IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Sat, 29 Apr 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Take this plaque and shove it - Press association fixed contest http://illinoistimes.com/article-18597-take-this-plaque-and-shove-it.html Take this plaque and shove it - Press association fixed contest
 The annual journalism contest sponsored by the Illinois Press Association is supposed to be a measuring stick for excellence, a chance for newspapers large and small to boast to readers about wi...]]>
Pritzker takes strong stand on abortion rights http://illinoistimes.com/article-18598-pritzker-takes-strong-stand-on-abortion-rights.html Pritzker takes strong stand on abortion rights
 Illinois gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat from Chicago, pulled no punches when asked about Gov. Bruce Rauner’s changed stance on abortion rights. “Either Rauner lied when he...]]>
The end of the landline http://illinoistimes.com/article-18599-the-end-of-the-landline.html The end of the landline
 Legislation sponsored by AT&T could threaten access to services such as 911 and medical monitoring for low-income and rural residents in parts of Illinois served by the telecommunication gia...]]>
Alice Cooper comes to Springfield - We’re not worthy, but he talked to IT anyway http://illinoistimes.com/article-18569-alice-cooper-comes-to-springfield.html Alice Cooper comes to Springfield - We’re not worthy, but he talked to IT anyway
 At 69 and still singing “I’m Eighteen” for fun and profit, Alice Cooper is, arguably, the luckiest man in America.The artist formerly known as Vincent Furnier didn’t hit it big way back...]]>
Manar: School funding system “completely rotten” http://illinoistimes.com/article-18572-manar-school-funding-system-%25E2%2580%259Ccompletely-rotten%25E2%2580%259D.html Manar: School funding system “completely rotten”
 Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, is one of the state’s foremost experts on school funding reform. “We have a system that is completely rotten because the effect of the law makes us the least...]]>
Both SIU and patients benefit from current health care law http://illinoistimes.com/article-18573-both-siu-and-patients-benefit-from-current-health-care-law.html Both SIU and patients benefit from current health care law
 On March 24, supporters of the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, breathed a sigh of relief. This came after Republican U.S. House leaders withdrew the American Health Care Act, which...]]>
Rauner targets hate crime http://illinoistimes.com/article-18574-rauner-targets-hate-crime.html Rauner targets hate crime
 In a press conference April 10 Gov. Bruce Rauner unveiled a program designed to train police officers on identifying, investigating and prosecuting hate crimes. “As we are all too aware, hate...]]>
A presidential chat - Picking the brain of ALPM head Alan Lowe http://illinoistimes.com/article-18542-a-presidential-chat.html A presidential chat - Picking the brain of ALPM head Alan Lowe
Nine months into his tenure as director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Alan Lowe looks and sounds like a man at ease....]]>
Democrats push for minimum wage increase http://illinoistimes.com/article-18545-democrats-push-for-minimum-wage-increase.html Democrats push for minimum wage increase
Two bills were introduced to increase Illinois’ minimum wage to $15 per hour. Rep. Mary Flowers-D, Chicago, sponsor of an immediate $15 per hour minimum wage increase, said people should have a liva...]]>
Preserving internet privacy in Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-18547-preserving-internet-privacy-in-illinois.html Preserving internet privacy in Illinois
 A bill to preserve internet privacy has been introduced in the General Assembly.Known as the Right to Know Act, the legislation would require that internet service providers who retrieve persona...]]>
Waging war on gender wage gap http://illinoistimes.com/article-18548-waging-war-on-gender-wage-gap.html Waging war on gender wage gap
A bill introduced by Rep. Anna Moller, D-Elgin, would require that employees cannot be paid less than what their coworkers make due to their gender. The measure may be beneficial for Illinois financia...]]>
The Zombies embark on a final Odessey http://illinoistimes.com/article-18500-the-zombies-embark-on-a-final-odessey.html The Zombies embark on a final Odessey
 Fans of 1960s popular music are no doubt familiar with The Zombies and their hits, such as “She’s Not There” and “Time of the Season.” The latter is the closing track to the 1968 album...]]>
Ka-ching! - Prison jobs pay big http://illinoistimes.com/article-18495-ka-ching_.html Ka-ching! - Prison jobs pay big
 While legislators consider banning the Illinois Department of Corrections from privatizing prison health care jobs, pay records show that prison workers earn substantially more than counterparts...]]>
Protesters demand funding for adult ed http://illinoistimes.com/article-18498-protesters-demand-funding-for-adult-ed.html Protesters demand funding for adult ed
 Protesters from across the state gathered at the Capitol in Springfield March 29 to demand that lawmakers end the budget crisis and fund adult education. The event was organized by the Illi...]]>
Lax procedures allow theft - CMS employee pocketed money orders http://illinoistimes.com/article-18499-lax-procedures-allow-theft.html Lax procedures allow theft - CMS employee pocketed money orders
 When purchasers of surplus state property showed up with money orders at the Central Management Services warehouse on South 10 1/2 Street, Ashleigh E. Watson, office administrator, was eager to...]]>
Cubs and Cards face off at ALPLM http://illinoistimes.com/article-18469-cubs-and-cards-face-off-at-alplm.html Cubs and Cards face off at ALPLM
