IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Wed, 26 Nov 14 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 More rooms coming soon for homeless - Salvation Army begins long-anticipated expansion http://illinoistimes.com/article-14767-more-rooms-coming-soon-for-homeless.html More rooms coming soon for homeless - Salvation Army begins long-anticipated expansion
 As the early winter wind swirls snow across the parking lot at 100 N. Ninth St. in Springfield, a volunteer works the phones inside, coordinating the Salvation Army’s team of bell ringers. The...]]>
Onward, Christian soldiers - Bishop apologizes, but holds firm http://illinoistimes.com/article-14768-onward-christian-soldiers.html Onward, Christian soldiers - Bishop apologizes, but holds firm
 Some things – views on abortion, gay marriage and divorce – are non-negotiable.But Bishop Thomas Paprocki during a Monday forum at Benedictine University said that there is room for conversa...]]>
Wages on the wire - Minimum wage legislation advances ahead of Rauner’s inauguration http://illinoistimes.com/article-14771-wages-on-the-wire.html Wages on the wire - Minimum wage legislation advances ahead of Rauner’s inauguration
 Governor-elect Bruce Rauner once remarked to a room full of Republicans that he was “adamantly, adamantly against” raising the minimum wage. Although Rauner later softened his stance, it’s...]]>
Illinois pension overhaul struck down - Judge: law unconstitutionally diminishes and impairs benefits http://illinoistimes.com/article-14745-illinois-pension-overhaul-struck-down.html Illinois pension overhaul struck down - Judge: law unconstitutionally diminishes and impairs benefits
A Sangamon County judge struck down Illinois' pension overhaul law today, saying it impairs and diminishes retiree benefits in violation of the state constitution....]]>
Drunk patrol - County resurrects DUI deputy just in time for Christmas http://illinoistimes.com/article-14738-drunk-patrol.html Drunk patrol - County resurrects DUI deputy just in time for Christmas
 The mean streets of Sangamon County have gotten a bit meaner for those who imbibe before they drive.Two years after the sheriff’s office, citing budget concerns, reassigned a deputy who had be...]]>
Bears go to court - Team sues state seeking tax relief http://illinoistimes.com/article-14741-bears-go-to-court.html Bears go to court - Team sues state seeking tax relief
 The Chicago Bears have gone to court seeking refuge from the tax man.The Bears this month sued the Illinois Department of Revenue in Sangamon County Circuit Court, claiming that the state is ove...]]>
Going to bat for education - School administrators banding together for reform http://illinoistimes.com/article-14742-going-to-bat-for-education.html Going to bat for education - School administrators banding together for reform
Illinois schools do a pretty good job, considering the state’s poor record of funding education. But Illinois’ system needs fundamental changes to be more efficient, effective and equitable.That�...]]>
Fracking rules advance as environmentalists cry ‘foul’ http://illinoistimes.com/article-14707-fracking-rules-advance-as-environmentalists-cry-%25E2%2580%2598foul%25E2%2580%2599.html Fracking rules advance as environmentalists cry ‘foul’
 A panel of state lawmakers approved controversial regulations for high-volume hydraulic fracturing on Nov. 6, prompting environmental groups to level allegations of secrecy and undue influence b...]]>
Please speak louder into my lapel - Cop quits after recording surfaces http://illinoistimes.com/article-14710-please-speak-louder-into-my-lapel.html Please speak louder into my lapel - Cop quits after recording surfaces
 A local police officer has learned firsthand that it pays to watch what you say now that the state’s antiquated eavesdropping statute has been ruled unconstitutional.Sgt. Sam Gool of the Buffa...]]>
A city divided - Election results follow race, class geography of Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-14711-a-city-divided.html A city divided - Election results follow race, class geography of Springfield
 Doris Turner doesn’t need a map to know where the Democratic votes come from in Springfield. Turner is in her second two-year term as chairwoman of the Sangamon County Democratic Party, so she...]]>
Rauner, shaker-upper in chief - Governor-elect comes to Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-14712-rauner-shaker-upper-in-chief.html Rauner, shaker-upper in chief - Governor-elect comes to Springfield
 Governor-elect Bruce Rauner visited Springfield last week to say thanks for electing him.You would never have guessed the election was over, with Rauner winning by a bigger margin than most pund...]]>
The political geography of Sangamon County - Election results at a glance http://illinoistimes.com/article-14684-the-political-geography-of-sangamon-county.html The political geography of Sangamon County - Election results at a glance
Which candidates enjoyed the most support where? We lay it out for you in a simple map....]]>
Another day, another hearing - Parsons absent for court http://illinoistimes.com/article-14677-another-day-another-hearing.html Another day, another hearing - Parsons absent for court
 The fortunes of Jeffrey Parsons rose and fell on the vagaries of precious metal markets, according to a testimony last week in federal bankruptcy court.And Parsons kept spending no matter what.P...]]>
Dog tales - County revamps committee after attack http://illinoistimes.com/article-14680-dog-tales.html Dog tales - County revamps committee after attack
 A dog attack last summer has helped prompt an overhaul of the Sangamon County Citizens Advisory Committee on Animal Control.The county board last month voted to dissolve the board and reconstitu...]]>
Fired deputy under pressure - Judge says arbitrator erred http://illinoistimes.com/article-14681-fired-deputy-under-pressure.html Fired deputy under pressure - Judge says arbitrator erred
