IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Wed, 02 Sep 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Stamping out the old - Concrete replaces street bricks http://illinoistimes.com/article-16054-stamping-out-the-old.html Stamping out the old - Concrete replaces street bricks
 Folks love brick streets in Springfield.“There’s a keen interest in preserving the brick streets in the neighborhoods,” says Ward 7 Ald. Joe McMenamin. “The brick work is so highly uniqu...]]>
Deputies cleared - Judge dismisses meat of lawsuit http://illinoistimes.com/article-16055-deputies-cleared.html Deputies cleared - Judge dismisses meat of lawsuit
 A federal magistrate judge has sided with the Sangamon County sheriff’s office in a lawsuit filed by the brother of a man who died after an altercation with deputies who deployed Tasers more t...]]>
New rail ombudsman to oversee land acquisition - Informational meeting planned for Thursday http://illinoistimes.com/article-16056-new-rail-ombudsman-to-oversee-land-acquisition.html New rail ombudsman to oversee land acquisition - Informational meeting planned for Thursday
 Landowners along the 10th Street rail corridor have a new ally when it comes to sacrificing their property for the rail relocation project.Eve Blackwell-Lewis of Springfield is due to take over...]]>
Rauner wants to cut home services for 34,000 - Proposal raises bar for receiving help http://illinoistimes.com/article-16057-rauner-wants-to-cut-home-services-for-34000.html Rauner wants to cut home services for 34,000 - Proposal raises bar for receiving help
 A proposal to save the state money on independent living services could mean dire consequences for as many as 34,000 people.Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to decrease the number of people in Illinois w...]]>
Fore! Do I hear five? - Golf course in foreclosure, auction possible http://illinoistimes.com/article-16041-fore_-do-i-hear-five.html Fore! Do I hear five? - Golf course in foreclosure, auction possible
Illinois National Bank has foreclosed on the owner of Piper Glen Golf Course and taken over the facility....]]>
New top cop at park district - Job to last maximum of six months http://illinoistimes.com/article-16042-new-top-cop-at-park-district.html New top cop at park district - Job to last maximum of six months
Andre Parker, new interim head of the Springfield Park District police department, is a hands-on leader.

Don’t believe it? Check out the restrooms in department headquarters, which Parker, a self-acknowledged clean freak, scoured himself on his first ...
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Steady progress on criminal justice reform http://illinoistimes.com/article-16025-steady-progress-on-criminal-justice-reform.html Steady progress on criminal justice reform
 Illinois could save millions of dollars annually by implementing reforms to the criminal justice system, according to a new report from a conservative think tank.Meanwhile, the state’s crimina...]]>
Springfield police to wear body cameras - New state law contains accountability measures for police http://illinoistimes.com/article-16028-springfield-police-to-wear-body-cameras.html Springfield police to wear body cameras - New state law contains accountability measures for police
 The Springfield Police Department plans to adopt body cameras for officers under a new state law which took effect last week. The law was prompted by a growing public consciousness concerning pe...]]>
Going slow on marijuana - Rauner reins in pot bills http://illinoistimes.com/article-16029-going-slow-on-marijuana.html Going slow on marijuana - Rauner reins in pot bills
 While other states ease up on marijuana laws, Gov. Bruce Rauner last week took a cautious route in altering bills sent to him by legislators who aimed to make life easier both for medical mariju...]]>
Sheriff’s deputy loses in court - Koester used excessive force, falsely arrested woman, judge says http://illinoistimes.com/article-16011-sheriff%25E2%2580%2599s-deputy-loses-in-court.html Sheriff’s deputy loses in court - Koester used excessive force, falsely arrested woman, judge says
 U.S. District Court Judge Sue Myerscough has ruled that Sangamon County sheriff’s deputy Travis Koester used excessive force against a Springfield woman and falsely arrested her during a 2011...]]>
Springfield panhandling ordinance ruled unconstitutional http://illinoistimes.com/article-16005-springfield-panhandling-ordinance-ruled-unconstitutional.html Springfield panhandling ordinance ruled unconstitutional
 Springfield’s panhandling ordinance is unconstitutional, according to a court decision released last week.The decision means panhandlers can once again ask for money downtown with their voices...]]>
Nice work if you can get it - Sewer district labor costs skyrocket http://illinoistimes.com/article-16008-nice-work-if-you-can-get-it.html Nice work if you can get it - Sewer district labor costs skyrocket
 Three years ago, the Springfield Metro Sanitary District paid at least $100,000 in compensation for a dozen of the district’s 53 employees.Today, 30 of the district’s 57 employees are costin...]]>
Five years for $13 million rip-off - Scam went undetected for years http://illinoistimes.com/article-16009-five-years-for-%252413-million-rip-off.html Five years for $13 million rip-off - Scam went undetected for years
 Michael Keebler sounded sorry Monday when he finally faced the music.He turned emotional, putting his forehead down on the defense table for several minutes after tearfully apologizing to U.S. D...]]>
Federal court rules Springfield panhandling ordinance unconstitutional http://illinoistimes.com/article-15986-federal-court-rules-springfield-panhandling-ordinance-unconstitutional.html Federal court rules Springfield panhandling ordinance unconstitutional
A federal appellate court ruled Friday that Springfield’s ordinance banning a certain form of panhandling downtown is unconstitutional.

