IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Mon, 22 Dec 14 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 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....]]>
Billionaire buys downtown hotel - Deal for Abraham Lincoln hotel to close in two weeks http://illinoistimes.com/article-14776-billionaire-buys-downtown-hotel.html Billionaire buys downtown hotel - Deal for Abraham Lincoln hotel to close in two weeks
 One of the world’s richest men is buying the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in downtown Springfield.Steve Horve, the hotel owner, would not disclose a purchase price but said that an offer to...]]>
More rooms coming soon for homeless - Salvation Army begins long-anticipated expansion http://illinoistimes.com/article-14767-more-rooms-coming-soon-for-homeless.html More rooms coming soon for homeless - Salvation Army begins long-anticipated expansion
 As the early winter wind swirls snow across the parking lot at 100 N. Ninth St. in Springfield, a volunteer works the phones inside, coordinating the Salvation Army’s team of bell ringers. The...]]>
Onward, Christian soldiers - Bishop apologizes, but holds firm http://illinoistimes.com/article-14768-onward-christian-soldiers.html Onward, Christian soldiers - Bishop apologizes, but holds firm
 Some things – views on abortion, gay marriage and divorce – are non-negotiable.But Bishop Thomas Paprocki during a Monday forum at Benedictine University said that there is room for conversa...]]>
Wages on the wire - Minimum wage legislation advances ahead of Rauner’s inauguration http://illinoistimes.com/article-14771-wages-on-the-wire.html Wages on the wire - Minimum wage legislation advances ahead of Rauner’s inauguration
 Governor-elect Bruce Rauner once remarked to a room full of Republicans that he was “adamantly, adamantly against” raising the minimum wage. Although Rauner later softened his stance, it’s...]]>
Illinois pension overhaul struck down - Judge: law unconstitutionally diminishes and impairs benefits http://illinoistimes.com/article-14745-illinois-pension-overhaul-struck-down.html Illinois pension overhaul struck down - Judge: law unconstitutionally diminishes and impairs benefits
A Sangamon County judge struck down Illinois' pension overhaul law today, saying it impairs and diminishes retiree benefits in violation of the state constitution....]]>
Drunk patrol - County resurrects DUI deputy just in time for Christmas http://illinoistimes.com/article-14738-drunk-patrol.html Drunk patrol - County resurrects DUI deputy just in time for Christmas
 The mean streets of Sangamon County have gotten a bit meaner for those who imbibe before they drive.Two years after the sheriff’s office, citing budget concerns, reassigned a deputy who had be...]]>
Bears go to court - Team sues state seeking tax relief http://illinoistimes.com/article-14741-bears-go-to-court.html Bears go to court - Team sues state seeking tax relief
 The Chicago Bears have gone to court seeking refuge from the tax man.The Bears this month sued the Illinois Department of Revenue in Sangamon County Circuit Court, claiming that the state is ove...]]>
Going to bat for education - School administrators banding together for reform http://illinoistimes.com/article-14742-going-to-bat-for-education.html Going to bat for education - School administrators banding together for reform
Illinois schools do a pretty good job, considering the state’s poor record of funding education. But Illinois’ system needs fundamental changes to be more efficient, effective and equitable.That�...]]>
Fracking rules advance as environmentalists cry ‘foul’ http://illinoistimes.com/article-14707-fracking-rules-advance-as-environmentalists-cry-%25E2%2580%2598foul%25E2%2580%2599.html Fracking rules advance as environmentalists cry ‘foul’
 A panel of state lawmakers approved controversial regulations for high-volume hydraulic fracturing on Nov. 6, prompting environmental groups to level allegations of secrecy and undue influence b...]]>
Please speak louder into my lapel - Cop quits after recording surfaces http://illinoistimes.com/article-14710-please-speak-louder-into-my-lapel.html Please speak louder into my lapel - Cop quits after recording surfaces
 A local police officer has learned firsthand that it pays to watch what you say now that the state’s antiquated eavesdropping statute has been ruled unconstitutional.Sgt. Sam Gool of the Buffa...]]>
A city divided - Election results follow race, class geography of Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-14711-a-city-divided.html A city divided - Election results follow race, class geography of Springfield
 Doris Turner doesn’t need a map to know where the Democratic votes come from in Springfield. Turner is in her second two-year term as chairwoman of the Sangamon County Democratic Party, so she...]]>
Rauner, shaker-upper in chief - Governor-elect comes to Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-14712-rauner-shaker-upper-in-chief.html Rauner, shaker-upper in chief - Governor-elect comes to Springfield
 Governor-elect Bruce Rauner visited Springfield last week to say thanks for electing him.You would never have guessed the election was over, with Rauner winning by a bigger margin than most pund...]]>
The political geography of Sangamon County - Election results at a glance http://illinoistimes.com/article-14684-the-political-geography-of-sangamon-county.html The political geography of Sangamon County - Election results at a glance
Which candidates enjoyed the most support where? We lay it out for you in a simple map....]]>
Another day, another hearing - Parsons absent for court http://illinoistimes.com/article-14677-another-day-another-hearing.html Another day, another hearing - Parsons absent for court
 The fortunes of Jeffrey Parsons rose and fell on the vagaries of precious metal markets, according to a testimony last week in federal bankruptcy court.And Parsons kept spending no matter what.P...]]>
Dog tales - County revamps committee after attack http://illinoistimes.com/article-14680-dog-tales.html Dog tales - County revamps committee after attack
 A dog attack last summer has helped prompt an overhaul of the Sangamon County Citizens Advisory Committee on Animal Control.The county board last month voted to dissolve the board and reconstitu...]]>
Fired deputy under pressure - Judge says arbitrator erred http://illinoistimes.com/article-14681-fired-deputy-under-pressure.html Fired deputy under pressure - Judge says arbitrator erred
A Sangamon County judge has signaled that he won’t let stand the decision of an arbitrator who ordered a county sheriff’s deputy reinstated after she pleaded guilty to shoplifting and stood trial ...]]>
Blight patrol - Enos Park finds legal route to force action on abandoned properties http://illinoistimes.com/article-14639-blight-patrol.html Blight patrol - Enos Park finds legal route to force action on abandoned properties
 A Springfield neighborhood group may have found a little-known way to deal with abandoned properties. Enos Park Development LLC, the real estate arm of the Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Ass...]]>
The wild green yonder - Money at center of Havana airport dispute http://illinoistimes.com/article-14642-the-wild-green-yonder.html The wild green yonder - Money at center of Havana airport dispute
 Since 2006, Kent Johnson’s son has cultivated 131 acres at Havana Regional Airport, a grass airstrip in Mason County favored by pilots of ultralight aircraft and small airplanes.Kent Johnson i...]]>
Former doctor faces drug charge - Pawnee police make pinch http://illinoistimes.com/article-14643-former-doctor-faces-drug-charge.html Former doctor faces drug charge - Pawnee police make pinch
 A former Taylorville physician awaiting sentencing on federal fraud charges has been busted for drugs in Pawnee.Officers were summoned to a Casey’s store in Pawnee at approximately 8:15 p.m. o...]]>
Peace for Israel and Palestine? - Jimmy Carter visits Jacksonville to announce plan http://illinoistimes.com/article-14625-peace-for-israel-and-palestine.html Peace for Israel and Palestine? - Jimmy Carter visits Jacksonville to announce plan
 Decades of violence between Israelis and Palestinians could be ended by carving out space for a Palestinian state, according to Jimmy Carter.The 90-year-old former president visited Jacksonville...]]>