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Thursday, April 7, 2016 12:13 am

Ex-pols’ campaign funds are gifts that keep giving

 Nearly 20 years ago, former Gov. Pat Quinn looked like a proverbial pauper.Quinn had less than $150 in his campaign war chest as of June 30, 1998, a seminal moment for campaign funds in Illinois...
Thursday, April 7, 2016 12:12 am

Consolidation promises to cuts costs and improve investment returns. But public safety retirement funds prefer local control and clout, a BGA Rescuing Illinois report finds.

 It’s been more than four years since a bipartisan, government-backed study recommended that hundreds of Illinois small police and fire pensions be fused into a single, unified investment group...
Thursday, March 31, 2016 12:11 am

Fifth annual photography contest winners

The annual contest sponsored by Illinois Times and Prairie Art Alliance, now operated by the Springfield Art Association, to find the most captivating Images of Illinois continues. This year’s submi...
Thursday, March 24, 2016 12:12 am
Each year the cover of Capital City Visitor, published by Illinois Times, features a portrait of Abraham Lincoln by a central Illinois artist. This time we decided to hold a contest as a way of findin...
Thursday, March 17, 2016 12:01 am

State pols live high with campaign funds

 Fancy cars. Luxury hotels. Trips to the tropics and beyond. Money paid to “unknown.” Meals bought in bars without kitchens and money sent to an address that doesn’t exist.All this and more...
Thursday, March 10, 2016 12:12 am

The human cost of Illinois’ budget crisis

Someone may have to die before this is resolved, and even that might not be enough. That’s the consensus among several social service agencies in Springfield which are running on fumes as a result of the state budget crisis....
Thursday, March 3, 2016 12:10 am

A Rescuing Illinois report finds state executive and legislative Inspectors General lack power and resources to crack down on corruption. Is that the plan?

 It’s tough being a government watchdog in one of the nation’s most politically corrupt states.That’s the message from those who’ve run state Inspector General agencies responsible for un...
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 12:01 am

Visual artists paint a more lively Springfield arts scene

 On Monday, Feb. 8, Illinois Times invited a small group of leaders in the Springfield visual art community to a luncheon at the Inn at 835 for the purpose of discussing the current state of pres...
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 12:12 am

Vern LaGesse and Friends of Sangamon Valley work to preserve our natural heritage

 Wherever you are right now, odds are the world surrounding you is made of human-designed objects. With a stretch of the imagination, perhaps this world can become one of nature, filled with acre...
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 12:09 am

Legacy Audio makes noise outside Springfield

 They come from everywhere to these metal warehouse-like buildings with a gravel parking lot, hidden behind a plain-looking fourplex on Sangamon Avenue.Bill Dudleston, owner and founder of Spring...

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