IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Tue, 30 Aug 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Rauner signs criminal justice reforms - Prisoner phone law among those signed http://illinoistimes.com/article-17595-rauner-signs-criminal-justice-reforms.html Rauner signs criminal justice reforms - Prisoner phone law among those signed
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a suite of bills into law this week focused on criminal justice reforms, including one which limits how much prisoners pay for phone calls.The laws come as Rauner seeks a 25-p...]]>
A fair deal - Outside Illinois, fair business varies http://illinoistimes.com/article-17581-a-fair-deal.html A fair deal - Outside Illinois, fair business varies
 Amid an epic state budget impasse that has curtailed social services and upped the state’s backlog of unpaid bills past $8 billion, the Illinois State Fair thrives.Claiming poverty, Gov. Bruce...]]>
Battle over services to seniors and disabled - Caregivers and state spar over program details http://illinoistimes.com/article-17582-battle-over-services-to-seniors-and-disabled.html Battle over services to seniors and disabled - Caregivers and state spar over program details
 A yearlong battle between the state and home care workers came to a head this month, with the state rescinding an unpopular policy and the governor vetoing a bill preserving the current programs...]]>
Illinois decriminalizes pot - State also loosens medical cannabis rules http://illinoistimes.com/article-17556-illinois-decriminalizes-pot.html Illinois decriminalizes pot - State also loosens medical cannabis rules
 Possessing small amounts of marijuana is no longer a crime in Illinois, thanks to a new law which took effect in July.State lawmakers also recently loosened the rules governing the Illinois medi...]]>
Maybe this time? - Another school funding reform group meets http://illinoistimes.com/article-17559-maybe-this-time.html Maybe this time? - Another school funding reform group meets
 By most accounts, Aug. 3 was an auspicious day for school funding reform in Illinois. It marked the first meeting of the Illinois School Funding Reform Commission, a bipartisan group which aims...]]>
Police body cameras hit Springfield streets - Chief hopes footage offers evidence, accountability http://illinoistimes.com/article-17535-police-body-cameras-hit-springfield-streets.html Police body cameras hit Springfield streets - Chief hopes footage offers evidence, accountability
 Body cameras aren’t a panacea, warns Springfield Police Chief Kenny Winslow. Still, he believes the cameras will reinforce the fact that his officers perform their duties well.Winslow invited...]]>
Pension ‘spikes’ exposed to sunshine - Law makes local governments announce pre-retirement pay bumps http://illinoistimes.com/article-17537-pension-%25E2%2580%2598spikes%25E2%2580%2599-exposed-to-sunshine.html Pension ‘spikes’ exposed to sunshine - Law makes local governments announce pre-retirement pay bumps
 It’s been a not-so-secret secret in Illinois for decades, and state lawmakers are trying to drag the infamous “pension spike” into the sunlight – at least among local governments.A law s...]]>
A diversity check of Illinois’ RNC delegation http://illinoistimes.com/article-17498-a-diversity-check-of-illinois%25E2%2580%2599-rnc-delegation.html A diversity check of Illinois’ RNC delegation
 The GOP has been talking for years about the need to do more minority outreach: Illinois leaders like former Gov. Jim Edgar said at the Republican National Convention in 2008 that it should be a...]]>
City settles pregnant stun gun lawsuit - Agreement admits no wrongdoing by officers http://illinoistimes.com/article-17499-city-settles-pregnant-stun-gun-lawsuit.html City settles pregnant stun gun lawsuit - Agreement admits no wrongdoing by officers
The City of Springfield settled a lawsuit last week filed by a pregnant woman who was shocked with a stun gun by a police officer in 2013....]]>
Disciplinary tribunal dings Cahnman - Former alderman faces suspension http://illinoistimes.com/article-17481-disciplinary-tribunal-dings-cahnman.html Disciplinary tribunal dings Cahnman - Former alderman faces suspension
 A former Springfield alderman is facing a possible 90-day suspension from his legal practice by the Illinois Supreme Court.The case against former Ward 5 Ald. Sam Cahnman argued by the Illinois...]]>
Welcome to Springfield - ALPLM gets a new director http://illinoistimes.com/article-17484-welcome-to-springfield.html Welcome to Springfield - ALPLM gets a new director
 The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum last week welcomed its fifth director since opening day in 2005.Alan Lowe is somewhat a lifer in the world of presidential libraries, having s...]]>
Judge dismisses lawsuit over “racial profiling” traffic stop - Traffic stop tossed in state court, but federal judge upholds it http://illinoistimes.com/article-17457-judge-dismisses-lawsuit-over-%25E2%2580%259Cracial-profiling%25E2%2580%259D-traffic-stop.html Judge dismisses lawsuit over “racial profiling” traffic stop - Traffic stop tossed in state court, but federal judge upholds it
 A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit alleging police illegally stopped a Springfield resident, even though the traffic stop was thrown out of state court.The case stemmed from a 2013 traffic...]]>
Unshackling kids in court - Illinois Supreme Court proposes change to chaining juveniles http://illinoistimes.com/article-17460-unshackling-kids-in-court.html Unshackling kids in court - Illinois Supreme Court proposes change to chaining juveniles
Paul Cain remembers many of his clients. There was the 14-year-old boy with ADHD, accused of retail theft and possession of a stolen car. There was the 16-year-old girl who suffered from anxiety attac...]]>
Running for judge - Candidates engage for November election http://illinoistimes.com/article-17430-running-for-judge.html Running for judge - Candidates engage for November election
 Pity candidates for judicial posts.While folks running for alderman or mayor or governor or the legislature can talk about darn near anything they want in their campaigns, those who want to be a...]]>
Curbing court costs - State panel says rising court fees are barrier to justice http://illinoistimes.com/article-17431-curbing-court-costs.html Curbing court costs - State panel says rising court fees are barrier to justice
