IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Sun, 05 Jul 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Living in Isolation - Lawsuit filed on behalf of prisoners in solitary confinement http://illinoistimes.com/article-15825-living-in-isolation.html Living in Isolation - Lawsuit filed on behalf of prisoners in solitary confinement
For 23 hours a day, a roughly five-by-ten-foot concrete box is what Aaron Fillmore calls home. He’s been living in a room like that for the past 15 years.That’s according to a lawsuit filed las...]]>
ALPLM hire has connections - But exhibit manager lacks qualifications http://illinoistimes.com/article-15822-alplm-hire-has-connections.html ALPLM hire has connections - But exhibit manager lacks qualifications
 More than a year ago, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum launched a nationwide search for a director of exhibits.It was, according to a 2014 report, a critical position for an u...]]>
Cop stands trial for DUI - Liquor found in car after 2014 accident http://illinoistimes.com/article-15773-cop-stands-trial-for-dui.html Cop stands trial for DUI - Liquor found in car after 2014 accident
 A Springfield police officer who crashed his car in 2014 with an open bottle of whiskey inside stood trial last week for driving under the influence.James Stewart was initially placed on adminis...]]>
The high cost of higher education - Lawmakers highlight importance of funding for universities http://illinoistimes.com/article-15776-the-high-cost-of-higher-education.html The high cost of higher education - Lawmakers highlight importance of funding for universities
 The Illinois Senate met June 16 to discuss the cost of college in Illinois in anticipation of sending the higher education funding bill to Gov. Bruce Rauner, who included a 30 percent cut to col...]]>
Woman brings gun to courthouse - Sheriff’s official praises security http://illinoistimes.com/article-15791-woman-brings-gun-to-courthouse.html Woman brings gun to courthouse - Sheriff’s official praises security
A Springfield woman got a loaded gun into the Sangamon County courthouse on Monday in an incident that sheriff’s officials say is best described as a fluke....]]>
Mansion curator moves to museum - David Bourland set to become exhibit manager http://illinoistimes.com/article-15762-mansion-curator-moves-to-museum.html Mansion curator moves to museum - David Bourland set to become exhibit manager
Mansion curator moves to museumDavid Bourland set to become exhibit managerThe curator of the governor’s mansion has been tapped to go to work for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Mu...]]>
Downtown housing rejected - City council says no http://illinoistimes.com/article-15734-downtown-housing-rejected.html Downtown housing rejected - City council says no
The Springfield City Council on Tuesday said no to $700,000 in public money to build housing on a downtown parking lot at the intersection of Fourth and Madison streets.The unanimous vote came amid my...]]>
Park police future in doubt - Board poised to consider disbandment http://illinoistimes.com/article-15735-park-police-future-in-doubt.html Park police future in doubt - Board poised to consider disbandment
The Springfield Park District board may consider getting rid of the district’s police department.“I think it’s kind of trending that way, as far as disbanding the department completely,” said...]]>
No going back - What’s at stake if the Illinois State Museum closes? http://illinoistimes.com/article-15736-no-going-back.html No going back - What’s at stake if the Illinois State Museum closes?
 The Illinois State Museum is on the chopping block as lawmakers struggle to reach a budget agreement, and the museum’s board is warning of several complications that could arise if the institu...]]>
For-profit school under fire for business practices - Durbin calls for more oversight of ITT Tech and others http://illinoistimes.com/article-15624-for-profit-school-under-fire-for-business-practices.html For-profit school under fire for business practices - Durbin calls for more oversight of ITT Tech and others
 A for-profit college with a branch in Springfield is taking criticism for alleged deceptive practices.U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is calling for stronger oversight of ITT Technical Institute and other...]]>
Frank’s fixer-upper - City patient with pol’s code violations http://illinoistimes.com/article-15625-frank%25E2%2580%2599s-fixer-upper.html Frank’s fixer-upper - City patient with pol’s code violations
 For more than a decade, a vacant home crumbled on Sangamon Avenue across the street from St. Aloysius Church on Springfield’s north end.City code enforcers in 2007 placarded the home as uninha...]]>
Charity for all - Catholic Charities celebrates anniversary http://illinoistimes.com/article-15626-charity-for-all.html Charity for all - Catholic Charities celebrates anniversary
 In the midst of the Great Depression, George Eisenberg underscored the spirit of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Springfield.It was 1935 when Eisenberg, en route home to Chicago, saw a lin...]]>
Major oil pipeline planned near Springfield - Would connect North Dakota to Gulf of Mexico via Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-15627-major-oil-pipeline-planned-near-springfield.html Major oil pipeline planned near Springfield - Would connect North Dakota to Gulf of Mexico via Illinois
 Construction could start soon on a major pipeline passing through Illinois, but the project faces negotiations with landowners and opposition from environmentalists.The pipeline, which would con...]]>
No guarantees - Plaintiffs say district’s deal was illegal http://illinoistimes.com/article-15606-no-guarantees.html No guarantees - Plaintiffs say district’s deal was illegal
The Ball-Chatham School District has wrongly paid more than $2.2 million to a company with ties to the district’s former superintendent, according to a lawsuit recently unveiled in Sangamon County Circuit Court....]]>
Coming home - Housing proposed for Goodwill building http://illinoistimes.com/article-15589-coming-home.html Coming home - Housing proposed for Goodwill building
