IllinoisTimes - Feature https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-26-1-feature.html Tue, 12 Nov 19 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Double vision - Should Springfield have two high schools? https://illinoistimes.com/article-21785-double-vision.html Double vision - Should Springfield have two high schools?
 Springfield School District 186 faces challenges familiar to many urban school districts.Academic achievement at district high schools lags behind state averages. Parents are voting with their f...]]>
A second chance in life - Expungement seminar offers hope, opportunity https://illinoistimes.com/article-21756-a-second-chance-in-life.html A second chance in life - Expungement seminar offers hope, opportunity
 More than 150 people who attended a free program in Springfield on Oct. 19 emerged with a possible second chance.The Expungement and Record Sealing Summit, hosted for the second year by the Sang...]]>
School segregation’s new frontier - As white flight continues, city schools make diversity cool https://illinoistimes.com/article-21698-school-segregation%25E2%2580%2599s-new-frontier.html School segregation’s new frontier - As white flight continues, city schools make diversity cool
 New Berlin, a village with 1,500 people separated from the outskirts of Springfield by 12 miles of pale blue skies and sunlit cornstalks, still has many hallmarks of a small town. It hosts the c...]]>
CENSORED 2020 - THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS https://illinoistimes.com/article-21687-censored-2020.html CENSORED 2020 - THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
Every year, Project Censored scours the landscape for the most important stories that the mainstream corporate media somehow missed, and every year the task seems to get a bit stranger. Or “curiouse...]]>
Small town with big plans for growing groceries - Market on the Hill in Mt. Pulaski to open next spring https://illinoistimes.com/article-21688-small-town-with-big-plans-for-growing-groceries.html Small town with big plans for growing groceries - Market on the Hill in Mt. Pulaski to open next spring
 It will be a small grocery store in a small town, but its developers hope it will impact area food production, buying and consumption trends in a big way.Market on the Hill in downtown Mt. Pulas...]]>
All charged up - Normal welcomes Rivian, and the future https://illinoistimes.com/article-21661-all-charged-up.html All charged up - Normal welcomes Rivian, and the future
 If Mayor Chris Koos looks pleased as he tells the tale, it’s understandable.It was about five years ago, the mayor of Normal recalls, that that a barely known entrepreneur came to town looking...]]>
Listen to the dead - A walk through Oak Ridge Cemetery https://illinoistimes.com/article-21644-listen-to-the-dead.html Listen to the dead - A walk through Oak Ridge Cemetery
 In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, cemeteries were the first public parks. Women strolling with parasols and families spread out on blankets enjoying a picnic would be a common site. The...]]>
This zoo is becoming a whole different animal - Henson Robinson Zoo, has a new director, new animal exhibits and a plan for the future https://illinoistimes.com/article-21645-this-zoo-is-becoming-a-whole-different-animal.html This zoo is becoming a whole different animal - Henson Robinson Zoo, has a new director, new animal exhibits and a plan for the future
 Things are looking up at the Henson Robinson Zoo. Built in the late 1960s and opening in 1970, Henson Robinson has been the area’s top attraction in central Illinois for those hoping to see ra...]]>
Attracting teachers 101 - Illinois goes to school on the teacher shortage https://illinoistimes.com/article-21615-attracting-teachers-101.html Attracting teachers 101 - Illinois goes to school on the teacher shortage
 It appears that until very recently Illinois has been trying to make the career of teaching seem as unpalatable as possible.“For many years there’s been a lack of respect for the educators i...]]>
Summer, kids and so many parks - A Springfield mom and her kids set out to play in every park. Here’s what they found on their Summer Park Challenge. https://illinoistimes.com/article-21571-summer-kids-and-so-many-parks.html Summer, kids and so many parks - A Springfield mom and her kids set out to play in every park. Here’s what they found on their Summer Park Challenge.
 Jessica Handy became a licensed foster parent last year, and now shares her home with 18-year-old K, plus K’s two sons, M (4) and B (just turned 3). A few months ago, just on a whim, they deci...]]>
Rochester turns 150. Let’s party. - Come out for a full weekend of sesquicentennial celebration events https://illinoistimes.com/article-21572-rochester-turns-150-let%25E2%2580%2599s-party.html Rochester turns 150. Let’s party. - Come out for a full weekend of sesquicentennial celebration events
 The Rochester Park and adjacent Stone House historic park will be a sea of activity and celebration during the weekend of Sept. 13-15 as the town commemorates its sesquicentennial, 150 years sin...]]>
Miles to go - Springfield is a racing mecca https://illinoistimes.com/article-21560-miles-to-go.html Miles to go - Springfield is a racing mecca
 Shayna Texter once dreamed of playing pro soccer, but she can’t escape the thrill of speed that is in her blood.In 2012, she made history in Tennessee by becoming the first woman to win a Gran...]]>
Preserving the reputations of sexual harassers - At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, profs get to leave quietly https://illinoistimes.com/article-21561-preserving-the-reputations-of-sexual-harassers.html Preserving the reputations of sexual harassers - At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, profs get to leave quietly
 An administrator resigned amid sexual harassment accusations. Another college hired him. A professor was found to have stalked a coworker. She agreed to retire, then won a Fulbright grant. Campu...]]>
Old folks. Who cares? - New state funding helps. But it’s not enough. https://illinoistimes.com/article-21516-old-folks-who-cares.html Old folks. Who cares? - New state funding helps. But it’s not enough.
