IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Mon, 20 Apr 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Street fight - Lawmakers debate raising gas tax to pay for roads http://illinoistimes.com/article-15368-street-fight.html Street fight - Lawmakers debate raising gas tax to pay for roads
 Illinois lawmakers used $300 million meant for roads to plug a budget hole earlier this year, so now they’re considering replacing the money with a higher tax on motor fuels.The proposal would...]]>
Rauner’s playbook - Conservative ALEC tells states how to fix economy http://illinoistimes.com/article-15369-rauner%25E2%2580%2599s-playbook.html Rauner’s playbook - Conservative ALEC tells states how to fix economy
 The acronym ALEC sends waves of disgust down the average liberal’s spine, but for a Republican governor in a Democratic-leaning state, it can mean a recipe for fixing a busted system.While Ill...]]>
Jeffrey Parsons walks - Judge threatens jail http://illinoistimes.com/article-15372-jeffrey-parsons-walks.html Jeffrey Parsons walks - Judge threatens jail
 Despite fibbing in court documents, violating a court order and stiffing debtors, embattled entrepreneur Jeffrey Parsons got a break last week from a judge who could have jailed him for making i...]]>
Car trouble - Government vehicles would have to be made in U.S. or Canada http://illinoistimes.com/article-15373-car-trouble.html Car trouble - Government vehicles would have to be made in U.S. or Canada
 Business and labor groups are at odds over a bill that would restrict which vehicles state and local governments could buy.Illinois State Rep. Mike Smiddy, D-Hillsdale, sponsors House Bill 3438,...]]>
Paying for downtown http://illinoistimes.com/article-15374-paying-for-downtown.html Paying for downtown
 Subsidies are key as the city strives to redevelop downtown Springfield.The city would provide $700,000 in tax increment financing under a proposal by the developer of a proposed complex for stu...]]>
Apartments considered for downtown - Project would be aimed at students http://illinoistimes.com/article-15337-apartments-considered-for-downtown.html Apartments considered for downtown - Project would be aimed at students
A Quad Cities developer is considering an area on the northern edge of downtown, near the medical district, for a new apartment building that would be aimed at providing housing for students.The five-...]]>
Watching the watchers - Bills aim to regulate license plate readers http://illinoistimes.com/article-15328-watching-the-watchers.html Watching the watchers - Bills aim to regulate license plate readers
 Police departments across the nation are obtaining a device that takes a picture of your license plate, stamps the location, time and date on it, and sends it to a database. The devices could be...]]>
Heating assistance wins reprieve - Rauner’s 2016 budget would cut off 190,000 households http://illinoistimes.com/article-15330-heating-assistance-wins-reprieve.html Heating assistance wins reprieve - Rauner’s 2016 budget would cut off 190,000 households
It was like a bad April Fools’ Day prank, only a few days early. Springfield resident Tara Lybarger, a 42-year-old cashier at a laundromat, had been waiting since December to get signed up for the L...]]>
Abu Ghraib comes to Illinois - Abuse alleged in state prisons http://illinoistimes.com/article-15331-abu-ghraib-comes-to-illinois.html Abu Ghraib comes to Illinois - Abuse alleged in state prisons
 Mass strip searches. Humiliation and Taunts.Inmates in several central and southern Illinois prisons say that they have been subjected to this and more by Department of Corrections tactical team...]]>
Going to pot? - Sign-ups for marijuana not high http://illinoistimes.com/article-15332-going-to-pot.html Going to pot? - Sign-ups for marijuana not high
Amid the clamor to set up medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation centers in Illinois lies an inconvenient truth.Seven months after the state began accepting applications, just 2,000 people hav...]]>
Cahnman faces challenger in Ward 5 - Newcomer Proctor running strong campaign http://illinoistimes.com/article-15298-cahnman-faces-challenger-in-ward-5.html Cahnman faces challenger in Ward 5 - Newcomer Proctor running strong campaign
 Ward 5 Ald. Sam Cahnman is seeking a third term on the Springfield City Council, but to get there, he must take on a well-funded and well-connected opponent. Andrew Proctor of Springfield is cha...]]>
Three for Ward 4 - Candidates come from very different backgrounds http://illinoistimes.com/article-15301-three-for-ward-4.html Three for Ward 4 - Candidates come from very different backgrounds
 Stacks of mailers and campaign literature sit next to a rolled-up map of Springfield’s wards on a table in the dining room of Fulgenzi’s Pizza and Pasta. Owner, operator and candidate John F...]]>
Take a seat - State workers remove chairs from fairgrounds http://illinoistimes.com/article-15302-take-a-seat.html Take a seat - State workers remove chairs from fairgrounds
 Need some chairs? A saw? A brake job?If you work for the state of Illinois and are assigned to the state fairgrounds in Springfield, you can get all this, and more, for free. ...]]>
Political newcomers face off in Ward 10 - Former governor Jim Edgar makes endorsement http://illinoistimes.com/article-15303-political-newcomers-face-off-in-ward-10.html Political newcomers face off in Ward 10 - Former governor Jim Edgar makes endorsement
 Former Gov. Jim Edgar has come out in favor of one of the candidates for Ward 10 alderman. Edgar, in a press release put out Monday, gave his endorsement to Phil Chiles, former president of the...]]>
Straight shooters - Treasurer candidates focus on responsible management http://illinoistimes.com/article-15304-straight-shooters.html Straight shooters - Treasurer candidates focus on responsible management
 The job of Springfield city treasurer isn’t exactly glamorous. It’s basically a glorified accounting position, with no real authority over public policy and the added stress of being in the...]]>
Differences aplenty - Park board president candidates clash http://illinoistimes.com/article-15305-differences-aplenty.html Differences aplenty - Park board president candidates clash
