IllinoisTimes - Dusty Rhodes: Fresh Ink http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-50-1-dusty-rhodes-fresh-ink.html Fri, 31 Oct 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Inquiring mind wants to go - Nosy writer has been inspired by place where the powerful sometimes trample the innocent http://illinoistimes.com/article-6115-inquiring-mind-wants-to-go.html Inquiring mind wants to go - Nosy writer has been inspired by place where the powerful sometimes trample the innocent
Just about seven years ago, I moved here from Texas to find out whether I could still do journalism. I had worked for major mainstream newspapers in Dallas and in Anchorage (yes, Alaska),...]]>
The plot sickens - Former SPD cop learns her mother's Burr Oak­­­ grave was likely plundered, resold http://illinoistimes.com/article-6098-the-plot-sickens.html The plot sickens - Former SPD cop learns her mother's Burr Oak­­­ grave was likely plundered, resold
The first time Renatta Frazier heard about massive grave robbing at an Alsip cemetery, she didn’t give it a second thought. A tiny village on the southwestern tip of Chica...]]>
Shades of gray - Friends of bicyclist who died in a crash are haunted by new DUI charges against motorist http://illinoistimes.com/article-6081-shades-of-gray.html Shades of gray - Friends of bicyclist who died in a crash are haunted by new DUI charges against motorist
Mark Jennings spent more than 20 years serving his country in the U.S. Army Airborne. When he retired around 2002, “Sarge,” as he was known, enjoyed gardening, cooking out and ...]]>
Teching things to extremes - A view inside opposing camps of the gizmo revolution http://illinoistimes.com/article-6072-teching-things-to-extremes.html Teching things to extremes - A view inside opposing camps of the gizmo revolution
Two years ago, Todd Green was happy with his Blackberry. Or so he thought. Then he went to his son’s basketball practice, where another dad hanging out in the bleachers was showing ...]]>
Boy wonder - Young state police director changes troops’ attitude, but not much else http://illinoistimes.com/article-6029-boy-wonder.html Boy wonder - Young state police director changes troops’ attitude, but not much else
It’s been less than three months since Jonathon Monken became director of the Illinois State Police, but already he has jolted the agency. Which is sort of what troopers were hoping he would d...]]>
Peace begins on Hazel Lane - Hope Institute and its neighbors are talking. There’s hope for the world. http://illinoistimes.com/article-6013-peace-begins-on-hazel-lane.html Peace begins on Hazel Lane - Hope Institute and its neighbors are talking. There’s hope for the world.
I now believe there will be peace in the Middle East. I also believe that the Illinois legislature will someday ratify a budget before the fiscal year ends, and Dick Cheney will appear on...]]>
High-octane intervention - Parole officer’s near-death experience sends him searching for “the gas-pump lady” http://illinoistimes.com/article-5997-high-octane-intervention.html High-octane intervention - Parole officer’s near-death experience sends him searching for “the gas-pump lady”
From the kitchen table where he was eating supper with his family, Jeff Hart saw the clouds change direction. They rolled east, then shifted suddenly west, like they had just de...]]>
Putting the leader in cheerleader - At Lanphier High, three brave boys add fresh bounce to the rah-rah squad http://illinoistimes.com/article-5970-putting-the-leader-in-cheerleader.html Putting the leader in cheerleader - At Lanphier High, three brave boys add fresh bounce to the rah-rah squad
You’ve seen these guys before. OK, maybe not this specific trifecta of testosterone, but you’ve undoubtedly seen guys just like them, clowning around on the sidelines at the f...]]>
To get fresh teachers, grow your own - Nikki Moore “belongs in a classroom,” but she didn’t know that at first http://illinoistimes.com/article-5950-to-get-fresh-teachers-grow-your-own.html To get fresh teachers, grow your own - Nikki Moore “belongs in a classroom,” but she didn’t know that at first
A few years ago, someone in the Chicago public school system came up with a brilliant way to help Riley Higgins, who was then about 3 years old and living in Springfield. Why would anyone...]]>
