IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Mon, 20 Feb 17 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Bill would create immigrant “safe zones” http://illinoistimes.com/article-18302-bill-would-create-immigrant-%25E2%2580%259Csafe-zones%25E2%2580%259D.html Bill would create immigrant “safe zones”
 Proposed legislation would provide “safe zone” locations to immigrants by requiring state and local law enforcement agencies to issue a warrant prior to investigating, detaining or arresting...]]>
Higher ed rally pressures legislators to end impasse http://illinoistimes.com/article-18305-higher-ed-rally-pressures-legislators-to-end-impasse.html Higher ed rally pressures legislators to end impasse
 Higher education supporters from around the state gathered Feb. 8 in Springfield to pressure legislators and the governor to end the budget crisis. The Illinois Coalition to Invest in Higher Edu...]]>
Celebrating Valentine’s Day Civil War-style http://illinoistimes.com/article-18306-celebrating-valentine%25E2%2580%2599s-day-civil-war-style.html Celebrating Valentine’s Day Civil War-style
 Thanks to the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA) and the Springfield Soldiers Aid Society, visitors got the chance to experience Valentine’s Day Civil War-style.  On Feb. 11 the...]]>
County defends tasing epileptics - Inmate sues after jail tasing http://illinoistimes.com/article-18264-county-defends-tasing-epileptics.html County defends tasing epileptics - Inmate sues after jail tasing
 Inmates who act up due to medical problems can be tased, even if their medical condition renders them incapable of understanding guards.That’s the stance taken by the Sangamon County sheriff�...]]>
Lovelace murder trial slated for Feb. 27 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18267-lovelace-murder-trial-slated-for-feb-27.html Lovelace murder trial slated for Feb. 27
It’s all or nothing for Curtis Lovelace, who has reportedly rejected an offer to plead guilty to second-degree murder and is now preparing to stand trial a second time for first-degree murder.The fo...]]>
Coalition urges school funding formula reform http://illinoistimes.com/article-18268-coalition-urges-school-funding-formula-reform.html Coalition urges school funding formula reform
 On Feb. 3 the Funding Illinois’ Future coalition, an advocacy organization for a new school funding formula, urged lawmakers in a press release to pass bipartisan legislation to provide “ade...]]>
Lawmakers and state workers brace for Madigan lawsuit http://illinoistimes.com/article-18269-lawmakers-and-state-workers-brace-for-madigan-lawsuit.html Lawmakers and state workers brace for Madigan lawsuit
 Legislators, union representatives and other state workers are bracing for a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Lisa Madigan which could suspend state workers’ paychecks. The decision made by M...]]>
Lifetime collection for sale at Native American Gallery http://illinoistimes.com/article-18270-lifetime-collection-for-sale-at-native-american-gallery.html Lifetime collection for sale at Native American Gallery
A woven Navajo blanket from 1880 is Jonathan Reyman’s most cherished piece at his Native American Gallery at 1044 N. Grand Avenue in Springfield. The man who sold it to him thought it was a rug, app...]]>
Hard times - Lawmakers struggle without pay http://illinoistimes.com/article-18241-hard-times.html Hard times - Lawmakers struggle without pay
 If you’re a state employee worried about Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s attempt to cut off pay due to the lack of a state budget, consider the plight of legislators.The comptroller’s offi...]]>
Springfield reacts to Trump’s immigration order http://illinoistimes.com/article-18244-springfield-reacts-to-trump%25E2%2580%2599s-immigration-order.html Springfield reacts to Trump’s immigration order
 President Trump’s immigration executive order, which banned refugees from seven Muslim countries from entering the United States, mobilized the Springfield community to organize a rally on Mon...]]>
Looking for lead in school drinking water http://illinoistimes.com/article-18245-looking-for-lead-in-school-drinking-water.html Looking for lead in school drinking water
 Thanks to a new law, lead in drinking water will be tracked more proficiently at schools and day-care centers. On Jan. 16, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a law requiring school districts statewide to...]]>
Arms race - Sheriff’s office gets assault rifles http://illinoistimes.com/article-18246-arms-race.html Arms race - Sheriff’s office gets assault rifles
 Concerned about being outgunned, the Sangamon County sheriff’s office is equipping deputies with AR-15s.The civilian version of the military-issue M16 rifle that’s become a weapon of choice...]]>
UIS responds to rape stories - IT coverage inaccurate, school says http://illinoistimes.com/article-18219-uis-responds-to-rape-stories.html UIS responds to rape stories - IT coverage inaccurate, school says
 The University of Illinois Springfield on Thursday responded to recent stories regarding Xuesong “Gary” Yang, a former UIS employee who has been charged with raping a student (“Springfi...]]>
Accused UIS rapist had power - Students feared him, reports say http://illinoistimes.com/article-18216-accused-uis-rapist-had-power.html Accused UIS rapist had power - Students feared him, reports say
 Accused rapist Xuesong “Gary” Yang reportedly had extraordinary power over Chinese students who came to University of Illinois Springfield to learn English.Students feared Yang, according to...]]>
After successful rally, Call 2 Action plans next event http://illinoistimes.com/article-18217-after-successful-rally-call-2-action-plans-next-event.html After successful rally, Call 2 Action plans next event
 Over 1,000 people gathered on Jan. 21 near the Old State Capitol to protest in solidarity with the women marches across the country, such as those in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. The event was...]]>
Teen court under scrutiny - Sherman withdraws from program http://illinoistimes.com/article-18218-teen-court-under-scrutiny.html Teen court under scrutiny - Sherman withdraws from program
