IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Sat, 23 May 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Energy’s fight for power - Nuclear subsidies and ‘green jobs’ bills compete http://illinoistimes.com/article-15530-energy%25E2%2580%2599s-fight-for-power.html Energy’s fight for power - Nuclear subsidies and ‘green jobs’ bills compete
 There’s a war raging over Illinois’ energy future, pitting nuclear power against renewable resources. The winner will determine how Illinois generates electricity for decades to come.Coal po...]]>
It wasn’t me - Chiropractor denies providing substance http://illinoistimes.com/article-15532-it-wasn%25E2%2580%2599t-me.html It wasn’t me - Chiropractor denies providing substance
 A Springfield chiropractor denies that he prescribed or otherwise supplied a banned diet supplement to city police officers or anyone else.“I’ve never prescribed anything to anyone,” says ...]]>
Free at last - Jennifer Parsons cashes out http://illinoistimes.com/article-15533-free-at-last.html Free at last - Jennifer Parsons cashes out
It isn’t easy to get in bed with embattled entrepreneur Jeffrey Parsons and walk away with money in your pocket.Just ask hundreds of creditors in Parsons’ bankruptcy case, including people who got...]]>
The Show Must Go On - Republicans accuse Democrats of political theater over right-to-work http://illinoistimes.com/article-15498-the-show-must-go-on.html The Show Must Go On - Republicans accuse Democrats of political theater over right-to-work
 Capitol observers could be forgiven for feeling a sense of déjà vu. For the second week in a row, the Illinois House of Representatives ran legislation modeled after Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s agenda, and for the second week in a row, Republicans raised objections....]]>
The rise and fall of Cahokia - Flooding may have caused decline of ancient city http://illinoistimes.com/article-15490-the-rise-and-fall-of-cahokia.html The rise and fall of Cahokia - Flooding may have caused decline of ancient city
 Nearly 1,000 years ago, a bustling city sprouted in southern Illinois. As many as 20,000 people lived in this six-square-mile metropolis located near modern St. Louis around the year 1050, but t...]]>
Crowdfunding for businesses - Bill would allow small businesses to court investors http://illinoistimes.com/article-15493-crowdfunding-for-businesses.html Crowdfunding for businesses - Bill would allow small businesses to court investors
 It’s usually associated with making movies, recording music or creating a new product, but the Internet phenomenon known as “crowdfunding” could soon apply to small business investments in...]]>
U.S.S. Illinois nuclear sub now under construction - Group visits Illinois to raise awareness and money http://illinoistimes.com/article-15495-uss-illinois-nuclear-sub-now-under-construction.html U.S.S. Illinois nuclear sub now under construction - Group visits Illinois to raise awareness and money
 Members of the new nuclear submarine USS Illinois (SSN-786) Commissioning Committee brought a replica of the cutting-edge sub to the Illinois State Capitol April 29. The commission is charged wi...]]>
Cahnman engaged in misconduct, panel finds - Former alderman had conflict of interest as attorney http://illinoistimes.com/article-15497-cahnman-engaged-in-misconduct-panel-finds.html Cahnman engaged in misconduct, panel finds - Former alderman had conflict of interest as attorney
A state panel has determined that attorney and former Ward 5 alderman Sam Cahnman engaged in misconduct by having a conflict of interest as a lawyer-legislator....]]>
Workers’ comp could see changes - Illinois rates improved after last reforms, but not fast enough for businesses http://illinoistimes.com/article-15467-workers%25E2%2580%2599-comp-could-see-changes.html Workers’ comp could see changes - Illinois rates improved after last reforms, but not fast enough for businesses
 Gov. Bruce Rauner wants state lawmakers to reform workers’ compensation, but the jury is still out on the last attempt at reform.          &nb...]]>
Moneyball - House Dems vote to fund targets of Rauner cuts http://illinoistimes.com/article-15464-moneyball.html Moneyball - House Dems vote to fund targets of Rauner cuts
 The first pitch was a swing and a miss, but after that, Democrats in the General Assembly were swinging for the fences, passing amendment after amendment to a budget bill funding many of thei...]]>
Cops on drugs? No problem http://illinoistimes.com/article-15461-cops-on-drugs-no-problem.html Cops on drugs? No problem
 The City of Springfield is asking a judge to overturn the decision of an arbitrator who has ruled that a police officer fired after testing positive for steroids must be reinstated.Loren Pettit ...]]>
No time to talk - Rauner continues tradition of dodging the press http://illinoistimes.com/article-15462-no-time-to-talk.html No time to talk - Rauner continues tradition of dodging the press
 Last week was a turbulent one in the media for Gov. Bruce Rauner. He dodged questions from journalists, took questions from union adversaries, and held a press conference for an empty room. Raun...]]>
Southtown gets a Kickstart - Youthful businesses crowd-source a nonprofit http://illinoistimes.com/article-15463-southtown-gets-a-kickstart.html Southtown gets a Kickstart - Youthful businesses crowd-source a nonprofit
 Over the years there have been many attempts to revitalize Springfield’s long-dilapidated Southtown neighborhood, including having it designated by the city council “a housing and urban rede...]]>
Cutting to the bone - Rauner’s budget chief says cuts weren’t enough for current budget http://illinoistimes.com/article-15433-cutting-to-the-bone.html Cutting to the bone - Rauner’s budget chief says cuts weren’t enough for current budget
 The universe is not infinite. At least, not when it comes to the budget.That’s how Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget chief explained to a panel of House lawmakers last week that there are not many...]]>
