IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Sat, 31 Jan 15 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Statehouse hot topics - Bills filed for changes in policing and labor http://illinoistimes.com/article-15023-statehouse-hot-topics.html Statehouse hot topics - Bills filed for changes in policing and labor
For the first time in a more than a decade, the governor’s office and the Illinois General Assembly are controlled by two different parties, which will make for an exciting and entertaining legislative session. There is no shortage of contentious issues for the legislature to take up. Here are a few bills to watch....]]>
Crisis for Christians in Iraq - Dominican Sisters visit those fleeing ISIL http://illinoistimes.com/article-15041-crisis-for-christians-in-iraq.html Crisis for Christians in Iraq - Dominican Sisters visit those fleeing ISIL
 The drive from Qaraqosh to Erbil usually takes about 40 minutes. In mid-2014, the trip took closer to four hours, thanks to a highway snarled with thousands of cars fleeing a terrorist group wit...]]>
No walk in the park this time - Sgro faces challenge on park board http://illinoistimes.com/article-15044-no-walk-in-the-park-this-time.html No walk in the park this time - Sgro faces challenge on park board
 George Bush – the first one – was in the White House, Al Gore hadn’t yet invented the Internet (or claimed to) and Jerry Garcia was still leading the Grateful Dead when Leslie Sgro became ...]]>
Packing heat - Illinois finishes first year of concealed carry http://illinoistimes.com/article-15045-packing-heat.html Packing heat - Illinois finishes first year of concealed carry
 More than 2,000 Sangamon County residents received a license to carry a concealed firearm in the first year under a state law enacted in 2014.The Illinois State Police released data showing 2,08...]]>
No easy answers - Aldermanic candidates struggle with questions http://illinoistimes.com/article-15046-no-easy-answers.html No easy answers - Aldermanic candidates struggle with questions
There were nearly enough Springfield aldermen, would-be and otherwise, to field two football teams at a Monday candidates’ forum sponsored by Inner City Older Neighborhoods.But the 21 candidates for...]]>
Small-scale fracking - Low-volume fracking occurs in Illinois with less oversight http://illinoistimes.com/article-14988-small-scale-fracking.html Small-scale fracking - Low-volume fracking occurs in Illinois with less oversight
Illinois has yet to issue permits for high-volume hydraulic fracturing, but at least one well has been “fracked” since a new law began regulating the practice.

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Seeking clemency in Springfield - Illinois Innocence Project highlights botched trials for two accused http://illinoistimes.com/article-15001-seeking-clemency-in-springfield.html Seeking clemency in Springfield - Illinois Innocence Project highlights botched trials for two accused
 Anthony Murray spent 14 years in prison, and he was facing another 31 years when he was offered a chance to go home. The unusual plea agreement that let Murray out of prison has haunted him ever...]]>
Pull the plug? - Study finds CWLP plants should close http://illinoistimes.com/article-15004-pull-the-plug.html Pull the plug? - Study finds CWLP plants should close
 Both sides agree.Two aging coal-fired generators owned by City Water, Light and Power are akin to automobiles that are getting on in years. At some point, the owner must ask: Should I continue s...]]>
Gold rush - Video gambling parlors cash in http://illinoistimes.com/article-15005-gold-rush.html Gold rush - Video gambling parlors cash in
 Henry Baird figured that he would do well when he decided to open up Pennies Place, a gambling parlor on Wabash Avenue.But not this well.The five video gambling machines in Pennies netted more t...]]>
Imprisoned for poverty - For lack of housing, many parolees stuck in prison http://illinoistimes.com/article-15006-imprisoned-for-poverty.html Imprisoned for poverty - For lack of housing, many parolees stuck in prison
 Johnny Cordrey did his time. He spent 18 years at Menard Correctional Center in southern Illinois, but when his release date came in April 2012, Cordrey was instead sent back to prison. He hadn�...]]>
