IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Mon, 25 Sep 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Tom Irwin tilts at the big time http://illinoistimes.com/article-19155-tom-irwin-tilts-at-the-big-time.html Tom Irwin tilts at the big time
 “It’s like starting anew out in the big world,” said veteran Springfield singer-songwriter Tom Irwin about his experiences recording and releasing his most recent album, All That Love. Whi...]]>
Pro-DACA rally recalls Springfield’s immigrant history http://illinoistimes.com/article-19137-pro-daca-rally-recalls-springfield%25E2%2580%2599s-immigrant-history.html Pro-DACA rally recalls Springfield’s immigrant history
 The Trump administration’s Sept. 5 announcement rescinding the U.S. government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, which provided protections for illegal immigrants who w...]]>
Mixed bag on MacArthur - Values drop in district, but hope lives http://illinoistimes.com/article-19142-mixed-bag-on-macarthur.html Mixed bag on MacArthur - Values drop in district, but hope lives
 Six years ago, Springfield did what many cities do when faced with a deteriorating thoroughfare. Determined to turn around MacArthur Boulevard, the city commissioned a master plan, then app...]]>
Downtown church renovation moves ahead - But future uncertain for project on Monroe http://illinoistimes.com/article-19143-downtown-church-renovation-moves-ahead.html Downtown church renovation moves ahead - But future uncertain for project on Monroe
While one downtown redevelopment project appears to be going full speed ahead, another might be facing an existential moment as Springfield officials ponder how to distribute tax increment financing s...]]>
Not a done deal - Gas plant faces hurdles http://illinoistimes.com/article-19099-not-a-done-deal.html Not a done deal - Gas plant faces hurdles
 The Springfield city council has green-lighted a massive gas-fired power plant proposed for Pawnee.But the council’s Tuesday decision to grant property and sales tax breaks to the plant that w...]]>
Show us your papers - Rauner turns tables on ICE http://illinoistimes.com/article-19100-show-us-your-papers.html Show us your papers - Rauner turns tables on ICE
 The apocalypse has arrived, at least in Illinois, thanks to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s recent signing of a bill that bars cops and jails from arresting or holding people based on their immigration st...]]>
State cuts funding for teacher pensions - Pension fund resists move to passive investments http://illinoistimes.com/article-19084-state-cuts-funding-for-teacher-pensions.html State cuts funding for teacher pensions - Pension fund resists move to passive investments
 The head of the state pension system for teachers warns that a $531 million reduction in expected state contributions to the pension plan this year will cost taxpayers $1.6 billion in the future...]]>
Automatic voter registration bill becomes law http://illinoistimes.com/article-19087-automatic-voter-registration-bill-becomes-law.html Automatic voter registration bill becomes law
 Gov. Bruce Rauner signed Senate Bill 1933 into law this week. The new law seeks to reform voter registration practices, allowing eligible Illinois citizens to automatically register to vote duri...]]>
Sidney Watkins stays put - Girl’s mother weeps after hearing http://illinoistimes.com/article-19088-sidney-watkins-stays-put.html Sidney Watkins stays put - Girl’s mother weeps after hearing
 Sidney Watkins, the 10-year-old girl at the center of a bitter custody fight, says that she doesn’t want to live with her mother anymore.The little girl at the center of one of the most bitter...]]>
Stay in the fight - After a long real estate career, John Barber still exemplifies persistence http://illinoistimes.com/article-19055-stay-in-the-fight.html Stay in the fight - After a long real estate career, John Barber still exemplifies persistence
 Patience and persistence add up to inspiration. That is what describes John Barber, who has been fighting cancer for several years and a series of chemotherapy treatments for over 18 months, som...]]>
The art of fake news http://illinoistimes.com/article-19058-the-art-of-fake-news.html The art of fake news
 For a few weeks earlier this summer, Chicago-based artist James Pepper Kelly became a temporary fixture at area coffee houses and bars, picking local denizens’ brains about their hopes, dreams...]]>
Going for broke? - Debt piles up for Iles Park Place http://illinoistimes.com/article-19059-going-for-broke.html Going for broke? - Debt piles up for Iles Park Place
 Barely a year after acquiring the state Department of Human Services as a tenant, owners of Iles Park Place on Ash Street have been hit with a dozen mechanic’s liens and two lawsuits filed by...]]>
Blaze brings out the best - Thanks to many, dealership survives http://illinoistimes.com/article-19012-blaze-brings-out-the-best.html Blaze brings out the best - Thanks to many, dealership survives
 Just two days after a massive fire lit the sky for miles, Classic Country Cars in Staunton was back in business.Approximately 100 firefighters from more than a dozen departments helped battle th...]]>
Museums close in city - But African-American museum says it’s healthy http://illinoistimes.com/article-19015-museums-close-in-city.html Museums close in city - But African-American museum says it’s healthy
 Two museums have closed in as many weeks in Springfield.Late last month, the Korean National War Museum closed in downtown. Just two weeks later, the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum,...]]>
Vigil at city hall - Citizens honor victims of Charlottesville http://illinoistimes.com/article-19016-vigil-at-city-hall.html Vigil at city hall - Citizens honor victims of Charlottesville
 On Sunday, Aug. 13, less than 24 hours after a “Unite the Right Rally” in Charlottesville, Virginia, exploded into violence resulting in one death and multiple injuries, more than 300 Spring...]]>
Impasse impact - Report quantifies impact of state budget stalemate while organizations pick up the pieces http://illinoistimes.com/article-18998-impasse-impact.html Impasse impact - Report quantifies impact of state budget stalemate while organizations pick up the pieces
