IllinoisTimes - Breaking News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-139-1-breaking-news.html Mon, 23 Apr 18 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Guilty as charged - Jury declares Priester a killer http://illinoistimes.com/article-19821-guilty-as-charged.html Guilty as charged - Jury declares Priester a killer
 It was a senseless murder, committed not for money or love or drugs or even bad driving. And Johnny Ray Priester, the killer, is facing the rest of his life in prison. After 34 continuanc...]]>
Robin Schmidt hired as prosecutor - Might be interested in top job http://illinoistimes.com/article-19770-robin-schmidt-hired-as-prosecutor.html Robin Schmidt hired as prosecutor - Might be interested in top job
 Robin Schmidt, a member of the Springfield Park Board and widow of the late John Schmidt, will start work next Monday as a prosecutor in the Sangamon County state’s attorney’s office. ...]]>
Springfield fire chief set to retire - Other top brass also leaving http://illinoistimes.com/article-19747-springfield-fire-chief-set-to-retire.html Springfield fire chief set to retire - Other top brass also leaving
Springfield fire chief Barry Helmerichs will retire effective next month. Helmerichs declined comment, but multiple sources confirmed the chief’s retirement. In addition, Robert Marfell, divis...]]>
YMCA,Memorial plan new gym - Would be built near Enos Park http://illinoistimes.com/article-19705-ymcamemorial-plan-new-gym.html YMCA,Memorial plan new gym - Would be built near Enos Park
The Springfield YMCA is in discussions with Memorial Medical Center to build a new downtown facility that would be closer to the hospital than the current location on the 700 block of South Fourth...]]>
Rauner's pension proposal meets backlash - Manar: http://illinoistimes.com/article-19701-rauners-pension-proposal-meets-backlash.html Rauner's pension proposal meets backlash - Manar:
Following Gov. Bruce Rauner’s call for pension reform and tax cuts in Wednesday’s budget address, state lawmakers and midterm election candidates voiced dissent over what some called another unbal...]]>
Tim Landis dies - SJ-R scribe found dead this morning http://illinoistimes.com/article-19535-tim-landis-dies.html Tim Landis dies - SJ-R scribe found dead this morning
 Tim Landis, longtime reporter for the State Journal-Register, has died.  Landis, 66, was found dead this morning by his wife, according to the Sangamon County coroner’s office. ...]]>
Charges filed in pot case - Defendants held on $200,000 bond http://illinoistimes.com/article-19419-charges-filed-in-pot-case.html Charges filed in pot case - Defendants held on $200,000 bond
 Two men arrested last Thursday in connection with a large-scale marijuana growing operation at the intersection of South Eighth Street and South Grand Avenue were arraigned Monday and remain...]]>
Under our very noses - Grow op busted in city's heart http://illinoistimes.com/article-19418-under-our-very-noses.html Under our very noses - Grow op busted in city's heart
   Police have busted a massive marijuana growing operation in the heart of Springfield. The grow operation in a former dry cleaning shop at the intersection of South Grand Avenue...]]>
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...]]>