IllinoisTimes - Feature http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-26-1-feature.html Fri, 27 May 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Slow heist - Springfield woman stole $2.5 million over five years http://illinoistimes.com/article-17254-slow-heist.html Slow heist - Springfield woman stole $2.5 million over five years
 George Dinges trusted Susan Satterlee with every aspect of his Springfield-based business when he hired her 10 years ago as his operations manager. He would later find out she stole $2.5 million...]]>
One year, and counting - Jim Langfelder’s first year as mayor http://illinoistimes.com/article-17187-one-year-and-counting.html One year, and counting - Jim Langfelder’s first year as mayor
 It took nearly a year for the honeymoon to end, but Mayor Jim Langfelder this spring finally faced a room full of constituents angry at him.City council chambers in April bulged with people clut...]]>
Special friends - Young in Springfield, Lincoln enjoyed a deep relationship with Joshua Speed http://illinoistimes.com/article-17157-special-friends.html Special friends - Young in Springfield, Lincoln enjoyed a deep relationship with Joshua Speed
 In 1834, Joshua Speed, an ambitious young man from a well-to-do Kentucky family, set up a dry goods store in a two-story brick house on the corner of Fifth and Washington Streets in Springfield....]]>
Making Springfield look cool - “The Studio Show” uses YouTube to shine a spotlight on Springfield creativity http://illinoistimes.com/article-17149-making-springfield-look-cool.html Making Springfield look cool - “The Studio Show” uses YouTube to shine a spotlight on Springfield creativity
 What started as just an excuse for a group of friends to hang out has turned into a Springfield-focused, bi-weekly web series generating a strong buzz and garnering increasing numbers of viewers...]]>
Age-old question: Time for a state retirement tax? - Support builds for controversial tariff on seniors. But the burden is on the governor and lawmakers to forge a comprehensive budget plan. A BGA Rescuing Illinois report. http://illinoistimes.com/article-17098-age-old-question-time-for-a-state-retirement-tax.html Age-old question: Time for a state retirement tax? - Support builds for controversial tariff on seniors. But the burden is on the governor and lawmakers to forge a comprehensive budget plan. A BGA Rescuing Illinois report.
 Illinois is one of only three states that has an income tax but exempts all retirement income. Politicians, along with advocacy groups, have long pushed to keep it that way. But amid the spirali...]]>
Righting wrongs - Illinois Innocence Project marks 15 years http://illinoistimes.com/article-17099-righting-wrongs.html Righting wrongs - Illinois Innocence Project marks 15 years
 Teshome Campbell doesn’t hold any grudges. Not against the public defender who failed to call crucial witnesses on his behalf. Not against the many judges who dismissed his claims of injustice...]]>
Police and Fire pensions don’t respond to call - 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. http://illinoistimes.com/article-17048-police-and-fire-pensions-don%25E2%2580%2599t-respond-to-call.html Police and Fire pensions don’t respond to call - 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...]]>
Jackpot - Ex-pols’ campaign funds are gifts that keep giving http://illinoistimes.com/article-17049-jackpot.html Jackpot - 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...]]>
Images of Illinois - Fifth annual photography contest winners http://illinoistimes.com/article-17000-images-of-illinois.html Images of Illinois - 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...]]>
Art for Abe’s sake http://illinoistimes.com/article-16972-art-for-abe%25E2%2580%2599s-sake.html Art for Abe’s sake
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...]]>
Lifestyles of the rich and elected - State pols live high with campaign funds http://illinoistimes.com/article-16946-lifestyles-of-the-rich-and-elected.html Lifestyles of the rich and elected - 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...]]>
Death by a thousand cuts - The human cost of Illinois’ budget crisis http://illinoistimes.com/article-16902-death-by-a-thousand-cuts.html Death by a thousand cuts - 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....]]>
Illinois watchdogs don’t bite - A Rescuing Illinois report finds state executive and legislative Inspectors General lack power and resources to crack down on corruption. Is that the plan? http://illinoistimes.com/article-16879-illinois-watchdogs-don%25E2%2580%2599t-bite.html Illinois watchdogs don’t bite - 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...]]>
Thinking outside the frame - Visual artists paint a more lively Springfield arts scene http://illinoistimes.com/article-16864-thinking-outside-the-frame.html Thinking outside the frame - 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...]]>
Nature’s friends - Vern LaGesse and Friends of Sangamon Valley work to preserve our natural heritage http://illinoistimes.com/article-16833-nature%25E2%2580%2599s-friends.html Nature’s friends - 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...]]>
Sounds good - Legacy Audio makes noise outside Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-16782-sounds-good.html Sounds good - 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...]]>
Black behind bars http://illinoistimes.com/article-16751-black-behind-bars.html Black behind bars
 In 2013, one out of every 266 people in Illinois was in prison. For African-American residents, it was one in every 68 people.That’s just one of the shocking facts illustrating the serious rac...]]>
What’s ahead in 2016? - Lawmakers return to Springfield with some new ideas, but the unfinished business of 2015 will likely overshadow other topics in the second year of the legislative session.  http://illinoistimes.com/article-16686-what%25E2%2580%2599s-ahead-in-2016.html What’s ahead in 2016? - Lawmakers return to Springfield with some new ideas, but the unfinished business of 2015 will likely overshadow other topics in the second year of the legislative session. 
