IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Fri, 26 May 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Cop pleads guilty, keeps job - Admits illegal steroid possession http://illinoistimes.com/article-18717-cop-pleads-guilty-keeps-job.html Cop pleads guilty, keeps job - Admits illegal steroid possession
 A Sangamon County sheriff’s deputy is serving a six-month suspension after pleading guilty to misdemeanor drug possession last month.Deputy John Bartello was placed on paid administrative leav...]]>
Health care in crisis - A symposium addresses the post-ACA landscape http://illinoistimes.com/article-18720-health-care-in-crisis.html Health care in crisis - A symposium addresses the post-ACA landscape
 Despite attempts at an overall cheery tone, the views presented during “Obamacare after Obama: The future of U.S. health care at a crossroads,” a conference held at the Memorial Center for L...]]>
Developer proposes downtown Springfield casino http://illinoistimes.com/article-18721-developer-proposes-downtown-springfield-casino.html Developer proposes downtown Springfield casino
 A Springfield-based developer wants to reconfigure the downtown area by developing a casino.Chris Stone, owner of EMS Midwest, Inc., recently proposed plans to members of the city council and Ma...]]>
Runners honor a hero and friend - The last Brian McMillen Memorial Run is May 27 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18666-runners-honor-a-hero-and-friend.html Runners honor a hero and friend - The last Brian McMillen Memorial Run is May 27
 Organizers from Lincoln Land Community College, the Illinois State Police and Illinois Air National Guard will host the Brian McMillen Memorial Run/Walk Saturday, May 27, at 8 a.m. on the LLCC C...]]>
Civil war - Fights at ALPLM hit Lincoln papers http://illinoistimes.com/article-18682-civil-war.html Civil war - Fights at ALPLM hit Lincoln papers
 Disagreements and dysfunction have been so serious at the Papers of Abraham Lincoln Project that the former director once threatened to move the program out of Illinois, according to testimony d...]]>
Saving seniors from budget cuts http://illinoistimes.com/article-18683-saving-seniors-from-budget-cuts.html Saving seniors from budget cuts
A new bill pledges to save low-income seniors from budget cuts proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.In a press conference at the State Capitol on May 10, Sen. Daniel Biss, D-Skokie, Rep. Anna Moeller, D-Elgi...]]>
UIS sued - Former employees claim discrimination http://illinoistimes.com/article-18684-uis-sued.html UIS sued - Former employees claim discrimination
Two former employees of the Intensive English Program at University of Illinois Springfield have sued UIS, claiming the university discriminated against students from the Middle East and Mexico.The fe...]]>
Higher ed rally blames Rauner http://illinoistimes.com/article-18657-higher-ed-rally-blames-rauner.html Higher ed rally blames Rauner
 The rally began as students and faculty gathered around Illinois’ Statehouse Rotunda, chanting “Fund our futures” and “Do your Job,” calling on Gov. Bruce Rauner to fund higher educati...]]>
UIS strike ends http://illinoistimes.com/article-18660-uis-strike-ends.html UIS strike ends
 The University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) and United Faculty union reached a tentative agreement on May 7, ending a five-day strike.  A joint statement released by UIS Chancellor Susan K...]]>
SoS employee tried ducking restitution - On unpaid leave, charges unclear http://illinoistimes.com/article-18661-sos-employee-tried-ducking-restitution.html SoS employee tried ducking restitution - On unpaid leave, charges unclear
 Allegations remain unclear against Candace Wanzo, a top official in the Secretary of State’s office who was placed on administrative leave more than a week ago.Spokesmen for Illinois Secretary...]]>
Contest-gate - Press association reopens investigation http://illinoistimes.com/article-18662-contest-gate.html Contest-gate - Press association reopens investigation
 The Illinois Press Association has reopened an investigation into the rigging of a 2011 statewide journalism contest that only recently came to light.The investigation was reopened within the pa...]]>
Bill to restrict isolation cells fails - But lawmakers move to reduce jail time for mentally ill http://illinoistimes.com/article-18613-bill-to-restrict-isolation-cells-fails.html Bill to restrict isolation cells fails - But lawmakers move to reduce jail time for mentally ill
 The state House of Representatives last week passed a bill designed to expedite the transfer of mentally ill inmates from county jails to state mental health facilities.But a bill that would res...]]>
“Past Due” hears stories of impasse pain - NPR Illinois and AARP hold first of 11town hall meetings on the budget impasse http://illinoistimes.com/article-18616-%25E2%2580%259Cpast-due%25E2%2580%259D-hears-stories-of-impasse-pain.html “Past Due” hears stories of impasse pain - NPR Illinois and AARP hold first of 11town hall meetings on the budget impasse
 Concerned citizens gathered at a public forum in Springfield April 27 to share their stories of the budget impasse and how it’s affected them. “Over the last 22 months, we have had devastati...]]>
Crime down? - DUI, misdemeanor cases dropping http://illinoistimes.com/article-18617-crime-down.html Crime down? - DUI, misdemeanor cases dropping
 The number of misdemeanor and driving under the influence cases has plummeted in Sangamon County.Last year, prosecutors filed 1,323 misdemeanor cases compared to 1,733 cases in 2015. The reducti...]]>
UIS takes back the night - March and rally raises awareness of sexual violence http://illinoistimes.com/article-18618-uis-takes-back-the-night.html UIS takes back the night - March and rally raises awareness of sexual violence
