IllinoisTimes - Feature http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-26-1-feature.html Thu, 02 Apr 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Images of Illinois - Prairie Art Alliance announces juried photography contest winners http://illinoistimes.com/article-15280-images-of-illinois.html Images of Illinois - Prairie Art Alliance announces juried photography contest winners
From Chicago’s tallest towers to Lincoln’s log cabins, across the sweeping plains, through rivers, streets, rails and woods, the submissions for the Prairie Art Alliance’s fourth annual Images o...]]>
On the stump - Mayoral candidates differ, but you have to listen carefully http://illinoistimes.com/article-15252-on-the-stump.html On the stump - Mayoral candidates differ, but you have to listen carefully
 It is near the end of a grueling day on the campaign trail. The two candidates for Springfield mayor are sitting side by side in a Lincoln Library meeting room, where they’ve spent more than 9...]]>
The wrong guy - Witness misidentification leads to wrongful convictions http://illinoistimes.com/article-15235-the-wrong-guy.html The wrong guy - Witness misidentification leads to wrongful convictions
 Eighth Annual Defenders of the Innocent event5:30 p.m., April 8Erin’s Pavilion4965 S. Second St.For more information, call 206-6569 or visit www.uis.edu/innocenceproject.Angel Gonzalez was in ...]]>
In his own words - Mike Houston reflects on 12 years as mayor http://illinoistimes.com/article-15197-in-his-own-words.html In his own words - Mike Houston reflects on 12 years as mayor
Having finished third in the Feb. 24 primary, Mayor Mike Houston is finished as mayor. But he isn’t categorical about running for elective office in the future, nor is he shy about defending his rec...]]>
Rauner’s long shot: Right-to-work zones - Governor’s “employee empowerment” tactic seeks local support but attracts widespread union opposition, a BGA Rescuing Illinois report concludes. http://illinoistimes.com/article-15165-rauner%25E2%2580%2599s-long-shot-right-to-work-zones.html Rauner’s long shot: Right-to-work zones - Governor’s “employee empowerment” tactic seeks local support but attracts widespread union opposition, a BGA Rescuing Illinois report concludes.
Governor Bruce Rauner’s bid to establish statewide “right-to-work zones,” one of the major initiatives of his emerging state economic development plan, could become a rallying cry in Illinois’...]]>
Illinois governors in trouble - A history of corruption at the top http://illinoistimes.com/article-15149-illinois-governors-in-trouble.html Illinois governors in trouble - A history of corruption at the top
 Illinois was deeply in debt and its financial outlook was bleak. After a close gubernatorial race, the people of Illinois elected a wealthy Chicago-area businessman as their governor, hoping tha...]]>
An end to 30 years of hell - Illinois Innocence Project frees a wrongly convicted man http://illinoistimes.com/article-15109-an-end-to-30-years-of-hell.html An end to 30 years of hell - Illinois Innocence Project frees a wrongly convicted man
That morning started like any other for Christopher Abernathy, but he soon received a call that would free him from prison after 29 years for someone else's crime....]]>
Master mixologist, will travel - Intemperance Cocktail Consulting Service can mix your drink and tell you its history http://illinoistimes.com/article-15129-master-mixologist-will-travel.html Master mixologist, will travel - Intemperance Cocktail Consulting Service can mix your drink and tell you its history
 Edward Burch of Springfield can fix an extraordinary Martini with dry rye gin, blanc vermouth, and old-style Boker’s Bitters while recounting the drink’s unique history and the nuances of ea...]]>
Cub Scout Pack 202 visits Illinois Times office on field trip http://illinoistimes.com/article-15106-cub-scout-pack-202-visits-illinois-times-office-on-field-trip.html Cub Scout Pack 202 visits Illinois Times office on field trip
On Friday, Feb. 13, at 4 p.m., Cub Scout Pack ADDPACKNUMBER visited the Illinois Times office, located at 1240. S. Sixth Street, for a field trip. The boys were well-behaved throughout the presentatio...]]>
Promises, promises - How mayoral candidates are contending for the east-side vote http://illinoistimes.com/article-15080-promises-promises.html Promises, promises - How mayoral candidates are contending for the east-side vote
 Springfield has never elected a black mayor. It’s been 16 years since an African-American candidate even ran for mayor.Allan Woodson was one of Springfield’s first black aldermen and the las...]]>
Killing bobcats - Is it time for Illinois to lift the ban? http://illinoistimes.com/article-15056-killing-bobcats.html Killing bobcats - Is it time for Illinois to lift the ban?
