IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Sun, 29 Mar 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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...]]>
Child care groups fear closure - Funding shortfall in current fiscal year could disrupt system http://illinoistimes.com/article-15276-child-care-groups-fear-closure.html Child care groups fear closure - Funding shortfall in current fiscal year could disrupt system
 More than 1,200 people signed up last week to testify in support of legislation to fund an important state child care program, expressing opposition to deep cuts proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.Th...]]>
Off the rails? - Funeral reenactment runs into problems http://illinoistimes.com/article-15234-off-the-rails.html Off the rails? - Funeral reenactment runs into problems
 While organizers scramble for money, some Civil War reenactors are outraged about changing plans for the re-creation of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral on the 150th anniversary of his passing.Reenac...]]>
Angry crowd protests Rauner’s budget cuts - Groups calling for higher taxes on wealthy http://illinoistimes.com/article-15244-angry-crowd-protests-rauner%25E2%2580%2599s-budget-cuts.html Angry crowd protests Rauner’s budget cuts - Groups calling for higher taxes on wealthy
The Capitol dome echoed with chants of “We are the 99 percent,” “Whose money? Our money” and “Tax the rich.” Every so often, a hush fell over the crowd as they raised their fists in solida...]]>
Sweeping up ‘broom closet’ gambling - Video gambling out of control, says one lawmaker http://illinoistimes.com/article-15215-sweeping-up-%25E2%2580%2598broom-closet%25E2%2580%2599-gambling.html Sweeping up ‘broom closet’ gambling - Video gambling out of control, says one lawmaker
 You can find them in gas stations, golf courses, restaurants, liquor stores and even a TV repair shop. More than 19,000 video gambling machines had spread across the state by the end of 2014, tu...]]>
Rising child poverty makes it a bad time for budget cuts http://illinoistimes.com/article-15218-rising-child-poverty-makes-it-a-bad-time-for-budget-cuts.html Rising child poverty makes it a bad time for budget cuts
 One in four children in Sangamon County lives in poverty, according to one group warning of dire consequences if Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget cuts are implemented.  On March 5, Voi...]]>
Ward 2 candidates support residency requirement - Aldermanic candidates want fair share of gambling revenue http://illinoistimes.com/article-15219-ward-2-candidates-support-residency-requirement.html Ward 2 candidates support residency requirement - Aldermanic candidates want fair share of gambling revenue
 Candidates for alderman in Springfield’s Ward 2 say they would fight for a residency requirement and to make sure their ward gets a fair share of money from video gambling.The two candidates s...]]>
Modern family - Lawmakers move to update divorce, child custody law http://illinoistimes.com/article-15183-modern-family.html Modern family - Lawmakers move to update divorce, child custody law
 The patchwork quilt that is Illinois family and divorce law is getting restitched for the first time in nearly 40 years, with potential changes for divorce and child custody cases.The Illinois F...]]>
Pension tension - State pension lawsuit heads to Illinois Supreme Court http://illinoistimes.com/article-15184-pension-tension.html Pension tension - State pension lawsuit heads to Illinois Supreme Court
 The Illinois Supreme Court will hear arguments on a lawsuit over public pension benefits next week, bringing to a head fundamental disagreements over the rights conferred by Illinois’ constitu...]]>
Researching reefer - Lawmaker sets stage for legalization of marijuana http://illinoistimes.com/article-15187-researching-reefer.html Researching reefer - Lawmaker sets stage for legalization of marijuana
 As Illinois implements its long-awaited medical marijuana program, one state lawmaker is preparing for the next step: taxing and regulating recreational marijuana.Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-Evanston, s...]]>
County cop hit again - Judge spanks deputy in excessive force case http://illinoistimes.com/article-15188-county-cop-hit-again.html County cop hit again - Judge spanks deputy in excessive force case
 A Sangamon County sheriff’s deputy with a history of running afoul of judges is again in trouble in a courtroom.This time, Deputy Travis Koester is in the crosshairs of U.S. District Court Jud...]]>
Channel 20 newsman in bar fight - DeMentri in altercation at Hooters http://illinoistimes.com/article-15162-channel-20-newsman-in-bar-fight.html Channel 20 newsman in bar fight - DeMentri in altercation at Hooters

Vince DeMentri, anchorman for WICS television news, was reportedly involved in a physical altercation at Hooters in Springfield hours after Tuesday’s election.

