IllinoisTimes - Breaking News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-139-1-breaking-news.html Fri, 17 Nov 17 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Cops win residency fight - If it ain't broke, don't fix it, arbitrator says http://illinoistimes.com/article-19347-cops-win-residency-fight.html Cops win residency fight - If it ain't broke, don't fix it, arbitrator says
Freshly arrived in our mailbox this morning is a copy of arbitrators’ decision in labor negotiations between the union representing city police officers and the city. And it appears to be a defea...]]>
Springfield hires economic development director - Mayor's choice starts on Monday http://illinoistimes.com/article-19325-springfield-hires-economic-development-director.html Springfield hires economic development director - Mayor's choice starts on Monday
Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder has chosen Val Yazell, a business development consultant, as the city’s new economic development director. Yazell, who starts work Monday, replaces Karen Davis,...]]>
City police say no confidence in chief - Rosario case among concerns http://illinoistimes.com/article-19291-city-police-say-no-confidence-in-chief.html City police say no confidence in chief - Rosario case among concerns
 By an overwhelming margin, Springfield police officers have said that they have no confidence in Chief Kenny Winslow. “Police officer morale over the last few years has gotten so low tha...]]>
Police union prevails on residency question - Arbitrators say Springfield cops can live outside city http://illinoistimes.com/article-19274-police-union-prevails-on-residency-question.html Police union prevails on residency question - Arbitrators say Springfield cops can live outside city
 A panel of arbitrators has decided to side with the Springfield police union over the question of a residency requirement for city police officers. A written decision has not yet been issu...]]>
City set to close Third Street rail crossings - Closures expected next week http://illinoistimes.com/article-19275-city-set-to-close-third-street-rail-crossings.html City set to close Third Street rail crossings - Closures expected next week
Springfield will take a step toward becoming a quieter place as the city gets set to close railroad crossings at five intersections on Third Street. The Illinois Commerce Commission has approved ...]]>
Wet Bar may become dry bar - City takes action on liquor license http://illinoistimes.com/article-19227-wet-bar-may-become-dry-bar.html Wet Bar may become dry bar - City takes action on liquor license
Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder has reduced hours at the Wet Bar, a downtown watering hole that’s known as much for fights and disturbances as drinking. Effective immediately, the bar at 221...]]>
Former Springfield alderman eyes legislature - Frank Edwards wants to replace Jimenez http://illinoistimes.com/article-19200-former-springfield-alderman-eyes-legislature.html Former Springfield alderman eyes legislature - Frank Edwards wants to replace Jimenez
Former Springfield alderman Frank Edwards wants to be a state legislator. Edwards confirms that he’s in the running to replace Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez, R-Leland Grove, in the House of Repre...]]>
Defendant flees Logan County courthouse - Sheriff's office to review procedures http://illinoistimes.com/article-19145-defendant-flees-logan-county-courthouse.html Defendant flees Logan County courthouse - Sheriff's office to review procedures
Logan County sheriff Steven Nichols says that his office will review security procedures after a convicted burglar fled the courthouse on Wednesday afternoon. Daron Mauney, who has a long crimin...]]>
EmberClear plant on hold in Pennsylvania - Company wants plant in Pawnee http://illinoistimes.com/article-19113-emberclear-plant-on-hold-in-pennsylvania.html EmberClear plant on hold in Pennsylvania - Company wants plant in Pawnee
A Texas-based development company that this week won tax incentives from the Springfield City Council to build a natural gas-fired power plant in Pawnee has put a planned Pennsylvania plant on hold.It...]]>
McCann buys SUV with campaign money - Also a trailer, truck and Jeep engine http://illinoistimes.com/article-19112-mccann-buys-suv-with-campaign-money.html McCann buys SUV with campaign money - Also a trailer, truck and Jeep engine
 Sen. Sam McCann, R-Plainview, has used campaign funds to purchase a sports utility vehicle. Legislators, who are barred from spending campaign funds for personal use, typically lease rathe...]]>
Bomb threat at SHS http://illinoistimes.com/article-19063-bomb-threat-at-shs.html Bomb threat at SHS
 “It was probably some kid who saw what a beautiful day it was gonna be and wanted to be outside,” smiled Jenny Loftus, standing toward the end of a line stretching about a quarter of the way...]]>
Rauner COS has gov's support http://illinoistimes.com/article-19060-rauner-cos-has-govs-support.html Rauner COS has gov's support
After a staff shakeup that sent four members of the governor’s press office out the door, the acting spokeswoman for Gov. Bruce Rauner says that the governor’s chief of staff still has the gove...]]>
Six-plus years for UIS rapist http://illinoistimes.com/article-18976-six-plus-years-for-uis-rapist.html Six-plus years for UIS rapist
 Xuesong “Gary” Yang, a former University of Springfield Illinois counselor and recruiter who pleaded guilty to raping a student on her 17th birthday, is going to prison. “Mr. Yang is...]]>
It really is a sweatshop - AC absent at SJR http://illinoistimes.com/article-18924-it-really-is-a-sweatshop.html It really is a sweatshop - AC absent at SJR
Air conditioning at the State Journal Register went on the fritz more than a week ago, and with temperatures climbing to the high 90s in recent days, it’s still not fixed. Fans and Popsicles...]]>
