IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Sat, 20 Sep 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Hope Institute rebounds with innovations for better care http://illinoistimes.com/article-14471-hope-institute-rebounds-with-innovations-for-better-care.html Hope Institute rebounds with innovations for better care
 A Springfield school for children with developmental disabilities is making big changes following two incidents of abuse in November 2013. The Hope Institute for Children and Families was alread...]]>
Cops clam up - State police won’t name names http://illinoistimes.com/article-14476-cops-clam-up.html Cops clam up - State police won’t name names
 Larry Willis, publisher and co-owner of the County Journal in Percy, about 140 miles south of Springfield, was just doing what journalists do last July when he asked Illinois State Police for a ...]]>
ALPLM panel to convene peace talks - Lawmakers schedule hearing on museum governance http://illinoistimes.com/article-14477-alplm-panel-to-convene-peace-talks.html ALPLM panel to convene peace talks - Lawmakers schedule hearing on museum governance
 Members of an advisory board to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library have agreed to sit on a panel designed to explore governance issues that erupted last spring when the board’s chairman ...]]>
Building a toll road to nowhere? - Quinn’s Illiana Expressway runs into problems http://illinoistimes.com/article-14479-building-a-toll-road-to-nowhere.html Building a toll road to nowhere? - Quinn’s Illiana Expressway runs into problems
 Plans for a proposed toll road between Illinois and Indiana appear to be moving forward, despite a lack of funding and environmental concerns. The Illiana Expressway, which would connect Interst...]]>
Torn asunder - Downtown plan fizzles http://illinoistimes.com/article-14453-torn-asunder.html Torn asunder - Downtown plan fizzles
 Plans for apartments, shops and a cultural center at an empty downtown church in Springfield are on the rocks.Former Ward 8 Ald. Irv Smith has sued his partner in the project, developer Dan Mulc...]]>
Illinois DNR revises fracking regulations - Energy industry and environmentalists dissatisfied with changes http://illinoistimes.com/article-14452-illinois-dnr-revises-fracking-regulations.html Illinois DNR revises fracking regulations - Energy industry and environmentalists dissatisfied with changes
 State regulators have released new regulations for a highly controversial oil and gas extraction technique. Environmental groups in the area that will be affected say the new protections aren’...]]>
Cops and robbers - Decatur’s finest get their man http://illinoistimes.com/article-14448-cops-and-robbers.html Cops and robbers - Decatur’s finest get their man
Dennis Kendall didn’t finish high school, but at 32, he was a homeowner in Decatur before his world came crashing down.He began roofing at the age of 13, his family says, and was once employed by th...]]>
Unraveling the mystery of Edwards Place - Architectural clues and documents reveal how house was built http://illinoistimes.com/article-14451-unraveling-the-mystery-of-edwards-place.html Unraveling the mystery of Edwards Place - Architectural clues and documents reveal how house was built
 For three years, Erika Holst has been squirming into tight spaces that probably haven’t seen daylight in more than 100 years. Holst is the curator of collections at the Springfield Art Associa...]]>
Mural interruptus - Lincoln painting goes unfinished http://illinoistimes.com/article-14420-mural-interruptus.html Mural interruptus - Lincoln painting goes unfinished
 Gilbert Stuart never finished his portrait of George Washington. Coleridge was interrupted by a visitor before he could complete “Kubla Khan.”And then there is the mural of Abraham Lincoln,...]]>
A fight against forgetting - SIU study testing experimental Alzheimer’s drug http://illinoistimes.com/article-14421-a-fight-against-forgetting.html A fight against forgetting - SIU study testing experimental Alzheimer’s drug
 More than 100 years after it was first medically recognized, Alzheimer’s disease still has no cure. It’s not even clear what causes the debilitating and fatal condition, but Alzheimer’s vi...]]>
Lunar event - Festival organizers shoot for the moon http://illinoistimes.com/article-14422-lunar-event.html Lunar event - Festival organizers shoot for the moon
 Michael Lang, who promoted Woodstock more than 40 years ago, had Max Yasgur’s farm. The Rolling Stones, for good or ill, had Altamont Speedway.The father-and-son team of Barry and Sam Shear ha...]]>
A pedophile’s playpen - Teacher kept job despite suspicions http://illinoistimes.com/article-14392-a-pedophile%25E2%2580%2599s-playpen.html A pedophile’s playpen - Teacher kept job despite suspicions
 When Springfield police called Steven R. Battles in 2010 to ask about his contact with boys, he asked an odd question.“I advised him it was in reference to criminal sexual abuse,” Detective ...]]>
Fixing neighborhoods - Peoria takes a new approach to revitalization http://illinoistimes.com/article-14393-fixing-neighborhoods.html Fixing neighborhoods - Peoria takes a new approach to revitalization
 Faced with budget cuts, city officials in Peoria charged with enforcing building codes and otherwise keeping neighborhoods spiffy have reorganized in hopes of revitalizing neighborhoods.More tha...]]>
Obamacare enrolls 622,000 in Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-14394-obamacare-enrolls-622000-in-illinois.html Obamacare enrolls 622,000 in Illinois
 More than 622,000 previously uninsured people in Illinois now have health coverage, thanks to the federal reforms known as “Obamacare.” That accounts for about 51 percent of the estimated 1....]]>
Former teacher pleads guilty - Seven years for sex crimes http://illinoistimes.com/article-14369-former-teacher-pleads-guilty.html Former teacher pleads guilty - Seven years for sex crimes
“Believe it or not, I care for you. I love you. You’re like a son to me.”Not words one expects to hear a child molester tell his victim after finally being held accountable years after the fact....]]>