Trial nears in drowning case - Plaintiff blames lifeguards, city http://illinoistimes.com/article-14980-trial-nears-in-drowning-case.html Trial nears in drowning case - Plaintiff blames lifeguards, city
Shortly before Eric M. Jones drowned in Lake Springfield in 2007, the mayor’s office received a complaint.A woman called the city to complain that just one lifeguard was on post while 52 children sw...]]>
ALPLM adrift - Consultant rejects Madigan plan http://illinoistimes.com/article-14981-alplm-adrift.html ALPLM adrift - Consultant rejects Madigan plan
What do you get if you promise to raise money to build a museum but don’t deliver, then borrow millions of dollars to buy artifacts of questionable authenticity once the museum opens and then falter...]]>
Rauner taps Blago retread - Former EPA counsel now top adviser http://illinoistimes.com/article-14983-rauner-taps-blago-retread.html Rauner taps Blago retread - Former EPA counsel now top adviser
A lawyer once at the center of disputes between Attorney General Lisa Madigan and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is now Gov. Bruce Rauner’s top adviser on environmental issues.“Oh my God,” exclaime...]]>
Guilty as charged - Christian gets day in court http://illinoistimes.com/article-14958-guilty-as-charged.html Guilty as charged - Christian gets day in court
 Calvin Christian, Springfield’s most prolific traffic scofflaw, may soon be a pedestrian.Christian, who claims in a federal lawsuit against the city that officers have ticketed him in retaliat...]]>
Watch the Republicans and Democrats squabble over the special election bill http://illinoistimes.com/article-14956-watch-the-republicans-and-democrats-squabble-over-the-special-election-bill.html Watch the Republicans and Democrats squabble over the special election bill
The General Assembly met on Jan. 8 in a special session to debate a bill considering special elections for executive branch officeholders. These are highlights from the debate on the floor of the House of Representatives....]]>
Proposed hog farm near Petersburg making enemies - Opponents cite possible harm to tourism at Lincoln’s New Salem http://illinoistimes.com/article-14945-proposed-hog-farm-near-petersburg-making-enemies.html Proposed hog farm near Petersburg making enemies - Opponents cite possible harm to tourism at Lincoln’s New Salem
 A proposed hog farm near Petersburg is drawing criticism from landowners and public officials who claim the facility would harm property values and tourism. ...]]>
Aleksandr ‘The Great’ arrives from Kiev - Recruit joins Springfield Sentinels semi-pro basketball team http://illinoistimes.com/article-14948-aleksandr-%25E2%2580%2598the-great%25E2%2580%2599-arrives-from-kiev.html Aleksandr ‘The Great’ arrives from Kiev - Recruit joins Springfield Sentinels semi-pro basketball team
 Springfield has a new semi-pro basketball team, and the owners looked as far as Ukraine to fill its roster.The Springfield Sentinels are the latest addition to the Central Basketball Association...]]>
Watchdog resigns - Legislature loses inspector general http://illinoistimes.com/article-14928-watchdog-resigns.html Watchdog resigns - Legislature loses inspector general
The Illinois General Assembly has lost an inspector general tasked with investigating allegations of unethical activity by legislators and staff.J. William Roberts, a Springfield attorney who took the...]]>
Like father like son - Jacob Parsons declares bankruptcy http://illinoistimes.com/article-14911-like-father-like-son.html Like father like son - Jacob Parsons declares bankruptcy
While his father, Jeff Parsons, made headlines by declaring bankruptcy and was accused of hiding assets and cheating employees out of wages, Jacob Parsons last summer filed for bankruptcy in Texas.The...]]>
Enemies within - Union, deputy challenge Campbell job http://illinoistimes.com/article-14921-enemies-within.html Enemies within - Union, deputy challenge Campbell job
 A Sangamon County sheriff’s deputy and the union representing deputies have challenged the naming of former undersheriff Jack Campbell to the position of lieutenant within the department.Two g...]]>
Giving troubled youth a chance to grow - Springfield-based IIAA uses sports as therapy http://illinoistimes.com/article-14857-giving-troubled-youth-a-chance-to-grow.html Giving troubled youth a chance to grow - Springfield-based IIAA uses sports as therapy