 Illinois Issues is in-depth reporting and analysis that takes you beyond the headlines to provide a deeper understanding of our state. Illinois Issues is produced by NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS in Spr...]]>
SHIPWRECK - Scorned woman scuttles $21.5 million cruise-ship verdict http://illinoistimes.com/article-16662-shipwreck.html SHIPWRECK - Scorned woman scuttles $21.5 million cruise-ship verdict
 Amy Mizeur didn’t hold back on her way out the door when she was terminated from her job at The Gold Center in Springfield last spring.“This is what you get when you refuse to screw your bos...]]>
The 10 best movies of a so-so year http://illinoistimes.com/article-16635-the-10-best-movies-of-a-so-so-year.html The 10 best movies of a so-so year
 I’ve seen a few movies in my time, so it’s very possible that a sense of burnout has set in. Perhaps that’s why most of the cinematic fare of 2015 left me with a feeling of “Meh” rathe...]]>
The 10 best scenes of 2015 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16636-the-10-best-scenes-of-2015.html The 10 best scenes of 2015
Movies are about moments – big moments that erase our cynicism about cinema and remind us of its capacity to dazzle as well as touch us. This happens in a way only possible with a medium that seamle...]]>
Illinois pols forge Cuba connection - As U.S. lifts sanctions, downstate lawmakers tout state’s agribusiness, commerce opportunities. They envision a new export boom. http://illinoistimes.com/article-16654-illinois-pols-forge-cuba-connection.html Illinois pols forge Cuba connection - As U.S. lifts sanctions, downstate lawmakers tout state’s agribusiness, commerce opportunities. They envision a new export boom.
 The restoration of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba has sparked a renewed effort to boost Illinois agricultural exports to the island nation, which has been under cripplin...]]>
First Night Springfield is ‘Downtown to a fine art’ - Family-friendly NYE celebration features 30 live performances, 8 stages http://illinoistimes.com/article-16598-first-night-springfield-is-%25E2%2580%2598downtown-to-a-fine-art%25E2%2580%2599.html First Night Springfield is ‘Downtown to a fine art’ - Family-friendly NYE celebration features 30 live performances, 8 stages
 Send out 2015 in a blaze of performing arts, fireworks and creativity and celebrate a new year at First Night Springfield. The Springfield Area Arts Council-hosted celebration is Springfield’s...]]>
Four new holiday films http://illinoistimes.com/article-16580-four-new-holiday-films.html Four new holiday films
 Joy a holiday also-ran There’s no question that David O. Russell’s Joy has a great deal going for it. It sports an incredible cast, including key members from previous efforts Silver Linings...]]>
Making a scene - Will Springfield pay for more and better music? http://illinoistimes.com/article-16537-making-a-scene.html Making a scene - Will Springfield pay for more and better music?
 Illinois Times invited a small group of area music promoters, booking agents and festival organizers to dinner at Obed and Isaac’s on Dec. 2 to discuss the presentation of live, original music...]]>
Upcoming concerts http://illinoistimes.com/article-16538-upcoming-concerts.html Upcoming concerts
 Thu. Dec. 17Hillbilly Casino, Jukebox Casanova and SS WEB at Bar None, 245 S. Fifth St.Thu. Dec. 17Epsom, Naked Spirit, Heart Attack Man, Attic Saltat South Town Studios, 11th St. and South Gran...]]>
Selling off Illinois - Governor wants more revenue but spinning off taxpayer-owned assets and services is risky business and ultimately requires asking the tough question: “Why do this?” – A BGA Rescuing Illinois report http://illinoistimes.com/article-16508-selling-off-illinois.html Selling off Illinois - Governor wants more revenue but spinning off taxpayer-owned assets and services is risky business and ultimately requires asking the tough question: “Why do this?” – A BGA Rescuing Illinois report
 When Gov. Bruce Rauner announced plans in October to sell the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago, he made a pitch worthy of his deal-making days in the private sector. “We’ve got to drive v...]]>
Don’t raze the Thompson Center http://illinoistimes.com/article-16509-don%25E2%2580%2599t-raze-the-thompson-center.html Don’t raze the Thompson Center
 The state government center in Chicago is showing its age but should be revitalized instead of sold to developers, argues a respected architecture and urban planning observer. The James R. Thomp...]]>
Money to burn - Springfield Fire Department resists cuts http://illinoistimes.com/article-16477-money-to-burn.html Money to burn - Springfield Fire Department resists cuts
 Seven years ago, the city of Springfield faced a fiscal crisis so serious that then Mayor Tim Davlin formed a blue-ribbon committee to define the problem and recommend solutions.The housing bubb...]]>
Letters to the future - Scientists, authors and activists predict the outcome of the upcoming UN Climate Talks in Paris http://illinoistimes.com/article-16454-letters-to-the-future.html Letters to the future - Scientists, authors and activists predict the outcome of the upcoming UN Climate Talks in Paris
World leaders from more than 190 countries will convene in Paris during the first two weeks of December for the long-awaited United Nations Climate Change Conference. Will the governments of the world...]]>