IllinoisTimes - Feature https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-26-1-feature.html Sun, 18 Aug 19 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 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...]]>
Discovering the east side - A new study reveals the rich history of African-American life in Springfield https://illinoistimes.com/article-21222-discovering-the-east-side.html Discovering the east side - A new study reveals the rich history of African-American life in Springfield
 A. Morris Williams came to Springfield as a 23-year-old cobbler in 1902. Within five years he had obtained a law degree, which he put to use helping fellow African-Americans file retribution cla...]]>
Pototics - Politicians wrestle with legal weed https://illinoistimes.com/article-21193-pototics.html Pototics - Politicians wrestle with legal weed
 Gov. J. B. Pritzker and other backers of recreational marijuana have said that ending cannabis prohibition is about social justice, public health and reality, not just money.Nonetheless, Pritzke...]]>
Deadly encounters - Accidental overdoses can lead to drug-induced homicide charges https://illinoistimes.com/article-21176-deadly-encounters.html Deadly encounters - Accidental overdoses can lead to drug-induced homicide charges
 In Sangamon County, just three people have been charged with drug-induced homicide since Illinois passed a law in 1988 allowing criminal charges for distributing a substance that proves fatal to...]]>
Paprocki and pedophiles - Springfield’s bishop has a history https://illinoistimes.com/article-21168-paprocki-and-pedophiles.html Paprocki and pedophiles - Springfield’s bishop has a history
A quarter-century ago, the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago was in crisis.A priest had been indicted for sexually abusing a child. Lawsuits were pending. Priests were removed from parishes after the ch...]]>
Frontline under fire - DCFS caseworkers have a tough job. Inconsistency at the top and understaffing make it worse. https://illinoistimes.com/article-21140-frontline-under-fire.html Frontline under fire - DCFS caseworkers have a tough job. Inconsistency at the top and understaffing make it worse.
 With 15 directors in 16 years, court-ordered compliance, government reviews, stormy legislative hearings and several recent highly publicized deaths of children, the Illinois Department of Child...]]>
Family fun day highlights a year of autism support events - Autism Support of Central Illinois hosts April 27 fundraiser https://illinoistimes.com/article-21141-family-fun-day-highlights-a-year-of-autism-support-events.html Family fun day highlights a year of autism support events - Autism Support of Central Illinois hosts April 27 fundraiser
 On Saturday, April 27, central Illinois families are invited to enjoy several hours of sensory-friendly activities during Autism Support of Central Illinois’ Family Fun Day and Walk. The annua...]]>
This ain’t your grandma’s garden club - Annual plant sale is May 4 at fairgrounds https://illinoistimes.com/article-21142-this-ain%25E2%2580%2599t-your-grandma%25E2%2580%2599s-garden-club.html This ain’t your grandma’s garden club - Annual plant sale is May 4 at fairgrounds
 For 90 years the Springfield Civic Garden Club has been helping to beautify neighborhoods across the community. The club’s annual plant sale has earned a reputation as an affordable source for...]]>
The SHS grad who helps families make babies - Meet Pamela Cohen Hirsch, Class of 1964. https://illinoistimes.com/article-21143-the-shs-grad-who-helps-families-make-babies.html The SHS grad who helps families make babies - Meet Pamela Cohen Hirsch, Class of 1964.
 The Springfield High School (SHS) Hall of Fame honors graduates who have achieved national eminence. Pamela Cohen Hirsch, class of 1964, is the most recent honoree, inducted March 29 at a ceremo...]]>
Journalism tries to adapt - Free news services take over where newspapers left off https://illinoistimes.com/article-21095-journalism-tries-to-adapt.html Journalism tries to adapt - Free news services take over where newspapers left off
 At one point in time, the newspaper business was seen as a “cash cow,” says Jon Whitney, Illinois Press Foundation board member and publisher of Carroll County Review. But there’s been a s...]]>
Stormy comes to Springfield https://illinoistimes.com/article-21083-stormy-comes-to-springfield.html Stormy comes to Springfield
 Stormy Daniels walked from her car to the Lincoln statue on the grounds of the Illinois State Capitol, gave her brief prepared remarks and left without taking questions. She was protesting the �...]]>
Mayoral clash - Edwards, Langfelder vie for votes https://illinoistimes.com/article-21054-mayoral-clash.html Mayoral clash - Edwards, Langfelder vie for votes
Frank Edwards acknowledges many things.He isn’t polished. He isn’t warm and fuzzy. He’s an underdog. And the man who would be Springfield mayor also is prone to thinking out loud, saying things...]]>
Broken Homes - Through decades of housing and zoning regulations, Springfield and other cities have enshrined racial segregation in local codes https://illinoistimes.com/article-21007-broken-homes.html Broken Homes - Through decades of housing and zoning regulations, Springfield and other cities have enshrined racial segregation in local codes
 This story is part of a series on segregation in Illinois that resulted from a six-month Governing magazine investigation. Part 1 appeared in Illinois Times Feb. 7 under the headline, “Segrega...]]>
Traveling while black - The Green Book told visitors where they would be welcome in Springfield https://illinoistimes.com/article-20998-traveling-while-black.html Traveling while black - The Green Book told visitors where they would be welcome in Springfield
 Imagine taking your family on vacation or traveling to visit out-of-town relatives, but not knowing where you would be able to stop to eat, use the restroom or spend the night. For decades, that...]]>