IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Sun, 26 Apr 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Cahnman faces ethics inquiry http://illinoistimes.com/article-15400-cahnman-faces-ethics-inquiry.html Cahnman faces ethics inquiry
It’s been a tough month for Sam Cahnman.The Ward 5 alderman and attorney lost his re-election bid on April 7, and on April 16, he faced an extended hearing by the state panel that disciplines lawyer...]]>
Tapped out - Autism program in fight for survival http://illinoistimes.com/article-15402-tapped-out.html Tapped out - Autism program in fight for survival
 Nehemiah Dawson is five years old, he is third in his kindergarten class for spelling and he has Autism Spectrum disorder. But the program that his parents credit with most of his success might...]]>
Shooting case settled - City will pay man shot by police http://illinoistimes.com/article-15403-shooting-case-settled.html Shooting case settled - City will pay man shot by police
 The city of Springfield will pay $50,000 to a man shot by police more than seven years ago under a settlement approved Tuesday by the city council.The case started when James Wells stepped onto ...]]>
State employees could get back pay after four years - More than $63 million owed under union contract http://illinoistimes.com/article-15404-state-employees-could-get-back-pay-after-four-years.html State employees could get back pay after four years - More than $63 million owed under union contract
 State employees may receive back pay for raises they should have received almost four years ago, thanks to legislation which passed the Illinois House last week. The bill stems from a 2010 dispu...]]>
Public money could pay for abortions - Bill would reverse current ban http://illinoistimes.com/article-15405-public-money-could-pay-for-abortions.html Public money could pay for abortions - Bill would reverse current ban
Illinois lawmakers are considering legislation that would reverse a 30-year-old ban on public money being used to pay for abortions. The bill raises one of the most controversial issues in American so...]]>
Show me the pension - Lawmakers want closer look at Rauner’s pension proposal http://illinoistimes.com/article-15406-show-me-the-pension.html Show me the pension - Lawmakers want closer look at Rauner’s pension proposal
Two prominent Democratic lawmakers are calling on Gov. Bruce Rauner to release the long-awaited details his pension proposal so they can figure out what it means for the state’s budget.State Senator...]]>
Girl mauled by dog - Charges considered http://illinoistimes.com/article-15378-girl-mauled-by-dog.html Girl mauled by dog - Charges considered
A 10-year-old girl mauled by a dog more than a week ago remains hospitalized as investigations continue....]]>
Street fight - Lawmakers debate raising gas tax to pay for roads http://illinoistimes.com/article-15368-street-fight.html Street fight - Lawmakers debate raising gas tax to pay for roads
 Illinois lawmakers used $300 million meant for roads to plug a budget hole earlier this year, so now they’re considering replacing the money with a higher tax on motor fuels.The proposal would...]]>
Rauner’s playbook - Conservative ALEC tells states how to fix economy http://illinoistimes.com/article-15369-rauner%25E2%2580%2599s-playbook.html Rauner’s playbook - Conservative ALEC tells states how to fix economy
 The acronym ALEC sends waves of disgust down the average liberal’s spine, but for a Republican governor in a Democratic-leaning state, it can mean a recipe for fixing a busted system.While Ill...]]>
Jeffrey Parsons walks - Judge threatens jail http://illinoistimes.com/article-15372-jeffrey-parsons-walks.html Jeffrey Parsons walks - Judge threatens jail
 Despite fibbing in court documents, violating a court order and stiffing debtors, embattled entrepreneur Jeffrey Parsons got a break last week from a judge who could have jailed him for making i...]]>
Car trouble - Government vehicles would have to be made in U.S. or Canada http://illinoistimes.com/article-15373-car-trouble.html Car trouble - Government vehicles would have to be made in U.S. or Canada
 Business and labor groups are at odds over a bill that would restrict which vehicles state and local governments could buy.Illinois State Rep. Mike Smiddy, D-Hillsdale, sponsors House Bill 3438,...]]>
Paying for downtown http://illinoistimes.com/article-15374-paying-for-downtown.html Paying for downtown
 Subsidies are key as the city strives to redevelop downtown Springfield.The city would provide $700,000 in tax increment financing under a proposal by the developer of a proposed complex for stu...]]>
Apartments considered for downtown - Project would be aimed at students http://illinoistimes.com/article-15337-apartments-considered-for-downtown.html Apartments considered for downtown - Project would be aimed at students
A Quad Cities developer is considering an area on the northern edge of downtown, near the medical district, for a new apartment building that would be aimed at providing housing for students.The five-...]]>
Watching the watchers - Bills aim to regulate license plate readers http://illinoistimes.com/article-15328-watching-the-watchers.html Watching the watchers - Bills aim to regulate license plate readers
 Police departments across the nation are obtaining a device that takes a picture of your license plate, stamps the location, time and date on it, and sends it to a database. The devices could be...]]>
Heating assistance wins reprieve - Rauner’s 2016 budget would cut off 190,000 households http://illinoistimes.com/article-15330-heating-assistance-wins-reprieve.html Heating assistance wins reprieve - Rauner’s 2016 budget would cut off 190,000 households
It was like a bad April Fools’ Day prank, only a few days early. Springfield resident Tara Lybarger, a 42-year-old cashier at a laundromat, had been waiting since December to get signed up for the L...]]>
