IN THIS WEEK'S ISSUE

It’s summertime and at the movies that means two things – superheroes and sequels. Of the mainstream films being released between June and Aug., more than one-third will be followups, TV takeoffs...
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New report calls for sales tax on services

As the May 31st legislative deadline looms, tax experts are making one more push to extend the state’s sales tax to services.The Center for Budget and Tax Accountability (CTBA) and the Taxpayers Fed...

Bill allows prosecutors quicker access to personal records

The Illinois House passed a bill last week which would allow prosecutors new access to personal records in criminal trials.Senate Bill 1688 adds state’s attorneys to the list of people who can submi...

Rules plaintiff in drowning case due $525,000, not $1 million

A Sangamon County Circuit Court judge has ruled that the family of a youth who drowned in Lake Springfield in 2007 is due $525,000 from the city of Springfield, not twice that amount.In ruling against...

ILLINOIS TIMES BLOGS

NEWS

 The Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln awarded more than $109,000 in scholarships to 57 area students at a ceremony May 20. There were five finalists for Student of the Year awards.Sac...
 Illyania Rocha still hasn’t gone home.Six weeks after she was mauled by a Great Dane at the Springfield home of her older half-sister, the 10-year-old girl from Chatham is at a rehabilitation...
 Rosa Pickett’s eyes still well up with tears as she describes how, in 1977, she was raped, beaten unconscious and left in the weeds as a young woman in Robbins, Illinois, near Chicago. Still,...
 Dying inmates neglected. Undiagnosed cancer. Haphazard recordkeeping. Unsanitary exam rooms, staff shortages and physicians who aren’t qualified.It adds up to cruel and unusual punishment in t...
If all goes as planned, a private foundation that is raising funds to fix up the crumbling governor’s mansion in Springfield may start work this summer – if a judge doesn’t get in the way....

EDITOR'S NOTE

 “For the last two weeks, we have had a continual round of strawberry parties….. This last week we gave a strawberry company of about seventy.” – From a letter written on June 26, 1859, b...

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Is the California drought an opportunity for Illinois farmers?

 Moving west to California some years ago, I was commanded to pull off the interstate at the state line in the Sierra Nevada. A young man in uniform asked me to open the car so he could inspect w...
A year ago, a co-worker I had a crush on made moves on me after hours at work, and we stopped just short of having sex. I saw him as a potential boyfriend, and I emphasized that I was not interested i...

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