Morals in medicine - Senate passes “right of conscience” bill after harrowing testimony http://illinoistimes.com/article-15434-morals-in-medicine.html Morals in medicine - Senate passes “right of conscience” bill after harrowing testimony
 Mindy Swank of Chicago grew up in a conservative household – both religiously and politically – so when her pregnancy went wrong, it was a difficult decision to have an abortion.She and her...]]>
Project hits stumbling block - Council tables financing ordinance http://illinoistimes.com/article-15437-project-hits-stumbling-block.html Project hits stumbling block - Council tables financing ordinance
 Developers of a proposed apartment complex in downtown Springfield came to Tuesday’s city council meeting armed with a drawing of the project and ready to answer questions, but no one asked.Th...]]>
Shaping school discipline - Legislature proposes changes to how schools handle punishment http://illinoistimes.com/article-15438-shaping-school-discipline.html Shaping school discipline - Legislature proposes changes to how schools handle punishment
 Public schools in Illinois would have to reform their discipline policies under legislation being considered in the Illinois General Assembly. The bill aims to limit how long students are remove...]]>
Cahnman faces ethics inquiry http://illinoistimes.com/article-15400-cahnman-faces-ethics-inquiry.html Cahnman faces ethics inquiry
It’s been a tough month for Sam Cahnman.The Ward 5 alderman and attorney lost his re-election bid on April 7, and on April 16, he faced an extended hearing by the state panel that disciplines lawyer...]]>
Tapped out - Autism program in fight for survival http://illinoistimes.com/article-15402-tapped-out.html Tapped out - Autism program in fight for survival
 Nehemiah Dawson is five years old, he is third in his kindergarten class for spelling and he has Autism Spectrum disorder. But the program that his parents credit with most of his success might...]]>
Shooting case settled - City will pay man shot by police http://illinoistimes.com/article-15403-shooting-case-settled.html Shooting case settled - City will pay man shot by police
 The city of Springfield will pay $50,000 to a man shot by police more than seven years ago under a settlement approved Tuesday by the city council.The case started when James Wells stepped onto ...]]>
State employees could get back pay after four years - More than $63 million owed under union contract http://illinoistimes.com/article-15404-state-employees-could-get-back-pay-after-four-years.html State employees could get back pay after four years - More than $63 million owed under union contract
 State employees may receive back pay for raises they should have received almost four years ago, thanks to legislation which passed the Illinois House last week. The bill stems from a 2010 dispu...]]>
Public money could pay for abortions - Bill would reverse current ban http://illinoistimes.com/article-15405-public-money-could-pay-for-abortions.html Public money could pay for abortions - Bill would reverse current ban
Illinois lawmakers are considering legislation that would reverse a 30-year-old ban on public money being used to pay for abortions. The bill raises one of the most controversial issues in American so...]]>
Show me the pension - Lawmakers want closer look at Rauner’s pension proposal http://illinoistimes.com/article-15406-show-me-the-pension.html Show me the pension - Lawmakers want closer look at Rauner’s pension proposal
Two prominent Democratic lawmakers are calling on Gov. Bruce Rauner to release the long-awaited details his pension proposal so they can figure out what it means for the state’s budget.State Senator...]]>
Girl mauled by dog - Charges considered http://illinoistimes.com/article-15378-girl-mauled-by-dog.html Girl mauled by dog - Charges considered
A 10-year-old girl mauled by a dog more than a week ago remains hospitalized as investigations continue....]]>
Street fight - Lawmakers debate raising gas tax to pay for roads http://illinoistimes.com/article-15368-street-fight.html Street fight - Lawmakers debate raising gas tax to pay for roads
 Illinois lawmakers used $300 million meant for roads to plug a budget hole earlier this year, so now they’re considering replacing the money with a higher tax on motor fuels.The proposal would...]]>
Rauner’s playbook - Conservative ALEC tells states how to fix economy http://illinoistimes.com/article-15369-rauner%25E2%2580%2599s-playbook.html Rauner’s playbook - Conservative ALEC tells states how to fix economy
 The acronym ALEC sends waves of disgust down the average liberal’s spine, but for a Republican governor in a Democratic-leaning state, it can mean a recipe for fixing a busted system.While Ill...]]>
Jeffrey Parsons walks - Judge threatens jail http://illinoistimes.com/article-15372-jeffrey-parsons-walks.html Jeffrey Parsons walks - Judge threatens jail
 Despite fibbing in court documents, violating a court order and stiffing debtors, embattled entrepreneur Jeffrey Parsons got a break last week from a judge who could have jailed him for making i...]]>
Car trouble - Government vehicles would have to be made in U.S. or Canada http://illinoistimes.com/article-15373-car-trouble.html Car trouble - Government vehicles would have to be made in U.S. or Canada
 Business and labor groups are at odds over a bill that would restrict which vehicles state and local governments could buy.Illinois State Rep. Mike Smiddy, D-Hillsdale, sponsors House Bill 3438,...]]>
Paying for downtown http://illinoistimes.com/article-15374-paying-for-downtown.html Paying for downtown
 Subsidies are key as the city strives to redevelop downtown Springfield.The city would provide $700,000 in tax increment financing under a proposal by the developer of a proposed complex for stu...]]>
Apartments considered for downtown - Project would be aimed at students http://illinoistimes.com/article-15337-apartments-considered-for-downtown.html Apartments considered for downtown - Project would be aimed at students
A Quad Cities developer is considering an area on the northern edge of downtown, near the medical district, for a new apartment building that would be aimed at providing housing for students.The five-...]]>