 The University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) rallied against sexual violence at the 10th annual Take Back the Night event, held on April 28. Protesters gathered at the colonnade at 8:30 p.m. to...]]>
Take this plaque and shove it - Press association fixed contest http://illinoistimes.com/article-18597-take-this-plaque-and-shove-it.html Take this plaque and shove it - Press association fixed contest
 The annual journalism contest sponsored by the Illinois Press Association is supposed to be a measuring stick for excellence, a chance for newspapers large and small to boast to readers about wi...]]>
Pritzker takes strong stand on abortion rights http://illinoistimes.com/article-18598-pritzker-takes-strong-stand-on-abortion-rights.html Pritzker takes strong stand on abortion rights
 Illinois gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat from Chicago, pulled no punches when asked about Gov. Bruce Rauner’s changed stance on abortion rights. “Either Rauner lied when he...]]>
The end of the landline http://illinoistimes.com/article-18599-the-end-of-the-landline.html The end of the landline
 Legislation sponsored by AT&T could threaten access to services such as 911 and medical monitoring for low-income and rural residents in parts of Illinois served by the telecommunication gia...]]>
Alice Cooper comes to Springfield - We’re not worthy, but he talked to IT anyway http://illinoistimes.com/article-18569-alice-cooper-comes-to-springfield.html Alice Cooper comes to Springfield - We’re not worthy, but he talked to IT anyway
 At 69 and still singing “I’m Eighteen” for fun and profit, Alice Cooper is, arguably, the luckiest man in America.The artist formerly known as Vincent Furnier didn’t hit it big way back...]]>
Manar: School funding system “completely rotten” http://illinoistimes.com/article-18572-manar-school-funding-system-%25E2%2580%259Ccompletely-rotten%25E2%2580%259D.html Manar: School funding system “completely rotten”
 Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, is one of the state’s foremost experts on school funding reform. “We have a system that is completely rotten because the effect of the law makes us the least...]]>
Both SIU and patients benefit from current health care law http://illinoistimes.com/article-18573-both-siu-and-patients-benefit-from-current-health-care-law.html Both SIU and patients benefit from current health care law
 On March 24, supporters of the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, breathed a sigh of relief. This came after Republican U.S. House leaders withdrew the American Health Care Act, which...]]>
Rauner targets hate crime http://illinoistimes.com/article-18574-rauner-targets-hate-crime.html Rauner targets hate crime
 In a press conference April 10 Gov. Bruce Rauner unveiled a program designed to train police officers on identifying, investigating and prosecuting hate crimes. “As we are all too aware, hate...]]>
A presidential chat - Picking the brain of ALPM head Alan Lowe http://illinoistimes.com/article-18542-a-presidential-chat.html A presidential chat - Picking the brain of ALPM head Alan Lowe
Nine months into his tenure as director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Alan Lowe looks and sounds like a man at ease....]]>
Democrats push for minimum wage increase http://illinoistimes.com/article-18545-democrats-push-for-minimum-wage-increase.html Democrats push for minimum wage increase
Two bills were introduced to increase Illinois’ minimum wage to $15 per hour. Rep. Mary Flowers-D, Chicago, sponsor of an immediate $15 per hour minimum wage increase, said people should have a liva...]]>
Preserving internet privacy in Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-18547-preserving-internet-privacy-in-illinois.html Preserving internet privacy in Illinois
 A bill to preserve internet privacy has been introduced in the General Assembly.Known as the Right to Know Act, the legislation would require that internet service providers who retrieve persona...]]>
Waging war on gender wage gap http://illinoistimes.com/article-18548-waging-war-on-gender-wage-gap.html Waging war on gender wage gap
A bill introduced by Rep. Anna Moller, D-Elgin, would require that employees cannot be paid less than what their coworkers make due to their gender. The measure may be beneficial for Illinois financia...]]>
The Zombies embark on a final Odessey http://illinoistimes.com/article-18500-the-zombies-embark-on-a-final-odessey.html The Zombies embark on a final Odessey
 Fans of 1960s popular music are no doubt familiar with The Zombies and their hits, such as “She’s Not There” and “Time of the Season.” The latter is the closing track to the 1968 album...]]>
Ka-ching! - Prison jobs pay big http://illinoistimes.com/article-18495-ka-ching_.html Ka-ching! - Prison jobs pay big
 While legislators consider banning the Illinois Department of Corrections from privatizing prison health care jobs, pay records show that prison workers earn substantially more than counterparts...]]>
Protesters demand funding for adult ed http://illinoistimes.com/article-18498-protesters-demand-funding-for-adult-ed.html Protesters demand funding for adult ed
 Protesters from across the state gathered at the Capitol in Springfield March 29 to demand that lawmakers end the budget crisis and fund adult education. The event was organized by the Illi...]]>
Lax procedures allow theft - CMS employee pocketed money orders http://illinoistimes.com/article-18499-lax-procedures-allow-theft.html Lax procedures allow theft - CMS employee pocketed money orders
 When purchasers of surplus state property showed up with money orders at the Central Management Services warehouse on South 10 1/2 Street, Ashleigh E. Watson, office administrator, was eager to...]]>