IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Wed, 30 Jul 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Supreme Court reinstates lawsuit over state retiree health benefits - Sangamon County judge erred in dismissing suit, high court said http://illinoistimes.com/article-14245-supreme-court-reinstates-lawsuit-over-state-retiree-health-benefits.html Supreme Court reinstates lawsuit over state retiree health benefits - Sangamon County judge erred in dismissing suit, high court said
Lawsuits against the State of Illinois over retiree health benefits can proceed, thanks to an Illinois Supreme Court decision today which reversed a Sangamon County judge's ruling....]]>
Death before dawn - Decatur’s Norfolk and Western railyard explosion of 1974 and how it changed an industry http://illinoistimes.com/article-14232-death-before-dawn.html Death before dawn - Decatur’s Norfolk and Western railyard explosion of 1974 and how it changed an industry
 The early morning hours of July 19, 1974, were like any other in the Norfolk and Western railroad yard in Decatur. The forecast was typical for July – hot, sunny, and with a gentle breeze blow...]]>
Troubled man contacts judge - Mental health an issue http://illinoistimes.com/article-14235-troubled-man-contacts-judge.html Troubled man contacts judge - Mental health an issue
 A Springfield man is being evaluated for mental issues after he went to the home of Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge Leslie Graves and otherwise made unwanted contact with the judge.Graves ha...]]>
Dysfunction on display - Board meets while ALPLM twists http://illinoistimes.com/article-14236-dysfunction-on-display.html Dysfunction on display - Board meets while ALPLM twists
 It was difficult to discern during a meeting of the Illinois Historic Preservation board last week that Eileen Mackevich, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museu...]]>
Woman priest defies Catholic diocese - Excommunication a small price to live her faith http://illinoistimes.com/article-14204-woman-priest-defies-catholic-diocese.html Woman priest defies Catholic diocese - Excommunication a small price to live her faith
 By most measures, Mary Keldermans of Springfield is a good Catholic.She was raised in the church, volunteered and for many years helped convert people to Catholicism. She and her husband, Steve...]]>
State police spying on smartphones - NSA-like eavesdropping has been used in Illinois since 2008 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14207-state-police-spying-on-smartphones.html State police spying on smartphones - NSA-like eavesdropping has been used in Illinois since 2008
Long before Edward Snowden revealed the existence of a massive cell phone spying program by the federal National Security Agency, law enforcement agencies around the country were using devices capable...]]>
A lackluster report card - Consultant criticizes ALPLM http://illinoistimes.com/article-14177-a-lackluster-report-card.html A lackluster report card - Consultant criticizes ALPLM
 A shaky governance structure and lack of planning is affecting the bottom line at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, according to a consultant’s report.The institution lacks...]]>
City wins lawsuit - Towing fee upheld by judge http://illinoistimes.com/article-14180-city-wins-lawsuit.html City wins lawsuit - Towing fee upheld by judge
 The city of Springfield has prevailed in a lawsuit brought by Calvin Christian, who had claimed that the city’s towing-fee ordinance was unconstitutional.Christian sued after he was arrested m...]]>
Houston looks back and forward - Still mum on political future http://illinoistimes.com/article-14150-houston-looks-back-and-forward.html Houston looks back and forward - Still mum on political future
 Springfield Mayor Mike Houston sounded both like a candidate and a politician ready to ride into the sunset during a speech last Friday at Citizens Club.He boasted of accomplishments that includ...]]>
Foundation to play role in governance controversy - Critics question influence on institution http://illinoistimes.com/article-14151-foundation-to-play-role-in-governance-controversy.html Foundation to play role in governance controversy - Critics question influence on institution
 A struggle for control of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum isn’t just a matter of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, which now calls the shots, versus the institutio...]]>
EPA to step up water pollution enforcement - New rule would protect seasonal waterways http://illinoistimes.com/article-14122-epa-to-step-up-water-pollution-enforcement.html EPA to step up water pollution enforcement - New rule would protect seasonal waterways
 It has been on the books since 1972, but the federal Clean Water Act has always been a bit unclear about exactly which waterways it protected. That’s set to change with a rule proposed by the...]]>
SIU makes up with AFSCME - Medical school claimed employees no longer belonged to union http://illinoistimes.com/article-14123-siu-makes-up-with-afscme.html SIU makes up with AFSCME - Medical school claimed employees no longer belonged to union
 They took a firm stand, and then they promptly retreated.In late April, SIU School of Medicine in Springfield surprised about 230 employees by not deducting their union dues from their paychecks...]]>
Bullish on GateHouse? - SJ-R owner back on buying spree http://illinoistimes.com/article-14126-bullish-on-gatehouse.html Bullish on GateHouse? - SJ-R owner back on buying spree
 GateHouse Media, parent company of the State Journal-Register, is back in a buying mode, having recently made a deal to acquire the Providence Journal in Rhode Island, according to recent media ...]]>
Give peace a chance - Walking man stops in Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-14127-give-peace-a-chance.html Give peace a chance - Walking man stops in Springfield
 In the world of Hinduism, orange is the color of renunciation. To dress like a pumpkin is to announce that you’ve spurned possessions, wealth, even family.In the world of cops, orange is the c...]]>
Giving them something to strive for - Hoop Journey is more than just basketball http://illinoistimes.com/article-14128-giving-them-something-to-strive-for.html Giving them something to strive for - Hoop Journey is more than just basketball
