IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Tue, 25 Jul 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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...]]>
Other unions dealt with Rauner. Why not AFSCME? - A closer look at the governor’s claim his contracts with smaller unions show he’s labor’s friend http://illinoistimes.com/article-18846-other-unions-dealt-with-rauner-why-not-afscme.html Other unions dealt with Rauner. Why not AFSCME? - A closer look at the governor’s claim his contracts with smaller unions show he’s labor’s friend
 The Better Government Association is a 94-year-old full-service, nonpartisan Chicago-based watchdog organization that shines a light on government, holds public officials accountable and engages...]]>
The bishop cracks down - No funerals, communion for same-sex couples http://illinoistimes.com/article-18847-the-bishop-cracks-down.html The bishop cracks down - No funerals, communion for same-sex couples
Bishop Thomas Paprocki this month unleashed a national firestorm with a three-page decree making clear, if it wasn’t already, his views on homosexuality.Folks in same-sex marriages can’t present t...]]>
‘This has really got to stop.’ - District 186 superintendent warns schools could close by 2018 without state budget http://illinoistimes.com/article-18848-%25E2%2580%2598this-has-really-got-to-stop%25E2%2580%2599.html ‘This has really got to stop.’ - District 186 superintendent warns schools could close by 2018 without state budget
“It’s an interesting time to lead in an educational environment,” said District 186 superintendent Jennifer Gill during a recent interview. “I mean, no business would say, ‘We have no idea h...]]>
Lincoln papers a mess - Project bogged down, experts say http://illinoistimes.com/article-18849-lincoln-papers-a-mess.html Lincoln papers a mess - Project bogged down, experts say
The Papers of Abraham Lincoln project is a disaster, according to a panel of experts who have excoriated the effort to collect and publish every document ever read or written by the Great Emancipator....]]>
Killing fields http://illinoistimes.com/article-18823-killing-fields.html Killing fields
 As Springfield police confront a wave of gun violence, a handful of firearms stolen in gun shop burglaries last year have turned up at shooting scenes as well as in the hands of suspected crimin...]]>
Set free by science http://illinoistimes.com/article-18824-set-free-by-science.html Set free by science
“Fire science in the’80s and ’90s was more of an art form than a science,” said Lauren Kaeseberg, legal director of the Illinois Innocence Project’s Chicago office. “Today it is much more...]]>
Trump slashes budget for museums and libraries http://illinoistimes.com/article-18797-trump-slashes-budget-for-museums-and-libraries.html Trump slashes budget for museums and libraries
 Medicaid, education, the environment and social services are some of the high-profile issues affected by the Trump FY 2018 budget proposal. There are many additional impacts on small federal age...]]>
Calvin Christian back in court on federal charges http://illinoistimes.com/article-18798-calvin-christian-back-in-court-on-federal-charges.html Calvin Christian back in court on federal charges
 Calvin Christian III of Springfield, the plaintiff who helped topple a mayor, is back in court, this time as a defendant facing as many as 15 years behind bars.Christian is charged in U.S. Distr...]]>
Telling Trump the importance of truth - New Berlin man writes a big book for the president http://illinoistimes.com/article-18799-telling-trump-the-importance-of-truth.html Telling Trump the importance of truth - New Berlin man writes a big book for the president
 Without hesitation, David Barnett, a Trump supporter and developer from New Berlin, explained his view of the social and political dissension within the country. “It’s difficult to find the...]]>
Lincoln papers melodrama plays on http://illinoistimes.com/article-18800-lincoln-papers-melodrama-plays-on.html Lincoln papers melodrama plays on
 Somewhere inside the National Archives in Washington, D.C., resides a Zeutschel OS 14000 A2 TT planetary capture system that has been, perhaps, Abraham Lincoln’s best friend in the 21st centur...]]>
Democratic lawmakers push for higher education legislation http://illinoistimes.com/article-18801-democratic-lawmakers-push-for-higher-education-legislation.html Democratic lawmakers push for higher education legislation
 During the100th General Assembly, House Democrats have introduced a series of bills to increase financial assistance and opportunities for higher education students. Meanwhile, Senate Democrats ...]]>
Deputy under fire fibs - Department concludes cop lied to investigators http://illinoistimes.com/article-18767-deputy-under-fire-fibs.html Deputy under fire fibs - Department concludes cop lied to investigators
 A Sangamon County sheriff’s deputy lied during an investigation into alleged steroid use but is due to return to duty on June 30, a month after serving a six-month suspension, according to int...]]>
Carillon Festival concludes Friday http://illinoistimes.com/article-18768-carillon-festival-concludes-friday.html Carillon Festival concludes Friday
 The carillon in Washington Park is not only a familiar icon to Springfield residents, it is also known internationally as one of the world’s largest and best carillons. The final two nights of...]]>
Central Illinois school district funding can increase http://illinoistimes.com/article-18769-central-illinois-school-district-funding-can-increase.html Central Illinois school district funding can increase
If school funding legislation passed by the General Assembly becomes law, central Illinois school districts could see a significant increase. However, Gov. Bruce Rauner may be reluctant to approve the...]]>
New maestro - Ken Lam is the Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s director http://illinoistimes.com/article-18734-new-maestro.html New maestro - Ken Lam is the Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s director
 After a season-long search, Ken Lam has been announced as the new music director for the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, replacing Alastair Willis, who left the position vacant when he ended his co...]]>
Springfield’s new marijuana store http://illinoistimes.com/article-18735-springfield%25E2%2580%2599s-new-marijuana-store.html Springfield’s new marijuana store
 A new local dispensary aims to service medical cannabis to patients suffering from various physical ailments. Maribis of Springfield (MOS), located at 2272 North Grand Ave. in Grandview, is one...]]>
Senate approves new school funding bill http://illinoistimes.com/article-18724-senate-approves-new-school-funding-bill.html Senate approves new school funding bill
 The Evidence-Based Funding for Student Success Act was approved in the Illinois Senate on May 17 and awaits action in the House. A 35 to 18 vote victory came following a rally in which advocates...]]>
Cop pleads guilty, keeps job - Admits illegal steroid possession http://illinoistimes.com/article-18717-cop-pleads-guilty-keeps-job.html Cop pleads guilty, keeps job - Admits illegal steroid possession
 A Sangamon County sheriff’s deputy is serving a six-month suspension after pleading guilty to misdemeanor drug possession last month.Deputy John Bartello was placed on paid administrative leav...]]>
Health care in crisis - A symposium addresses the post-ACA landscape http://illinoistimes.com/article-18720-health-care-in-crisis.html Health care in crisis - A symposium addresses the post-ACA landscape
 Despite attempts at an overall cheery tone, the views presented during “Obamacare after Obama: The future of U.S. health care at a crossroads,” a conference held at the Memorial Center for L...]]>
Developer proposes downtown Springfield casino http://illinoistimes.com/article-18721-developer-proposes-downtown-springfield-casino.html Developer proposes downtown Springfield casino
 A Springfield-based developer wants to reconfigure the downtown area by developing a casino.Chris Stone, owner of EMS Midwest, Inc., recently proposed plans to members of the city council and Ma...]]>
Runners honor a hero and friend - The last Brian McMillen Memorial Run is May 27 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18666-runners-honor-a-hero-and-friend.html Runners honor a hero and friend - The last Brian McMillen Memorial Run is May 27
 Organizers from Lincoln Land Community College, the Illinois State Police and Illinois Air National Guard will host the Brian McMillen Memorial Run/Walk Saturday, May 27, at 8 a.m. on the LLCC C...]]>