 Court fees in Illinois are rapidly increasing, threatening the viability of the court system as a means of resolving disputes.That’s the conclusion of a state panel which is recommending sweep...]]>
Taking the sting out of Stingrays - Illinois moves to limit cellphone spying by police http://illinoistimes.com/article-17432-taking-the-sting-out-of-stingrays.html Taking the sting out of Stingrays - Illinois moves to limit cellphone spying by police
 Police departments across the nation have the technology to trick your smartphone into giving up mountains of information about you, and you may never know it happened. That could soon change in...]]>
Jimenez and DelGiorno gear up for campaign - Education funding tops concerns for both 99th district candidates http://illinoistimes.com/article-17394-jimenez-and-delgiorno-gear-up-for-campaign.html Jimenez and DelGiorno gear up for campaign - Education funding tops concerns for both 99th district candidates
 Incumbent Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez, R-Springfield, is seeking election to her first full term as representative for the 99th District covering part of Springfield. She faces fellow Springfield...]]>
Fun while it lasted - Alderman shuts down fund http://illinoistimes.com/article-17397-fun-while-it-lasted.html Fun while it lasted - Alderman shuts down fund
 Conceding that he’s behind on paperwork, Ward 6 Ald. Cory Jobe says that he’s shutting down a fund intended to finance community improvement projects in his ward.The Ward 6 Revitalization an...]]>
State orders fixes to Viper Mine waste plan - Neighbors fighting coal ash berm north of Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-17398-state-orders-fixes-to-viper-mine-waste-plan.html State orders fixes to Viper Mine waste plan - Neighbors fighting coal ash berm north of Springfield
 A plan to dump coal ash waste near Elkhart needs significant work, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The proposal would create more room at an existing waste site for co...]]>
Deputy put on leave - Criminal investigation launched http://illinoistimes.com/article-17381-deputy-put-on-leave.html Deputy put on leave - Criminal investigation launched
Sangamon County sheriff’s deputy John Bartello has been placed on administrative leave and is under criminal investigation. The reason, or reasons, why aren’t clear. ...]]>
Return of the residency requirement - City council votes 6-4 to make future hires live in Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-17377-return-of-the-residency-requirement.html Return of the residency requirement - City council votes 6-4 to make future hires live in Springfield
 Future city employees will have to live inside Springfield under an ordinance passed Tuesday by the city council. The controversial issue created a split among some unions, with police, fire and...]]>
Let’s make a deal - Park district mulls police contract http://illinoistimes.com/article-17379-let%25E2%2580%2599s-make-a-deal.html Let’s make a deal - Park district mulls police contract
 The Springfield Park District is eying a deal with the Sangamon County sheriff’s office to provide police protection in parks.The sheriff’s office has given the district a proposal to provid...]]>
To tell the truth - Judge threatens contempt for alleged fib http://illinoistimes.com/article-17380-to-tell-the-truth.html To tell the truth - Judge threatens contempt for alleged fib
 A federal judge in Springfield is threatening to hold a Normal doctor in contempt of court for misleading testimony about his credentials during a May trial.The trial ended with a $300,000 jury...]]>
Empowered and employed - Furniture ministry uplifts and empowers women to become employed http://illinoistimes.com/article-17341-empowered-and-employed.html Empowered and employed - Furniture ministry uplifts and empowers women to become employed
 Shareese Tinsey, a Springfield mother of five children, had been struggling to find a job that would provide a steady income. That changed when Rev. Margaret Ann Jessup offered Tinsey a job at W...]]>
Short of breath - Ambulance provided air, not oxygen http://illinoistimes.com/article-17344-short-of-breath.html Short of breath - Ambulance provided air, not oxygen
 The what-and-who part of the puzzle didn’t take long for the Illinois Department of Public Health to figure out. The why remains a mystery.Within months of receiving a 2014 report that members...]]>
Lender forecloses on downtown hotel - Claims switch to Wyndham brand is default http://illinoistimes.com/article-17345-lender-forecloses-on-downtown-hotel.html Lender forecloses on downtown hotel - Claims switch to Wyndham brand is default
 The loan servicing company for banks that hold a mortgage to the Wyndham hotel in downtown Springfield has foreclosed on the property, claiming that the hotel’s switch from the Hilton to Wyndh...]]>
Return of the residency requirement? - Mayor makes good on campaign promise http://illinoistimes.com/article-17328-return-of-the-residency-requirement.html Return of the residency requirement? - Mayor makes good on campaign promise
Future city employees may soon have to live within the limits of Springfield, per a proposal to reinstate the city's previous residency requirement....]]>
Habitat home needs funds - Three nonprofits join forces for win-win-win http://illinoistimes.com/article-17323-habitat-home-needs-funds.html Habitat home needs funds - Three nonprofits join forces for win-win-win
 For three and a half years, Demara Albert’s name was on a list with 17 other candidates who wanted to become homeowners through Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County. Although Habitat tempor...]]>
The driveway to Scheels - City may raise speed limit on MacArthur http://illinoistimes.com/article-17324-the-driveway-to-scheels.html The driveway to Scheels - City may raise speed limit on MacArthur
 Motorists soon may be able to travel a bit faster on MacArthur Boulevard without risking a ticket.The city is working on plans to raise the speed limit on the road between Wabash Avenue and Inte...]]>
Battling over workers’ comp - Budget talks hinge in part on new changes http://illinoistimes.com/article-17325-battling-over-workers%25E2%2580%2599-comp.html Battling over workers’ comp - Budget talks hinge in part on new changes
 The state workers’ compensation system is being eyed for changes as part of a possible resolution to Illinois’ budget crisis, setting up a battle between employers, injured workers and the d...]]>