IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Fri, 31 Jul 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Child care cuts threaten families on the edge - Advocates say changes will kill program through atrophy http://illinoistimes.com/article-15945-child-care-cuts-threaten-families-on-the-edge.html Child care cuts threaten families on the edge - Advocates say changes will kill program through atrophy
 Chandra Ankoor of Springfield gets three or four hours of sleep a night, seven days a week. She’s not sure how much longer she can keep that up, but she does it for her three young daughters.O...]]>
Rebuilding Springfield - Economic commission offers east side improvements http://illinoistimes.com/article-15946-rebuilding-springfield.html Rebuilding Springfield - Economic commission offers east side improvements
 A newly created business committee for Springfield offers opportunity for the city’s east side.Springfield mayor Jim Langfelder announced Tuesday a seven-member Economic Development Commission...]]>
Urban League accused of bias - Racial, religious discrimination alleged http://illinoistimes.com/article-15949-urban-league-accused-of-bias.html Urban League accused of bias - Racial, religious discrimination alleged
 Hit with a $100,000 verdict in a discrimination lawsuit decided last week, the Springfield Urban League faces a second lawsuit from a former Head Start employee who says that she was the victim...]]>
Sanctity of life - Bishop went to bat for killer http://illinoistimes.com/article-15950-sanctity-of-life.html Sanctity of life - Bishop went to bat for killer
 The Rev. Thomas Paprocki espouses exorcism and opposes gay marriage. He has said that Muslims should be treated differently than others at airport security checkpoints because most terrorists ar...]]>
Education funding bill fails in Senate - Republicans vote ‘present;’ budget impasse blocks other bills http://illinoistimes.com/article-15912-education-funding-bill-fails-in-senate.html Education funding bill fails in Senate - Republicans vote ‘present;’ budget impasse blocks other bills
 Legislation to freeze Illinois’ property taxes and change the state’s school funding formula failed in the Senate last week, but not because of opposition to the bill. Instead, it was a casu...]]>
Keeping public contracts secret http://illinoistimes.com/article-15915-keeping-public-contracts-secret.html Keeping public contracts secret
 A Sangamon County judge has rejected a plea from a Massachusetts company that claims that requests for the company’s contracts with more than a dozen Illinois school districts are harming busi...]]>
Dog bites man, who sues - APL dog is dangerous, plaintiff says http://illinoistimes.com/article-15916-dog-bites-man-who-sues.html Dog bites man, who sues - APL dog is dangerous, plaintiff says
 Stewart, depending on who’s talking, is either a mutt in need of a home or a dangerous dog that needs to be euthanized.One thing is clear. Stewart is now at the center of a lawsuit filed by an...]]>
Rauner pension plan guts collective bargaining - Idea similar to what Supreme Court struck down http://illinoistimes.com/article-15917-rauner-pension-plan-guts-collective-bargaining.html Rauner pension plan guts collective bargaining - Idea similar to what Supreme Court struck down
 Gov. Bruce Rauner’s new plan to reduce Illinois’ pension obligations would circumvent collective bargaining on several aspects of state employment.The 485-page plan earned criticism from Dem...]]>
Campbell goes to pot - Former sheriff candidate enforcing marijuana regs http://illinoistimes.com/article-15893-campbell-goes-to-pot.html Campbell goes to pot - Former sheriff candidate enforcing marijuana regs
Jack Campbell, who lost a bid last year to become Sangamon County sheriff, has been tabbed to run the office tasked with overseeing medical marijuana growers....]]>
Rail consolidation chugging along http://illinoistimes.com/article-15880-rail-consolidation-chugging-along.html Rail consolidation chugging along
Springfield’s ongoing rail consolidation project could soon take a step forward, even as state lawmakers add a new layer of oversight.Construction on two new underpasses for the 10th Street rail cor...]]>
An uphill battle over coal mining - Hillsboro landowners seek remedy for coal slurry pond http://illinoistimes.com/article-15881-an-uphill-battle-over-coal-mining.html An uphill battle over coal mining - Hillsboro landowners seek remedy for coal slurry pond
 If Catherine Edmiston of Hillsboro gets her way, coal mining in Illinois could be drastically curtailed.The 86-year-old Edmiston has been fighting for a decade to shut down the Deer Run Mine nea...]]>
Hunter Lake poised for passage - Council approval first step in long process for second lake http://illinoistimes.com/article-15849-hunter-lake-poised-for-passage.html Hunter Lake poised for passage - Council approval first step in long process for second lake
 Springfield’s long-debated proposal for a second lake appears poised for approval by the city council, but the controversial Hunter Lake would still face hurdles.Mayor Jim Langfelder and eight...]]>
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...]]>