Back in the saddle - Sherman hires former parks director http://illinoistimes.com/article-18899-back-in-the-saddle.html Back in the saddle - Sherman hires former parks director
The village of Sherman has hired Michael Stratton, former director of the Springfield Park District who departed the district under pressure four years ago. The Sherman board of trustees unanim...]]>
Suspend Kent Gray, lawyer disciplinary board says - Former LLCC trustee lied, practiced law without license, board determines http://illinoistimes.com/article-18828-suspend-kent-gray-lawyer-disciplinary-board-says.html Suspend Kent Gray, lawyer disciplinary board says - Former LLCC trustee lied, practiced law without license, board determines
The disciplinary arm of the Illinois Supreme Court has recommended that Kent Gray, a local politician and attorney for Southern View and Illiopolis, be suspended from practice for one year for lyin...]]>
Discrimination? - Cop suspended for fight files claim http://illinoistimes.com/article-18815-discrimination.html Discrimination? - Cop suspended for fight files claim
Samuel Rosario, the Springfield police officer charged with official misconduct and battery after fighting a man while on duty in February, has filed a complaint with the Illinois Department of Hum...]]>
Wild courthouse struggle in Logan County - Defense attorney helps subdue defendant http://illinoistimes.com/article-18802-wild-courthouse-struggle-in-logan-county.html Wild courthouse struggle in Logan County - Defense attorney helps subdue defendant
James Grimaldi, a Lincoln lawyer, got a continuance the hard way on Wednesday when he helped subdue a defendant in the Logan County courthouse who ended up in an ambulance A courthouse security...]]>
Enough stuff? - Lincoln papers suspending search http://illinoistimes.com/article-18776-enough-stuff.html Enough stuff? - Lincoln papers suspending search
 The Papers of Abraham Lincoln Project is shutting down the search for documents at the national archives in Washington, D.C., where the bulk of papers related to the Great Emancipator have be...]]>
Yang pleads guilty to rape - Sentencing set for Aug. 8 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18765-yang-pleads-guilty-to-rape.html Yang pleads guilty to rape - Sentencing set for Aug. 8
Xuesong “Gary” Yang, who once worked as a recruiter of foreign students for the University of Illinois Springfield, has quietly pleaded guilty to raping a 17-year-old Chinese student. The g...]]>
IPA president resigns - Quits after contest rigging exposed http://illinoistimes.com/article-18748-ipa-president-resigns.html IPA president resigns - Quits after contest rigging exposed
Dennis DeRossett, president and chief executive officer of the Illinois Press Association, has resigned. The resignation announced today by the press association comes after Illinois Times revea...]]>
SoS won't say if agency knew about criminal past - Claims can't talk about personnel issues http://illinoistimes.com/article-18631-sos-wont-say-if-agency-knew-about-criminal-past.html SoS won't say if agency knew about criminal past - Claims can't talk about personnel issues
The administration of Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White won’t say whether the agency knew that Candace Wanzo had pleaded guilty to stealing more than $230,000 from Southern Illinois Univers...]]>
Secretary of State official placed on leave - Investigation underway http://illinoistimes.com/article-18630-secretary-of-state-official-placed-on-leave.html Secretary of State official placed on leave - Investigation underway
Candace Wanzo, a high-ranking official in the Illinois Secretary of State’s office, is under investigation by the office’s inspector general and has been placed on paid leave. The nature of...]]>
“You’ve always got respect down here” - Springfield officer returned to scene of fight http://illinoistimes.com/article-18478-%25E2%2580%259Cyou%25E2%2580%2599ve-always-got-respect-down-here%25E2%2580%259D.html “You’ve always got respect down here” - Springfield officer returned to scene of fight
In the wake of a fight with a 19-year-old man who had insulted him, Springfield police officer Samuel Rosario returned to the scene and took responsibility.Rosario was greeted like a friend by Robert...]]>
Inmate dies after suicide attempt - Found in cell on March 18 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18477-inmate-dies-after-suicide-attempt.html Inmate dies after suicide attempt - Found in cell on March 18
A Sangamon County jail inmate has died after an apparent suicide attempt. Tiffany A. Rusher, 27, was rushed to St. John’s Hospital after she was found in her cell at 3:45 p.m. on March 18, acc...]]>
Blow by blow - Man who fought cop says adversary deserves promotion http://illinoistimes.com/article-18426-blow-by-blow.html Blow by blow - Man who fought cop says adversary deserves promotion
On East Stuart Street, the Feb. 27 fist fight between Officer Samuel Rosario and Robert Humes seems common knowledge.“He’s down the street,” says a man working on a car in...]]>
Lovelace takes the stand in his own defense http://illinoistimes.com/article-18395-lovelace-takes-the-stand-in-his-own-defense.html Lovelace takes the stand in his own defense
  The second the defense called Curtis Lovelace to take the stand, chatter emanated from a courtroom gallery that has been all but silent throughout this murder trial. Walking a thin line between...]]>
Lovelace found not guilty http://illinoistimes.com/article-18397-lovelace-found-not-guilty.html Lovelace found not guilty
After two hours and 20 minutes of deliberating, a jury found Curtis Lovelace not guilty in the murder of his wife, Cory. In an emotional mix of jubilation and sorrow, the verdict was the final destina...]]>