IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Sun, 29 May 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Silence is golden - Mautino stays mum amid probes http://illinoistimes.com/article-17271-silence-is-golden.html Silence is golden - Mautino stays mum amid probes
 With the U.S. attorney’s office in the mix, questions about state auditor general Frank Mautino’s campaign spending aren’t likely to go away anytime soon.There is, of course, one way for M...]]>
A better way to investigate rape - Legislation includes law enforcement training http://illinoistimes.com/article-17274-a-better-way-to-investigate-rape.html A better way to investigate rape - Legislation includes law enforcement training
 After a 15-year-old girl from outside Chicago was raped in 2007, she and her family waited for eight years with uncertainty about whether her rape test results would offer a resolution.A 2013 in...]]>
School funding reformers want local sponsorship - The Faith Coalition for the Common Good urges local state representative support http://illinoistimes.com/article-17252-school-funding-reformers-want-local-sponsorship.html School funding reformers want local sponsorship - The Faith Coalition for the Common Good urges local state representative support
The Faith Coalition for the Common Good wants two local Republicans to support a Democrat's education funding reforms.
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Challenging ‘junk science’ in arson case - Naperville man seeks relief from murder conviction http://illinoistimes.com/article-17235-challenging-%25E2%2580%2598junk-science%25E2%2580%2599-in-arson-case.html Challenging ‘junk science’ in arson case - Naperville man seeks relief from murder conviction
 A Naperville man is asking a judge to overturn his murder conviction on the grounds that the prosecution’s case was built on junk science.William Amor spent the last 21 years behind bars for t...]]>
Mautino campaign workers subpoenaed, source says - Feds apparently probing campaign accounts http://illinoistimes.com/article-17236-mautino-campaign-workers-subpoenaed-source-says.html Mautino campaign workers subpoenaed, source says - Feds apparently probing campaign accounts
Campaign workers for Illinois auditor general Frank Mautino while he was a state legislator have received federal grand jury subpoenas, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter.The so...]]>
A dead issue - Governor appoints coroner board http://illinoistimes.com/article-17237-a-dead-issue.html A dead issue - Governor appoints coroner board
Gov. Bruce Rauner last week appointed the first state Coroner’s Training Board that will be in charge of training coroners and others involved in death investigations.Rep. Dan Brady, R-Bloomington,...]]>
Pay up - Jury awards six figures to inmate http://illinoistimes.com/article-17238-pay-up.html Pay up - Jury awards six figures to inmate
A former inmate of Taylorville Correctional Center last week won a $300,000 verdict against a prison doctor with a history of lawsuits alleging poor care that resulted in at least one previous six-fig...]]>
Repreive for historic Ridgley village hall - Judge vacates earlier demolition order http://illinoistimes.com/article-17249-repreive-for-historic-ridgley-village-hall.html Repreive for historic Ridgley village hall - Judge vacates earlier demolition order

 A 131-year-old building on Springfield's north side won't be torn down after all - at least not yet.

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Auditor general confirms federal probe - Campaign spending at issue http://illinoistimes.com/article-17250-auditor-general-confirms-federal-probe.html Auditor general confirms federal probe - Campaign spending at issue
Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino has confirmed that he’s under investigation by the U.S. attorney....]]>
Teaming up for environmental justice - NAACP, Sierra Club and others to collaborate on energy issues http://illinoistimes.com/article-17205-teaming-up-for-environmental-justice.html Teaming up for environmental justice - NAACP, Sierra Club and others to collaborate on energy issues
 The NAACP released a report last week calling for racial justice in Illinois’ environmental policy, prompting a new alliance between groups concerned with civil rights, labor rights and pollut...]]>
Prison phone bill targets pricing - Lawmakers blast contractor ‘kickbacks’ to IDOC http://illinoistimes.com/article-17206-prison-phone-bill-targets-pricing.html Prison phone bill targets pricing - Lawmakers blast contractor ‘kickbacks’ to IDOC
 The Illinois Department of Corrections benefits from a private contractor fleecing prisoners and their families by controlling phone services, according to three state lawmakers pushing legislat...]]>
Let’s celebrate: A cancer survivor’s tale - Heidi Floyd’s journey will inspire others at Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure May 13 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17207-let%25E2%2580%2599s-celebrate-a-cancer-survivor%25E2%2580%2599s-tale.html Let’s celebrate: A cancer survivor’s tale - Heidi Floyd’s journey will inspire others at Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure May 13
 Heidi Floyd still remembers her mother, alone in her bedroom, whispering to her over the phone that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.“She said it as if she had done something wrong,�...]]>
Downtown Y adding tech-driven kids’ room - Youth Fitness Center features interactive games http://illinoistimes.com/article-17176-downtown-y-adding-tech-driven-kids%25E2%2580%2599-room.html Downtown Y adding tech-driven kids’ room - Youth Fitness Center features interactive games
 Springfield’s Downtown YMCA is preparing a new exercise room that incorporates technology instead of competing with it for kids’ attention. The new space blurs the line between mere exercise...]]>
We earn it - Local pols say they deserve pensions http://illinoistimes.com/article-17179-we-earn-it.html We earn it - Local pols say they deserve pensions
As scrutiny of pensions has grown, some part-time elected officials in Illinois have opted out of pension plans.But not in Sangamon County or the city of Springfield.Springfield aldermen and Sangamon...]]>