A Sangamon County judge has signaled that he won’t let stand the decision of an arbitrator who ordered a county sheriff’s deputy reinstated after she pleaded guilty to shoplifting and stood trial ...]]>
Blight patrol - Enos Park finds legal route to force action on abandoned properties http://illinoistimes.com/article-14639-blight-patrol.html Blight patrol - Enos Park finds legal route to force action on abandoned properties
 A Springfield neighborhood group may have found a little-known way to deal with abandoned properties. Enos Park Development LLC, the real estate arm of the Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Ass...]]>
The wild green yonder - Money at center of Havana airport dispute http://illinoistimes.com/article-14642-the-wild-green-yonder.html The wild green yonder - Money at center of Havana airport dispute
 Since 2006, Kent Johnson’s son has cultivated 131 acres at Havana Regional Airport, a grass airstrip in Mason County favored by pilots of ultralight aircraft and small airplanes.Kent Johnson i...]]>
Former doctor faces drug charge - Pawnee police make pinch http://illinoistimes.com/article-14643-former-doctor-faces-drug-charge.html Former doctor faces drug charge - Pawnee police make pinch
 A former Taylorville physician awaiting sentencing on federal fraud charges has been busted for drugs in Pawnee.Officers were summoned to a Casey’s store in Pawnee at approximately 8:15 p.m. o...]]>
Peace for Israel and Palestine? - Jimmy Carter visits Jacksonville to announce plan http://illinoistimes.com/article-14625-peace-for-israel-and-palestine.html Peace for Israel and Palestine? - Jimmy Carter visits Jacksonville to announce plan
 Decades of violence between Israelis and Palestinians could be ended by carving out space for a Palestinian state, according to Jimmy Carter.The 90-year-old former president visited Jacksonville...]]>
Ad nauseam - Oberweis is swinging hard for Durbin’s seat http://illinoistimes.com/article-14626-ad-nauseam.html Ad nauseam - Oberweis is swinging hard for Durbin’s seat
 This is no David and Goliath battle. Here, “David” has little chance of winning, and “Goliath” has barely acknowledged there even is a battle.U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Springfield, a Demo...]]>
Rallying the troops - SJ-R staff schedules demonstration http://illinoistimes.com/article-14629-rallying-the-troops.html Rallying the troops - SJ-R staff schedules demonstration
 After seven years of no raises, editorial employees at the State Journal-Register are asking the public to join them for a Monday rally outside newspaper offices on Ninth Street....]]>
A pittie-ful situation - Pit bulls on special at Animal Control http://illinoistimes.com/article-14630-a-pittie-ful-situation.html A pittie-ful situation - Pit bulls on special at Animal Control
 Pity the pit bull.Some see the breed as the devil incarnate, out to ravage men, women and children, not to mention other dogs, with vise-like jaws, lots of teeth and a hair-trigger temperament t...]]>
IDOT spends $143,000 on zombie-themed seat belt ad - ‘Walking Dead’ actor stars in violent web video http://illinoistimes.com/article-14597-idot-spends-%2524143000-on-zombie-themed-seat-belt-ad.html IDOT spends $143,000 on zombie-themed seat belt ad - ‘Walking Dead’ actor stars in violent web video
 In a dusty, dimly-lit warehouse, a horde of zombies closes in two men with high-powered firearms trying in vain to escape through a stuck door. The men radio for help, and outside, an armored ca...]]>
Ad nauseam - Scherer and Bell attack about nothing much http://illinoistimes.com/article-14599-ad-nauseam.html Ad nauseam - Scherer and Bell attack about nothing much
 In politics, no molehill is too small to be made into a mountain. The race to represent Illinois’ 96th House District pits incumbent Rep. Sue Scherer, a Democrat from Decatur, against Republic...]]>
Children taken to hospital after van hits school bus http://illinoistimes.com/article-14577-children-taken-to-hospital-after-van-hits-school-bus.html Children taken to hospital after van hits school bus
A school bus from Springfield Public Schools was rear-ended by a work van Wednesday morning, sending five students to the hospital. ...]]>
Civil war - Fight continues over ALPLM http://illinoistimes.com/article-14569-civil-war.html Civil war - Fight continues over ALPLM
 Dysfunction and acrimony were on full display last week as state lawmakers in Chicago discussed the future of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.Officials charged with running t...]]>
Ad nauseam - Slogging through the season’s political ads http://illinoistimes.com/article-14572-ad-nauseam.html Ad nauseam - Slogging through the season’s political ads
 William Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It is famous for the line “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” Nowhere is that more evident than in political adv...]]>
Police sued for racial bias - Johnson: The system is “destroying black America” http://illinoistimes.com/article-14573-police-sued-for-racial-bias.html Police sued for racial bias - Johnson: The system is “destroying black America”
 A Springfield man is suing two city police officers in federal court for alleged racial profiling following a traffic stop in 2013.Samuel Johnson, who is black, says two Springfield police offic...]]>
Motivated sellers - Parsons house under contract http://illinoistimes.com/article-14574-motivated-sellers.html Motivated sellers - Parsons house under contract
 Batman had the Batcave. William Randolph Hearst had San Simeon. The Wicked Witch of the West had an honest-to-goodness castle. And embattled entrepreneur Jeffrey Parsons once had a getaway on th...]]>
Springfield police officers sued for alleged racial profiling http://illinoistimes.com/article-14549-springfield-police-officers-sued-for-alleged-racial-profiling.html Springfield police officers sued for alleged racial profiling
A Springfield man is suing two city police officers for alleged racial profiling following a traffic stop in 2013....]]>