IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Sat, 18 Nov 17 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Can I see your papers? No! - ALPLM ends interlibrary loans http://illinoistimes.com/article-19364-can-i-see-your-papers-no_.html Can I see your papers? No! - ALPLM ends interlibrary loans
A copy of A Survey Of The Ishams In England And America: Eight Hundred And Fifty Years of History and Genealogy is in the wind.Published in 1938, the 672-page tome that traces the ancestry of the Isha...]]>
City takes aim at Poplar Place - Proposal to fix streets draws fire http://illinoistimes.com/article-19365-city-takes-aim-at-poplar-place.html City takes aim at Poplar Place - Proposal to fix streets draws fire
Nyree Morris says that she has no problems with her landlord in Poplar Place, where she’s lived since January, but she is nonetheless moving.Repairs and maintenance, Morris says, aren’t a problem,...]]>
The little museum that could http://illinoistimes.com/article-19336-the-little-museum-that-could.html The little museum that could
 It was July 13, 1864, when Wilmer Dickerson of Jacksonville came across a chilling sight while marching through Georgia.After nearly three years as a Union soldier, Dickerson had been through se...]]>
Stair climbing duo http://illinoistimes.com/article-19338-stair-climbing-duo.html Stair climbing duo
 It is noon. Terry Purcell of Springfield and John (Oz) Osborn of Rochester stand at the bottom of the stairs of a 14-story building, ready to race to the top – for the 10th time in the past ho...]]>
Killer gets 38 years - Fender bender ended in death http://illinoistimes.com/article-19340-killer-gets-38-years.html Killer gets 38 years - Fender bender ended in death
 Tears flowed on both sides of the courtroom well this week as a man convicted of killing a man with Springfield roots was sent to prison more than four years after the fact.Sangamon County Assoc...]]>
Two black eyes - City keeps shooting self in foot http://illinoistimes.com/article-19301-two-black-eyes.html Two black eyes - City keeps shooting self in foot
 October wasn’t a good month for the city of Springfield.First came a damning report commissioned by Sangamon County, whose hired consultant, tasked with figuring out ways to improve the local...]]>
Man struck by traffic pillar sues city - Claims negligence led to mishap http://illinoistimes.com/article-19302-man-struck-by-traffic-pillar-sues-city.html Man struck by traffic pillar sues city - Claims negligence led to mishap
 A man critically injured a year ago when a traffic pillar fell on his head near the Old State Capitol has sued Springfield and the state of Illinois, saying that he has suffered permanent brain...]]>
Will the last person leaving the courthouse turn out the lights? - Court cases plummet in Sangamon County http://illinoistimes.com/article-19303-will-the-last-person-leaving-the-courthouse-turn-out-the-lights.html Will the last person leaving the courthouse turn out the lights? - Court cases plummet in Sangamon County
 Maybe we’re driving better. Maybe cops are looking the other way.Whatever the reason, the number of cases filed in Sangamon County Circuit Court has plummeted over the last decade, largely due...]]>
Symphony season starts in style http://illinoistimes.com/article-19304-symphony-season-starts-in-style.html Symphony season starts in style
 Saturday evening marked the start of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s 25th anniversary season, as well as the debut of new ISO music director Ken Lam. The season kicked off with a varied prog...]]>
Best of Springfield Party a success! http://illinoistimes.com/article-19289-best-of-springfield-party-a-success_.html Best of Springfield Party a success!
Hundreds of people turned out for the inaugural Best Of Springfield party at the BOS Center on Thursday, Oct. 26. It was 1985 all over again, and there were many celebrity sightings including Flavor F...]]>
Pinky and his martini came to Springfield 45 years ago http://illinoistimes.com/article-19270-pinky-and-his-martini-came-to-springfield-45-years-ago.html Pinky and his martini came to Springfield 45 years ago
 Pinky, the glasses-wearing, martini-drinking, giant pink elephant on wheels, is celebrating his 45th year of residence here in Springfield. “It’s really kind of a crazy story,” said the el...]]>
A county in search of a vision http://illinoistimes.com/article-19269-a-county-in-search-of-a-vision.html A county in search of a vision
 Last fall, a firm called The Development Consortium (TDC) was engaged to launch the Sangamon County Project to examine economic development in the region. TDC has offices in Petersburg and Genes...]]>
Indie rock hero at Radon Lounge - David Bazan (Pedro the Lion) to play intimate Springfield show Friday http://illinoistimes.com/article-19239-indie-rock-hero-at-radon-lounge.html Indie rock hero at Radon Lounge - David Bazan (Pedro the Lion) to play intimate Springfield show Friday
 For more than 20 years, Seattle-based singer-songwriter David Bazan has been wrestling with his demons in public, both as a solo artist and with his near-mythical band Pedro the Lion, which will...]]>
Guilty as charged - Brown faces 30 years for shooting http://illinoistimes.com/article-19247-guilty-as-charged.html Guilty as charged - Brown faces 30 years for shooting
 After more than four years in the Sangamon County jail, Oscar Brown is headed for prison.A jury last Thursday convicted Brown in connection with the killing of Charles Rice, who was 38 when he w...]]>
A “welcoming city” in the making http://illinoistimes.com/article-19253-a-%25E2%2580%259Cwelcoming-city%25E2%2580%259D-in-the-making.html A “welcoming city” in the making
 A citywide committee is promoting a resolution affirming the city of Springfield as a “welcoming city that respects the innate dignity of all people,” according to an email circulated by the...]]>
No green for turf project - Booster club owes six figures http://illinoistimes.com/article-19219-no-green-for-turf-project.html No green for turf project - Booster club owes six figures
 The Springfield High School Booster Club owes more than $300,000 for artificial turf that’s already been installed, according to the club’s financial statements and documents filed with the...]]>
Check, please - Aldermen collect campaign money http://illinoistimes.com/article-19222-check-please.html Check, please - Aldermen collect campaign money
 With no election on the horizon, Springfield aldermen gathered last week at Saputo’s restaurant to snack on hors d’oeuvres and collect checks from labor and construction interests.Seven alde...]]>
Woman who stole from elderly goes to prison - “This is an elder abuse ATM” http://illinoistimes.com/article-19196-woman-who-stole-from-elderly-goes-to-prison.html Woman who stole from elderly goes to prison - “This is an elder abuse ATM”
 With documented losses well into the six figures, Illinois State Police continue to investigate a theft case that already has resulted in a prison sentence.Coliene Moore, 69, was hit with a rest...]]>
District 186 dreams big - Community and students weigh in on improvements http://illinoistimes.com/article-19197-district-186-dreams-big.html District 186 dreams big - Community and students weigh in on improvements
 Last spring, student representatives from all three high schools were asked for their input on a plan to improve facilities throughout District 186. “They gave some very specific and good, det...]]>
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...]]>