 A Chicago-area developer wants to convert a vacant building owned by Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries on North 11th Street into low-income housing and a center for job and youth mentoring pro...]]>
On the move - Lobbyist wins bid for state leases http://illinoistimes.com/article-15592-on-the-move.html On the move - Lobbyist wins bid for state leases
Illinois Department of Human Services offices that are now at the northern edge of downtown Springfield are slated to move more than two miles south and out of the core of the city.DHS offices now in ...]]>
Building a better budget - Lawmakers propose “road map to fiscal stability” http://illinoistimes.com/article-15594-building-a-better-budget.html Building a better budget - Lawmakers propose “road map to fiscal stability”
At the close of a contentious regular session and a vicious budget battle in the Illinois General Assembly some lawmakers are making an effort to streamline the budget-making process. State repre...]]>
To Arbitrate or Not to Arbitrate - Last-minute changes to collective bargaining rules pass http://illinoistimes.com/article-15595-to-arbitrate-or-not-to-arbitrate.html To Arbitrate or Not to Arbitrate - Last-minute changes to collective bargaining rules pass
The Illinois General Assembly has voted to strip state workers of the right to strike, and the unions actively lobbied to make it happen. A bill passed Saturday would apply mediation and arbitra...]]>
On the move - Lobbyist wins bid for state leases http://illinoistimes.com/article-15568-on-the-move.html On the move - Lobbyist wins bid for state leases
Illinois Department of Human Services offices that are now at the northern edge of downtown Springfield are slated to move more than two miles south and out of the core of the city.DHS offices now in...]]>
Standout students receive college scholarships - Community Foundation takes reins of longstanding awards program http://illinoistimes.com/article-15555-standout-students-receive-college-scholarships.html Standout students receive college scholarships - Community Foundation takes reins of longstanding awards program
 The Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln awarded more than $109,000 in scholarships to 57 area students at a ceremony May 20. There were five finalists for Student of the Year awards.Sac...]]>
Going the mile - Mauled girl is upbeat http://illinoistimes.com/article-15558-going-the-mile.html Going the mile - Mauled girl is upbeat
 Illyania Rocha still hasn’t gone home.Six weeks after she was mauled by a Great Dane at the Springfield home of her older half-sister, the 10-year-old girl from Chatham is at a rehabilitation...]]>
Reducing the rape kit testing backlog http://illinoistimes.com/article-15559-reducing-the-rape-kit-testing-backlog.html Reducing the rape kit testing backlog
 Rosa Pickett’s eyes still well up with tears as she describes how, in 1977, she was raped, beaten unconscious and left in the weeds as a young woman in Robbins, Illinois, near Chicago. Still,...]]>
Experts blast prison health care http://illinoistimes.com/article-15560-experts-blast-prison-health-care.html Experts blast prison health care
 Dying inmates neglected. Undiagnosed cancer. Haphazard recordkeeping. Unsanitary exam rooms, staff shortages and physicians who aren’t qualified.It adds up to cruel and unusual punishment in t...]]>
The Widening Net - Bill allows prosecutors quicker access to personal records http://illinoistimes.com/article-15565-the-widening-net.html The Widening Net - Bill allows prosecutors quicker access to personal records
The Illinois House passed a bill last week which would allow prosecutors new access to personal records in criminal trials.Senate Bill 1688 adds state’s attorneys to the list of people who can submi...]]>
Building a modern tax code - New report calls for sales tax on services http://illinoistimes.com/article-15566-building-a-modern-tax-code.html Building a modern tax code - New report calls for sales tax on services
As the May 31st legislative deadline looms, tax experts are making one more push to extend the state’s sales tax to services.The Center for Budget and Tax Accountability (CTBA) and the Taxpayers Fed...]]>
Judge slashes jury verdict - Rules plaintiff in drowning case due $525,000, not $1 million http://illinoistimes.com/article-15561-judge-slashes-jury-verdict.html Judge slashes jury verdict - Rules plaintiff in drowning case due $525,000, not $1 million
A Sangamon County Circuit Court judge has ruled that the family of a youth who drowned in Lake Springfield in 2007 is due $525,000 from the city of Springfield, not twice that amount.In ruling against...]]>
Energy’s fight for power - Nuclear subsidies and ‘green jobs’ bills compete http://illinoistimes.com/article-15530-energy%25E2%2580%2599s-fight-for-power.html Energy’s fight for power - Nuclear subsidies and ‘green jobs’ bills compete
 There’s a war raging over Illinois’ energy future, pitting nuclear power against renewable resources. The winner will determine how Illinois generates electricity for decades to come.Coal po...]]>
It wasn’t me - Chiropractor denies providing substance http://illinoistimes.com/article-15532-it-wasn%25E2%2580%2599t-me.html It wasn’t me - Chiropractor denies providing substance
 A Springfield chiropractor denies that he prescribed or otherwise supplied a banned diet supplement to city police officers or anyone else.“I’ve never prescribed anything to anyone,” says ...]]>
Free at last - Jennifer Parsons cashes out http://illinoistimes.com/article-15533-free-at-last.html Free at last - Jennifer Parsons cashes out
It isn’t easy to get in bed with embattled entrepreneur Jeffrey Parsons and walk away with money in your pocket.Just ask hundreds of creditors in Parsons’ bankruptcy case, including people who got...]]>
Not so fast - Mansion work questioned by union http://illinoistimes.com/article-15536-not-so-fast.html Not so fast - Mansion work questioned by union
If all goes as planned, a private foundation that is raising funds to fix up the crumbling governor’s mansion in Springfield may start work this summer – if a judge doesn’t get in the way....]]>