IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Thu, 17 Aug 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Blaze brings out the best - Thanks to many, dealership survives http://illinoistimes.com/article-19012-blaze-brings-out-the-best.html Blaze brings out the best - Thanks to many, dealership survives
 Just two days after a massive fire lit the sky for miles, Classic Country Cars in Staunton was back in business.Approximately 100 firefighters from more than a dozen departments helped battle th...]]>
Museums close in city - But African-American museum says it’s healthy http://illinoistimes.com/article-19015-museums-close-in-city.html Museums close in city - But African-American museum says it’s healthy
 Two museums have closed in as many weeks in Springfield.Late last month, the Korean National War Museum closed in downtown. Just two weeks later, the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum,...]]>
Vigil at city hall - Citizens honor victims of Charlottesville http://illinoistimes.com/article-19016-vigil-at-city-hall.html Vigil at city hall - Citizens honor victims of Charlottesville
 On Sunday, Aug. 13, less than 24 hours after a “Unite the Right Rally” in Charlottesville, Virginia, exploded into violence resulting in one death and multiple injuries, more than 300 Spring...]]>
Impasse impact - Report quantifies impact of state budget stalemate while organizations pick up the pieces http://illinoistimes.com/article-18998-impasse-impact.html Impasse impact - Report quantifies impact of state budget stalemate while organizations pick up the pieces
 The Chicago Foundation for Women recently released a report entitled “Damage done: the impact of the Illinois budget stalemate on women and children.” The report states that “lasting damag...]]>
Six-plus years for UIS rapist - “I’m afraid of him” http://illinoistimes.com/article-18999-six-plus-years-for-uis-rapist.html Six-plus years for UIS rapist - “I’m afraid of him”
 Xuesong “Gary” Yang, a former University of Illinois Springfield counselor and recruiter who pleaded guilty to raping a student on her 17th birthday, broke down in tears Tuesday before being...]]>
A haven for neighborhood kids - Northside Children’s Community Library provides books and comfort http://illinoistimes.com/article-18965-a-haven-for-neighborhood-kids.html A haven for neighborhood kids - Northside Children’s Community Library provides books and comfort
 During a recent visit by Jack, a therapy dog, to Northside Children’s Community Library, many of the kids were excited for a chance to interact with a canine friend. A few, however, were appre...]]>
No fracking way - Activists deliver anti-fracking signatures to Rauner http://illinoistimes.com/article-18968-no-fracking-way.html No fracking way - Activists deliver anti-fracking signatures to Rauner
 “What do we want? Clean water! When do we want it? Now!”So went the chant of a group of demonstrators gathered July 28 in front of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources building.The W...]]>
Going fishing on Governor - City, state OK aquaculture project http://illinoistimes.com/article-18941-going-fishing-on-governor.html Going fishing on Governor - City, state OK aquaculture project
 Randy Jones figured he’d gotten the green light in May, when the Springfield Building and Zoning Department sent him a letter: “Per inspector the violations are abated.”That, he thought, w...]]>
Sobering statistics - Tax revenue, economy lagging http://illinoistimes.com/article-18944-sobering-statistics.html Sobering statistics - Tax revenue, economy lagging
 Businesses closing. Start-ups sagging. Shopping down. Declining population. People getting older.It all adds up to a dismal financial picture for the city of Springfield, which is seeing tax rev...]]>
Funding plan ‘harmless,’ but expensive - School formula reform faces uphill battle despite passing House and Senate http://illinoistimes.com/article-18917-funding-plan-%25E2%2580%2598harmless%25E2%2580%2599-but-expensive.html Funding plan ‘harmless,’ but expensive - School formula reform faces uphill battle despite passing House and Senate
 The sounds of a rehearsing gospel choir, complete with organ accompaniment, bled through the walls of Union Baptist Church during a sparsely attended town hall meeting there July 13. The meeting...]]>
Officer explains fight that cost him job - “I think that day was the boiling point” http://illinoistimes.com/article-18920-officer-explains-fight-that-cost-him-job.html Officer explains fight that cost him job - “I think that day was the boiling point”
 A former Springfield police officer charged with beating a man in February may have allowed rough times off the clock to spill over to patrol duties, according to internal affairs records.Termin...]]>
Dying for better health care - Protest aims to put pressure on Rauner http://illinoistimes.com/article-18921-dying-for-better-health-care.html Dying for better health care - Protest aims to put pressure on Rauner
 On July 18 grassroots group Organizing for Action (OFA) staged a demonstration in front of the Illinois Policy Institute office on Second Street. The “Die-In” saw volunteers, community leade...]]>
AG dings Rauner for FOIA violation - Not the first time http://illinoistimes.com/article-18895-ag-dings-rauner-for-foia-violation.html AG dings Rauner for FOIA violation - Not the first time
 One year after signing a law aimed at forcing government to turn over public records, Gov. Bruce Rauner has been cited by Attorney General Lisa Madigan for failing to respond to a request for re...]]>
Illinois to Trump: “No” - Voter data request is a non-starter http://illinoistimes.com/article-18896-illinois-to-trump-%25E2%2580%259Cno%25E2%2580%259D.html Illinois to Trump: “No” - Voter data request is a non-starter
 It all began with a June 28 letter sent to the secretary of state of each state and signed by commission vice chair Kris W. Kobach. The letter requested that states share “publicly available v...]]>
AP enrollment skyrockets - District 186’s push pays off http://illinoistimes.com/article-18870-ap-enrollment-skyrockets.html AP enrollment skyrockets - District 186’s push pays off