Faith Coalition presses Quinn for rail jobs http://illinoistimes.com/article-14359-faith-coalition-presses-quinn-for-rail-jobs.html Faith Coalition presses Quinn for rail jobs
 In an East St. Louis church, just 12 miles from Ferguson, Missouri, where people are protesting the killing of a young black man by police, another group gathers in the name of social justice. M...]]>
Settling affairs - Carlock costs taxpayers millions http://illinoistimes.com/article-14360-settling-affairs.html Settling affairs - Carlock costs taxpayers millions
 Sangamon County sheriff Neil Williamson called me on Monday night, less than an hour after a county board committee finally deciphered writing that’s been on the wall for nearly seven years no...]]>
Only in America - Lawyers, guns and tequila http://illinoistimes.com/article-14363-only-in-america.html Only in America - Lawyers, guns and tequila
 There were neither gun-control advocates nor concealed-carry proponents nor anyone from Ferguson last Thursday in the courtroom of Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John Schmidt. Just an out-o...]]>
Settlement in Carlock case near - County to pay nearly $2.6 million http://illinoistimes.com/article-14338-settlement-in-carlock-case-near.html Settlement in Carlock case near - County to pay nearly $2.6 million
Sangamon County taxpayers will pay $2.575 million to the family of Amon Paul Carlock, an accused pedophile who died in the Sangamon County jail awaiting trial nearly eight years ago, under a settlemen...]]>
Going to pot - Legal weed not necessarily green http://illinoistimes.com/article-14324-going-to-pot.html Going to pot - Legal weed not necessarily green
 On the surface, the medical marijuana business sounds at least half baked.With the state setting up steep financial barriers to entry, it is not a business for just anyone. The application fee f...]]>
Medical pot regulations approved - Program ready to be implemented http://illinoistimes.com/article-14294-medical-pot-regulations-approved.html Medical pot regulations approved - Program ready to be implemented
 Medical marijuana has cleared a major hurdle to implementation in Illinois, with a panel of state lawmakers approving regulations for the pilot program. Now all that remains is licensing the gro...]]>
Missing the money - Computer tampering case resolved, but questions remain about public grants http://illinoistimes.com/article-14297-missing-the-money.html Missing the money - Computer tampering case resolved, but questions remain about public grants
 Computer tampering charges have been dropped against a defendant in a bizarre court case involving supposed computer hacking at a defunct Illinois nonprofit. Still, millions of dollars in state...]]>
No man’s land - Park property lines blurry http://illinoistimes.com/article-14269-no-man%25E2%2580%2599s-land.html No man’s land - Park property lines blurry
 Kirk Jefferis has a fantastic buying opportunity for anyone interested in the tranquility inherent in owning a building adjacent to a public park.The Foursquare Church on South 13th Street next ...]]>
Board member’s dogs attack - A history of impoundments http://illinoistimes.com/article-14270-board-member%25E2%2580%2599s-dogs-attack.html Board member’s dogs attack - A history of impoundments
A member of the Sangamon County citizens advisory board on animal control has been repeatedly caught allowing unaltered dogs to run loose with no proof of rabies vaccination. At least one of her dogs ...]]>
Supreme Court reinstates lawsuit over state retiree health benefits - Sangamon County judge erred in dismissing suit, high court said http://illinoistimes.com/article-14245-supreme-court-reinstates-lawsuit-over-state-retiree-health-benefits.html Supreme Court reinstates lawsuit over state retiree health benefits - Sangamon County judge erred in dismissing suit, high court said
Lawsuits against the State of Illinois over retiree health benefits can proceed, thanks to an Illinois Supreme Court decision today which reversed a Sangamon County judge's ruling....]]>
Death before dawn - Decatur’s Norfolk and Western railyard explosion of 1974 and how it changed an industry http://illinoistimes.com/article-14232-death-before-dawn.html Death before dawn - Decatur’s Norfolk and Western railyard explosion of 1974 and how it changed an industry
 The early morning hours of July 19, 1974, were like any other in the Norfolk and Western railroad yard in Decatur. The forecast was typical for July – hot, sunny, and with a gentle breeze blow...]]>
Troubled man contacts judge - Mental health an issue http://illinoistimes.com/article-14235-troubled-man-contacts-judge.html Troubled man contacts judge - Mental health an issue
 A Springfield man is being evaluated for mental issues after he went to the home of Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge Leslie Graves and otherwise made unwanted contact with the judge.Graves ha...]]>
Dysfunction on display - Board meets while ALPLM twists http://illinoistimes.com/article-14236-dysfunction-on-display.html Dysfunction on display - Board meets while ALPLM twists
 It was difficult to discern during a meeting of the Illinois Historic Preservation board last week that Eileen Mackevich, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museu...]]>
Staff writer Bruce Rushton talks with WFMB radio host Sam Madonia and Steve Brown http://illinoistimes.com/article-14238-staff-writer-bruce-rushton-talks-with-wfmb-radio-host-sam-madonia-and-steve-brown.html Staff writer Bruce Rushton talks with WFMB radio host Sam Madonia and Steve Brown
Staff writer Bruce Rushton talks with WFMB radio host Sam Madonia and Steve Brown, speaker for House speaker Michael Madigan, about the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and other topics...]]>
Woman priest defies Catholic diocese - Excommunication a small price to live her faith http://illinoistimes.com/article-14204-woman-priest-defies-catholic-diocese.html Woman priest defies Catholic diocese - Excommunication a small price to live her faith
 By most measures, Mary Keldermans of Springfield is a good Catholic.She was raised in the church, volunteered and for many years helped convert people to Catholicism. She and her husband, Steve...]]>