IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Thu, 22 Jun 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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...]]>
Carillon Festival concludes Friday http://illinoistimes.com/article-18768-carillon-festival-concludes-friday.html Carillon Festival concludes Friday
 The carillon in Washington Park is not only a familiar icon to Springfield residents, it is also known internationally as one of the world’s largest and best carillons. The final two nights of...]]>
Central Illinois school district funding can increase http://illinoistimes.com/article-18769-central-illinois-school-district-funding-can-increase.html Central Illinois school district funding can increase
If school funding legislation passed by the General Assembly becomes law, central Illinois school districts could see a significant increase. However, Gov. Bruce Rauner may be reluctant to approve the...]]>
New maestro - Ken Lam is the Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s director http://illinoistimes.com/article-18734-new-maestro.html New maestro - Ken Lam is the Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s director
 After a season-long search, Ken Lam has been announced as the new music director for the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, replacing Alastair Willis, who left the position vacant when he ended his co...]]>
Springfield’s new marijuana store http://illinoistimes.com/article-18735-springfield%25E2%2580%2599s-new-marijuana-store.html Springfield’s new marijuana store
 A new local dispensary aims to service medical cannabis to patients suffering from various physical ailments. Maribis of Springfield (MOS), located at 2272 North Grand Ave. in Grandview, is one...]]>
Senate approves new school funding bill http://illinoistimes.com/article-18724-senate-approves-new-school-funding-bill.html Senate approves new school funding bill
 The Evidence-Based Funding for Student Success Act was approved in the Illinois Senate on May 17 and awaits action in the House. A 35 to 18 vote victory came following a rally in which advocates...]]>
Cop pleads guilty, keeps job - Admits illegal steroid possession http://illinoistimes.com/article-18717-cop-pleads-guilty-keeps-job.html Cop pleads guilty, keeps job - Admits illegal steroid possession
 A Sangamon County sheriff’s deputy is serving a six-month suspension after pleading guilty to misdemeanor drug possession last month.Deputy John Bartello was placed on paid administrative leav...]]>
Health care in crisis - A symposium addresses the post-ACA landscape http://illinoistimes.com/article-18720-health-care-in-crisis.html Health care in crisis - A symposium addresses the post-ACA landscape
 Despite attempts at an overall cheery tone, the views presented during “Obamacare after Obama: The future of U.S. health care at a crossroads,” a conference held at the Memorial Center for L...]]>
Developer proposes downtown Springfield casino http://illinoistimes.com/article-18721-developer-proposes-downtown-springfield-casino.html Developer proposes downtown Springfield casino
 A Springfield-based developer wants to reconfigure the downtown area by developing a casino.Chris Stone, owner of EMS Midwest, Inc., recently proposed plans to members of the city council and Ma...]]>
Runners honor a hero and friend - The last Brian McMillen Memorial Run is May 27 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18666-runners-honor-a-hero-and-friend.html Runners honor a hero and friend - The last Brian McMillen Memorial Run is May 27
 Organizers from Lincoln Land Community College, the Illinois State Police and Illinois Air National Guard will host the Brian McMillen Memorial Run/Walk Saturday, May 27, at 8 a.m. on the LLCC C...]]>
Civil war - Fights at ALPLM hit Lincoln papers http://illinoistimes.com/article-18682-civil-war.html Civil war - Fights at ALPLM hit Lincoln papers
 Disagreements and dysfunction have been so serious at the Papers of Abraham Lincoln Project that the former director once threatened to move the program out of Illinois, according to testimony d...]]>
Saving seniors from budget cuts http://illinoistimes.com/article-18683-saving-seniors-from-budget-cuts.html Saving seniors from budget cuts
A new bill pledges to save low-income seniors from budget cuts proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.In a press conference at the State Capitol on May 10, Sen. Daniel Biss, D-Skokie, Rep. Anna Moeller, D-Elgi...]]>
UIS sued - Former employees claim discrimination http://illinoistimes.com/article-18684-uis-sued.html UIS sued - Former employees claim discrimination
Two former employees of the Intensive English Program at University of Illinois Springfield have sued UIS, claiming the university discriminated against students from the Middle East and Mexico.The fe...]]>
Higher ed rally blames Rauner http://illinoistimes.com/article-18657-higher-ed-rally-blames-rauner.html Higher ed rally blames Rauner
 The rally began as students and faculty gathered around Illinois’ Statehouse Rotunda, chanting “Fund our futures” and “Do your Job,” calling on Gov. Bruce Rauner to fund higher educati...]]>
UIS strike ends http://illinoistimes.com/article-18660-uis-strike-ends.html UIS strike ends
 The University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) and United Faculty union reached a tentative agreement on May 7, ending a five-day strike.  A joint statement released by UIS Chancellor Susan K...]]>
SoS employee tried ducking restitution - On unpaid leave, charges unclear http://illinoistimes.com/article-18661-sos-employee-tried-ducking-restitution.html SoS employee tried ducking restitution - On unpaid leave, charges unclear
 Allegations remain unclear against Candace Wanzo, a top official in the Secretary of State’s office who was placed on administrative leave more than a week ago.Spokesmen for Illinois Secretary...]]>
Contest-gate - Press association reopens investigation http://illinoistimes.com/article-18662-contest-gate.html Contest-gate - Press association reopens investigation
 The Illinois Press Association has reopened an investigation into the rigging of a 2011 statewide journalism contest that only recently came to light.The investigation was reopened within the pa...]]>
Bill to restrict isolation cells fails - But lawmakers move to reduce jail time for mentally ill http://illinoistimes.com/article-18613-bill-to-restrict-isolation-cells-fails.html Bill to restrict isolation cells fails - But lawmakers move to reduce jail time for mentally ill
 The state House of Representatives last week passed a bill designed to expedite the transfer of mentally ill inmates from county jails to state mental health facilities.But a bill that would res...]]>
“Past Due” hears stories of impasse pain - NPR Illinois and AARP hold first of 11town hall meetings on the budget impasse http://illinoistimes.com/article-18616-%25E2%2580%259Cpast-due%25E2%2580%259D-hears-stories-of-impasse-pain.html “Past Due” hears stories of impasse pain - NPR Illinois and AARP hold first of 11town hall meetings on the budget impasse
 Concerned citizens gathered at a public forum in Springfield April 27 to share their stories of the budget impasse and how it’s affected them. “Over the last 22 months, we have had devastati...]]>
Crime down? - DUI, misdemeanor cases dropping http://illinoistimes.com/article-18617-crime-down.html Crime down? - DUI, misdemeanor cases dropping
 The number of misdemeanor and driving under the influence cases has plummeted in Sangamon County.Last year, prosecutors filed 1,323 misdemeanor cases compared to 1,733 cases in 2015. The reducti...]]>
UIS takes back the night - March and rally raises awareness of sexual violence http://illinoistimes.com/article-18618-uis-takes-back-the-night.html UIS takes back the night - March and rally raises awareness of sexual violence
 The University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) rallied against sexual violence at the 10th annual Take Back the Night event, held on April 28. Protesters gathered at the colonnade at 8:30 p.m. to...]]>
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...]]>