Greater Chicago Food Depository
(Paul Beaty/AP)
October 28, 2013

Pantries, Shelters Feeling Pinch Of Food Stamp Cut

Food pantries and homeless shelters say they are beginning to notice repercussions of a reduction in food stamps that will take effect Friday, Nov. 1. A temporary hike in benefits that kicked in during the recession expires this week. 


Pat Quinn
(Seth Perlman/AP)
October 28, 2013

Gov. Quinn Asks Lawmakers For An Extra $221 Million

Gov. Pat Quinn's administration wants lawmakers to approve $221 million in extra funds to spend this fiscal year. The request comes on top of the $35 billion budget the Legislature approved in May.


A restaurant customer tries out the Aptito app on a digital menu.
(Courtesy of Aptito)
October 28, 2013

Goodbye Paper Menus? Restaurants Test The Water For Tablets

When you sit down at Chef José Andrés' tapas restaurant, Jaleo, in Washington, D.C., and ask to see the beverage options, as I did recently, you're in for a surprise. Instead of a traditional leather-bound menu, I was handed an iPad.


Lou Reed performing in London.
(Denis O'Regan/Getty Images)
October 27, 2013

Lou Reed, Beloved Contrarian, Dies

One of rock's most beloved and contrarian figures has died. Lou Reed epitomized New York City's artistic underbelly in the 1970s, with his songs about hookers and junkies. He was 71.


Illinois Coach Tim Beckman
(Jeff Bossert/WILL)
October 26, 2013

Illini Struggle in Homecoming Loss To Michigan State, 42-3

Connor Cook threw for three touchdowns and Michigan State's defense locked down Illinois Saturday on the way to a 42-3 win.
 
The Spartans (7-1, 4-0 Big Ten) used a big defensive stand and a back-breaking drive to crush the Illini, scoring 14 points in the second, third, and fourth quarters.   
 
Illinois (3-4, 0-3) was trailing 7-3 midway through the second quarter when it failed twice to punch the ball in from the Spartans 1-yard line.  Michigan State took over and drove 99 yards for a touchdown. Cook found receiver Bennie Fowler from 18 yards for a 14-3 lead.

The Fighting Illini are in the midst of a 17-game losing streak to Big Ten opponents. Despite the lopsided loss, Fighting Illini Coach Tim Beckman said he felt there's a lot left to play for in the 2013 campaign.

 "You've got five games left, we're 3-4, we're not 0-7," he said.  "(We've) felt success, I believe in every one of these football players that we have, and our job as a coaching staff and as a football team and everybody involved in this family is to move forward and know we've got to get ourselves ready for Penn State (on the road next Saturday.)"
 
Cook finished an efficient 15-of-16 for 208 yards.   Tailback Jeremy Langford had 104 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns.
 
The Spartans defense came into the game ranked first in the nation in total defense and held Illinois to just 128 yards. That included 25 on the ground.
 
Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase was 13-of-21 for 103 yards and an interception.


(Matt Rubel)
October 25, 2013

Honoring A Fallen Farmer

Last month, during the busy harvest season, a group of farmers near Monticello drove their tractors, trucks and combines out of their half-harvested fields, and parked them.


Lorraine Theater
(Save The Lorraine Foundation)
October 25, 2013

Hoopeston Group Looks To Save Lorraine Theater

A group of Hoopeston residents hopes to give the community a sense of how the old downtown movie theater once operated.

The Lorraine Theatre opened its doors in 1922, but closed its doors in March of 2012, suffering the fate of many single auditorium small-town movie houses.

An unnamed buyer recently bought it, and the Lorraine 2, an old store location that was converted in recent years to show movies.  

The buyer expects to do some maintenance – then turn both of them over to the Save The Lorraine Foundation in the next few weeks.

Group president and lifelong Hoopeston resident Jim Richards admitted there’s more to be done, namely, raise about $200,000 for maintenance and restoring the Art Deco design.

His memories included a day when vaudeville acts came to town.

"They didn’t have dressing rooms, so what they did, is basically put a ladder – and there’s two tiers on each side, and they went up an built little platforms," he said.  "The vaudeville people would walk up the ladder on the side of the thing, go over to the space that they had - which was elevated, above the stage, they would dress in their costumes and change costumes - and walk down and present their program on the stage.”

Richards said his group is open-minded, and needs to rent out the theater for other uses to make ends meet, including theater acts and weddings.

The Save The Lorraine Foundation holds its first fundraiser Sunday, a spaghetti dinner at the Hoopeston’s Fast Lanes Bowling Alley from 12 to 3 p.m.


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