IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Fri, 24 Oct 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Peace for Israel and Palestine? - Jimmy Carter visits Jacksonville to announce plan http://illinoistimes.com/article-14625-peace-for-israel-and-palestine.html Peace for Israel and Palestine? - Jimmy Carter visits Jacksonville to announce plan
 Decades of violence between Israelis and Palestinians could be ended by carving out space for a Palestinian state, according to Jimmy Carter.The 90-year-old former president visited Jacksonville...]]>
Ad nauseam - Oberweis is swinging hard for Durbin’s seat http://illinoistimes.com/article-14626-ad-nauseam.html Ad nauseam - Oberweis is swinging hard for Durbin’s seat
 This is no David and Goliath battle. Here, “David” has little chance of winning, and “Goliath” has barely acknowledged there even is a battle.U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Springfield, a Demo...]]>
Rallying the troops - SJ-R staff schedules demonstration http://illinoistimes.com/article-14629-rallying-the-troops.html Rallying the troops - SJ-R staff schedules demonstration
 After seven years of no raises, editorial employees at the State Journal-Register are asking the public to join them for a Monday rally outside newspaper offices on Ninth Street.“Anybody can c...]]>
A pittie-ful situation - Pit bulls on special at Animal Control http://illinoistimes.com/article-14630-a-pittie-ful-situation.html A pittie-ful situation - Pit bulls on special at Animal Control
 Pity the pit bull.Some see the breed as the devil incarnate, out to ravage men, women and children, not to mention other dogs, with vise-like jaws, lots of teeth and a hair-trigger temperament t...]]>
IDOT spends $143,000 on zombie-themed seat belt ad - ‘Walking Dead’ actor stars in violent web video http://illinoistimes.com/article-14597-idot-spends-%2524143000-on-zombie-themed-seat-belt-ad.html IDOT spends $143,000 on zombie-themed seat belt ad - ‘Walking Dead’ actor stars in violent web video
 In a dusty, dimly-lit warehouse, a horde of zombies closes in two men with high-powered firearms trying in vain to escape through a stuck door. The men radio for help, and outside, an armored ca...]]>
Ad nauseam - Scherer and Bell attack about nothing much http://illinoistimes.com/article-14599-ad-nauseam.html Ad nauseam - Scherer and Bell attack about nothing much
 In politics, no molehill is too small to be made into a mountain. The race to represent Illinois’ 96th House District pits incumbent Rep. Sue Scherer, a Democrat from Decatur, against Republic...]]>
Children taken to hospital after van hits school bus http://illinoistimes.com/article-14577-children-taken-to-hospital-after-van-hits-school-bus.html Children taken to hospital after van hits school bus
A school bus from Springfield Public Schools was rear-ended by a work van Wednesday morning, sending five students to the hospital. ...]]>
Civil war - Fight continues over ALPLM http://illinoistimes.com/article-14569-civil-war.html Civil war - Fight continues over ALPLM
 Dysfunction and acrimony were on full display last week as state lawmakers in Chicago discussed the future of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.Officials charged with running t...]]>
Ad nauseam - Slogging through the season’s political ads http://illinoistimes.com/article-14572-ad-nauseam.html Ad nauseam - Slogging through the season’s political ads
 William Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It is famous for the line “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” Nowhere is that more evident than in political adv...]]>
Police sued for racial bias - Johnson: The system is “destroying black America” http://illinoistimes.com/article-14573-police-sued-for-racial-bias.html Police sued for racial bias - Johnson: The system is “destroying black America”
 A Springfield man is suing two city police officers in federal court for alleged racial profiling following a traffic stop in 2013.Samuel Johnson, who is black, says two Springfield police offic...]]>
Motivated sellers - Parsons house under contract http://illinoistimes.com/article-14574-motivated-sellers.html Motivated sellers - Parsons house under contract
 Batman had the Batcave. William Randolph Hearst had San Simeon. The Wicked Witch of the West had an honest-to-goodness castle. And embattled entrepreneur Jeffrey Parsons once had a getaway on th...]]>
Springfield police officers sued for alleged racial profiling http://illinoistimes.com/article-14549-springfield-police-officers-sued-for-alleged-racial-profiling.html Springfield police officers sued for alleged racial profiling
A Springfield man is suing two city police officers for alleged racial profiling following a traffic stop in 2013....]]>
Businesses should lead the green revolution - Experts gather in Springfield for symposium on environmental improvement http://illinoistimes.com/article-14538-businesses-should-lead-the-green-revolution.html Businesses should lead the green revolution - Experts gather in Springfield for symposium on environmental improvement
 Of the more than 83,000 chemicals registered with the federal government in the United States, only about 200 have been evaluated for potential threats to human health and safety, and only five...]]>
Falling down - City wants Knox Flats flattened http://illinoistimes.com/article-14541-falling-down.html Falling down - City wants Knox Flats flattened
 After a third-story window came crashing down last month from the dilapidated Knox Flats apartments near downtown, caretakers of one of Springfield’s oldest homes are demanding that the city d...]]>
Appeals court upholds city’s panhandling ban - Panhandlers vow continued fight http://illinoistimes.com/article-14542-appeals-court-upholds-city%25E2%2580%2599s-panhandling-ban.html Appeals court upholds city’s panhandling ban - Panhandlers vow continued fight
 A federal appeals court upheld the City of Springfield’s anti-panhandling ordinance last week, but the panhandlers who challenged the ordinance aren’t giving up.In a 2-1 decision released Se...]]>
