IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Sat, 25 Jun 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Return of the residency requirement - City council votes 6-4 to make future hires live in Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-17377-return-of-the-residency-requirement.html Return of the residency requirement - City council votes 6-4 to make future hires live in Springfield
 Future city employees will have to live inside Springfield under an ordinance passed Tuesday by the city council. The controversial issue created a split among some unions, with police, fire and...]]>
Let’s make a deal - Park district mulls police contract http://illinoistimes.com/article-17379-let%25E2%2580%2599s-make-a-deal.html Let’s make a deal - Park district mulls police contract
 The Springfield Park District is eying a deal with the Sangamon County sheriff’s office to provide police protection in parks.The sheriff’s office has given the district a proposal to provid...]]>
To tell the truth - Judge threatens contempt for alleged fib http://illinoistimes.com/article-17380-to-tell-the-truth.html To tell the truth - Judge threatens contempt for alleged fib
 A federal judge in Springfield is threatening to hold a Normal doctor in contempt of court for misleading testimony about his credentials during a May trial.The trial ended with a $300,000 jury...]]>
Empowered and employed - Furniture ministry uplifts and empowers women to become employed http://illinoistimes.com/article-17341-empowered-and-employed.html Empowered and employed - Furniture ministry uplifts and empowers women to become employed
 Shareese Tinsey, a Springfield mother of five children, had been struggling to find a job that would provide a steady income. That changed when Rev. Margaret Ann Jessup offered Tinsey a job at W...]]>
Short of breath - Ambulance provided air, not oxygen http://illinoistimes.com/article-17344-short-of-breath.html Short of breath - Ambulance provided air, not oxygen
 The what-and-who part of the puzzle didn’t take long for the Illinois Department of Public Health to figure out. The why remains a mystery.Within months of receiving a 2014 report that members...]]>
Lender forecloses on downtown hotel - Claims switch to Wyndham brand is default http://illinoistimes.com/article-17345-lender-forecloses-on-downtown-hotel.html Lender forecloses on downtown hotel - Claims switch to Wyndham brand is default
 The loan servicing company for banks that hold a mortgage to the Wyndham hotel in downtown Springfield has foreclosed on the property, claiming that the hotel’s switch from the Hilton to Wyndh...]]>
Return of the residency requirement? - Mayor makes good on campaign promise http://illinoistimes.com/article-17328-return-of-the-residency-requirement.html Return of the residency requirement? - Mayor makes good on campaign promise
Future city employees may soon have to live within the limits of Springfield, per a proposal to reinstate the city's previous residency requirement....]]>
Habitat home needs funds - Three nonprofits join forces for win-win-win http://illinoistimes.com/article-17323-habitat-home-needs-funds.html Habitat home needs funds - Three nonprofits join forces for win-win-win
 For three and a half years, Demara Albert’s name was on a list with 17 other candidates who wanted to become homeowners through Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County. Although Habitat tempor...]]>
The driveway to Scheels - City may raise speed limit on MacArthur http://illinoistimes.com/article-17324-the-driveway-to-scheels.html The driveway to Scheels - City may raise speed limit on MacArthur
 Motorists soon may be able to travel a bit faster on MacArthur Boulevard without risking a ticket.The city is working on plans to raise the speed limit on the road between Wabash Avenue and Inte...]]>
Battling over workers’ comp - Budget talks hinge in part on new changes http://illinoistimes.com/article-17325-battling-over-workers%25E2%2580%2599-comp.html Battling over workers’ comp - Budget talks hinge in part on new changes
 The state workers’ compensation system is being eyed for changes as part of a possible resolution to Illinois’ budget crisis, setting up a battle between employers, injured workers and the d...]]>
Back at work - Daniel Stowell returns to Lincoln Papers http://illinoistimes.com/article-17301-back-at-work.html Back at work - Daniel Stowell returns to Lincoln Papers
Daniel Stowell is returning to work at the Papers of Abraham Lincoln project after more than a month on paid administrative leave, but it's unclear why he was placed on leave in the first place....]]>
Regulating religious restrictions at Catholic hospitals - Hospitals would have to offer women alternatives http://illinoistimes.com/article-17287-regulating-religious-restrictions-at-catholic-hospitals.html Regulating religious restrictions at Catholic hospitals - Hospitals would have to offer women alternatives
 Angela Valavanis, an Evanston woman who had a history of complications during pregnancy, felt betrayed by her obstetrician gynecologist of 15 years when she was denied a tubal ligation after the...]]>
Wins for gardeners and the poor - Bills pass to help seed exchanges, Link program http://illinoistimes.com/article-17288-wins-for-gardeners-and-the-poor.html Wins for gardeners and the poor - Bills pass to help seed exchanges, Link program
Backyard gardeners and fans of fresh food scored victories during this year’s legislative session as lawmakers passed a bill aimed at increasing the buying power of the poor at farmers markets while...]]>
Taking root - Medical marijuana wins big http://illinoistimes.com/article-17291-taking-root.html Taking root - Medical marijuana wins big
 Backers of medical marijuana are hoping for a big boost since lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner have agreed to extend and expand the state’s fledgling medical marijuana program, which has suffer...]]>
Pressure grows - Democrat says Mautino should step aside http://illinoistimes.com/article-17300-pressure-grows.html Pressure grows - Democrat says Mautino should step aside
State Sen. Laura Murphy, D-Des Plaines, says that embattled auditor general Frank Mautino should leave office due to a pending federal investigation into his campaign spending while a member of the Ge...]]>
Silence is golden - Mautino stays mum amid probes http://illinoistimes.com/article-17271-silence-is-golden.html Silence is golden - Mautino stays mum amid probes
 With the U.S. attorney’s office in the mix, questions about state auditor general Frank Mautino’s campaign spending aren’t likely to go away anytime soon.There is, of course, one way for M...]]>
A better way to investigate rape - Legislation includes law enforcement training http://illinoistimes.com/article-17274-a-better-way-to-investigate-rape.html A better way to investigate rape - Legislation includes law enforcement training
 After a 15-year-old girl from outside Chicago was raped in 2007, she and her family waited for eight years with uncertainty about whether her rape test results would offer a resolution.A 2013 in...]]>
School funding reformers want local sponsorship - The Faith Coalition for the Common Good urges local state representative support http://illinoistimes.com/article-17252-school-funding-reformers-want-local-sponsorship.html School funding reformers want local sponsorship - The Faith Coalition for the Common Good urges local state representative support
The Faith Coalition for the Common Good wants two local Republicans to support a Democrat's education funding reforms.