 For generations, fans of the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals have drawn battle lines throughout central and southern Illinois. Thanks to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum...]]>
Pot of gold - Bill would legalize marijuana to close budget gap http://illinoistimes.com/article-18472-pot-of-gold.html Pot of gold - Bill would legalize marijuana to close budget gap
 In a desperate push to fix the state’s budget woes, some legislators want to legalize marijuana as one way out of the fiscal mess.Joint bills introduced in the House and Senate in January prop...]]>
Reviewing Lincoln - ALPLM taps panel to assess Lincoln papers project http://illinoistimes.com/article-18473-reviewing-lincoln.html Reviewing Lincoln - ALPLM taps panel to assess Lincoln papers project
Faced with budget and staff reductions at the Papers of Abraham Lincoln Project, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is asking an ad hoc group of outside experts for recommendations.On...]]>
A push to enforce nursing home staffing laws http://illinoistimes.com/article-18444-a-push-to-enforce-nursing-home-staffing-laws.html A push to enforce nursing home staffing laws
 When Springfield resident Jerry Rabbe learned his mother had Alzheimer’s disease, he began to search for facilities to treat her condition. Rabbe took his mother to the Villas Senior Care Comm...]]>
Bill makes it easier to expunge juvenile records http://illinoistimes.com/article-18447-bill-makes-it-easier-to-expunge-juvenile-records.html Bill makes it easier to expunge juvenile records
 Legislation introduced in the House and Senate recommends programs to erase juvenile records and tougher discretion in obtaining those records. The legislation, known as the Youth Opportunity an...]]>
Working on women’s issues - Speaking out for workplace equality on International Women’s Day http://illinoistimes.com/article-18415-working-on-women%25E2%2580%2599s-issues.html Working on women’s issues - Speaking out for workplace equality on International Women’s Day
 On March 8 women gathered at the State Capitol Rotunda around the Illinois Welcoming the World statue of a woman extending her arms, which reads “commemorating the work of the women of the sta...]]>
Museum preserves memory of Civil War veterans http://illinoistimes.com/article-18390-museum-preserves-memory-of-civil-war-veterans.html Museum preserves memory of Civil War veterans
 A museum in Springfield curated by direct descendants of Civil War veterans strives to honor their ancestors’ memory. Located at 503 South Walnut Street, the Daughters of Union Veterans of the...]]>
Lovelace murder trial heats up - Trial midway through second week http://illinoistimes.com/article-18391-lovelace-murder-trial-heats-up.html Lovelace murder trial heats up - Trial midway through second week
 As a former Adams County assistant state’s attorney and center for the University of Illinois football team, Curtis Lovelace is accustomed to playing offense.Now, he’s playing defense as pro...]]>
Lawmakers try to consolidate local governments http://illinoistimes.com/article-18394-lawmakers-try-to-consolidate-local-governments.html Lawmakers try to consolidate local governments
 State lawmakers have recently proposed legislation that would facilitate consolidation of local governments. The effort is the latest attempt to reduce Illinois’ high number of local governmen...]]>
Stowell fights firing at hearing - Says he did nothing wrong at Lincoln papers project http://illinoistimes.com/article-18360-stowell-fights-firing-at-hearing.html Stowell fights firing at hearing - Says he did nothing wrong at Lincoln papers project
 His former bosses at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum say that Daniel Stowell, former director of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln Project, was an insubordinate employee who botc...]]>
SOHO no mo? - Festival founder Eric Welch calls it quits http://illinoistimes.com/article-18364-soho-no-mo.html SOHO no mo? - Festival founder Eric Welch calls it quits
 After 12 years of directing and coordinating the SOHO Music Festival, founder Eric Welch is stepping away. “I’ve come to the realization that I can’t do it one more year,” Welch said. �...]]>
Rauner proposes more for schools, but no new formula http://illinoistimes.com/article-18335-rauner-proposes-more-for-schools-but-no-new-formula.html Rauner proposes more for schools, but no new formula
 Under Gov. Bruce Rauner’s new budget, pre-k through 12 education would receive a funding increase over last year, but using the current school funding formula.Rauner’s budget proposal includ...]]>
UIS police find no trafficking - Investigation began after rape report http://illinoistimes.com/article-18339-uis-police-find-no-trafficking.html UIS police find no trafficking - Investigation began after rape report
 An investigation into the reported rape of a University of Illinois Springfield student by a student adviser morphed into a probe into suspicions of human trafficking, according to UIS police re...]]>
Polar opposites respond to Rauner budget http://illinoistimes.com/article-18340-polar-opposites-respond-to-rauner-budget.html Polar opposites respond to Rauner budget
 The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus (ILBC) condemned Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget address, claiming the speech was undemocratic. Meanwhile, the Illinois Policy Institute noted Rauner is holdin...]]>
Drizzling but not pouring - City dips into rainy day fund to balance budget http://illinoistimes.com/article-18341-drizzling-but-not-pouring.html Drizzling but not pouring - City dips into rainy day fund to balance budget
 Rejecting Mayor Jim Langfelder’s calls for tax increases, the Springfield City Council on Tuesday voted to dip into reserves to plug holes in a city budget battered by sagging tax revenue.The...]]>