IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Sun, 24 Jul 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Disciplinary tribunal dings Cahnman - Former alderman faces suspension http://illinoistimes.com/article-17481-disciplinary-tribunal-dings-cahnman.html Disciplinary tribunal dings Cahnman - Former alderman faces suspension
 A former Springfield alderman is facing a possible 90-day suspension from his legal practice by the Illinois Supreme Court.The case against former Ward 5 Ald. Sam Cahnman argued by the Illinois...]]>
Welcome to Springfield - ALPLM gets a new director http://illinoistimes.com/article-17484-welcome-to-springfield.html Welcome to Springfield - ALPLM gets a new director
 The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum last week welcomed its fifth director since opening day in 2005.Alan Lowe is somewhat a lifer in the world of presidential libraries, having s...]]>
Judge dismisses lawsuit over “racial profiling” traffic stop - Traffic stop tossed in state court, but federal judge upholds it http://illinoistimes.com/article-17457-judge-dismisses-lawsuit-over-%25E2%2580%259Cracial-profiling%25E2%2580%259D-traffic-stop.html Judge dismisses lawsuit over “racial profiling” traffic stop - Traffic stop tossed in state court, but federal judge upholds it
 A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit alleging police illegally stopped a Springfield resident, even though the traffic stop was thrown out of state court.The case stemmed from a 2013 traffic...]]>
Unshackling kids in court - Illinois Supreme Court proposes change to chaining juveniles http://illinoistimes.com/article-17460-unshackling-kids-in-court.html Unshackling kids in court - Illinois Supreme Court proposes change to chaining juveniles
Paul Cain remembers many of his clients. There was the 14-year-old boy with ADHD, accused of retail theft and possession of a stolen car. There was the 16-year-old girl who suffered from anxiety attac...]]>
Running for judge - Candidates engage for November election http://illinoistimes.com/article-17430-running-for-judge.html Running for judge - Candidates engage for November election
 Pity candidates for judicial posts.While folks running for alderman or mayor or governor or the legislature can talk about darn near anything they want in their campaigns, those who want to be a...]]>
Curbing court costs - State panel says rising court fees are barrier to justice http://illinoistimes.com/article-17431-curbing-court-costs.html Curbing court costs - State panel says rising court fees are barrier to justice
 Court fees in Illinois are rapidly increasing, threatening the viability of the court system as a means of resolving disputes.That’s the conclusion of a state panel which is recommending sweep...]]>
Taking the sting out of Stingrays - Illinois moves to limit cellphone spying by police http://illinoistimes.com/article-17432-taking-the-sting-out-of-stingrays.html Taking the sting out of Stingrays - Illinois moves to limit cellphone spying by police
 Police departments across the nation have the technology to trick your smartphone into giving up mountains of information about you, and you may never know it happened. That could soon change in...]]>
Jimenez and DelGiorno gear up for campaign - Education funding tops concerns for both 99th district candidates http://illinoistimes.com/article-17394-jimenez-and-delgiorno-gear-up-for-campaign.html Jimenez and DelGiorno gear up for campaign - Education funding tops concerns for both 99th district candidates
 Incumbent Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez, R-Springfield, is seeking election to her first full term as representative for the 99th District covering part of Springfield. She faces fellow Springfield...]]>
Fun while it lasted - Alderman shuts down fund http://illinoistimes.com/article-17397-fun-while-it-lasted.html Fun while it lasted - Alderman shuts down fund
 Conceding that he’s behind on paperwork, Ward 6 Ald. Cory Jobe says that he’s shutting down a fund intended to finance community improvement projects in his ward.The Ward 6 Revitalization an...]]>
State orders fixes to Viper Mine waste plan - Neighbors fighting coal ash berm north of Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-17398-state-orders-fixes-to-viper-mine-waste-plan.html State orders fixes to Viper Mine waste plan - Neighbors fighting coal ash berm north of Springfield
 A plan to dump coal ash waste near Elkhart needs significant work, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The proposal would create more room at an existing waste site for co...]]>
Deputy put on leave - Criminal investigation launched http://illinoistimes.com/article-17381-deputy-put-on-leave.html Deputy put on leave - Criminal investigation launched
Sangamon County sheriff’s deputy John Bartello has been placed on administrative leave and is under criminal investigation. The reason, or reasons, why aren’t clear. ...]]>
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...]]>