IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Sun, 26 Mar 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 A push to enforce nursing home staffing laws http://illinoistimes.com/article-18444-a-push-to-enforce-nursing-home-staffing-laws.html A push to enforce nursing home staffing laws
 When Springfield resident Jerry Rabbe learned his mother had Alzheimer’s disease, he began to search for facilities to treat her condition. Rabbe took his mother to the Villas Senior Care Comm...]]>
Bill makes it easier to expunge juvenile records http://illinoistimes.com/article-18447-bill-makes-it-easier-to-expunge-juvenile-records.html Bill makes it easier to expunge juvenile records
 Legislation introduced in the House and Senate recommends programs to erase juvenile records and tougher discretion in obtaining those records. The legislation, known as the Youth Opportunity an...]]>
Working on women’s issues - Speaking out for workplace equality on International Women’s Day http://illinoistimes.com/article-18415-working-on-women%25E2%2580%2599s-issues.html Working on women’s issues - Speaking out for workplace equality on International Women’s Day
 On March 8 women gathered at the State Capitol Rotunda around the Illinois Welcoming the World statue of a woman extending her arms, which reads “commemorating the work of the women of the sta...]]>
Museum preserves memory of Civil War veterans http://illinoistimes.com/article-18390-museum-preserves-memory-of-civil-war-veterans.html Museum preserves memory of Civil War veterans
 A museum in Springfield curated by direct descendants of Civil War veterans strives to honor their ancestors’ memory. Located at 503 South Walnut Street, the Daughters of Union Veterans of the...]]>
Lovelace murder trial heats up - Trial midway through second week http://illinoistimes.com/article-18391-lovelace-murder-trial-heats-up.html Lovelace murder trial heats up - Trial midway through second week
 As a former Adams County assistant state’s attorney and center for the University of Illinois football team, Curtis Lovelace is accustomed to playing offense.Now, he’s playing defense as pro...]]>
Lawmakers try to consolidate local governments http://illinoistimes.com/article-18394-lawmakers-try-to-consolidate-local-governments.html Lawmakers try to consolidate local governments
 State lawmakers have recently proposed legislation that would facilitate consolidation of local governments. The effort is the latest attempt to reduce Illinois’ high number of local governmen...]]>
Stowell fights firing at hearing - Says he did nothing wrong at Lincoln papers project http://illinoistimes.com/article-18360-stowell-fights-firing-at-hearing.html Stowell fights firing at hearing - Says he did nothing wrong at Lincoln papers project
 His former bosses at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum say that Daniel Stowell, former director of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln Project, was an insubordinate employee who botc...]]>
SOHO no mo? - Festival founder Eric Welch calls it quits http://illinoistimes.com/article-18364-soho-no-mo.html SOHO no mo? - Festival founder Eric Welch calls it quits
 After 12 years of directing and coordinating the SOHO Music Festival, founder Eric Welch is stepping away. “I’ve come to the realization that I can’t do it one more year,” Welch said. �...]]>
Rauner proposes more for schools, but no new formula http://illinoistimes.com/article-18335-rauner-proposes-more-for-schools-but-no-new-formula.html Rauner proposes more for schools, but no new formula
 Under Gov. Bruce Rauner’s new budget, pre-k through 12 education would receive a funding increase over last year, but using the current school funding formula.Rauner’s budget proposal includ...]]>
UIS police find no trafficking - Investigation began after rape report http://illinoistimes.com/article-18339-uis-police-find-no-trafficking.html UIS police find no trafficking - Investigation began after rape report
 An investigation into the reported rape of a University of Illinois Springfield student by a student adviser morphed into a probe into suspicions of human trafficking, according to UIS police re...]]>
Polar opposites respond to Rauner budget http://illinoistimes.com/article-18340-polar-opposites-respond-to-rauner-budget.html Polar opposites respond to Rauner budget
 The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus (ILBC) condemned Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget address, claiming the speech was undemocratic. Meanwhile, the Illinois Policy Institute noted Rauner is holdin...]]>
Drizzling but not pouring - City dips into rainy day fund to balance budget http://illinoistimes.com/article-18341-drizzling-but-not-pouring.html Drizzling but not pouring - City dips into rainy day fund to balance budget
 Rejecting Mayor Jim Langfelder’s calls for tax increases, the Springfield City Council on Tuesday voted to dip into reserves to plug holes in a city budget battered by sagging tax revenue.The...]]>
Bill would create immigrant “safe zones” http://illinoistimes.com/article-18302-bill-would-create-immigrant-%25E2%2580%259Csafe-zones%25E2%2580%259D.html Bill would create immigrant “safe zones”
 Proposed legislation would provide “safe zone” locations to immigrants by requiring state and local law enforcement agencies to issue a warrant prior to investigating, detaining or arresting...]]>
Higher ed rally pressures legislators to end impasse http://illinoistimes.com/article-18305-higher-ed-rally-pressures-legislators-to-end-impasse.html Higher ed rally pressures legislators to end impasse
 Higher education supporters from around the state gathered Feb. 8 in Springfield to pressure legislators and the governor to end the budget crisis. The Illinois Coalition to Invest in Higher Edu...]]>
Celebrating Valentine’s Day Civil War-style http://illinoistimes.com/article-18306-celebrating-valentine%25E2%2580%2599s-day-civil-war-style.html Celebrating Valentine’s Day Civil War-style
