IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Sun, 22 Jan 17 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Lawmakers propose tax on sugary beverages http://illinoistimes.com/article-18184-lawmakers-propose-tax-on-sugary-beverages.html Lawmakers propose tax on sugary beverages
 One bill in a bipartisan package of tax measures proposed as a way to break the state’s budget impasse aims to impose increased taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages. Senate Bill 009, the Sugar-S...]]>
Madigan rallies, pro and con http://illinoistimes.com/article-18185-madigan-rallies-pro-and-con.html Madigan rallies, pro and con
 As Michael Madigan was being reelected speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives for an unprecedented 17th time, the day the 100th General Assembly was inaugurated, protesters from the Il...]]>
Criminal justice reform report lands on Rauner’s desk http://illinoistimes.com/article-18188-criminal-justice-reform-report-lands-on-rauner%25E2%2580%2599s-desk.html Criminal justice reform report lands on Rauner’s desk
 The final report by the Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform includes measures that could achieve Gov. Bruce Rauner’s goal of reducing the prison population by 25 percent over...]]>
Bringing college football to Springfield? - New UIS athletic director could be the man for the job http://illinoistimes.com/article-18160-bringing-college-football-to-springfield.html Bringing college football to Springfield? - New UIS athletic director could be the man for the job
 College football in Springfield is all but a pipe dream now. However, the new athletic director at the University of Illinois Springfield – who has extensive experience in bringing football to...]]>
Nonprofit helps area artists succeed http://illinoistimes.com/article-18161-nonprofit-helps-area-artists-succeed.html Nonprofit helps area artists succeed
 Adam Nicholson has been involved in the Springfield arts scene for years. Now, as founder of Sala Creative Association, a newly minted 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, he is developing a forum...]]>
Cash crunch hits cops - Jerome reduces police coverage http://illinoistimes.com/article-18164-cash-crunch-hits-cops.html Cash crunch hits cops - Jerome reduces police coverage
 The Village of Jerome has curtailed police patrols, ending a long history of 24/7 police coverage by village officers.Village police are still on the job, but not around the clock. Reduced cover...]]>
Inside the sausage factory - Report documents rigged system http://illinoistimes.com/article-18165-inside-the-sausage-factory.html Inside the sausage factory - Report documents rigged system
 Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s control of Illinois government comes largely from parliamentary rules that give him an iron grip over lawmakers and legislation, according to a recent...]]>
A half-century of sewing - Tailor shop survives on MacArthur http://illinoistimes.com/article-18140-a-half-century-of-sewing.html A half-century of sewing - Tailor shop survives on MacArthur
 After decades of sewing, Wilbur “Skip” Costa has succumbed.He no longer wears a tie to work, as he did back in the 1980s, when Ronald Reagan dropped jaws by wearing brown suits in the White...]]>
Jennifer Watkins fights for custody - Would wear ankle bracelet to get daughter back http://illinoistimes.com/article-18141-jennifer-watkins-fights-for-custody.html Jennifer Watkins fights for custody - Would wear ankle bracelet to get daughter back
 Jennifer Watkins is many things.An accused fugitive from justice. A widow who wouldn’t cooperate with police who investigated the killing of her husband. She recently broke off an engagement t...]]>
“The Studio Show” winds down from ambitious season - Not making fun of Springfield, but making Springfield fun http://illinoistimes.com/article-18080-%25E2%2580%259Cthe-studio-show%25E2%2580%259D-winds-down-from-ambitious-season.html “The Studio Show” winds down from ambitious season - Not making fun of Springfield, but making Springfield fun
 Eight months ago, Springfield-based web series “The Studio Show” – which takes a quirky and humorous look at area arts and community – was featured on the cover of IT (“Making Springfi...]]>
Demonstrators support Illinois electors, decry Trump http://illinoistimes.com/article-18083-demonstrators-support-illinois-electors-decry-trump.html Demonstrators support Illinois electors, decry Trump
 To nobody’s great surprise, all 20 of Illinois’ electoral votes were cast for Hillary Clinton when the state’s electors convened at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 19. What may have been unexpected f...]]>
Parsons, scolded, walks again - Judge repeats threat of jail http://illinoistimes.com/article-18052-parsons-scolded-walks-again.html Parsons, scolded, walks again - Judge repeats threat of jail
 Jeffrey Parsons, the embattled entrepreneur under criminal investigation for bamboozling folks from coast to coast, arrived at the federal courthouse last week in style.He came to Springfield, h...]]>
Too much phosphorous in Lake Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-18055-too-much-phosphorous-in-lake-springfield.html Too much phosphorous in Lake Springfield
 Lake Springfield exceeds pollution standards for phosphorous levels, and nitrogen is also an issue, according to a study by a consultant hired to measure pollution levels and propose solutions.I...]]>
Exit interview - Amanda Vinicky, longtime WUIS reporter, on Illinois politics and her new job in Chicago http://illinoistimes.com/article-18024-exit-interview.html Exit interview - Amanda Vinicky, longtime WUIS reporter, on Illinois politics and her new job in Chicago
 As Statehouse bureau chief for Illinois Public Radio, Amanda Vinicky has been a familiar, authoritative voice on WUIS for a decade, providing excellent coverage of state politics and government....]]>
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...]]>