 Urgent shouts and the squeak of sneakers fill the basketball courts on the second floor of Gold’s Gym in Springfield. Volleyball nets span four courts, each filled with teenagers. Their eyes a...]]>
Lawsuit in limbo - Wrongful death case against sheriff’s office in jeopardy http://illinoistimes.com/article-14860-lawsuit-in-limbo.html Lawsuit in limbo - Wrongful death case against sheriff’s office in jeopardy
 A wrongful death case against the Sangamon County sheriff’s office has stalled, and the case may end with neither a verdict nor settlement.Attorneys representing the estate of Patrick Burns, w...]]>
Preventing another Ferguson - Activists, police working together to curb racial tension http://illinoistimes.com/article-14861-preventing-another-ferguson.html Preventing another Ferguson - Activists, police working together to curb racial tension
It could happen anywhere. It could even happen here.The high-profile killings of black men by police in Ferguson, Missouri, and in New York City in the past few months highlight a long-smoldering tens...]]>
Despite politics, Obamacare attracts strong enrollment - Illinois balks at starting its own insurance marketplace http://illinoistimes.com/article-14829-despite-politics-obamacare-attracts-strong-enrollment.html Despite politics, Obamacare attracts strong enrollment - Illinois balks at starting its own insurance marketplace
 Illinois lawmakers may have balked at establishing a state-run health insurance marketplace, but the controversial federal reforms known as “Obamacare” appear to be working nonetheless. The...]]>
Can you hear me now? - Noise from SHG disturbs neighbors http://illinoistimes.com/article-14832-can-you-hear-me-now.html Can you hear me now? - Noise from SHG disturbs neighbors
 Complaints about noise from Sacred Heart-Griffin’s football stadium have been pouring in to the Springfield Police Department since the facility opened two years ago, but the city of Springfie...]]>
Legislature expands police eavesdropping powers - New exceptions for police to record conversations http://illinoistimes.com/article-14833-legislature-expands-police-eavesdropping-powers.html Legislature expands police eavesdropping powers - New exceptions for police to record conversations
 Police in Illinois could soon have broad new powers to listen to private conversations under a bill passed by the state legislature last week. The bill addresses an Illinois Supreme Court ruling...]]>
Driving while sober - In Illinois you can be convicted for it http://illinoistimes.com/article-14834-driving-while-sober.html Driving while sober - In Illinois you can be convicted for it
 It seems simple enough.People convicted of driving under the influence of drugs in Illinois should actually be under the influence of drugs. But that isn’t always the case. And so the Illinois...]]>
Really? He’s buying a hotel in Springfield? - City leaders welcome Middle East billionaire’s investment in downtown http://illinoistimes.com/article-14800-really-he%25E2%2580%2599s-buying-a-hotel-in-springfield.html Really? He’s buying a hotel in Springfield? - City leaders welcome Middle East billionaire’s investment in downtown
 What do Beirut, Budapest, Dubai and Springfield have in common?All three cities have – or will soon have – hotels owned by Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, a billionaire who lives in Dubai, dabbles ...]]>
Sticky-fingered deputy - Judge overturns decision to keep her on the job http://illinoistimes.com/article-14803-sticky-fingered-deputy.html Sticky-fingered deputy - Judge overturns decision to keep her on the job
A Sangamon County Circuit Court judge has rejected the decision of an arbitrator who decided that Sherry Waldron should keep her job as a sheriff’s deputy despite being accused of stealing plants an...]]>
No health insurance exchange for Illinois - House adjourns without touching controversial Obamacare pillar http://illinoistimes.com/article-14805-no-health-insurance-exchange-for-illinois.html No health insurance exchange for Illinois - House adjourns without touching controversial Obamacare pillar
Republicans aren't the only ones afraid of Obamacare. The Democratic-controlled Illinois House today opted not to call a bill associated with the controversial health insurance reforms....]]>