 For senior care advocates in Illinois, a state funding increase is a reason for optimism after a prolonged period of government disinvestment. The financial crisis was marked by a crippling two-...]]>
Illinois State Fair-y tales - Thrills, scandal and Keith Moon meets the butter cow https://illinoistimes.com/article-21477-illinois-state-fair-y-tales.html Illinois State Fair-y tales - Thrills, scandal and Keith Moon meets the butter cow
 A quarter-century ago, Harper’s magazine published what is considered one of the finest essays penned by an American writer during the 20th century.Ticket To The Fair describes, in sometimes b...]]>
The Ambassador of Salsa - Inclusion and fun can make the world a better place https://illinoistimes.com/article-21468-the-ambassador-of-salsa.html The Ambassador of Salsa - Inclusion and fun can make the world a better place
 The Salsa Ambassador has reached the 10-year anniversary of his ongoing mission of inclusion through Latin dance, and the dancing diplomat shows no signs of slowing down.The Salsa Ambassador is...]]>
Behind enemy lines - Kenneth Hagan's war adventure is among the stories that make the World War II exhibition at ALPLM. https://illinoistimes.com/article-21437-behind-enemy-lines.html Behind enemy lines - Kenneth Hagan's war adventure is among the stories that make the World War II exhibition at ALPLM.
 His picture is in a case along the back wall in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum’s new exhibition on World War II. He is handsome in his pilot’s helmet and cheerful, confident smile,...]]>
World War II comes to life at the ALPLM https://illinoistimes.com/article-21438-world-war-ii-comes-to-life-at-the-alplm.html World War II comes to life at the ALPLM
 The doors of the landing craft open, and the beach of Normandy looms ahead. Shells explode in the water and as the sound of machine gun fire beats a merciless tattoo through the hazy air. You ro...]]>
Kenny’s Bonnie https://illinoistimes.com/article-21439-kenny%25E2%2580%2599s-bonnie.html Kenny’s Bonnie
 I found Kenny’s Bonnie living in an assisted living facility. It has been more than 70 years since she sat on the beach in Florida in her sunglasses and white shirt, Kenny’s hands on her sho...]]>
Camp Compass, where learning is fun https://illinoistimes.com/article-21430-camp-compass-where-learning-is-fun.html Camp Compass, where learning is fun
 The yellow buses pull up to the southeast side elementary school and children pour out, laughing and running and twirling as they head into the building for another day of school. In the middle...]]>
And, they're off - Horse racing struggles in Illinois https://illinoistimes.com/article-21396-and-theyre-off.html And, they're off - Horse racing struggles in Illinois
 Shortly after the first race, a thunderstorm descends on Arlington International Racecourse, just north of Chicago.An hour before post time, families toting coolers had streamed into the track,...]]>
Six trailblazers - Running led to a life of fitness https://illinoistimes.com/article-21373-six-trailblazers.html Six trailblazers - Running led to a life of fitness
Many of the women who have participated in the Women’s Distance Festival over the years continue to run and live a life of exercise and fitness. Each has a different story as to how she got involved...]]>
Women who go the distance - Women’s Distance Festival marks its 40th year. It began as a protest. https://illinoistimes.com/article-21374-women-who-go-the-distance.html Women who go the distance - Women’s Distance Festival marks its 40th year. It began as a protest.
 Women runners and walkers are encouraged to turn out in force on July 13 at Washington Park to celebrate the 40th annual Springfield Women’s Distance Festival (WDF). The first was July 26, 198...]]>
2019 Women’s Distance Festival - July 13, 8 a.m. at Washington Park https://illinoistimes.com/article-21386-2019-women%25E2%2580%2599s-distance-festival.html 2019 Women’s Distance Festival - July 13, 8 a.m. at Washington Park
 Whether you are an avid runner, a walker or have never thought about participating, this is a great year for women to sign up for the race. Everyone who registers gets a race shirt and swag bag...]]>
At the confluence MONEY and THE Mississippi - A port is the new hope for Cairo https://illinoistimes.com/article-21353-at-the-confluence-money-and-the-mississippi.html At the confluence MONEY and THE Mississippi - A port is the new hope for Cairo
 The Mississippi River system is both an artery and a vein. It pumps ag products out of the heartland and into the world while bringing back fertilizer and steel to keep that economic engine purr...]]>
Old neighborhood taverns https://illinoistimes.com/article-21341-old-neighborhood-taverns.html Old neighborhood taverns
 “As soon as I enter the door of a tavern, I experience oblivion of care, and a freedom from solicitude,” said 18th-century English author Samuel Johnson. “There is nothing which has yet be...]]>
Taverns and Tales https://illinoistimes.com/article-21342-taverns-and-tales.html Taverns and Tales
The stories embodied in Springfield’s locally owned and family-operated taverns through the years are the basis for Tavern Talk: Old Taverns and Tales in Springfield, Illinois, a new book by local h...]]>
Letting go - Springfield ponders cutting back on coal https://illinoistimes.com/article-21312-letting-go.html Letting go - Springfield ponders cutting back on coal
 Twenty-five minutes into a city council discussion on the future of City Water, Light and Power last month, someone finally used the c-word.“We always say that CWLP is the crown jewel of Sprin...]]>
“Illinois is back” - Pritzker gets his agenda enacted. Madigan calls session “historic.” https://illinoistimes.com/article-21297-%25E2%2580%259Cillinois-is-back%25E2%2580%259D.html “Illinois is back” - Pritzker gets his agenda enacted. Madigan calls session “historic.”
 Minutes after the Senate put the final touches on first-term Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s sweeping legislative agenda Sunday, June 2, the governor addressed media and delivered a message: �...]]>
Autism didn’t stop him - Eli Hernandez is becoming a nurse https://illinoistimes.com/article-21271-autism-didn%25E2%2580%2599t-stop-him.html Autism didn’t stop him - Eli Hernandez is becoming a nurse
 The job description for a nurse is full of things that people with autism have difficulty doing. But to Elijah “Eli” Hernandez, difficult does not mean impossible.“There were plenty of tim...]]>