IllinoisTimes - IT Overflow Mon, 06 Jul 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Stay safe online Stay safe online
An important message to get out to folks. Oct. 1 marked the kick-off of the 10th Anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month! This month the U.S Department of Homeland Securi...]]>
Steve Grand performs at marriage equality rally Steve Grand performs at marriage equality rally
Singer-songwriter Steve Grand of Lemont, Ill. sang his hit single "All American Boy" at the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality today. The march brought several state officials, labor leaders...]]>
Homeless Bill of Rights: literally the least we can do Homeless Bill of Rights: literally the least we can do
Homeless people have some new protections against discrimination under a law signed by  Gov. Pat Quinn yesterday. Public Act 98-516 creates a Homeless Bill of Rights, which sounds nice and might actually help someone. Problem is, it doesn't go nearly far enough. The Homeless Bill of Rights is actually a great idea, and it does contain some useful provisions that may help homeless people a...]]>
An open letter to a political assassin An open letter to a political assassin
I love elections. The torrent of lies, half-truths and baseless insinuations from candidates about other candidates is entertaining, though also disheartening if you let yourself think about it too much.This morning, I found the most magnificent specimen of a political hit job in my email box from the National Republican Congressional Committee. Behold: Hey there – Have you seen Ann Call...]]>
Life after football Life after football
In "Throwing in the towel," I discussed recent proposals to reform big-money collegiate sports. Good sense reforms are unlikely to ever be adopted to the extent that are good sense reforms. So interwined are sports and the American college experience, most alums university leaders believe, that curtailing them in any way would cripple fund-raising and student recruitment, t...]]>
The 88 percent The 88 percent
It’s tax time, and as I write, last-minute filers across Springfield are huddled over dining tables, poring through store receipts and bank books looking for deductions that might reduce the cost of being a citizen. One of the most popular is the deduction of money paid in interest on one’s house mortgage. Back in 2009, I griped about the folly of mortgage interest deduction or MI...]]>
Love links Love links
It’s almost Valentines Day so I thought I’d share some link love. If you’re looking for most any service in Springfield here it is.  I love the Salvation Army’s comprehensive list of “Community Resources” posted on their website. They list services and contacts for adult day services, clothing and furniture, counseling, dental, disability, emergency t...]]>
Nov. 6 Elections Nov. 6 Elections
Please vote Tuesday, Nov. 6. The internet makes it easy to access information about all the candidates you will find on your ballot. Here's info on the proposed amendment to add section 5.1 to Article XIII of the Illinois Constitution. The Secretary of State offers this pamphlet that includes the proposed amendment; explanation of the proposed amendment; argume...]]>
Come on down Come on down
If you can, catch Springfield resident Larry Lovekamp this Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. as a contestant on the Price is Right (WCIA, Channel 3). It’s always fun to track local folks who try for big money, prizes or fame on national television. So cheer for one of our own Springpatch-team members, feel closer to the hubbub of the world, and dream of your own pot of gold. Who knows, it may be ...]]>
Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask
Stumbled upon this site, Crime Reports, and wanted to share it. Plug in Springfield, Illinois and whammy - all the statistics for crime in our fair city - the third most dangerous city in the U.S., according to some....]]>
Hark! A behemoth is here. Hark! A behemoth is here.
The first thing I did this morning upon actually opening my eyes was read today’s State Journal-Register. As I turned to page 11 – the front page of the "City & State" section – I can’t say that I was surprised to see yet another story about Springfield’s newest Big Box. My fellow staff writer and I, upon seeing a press release yesterday about Scheels&rs...]]>
Durbin on the rail Durbin on the rail
Something about the Springfield rail consolidation seems to have spooked Sen. Dick Durbin, our senior Illinois senator in Washington. Maybe it was the State Journal-Register article today that has Springfield Mayor Mike Houston and Sangamon County Board Chairman Andy Van Meter disagreeing with the "official" federal estimates of the project's cost.  Whatever the cause, Durbin is ...]]>
Trouble at Groupon? Trouble at Groupon?
We all like to see homegrown Illinois businesses succeed, but sometimes they get a little too cocky. That may be the case with Chicago-based Groupon. The Internet startup, which offers one discount coupon per day for various U.S. cities, is being sued in a San Francisco federal court for alleged "false and misleading business and advertising acts" the company utilizes on Google. Our fellow alt...]]>
Heirs to FutureGen land oppose project Heirs to FutureGen land oppose project
All six heirs to nearly 40 percent of the land promised to FutureGen 2.0 want the “clean” coal project to go away, says Jeffery and Betty Niemann, Jacksonville residents related to the late Bill Beilschmidt.Beilschmidt, upon his death in 1999, placed more than 600 acres of land located near Ashland in two separate trusts with Farmer State Bank, Niemann says. As managers of the trust, t...]]>
Public School Choice not quite revisited Public School Choice not quite revisited
Two newspaper articles, 12 days and at least one school board member’s questions later, the CEO of Springfield Public Schools says he’s not yet able to discuss a Public School Choice waiver application that would decrease the number of students’ families notified about potential options for moving from their failing school from more than 4,000 to about 40.Public School Choice is ...]]>
Student Loan Sharks Student Loan Sharks
Almost anyone who took out student loans during college will be glad to hear this news: There's a bill before Congress to allow private student loans to be discharged through bankruptcy. That's a major step forward, and here's why: student loans are the only type of private loan with a federal "no-escape" clause. If you file for bankruptcy and get forgiveness of a house loan, car loa...]]>
Rapture? Yes, please! Rapture? Yes, please!
I keep hearing there's going to be a rapture this Saturday. If that's true, I'm pretty excited. I totally love dinosaurs! Clever girl......]]>
What's up in El Capitol? What's up in El Capitol?
For most people who don’t follow state politics, May is just another month. But inside the Illinois Statehouse, this month is a whirlwind of activity in which legislators try to hammer out deals and ram legislation through so they can go on summer vacation. (There’s also the minor fact that any bills passed after May 31 won’t take effect until June 1 of next year unless they ...]]>
PETA: Is there anything they won’t say? PETA: Is there anything they won’t say?
As Illinois does the annual legislative dance this time of year, all sorts of ideas get tossed around, ranging from the austere to the ridiculous. Sen. Shane Cultra, a Republican from Onarga, tossed out an idea in the latter category this week when he said that parents of obese children should lose their tax deductions for those kids. It was said in the context of a bill to tax sugary beverages in...]]>
The new Illinois Rx Card - Too good to be true? Apparently not! The new Illinois Rx Card - Too good to be true? Apparently not!
This is the first post in our new IT Overflow blog, where we'll post all sorts of news, including stuff that doesn't fit in our normal paper or stuff that maybe doesn't warrant a full article. We'll try to update it often, and the style will be less formal than our normal news stories. Expect some sarcasm, quirkiness and editorializing, as well as the occasional breaking news story. The name may ...]]>