Abu Ghraib comes to Illinois - Abuse alleged in state prisons http://illinoistimes.com/article-15331-abu-ghraib-comes-to-illinois.html Abu Ghraib comes to Illinois - Abuse alleged in state prisons
 Mass strip searches. Humiliation and Taunts.Inmates in several central and southern Illinois prisons say that they have been subjected to this and more by Department of Corrections tactical team...]]>
Going to pot? - Sign-ups for marijuana not high http://illinoistimes.com/article-15332-going-to-pot.html Going to pot? - Sign-ups for marijuana not high
Amid the clamor to set up medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation centers in Illinois lies an inconvenient truth.Seven months after the state began accepting applications, just 2,000 people hav...]]>
Cahnman faces challenger in Ward 5 - Newcomer Proctor running strong campaign http://illinoistimes.com/article-15298-cahnman-faces-challenger-in-ward-5.html Cahnman faces challenger in Ward 5 - Newcomer Proctor running strong campaign
 Ward 5 Ald. Sam Cahnman is seeking a third term on the Springfield City Council, but to get there, he must take on a well-funded and well-connected opponent. Andrew Proctor of Springfield is cha...]]>
Three for Ward 4 - Candidates come from very different backgrounds http://illinoistimes.com/article-15301-three-for-ward-4.html Three for Ward 4 - Candidates come from very different backgrounds
 Stacks of mailers and campaign literature sit next to a rolled-up map of Springfield’s wards on a table in the dining room of Fulgenzi’s Pizza and Pasta. Owner, operator and candidate John F...]]>
Take a seat - State workers remove chairs from fairgrounds http://illinoistimes.com/article-15302-take-a-seat.html Take a seat - State workers remove chairs from fairgrounds
 Need some chairs? A saw? A brake job?If you work for the state of Illinois and are assigned to the state fairgrounds in Springfield, you can get all this, and more, for free. ...]]>
Political newcomers face off in Ward 10 - Former governor Jim Edgar makes endorsement http://illinoistimes.com/article-15303-political-newcomers-face-off-in-ward-10.html Political newcomers face off in Ward 10 - Former governor Jim Edgar makes endorsement
 Former Gov. Jim Edgar has come out in favor of one of the candidates for Ward 10 alderman. Edgar, in a press release put out Monday, gave his endorsement to Phil Chiles, former president of the...]]>
Straight shooters - Treasurer candidates focus on responsible management http://illinoistimes.com/article-15304-straight-shooters.html Straight shooters - Treasurer candidates focus on responsible management
 The job of Springfield city treasurer isn’t exactly glamorous. It’s basically a glorified accounting position, with no real authority over public policy and the added stress of being in the...]]>
Differences aplenty - Park board president candidates clash http://illinoistimes.com/article-15305-differences-aplenty.html Differences aplenty - Park board president candidates clash
 A Zamboni weighs more than 5,000 pounds and, in the case of the race for Springfield Park Board president, that was enough to break a camel’s back.Park board member Robin Schmidt says that dis...]]>
Familiar names battle in Ward 8 - Incumbent Theilen faces former city spokesman Slottag http://illinoistimes.com/article-15306-familiar-names-battle-in-ward-8.html Familiar names battle in Ward 8 - Incumbent Theilen faces former city spokesman Slottag
 Kris Theilen is a self-described “computer guy.” The Ward 8 alderman is seeking a third term on the Springfield City Council, and he’s using his computer skills to bolster his campaign. Fr...]]>
Something old, something new - Ward 1 race features fresh face, veteran http://illinoistimes.com/article-15307-something-old-something-new.html Something old, something new - Ward 1 race features fresh face, veteran
 The race for alderman in Ward 1 features a political newcomer and a veteran of Springfield politics.Charles “Chuck” Redpath, who served on the city council from 1987 until 2007, has been gea...]]>
Experience counts - Ward 9 candidates not strangers to city government http://illinoistimes.com/article-15308-experience-counts.html Experience counts - Ward 9 candidates not strangers to city government
 The two candidates for alderman in Ward 9 aren’t starting from scratch when it comes to experience in municipal government.Jim Donelan, who is associate director of the Township Officials of I...]]>
Deputy and alderman want to be city clerk http://illinoistimes.com/article-15309-deputy-and-alderman-want-to-be-city-clerk.html Deputy and alderman want to be city clerk
 Current deputy city clerk Rianne Hawkins, 35, was appointed by outgoing city clerk Cecilia Tumulty and confirmed by the city council in May of 2011. Since that time, Hawkins has worked closely w...]]>
Ward war - A three-way battle for Ward 7 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15271-ward-war.html Ward war - A three-way battle for Ward 7
 Ward 7 Ald. Joe McMenamin can be forgiven if he feels like a walking bullseye.After one term in office, McMenamin has held firm to certain principles, chief among them an insistence that the cit...]]>
Shuffle board - Election promises to shake up city council http://illinoistimes.com/article-15274-shuffle-board.html Shuffle board - Election promises to shake up city council
 The April 7 general election is still more than a week away, but one thing is for sure: the Springfield City Council is in for some turnover. Springfield’s 10 ward seats are up for re-election...]]>
Prescription lockdown - Bills seek to curtail drug abuses that lead to heroin http://illinoistimes.com/article-15275-prescription-lockdown.html Prescription lockdown - Bills seek to curtail drug abuses that lead to heroin
 For recovering addict Nick Gore, the cost of heroin abuse is all too real.“In my three years that I’ve been sober, I’ve lost 16 friends to overdose,” Gore said. “Those 16 people that d...]]>