IllinoisTimes - Feature https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-26-1-feature.html Tue, 23 Oct 18 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 Hemp - It’s not weed anymore https://illinoistimes.com/article-20542-hemp.html Hemp - It’s not weed anymore
 It’s only been legal since Aug. 26, but there are already farmers throughout the state who want to start growing Illinois’ latest cash crop.The Illinois Industrial Hemp Act was signed into l...]]>
Echoes of yesteryear - Walk through the cemetery, listen to the dead https://illinoistimes.com/article-20524-echoes-of-yesteryear.html Echoes of yesteryear - Walk through the cemetery, listen to the dead
Where are Elmer, Herman, Bert, Tom, and CharleyAll, all are sleeping on the hillOne passed in a fever,One was burned in a mine,One was killed in a brawl,One died in a jail,One fell from a bridge, toil...]]>
Where they stand - A pro-union Republican challenges a pro-gun Democrat https://illinoistimes.com/article-20498-where-they-stand.html Where they stand - A pro-union Republican challenges a pro-gun Democrat
Organized labor will have a friend in the State Capitol no matter who wins the 96th District state representative race on Nov. 6.Democratic incumbent Sue Scherer of Decatur was a longtime union member...]]>
Growing green buildings - 15th Annual Green Symposium for Central Illinois https://illinoistimes.com/article-20501-growing-green-buildings.html Growing green buildings - 15th Annual Green Symposium for Central Illinois
 Solar panels, monarch butterflies, energy efficiency, eco-designed chairs, clean energy, rooftop gardens, manufactured construction and pollinator pockets are just some of the sustainability top...]]>
Architecture makes life better https://illinoistimes.com/article-20503-architecture-makes-life-better.html Architecture makes life better
 As a freelance writer, I enjoy writing about an eclectic range of topics – health and fitness, nutrition, museums, travel, advocacy, government, local businesses, community leaders, wedding pl...]]>
Opening doors to beautiful windows - Open house at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel https://illinoistimes.com/article-20505-opening-doors-to-beautiful-windows.html Opening doors to beautiful windows - Open house at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel
 You’ve likely driven by the Sacred Heart Convent Chapel many times without realizing you are passing by an architectural gem filled with spectacular stained glass. The Sacred Heart Convent, on...]]>
Starting Springfield’s economic engine - Will public money help? https://illinoistimes.com/article-20469-starting-springfield%25E2%2580%2599s-economic-engine.html Starting Springfield’s economic engine - Will public money help?
 If nothing else, hundreds of thousands of dollars in public money buys hyperbole.“This is, indeed, a once in a generation opportunity,” Timothy Killeen, University of Illinois president, sai...]]>
One answer to the teacher shortage https://illinoistimes.com/article-20445-one-answer-to-the-teacher-shortage.html One answer to the teacher shortage
 Like most states, Illinois is struggling with a severe teacher shortage. And, also like most states, that shortage is felt most profoundly in the area of special education. There is, however, an...]]>
‘You can get a lot done in the morning.’ - J.B. Pritzker, Democrat for governor, reflects on Bruce Rauner, learning from failure and plans to change Illinois https://illinoistimes.com/article-20417-%25E2%2580%2598you-can-get-a-lot-done-in-the-morning%25E2%2580%2599.html ‘You can get a lot done in the morning.’ - J.B. Pritzker, Democrat for governor, reflects on Bruce Rauner, learning from failure and plans to change Illinois
 Jay Robert “J.B.” Pritzker, D-Chicago, lives by the mantra that the “the early bird catches the worm.” “I’m a guy who gets up pretty early in the morning, and my staff hates it becau...]]>
Best Of Springfield 2018 https://illinoistimes.com/article-20438-best-of-springfield-2018.html Best Of Springfield 2018
Best of Springfield Runoff voting has ended. The readers choice for Best of Springfield will be announced in the October 25, 2018 issue and at the Best of Springfield Party on October 25, 2018, at the BOS Center. For event info and tickets go to https://illinoistimestix.com/events/best-of-springfield
Featuring live music from The Deep Hollow and The Shenanigans. Plus food, wine, beer, and ...]]>
