IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Wed, 07 Dec 16 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Innocent Decatur man released from prison - Charles Palmer served 18 years for a crime he didn’t commit http://illinoistimes.com/article-17988-innocent-decatur-man-released-from-prison.html Innocent Decatur man released from prison - Charles Palmer served 18 years for a crime he didn’t commit
 “It’s a great day and the journey’s just starting,” said a visibly emotional Charles Palmer of Decatur, surrounded by a jubilant crush of family and friends on Nov. 23. Palmer was releas...]]>
A fish tale - Urban aquaculturist catches heat http://illinoistimes.com/article-17989-a-fish-tale.html A fish tale - Urban aquaculturist catches heat
 Randy Jones, who lives across the street from me, isn’t like a lot of people.Early last spring, he started digging in the front yard of the house he shares with his wife, Mary, and her mother,...]]>
Neighborhood group under scrutiny - City looks at Enos Park neighborhood association http://illinoistimes.com/article-17964-neighborhood-group-under-scrutiny.html Neighborhood group under scrutiny - City looks at Enos Park neighborhood association
 With the redevelopment arm of the Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Association behind on property taxes, at least two city officials say the city of Springfield should consider taking over own...]]>
Fighting for a little girl - Hearing set in eight-year battle over Sidney Watkins http://illinoistimes.com/article-17967-fighting-for-a-little-girl.html Fighting for a little girl - Hearing set in eight-year battle over Sidney Watkins
 A legal fight for custody of a little girl whose father was murdered eight years ago will continue next week in the courtroom of Cass County Circuit Court Judge Robert Hardwick.Sidney Watkins, 9...]]>
In Illinois, public access is broken http://illinoistimes.com/article-17936-in-illinois-public-access-is-broken.html In Illinois, public access is broken
 After Edgar County corrections officers were convicted in 2012 of having sex with inmates, two residents of the downstate county set out to use the state’s open records law to look for more wr...]]>
Time for a change - Weak FOIA needs penalties http://illinoistimes.com/article-17937-time-for-a-change.html Time for a change - Weak FOIA needs penalties
 Florida and Washington state each employ one full-time person to ride herd on laws ensuring public access to government records.In Illinois, taxpayers are supporting a 17-employee bureau within...]]>
Letter from Beardstown http://illinoistimes.com/article-17938-letter-from-beardstown.html Letter from Beardstown
 No one seems to know what to make of this election.Stunned by Donald Trump’s victory, mainstream media has pointed to the Rust Belt, saying that out-of-work or underemployed white folks are to...]]>
End of the road for Illiana? - Controversial toll road loses second court battle http://illinoistimes.com/article-17908-end-of-the-road-for-illiana.html End of the road for Illiana? - Controversial toll road loses second court battle
 A federal court struck down last week an environmental study used to justify a new tollway in northern Illinois.It’s the second such loss in court for the controversial project, which was alre...]]>
Nuclear 'bailout' bill could subsidize coal - Exelon, Dynegy reportedly seeking compromise http://illinoistimes.com/article-17911-nuclear-bailout-bill-could-subsidize-coal.html Nuclear 'bailout' bill could subsidize coal - Exelon, Dynegy reportedly seeking compromise
 Controversial legislation to subsidize unprofitable nuclear plants in Illinois may see a vote after the election as lawmakers return to Springfield for the fall veto session.
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Sidney Watkins back in Illinois - Girl was center of 2008 murder http://illinoistimes.com/article-17889-sidney-watkins-back-in-illinois.html Sidney Watkins back in Illinois - Girl was center of 2008 murder

Sidney Watkins is back in Illinois and living with her late father’s kin.

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Mud and money http://illinoistimes.com/article-17873-mud-and-money.html Mud and money
 Even Avery Bourne doesn’t believe what the GOP has said about her opponent Mike Mathis in the 95th House District race.“Mike Mathis chaired a political group that helped bankroll a politicia...]]>
Keeping parolees out - Reforms make return to prison less likely http://illinoistimes.com/article-17876-keeping-parolees-out.html Keeping parolees out - Reforms make return to prison less likely
 Parolees accused of violating parole conditions may have a better shot at avoiding prison under a recent settlement of a class action lawsuit against state prison authorities.The settlement in t...]]>
Cyclist hurt by pillar - City mum on key details http://illinoistimes.com/article-17863-cyclist-hurt-by-pillar.html Cyclist hurt by pillar - City mum on key details
A bicyclist suffered a serious head injury last month after a pillar tumbled onto his head in downtown Springfield, but the city won't release the man's name or his condition....]]>
Land of loopholes - Tax breaks cost Illinois billions http://illinoistimes.com/article-17845-land-of-loopholes.html Land of loopholes - Tax breaks cost Illinois billions
 The aggressive and unrepentant tax avoidance of Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump has become a major flashpoint in the presidential campaign, but it also underscores a broader de...]]>
Medicaid fraud a $30 billion industry - Illinois taking steps to stop improper health care payments http://illinoistimes.com/article-17848-medicaid-fraud-a-%252430-billion-industry.html Medicaid fraud a $30 billion industry - Illinois taking steps to stop improper health care payments
 Want to make some easy cash? Try defrauding Medicaid.It’s a booming business, according to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which says the total amount of “improper...]]>
Gun thieves thrive - More than 60 guns stolen in two Springfield burglaries http://illinoistimes.com/article-17849-gun-thieves-thrive.html Gun thieves thrive - More than 60 guns stolen in two Springfield burglaries
 Less than two weeks after burglars stole more than 50 guns in a heist that wasn’t discovered until the next morning, Letz Hunt and Sport is back in business.Sydney Letz has been selling guns f...]]>
Trading places - Could marijuana replace opioids for pain? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17821-trading-places.html Trading places - Could marijuana replace opioids for pain?