Bobcat hunting, Ron Edgerly swears, is about as much fun as a man can have in the woods. Just listen to him tell what happened when the quarry doubled back on its tracks in the frozen Gogomain Swamp i...]]>
A Soviet immigrant in Springfield - David Brodsky finds his photographic voice in central Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-15024-a-soviet-immigrant-in-springfield.html A Soviet immigrant in Springfield - David Brodsky finds his photographic voice in central Illinois
 Before David Brodsky and his family immigrated to the United States almost exactly 25 years ago, with the help of the Springfield Jewish Federation, he was literally a man without a country. “...]]>
Rooting out systemic racism - After a decade of quiet struggle, the Dominican Sisters have started a movement http://illinoistimes.com/article-14969-rooting-out-systemic-racism.html Rooting out systemic racism - After a decade of quiet struggle, the Dominican Sisters have started a movement
 T he Dominican Sisters of Springfield have a long history. Their congregation was founded in Jacksonville in 1873 and moved to Springfield in 1893. However, some of the women who founded the con...]]>
Illinois’ broken tax system - Can Rauner fix it? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14932-illinois%25E2%2580%2599-broken-tax-system.html Illinois’ broken tax system - Can Rauner fix it?
 Governor-elect Bruce Rauner said all the right things while not saying much during a December speech in Springfield filled with generalities and rah-rah talk.We need a tax code overhaul and long...]]>
The best films of 2014 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14912-the-best-films-of-2014.html The best films of 2014
 As far as the movie world is concerned, 2014 will be remembered as the year in which things ended with an international bang and a corporate whimper. After having massive numbers of files hacked...]]>
The 10 best scenes of 2014 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14913-the-10-best-scenes-of-2014.html The 10 best scenes of 2014
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 seamle...]]>
First Night offers family-friendly arts and fun http://illinoistimes.com/article-14890-first-night-offers-family-friendly-arts-and-fun.html First Night offers family-friendly arts and fun
 The Springfield Area Arts Council’s annual First Night celebration is a year-end smorgasbord of art, music, dance, fireworks, friends and fun. It is also a fundraiser to benefit the various pr...]]>
Five new holiday films http://illinoistimes.com/article-14836-five-new-holiday-films.html Five new holiday films
Hobbit: Armies  finally gets us back againAnd so, Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films have come to an end…at least I think they have. With these movies and the director’s Lord of the Rings feature...]]>
At home with the blues - James Armstrong, the internationally renowned bluesman, relocates to Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-14810-at-home-with-the-blues.html At home with the blues - James Armstrong, the internationally renowned bluesman, relocates to Springfield
 Believe it or not, Springfield, Illinois, is red hot for the cool blues. The capital city is home to one of the oldest blues clubs in the nation, hosts a nearly 30-year-old weekly blues performa...]]>
The river Lincoln loved - The state’s plan to make the Sangamon a destination http://illinoistimes.com/article-14779-the-river-lincoln-loved.html The river Lincoln loved - The state’s plan to make the Sangamon a destination
 In the spring of 1831, when Abraham Lincoln was just 21, he and two other young men navigated a canoe down the Sangamon River. Lincoln grew to love the river, and his influence on it is still ev...]]>
High marks - It’s still early in Jennifer Gill’s tenure as District 186 schools superintendent. But so far people like what they see. http://illinoistimes.com/article-14750-high-marks.html High marks - It’s still early in Jennifer Gill’s tenure as District 186 schools superintendent. But so far people like what they see.