 The Village of Sherman has withdrawn from North County Teen Court, a diversion program that handles cases of minor crimes committed by juveniles, and an Illinois State Police investigation is un...]]>
He’s baaack! - Parsons accused of shenanigans in Texas http://illinoistimes.com/article-18191-he%25E2%2580%2599s-baaack_.html He’s baaack! - Parsons accused of shenanigans in Texas
Jeffrey Parsons, who left town years ago but can’t seem to escape legal detritus from his business dealings in Springfield, is back in the news, this time in Texas, where he now lives.Customers who...]]>
Springfield businessman charged with raping UIS student - Accused was affiliated with student exchange program http://illinoistimes.com/article-18190-springfield-businessman-charged-with-raping-uis-student.html Springfield businessman charged with raping UIS student - Accused was affiliated with student exchange program
A Springfield businessman once employed by the University of Illinois Springfield in the school’s exchange student program has been charged with raping a freshman from China and has also been accused of sexually assaulting other students....]]>
Lawmakers propose tax on sugary beverages http://illinoistimes.com/article-18184-lawmakers-propose-tax-on-sugary-beverages.html Lawmakers propose tax on sugary beverages
 One bill in a bipartisan package of tax measures proposed as a way to break the state’s budget impasse aims to impose increased taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages. Senate Bill 009, the Sugar-S...]]>
Madigan rallies, pro and con http://illinoistimes.com/article-18185-madigan-rallies-pro-and-con.html Madigan rallies, pro and con
 As Michael Madigan was being reelected speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives for an unprecedented 17th time, the day the 100th General Assembly was inaugurated, protesters from the Il...]]>
Criminal justice reform report lands on Rauner’s desk http://illinoistimes.com/article-18188-criminal-justice-reform-report-lands-on-rauner%25E2%2580%2599s-desk.html Criminal justice reform report lands on Rauner’s desk
 The final report by the Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform includes measures that could achieve Gov. Bruce Rauner’s goal of reducing the prison population by 25 percent over...]]>
Bringing college football to Springfield? - New UIS athletic director could be the man for the job http://illinoistimes.com/article-18160-bringing-college-football-to-springfield.html Bringing college football to Springfield? - New UIS athletic director could be the man for the job
 College football in Springfield is all but a pipe dream now. However, the new athletic director at the University of Illinois Springfield – who has extensive experience in bringing football to...]]>
Nonprofit helps area artists succeed http://illinoistimes.com/article-18161-nonprofit-helps-area-artists-succeed.html Nonprofit helps area artists succeed
 Adam Nicholson has been involved in the Springfield arts scene for years. Now, as founder of Sala Creative Association, a newly minted 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, he is developing a forum...]]>
Cash crunch hits cops - Jerome reduces police coverage http://illinoistimes.com/article-18164-cash-crunch-hits-cops.html Cash crunch hits cops - Jerome reduces police coverage
 The Village of Jerome has curtailed police patrols, ending a long history of 24/7 police coverage by village officers.Village police are still on the job, but not around the clock. Reduced cover...]]>
Inside the sausage factory - Report documents rigged system http://illinoistimes.com/article-18165-inside-the-sausage-factory.html Inside the sausage factory - Report documents rigged system
 Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s control of Illinois government comes largely from parliamentary rules that give him an iron grip over lawmakers and legislation, according to a recent...]]>
A half-century of sewing - Tailor shop survives on MacArthur http://illinoistimes.com/article-18140-a-half-century-of-sewing.html A half-century of sewing - Tailor shop survives on MacArthur
 After decades of sewing, Wilbur “Skip” Costa has succumbed.He no longer wears a tie to work, as he did back in the 1980s, when Ronald Reagan dropped jaws by wearing brown suits in the White...]]>
Jennifer Watkins fights for custody - Would wear ankle bracelet to get daughter back http://illinoistimes.com/article-18141-jennifer-watkins-fights-for-custody.html Jennifer Watkins fights for custody - Would wear ankle bracelet to get daughter back
 Jennifer Watkins is many things.An accused fugitive from justice. A widow who wouldn’t cooperate with police who investigated the killing of her husband. She recently broke off an engagement t...]]>
“The Studio Show” winds down from ambitious season - Not making fun of Springfield, but making Springfield fun http://illinoistimes.com/article-18080-%25E2%2580%259Cthe-studio-show%25E2%2580%259D-winds-down-from-ambitious-season.html “The Studio Show” winds down from ambitious season - Not making fun of Springfield, but making Springfield fun
 Eight months ago, Springfield-based web series “The Studio Show” – which takes a quirky and humorous look at area arts and community – was featured on the cover of IT (“Making Springfi...]]>
Demonstrators support Illinois electors, decry Trump http://illinoistimes.com/article-18083-demonstrators-support-illinois-electors-decry-trump.html Demonstrators support Illinois electors, decry Trump
 To nobody’s great surprise, all 20 of Illinois’ electoral votes were cast for Hillary Clinton when the state’s electors convened at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 19. What may have been unexpected f...]]>
Bourland tapped to oversee historic sites - Transferred from ALPLM post http://illinoistimes.com/article-18062-bourland-tapped-to-oversee-historic-sites.html Bourland tapped to oversee historic sites - Transferred from ALPLM post
Dave Bourland, exhibits manager at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, has been transferred to a new post as director of historic sites for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.H...]]>