IllinoisTimes - Feature http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-26-1-feature.html Sun, 25 Sep 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Mature Mob - To battle the budget crisis, aging mobsters return to the stage http://illinoistimes.com/article-17719-mature-mob.html Mature Mob - To battle the budget crisis, aging mobsters return to the stage
 It’s one of those things that may seem like it’s always been here, but Senior Services of Central Illinois, Inc., is only 50 years old. And it hasn’t always gone by that name. Its roots go...]]>
On a mission - City pushes for Hunter Lake. Again. http://illinoistimes.com/article-17669-on-a-mission.html On a mission - City pushes for Hunter Lake. Again.
 Not long after an epic drought, good news arrived.“After what Springfield went through in 1954, it is heartening to know that the city’s water supply will be wholly adequate for the next 20...]]>
A budding industry - Inside a legal marijuana-growing operation http://illinoistimes.com/article-17626-a-budding-industry.html A budding industry - Inside a legal marijuana-growing operation
 Aside from the barbed wire perimeter, you’d never know from its appearance that this low, gray warehouse on a rural road lined with soybeans is anything noteworthy. Inside, however, are hundre...]]>
Hindus at home on the prairie - Chatham temple eyes expansion http://illinoistimes.com/article-17565-hindus-at-home-on-the-prairie.html Hindus at home on the prairie - Chatham temple eyes expansion
 At sunset one recent Thursday, Dr. Dharmendra Nimavat pauses outside the Hindu Temple of Greater Springfield, where he is installing new flags to replace storm-tattered banners.New complete-with...]]>
Tardy party - Illinois’ bicentennial year is less than 17 months away, but the state hasn’t yet made any plans to celebrate. http://illinoistimes.com/article-17541-tardy-party.html Tardy party - Illinois’ bicentennial year is less than 17 months away, but the state hasn’t yet made any plans to celebrate.
 In 1918, amid enthusiastic statewide celebrations of Illinois’ centennial anniversary of statehood, Vachel Lindsay wrote The Golden Book of Springfield, in which he looked ahead a century to i...]]>
The Legacy Theatre comes of age - Celebrating a successful first five years, the theater plans a bright future http://illinoistimes.com/article-17518-the-legacy-theatre-comes-of-age.html The Legacy Theatre comes of age - Celebrating a successful first five years, the theater plans a bright future
 Five years after local theater mainstay Scott Richardson quipped to friends, “I bought a theater. Won’t this be fun!” the Legacy Theatre is alive and well. Thriving under the watchful care...]]>
Fixing the People’s House - A grand plan to give the Illinois Executive Mansion new life http://illinoistimes.com/article-17500-fixing-the-people%25E2%2580%2599s-house.html Fixing the People’s House - A grand plan to give the Illinois Executive Mansion new life
 The Illinois Executive Mansion has fallen into disrepair before. At least this time, no one is trying to demolish it.The mansion has been the Springfield residence of Illinois governors stretchi...]]>
Trying to get race right - Springfield’s efforts to build bridges http://illinoistimes.com/article-17464-trying-to-get-race-right.html Trying to get race right - Springfield’s efforts to build bridges
 Sunshine Clemons was in high school when she had one of those formative experiences nearly every black person has involving police.Clemons, who lives in Springfield, says she and a couple of her...]]>
Farming out work - Business brisk for migrant construction workers http://illinoistimes.com/article-17441-farming-out-work.html Farming out work - Business brisk for migrant construction workers
 Less than 90 minutes after quitting time, the last member of this work crew from Mexico emerges, freshly showered, from the bathroom in a house that’s walking distance from a farm where they a...]]>
Feisty law firm fights for Rauner’s agenda - Backed by conservative activists, an upstart legal practice battles against Illinois public sector unions while synching up with the governor’s reform movement, a Rescuing Illinois report finds. http://illinoistimes.com/article-17427-feisty-law-firm-fights-for-rauner%25E2%2580%2599s-agenda.html Feisty law firm fights for Rauner’s agenda - Backed by conservative activists, an upstart legal practice battles against Illinois public sector unions while synching up with the governor’s reform movement, a Rescuing Illinois report finds.
 A small and obscure law firm backed by powerful forces sympathetic to what critics say is Gov. Bruce Rauner’s anti-union agenda is on the front lines of a groundbreaking government vs. labor m...]]>
Friend of bees - Arvin Pierce, a man on a mission to save, support and learn from the honeybee http://illinoistimes.com/article-17433-friend-of-bees.html Friend of bees - Arvin Pierce, a man on a mission to save, support and learn from the honeybee
 As Arvin Pierce and I pull up to a house in Virden and step out of his small red pickup truck, a young boy cowers near the back steps. He glares up at an active swarm of honeybees near a catalpa...]]>
Opioid Illinois - Sangamon County joins the battle against prescription abuse http://illinoistimes.com/article-17399-opioid-illinois.html Opioid Illinois - Sangamon County joins the battle against prescription abuse
 Even four years after successfully kicking his addiction to prescription pills like Percocet and Hydrocodone, Darren still red-flags himself at doctor visits.“I am a recovering addict,” said...]]>
Illinois’ historic problem - The state’s monuments to the past are in spiraling disrepair and their communities despair over the ultimate fate of these endangered sites, a BGA Rescuing Illinois report finds. http://illinoistimes.com/article-17361-illinois%25E2%2580%2599-historic-problem.html Illinois’ historic problem - The state’s monuments to the past are in spiraling disrepair and their communities despair over the ultimate fate of these endangered sites, a BGA Rescuing Illinois report finds.
 Illinois’ history is crumbling away. Mansions, museums and monuments that showcase Illinois’ past, and honor famous luminaries, ranging from President Abraham Lincoln to famed architect Fran...]]>
After the atom - Closing the nuclear power plant at Clinton http://illinoistimes.com/article-17346-after-the-atom.html After the atom - Closing the nuclear power plant at Clinton
 Illinois has a long history with the atom. The world’s first nuclear reactor began operating in 1942 beneath a football field at the University of Chicago, where scientists with the secret Man...]]>
Shredding Lincoln - Abe’s files in peril http://illinoistimes.com/article-17303-shredding-lincoln.html Shredding Lincoln - Abe’s files in peril
 This story is the product of a collaboration with Illinois Issues. Illinois Issues is produced in Springfield by NPR Illinois. The world had always known about Grace Bedell, an 11-year-old girl...]]>
Summer movie preview 2016 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17278-summer-movie-preview-2016.html Summer movie preview 2016
 If Hollywood knows one thing it’s, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Actually, the phrase is “If we got a hit, let’s run it into the ground.” This practice is never more apparen...]]>
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...]]>