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The case of the missing clients - Some Springfield food pantries see drop in demand http://illinoistimes.com/article-15979-the-case-of-the-missing-clients.html The case of the missing clients - Some Springfield food pantries see drop in demand
 It started in a closet more than 35 years ago, eventually growing to help as many as 1,250 people per month. Lately, however, significantly fewer people have sought help from the Grace Lutheran...]]>
None of our business - Rauner rejects record requests http://illinoistimes.com/article-15982-none-of-our-business.html None of our business - Rauner rejects record requests
 During the 2014 gubernatorial campaign, Gov. Bruce Rauner pledged that his would be the most open administration in the nation.“I want to make Illinois government the most efficient, transpare...]]>
Lawyers doing God’s work - Diocese launches legal clinic http://illinoistimes.com/article-15983-lawyers-doing-god%25E2%2580%2599s-work.html Lawyers doing God’s work - Diocese launches legal clinic
During his early days as a parish priest in the 1980s, Bishop Thomas Paprocki, leader of the Diocese of Springfield, founded the Chicago Legal Clinic to help the poor with such matters as bankruptcy,...]]>
Child care cuts threaten families on the edge - Advocates say changes will kill program through atrophy http://illinoistimes.com/article-15945-child-care-cuts-threaten-families-on-the-edge.html Child care cuts threaten families on the edge - Advocates say changes will kill program through atrophy
 Chandra Ankoor of Springfield gets three or four hours of sleep a night, seven days a week. She’s not sure how much longer she can keep that up, but she does it for her three young daughters.O...]]>
Rebuilding Springfield - Economic commission offers east side improvements http://illinoistimes.com/article-15946-rebuilding-springfield.html Rebuilding Springfield - Economic commission offers east side improvements
 A newly created business committee for Springfield offers opportunity for the city’s east side.Springfield mayor Jim Langfelder announced Tuesday a seven-member Economic Development Commission...]]>
Urban League accused of bias - Racial, religious discrimination alleged http://illinoistimes.com/article-15949-urban-league-accused-of-bias.html Urban League accused of bias - Racial, religious discrimination alleged
 Hit with a $100,000 verdict in a discrimination lawsuit decided last week, the Springfield Urban League faces a second lawsuit from a former Head Start employee who says that she was the victim...]]>
Sanctity of life - Bishop went to bat for killer http://illinoistimes.com/article-15950-sanctity-of-life.html Sanctity of life - Bishop went to bat for killer
 The Rev. Thomas Paprocki espouses exorcism and opposes gay marriage. He has said that Muslims should be treated differently than others at airport security checkpoints because most terrorists ar...]]>
White jobs matter - Urban League loses bias suit http://illinoistimes.com/article-15925-white-jobs-matter.html White jobs matter - Urban League loses bias suit
A jury has issued a $100,000 verdict against the Springfield Urban League, ruling that the organization discriminated against a former Head Start teacher who lost her job in 2010.Jamie Schnitker, who...]]>
Education funding bill fails in Senate - Republicans vote ‘present;’ budget impasse blocks other bills http://illinoistimes.com/article-15912-education-funding-bill-fails-in-senate.html Education funding bill fails in Senate - Republicans vote ‘present;’ budget impasse blocks other bills
 Legislation to freeze Illinois’ property taxes and change the state’s school funding formula failed in the Senate last week, but not because of opposition to the bill. Instead, it was a casu...]]>
Keeping public contracts secret http://illinoistimes.com/article-15915-keeping-public-contracts-secret.html Keeping public contracts secret
 A Sangamon County judge has rejected a plea from a Massachusetts company that claims that requests for the company’s contracts with more than a dozen Illinois school districts are harming busi...]]>
Dog bites man, who sues - APL dog is dangerous, plaintiff says http://illinoistimes.com/article-15916-dog-bites-man-who-sues.html Dog bites man, who sues - APL dog is dangerous, plaintiff says
 Stewart, depending on who’s talking, is either a mutt in need of a home or a dangerous dog that needs to be euthanized.One thing is clear. Stewart is now at the center of a lawsuit filed by an...]]>
Rauner pension plan guts collective bargaining - Idea similar to what Supreme Court struck down http://illinoistimes.com/article-15917-rauner-pension-plan-guts-collective-bargaining.html Rauner pension plan guts collective bargaining - Idea similar to what Supreme Court struck down
 Gov. Bruce Rauner’s new plan to reduce Illinois’ pension obligations would circumvent collective bargaining on several aspects of state employment.The 485-page plan earned criticism from Dem...]]>
Hilton switching brands - Downtown hotel will become Wyndham http://illinoistimes.com/article-15921-hilton-switching-brands.html Hilton switching brands - Downtown hotel will become Wyndham

 The Hilton Springfield will become a Wyndham next year.

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Campbell goes to pot - Former sheriff candidate enforcing marijuana regs http://illinoistimes.com/article-15893-campbell-goes-to-pot.html Campbell goes to pot - Former sheriff candidate enforcing marijuana regs
Jack Campbell, who lost a bid last year to become Sangamon County sheriff, has been tabbed to run the office tasked with overseeing medical marijuana growers....]]>
Rail consolidation chugging along http://illinoistimes.com/article-15880-rail-consolidation-chugging-along.html Rail consolidation chugging along
Springfield’s ongoing rail consolidation project could soon take a step forward, even as state lawmakers add a new layer of oversight.Construction on two new underpasses for the 10th Street rail cor...]]>
An uphill battle over coal mining - Hillsboro landowners seek remedy for coal slurry pond http://illinoistimes.com/article-15881-an-uphill-battle-over-coal-mining.html An uphill battle over coal mining - Hillsboro landowners seek remedy for coal slurry pond
 If Catherine Edmiston of Hillsboro gets her way, coal mining in Illinois could be drastically curtailed.The 86-year-old Edmiston has been fighting for a decade to shut down the Deer Run Mine nea...]]>