IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Wed, 16 Apr 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Free-speech icon to speak at UIS http://illinoistimes.com/article-13738-free-speech-icon-to-speak-at-uis.html Free-speech icon to speak at UIS
 Nearly 50 years ago, when Des Moines, Iowa, teenager John Tinker and his sister, Mary Beth, took a stand against the Vietnam War, they had no idea they were helping to create a legal precedent t...]]>
Reform wave hits DNR - Changes come under pressure http://illinoistimes.com/article-13742-reform-wave-hits-dnr.html Reform wave hits DNR - Changes come under pressure
 Pursuant to legal action from the state attorney general and amid a spate of bad publicity, the state Department of Natural Resources has agreed to reforms that include changes to permitting pro...]]>
Pay at the pump, fix the roads http://illinoistimes.com/article-13743-pay-at-the-pump-fix-the-roads.html Pay at the pump, fix the roads
 A group of unions and private sector groups say the state needs a gasoline tax increase to fix Illinois’ roads.The state’s major funding program for infrastructure improvements, Illinois Job...]]>
Illinois may end ‘planned abandonment’ - Parents forced to trade custody for care of adopted children http://illinoistimes.com/article-13706-illinois-may-end-%25E2%2580%2598planned-abandonment%25E2%2580%2599.html Illinois may end ‘planned abandonment’ - Parents forced to trade custody for care of adopted children
 When Dan Hoy was just six months old, he was taken from his biological parents by the state. He was lethargic and starving to death, and he had to be fed with an eye dropper each hour to keep hi...]]>
Another day, another lawsuit - District sued again for not releasing records http://illinoistimes.com/article-13707-another-day-another-lawsuit.html Another day, another lawsuit - District sued again for not releasing records
 The Ball-Chatham School District is once again being sued by a citizen watchdog group that last year prevailed in a lawsuit filed over alleged violations of the state Freedom of Information Act ...]]>
Illinois may decriminalize small amounts of marijuana - Bills offer ticket instead of arrest for possession http://illinoistimes.com/article-13708-illinois-may-decriminalize-small-amounts-of-marijuana.html Illinois may decriminalize small amounts of marijuana - Bills offer ticket instead of arrest for possession
 Illinois could follow the example of several other states in decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, thanks to legislation under consideration in the Illinois General Assembly.The three bill...]]>
Telling voters what they don’t want to hear - Quinn says Illinois can’t afford to let tax hike expire http://illinoistimes.com/article-13709-telling-voters-what-they-don%25E2%2580%2599t-want-to-hear.html Telling voters what they don’t want to hear - Quinn says Illinois can’t afford to let tax hike expire
 The governor’s plan to give homeowners $500 back each year is a generous idea but may not work out, according to tax expert Ralph Martire.Gov. Pat Quinn presented his annual budget address Mar...]]>
A gambling mecca - Springfield tops state in video gambling http://illinoistimes.com/article-13710-a-gambling-mecca.html A gambling mecca - Springfield tops state in video gambling
 Illinois has gone ga-ga over video gambling, with Springfield leading the state in numbers of machines and dollars wagered, according to the latest figures from the Illinois Gaming Board.Springf...]]>
Health insurance deadline approaches - Advocates urge families to get coverage before enrollment closes http://illinoistimes.com/article-13673-health-insurance-deadline-approaches.html Health insurance deadline approaches - Advocates urge families to get coverage before enrollment closes
 A national deadline to enroll in health insurance looms at the end of March, and Springfield Public Schools are urging families in the district to get covered.Under the federal health reforms of...]]>
A developing story - City acquiring downtown land http://illinoistimes.com/article-13676-a-developing-story.html A developing story - City acquiring downtown land
 A courts complex. A condo building. A museum.A parking lot and the former YWCA building near the governor’s mansion that together consume a large city block have seen a lot of proposals come a...]]>
A chance after four DUIs http://illinoistimes.com/article-13677-a-chance-after-four-duis.html A chance after four DUIs
 A bill moving through the Illinois General Assembly would give four-time driving under the influence (DUI) offenders a chance at getting behind the wheel again.State law prohibits a citizen who...]]>
Supreme Court strikes down recording law http://illinoistimes.com/article-13678-supreme-court-strikes-down-recording-law.html Supreme Court strikes down recording law
 Watch what you say; it can now be recorded without your knowledge or consent.The Illinois Supreme Court decided this very thing last week in a pair of unanimous decisions that invalidated a stat...]]>
Getting up to speed - Bill would end license confiscation http://illinoistimes.com/article-13679-getting-up-to-speed.html Getting up to speed - Bill would end license confiscation
 Illinois may soon join the rest of the nation and allow motorists who commit minor traffic offenses to keep driver’s licenses that are now sometimes confiscated on the spot by police officers....]]>
Ukraine in crisis - Ukrainians visit Springfield amid conflict http://illinoistimes.com/article-13680-ukraine-in-crisis.html Ukraine in crisis - Ukrainians visit Springfield amid conflict
 It’s been more than a month since Ukrainians were killed in Independence Square of Ukraine’s capital, Kiev. Six young Ukrainians who work with the country’s parliament shared their perspec...]]>
What is Madigan planning for the income tax? - Reform groups on both sides want change http://illinoistimes.com/article-13632-what-is-madigan-planning-for-the-income-tax.html What is Madigan planning for the income tax? - Reform groups on both sides want change