 Enrollment in advanced placement courses has surged in Springfield high schools.Last year, 745 students in Springfield School District 186’s three high schools enrolled in AP courses that can...]]>
Jail suicide case settled - Family of deceased inmate collects six figures http://illinoistimes.com/article-18873-jail-suicide-case-settled.html Jail suicide case settled - Family of deceased inmate collects six figures
 Christian County has settled a lawsuit for more than a half-million dollars in a case filed by the family of a man who committed suicide in the county jail.The $550,000 settlement reached last m...]]>
A walk on the artistic side - Visiting artist takes a pedestrian view of Enos Park http://illinoistimes.com/article-18874-a-walk-on-the-artistic-side.html A walk on the artistic side - Visiting artist takes a pedestrian view of Enos Park
  “I’m not interested in what I think.”So proclaimed multidisciplinary artist Astrid Kaemmerling when queried about her personal opinions regarding the Enos Park neighborhood and her experi...]]>
Repairing the world - Rosenwald film tells story of Springfield-born philanthropist http://illinoistimes.com/article-18875-repairing-the-world.html Repairing the world - Rosenwald film tells story of Springfield-born philanthropist
 Julius Rosenwald (1862-1932) helped turn Sears, Roebuck and Co. from a middling mail order firm into a retail megalith. According to Wikipedia, between 1895 and 1907, annual sales of the company...]]>
Other unions dealt with Rauner. Why not AFSCME? - A closer look at the governor’s claim his contracts with smaller unions show he’s labor’s friend http://illinoistimes.com/article-18846-other-unions-dealt-with-rauner-why-not-afscme.html Other unions dealt with Rauner. Why not AFSCME? - A closer look at the governor’s claim his contracts with smaller unions show he’s labor’s friend
 The Better Government Association is a 94-year-old full-service, nonpartisan Chicago-based watchdog organization that shines a light on government, holds public officials accountable and engages...]]>
The bishop cracks down - No funerals, communion for same-sex couples http://illinoistimes.com/article-18847-the-bishop-cracks-down.html The bishop cracks down - No funerals, communion for same-sex couples
Bishop Thomas Paprocki this month unleashed a national firestorm with a three-page decree making clear, if it wasn’t already, his views on homosexuality.Folks in same-sex marriages can’t present t...]]>
‘This has really got to stop.’ - District 186 superintendent warns schools could close by 2018 without state budget http://illinoistimes.com/article-18848-%25E2%2580%2598this-has-really-got-to-stop%25E2%2580%2599.html ‘This has really got to stop.’ - District 186 superintendent warns schools could close by 2018 without state budget
“It’s an interesting time to lead in an educational environment,” said District 186 superintendent Jennifer Gill during a recent interview. “I mean, no business would say, ‘We have no idea h...]]>
Lincoln papers a mess - Project bogged down, experts say http://illinoistimes.com/article-18849-lincoln-papers-a-mess.html Lincoln papers a mess - Project bogged down, experts say
The Papers of Abraham Lincoln project is a disaster, according to a panel of experts who have excoriated the effort to collect and publish every document ever read or written by the Great Emancipator....]]>
Killing fields http://illinoistimes.com/article-18823-killing-fields.html Killing fields
 As Springfield police confront a wave of gun violence, a handful of firearms stolen in gun shop burglaries last year have turned up at shooting scenes as well as in the hands of suspected crimin...]]>
Set free by science http://illinoistimes.com/article-18824-set-free-by-science.html Set free by science
“Fire science in the’80s and ’90s was more of an art form than a science,” said Lauren Kaeseberg, legal director of the Illinois Innocence Project’s Chicago office. “Today it is much more...]]>
Trump slashes budget for museums and libraries http://illinoistimes.com/article-18797-trump-slashes-budget-for-museums-and-libraries.html Trump slashes budget for museums and libraries
 Medicaid, education, the environment and social services are some of the high-profile issues affected by the Trump FY 2018 budget proposal. There are many additional impacts on small federal age...]]>
Calvin Christian back in court on federal charges http://illinoistimes.com/article-18798-calvin-christian-back-in-court-on-federal-charges.html Calvin Christian back in court on federal charges
 Calvin Christian III of Springfield, the plaintiff who helped topple a mayor, is back in court, this time as a defendant facing as many as 15 years behind bars.Christian is charged in U.S. Distr...]]>
Telling Trump the importance of truth - New Berlin man writes a big book for the president http://illinoistimes.com/article-18799-telling-trump-the-importance-of-truth.html Telling Trump the importance of truth - New Berlin man writes a big book for the president
 Without hesitation, David Barnett, a Trump supporter and developer from New Berlin, explained his view of the social and political dissension within the country. “It’s difficult to find the...]]>
Lincoln papers melodrama plays on http://illinoistimes.com/article-18800-lincoln-papers-melodrama-plays-on.html Lincoln papers melodrama plays on
 Somewhere inside the National Archives in Washington, D.C., resides a Zeutschel OS 14000 A2 TT planetary capture system that has been, perhaps, Abraham Lincoln’s best friend in the 21st centur...]]>
Democratic lawmakers push for higher education legislation http://illinoistimes.com/article-18801-democratic-lawmakers-push-for-higher-education-legislation.html Democratic lawmakers push for higher education legislation
 During the100th General Assembly, House Democrats have introduced a series of bills to increase financial assistance and opportunities for higher education students. Meanwhile, Senate Democrats ...]]>
Deputy under fire fibs - Department concludes cop lied to investigators http://illinoistimes.com/article-18767-deputy-under-fire-fibs.html Deputy under fire fibs - Department concludes cop lied to investigators
 A Sangamon County sheriff’s deputy lied during an investigation into alleged steroid use but is due to return to duty on June 30, a month after serving a six-month suspension, according to int...]]>