IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Fri, 27 Feb 15 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 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...]]>
Statehouse hot topics - Bills filed for changes in policing and labor http://illinoistimes.com/article-15023-statehouse-hot-topics.html Statehouse hot topics - Bills filed for changes in policing and labor
For the first time in a more than a decade, the governor’s office and the Illinois General Assembly are controlled by two different parties, which will make for an exciting and entertaining legislative session. There is no shortage of contentious issues for the legislature to take up. Here are a few bills to watch....]]>
Crisis for Christians in Iraq - Dominican Sisters visit those fleeing ISIL http://illinoistimes.com/article-15041-crisis-for-christians-in-iraq.html Crisis for Christians in Iraq - Dominican Sisters visit those fleeing ISIL
 The drive from Qaraqosh to Erbil usually takes about 40 minutes. In mid-2014, the trip took closer to four hours, thanks to a highway snarled with thousands of cars fleeing a terrorist group wit...]]>
No walk in the park this time - Sgro faces challenge on park board http://illinoistimes.com/article-15044-no-walk-in-the-park-this-time.html No walk in the park this time - Sgro faces challenge on park board
 George Bush – the first one – was in the White House, Al Gore hadn’t yet invented the Internet (or claimed to) and Jerry Garcia was still leading the Grateful Dead when Leslie Sgro became ...]]>
Packing heat - Illinois finishes first year of concealed carry http://illinoistimes.com/article-15045-packing-heat.html Packing heat - Illinois finishes first year of concealed carry
 More than 2,000 Sangamon County residents received a license to carry a concealed firearm in the first year under a state law enacted in 2014.The Illinois State Police released data showing 2,08...]]>
No easy answers - Aldermanic candidates struggle with questions http://illinoistimes.com/article-15046-no-easy-answers.html No easy answers - Aldermanic candidates struggle with questions
There were nearly enough Springfield aldermen, would-be and otherwise, to field two football teams at a Monday candidates’ forum sponsored by Inner City Older Neighborhoods.But the 21 candidates for...]]>
Small-scale fracking - Low-volume fracking occurs in Illinois with less oversight http://illinoistimes.com/article-14988-small-scale-fracking.html Small-scale fracking - Low-volume fracking occurs in Illinois with less oversight
Illinois has yet to issue permits for high-volume hydraulic fracturing, but at least one well has been “fracked” since a new law began regulating the practice.

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Seeking clemency in Springfield - Illinois Innocence Project highlights botched trials for two accused http://illinoistimes.com/article-15001-seeking-clemency-in-springfield.html Seeking clemency in Springfield - Illinois Innocence Project highlights botched trials for two accused
 Anthony Murray spent 14 years in prison, and he was facing another 31 years when he was offered a chance to go home. The unusual plea agreement that let Murray out of prison has haunted him ever...]]>
Pull the plug? - Study finds CWLP plants should close http://illinoistimes.com/article-15004-pull-the-plug.html Pull the plug? - Study finds CWLP plants should close
 Both sides agree.Two aging coal-fired generators owned by City Water, Light and Power are akin to automobiles that are getting on in years. At some point, the owner must ask: Should I continue s...]]>
Gold rush - Video gambling parlors cash in http://illinoistimes.com/article-15005-gold-rush.html Gold rush - Video gambling parlors cash in
 Henry Baird figured that he would do well when he decided to open up Pennies Place, a gambling parlor on Wabash Avenue.But not this well.The five video gambling machines in Pennies netted more t...]]>
Imprisoned for poverty - For lack of housing, many parolees stuck in prison http://illinoistimes.com/article-15006-imprisoned-for-poverty.html Imprisoned for poverty - For lack of housing, many parolees stuck in prison
 Johnny Cordrey did his time. He spent 18 years at Menard Correctional Center in southern Illinois, but when his release date came in April 2012, Cordrey was instead sent back to prison. He hadn�...]]>
Trial nears in drowning case - Plaintiff blames lifeguards, city http://illinoistimes.com/article-14980-trial-nears-in-drowning-case.html Trial nears in drowning case - Plaintiff blames lifeguards, city
Shortly before Eric M. Jones drowned in Lake Springfield in 2007, the mayor’s office received a complaint.A woman called the city to complain that just one lifeguard was on post while 52 children sw...]]>
ALPLM adrift - Consultant rejects Madigan plan http://illinoistimes.com/article-14981-alplm-adrift.html ALPLM adrift - Consultant rejects Madigan plan
What do you get if you promise to raise money to build a museum but don’t deliver, then borrow millions of dollars to buy artifacts of questionable authenticity once the museum opens and then falter...]]>
Rauner taps Blago retread - Former EPA counsel now top adviser http://illinoistimes.com/article-14983-rauner-taps-blago-retread.html Rauner taps Blago retread - Former EPA counsel now top adviser
A lawyer once at the center of disputes between Attorney General Lisa Madigan and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is now Gov. Bruce Rauner’s top adviser on environmental issues.“Oh my God,” exclaime...]]>
Guilty as charged - Christian gets day in court http://illinoistimes.com/article-14958-guilty-as-charged.html Guilty as charged - Christian gets day in court
 Calvin Christian, Springfield’s most prolific traffic scofflaw, may soon be a pedestrian.Christian, who claims in a federal lawsuit against the city that officers have ticketed him in retaliat...]]>