The long road - Deidre Lockhart, now a professional with a master’s degree, reflects on her colorful past http://illinoistimes.com/article-5889-the-long-road.html The long road - Deidre Lockhart, now a professional with a master’s degree, reflects on her colorful past
Ask Deidre Lockhart how tall she is, and she will tell you she’s just under 5-foot-10. You don’t even have to verbalize the follow-up question. With a tone that says “I ge...]]>
Give me Liberty or give me my identity - Tax service trashes names and Social Security numbers http://illinoistimes.com/article-5843-give-me-liberty-or-give-me-my-identity.html Give me Liberty or give me my identity - Tax service trashes names and Social Security numbers
Untitled Document Normally, if somebody offered to bring me a sack of trash, I’d find a polite way to say no thanks. But when Glenn Sisco called me, his trash sounded intriguing. ...]]>
Born leader - Quinn appoints 29-year-old to direct Illinois State Police http://illinoistimes.com/article-5814-born-leader.html Born leader - Quinn appoints 29-year-old to direct Illinois State Police
Ask Jonathon Monken how he got the job as director of Illinois State Police — at the tender age of 29, with no law enforcement experience — and he’ll start with a story ab...]]>
Give me Liberty or give me my full refund - Taxpayers seeking quick cash may end up trading their big check for a high-interest loan http://illinoistimes.com/article-5762-give-me-liberty-or-give-me-my-full-refund.html Give me Liberty or give me my full refund - Taxpayers seeking quick cash may end up trading their big check for a high-interest loan
Last week, my younger son lost two teeth in the same day. We all know what that means: he was in for windfall from the Tooth Fairy. At a dollar per tooth, he was due two bucks minimum. He...]]>
Former guv inspires creativi-T - Finally, a growth industry in Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-5688-former-guv-inspires-creativi-t.html Former guv inspires creativi-T - Finally, a growth industry in Illinois
Hooray, it’s T-shirt weather! Oh sure, the thermometer does not entirely agree, but trust me, we’ve never had more reasons to shuck the wooly turtlenecks and show off our tees....]]>
Life has gotten bleeping crazy - Reporting a scandal is complicated by the fact that he cares http://illinoistimes.com/article-5629-life-has-gotten-bleeping-crazy.html Life has gotten bleeping crazy - Reporting a scandal is complicated by the fact that he cares
Years ago, when I was new in town and causing trouble, Rich Miller phoned me, out of the blue, and invited me to lunch. As I recall, he gave me something like 15 minutes notice to show up...]]>
A housing crisis and its new year’s resolution - How a “heathen with a heart” arranged a miracle http://illinoistimes.com/article-5586-a-housing-crisis-and-its-new-year%25C2%2592s-resolution.html A housing crisis and its new year’s resolution - How a “heathen with a heart” arranged a miracle
This time of year, when you can offend one person by saying “Merry Christmas” and tick off the next with “Happy Holidays,” it’s nice to know you can still coun...]]>
No, it’s not like this everywhere - When will Illinois stop making excuses for bad behavior? http://illinoistimes.com/article-5540-no-it%25C2%2592s-not-like-this-everywhere.html No, it’s not like this everywhere - When will Illinois stop making excuses for bad behavior?
I should’ve known there was something sick about this state. After all, this is Illinois; it isn’t Wellinois. Ever since I moved here, two phrases have grated on my ears like ...]]>
Smiles across the miles - In all kinds of families, connections run deep http://illinoistimes.com/article-5486-smiles-across-the-miles.html Smiles across the miles - In all kinds of families, connections run deep
My baby Evan has always had a million dollar smile. I’m not saying that because I’m his mom; everybody with normal eyesight notices. It’s not just his perfectly aligned milk-white te...]]>
Smiling faces of diversity at Obama’s victory rally - “I’ve never seen so many people happy to be squished together.” http://illinoistimes.com/article-5422-smiling-faces-of-diversity-at-obama%25C2%2592s-victory-rally.html Smiling faces of diversity at Obama’s victory rally - “I’ve never seen so many people happy to be squished together.”
