IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Sat, 06 Feb 16 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Burning issues - Troubled mine wants to expand http://illinoistimes.com/article-16767-burning-issues.html Burning issues - Troubled mine wants to expand
 Even as an underground fire has forced closure of a Montgomery County mine, the mine operator is seeking state permission to expand mining operations near Hillsboro.The Deer Run mine, owned by S...]]>
Impasse? - SJ-R contract negotiations at turning point http://illinoistimes.com/article-16771-impasse.html Impasse? - SJ-R contract negotiations at turning point
 The union that represents State Journal-Register newsroom employees is weighing options now that a “final and best” contract offer has been rejected by workers.The Jan. 29 vote rejecting man...]]>
All pain, no gain - Budget impasse destroying the state, advocates say http://illinoistimes.com/article-16772-all-pain-no-gain.html All pain, no gain - Budget impasse destroying the state, advocates say
 Over the past seven months, human service organizations across the state have made layoffs, cut programs and pleaded their case to lawmakers that the people of Illinois need a budget in place. I...]]>
Cruz, Rubio eligible for president, state election board says - Challenges to candidates’ citizenship status overruled http://illinoistimes.com/article-16774-cruz-rubio-eligible-for-president-state-election-board-says.html Cruz, Rubio eligible for president, state election board says - Challenges to candidates’ citizenship status overruled
For presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, Feb. 1 was a good day. Not only did the Republican from Texas top presumed front-runner Donald Trump to win the influential Republican primary in Iowa that da...]]>
Inside Springfield’s first medical pot shop http://illinoistimes.com/article-16748-inside-springfield%25E2%2580%2599s-first-medical-pot-shop.html Inside Springfield’s first medical pot shop
Here's what Springfield's first medical marijuana dispensary looks like and how it will operate....]]>
Rauner: 'I want reforms.' - Governor introduces procurement bill, calls for state takeover of Chicago schools http://illinoistimes.com/article-16749-rauner-i-want-reforms.html Rauner: 'I want reforms.' - Governor introduces procurement bill, calls for state takeover of Chicago schools
Gov. Bruce Rauner announced legislation to change state procurement today and renewed his call for the state to take over Chicago Public Schools....]]>
Is Ted Cruz eligible to run in Illinois? - Objections filed with Illinois election board raise questions http://illinoistimes.com/article-16736-is-ted-cruz-eligible-to-run-in-illinois.html Is Ted Cruz eligible to run in Illinois? - Objections filed with Illinois election board raise questions
 Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio face challenges in Illinois over their eligibility to be president, mirroring similar challenges in other states.Filings with the stat...]]>
Carelessness or something more? - Details on Mautino reports don’t add up http://illinoistimes.com/article-16739-carelessness-or-something-more.html Carelessness or something more? - Details on Mautino reports don’t add up
There is, at least so far, no proof that Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino has broken any laws.But the more one looks at Mautino’s campaign disclosure reports filed while he was a state represe...]]>
Does ‘Independent Maps’ have a chance? http://illinoistimes.com/article-16740-does-%25E2%2580%2598independent-maps%25E2%2580%2599-have-a-chance.html Does ‘Independent Maps’ have a chance?
A group working to change how Illinois’ state legislative districts maps are drawn is pushing for reform on redistricting laws again. A ruling by Cook County Circuit Court Judge Mary Mikva in 2014 s...]]>
The push for school funding adequacy and equity http://illinoistimes.com/article-16741-the-push-for-school-funding-adequacy-and-equity.html The push for school funding adequacy and equity
 On Jan. 21 the Higher Education Coalition and members from the Springfield-based Faith Coalition for the Common Good visited the Statehouse, pushing lawmakers to recognize that education funding...]]>
School choice, another Statehouse battlefront http://illinoistimes.com/article-16742-school-choice-another-statehouse-battlefront.html School choice, another Statehouse battlefront
 Gov. Bruce Rauner loves school choice so much he devoted an entire week to it.Rauner named Jan. 24 through 30 “School Choice Week” in Illinois to promote a popular concept in education refor...]]>
Money for nothing - Mautino spent big on election workers while unopposed http://illinoistimes.com/article-16711-money-for-nothing.html Money for nothing - Mautino spent big on election workers while unopposed
In the weeks leading up to the general election of 2010, Mautino spent $8,000 on poll watchers, plus $2,750 for precinct walkers plus an additional $2,050 for precinct workers. Quite a chunk of change, considering that Mautino was unopposed at the ballot box that fall....]]>
Questionable campaign spending - Auditor general spent six figures at gas station http://illinoistimes.com/article-16709-questionable-campaign-spending.html Questionable campaign spending - Auditor general spent six figures at gas station
While a state representative, Illinois auditor general Frank Mautino spent more than $213,000 from his campaign fund at a Spring Valley service station in less than 11 years, according to reports filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections....]]>
Rail funding optimism - Federal transportation bill holds promise for Springfield rail relocation http://illinoistimes.com/article-16705-rail-funding-optimism.html Rail funding optimism - Federal transportation bill holds promise for Springfield rail relocation
 A federal transportation funding bill passed in December gives Springfield’s rail relocation project a more certain future.Although funding for the rail project isn’t secured yet, the federa...]]>
Illinois’ first Raunerversary - Governor’s first year filled with controversy http://illinoistimes.com/article-16706-illinois%25E2%2580%2599-first-raunerversary.html Illinois’ first Raunerversary - Governor’s first year filled with controversy
 When Gov. Bruce Rauner took office on Jan. 12, 2015, he pledged to “make Illinois the most competitive and compassionate state in America.” The governor also pledged to “let the people con...]]>