 Jennifer Gill wasn’t always a leader.Her days at Springfield High School were busy ones. She spent a year on the student council. Worked on the yearbook staff during her senior year in 1987. B...]]>
Pot biz lights up - Medical marijuana investors count on secrecy, profits and expansion http://illinoistimes.com/article-14717-pot-biz-lights-up.html Pot biz lights up - Medical marijuana investors count on secrecy, profits and expansion
About the articleThis article is the product of the first collaboration between Illinois Times and the Better Government Association. The BGA is an independent, nonpartisan and nonprofit government wa...]]>
Punk paradise in Southtown - How 11th and South Grand became a DIY mecca http://illinoistimes.com/article-14687-punk-paradise-in-southtown.html Punk paradise in Southtown - How 11th and South Grand became a DIY mecca
 “We needed a place for kids to go in Springfield,” says Kevin Bradford, 31, cofounder of all-ages music venue Black Sheep Café, located near the corner of 11th Street and South Grand in the...]]>
Gloomy days for CWLP - Utility faces financial storm http://illinoistimes.com/article-14657-gloomy-days-for-cwlp.html Gloomy days for CWLP - Utility faces financial storm
 Eric Hobbie calls it “a perfect storm.”One of the biggest squalls in the history of Springfield City Water, Light and Power looms large while Hobbie, chief utility engineer at CWLP, tries to...]]>
Project Censored - Ocean acidification tops the annual list of important stories ignored by the mainstream media http://illinoistimes.com/article-14607-project-censored.html Project Censored - Ocean acidification tops the annual list of important stories ignored by the mainstream media
 Our oceans are acidifying – even if the nightly news hasn’t told you yet.As humanity continues to fill the atmosphere with harmful gases, the planet is becoming less hospitable to life as we...]]>
The most expensive lawsuit - Stubbornness costs Sangamon County $5.3 million http://illinoistimes.com/article-14580-the-most-expensive-lawsuit.html The most expensive lawsuit - Stubbornness costs Sangamon County $5.3 million
 With a $2.6 million check from taxpayers in hand, the widow of the late Amon Paul Carlock, who died after a struggle with Sangamon County jailers in 2007, says that she doesn’t feel like a win...]]>
Cage warrior http://illinoistimes.com/article-14550-cage-warrior.html Cage warrior
 The outcome wasn’t what she had hoped for. Tamikka Brents doesn’t take losing lightly. “I hate losing. But I will just train harder. This just didn’t turn out like I had planned,” said...]]>
Okto-Beer Fest - In search of the perfect fall brew http://illinoistimes.com/article-14522-okto-beer-fest.html Okto-Beer Fest - In search of the perfect fall brew
 In Munich, more than 4,000 miles away from Springfield, they’ve been partying for almost two weeks now, listening to oompah bands and eating Steckerlfisch (aka roast fish-on-a-stick) and sucki...]]>
The darker side of Amazon.com - ‘Cheap’ comes at a very hefty price http://illinoistimes.com/article-14493-the-darker-side-of-amazoncom.html The darker side of Amazon.com - ‘Cheap’ comes at a very hefty price
 In his classic 1936 comedy, Modern Times, silent filmmaker Charlie Chaplin depicts the trials and tribulations of a harried factory worker trying to cope with the sprockets, cogs, conveyor belts...]]>
Artists on the move - With new digs and respect, The Pharmacy grows up http://illinoistimes.com/article-14428-artists-on-the-move.html Artists on the move - With new digs and respect, The Pharmacy grows up
 Since its first group exhibit in November of 2011, the independent artist collective known as The Pharmacy has been a force to be reckoned with in the Springfield arts scene, providing affordabl...]]>