Hope Institute CEO placed on administrative leave - Admissions suspended at school for children with disabilities http://illinoistimes.com/article-14518-hope-institute-ceo-placed-on-administrative-leave.html Hope Institute CEO placed on administrative leave - Admissions suspended at school for children with disabilities
The CEO of The Hope Institute for Children and Families has been placed on administrative leave. The move comes as the school implements changes to rebound from an abuse incident....]]>
Getting better - Survey seeks community input on health concerns http://illinoistimes.com/article-14512-getting-better.html Getting better - Survey seeks community input on health concerns
Springfield’s doctors want to know what’s making you sick.An upcoming survey will give residents a chance to sound off about health issues in the capital city and surrounding area, and those comme...]]>
Parish polling - Survey shows dissatisfaction http://illinoistimes.com/article-14515-parish-polling.html Parish polling - Survey shows dissatisfaction
Catholics who attend Mass as well as their lapsed brethren agree on some things, according to the results of a recently released survey of more than 1,400 current and former parishioners.There is sent...]]>
From the streets to stability - One man’s path out of homelessness http://illinoistimes.com/article-14516-from-the-streets-to-stability.html From the streets to stability - One man’s path out of homelessness
 It only took about a month for William Guyer of Springfield to go from employed to living on the street, but it took him almost a year to get back.Guyer’s story is one of injustice, heartbreak...]]>
Differing opinions - Murder charges after case reviewed http://illinoistimes.com/article-14491-differing-opinions.html Differing opinions - Murder charges after case reviewed
 A former Adams County prosecutor and University of Illinois football star now facing murder charges walked free more than eight years ago after an autopsy on his wife failed to determine a cause...]]>
Hope Institute rebounds with innovations for better care http://illinoistimes.com/article-14471-hope-institute-rebounds-with-innovations-for-better-care.html Hope Institute rebounds with innovations for better care
 A Springfield school for children with developmental disabilities is making big changes following two incidents of abuse in November 2013. The Hope Institute for Children and Families was alread...]]>
Cops clam up - State police won’t name names http://illinoistimes.com/article-14476-cops-clam-up.html Cops clam up - State police won’t name names
 Larry Willis, publisher and co-owner of the County Journal in Percy, about 140 miles south of Springfield, was just doing what journalists do last July when he asked Illinois State Police for a ...]]>
ALPLM panel to convene peace talks - Lawmakers schedule hearing on museum governance http://illinoistimes.com/article-14477-alplm-panel-to-convene-peace-talks.html ALPLM panel to convene peace talks - Lawmakers schedule hearing on museum governance
 Members of an advisory board to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library have agreed to sit on a panel designed to explore governance issues that erupted last spring when the board’s chairman ...]]>
Building a toll road to nowhere? - Quinn’s Illiana Expressway runs into problems http://illinoistimes.com/article-14479-building-a-toll-road-to-nowhere.html Building a toll road to nowhere? - Quinn’s Illiana Expressway runs into problems
 Plans for a proposed toll road between Illinois and Indiana appear to be moving forward, despite a lack of funding and environmental concerns. The Illiana Expressway, which would connect Interst...]]>
Torn asunder - Downtown plan fizzles http://illinoistimes.com/article-14453-torn-asunder.html Torn asunder - Downtown plan fizzles
 Plans for apartments, shops and a cultural center at an empty downtown church in Springfield are on the rocks.Former Ward 8 Ald. Irv Smith has sued his partner in the project, developer Dan Mulc...]]>
Illinois DNR revises fracking regulations - Energy industry and environmentalists dissatisfied with changes http://illinoistimes.com/article-14452-illinois-dnr-revises-fracking-regulations.html Illinois DNR revises fracking regulations - Energy industry and environmentalists dissatisfied with changes
 State regulators have released new regulations for a highly controversial oil and gas extraction technique. Environmental groups in the area that will be affected say the new protections aren’...]]>
Cops and robbers - Decatur’s finest get their man http://illinoistimes.com/article-14448-cops-and-robbers.html Cops and robbers - Decatur’s finest get their man
Dennis Kendall didn’t finish high school, but at 32, he was a homeowner in Decatur before his world came crashing down.He began roofing at the age of 13, his family says, and was once employed by th...]]>
Unraveling the mystery of Edwards Place - Architectural clues and documents reveal how house was built http://illinoistimes.com/article-14451-unraveling-the-mystery-of-edwards-place.html Unraveling the mystery of Edwards Place - Architectural clues and documents reveal how house was built
 For three years, Erika Holst has been squirming into tight spaces that probably haven’t seen daylight in more than 100 years. Holst is the curator of collections at the Springfield Art Associa...]]>
Mural interruptus - Lincoln painting goes unfinished http://illinoistimes.com/article-14420-mural-interruptus.html Mural interruptus - Lincoln painting goes unfinished
 Gilbert Stuart never finished his portrait of George Washington. Coleridge was interrupted by a visitor before he could complete “Kubla Khan.”And then there is the mural of Abraham Lincoln,...]]>
A fight against forgetting - SIU study testing experimental Alzheimer’s drug http://illinoistimes.com/article-14421-a-fight-against-forgetting.html A fight against forgetting - SIU study testing experimental Alzheimer’s drug
 More than 100 years after it was first medically recognized, Alzheimer’s disease still has no cure. It’s not even clear what causes the debilitating and fatal condition, but Alzheimer’s vi...]]>