 A Zamboni weighs more than 5,000 pounds and, in the case of the race for Springfield Park Board president, that was enough to break a camel’s back.Park board member Robin Schmidt says that dis...]]>
Familiar names battle in Ward 8 - Incumbent Theilen faces former city spokesman Slottag http://illinoistimes.com/article-15306-familiar-names-battle-in-ward-8.html Familiar names battle in Ward 8 - Incumbent Theilen faces former city spokesman Slottag
 Kris Theilen is a self-described “computer guy.” The Ward 8 alderman is seeking a third term on the Springfield City Council, and he’s using his computer skills to bolster his campaign. Fr...]]>
Something old, something new - Ward 1 race features fresh face, veteran http://illinoistimes.com/article-15307-something-old-something-new.html Something old, something new - Ward 1 race features fresh face, veteran
 The race for alderman in Ward 1 features a political newcomer and a veteran of Springfield politics.Charles “Chuck” Redpath, who served on the city council from 1987 until 2007, has been gea...]]>
Experience counts - Ward 9 candidates not strangers to city government http://illinoistimes.com/article-15308-experience-counts.html Experience counts - Ward 9 candidates not strangers to city government
 The two candidates for alderman in Ward 9 aren’t starting from scratch when it comes to experience in municipal government.Jim Donelan, who is associate director of the Township Officials of I...]]>
Deputy and alderman want to be city clerk http://illinoistimes.com/article-15309-deputy-and-alderman-want-to-be-city-clerk.html Deputy and alderman want to be city clerk
 Current deputy city clerk Rianne Hawkins, 35, was appointed by outgoing city clerk Cecilia Tumulty and confirmed by the city council in May of 2011. Since that time, Hawkins has worked closely w...]]>
Ward war - A three-way battle for Ward 7 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15271-ward-war.html Ward war - A three-way battle for Ward 7
 Ward 7 Ald. Joe McMenamin can be forgiven if he feels like a walking bullseye.After one term in office, McMenamin has held firm to certain principles, chief among them an insistence that the cit...]]>
Shuffle board - Election promises to shake up city council http://illinoistimes.com/article-15274-shuffle-board.html Shuffle board - Election promises to shake up city council
 The April 7 general election is still more than a week away, but one thing is for sure: the Springfield City Council is in for some turnover. Springfield’s 10 ward seats are up for re-election...]]>
Prescription lockdown - Bills seek to curtail drug abuses that lead to heroin http://illinoistimes.com/article-15275-prescription-lockdown.html Prescription lockdown - Bills seek to curtail drug abuses that lead to heroin
 For recovering addict Nick Gore, the cost of heroin abuse is all too real.“In my three years that I’ve been sober, I’ve lost 16 friends to overdose,” Gore said. “Those 16 people that d...]]>
Child care groups fear closure - Funding shortfall in current fiscal year could disrupt system http://illinoistimes.com/article-15276-child-care-groups-fear-closure.html Child care groups fear closure - Funding shortfall in current fiscal year could disrupt system
 More than 1,200 people signed up last week to testify in support of legislation to fund an important state child care program, expressing opposition to deep cuts proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.Th...]]>
Off the rails? - Funeral reenactment runs into problems http://illinoistimes.com/article-15234-off-the-rails.html Off the rails? - Funeral reenactment runs into problems
 While organizers scramble for money, some Civil War reenactors are outraged about changing plans for the re-creation of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral on the 150th anniversary of his passing.Reenac...]]>
Angry crowd protests Rauner’s budget cuts - Groups calling for higher taxes on wealthy http://illinoistimes.com/article-15244-angry-crowd-protests-rauner%25E2%2580%2599s-budget-cuts.html Angry crowd protests Rauner’s budget cuts - Groups calling for higher taxes on wealthy
The Capitol dome echoed with chants of “We are the 99 percent,” “Whose money? Our money” and “Tax the rich.” Every so often, a hush fell over the crowd as they raised their fists in solida...]]>
Sweeping up ‘broom closet’ gambling - Video gambling out of control, says one lawmaker http://illinoistimes.com/article-15215-sweeping-up-%25E2%2580%2598broom-closet%25E2%2580%2599-gambling.html Sweeping up ‘broom closet’ gambling - Video gambling out of control, says one lawmaker
 You can find them in gas stations, golf courses, restaurants, liquor stores and even a TV repair shop. More than 19,000 video gambling machines had spread across the state by the end of 2014, tu...]]>
Rising child poverty makes it a bad time for budget cuts http://illinoistimes.com/article-15218-rising-child-poverty-makes-it-a-bad-time-for-budget-cuts.html Rising child poverty makes it a bad time for budget cuts
 One in four children in Sangamon County lives in poverty, according to one group warning of dire consequences if Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget cuts are implemented.  On March 5, Voi...]]>
Ward 2 candidates support residency requirement - Aldermanic candidates want fair share of gambling revenue http://illinoistimes.com/article-15219-ward-2-candidates-support-residency-requirement.html Ward 2 candidates support residency requirement - Aldermanic candidates want fair share of gambling revenue
 Candidates for alderman in Springfield’s Ward 2 say they would fight for a residency requirement and to make sure their ward gets a fair share of money from video gambling.The two candidates s...]]>
Modern family - Lawmakers move to update divorce, child custody law http://illinoistimes.com/article-15183-modern-family.html Modern family - Lawmakers move to update divorce, child custody law
 The patchwork quilt that is Illinois family and divorce law is getting restitched for the first time in nearly 40 years, with potential changes for divorce and child custody cases.The Illinois F...]]>