A life in music - Choral Society director Marion van der Loo closes her four-decade career with a flourish https://illinoistimes.com/article-20386-a-life-in-music.html A life in music - Choral Society director Marion van der Loo closes her four-decade career with a flourish
 “One of the things I had said all my life was, I want my own chorus,” said Marion van der Loo. “I wanted a chorus where I chose the music, I taught the music and I conducted the music.”I...]]>
Politics of civility - The 99th District House race pits two nice guys against each other https://illinoistimes.com/article-20373-politics-of-civility.html Politics of civility - The 99th District House race pits two nice guys against each other
 The two men running for the 99th District State Representative seat in the Nov. 6 general election had the exact same thing to say about each other:“He’s a nice guy.”Democrat Marc Bell and...]]>
Remains of the race riot - Springfield’s 1908 fires continue to smolder https://illinoistimes.com/article-20322-remains-of-the-race-riot.html Remains of the race riot - Springfield’s 1908 fires continue to smolder
 “Whites have often feared that greater freedom for others necessarily implies a loss for themselves” – Michael Cassity, Chains of Fear (1984) In recent weeks, much area media attention has...]]>
ISF Grandstand - Photo Gallery https://illinoistimes.com/article-20308-isf-grandstand.html ISF Grandstand - Photo Gallery
A sampling of the many musical performances at the Illinois State Fair. ...]]>
Illinois State Fair - Opening night - Photo Gallery https://illinoistimes.com/article-20306-illinois-state-fair-opening-night.html Illinois State Fair - Opening night - Photo Gallery
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Candidates for Congress square off - On the issues, with Betsy Dirksen Londrigan and Rodney Davis, incumbent https://illinoistimes.com/article-20290-candidates-for-congress-square-off.html Candidates for Congress square off - On the issues, with Betsy Dirksen Londrigan and Rodney Davis, incumbent
 She’s 47, he’s 48. Both grew up in central Illinois, married hometown sweethearts, and they each have two sons and one daughter. Serious family health issues have shaped both of their outloo...]]>
Flying blind - How Flight 710 helped change aviation https://illinoistimes.com/article-20256-flying-blind.html Flying blind - How Flight 710 helped change aviation
 We were veritable Jetsons.Between 1970 and the mid-1980s, scores of propeller-powered planes crisscrossed Illinois, offering daily service between such towns as Jacksonville and Mt. Vernon. No t...]]>
In love with Shakespeare - Illinois Shakespeare Festival offers a lively season https://illinoistimes.com/article-20257-in-love-with-shakespeare.html In love with Shakespeare - Illinois Shakespeare Festival offers a lively season
 For 40 summers, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, part of Illinois State University’s College of Fine Arts, has presented professional theatrical productions in the idyllic setting of Bloomin...]]>
Ultra-high-speed rail - As 110 mph trains approach reality, 220 mph seems possible https://illinoistimes.com/article-20233-ultra-high-speed-rail.html Ultra-high-speed rail - As 110 mph trains approach reality, 220 mph seems possible
 Springfield may not be a suburb of Chicago, but efforts are afoot to make practical, daily commuting between the two cities – and other Illinois cities – a reality. And it would only take a...]]>
Open for learning. Ready for play. https://illinoistimes.com/article-20211-open-for-learning-ready-for-play.html Open for learning. Ready for play.
 The Kidzeum of Health and Science opens in downtown Springfield on Saturday, July 21. After years of planning and fundraising, the long-awaited children’s museum will at last be a reality. Kid...]]>
From dream to reality - History of an idea a long time coming https://illinoistimes.com/article-20223-from-dream-to-reality.html From dream to reality - History of an idea a long time coming
 Opening the Kidzeum has been a long journey with a winding path. In the end, it came full circle, with the Kidzeum opening in downtown Springfield just a few blocks from the original location of...]]>
Trail blazing - Jackson Street, Bicentennial Plaza and the Governor’s Mansion open for business. What’s next? https://illinoistimes.com/article-20189-trail-blazing.html Trail blazing - Jackson Street, Bicentennial Plaza and the Governor’s Mansion open for business. What’s next?