City aims to demolish historic Ridgely village hall - Owner wants community garden instead http://illinoistimes.com/article-17180-city-aims-to-demolish-historic-ridgely-village-hall.html City aims to demolish historic Ridgely village hall - Owner wants community garden instead
 A historic building on Springfield’s north end faces demolition, but the owner is fighting to keep the structure standing and turn it into a hydroponic community garden.The situation pits pres...]]>
Legislators try to stay in control of redistricting - Constitutional amendment passes in the Senate http://illinoistimes.com/article-17181-legislators-try-to-stay-in-control-of-redistricting.html Legislators try to stay in control of redistricting - Constitutional amendment passes in the Senate
In an effort to restore credibility to the redistricting process, two lawmakers from Chicago are proposing a constitutional amendment to change how legislative maps are drawn.The proposal could be the...]]>
Pension board asks judge to solve retirement riddle - Benefits for city firefighters at stake http://illinoistimes.com/article-17182-pension-board-asks-judge-to-solve-retirement-riddle.html Pension board asks judge to solve retirement riddle - Benefits for city firefighters at stake
The Springfield Firefighters’ Pension Board has gone to court in an attempt to settle a question over pension benefits for firefighters.At issue is holiday pay for firefighters, which has historical...]]>
Why are they still in prison? - Lawsuit challenges IDOC on inmate risk evaluations http://illinoistimes.com/article-17135-why-are-they-still-in-prison.html Why are they still in prison? - Lawsuit challenges IDOC on inmate risk evaluations
 Harrison Chancy has spent the last 38 years behind bars for a murder and armed robbery that took place in 1977. Now age 57, he still maintains he didn’t commit those crimes, and despite eviden...]]>
County quirk - Law makes it hard to recruit clerk candidates here http://illinoistimes.com/article-17138-county-quirk.html County quirk - Law makes it hard to recruit clerk candidates here
A big election year for Illinois policymakers means some politicians are stepping on eggshells, but that’s not the case for Sangamon County Clerk Don Gray. Despite the criticism he encountered as a...]]>
State settles minority contracting case - Firm gets years to pay six-figure penalty http://illinoistimes.com/article-17139-state-settles-minority-contracting-case.html State settles minority contracting case - Firm gets years to pay six-figure penalty
 Capitol Strategies, a Springfield technology firm, and two affiliated companies have agreed to pay $550,000 to the state of Illinois for violating laws intended to ensure that minority-owned fir...]]>
MacArthur makeover - IDOT, city mull infrastructure plans for business corridor http://illinoistimes.com/article-17140-macarthur-makeover.html MacArthur makeover - IDOT, city mull infrastructure plans for business corridor
 MacArthur Boulevard has seen better days.The historic thoroughfare, originally called West Grand Boulevard, once marked the western boundary of Springfield. It was built as a two-lane road in 19...]]>
Shadow children - UIS dedicates a tree in remembrance of “Caleb Thomas” http://illinoistimes.com/article-17153-shadow-children.html Shadow children - UIS dedicates a tree in remembrance of “Caleb Thomas”
UIS and DCFS team up to train abuse investigators and memorialize slain child...]]>
Back in the fight - Legacies resurrect Springfield Boxing Club http://illinoistimes.com/article-17115-back-in-the-fight.html Back in the fight - Legacies resurrect Springfield Boxing Club
 Although he’s only 16, Kevin Mac of Springfield has the discipline of a much older man. All the members of the Springfield Boxing Club do. They wake up early, eat healthy, run and train almost...]]>
Sharks don’t like shark cages - Online lending industry resists regulation http://illinoistimes.com/article-17118-sharks-don%25E2%2580%2599t-like-shark-cages.html Sharks don’t like shark cages - Online lending industry resists regulation
A bill to regulate online lenders that target small businesses with loans that can carry more than 100-percent annual interest rates is moving, albeit slowly, through the Illinois General Assembly.Whi...]]>
Leafing Springfield - Environmental group plans a green canopy http://illinoistimes.com/article-17119-leafing-springfield.html Leafing Springfield - Environmental group plans a green canopy
 In efforts to enhance the city’s beauty, one Springfield organization will take the green movement one step further, offering residents a chance to get involved through a program that is focus...]]>
From a different perspective - Springfield hosts international visitors http://illinoistimes.com/article-17120-from-a-different-perspective.html From a different perspective - Springfield hosts international visitors
 Dr. Ali Nizamuddin says you may someday face a Muslim with a mask and a blade, but it’s much more likely to be your doctor than a terrorist.On April 12, Nizamuddin, a political science profess...]]>
Next! - Doors revolve at SJ-R’s publisher’s office http://illinoistimes.com/article-17122-next_.html Next! - Doors revolve at SJ-R’s publisher’s office
Clarissa Williams is no longer publisher of the State Journal-Register....]]>
Biology or identity? - Legislation would simplify changing gender on birth certificates http://illinoistimes.com/article-17072-biology-or-identity.html Biology or identity? - Legislation would simplify changing gender on birth certificates
 For 54 years, Illinois’ Vital Records Act has prevented transgender people from changing the sex listed on their birth certificate without undergoing surgery. A bill sponsored by Rep. Greg Har...]]>
Clone wars - County board chairman’s company sues Meijer, others for copyright violation http://illinoistimes.com/article-17073-clone-wars.html Clone wars - County board chairman’s company sues Meijer, others for copyright violation
 By now, Andy Van Meter is used to finding ideas his company owns in stores he didn’t sell those ideas to.“It happens more often than we’d like – probably three or four times a year,” h...]]>
Bill would ban credit-based insurance rates http://illinoistimes.com/article-17076-bill-would-ban-credit-based-insurance-rates.html Bill would ban credit-based insurance rates
 Illinois could put a stop to the use of credit scores to calculate auto insurance rates.The bill is pending in a legislative committee and faces strong opposition from insurance trade associatio...]]>