IllinoisTimes - Feature http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-26-1-feature.html Sat, 19 Aug 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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...]]>
Time expired? - Parking meters due for updating http://illinoistimes.com/article-18901-time-expired.html Time expired? - Parking meters due for updating
 There is plenty of parking in downtown Springfield – that’s what the experts say. Parking downtown is a huge headache – that’s what a lot of people think.The truth lies somewhere in betw...]]>
Living memorials - A memorial to one becomes a memorial to many http://illinoistimes.com/article-18879-living-memorials.html Living memorials - A memorial to one becomes a memorial to many
 Memorial. What a fitting middle name for Lincoln Memorial Garden. The founders of this gem on the shore of Lake Springfield envisioned a living memorial to honor Abraham Lincoln and his associat...]]>
Images of Illinois - Results from the SAA Collective’s sixth annual photography contest http://illinoistimes.com/article-18854-images-of-illinois.html Images of Illinois - Results from the SAA Collective’s sixth annual photography contest
 The sixth annual Images of Illinois photography contest saw numerous changes. The contest showcases the splendor of Illinois through professional, amateur and youth photography. It is spearheade...]]>
Music ties that bind - Generations of local punk/new wave musicians unite for a concert http://illinoistimes.com/article-18830-music-ties-that-bind.html Music ties that bind - Generations of local punk/new wave musicians unite for a concert
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Restoring the Marbold farmstead - Saving a piece of Greenview history http://illinoistimes.com/article-18804-restoring-the-marbold-farmstead.html Restoring the Marbold farmstead - Saving a piece of Greenview history
 To see the old Marbold Farmstead is to want to see more. The imposing brick residence on Illinois Route 29 20 miles north of Springfield dates to the 1850s and has been uninhabited since the 196...]]>
Smart talk on the radio - “The 21st” gives voice to Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-18779-smart-talk-on-the-radio.html Smart talk on the radio - “The 21st” gives voice to Illinois
 I believe that Illinois is a lot more connected than people portray it to be,” said Niala Boodhoo, host of the daily NPR talk show “The 21st” which airs live Monday through Friday at 11 a....]]>
Midwest motorcycle mecca - Bikers embrace Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-18749-midwest-motorcycle-mecca.html Midwest motorcycle mecca - Bikers embrace Illinois
 If you ride fast and crash, you are a bad rider. If you go slow and crash, you are a bad rider. And if you are a bad rider, you should not ride motorcycles. – Hunter S. Thompson Each spri...]]>
Broken record - Rauner gropes for silver lining as state flounders amid gridlock http://illinoistimes.com/article-18737-broken-record.html Broken record - Rauner gropes for silver lining as state flounders amid gridlock
 “How’s that working out for you?” That’s what Bruce Rauner, the 2014 Republican candidate, often asked in questioning why voters kept returning Democrats to run Springfield. Now he’s g...]]>
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...]]>