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Contract law - Prosecutor’s office embraces double dipping http://illinoistimes.com/article-15145-contract-law.html Contract law - Prosecutor’s office embraces double dipping
While Gov. Bruce Rauner pushes for steep budget cuts throughout state government, at least one agency has figured out a way to cut payroll.The Illinois State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor’s off...]]>
Oversight? What oversight? - Charity accused of fraud http://illinoistimes.com/article-15146-oversight-what-oversight.html Oversight? What oversight? - Charity accused of fraud
 Tower of Refuge, a charity run by a felon and his wife that has been accused of defrauding the state of Illinois, was so loosely run that one member of the organization’s purported board of di...]]>
Menard County board says ‘no’ to hog farm - Final decision rests with state department of ag http://illinoistimes.com/article-15147-menard-county-board-says-%25E2%2580%2598no%25E2%2580%2599-to-hog-farm.html Menard County board says ‘no’ to hog farm - Final decision rests with state department of ag
The Menard County Board of Commissioners voted not to recommend approval of a proposed hog farm near Petersburg on Tuesday night. The recommendation is nonbinding, however, and the farm may still be a...]]>
iPods for Alzheimer’s - SIU medical school uses music to help dementia patients http://illinoistimes.com/article-15148-ipods-for-alzheimer%25E2%2580%2599s.html iPods for Alzheimer’s - SIU medical school uses music to help dementia patients
 It had been a while since James could recall holding his newborn son in his arms. Listening to his new iPod, however, brought that memory to the surface for the 74-year-old Alzheimer’s patient...]]>
Work in progress - Funeral plans in flux http://illinoistimes.com/article-15125-work-in-progress.html Work in progress - Funeral plans in flux
 The reenactment of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral on the 150th anniversary of that event is not coming together in the usual way for an occasion that organizers promise will be once in a lifetime.N...]]>
A watchdog now holds the leash - Prison reform advocate leading state agency http://illinoistimes.com/article-15128-a-watchdog-now-holds-the-leash.html A watchdog now holds the leash - Prison reform advocate leading state agency
 Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to reduce Illinois’ use of incarceration. His commitment to prison and sentencing reform is evident in the person he hired to crunch the numbers.Until recently, John Ma...]]>
Businesses meet in Springfield on environmental issues - Groups call for new policies to combat climate change, grow green economy http://illinoistimes.com/article-15100-businesses-meet-in-springfield-on-environmental-issues.html Businesses meet in Springfield on environmental issues - Groups call for new policies to combat climate change, grow green economy
 Climate change is bad for business, according to concerned business owners who met in Springfield last week. Washington, D.C.-based Business Forward hosted a meeting of Springfield business lead...]]>
Madigan to museum foundation: Drop dead http://illinoistimes.com/article-15103-madigan-to-museum-foundation-drop-dead.html Madigan to museum foundation: Drop dead
 Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan agree on at least one thing.Changes are needed at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. And those changes may result in a diffe...]]>
Lawmakers target golden parachutes - Bills would curtail large severance payouts http://illinoistimes.com/article-15104-lawmakers-target-golden-parachutes.html Lawmakers target golden parachutes - Bills would curtail large severance payouts
Illinois House Republicans are fuming at a lucrative severance deal between the College of DuPage and its outgoing president. In response, they’re filing legislation to make sure it doesn’t happen...]]>
What part of $1 million don’t you understand? - City disputes jury award http://illinoistimes.com/article-15105-what-part-of-%25241-million-don%25E2%2580%2599t-you-understand.html What part of $1 million don’t you understand? - City disputes jury award
 While city officials second-guess the verdict, two jurors say that the jury intended to award more than $1 million to the family of a boy who drowned in Lake Springfield.The jurors both spoke on...]]>
Springfield group earns freedom for wrongly convicted man - Christopher Abernathy exonerated on DNA evidence after 30 years http://illinoistimes.com/article-15091-springfield-group-earns-freedom-for-wrongly-convicted-man.html Springfield group earns freedom for wrongly convicted man - Christopher Abernathy exonerated on DNA evidence after 30 years
A judge vacated the conviction of a Chicago man today in a 1984 murder, thanks in part to the efforts of the Illinois Innocence Project in Springfield. Christopher Abernathy of Midlothian, then age 17...]]>
Coal mine plan halted near Peoria - State agency admits it misinterpreted rule to benefit coal projects http://illinoistimes.com/article-15074-coal-mine-plan-halted-near-peoria.html Coal mine plan halted near Peoria - State agency admits it misinterpreted rule to benefit coal projects
 A community group near Peoria defeated a coal mine project last week, and its victory could have far-reaching effects for coal projects around the state.That’s because the group discovered tha...]]>
City loses drowning case http://illinoistimes.com/article-15075-city-loses-drowning-case.html City loses drowning case
 Lifeguards who never practiced rescue plans. A complaint about no lifeguards on duty less than a month before tragedy struck. A 16-year-old boy who didn’t know how to swim.It added up to a $1 ...]]>
Illinois poverty at dangerous level - Report ranks state low http://illinoistimes.com/article-15076-illinois-poverty-at-dangerous-level.html Illinois poverty at dangerous level - Report ranks state low
 Sangamon County is one of 42 Illinois counties put on a poverty watch list in a report released by the Social Impact Research Center Jan. 29.The center, part of the Chicago-based anti-poverty gr...]]>
Lawmakers call for oversight of rail project - Confusion over job opportunities for minorities http://illinoistimes.com/article-15077-lawmakers-call-for-oversight-of-rail-project.html Lawmakers call for oversight of rail project - Confusion over job opportunities for minorities
 Job opportunities for minorities and women on Springfield’s 10th Street rail relocation project aren’t living up to promises by the city and state, according to one community group. Meanwhil...]]>
Rauner butts heads with unions - Governor wants “right-to-work” zones http://illinoistimes.com/article-15078-rauner-butts-heads-with-unions.html Rauner butts heads with unions - Governor wants “right-to-work” zones
 Gov. Bruce Rauner is pushing a controversial labor policy aimed at unions, but it’s unlikely the state legislature will adopt his idea. Instead, he said it should be up to cities and counties...]]>