 Thanks to the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA) and the Springfield Soldiers Aid Society, visitors got the chance to experience Valentine’s Day Civil War-style.  On Feb. 11 the...]]>
Rauner proposes independent ALPLM - Historic sites would merge with DNR http://illinoistimes.com/article-18313-rauner-proposes-independent-alplm.html Rauner proposes independent ALPLM - Historic sites would merge with DNR
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, now under the umbrella of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, would become a standalone agency while the remainder of IHPA would merge wi...]]>
County defends tasing epileptics - Inmate sues after jail tasing http://illinoistimes.com/article-18264-county-defends-tasing-epileptics.html County defends tasing epileptics - Inmate sues after jail tasing
 Inmates who act up due to medical problems can be tased, even if their medical condition renders them incapable of understanding guards.That’s the stance taken by the Sangamon County sheriff�...]]>
Lovelace murder trial slated for Feb. 27 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18267-lovelace-murder-trial-slated-for-feb-27.html Lovelace murder trial slated for Feb. 27
It’s all or nothing for Curtis Lovelace, who has reportedly rejected an offer to plead guilty to second-degree murder and is now preparing to stand trial a second time for first-degree murder.The fo...]]>
Coalition urges school funding formula reform http://illinoistimes.com/article-18268-coalition-urges-school-funding-formula-reform.html Coalition urges school funding formula reform
 On Feb. 3 the Funding Illinois’ Future coalition, an advocacy organization for a new school funding formula, urged lawmakers in a press release to pass bipartisan legislation to provide “ade...]]>
Lawmakers and state workers brace for Madigan lawsuit http://illinoistimes.com/article-18269-lawmakers-and-state-workers-brace-for-madigan-lawsuit.html Lawmakers and state workers brace for Madigan lawsuit
 Legislators, union representatives and other state workers are bracing for a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Lisa Madigan which could suspend state workers’ paychecks. The decision made by M...]]>
Lifetime collection for sale at Native American Gallery http://illinoistimes.com/article-18270-lifetime-collection-for-sale-at-native-american-gallery.html Lifetime collection for sale at Native American Gallery
A woven Navajo blanket from 1880 is Jonathan Reyman’s most cherished piece at his Native American Gallery at 1044 N. Grand Avenue in Springfield. The man who sold it to him thought it was a rug, app...]]>
Shooting video withheld - City says officer hasn't been interviewed http://illinoistimes.com/article-18285-shooting-video-withheld.html Shooting video withheld - City says officer hasn't been interviewed
Springfield police are refusing to release video footage that captured the fatal shooting of a mentally ill man by an officer last month. In declining to release footage of the Jan. 23 shooting,...]]>
Hard times - Lawmakers struggle without pay http://illinoistimes.com/article-18241-hard-times.html Hard times - Lawmakers struggle without pay
 If you’re a state employee worried about Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s attempt to cut off pay due to the lack of a state budget, consider the plight of legislators.The comptroller’s offi...]]>
Springfield reacts to Trump’s immigration order http://illinoistimes.com/article-18244-springfield-reacts-to-trump%25E2%2580%2599s-immigration-order.html Springfield reacts to Trump’s immigration order
 President Trump’s immigration executive order, which banned refugees from seven Muslim countries from entering the United States, mobilized the Springfield community to organize a rally on Mon...]]>
Looking for lead in school drinking water http://illinoistimes.com/article-18245-looking-for-lead-in-school-drinking-water.html Looking for lead in school drinking water
 Thanks to a new law, lead in drinking water will be tracked more proficiently at schools and day-care centers. On Jan. 16, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a law requiring school districts statewide to...]]>
Arms race - Sheriff’s office gets assault rifles http://illinoistimes.com/article-18246-arms-race.html Arms race - Sheriff’s office gets assault rifles
 Concerned about being outgunned, the Sangamon County sheriff’s office is equipping deputies with AR-15s.The civilian version of the military-issue M16 rifle that’s become a weapon of choice...]]>
Shooting video under wraps - Police delay answer to records request http://illinoistimes.com/article-18247-shooting-video-under-wraps.html Shooting video under wraps - Police delay answer to records request
Ten days after a Springfield police officer shot and killed a mentally ill man, the department still has not released video footage that could show what happened.  In a response to a record...]]>
Jerome lays off police chief - Budget crunch blamed http://illinoistimes.com/article-18223-jerome-lays-off-police-chief.html Jerome lays off police chief - Budget crunch blamed
Jerome police chief Craig Kennedy has been laid off. Today was Kennedy’s last day on the job. He said that he wasn’t surprised when he was told last week that he would be laid off. He said i...]]>
UIS responds to rape stories - IT coverage inaccurate, school says http://illinoistimes.com/article-18219-uis-responds-to-rape-stories.html UIS responds to rape stories - IT coverage inaccurate, school says
 The University of Illinois Springfield on Thursday responded to recent stories regarding Xuesong “Gary” Yang, a former UIS employee who has been charged with raping a student (“Springfi...]]>
Accused UIS rapist had power - Students feared him, reports say http://illinoistimes.com/article-18216-accused-uis-rapist-had-power.html Accused UIS rapist had power - Students feared him, reports say
 Accused rapist Xuesong “Gary” Yang reportedly had extraordinary power over Chinese students who came to University of Illinois Springfield to learn English.Students feared Yang, according to...]]>