 It’s already warm outside at 85 degrees on a breezeless summer evening in Springfield, but inside the gym at the Boys and Girls Club, it seems even hotter. The gym, sans air conditioning, is f...]]>
No quick resolution for pension lawsuit - State’s weak defense will get full hearing http://illinoistimes.com/article-14130-no-quick-resolution-for-pension-lawsuit.html No quick resolution for pension lawsuit - State’s weak defense will get full hearing
Despite a weak defense by lawyers for the state, it will likely be several months before Illinois’ pension reform lawsuit is settled....]]>
Here we go again - Cahnman under ARDC investigation http://illinoistimes.com/article-14102-here-we-go-again.html Here we go again - Cahnman under ARDC investigation
 Springfield Ward 5 Ald. Sam Cahnman is again in the crosshairs of a state commission charged with investigating misconduct by attorneys.The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commis...]]>
Inside the Bel-Aire Motel - Residents say closure would leave them with no place to go http://illinoistimes.com/article-14097-inside-the-bel-aire-motel.html Inside the Bel-Aire Motel - Residents say closure would leave them with no place to go
Franklin Fite is a collector. The small, one-room apartment he shares with his wife at the Bel-Aire Motel in Springfield is decorated with Pez dispensers, stamps, coins and assorted trinkets. A significant part of the apartment is also devoted to canned goods. Fite says he hoards food because he was once homeless and had to go without. Naturally, he says he never wants to be homeless again. B...]]>
Getting smart on crime - Lawmakers to reconsider criminal sentencing http://illinoistimes.com/article-14100-getting-smart-on-crime.html Getting smart on crime - Lawmakers to reconsider criminal sentencing
People convicted of low-level crimes in Illinois could soon see less time behind bars, but that doesn’t mean Illinois is going soft on crime.State lawmakers during the spring legislative session app...]]>
Mine your own business - Foresight launches IPO http://illinoistimes.com/article-14070-mine-your-own-business.html Mine your own business - Foresight launches IPO
 Imagine a company that spends less than $20 to produce something that sells for more than twice that amount. Imagine that the company can produce more than 32 million units each year. Imagine, a...]]>
Monster truck - Sheriff gets mine-proof vehicle http://illinoistimes.com/article-14071-monster-truck.html Monster truck - Sheriff gets mine-proof vehicle
 They say that you should never buy a car online. Then again, there is Uncle Sam’s Used Car Sales, aka the U.S. Department of Defense, where the Sangamon County sheriff’s office recently acqu...]]>
Fracking fast track bill defeated - Legislation would have sidestepped rulemaking process http://illinoistimes.com/article-14039-fracking-fast-track-bill-defeated.html Fracking fast track bill defeated - Legislation would have sidestepped rulemaking process
 Illinois is taking too long to approve regulations for a controversial oil and gas drilling method, according to a coalition of businesses. They simply asked lawmakers to speed things up with le...]]>
Springfield considers inspector general - City council takes first step http://illinoistimes.com/article-14042-springfield-considers-inspector-general.html Springfield considers inspector general - City council takes first step
 Having an inspector general isn’t necessarily a badge of honor. Consider governmental entities in Illinois that have them.Cook County has two, one for the circuit clerk and the other for the r...]]>
An end to ‘planned abandonment’ of kids - Law would keep troubled kids with their adoptive families http://illinoistimes.com/article-14043-an-end-to-%25E2%2580%2598planned-abandonment%25E2%2580%2599-of-kids.html An end to ‘planned abandonment’ of kids - Law would keep troubled kids with their adoptive families
 Illinois lawmakers voted to end a practice known as “planned abandonment” of adopted kids, but the state’s poor fiscal condition will likely limit the state’s ability to enact the change...]]>
Keeping score - Legislators accomplish little http://illinoistimes.com/article-14044-keeping-score.html Keeping score - Legislators accomplish little
 Not much of substance got accomplished during the recently concluded legislative session, which isn’t surprising. When, after all, has the Illinois General Assembly achieved greatness in an el...]]>
Asking voters’ opinions - Lawmakers use referendums as campaign fodder http://illinoistimes.com/article-14045-asking-voters%25E2%2580%2599-opinions.html Asking voters’ opinions - Lawmakers use referendums as campaign fodder
 State leaders are asking the public’s advice when it comes to increasing the minimum wage, taxing millionaires and including contraception in health insurance coverage.Three bills awaiting the...]]>
Cops in court - Sheriff appeals arbitrator’s decision http://illinoistimes.com/article-14048-cops-in-court.html Cops in court - Sheriff appeals arbitrator’s decision
The Sangamon County sheriff’s office is asking a judge to overturn an arbitrator’s ruling that an admitted thief be reinstated to her job as a sheriff’s deputy....]]>
Presidential politics - Lawmakers ponder future of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum http://illinoistimes.com/article-14011-presidential-politics.html Presidential politics - Lawmakers ponder future of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Personalities, politics and power have been on parade since House Speaker Michael Madigan proposed that the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum be divorced from the Illinois Historic Prese...]]>
Medical marijuana rules spark concerns - Cost and access to relief questioned http://illinoistimes.com/article-14012-medical-marijuana-rules-spark-concerns.html Medical marijuana rules spark concerns - Cost and access to relief questioned
 Illinoisans want their medical marijuana sooner, cheaper and with fewer restrictions.At a May 21 public hearing in Springfield, several speakers asked the state to speed up the program’s imple...]]>
Open your files - Prosecutors aren’t judges, court rules http://illinoistimes.com/article-14013-open-your-files.html Open your files - Prosecutors aren’t judges, court rules
The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that state’s attorneys are subject to the state Freedom of Information Act.The May 22 ruling came after at least three courts ruled that prosecutors need not res...]]>