 After years of idle public speculation, abandoned plans and long periods of apparent inaction, the stretch of Jackson Street north of the Governor’s Mansion will unveil the results of a new st...]]>
Prizewinning Illinois photography - Results from the SAA Collective’s 2018 Images of Illinois photography contest https://illinoistimes.com/article-20164-prizewinning-illinois-photography.html Prizewinning Illinois photography - Results from the SAA Collective’s 2018 Images of Illinois photography contest
 Once again, Illinois Times celebrates the wonders of the prairie state by showcasing winning images from the Springfield Art Association’s SAA Collective annual Images of Illinois photography...]]>
Eight reasons to shop local - Shopping local not only helps you, it serves an entire community. Here are just eight reasons you should shop local. https://illinoistimes.com/article-20165-eight-reasons-to-shop-local.html Eight reasons to shop local - Shopping local not only helps you, it serves an entire community. Here are just eight reasons you should shop local.
1. Inject money into the local economy.When you shop local, your money and tax dollars stay in the community, helping your schools, your streets and your city’s coffers, which helps to fund everythi...]]>
Shopping local online https://illinoistimes.com/article-20166-shopping-local-online.html Shopping local online
 Online shopping is a tool that our culture has adopted in full force, and it is hard to argue with the convenience factor that online shopping provides. Even those of us who do our best to keep...]]>
History lives here - Restored Governor’s Mansion will tell the stories of its colorful occupants https://illinoistimes.com/article-20134-history-lives-here.html History lives here - Restored Governor’s Mansion will tell the stories of its colorful occupants
 Restoration of the Governor’s Mansion is wrapping up for a grand opening in July. The mansion is the third-oldest continuously occupied executive mansion in the United States and has been on t...]]>
Bicentennial and Beyond opens at Illinois State Museum https://illinoistimes.com/article-20139-bicentennial-and-beyond-opens-at-illinois-state-museum.html Bicentennial and Beyond opens at Illinois State Museum
 A vibrant and fanciful painting of Carolina parakeets is juxtaposed with a taxidermy mount of this once prolific bird that was hunted to extinction. An original John Deere steel plow appears so...]]>
The death of department stores - Bergner’s, Sears are shutting down https://illinoistimes.com/article-20126-the-death-of-department-stores.html The death of department stores - Bergner’s, Sears are shutting down
 With the corporate parent of Bergner’s declaring bankruptcy and Sears struggling, two of the city’s oldest and largest department stores, both in White Oaks Mall, are shutting down.But the d...]]>
Candidate Kwame - Kwame Raoul, Democrat for attorney general, explains his views, and the influences that shaped them. https://illinoistimes.com/article-20086-candidate-kwame.html Candidate Kwame - Kwame Raoul, Democrat for attorney general, explains his views, and the influences that shaped them.
The man who wants to be Illinois’ next attorney general has a mean jump shot, would rather listen than talk, has survived cancer and draws inspiration from his own life experiences when taking a sta...]]>
BACK TO THE BACKLOG - ILLINOIS PASSED A BUDGET, BUT THE STATE IS STILL A MESS. HERE’S HOW IT GOT THAT WAY. https://illinoistimes.com/article-20074-back-to-the-backlog.html BACK TO THE BACKLOG - ILLINOIS PASSED A BUDGET, BUT THE STATE IS STILL A MESS. HERE’S HOW IT GOT THAT WAY.
 A sense of relief returned to Illinois government last week. For the first time in years, lawmakers agreed to a budget by their May 31 deadline, and they did it with little partisan acrimony. Bu...]]>