 One thing is certain: no one is happy with the current state income tax. Conservative groups like the Illinois Policy Institute say the income tax increase of 2010 should be allowed to expire, w...]]>
The soda sin tax http://illinoistimes.com/article-13634-the-soda-sin-tax.html The soda sin tax
Illinoisans could end up paying a tax on their sugary drinks that would fund education about the risks of obesity.State Sen. Mattie Hunter, D-Chicago, is sponsoring a bill she introduced in February t...]]>
GPS tracking a privacy concern http://illinoistimes.com/article-13635-gps-tracking-a-privacy-concern.html GPS tracking a privacy concern
 When Springfield-based attorney Mark Wykoff’s client was pulled over with methamphetamine in his vehicle, he probably didn’t know that police had attached a GPS tracking device to his car.Bu...]]>
Gambling expansion proposal downsized - Possibility of slots at Illinois State Fairgrounds remains http://illinoistimes.com/article-13636-gambling-expansion-proposal-downsized.html Gambling expansion proposal downsized - Possibility of slots at Illinois State Fairgrounds remains
 Following Gov. Pat Quinn’s 2012 veto of a bill to expand gambling in Illinois, a Chicago-area lawmaker is ready to try again, this time with a pair of scaled-down proposals. Rep. Robert Rita, ...]]>
Dems want 13th District seat in Congress http://illinoistimes.com/article-13604-dems-want-13th-district-seat-in-congress.html Dems want 13th District seat in Congress
 It’s been more than 100 years since a Democrat represented congressional District 13, but that isn’t stopping three candidates from vying for the seat.Ann Callis, a former judge from Edwards...]]>
Two challenge rookie congressman http://illinoistimes.com/article-13607-two-challenge-rookie-congressman.html Two challenge rookie congressman
 Although it may not be easy for a Republican to win a congressional district drawn by Democrats, the 13th District GOP candidates all want that chance in the fall election.On March 18, Republica...]]>
Bruce Rauner’s nursing home problem - Company accused of neglecting seniors http://illinoistimes.com/article-13608-bruce-rauner%25E2%2580%2599s-nursing-home-problem.html Bruce Rauner’s nursing home problem - Company accused of neglecting seniors
Bruce Rauner may easily win the Republican primary in Illinois’ race for governor, but he faces a much tougher battle in federal court, where his investment company is accused of illegally trying to...]]>
Questions about hiring - Turner case prompts district review http://illinoistimes.com/article-13592-questions-about-hiring.html Questions about hiring - Turner case prompts district review

 The Springfield School District plans to review hiring practices in the wake of revelations that Lanphier High School basketball coach Blake L. Turner was hired in 2008 despite a long criminal history.

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IEPA pushes for rules on coal ash disposal - Waste contains toxins that can poison water supplies http://illinoistimes.com/article-13572-iepa-pushes-for-rules-on-coal-ash-disposal.html IEPA pushes for rules on coal ash disposal - Waste contains toxins that can poison water supplies
Illinois coal power plants consumed more than 48 million tons of coal in 2012 – more than any other state except Texas. So what happens to the ash that coal produces when it is burned?Right now, it�...]]>
SHOPPING STATE SURPLUS http://illinoistimes.com/article-13574-shopping-state-surplus.html SHOPPING STATE SURPLUS
Need a box of Swiss Army knives? How about an old cop car, a cabinet to store acids, or a spectrophotometer to do whatever those things do? (We had to look it up. It involves measuring light.) The Sta...]]>
Case reveals lax oversight - Person on trial had minor role in state cash caper http://illinoistimes.com/article-13575-case-reveals-lax-oversight.html Case reveals lax oversight - Person on trial had minor role in state cash caper
The case against Jeri Wright, daughter of President Barack Obama’s former pastor Jeremiah Wright, is simple, prosecutors say.“This case, in two words, is about stealing and lying,” Assistant U.S...]]>
Young renters wanted http://illinoistimes.com/article-13576-young-renters-wanted.html Young renters wanted
Renovate it and they will come. That’s what architects are hoping is the case in downtown Springfield. The Springfield Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) has been working since 2012 to find a...]]>
No smoking, anywhere http://illinoistimes.com/article-13577-no-smoking-anywhere.html No smoking, anywhere
 The dangers of secondhand smoke are making it increasingly inconvenient for smokers to get their fix.January marked six years since Illinois became smoke-free. The initial ban, which limited the...]]>
Mental health court planned - Program may start this year http://illinoistimes.com/article-13578-mental-health-court-planned.html Mental health court planned - Program may start this year
 Sangamon County may launch a specialized court to handle cases involving mentally ill defendants by year’s end.More than a dozen Illinois counties already have so-called mental health courts a...]]>
Coach has a past - Lanphier basketball coach’s record includes 11 arrests http://illinoistimes.com/article-13546-coach-has-a-past.html Coach has a past - Lanphier basketball coach’s record includes 11 arrests
 Blake L. Turner, coach of the top-ranked Lanphier High School boy’s basketball team, has a criminal record stretching back to 1995 that includes at least 11 arrests on suspicion of battery, il...]]>
What’s making us sick? - Researchers educate lawmakers on looming dangers http://illinoistimes.com/article-13547-what%25E2%2580%2599s-making-us-sick.html What’s making us sick? - Researchers educate lawmakers on looming dangers
In 1984, an engineer named Stanley Watras set off a radiation detector at the nuclear power plant he was helping to build in Pottstown, Pa. The power plant hadn’t started producing power yet, so pla...]]>