IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Fri, 29 Apr 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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...]]>
Hellhole - City clerk is landlord for house of horror http://illinoistimes.com/article-17077-hellhole.html Hellhole - City clerk is landlord for house of horror
 The predictable has happened at a crumbling rental home on Peoria Road owned by Springfield city clerk Frank Lesko.The chimney recently toppled, leaving a hole in the roof now covered by a plast...]]>
Champaign newborn death highlights safe haven law http://illinoistimes.com/article-17094-champaign-newborn-death-highlights-safe-haven-law.html Champaign newborn death highlights safe haven law
College student accused of killing her newborn could have given up custody under safe haven law....]]>
Judge sides with officer - Steroid-using cop must be reinstated http://illinoistimes.com/article-17060-judge-sides-with-officer.html Judge sides with officer - Steroid-using cop must be reinstated
 Sangamon County Associate Judge Rudolph Braud has upheld the decision of an arbitrator who ruled that a Springfield police officer who tested positive for steroids cannot be fired.Loren Pettit,...]]>
Back to work - Bills would keep past crimes from affecting job search http://illinoistimes.com/article-17041-back-to-work.html Back to work - Bills would keep past crimes from affecting job search
Eric Smith of Chicago is ready to take over his grandmother’s funeral home when she retires, but he can’t. That’s because Smith earned a criminal record when he was 17, and that mistake 27 years...]]>
Elkhart residents challenge coal ash disposal plan - Viper Mine supplies coal to CWLP http://illinoistimes.com/article-17042-elkhart-residents-challenge-coal-ash-disposal-plan.html Elkhart residents challenge coal ash disposal plan - Viper Mine supplies coal to CWLP
 The mine which supplies coal to Springfield’s municipal utility faces opposition from neighbors against a plan to expand a coal ash disposal site near Elkhart.The contested plan comes as the c...]]>
Fraud alleged in bankruptcy - Gold Gym’s former owner fibbed, trustee says http://illinoistimes.com/article-17045-fraud-alleged-in-bankruptcy.html Fraud alleged in bankruptcy - Gold Gym’s former owner fibbed, trustee says
 A U.S. bankruptcy court trustee has leveled fraud accusations against Maureen Suhadolnik, former owner of Gold’s Gym, which closed last year amid bankruptcy proceedings, In court papers filed...]]>
No city jobs for medical marijuana users http://illinoistimes.com/article-17046-no-city-jobs-for-medical-marijuana-users.html No city jobs for medical marijuana users
 If you’re licensed to use medical marijuana and are employed by the City of Springfield, you may want to start looking for a new job.Because of the city’s drug policy, workers face uncertain...]]>
Police just log in - Social media makes law enforcement investigations easier http://illinoistimes.com/article-17047-police-just-log-in.html Police just log in - Social media makes law enforcement investigations easier
 In 1947, a police officer’s call to the communications desk was the best method to get information about potential suspects. Today, all they have to do is log in.Access to social media sites l...]]>
Faith Coalition calls on governor to restart union contract negotiations http://illinoistimes.com/article-17059-faith-coalition-calls-on-governor-to-restart-union-contract-negotiations.html Faith Coalition calls on governor to restart union contract negotiations
 The Springfield-based Faith Coalition for the Common Good today called on Gov. Bruce Rauner to restart  negotiations over union contracts.The stalling of negotiation comes as Illinois enter...]]>
Senior Rally at the Illinois Statehouse - Rep. Greg Harris and Rep. Sue Scherer advocate for senior services http://illinoistimes.com/article-17033-senior-rally-at-the-illinois-statehouse.html Senior Rally at the Illinois Statehouse - Rep. Greg Harris and Rep. Sue Scherer advocate for senior services
On April 5, Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago and Sue Scherer, D-Decatur spoke to senior citizens across Illinois reassuring them that they are advocates of senior services.Over 70 senior citizens from all...]]>
‘Equity matters’ in education funding - Manar proposes new changes to Illinois’ education funding formula http://illinoistimes.com/article-17058-%25E2%2580%2598equity-matters%25E2%2580%2599-in-education-funding.html ‘Equity matters’ in education funding - Manar proposes new changes to Illinois’ education funding formula
The way Illinois determines funding for schools has not changed since 1997, when Illinois created its Education Funding Advisory Board, which recommends foundational level of funding for schools statewide. Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, plans to change that....]]>
SJ-R goes into lending - Partners with Internet startup http://illinoistimes.com/article-17017-sj-r-goes-into-lending.html SJ-R goes into lending - Partners with Internet startup
 The recent proposition to small business owners by the State Journal-Register sounded a bit like a come-on to buy time-share condos.Come on down to the newspaper and get a free lunch, publisher...]]>
Illinois Times loses FOIA case http://illinoistimes.com/article-17018-illinois-times-loses-foia-case.html Illinois Times loses FOIA case
 Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John Madonia has sided with Gov. Bruce Rauner in a lawsuit over disclosure of the governor’s appointment calendar, refusing the newspaper’s request for le...]]>
Springfield cops cleared in excessive force lawsuit http://illinoistimes.com/article-17021-springfield-cops-cleared-in-excessive-force-lawsuit.html Springfield cops cleared in excessive force lawsuit
 Springfield police Timothy Day and Russell Lehr were cleared March 23 of allegations of excessive force.In 2014, Christopher Pulley, a Jacksonville man with a history of convictions for drug pos...]]>
The politics of unemployment - Is Illinois really that bad off? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17022-the-politics-of-unemployment.html The politics of unemployment - Is Illinois really that bad off?
 The Rauner administration’s economic development chief says Illinois’ higher-than-average unemployment rate means Illinois should decrease workers’ compensation costs to businesses and cut...]]>
A lifelong champion - Four-year-old Sherman native made Illinois Champion Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network http://illinoistimes.com/article-17027-a-lifelong-champion.html A lifelong champion - Four-year-old Sherman native made Illinois Champion Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network
Four-year-old Brenna Westlake was recognized today as Illinois Champion Ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network....]]>
Budget crisis hurts disabled living outside Illinois - Wisconsin man may be evicted from group home http://illinoistimes.com/article-16966-budget-crisis-hurts-disabled-living-outside-illinois.html Budget crisis hurts disabled living outside Illinois - Wisconsin man may be evicted from group home
 For the last 20 years, Keith Drazner has lived in a Wisconsin group home for people with developmental disabilities. At the end of March, however, he faces eviction because his home state is hav...]]>