IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Wed, 18 Jul 18 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Council rejects library camping ban - Long-term solution sought http://illinoistimes.com/article-20198-council-rejects-library-camping-ban.html Council rejects library camping ban - Long-term solution sought
 Fifteen years after the city declared a goal of ending homelessness in a decade, Springfield still has plenty of homeless people but no solid plan to address the issue.The latest proposal by May...]]>
Hundreds rally for immigrant families http://illinoistimes.com/article-20182-hundreds-rally-for-immigrant-families.html Hundreds rally for immigrant families
 Under a blazing sun at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 30, approximately 500 people gathered at the Old State Capitol plaza for a rally in opposition to current federal immigration policy. Part of a coor...]]>
Grant marches from Springfield Thursday night http://illinoistimes.com/article-20185-grant-marches-from-springfield-thursday-night.html Grant marches from Springfield Thursday night
 A bookstore in downtown Springfield aims to educate visitors on the vital role Illinois played in the Civil War. Every Thursday night during the summer, Books on the Square, 427 E. Washington St...]]>
HISO Music is moving on up http://illinoistimes.com/article-20157-hiso-music-is-moving-on-up.html HISO Music is moving on up
Since 2014, Springfield-based multiple-platform entertainment conglomerate HISO Music has been building its business steadily, to the point where it has started to feel growing pains. Now the company...]]>
ALPLM foundation sells Monroe memorabilia - Pitch to Pritzker doesn’t pan http://illinoistimes.com/article-20159-alplm-foundation-sells-monroe-memorabilia.html ALPLM foundation sells Monroe memorabilia - Pitch to Pritzker doesn’t pan
 A dress once worn by Marilyn Monroe fetched $50,000 last Saturday as the struggling Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation sold eight non-Lincoln items at a Las Vegas auction.Seven phot...]]>
Civil War Thursday nights http://illinoistimes.com/article-20160-civil-war-thursday-nights.html Civil War Thursday nights
 A bookstore in downtown Springfield aims to educate visitors on the vital role Illinois played in the Civil War. Every Thursday night during the summer, Books on the Square, 427 E. Washington St...]]>
Making Springfield a stop on the monarch migration http://illinoistimes.com/article-20123-making-springfield-a-stop-on-the-monarch-migration.html Making Springfield a stop on the monarch migration
 One of the first reported sightings of a monarch butterfly in the Springfield area was on May 9, according to the website Journey North. The first monarchs usually arrive in April and May.Beginn...]]>
A courtship of historical proportions http://illinoistimes.com/article-20124-a-courtship-of-historical-proportions.html A courtship of historical proportions
 The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) is currently offering walking tours this summer letting guests learn about the improbable courtship and marriage between Abraham Linco...]]>
‘Poor People’ rally for minimum wage http://illinoistimes.com/article-20125-%25E2%2580%2598poor-people%25E2%2580%2599-rally-for-minimum-wage.html ‘Poor People’ rally for minimum wage
 “Show me what democracy looks like! This is what democracy looks like!”More than 50 people of various ages and races – many wearing red t-shirts with large white letters reading “Fight f...]]>
Historic tax credits expanded statewide http://illinoistimes.com/article-20103-historic-tax-credits-expanded-statewide.html Historic tax credits expanded statewide
A bipartisan effort by state lawmakers recently passed legislation expanding existing River Edge Redevelopment Zone (RERZ) tax credits that were previously set to expire. The measure simultaneously cr...]]>
From prison to college - Felon beats the odds http://illinoistimes.com/article-20104-from-prison-to-college.html From prison to college - Felon beats the odds
Jason Spyres was driving last week when the email arrived: Your Stanford application has been updated.It’s an improbable story that began in 2001, when a suspicious clerk at a United Parcel Service...]]>
Party like it’s (Vachel Lindsay’s version of) 2018 - The Pharmacy and the Vachel Lindsay Home celebrate a “Golden Year” http://illinoistimes.com/article-20070-party-like-it%25E2%2580%2599s-%2528vachel-lindsay%25E2%2580%2599s-version-of%2529-2018.html Party like it’s (Vachel Lindsay’s version of) 2018 - The Pharmacy and the Vachel Lindsay Home celebrate a “Golden Year”
 In his wildly ambitious 1920 novel, The Golden Book of Springfield, author and visual artist Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931) portrays himself time-traveling a century forward to a 2018 rendition of h...]]>
Storage wars - City, ALPLM contemplate Lincoln books http://illinoistimes.com/article-20073-storage-wars.html Storage wars - City, ALPLM contemplate Lincoln books
 Anyone who suspects that faith in government institutions might be lacking need look no further than a behind-the-scenes kerfuffle involving the city of Springfield and the Abraham Lincoln Presi...]]>
Trying to bypass federal tax restrictions - IRS says states won’t get away with it http://illinoistimes.com/article-20053-trying-to-bypass-federal-tax-restrictions.html Trying to bypass federal tax restrictions - IRS says states won’t get away with it
 Bipartisan legislation under consideration in the General Assembly would bypass the federal cap of $10,000 in state and local taxes that could be deducted on income tax returns. Created as the I...]]>
Tiny insects, big annoyance - It’s buffalo gnat season http://illinoistimes.com/article-20056-tiny-insects-big-annoyance.html Tiny insects, big annoyance - It’s buffalo gnat season
Buffalo gnats are back. This time of year in central Illinois, many people are experiencing large red welts around their face and neck as a result of bites from these insects. Commonly called buffalo...]]>