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Challenging ‘junk science’ in arson case - Naperville man seeks relief from murder conviction http://illinoistimes.com/article-17235-challenging-%25E2%2580%2598junk-science%25E2%2580%2599-in-arson-case.html Challenging ‘junk science’ in arson case - Naperville man seeks relief from murder conviction
 A Naperville man is asking a judge to overturn his murder conviction on the grounds that the prosecution’s case was built on junk science.William Amor spent the last 21 years behind bars for t...]]>
Mautino campaign workers subpoenaed, source says - Feds apparently probing campaign accounts http://illinoistimes.com/article-17236-mautino-campaign-workers-subpoenaed-source-says.html Mautino campaign workers subpoenaed, source says - Feds apparently probing campaign accounts
Campaign workers for Illinois auditor general Frank Mautino while he was a state legislator have received federal grand jury subpoenas, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter.The so...]]>
A dead issue - Governor appoints coroner board http://illinoistimes.com/article-17237-a-dead-issue.html A dead issue - Governor appoints coroner board
Gov. Bruce Rauner last week appointed the first state Coroner’s Training Board that will be in charge of training coroners and others involved in death investigations.Rep. Dan Brady, R-Bloomington,...]]>
Pay up - Jury awards six figures to inmate http://illinoistimes.com/article-17238-pay-up.html Pay up - Jury awards six figures to inmate
A former inmate of Taylorville Correctional Center last week won a $300,000 verdict against a prison doctor with a history of lawsuits alleging poor care that resulted in at least one previous six-fig...]]>
Repreive for historic Ridgley village hall - Judge vacates earlier demolition order http://illinoistimes.com/article-17249-repreive-for-historic-ridgley-village-hall.html Repreive for historic Ridgley village hall - Judge vacates earlier demolition order

 A 131-year-old building on Springfield's north side won't be torn down after all - at least not yet.

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Auditor general confirms federal probe - Campaign spending at issue http://illinoistimes.com/article-17250-auditor-general-confirms-federal-probe.html Auditor general confirms federal probe - Campaign spending at issue
Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino has confirmed that he’s under investigation by the U.S. attorney....]]>
Teaming up for environmental justice - NAACP, Sierra Club and others to collaborate on energy issues http://illinoistimes.com/article-17205-teaming-up-for-environmental-justice.html Teaming up for environmental justice - NAACP, Sierra Club and others to collaborate on energy issues
 The NAACP released a report last week calling for racial justice in Illinois’ environmental policy, prompting a new alliance between groups concerned with civil rights, labor rights and pollut...]]>
Prison phone bill targets pricing - Lawmakers blast contractor ‘kickbacks’ to IDOC http://illinoistimes.com/article-17206-prison-phone-bill-targets-pricing.html Prison phone bill targets pricing - Lawmakers blast contractor ‘kickbacks’ to IDOC
 The Illinois Department of Corrections benefits from a private contractor fleecing prisoners and their families by controlling phone services, according to three state lawmakers pushing legislat...]]>
Let’s celebrate: A cancer survivor’s tale - Heidi Floyd’s journey will inspire others at Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure May 13 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17207-let%25E2%2580%2599s-celebrate-a-cancer-survivor%25E2%2580%2599s-tale.html Let’s celebrate: A cancer survivor’s tale - Heidi Floyd’s journey will inspire others at Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure May 13
 Heidi Floyd still remembers her mother, alone in her bedroom, whispering to her over the phone that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.“She said it as if she had done something wrong,�...]]>
City wins pension case - Employees can’t get pension “spikes” http://illinoistimes.com/article-17186-city-wins-pension-case.html City wins pension case - Employees can’t get pension “spikes”
A Sangamon County judge has sided with the city of Springfield in ruling that retiring city employees can’t cash out accrued vacation time to increase final paychecks and thus boost pension benefits....]]>
Head of Lincoln papers out - Director of digitizing project put on leave http://illinoistimes.com/article-17185-head-of-lincoln-papers-out.html Head of Lincoln papers out - Director of digitizing project put on leave
 Daniel Stowell, director of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln Project at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, has been placed on administrative leave....]]>
Downtown Y adding tech-driven kids’ room - Youth Fitness Center features interactive games http://illinoistimes.com/article-17176-downtown-y-adding-tech-driven-kids%25E2%2580%2599-room.html Downtown Y adding tech-driven kids’ room - Youth Fitness Center features interactive games
 Springfield’s Downtown YMCA is preparing a new exercise room that incorporates technology instead of competing with it for kids’ attention. The new space blurs the line between mere exercise...]]>