Pay up, please - But city won’t play hardball with state on overdue bills http://illinoistimes.com/article-16707-pay-up-please.html Pay up, please - But city won’t play hardball with state on overdue bills
 The Springfield City Council has approved a resolution aimed at convincing the state to pay delinquent utility bills.But city officials say it’s unlikely that the city will shut off service to...]]>
Education reform leaves states in charge - New law scales back federal control, keeps standardized tests http://illinoistimes.com/article-16678-education-reform-leaves-states-in-charge.html Education reform leaves states in charge - New law scales back federal control, keeps standardized tests
A federal education reform law passed in December has educators cautiously hopeful for more local control.The new law, which replaces a prior unpopular law, scales back federal control of education bu...]]>
Slowing down for dinner - ‘Slow Food’ movement aims for healthier, tastier eating http://illinoistimes.com/article-16679-slowing-down-for-dinner.html Slowing down for dinner - ‘Slow Food’ movement aims for healthier, tastier eating
 Eating dinner has never been more complicated in the 21st century. What’s affordable may not be healthy, and what’s healthy may not taste good.However, one Springfield group aims to make din...]]>
Mum’s the word - Judge says Parsons can take Fifth http://illinoistimes.com/article-16680-mum%25E2%2580%2599s-the-word.html Mum’s the word - Judge says Parsons can take Fifth
Faced with a federal criminal investigation, entrepreneur Jeffrey Parsons can keep his mouth shut in court fights pitting the trustee in his bankruptcy case against car dealer Todd Green and a Texas a...]]>
Plenty of passion at Bernie Sanders rally http://illinoistimes.com/article-16681-plenty-of-passion-at-bernie-sanders-rally.html Plenty of passion at Bernie Sanders rally
 “Bernie Sanders is not afraid of the consequences of standing and speaking truth to power, and that takes extreme courage and vision,” said Urbana city councilman Aaron Ammons during a press...]]>
Updates to biofuel mandate bring costs for Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-16682-updates-to-biofuel-mandate-bring-costs-for-illinois.html Updates to biofuel mandate bring costs for Illinois
 Illinois farmers are disappointed with the final ruling of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s update to the corn ethanol mandate. The federal government recently called for more ethano...]]>
Streamlining or steamrolling? - State task force calls for consolidating local government, slashing collective bargaining http://illinoistimes.com/article-16683-streamlining-or-steamrolling.html Streamlining or steamrolling? - State task force calls for consolidating local government, slashing collective bargaining
A task force headed by Illinois’ lieutenant governor last week called for streamlining of local governments and reducing “unfunded mandates” from the state.While the group’s suggestions to con...]]>
Rauner releases calendar - Governor gives up fight after lawsuit, AG rulings http://illinoistimes.com/article-16659-rauner-releases-calendar.html Rauner releases calendar - Governor gives up fight after lawsuit, AG rulings
Faced with a lawsuit from Illinois Times and three opinions from the state attorney general, Gov. Bruce Rauner has released his appointment calendar.The release today that came via Brown, Hay and Step...]]>
Punishment reduced in plea - Seven years cut from sentence http://illinoistimes.com/article-16651-punishment-reduced-in-plea.html Punishment reduced in plea - Seven years cut from sentence
 A Springfield man whose conviction for battery to his infant daughter was overturned by an appellate court has pleaded guilty to the offense in a plea bargain that will shave seven years from a...]]>
New auditor general kept campaign fund active http://illinoistimes.com/article-16652-new-auditor-general-kept-campaign-fund-active.html New auditor general kept campaign fund active
Illinois auditor general Frank Mautino continued collecting campaign contributions and spending money after the General Assembly voted to put him in charge of auditing state agencies to ensure that pu...]]>
Mentally ill behind bars - Agreement would help mentally ill inmates http://illinoistimes.com/article-16653-mentally-ill-behind-bars.html Mentally ill behind bars - Agreement would help mentally ill inmates
 Tiffany Rusher doesn’t belong in prison, according to a lawyer for mentally ill inmates at the cusp of winning major reform from the state.Locked up for aggravated sexual abuse of a minor, Rus...]]>
Reversal of fortune - Judge throws out $21.5 million verdict http://illinoistimes.com/article-16632-reversal-of-fortune.html Reversal of fortune - Judge throws out $21.5 million verdict
A federal judge in Seattle has thrown out a $21.5 million verdict won by a Springfield businessman who says that he suffered a brain injury after being hit on the head in 2011 by a sliding glass door while aboard a cruise ship during a journey around the world....]]>
‘Millennials’ report contains advice for local leaders http://illinoistimes.com/article-16574-%25E2%2580%2598millennials%25E2%2580%2599-report-contains-advice-for-local-leaders.html ‘Millennials’ report contains advice for local leaders
 Everybody has an opinion on Millennials, says Norm Sims, and most are unflattering. He says the facts paint a different picture than a generation supposedly defined by laziness and entitlement.�...]]>
Springfield Art Association and Prairie Art Alliance merge http://illinoistimes.com/article-16575-springfield-art-association-and-prairie-art-alliance-merge.html Springfield Art Association and Prairie Art Alliance merge
 Beginning on Jan. 1, 2016, the Springfield Art Association and the Prairie Art Alliance, the two largest arts organizations in the Springfield area, will merge. “The PAA is going to come under...]]>
City won’t enforce five-foot panhandling restriction - Lawsuits over free speech continue as city seeks Supreme Court review http://illinoistimes.com/article-16579-city-won%25E2%2580%2599t-enforce-five-foot-panhandling-restriction.html City won’t enforce five-foot panhandling restriction - Lawsuits over free speech continue as city seeks Supreme Court review
 The City of Springfield has agreed not to enforce a restriction on panhandling it adopted in September.The restriction was challenged on constitutional grounds by a Springfield panhandler who go...]]>