No pills for you! - Positive pot test brings pain http://illinoistimes.com/article-20057-no-pills-for-you_.html No pills for you! - Positive pot test brings pain
Forty years after the fact, just looking at Jimmy Garland hurts.Garland was riding his Yamaha motorcycle on Stanford Avenue in 1978 when he was struck by a Buick, suffering severe injuries to his left...]]>
Sports betting bills bolstered by Supreme Court ruling http://illinoistimes.com/article-20017-sports-betting-bills-bolstered-by-supreme-court-ruling.html Sports betting bills bolstered by Supreme Court ruling
 The Supreme Court’s recent ruling allowing state-authorized sports gambling may strengthen legislation to legalize sports betting in Illinois. On May 14, the court ruled 6-3 that the Professio...]]>
The fight to reform child care - State caregivers rally for child care and home care bills http://illinoistimes.com/article-20018-the-fight-to-reform-child-care.html The fight to reform child care - State caregivers rally for child care and home care bills
 Protesters gathered outside the Capitol May 16 to press for legislation to reform home care and child care services across Illinois. Organized by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)...]]>
Big money - Foundation raised millions but still short http://illinoistimes.com/article-20021-big-money.html Big money - Foundation raised millions but still short
 The nonprofit foundation that says it might have to sell artifacts related to Abraham Lincoln has taken in more than $40 million since 2007, when the group borrowed $23 million to purchase relic...]]>
Digging the state out of the hole it’s in http://illinoistimes.com/article-19991-digging-the-state-out-of-the-hole-it%25E2%2580%2599s-in.html Digging the state out of the hole it’s in
 On Thursday, May 10, at the Rendezvous Room in the Wyndham Springfield City Centre, NPR Illinois and Illinois Issues presented the first in their most recent series of traveling forums happening...]]>
Selling Lincoln - ALPLM foundation seeks bailout http://illinoistimes.com/article-19981-selling-lincoln.html Selling Lincoln - ALPLM foundation seeks bailout
 Shortly after the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation closed a 2007 deal to buy a trove of Lincoln artifacts for $23 million, the nonprofit foundation signed an agreement with the st...]]>
Brother, can you spare an Abe? - ALPLM foundation goes GoFundMe http://illinoistimes.com/article-19982-brother-can-you-spare-an-abe.html Brother, can you spare an Abe? - ALPLM foundation goes GoFundMe
How desperate is the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, which owes nearly $10 million for Lincoln artifacts?Check out the foundation’s GoFundMe.com campaign, set up after quiet efforts...]]>
Celebrating three decades, Skank Skates needs help http://illinoistimes.com/article-19968-celebrating-three-decades-skank-skates-needs-help.html Celebrating three decades, Skank Skates needs help
 George Sinclair started building skateboard ramps as a bored Petersburg teenager in the 1970s. At 16, the city of Petersburg paid him $300 to build a 10-foot half-pipe for a contest at a citywid...]]>
State puts pressure on Schaller - Suspends mortgage broker’s license http://illinoistimes.com/article-19957-state-puts-pressure-on-schaller.html State puts pressure on Schaller - Suspends mortgage broker’s license
State allegations against a Springfield mortgage broker mirror accusations contained in a lawsuit filed by a Petersburg man who says that he was cheated out of his home.The Illinois Department of Fina...]]>
Finally - Lincoln papers posted by ALPLM http://illinoistimes.com/article-19960-finally.html Finally - Lincoln papers posted by ALPLM
The first installment of documents put online by the Papers of Abraham Lincoln project is but a sliver of things to come. But what a sliver it is.It is easy to spend more time than planned browsing th...]]>
#Swee Too - Prof quits after years of complaints http://illinoistimes.com/article-19931-swee-too.html #Swee Too - Prof quits after years of complaints
 Lincoln Land Community College kept a professor on the payroll for nearly two decades after students first complained about graphic sexual remarks and unwelcome advances.Former anthropology and...]]>
Imagination reaches for the divine - Liturgical Arts Festival returns April 27-May 5 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19932-imagination-reaches-for-the-divine.html Imagination reaches for the divine - Liturgical Arts Festival returns April 27-May 5
 Launched in 1996 and running alternate years since, this year’s Liturgical Arts Festival of Springfield is set to present several days of events at multiple venues around town, all centered ar...]]>
Chickening out - Petersburg poultry processor pursues pasture partners http://illinoistimes.com/article-19918-chickening-out.html Chickening out - Petersburg poultry processor pursues pasture partners
 Cavan Sullivan and his family have a grain farm in Petersburg and recently decided to expand their business by opening Petersburg Processing, a poultry processor. As a processor, Sullivan also m...]]>
You’re in Abe’s Army now - This summer, find fun, friends and fitness through Abe’s Army, a 12-week training program for the Abe’s Amble 10K http://illinoistimes.com/article-19921-you%25E2%2580%2599re-in-abe%25E2%2580%2599s-army-now.html You’re in Abe’s Army now - This summer, find fun, friends and fitness through Abe’s Army, a 12-week training program for the Abe’s Amble 10K
Walkers, race walkers and runners of all fitness levels are cordially invited to participate in Abe’s Army, a 12-week program that trains participants to walk, run or race walk the Abe’s Amble 10K...]]>
Sheriff hires supporter's relative - Former Sen. Bomke's son to start Monday http://illinoistimes.com/article-19922-sheriff-hires-supporters-relative.html Sheriff hires supporter's relative - Former Sen. Bomke's son to start Monday
 Sangamon County sheriff Wes Barr has hired the son of former state Sen. Larry Bomke, a Republican who contributed to the sheriff’s 2014 election campaign and endorsed him in media advertise...]]>