IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Wed, 17 Jan 18 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Grim numbers, real people - Overdoses take their toll in 2017 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19579-grim-numbers-real-people.html Grim numbers, real people - Overdoses take their toll in 2017
 They range, these Sangamon County drug overdose victims, from retirees to folks who fit squarely within the stereotype of hopeless drug addict.Consider the 63-year-old man found dead last March...]]>
The best-laid plans - Developers, planners consider land use http://illinoistimes.com/article-19582-the-best-laid-plans.html The best-laid plans - Developers, planners consider land use
 Developers have made peace over a comprehensive land-use plan for Springfield, but a larger battle may lie ahead.Concerned that the draft plan would curb development, particularly on the city’...]]>
It’s the economy, stupid - Tax revenue, jobs, both down http://illinoistimes.com/article-19554-it%25E2%2580%2599s-the-economy-stupid.html It’s the economy, stupid - Tax revenue, jobs, both down
 Springfield city officials blame the state and the internet for sagging municipal finances.Online purchasing, which produces no municipal sales taxes, has cut into tax collections, the city says...]]>
Smoke ’em if you got ’em - Drug tests banned for city inspectors http://illinoistimes.com/article-19557-smoke-%25E2%2580%2599em-if-you-got-%25E2%2580%2599em.html Smoke ’em if you got ’em - Drug tests banned for city inspectors
 The city of Springfield has sued the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, hoping to overturn an arbitrator’s decision that bars the city from drug testing building and housing insp...]]>
A medieval state - Mentally ill inmates suffer http://illinoistimes.com/article-19482-a-medieval-state.html A medieval state - Mentally ill inmates suffer
 The inmate was mumbling. Shaking. Clearly in a psychotic state and whispering about a black hole.The black hole had already demanded, and received, his blood once, the inmate told Dr. Pablo Stew...]]>
31st Night - First Night Springfield enters its fourth decade of New Year’s Eve arts downtown http://illinoistimes.com/article-19483-31st-night.html 31st Night - First Night Springfield enters its fourth decade of New Year’s Eve arts downtown
 Every New Year’s Eve since Dec. 31, 1987, the Springfield Area Arts Council has thrown a downtown party featuring a wide variety of entertainment. This year’s First Night Springfield promise...]]>
Keeping an eye on cops - City seeks to disable recording gear http://illinoistimes.com/article-19468-keeping-an-eye-on-cops.html Keeping an eye on cops - City seeks to disable recording gear
Lost in a brouhaha over recording equipment that can’t be turned off in Springfield police interview rooms is a fairly basic question.What advantage is there to having a recording system that can be...]]>
Artists in motion - A blurry group show in Springfield, a sharply focused photography exhibit in Jacksonville and a significant farewell http://illinoistimes.com/article-19439-artists-in-motion.html Artists in motion - A blurry group show in Springfield, a sharply focused photography exhibit in Jacksonville and a significant farewell
 Last weekend, the Pharmacy Gallery and Art Space presented “Blur,” its most recent show featuring work by its member artists. Several of the items on display seemed to take the show’s titl...]]>
City officials sued over coal contract - Lawsuit says CWLP overpaying for fuel http://illinoistimes.com/article-19442-city-officials-sued-over-coal-contract.html City officials sued over coal contract - Lawsuit says CWLP overpaying for fuel
 A Springfield couple is suing Mayor Jim Langfelder, corporation counsel Jim Zerkle and two City Water, Light and Power officials, saying they wrongly convinced the city council to approve a 2016...]]>
Persistent resistance - Area protests mounted against Senate tax bill, Net Neutrality vote http://illinoistimes.com/article-19443-persistent-resistance.html Persistent resistance - Area protests mounted against Senate tax bill, Net Neutrality vote
 One month into the second year of Donald Trump’s presidency, resistance efforts in response to various policies of his administration have shown no sign of slowing. This week, Springfield has...]]>
Money for nothing - Developers pay, but roads not fixed http://illinoistimes.com/article-19444-money-for-nothing.html Money for nothing - Developers pay, but roads not fixed
 The city of Springfield has secured nearly $2.9 million from developers to pay for road improvements, but most of the money hasn’t been spent.Just two of 10 road projects for which the city ha...]]>
Payback time - Mayor suggests TIF loans, not grants http://illinoistimes.com/article-19414-payback-time.html Payback time - Mayor suggests TIF loans, not grants
 Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder says that monies from tax increment financing accounts should be distributed as loans instead of outright grants that don’t have to be repaid.“We need to go...]]>
Tune in now, comrade - Liberal couple broadcasts nationwide http://illinoistimes.com/article-19415-tune-in-now-comrade.html Tune in now, comrade - Liberal couple broadcasts nationwide
 He could be anywhere. In front of you in the HyVee checkout line, or maybe behind. Go to church? Careful, now: The man known as Driftglass is an usher. The church’s name, like Driftglass’s t...]]>
A miracle cure - Inmate rises from hospital bed http://illinoistimes.com/article-19384-a-miracle-cure.html A miracle cure - Inmate rises from hospital bed
 Sometimes, it pays to get your butt kicked. Ask Michael Goldsberry, erstwhile denizen of the Sangamon County jail.Goldsberry, who has a history of drug offenses and a problem with methamphetamin...]]>
Innocence Project receives grant for DNA testing http://illinoistimes.com/article-19385-innocence-project-receives-grant-for-dna-testing.html Innocence Project receives grant for DNA testing
 It was recently announced that the Illinois Innocence Project (IIP) will receive a $641,000 federal grant, part of a United States Department of Justice Bloodsworth grant. The grant is named in...]]>
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...]]>