IllinoisTimes - News http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Tue, 27 Sep 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Weeding things out - Lake Springfield gets some Friends http://illinoistimes.com/article-17736-weeding-things-out.html Weeding things out - Lake Springfield gets some Friends
 Chainsaws and herbicide and matches, it turns out, can be an environmentalist’s best friend.After more than two years of clearing brush with saws and poison and fire, Friends of the Sangamon V...]]>
Digging deep on Hunter Lake - Go down 30 feet, Pawnee says http://illinoistimes.com/article-17737-digging-deep-on-hunter-lake.html Digging deep on Hunter Lake - Go down 30 feet, Pawnee says
 While Pawnee questions the design of Hunter Lake, an engineering firm that has worked for the village questions the need for a 3,000-acre reservoir, which would stretch to the burg south of Spri...]]>
Poverty decreased slightly in 2015 - New census data shows weak recovery from long slide http://illinoistimes.com/article-17740-poverty-decreased-slightly-in-2015.html Poverty decreased slightly in 2015 - New census data shows weak recovery from long slide
 More than 1.7 million Illinoisans lived in poverty last year, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week. That’s an improvement over 2014, but not nearly enough to erase th...]]>
Open house for MacArthur apartments http://illinoistimes.com/article-17689-open-house-for-macarthur-apartments.html Open house for MacArthur apartments
 New roofs. New doors. New windows. A new name. And, its owners say, a new attitude.Once considered an armpit of apartment complexes in Springfield, a 187-unit complex on the 2700 block of MacArt...]]>
A meeting of monarchs - Bug lovers heed the butterfly’s scream http://illinoistimes.com/article-17692-a-meeting-of-monarchs.html A meeting of monarchs - Bug lovers heed the butterfly’s scream
 Snail darters are ugly, spotted owls are hard to spot, but no one has anything bad to say about butterflies, which helps explain why nearly 100 environmentalists, farmers, academics and others g...]]>
Crime kept dropping after death penalty abolished http://illinoistimes.com/article-17693-crime-kept-dropping-after-death-penalty-abolished.html Crime kept dropping after death penalty abolished
 The statewide murder rate continued to decline after Illinois abolished the death penalty five years ago, following a nationwide trend of decreasing crime. However, some state lawmakers want to...]]>
Trouble tracking children - DCFS child placement audit finds problems http://illinoistimes.com/article-17694-trouble-tracking-children.html Trouble tracking children - DCFS child placement audit finds problems
 Troubled kids in Illinois spent weeks in psychiatric hospitals and emergency shelters unnecessarily over the past two years. That’s one of the problems at the Illinois Department of Children a...]]>
Rauner tries to fix a bad financial deal - Blagojevich-era interest rate swaps cost the state tens of millions http://illinoistimes.com/article-17664-rauner-tries-to-fix-a-bad-financial-deal.html Rauner tries to fix a bad financial deal - Blagojevich-era interest rate swaps cost the state tens of millions
 Gov. Bruce Rauner, who previously promised voters he would bring his well-honed business skills to get Illinois back on track, will be tested in coming months as he tries to fix a bad financial...]]>
CWLP seeks renewed Dallman permit - Citizens voice concerns on pollution http://illinoistimes.com/article-17667-cwlp-seeks-renewed-dallman-permit.html CWLP seeks renewed Dallman permit - Citizens voice concerns on pollution
 Don Hanrahan of Springfield remembers spending his childhood summers playing outside in Forest Park Hills subdivision, just across Spaulding Dam from the city power plant. He says that before Ci...]]>
Springfield business wins copyright claim http://illinoistimes.com/article-17668-springfield-business-wins-copyright-claim.html Springfield business wins copyright claim
 A Springfield-based home décor company won its copyright claim last month against two prominent retailers.Although there are still a handful of issues to resolve, the lawsuit dealing with an al...]]>
Levine and the divine - A Jewish scholar addresses differences in belief http://illinoistimes.com/article-17635-levine-and-the-divine.html Levine and the divine - A Jewish scholar addresses differences in belief
 If religion were based on logic, it would be Sudoku.“In Sudoku, everybody can get the same answer if you’re patient enough, if you’re smart enough and if you have an eraser,” said Amy-Ji...]]>
Can Springfield elect a Democrat to the House? - Campaign for 99th District seat in full swing http://illinoistimes.com/article-17644-can-springfield-elect-a-democrat-to-the-house.html Can Springfield elect a Democrat to the House? - Campaign for 99th District seat in full swing
 Tony DelGiorno, the sole Democrat to defeat a Republican for a seat on the Sangamon County board in 2012, is hoping history will repeat itself this fall as he faces Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez in...]]>
Lawyers eye bench opening - Judicial race features sons of judges http://illinoistimes.com/article-17648-lawyers-eye-bench-opening.html Lawyers eye bench opening - Judicial race features sons of judges
Candidates for a seat on the Seventh Circuit Court in Springfield have at least one thing in common.Both Rick Verticchio of Carlinville, a Democrat, and Ryan Cadagin of Springfield, a Republican, are...]]>
Health insurance rates increase on public exchange http://illinoistimes.com/article-17649-health-insurance-rates-increase-on-public-exchange.html Health insurance rates increase on public exchange
 The Illinois Department of Insurance released premium rates last week from the six insurers on the public health insurance exchange, revealing that many plans will probably cost significantly mo...]]>
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...]]>