 More than 165,000 people died between 1999 and 2014 from an opiate overdose in the United States. Tim McGraw likes to point out that the number of people who died from marijuana overdose during...]]>
Madigan sticks to the facts, but lacks some context http://illinoistimes.com/article-17826-madigan-sticks-to-the-facts-but-lacks-some-context.html Madigan sticks to the facts, but lacks some context
 Anyone who watches Illinois politics knows that the most powerful man in the state isn’t the governor. Not everyone can agree on whether that’s good or bad.The Illinois Policy Institute cert...]]>
Beating the rap - Jury rejects murder charges http://illinoistimes.com/article-17827-beating-the-rap.html Beating the rap - Jury rejects murder charges
 Oscar Brown, the trigger man in a 2013 east side slaying, beat first-degree murder charges last week, escaping what could have been a life sentence.After deliberating a little more than three ho...]]>
Judge calls case “a mess” - Judicial candidate’s actions questioned http://illinoistimes.com/article-17828-judge-calls-case-%25E2%2580%259Ca-mess%25E2%2580%259D.html Judge calls case “a mess” - Judicial candidate’s actions questioned
 A federal bankruptcy judge says that a case involving a candidate for Sangamon County Circuit Court judge is riddled with questions.“I don’t know what’s true or not true here, but I look a...]]>
Feds say state home care rule may violate law - Caregivers, clients speak at emotional hearing in Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-17801-feds-say-state-home-care-rule-may-violate-law.html Feds say state home care rule may violate law - Caregivers, clients speak at emotional hearing in Springfield
 Tim Summer of Peoria doesn’t want a vacation from his son.Summer cares for his 22-year-old son, Seaver, who requires constant supervision because of his severe disabilities. That means Summer...]]>
A case of misdirected mail - Judicial candidate accused of concealing bankruptcy http://illinoistimes.com/article-17804-a-case-of-misdirected-mail.html A case of misdirected mail - Judicial candidate accused of concealing bankruptcy
 A candidate for Sangamon County circuit court judge has been accused of concealing a bankruptcy petition from a Springfield business owner.Ryan Bandy, owner of the Station House bar in downtown...]]>
Springfield nursing home sued - State, feds levy big fines http://illinoistimes.com/article-17805-springfield-nursing-home-sued.html Springfield nursing home sued - State, feds levy big fines
 A Springfield nursing home with a history of problems is facing a six-figure fine from the government and a lawsuit from the widow of a man who died after being thrown from a van’s faulty whee...]]>
Obed and Isaac’s redux - A microbrewery opens in Peoria http://illinoistimes.com/article-17789-obed-and-isaac%25E2%2580%2599s-redux.html Obed and Isaac’s redux - A microbrewery opens in Peoria
 It is the single biggest investment that Court and Karen Conn have made on a historic preservation path that has proven profitable. And the nickel tour at the new Obed and Isaac’s in Peoria th...]]>
The forfeit game - Courts get aggressive about taking stuff http://illinoistimes.com/article-17790-the-forfeit-game.html The forfeit game - Courts get aggressive about taking stuff
 Police can seize lottery winnings and patches worn by members of motorcycle clubs under two recent Illinois court rulings.In one case, a Decatur man would have done well to exercise his right to...]]>
Former Springfield man arrested in Missouri - Bail set at $50K, cash only http://illinoistimes.com/article-17768-former-springfield-man-arrested-in-missouri.html Former Springfield man arrested in Missouri - Bail set at $50K, cash only
A former Springfield man whose criminal history was detailed in a 2005 Illinois Times story has been arrested in Missouri....]]>
Girl of murdered dad in state custody - Sidney Watkins center of visitation dispute http://illinoistimes.com/article-17767-girl-of-murdered-dad-in-state-custody.html Girl of murdered dad in state custody - Sidney Watkins center of visitation dispute
Sidney Watkins, the nine-year-old girl whose father was murdered by her maternal grandmother in 2008, is in the custody of child protective authorities in Massachusetts following the arrest of her mother on Thursday....]]>
Why voters are so angry - Edgar, Kennedy say establishment politicians have failed to bring change http://illinoistimes.com/article-17760-why-voters-are-so-angry.html Why voters are so angry - Edgar, Kennedy say establishment politicians have failed to bring change
 Voters are angry, and they’re ready to tear down the institutions of government.That was the message this week from former Gov. Jim Edgar and Christopher Kennedy, scion of the Kennedy politica...]]>
From green to well-being - Sustainability moves beyond environment to people http://illinoistimes.com/article-17763-from-green-to-well-being.html From green to well-being - Sustainability moves beyond environment to people
 Joe Terrell’s story starts not with a light bulb turning on above his head, but rather with one going out.It was the late ’90s, and Terrell owned a Denny’s restaurant franchise in Mokena,...]]>
Wanna drive drunk? Borrow a Bentley - Court tosses DUI seizure case http://illinoistimes.com/article-17764-wanna-drive-drunk-borrow-a-bentley.html Wanna drive drunk? Borrow a Bentley - Court tosses DUI seizure case
 Drunken drivers with prior convictions for driving under the influence might consider driving expensive cars, given a recent ruling by an Illinois appellate court.“That’s, essentially, the p...]]>