 The Chicago Foundation for Women recently released a report entitled “Damage done: the impact of the Illinois budget stalemate on women and children.” The report states that “lasting damag...]]>
Six-plus years for UIS rapist - “I’m afraid of him” http://illinoistimes.com/article-18999-six-plus-years-for-uis-rapist.html Six-plus years for UIS rapist - “I’m afraid of him”
 Xuesong “Gary” Yang, a former University of Illinois Springfield counselor and recruiter who pleaded guilty to raping a student on her 17th birthday, broke down in tears Tuesday before being...]]>
A haven for neighborhood kids - Northside Children’s Community Library provides books and comfort http://illinoistimes.com/article-18965-a-haven-for-neighborhood-kids.html A haven for neighborhood kids - Northside Children’s Community Library provides books and comfort
 During a recent visit by Jack, a therapy dog, to Northside Children’s Community Library, many of the kids were excited for a chance to interact with a canine friend. A few, however, were appre...]]>
No fracking way - Activists deliver anti-fracking signatures to Rauner http://illinoistimes.com/article-18968-no-fracking-way.html No fracking way - Activists deliver anti-fracking signatures to Rauner
 “What do we want? Clean water! When do we want it? Now!”So went the chant of a group of demonstrators gathered July 28 in front of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources building.The W...]]>
Going fishing on Governor - City, state OK aquaculture project http://illinoistimes.com/article-18941-going-fishing-on-governor.html Going fishing on Governor - City, state OK aquaculture project
 Randy Jones figured he’d gotten the green light in May, when the Springfield Building and Zoning Department sent him a letter: “Per inspector the violations are abated.”That, he thought, w...]]>
Sobering statistics - Tax revenue, economy lagging http://illinoistimes.com/article-18944-sobering-statistics.html Sobering statistics - Tax revenue, economy lagging
 Businesses closing. Start-ups sagging. Shopping down. Declining population. People getting older.It all adds up to a dismal financial picture for the city of Springfield, which is seeing tax rev...]]>
Funding plan ‘harmless,’ but expensive - School formula reform faces uphill battle despite passing House and Senate http://illinoistimes.com/article-18917-funding-plan-%25E2%2580%2598harmless%25E2%2580%2599-but-expensive.html Funding plan ‘harmless,’ but expensive - School formula reform faces uphill battle despite passing House and Senate
 The sounds of a rehearsing gospel choir, complete with organ accompaniment, bled through the walls of Union Baptist Church during a sparsely attended town hall meeting there July 13. The meeting...]]>
Officer explains fight that cost him job - “I think that day was the boiling point” http://illinoistimes.com/article-18920-officer-explains-fight-that-cost-him-job.html Officer explains fight that cost him job - “I think that day was the boiling point”
 A former Springfield police officer charged with beating a man in February may have allowed rough times off the clock to spill over to patrol duties, according to internal affairs records.Termin...]]>
Dying for better health care - Protest aims to put pressure on Rauner http://illinoistimes.com/article-18921-dying-for-better-health-care.html Dying for better health care - Protest aims to put pressure on Rauner
 On July 18 grassroots group Organizing for Action (OFA) staged a demonstration in front of the Illinois Policy Institute office on Second Street. The “Die-In” saw volunteers, community leade...]]>
AG dings Rauner for FOIA violation - Not the first time http://illinoistimes.com/article-18895-ag-dings-rauner-for-foia-violation.html AG dings Rauner for FOIA violation - Not the first time
 One year after signing a law aimed at forcing government to turn over public records, Gov. Bruce Rauner has been cited by Attorney General Lisa Madigan for failing to respond to a request for re...]]>
Illinois to Trump: “No” - Voter data request is a non-starter http://illinoistimes.com/article-18896-illinois-to-trump-%25E2%2580%259Cno%25E2%2580%259D.html Illinois to Trump: “No” - Voter data request is a non-starter
 It all began with a June 28 letter sent to the secretary of state of each state and signed by commission vice chair Kris W. Kobach. The letter requested that states share “publicly available v...]]>
AP enrollment skyrockets - District 186’s push pays off http://illinoistimes.com/article-18870-ap-enrollment-skyrockets.html AP enrollment skyrockets - District 186’s push pays off
 Enrollment in advanced placement courses has surged in Springfield high schools.Last year, 745 students in Springfield School District 186’s three high schools enrolled in AP courses that can...]]>
Jail suicide case settled - Family of deceased inmate collects six figures http://illinoistimes.com/article-18873-jail-suicide-case-settled.html Jail suicide case settled - Family of deceased inmate collects six figures
 Christian County has settled a lawsuit for more than a half-million dollars in a case filed by the family of a man who committed suicide in the county jail.The $550,000 settlement reached last m...]]>
A walk on the artistic side - Visiting artist takes a pedestrian view of Enos Park http://illinoistimes.com/article-18874-a-walk-on-the-artistic-side.html A walk on the artistic side - Visiting artist takes a pedestrian view of Enos Park
  “I’m not interested in what I think.”So proclaimed multidisciplinary artist Astrid Kaemmerling when queried about her personal opinions regarding the Enos Park neighborhood and her experi...]]>
Repairing the world - Rosenwald film tells story of Springfield-born philanthropist http://illinoistimes.com/article-18875-repairing-the-world.html Repairing the world - Rosenwald film tells story of Springfield-born philanthropist
 Julius Rosenwald (1862-1932) helped turn Sears, Roebuck and Co. from a middling mail order firm into a retail megalith. According to Wikipedia, between 1895 and 1907, annual sales of the company...]]>