group that would continue to this day. Known as the olde...]]>