As I write this, I have been up all night. My feet are throbbing, my legs feel like they're made of old recycled tire rubber and my back has seized up so stiff that it hurts to str...]]>
The Grown-ups vs. the Webmasters - How we teach kids to stop being so creative http://illinoistimes.com/article-5366-the-grown-ups-vs-the-webmasters.html The Grown-ups vs. the Webmasters - How we teach kids to stop being so creative
Here's one of the most embarrassing moments of my life: My parents were visiting, and after dinner, we lingered around the table to chat. My son Milo, then 3, entertained himself with a foot...]]>
The challenge of eating on $25 a week - Getting a taste of what life is like on food stamps http://illinoistimes.com/article-5333-the-challenge-of-eating-on-%252425-a-week.html The challenge of eating on $25 a week - Getting a taste of what life is like on food stamps
Kris Armour never realized how much she enjoyed spending her afternoon break strolling to Del's Popcorn Shop and ordering a vanilla-infused soda pop. The treat became such a habit that ...]]>
Regarding Sarah - Even admirers of Alaska governor Palin question her qualification for Veep http://illinoistimes.com/article-5248-regarding-sarah.html Regarding Sarah - Even admirers of Alaska governor Palin question her qualification for Veep
A friend of mine recently called Barack Obama. Just dialed his cell number, then fell off his chair when the potential president actually answered. My friend freaked and clicked off without ...]]>
Messages in bottles - Kids hope to float environmental theme in state-fair parade http://illinoistimes.com/article-5181-messages-in-bottles.html Messages in bottles - Kids hope to float environmental theme in state-fair parade
At least one float in tonight's Illinois State Fair parade is going to look like trash. I know, because I saw it Monday afternoon. Designed to suggest a state capitol building, it consists o...]]>
First domino to fall - Governor’s cuts to drug-treatment programs will have wide-reaching effects http://illinoistimes.com/article-3820-first-domino-to-fall.html First domino to fall - Governor’s cuts to drug-treatment programs will have wide-reaching effects
Untitled Document Because she doesn’t want her name used, I’m going to call her Sue. For more than 10 years Sue has worked for a drug-abuse and mental-illness treatme...]]>
Reinforcing the %uFFFDblue wall of silence%uFFFD - Why recent court decisions involving two whistleblower cops should worry everyone http://illinoistimes.com/article-5079-reinforcing-the-ufffdblue-wall-of-silenceufffd.html Reinforcing the %uFFFDblue wall of silence%uFFFD - Why recent court decisions involving two whistleblower cops should worry everyone
Untitled Document In 2002, this paper published a picture of Alva Busch using a blow dryer to remove decals from his work vehicle. At the time the snapshot was taken, in 2001, Bu...]]>
Summer lovin’ - How Nelson Center camp transformed a troubled kid into a leader http://illinoistimes.com/article-5029-summer-lovin%25C2%2592.html Summer lovin’ - How Nelson Center camp transformed a troubled kid into a leader
Untitled Document The first summer that Mike Dial went to camp, he spent a lot of time sitting in the administrative office. Plagued by attention-deficit disorder, hyperactivity,...]]>
Feeding the good wolf - Teaching prisoners how to be better fathers — and better men http://illinoistimes.com/article-4988-feeding-the-good-wolf.html Feeding the good wolf - Teaching prisoners how to be better fathers — and better men
Untitled Document At the beginning of class, Mary Ryan goes around the room and shakes hands with her students, calling each man by name, making eye contact, offering a smile: ...]]>
The death of Superman - Bill Anderson’s journey through cancer had a healing effect on everyone around him http://illinoistimes.com/article-3644-the-death-of-superman.html The death of Superman - Bill Anderson’s journey through cancer had a healing effect on everyone around him
Untitled Document Letitia Dewith-Anderson once scared me silly. She rang my phone, which she didn’t do very often, and when I answered I could tell that this call was of so...]]>
The right to say thank you - Legislation would give adoptees access to birth certificates http://illinoistimes.com/article-4941-the-right-to-say-thank-you.html The right to say thank you - Legislation would give adoptees access to birth certificates
Untitled Document I hardly slept a wink the night before I met my mother. I was in a motel, just off Interstate 35, on the outskirts of the city where she lived with her family. ...]]>
Be patient - Bill Geiser had plenty of problems, but did he have to die? http://illinoistimes.com/article-4892-be-patient.html Be patient - Bill Geiser had plenty of problems, but did he have to die?
Untitled Document Initial reports didn’t reveal the name of the mentally ill man killed by Springfield police last Saturday night at the Bel-Aire Motel — so when I he...]]>