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Girls Gone Wildnew

Shrinking violets, step aside: the Red Hat ladies have arrived.
Illinois Times  |  Celeste Huttes  |  11-23-2005  |  Culture

Wanted: More Dead Presidentsnew

Hopes were high when some of the biggest names in Illinois formed the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Foundation in Springfield, but it's now clear they have fallen far short of their financial goals. Richard Norton Smith hopes to play catch-up.
Illinois Times  |  Bruce Rushton  |  11-23-2005  |  Economy

Fortresses of Whitenessnew

This study of the thousands of all-white towns that banned blacks after sundown is marred by classic blame-the-victim rhetoric.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Makkada B. Selah  |  11-15-2005  |  Nonfiction

Buffet Killer. Qu'est-Ce Que C'est?new

Las Vegas has the reputation for buffets, but Springfield, Ill., delivers, with more than a dozen restaurants that offer the chance to eat yourself to death.
Illinois Times  |  Bruce Rushton  |  11-11-2005  |  Food+Drink

Submerged: An Evacuee's Journal: Leaving

For those not returning to New Orleans, the unspoken question they get from old neighbors is "How dare you abandon us?" 10th in a multi-part series
Association of Alternative Newsmedia  |  Michael Tisserand  |  11-07-2005  |  Disasters

The Latest Trend: Poverty -- and It's on the Risenew

In Illinois, there are more than 1.56 million people living below the poverty line, and the number is expected to grow.
Illinois Times  |  Joan Villa  |  10-28-2005  |  Economy

Top Pool Sharks Fight for the Game's Respectabilitynew

Professional players can't survive on the meager tournament winnings pool offers, and their reputation as renegades hasn't helped the sport's image.
Riverfront Times  |  Randall Roberts  |  10-25-2005  |  Recreation

Ancient Bones Found at Bison Beachnew

Archaeologists have uncovered the first evidence of an aboriginal bison kill in Illinois.
Illinois Times  |  Jeanne Townsend Handy  |  10-14-2005  |  Science

Jockey Phenomenon Bounces Back From Bad Breaknew

Seventeen-year-old Kyle Kaenel, who broke his neck in Phoenix, Ariz., is back on the track and winning.
Illinois Times  |  Bruce Rushton  |  10-14-2005  |  Sports

Burmese Buddhist Master Teaches Vipassana Meditationnew

With the arrival of Gunasiri, Springfield, Ill., becomes the first U.S. outpost for disciples of Burmese Buddhist master Chanmyay Sayadaaw.
Illinois Times  |  Karen Fitzgerald  |  10-14-2005  |  Religion

State Fights Claim of Woman Raped at Mental Health Centernew

Lisa Weisser was raped in 1994 in a state mental-health facility -- and has been seeking justice ever since. Her rapist got a slap on the wrist, and returned to the streets, where last year he threatened another woman.
Illinois Times  |  Bruce Rushton  |  10-14-2005  |  Crime & Justice

Boilermakers Locked Outnew

Dallas-based Celanese keeps operating its plant in Meredosia, Ill., with replacement workers as locked-out union members accuse the company of failing to bargain in good faith.
Illinois Times  |  R.L. Nave  |  10-07-2005  |  Business & Labor

Karyn’s Killers?new

For the first time, members of the Slover family -- convicted of murdering and dismembering Karyn Hearn Slover in 1996 -- tell their story.
Illinois Times  |  Dusty Rhodes  |  10-07-2005  |  Crime & Justice

Young African-American Aims to Be Champion Bowlernew

Somebody forgot to tell 21-year-old Emil Williams Jr. that bowling is for fat, beer-guzzling honkies.
Riverfront Times  |  Mike Seely  |  09-27-2005  |  Sports

Mother Opposes Her Son's Warnew

A woman joining in this weekend's antiwar protests considers her son a trained killer and a mercenary, but she's proud of him, too.
Illinois Times  |  Bruce Rushton  |  09-23-2005  |  War

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