IllinoisTimes - Cap City http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-56-1-cap-city.html Tue, 28 Jun 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 WHERE’S JULIO? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17378-where%25E2%2580%2599s-julio.html WHERE’S JULIO?
Julio Barrenzuela says he left Springfield so he could come back. Springfield’s official “Salsa Ambassador” moved to California in 2012, but he’s still working to better his hometown, a city t...]]>
AWARD-WINNING JOURNALISM http://illinoistimes.com/article-17342-award-winning-journalism.html AWARD-WINNING JOURNALISM
One of the best things about working in journalism is getting to learn new things nearly every day. On June 10, we had a chance to look over our work from the past year at the Illinois Press Associati...]]>
Remembering Orlando http://illinoistimes.com/article-17343-remembering-orlando.html Remembering Orlando
Emotions filled the conference room in the lower level of the PAC building at the University of Illinois Springfield as Kerry Poynter, director of the UIS LGBTQA resource office and his staff read the...]]>
2016 Drug Summit http://illinoistimes.com/article-17321-2016-drug-summit.html 2016 Drug Summit
On June 2, a group of statewide public health professionals participated in a Rural Health Summit at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield in an effort to decrease Illinois’ heroin and opioid death...]]>
HIDDEN HISTORY http://illinoistimes.com/article-17322-hidden-history.html HIDDEN HISTORY
The City of Springfield’s Office of Public Works is currently resurfacing several streets in the city’s older core, and that process is revealing some hidden history. In some places, like Laurel A...]]>
MUSEUM TO REOPEN http://illinoistimes.com/article-17289-museum-to-reopen.html MUSEUM TO REOPEN
 After more than eight months closed to the public for reasons no one quite understands, the Illinois State Museum in Springfield is likely to reopen soon, along with most of its satellite facili...]]>
HISTORIC HOME http://illinoistimes.com/article-17290-historic-home.html HISTORIC HOME
In 1898, Springfield hosted the nation’s first orphanage for African-American children, which operated here until 1933. The orphanage’s second building, erected in 1904, still stands at 427 S. 12t...]]>
INDEPENDENT MAPS CLEARS HURDLE http://illinoistimes.com/article-17272-independent-maps-clears-hurdle.html INDEPENDENT MAPS CLEARS HURDLE
May 23 marked the first sign of victory for the controversial Independent Map amendment, which would eliminate the General Assembly’s role in the redistricting process. At least 290,216 petition sig...]]>
BE A SUPERHERO http://illinoistimes.com/article-17273-be-a-superhero.html BE A SUPERHERO
On June 4 at 10 a.m., Prevent Child Abuse Illinois will host its seventh annual Illinois Walk for Children featuring Spiderman and Ironman at the YMCA Gus and Flora Kerasotes location. According to a...]]>
THE HEAT’S ON COLD CASES http://illinoistimes.com/article-17203-the-heat%25E2%2580%2599s-on-cold-cases.html THE HEAT’S ON COLD CASES
From now until Sept. 30, CrimeStoppers of Sangamon and Menard county will be presenting information about 10 cold case homicides to the public on a biweekly basis. A cold case is an unsolved homicide...]]>
A GOLD MEDAL GUY http://illinoistimes.com/article-17204-a-gold-medal-guy.html A GOLD MEDAL GUY
Ivan Maras of Rochester doesn’t speak Spanish, so how did he become part of a Puerto Rican regiment of the U.S. Army during the Korean War? Through a twist of history, Maras last month joined his fe...]]>
POETRY CHAMP http://illinoistimes.com/article-17177-poetry-champ.html POETRY CHAMP
Mariah Brooks, a junior at Springfield Southeast High School, competed in the national Poetry Out Loud contest May 3 in Washington, D.C. The contest is a national poetry recitation competition that cr...]]>
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS, POLITICAL POWERHOUSE http://illinoistimes.com/article-17178-southern-illinois-political-powerhouse.html SOUTHERN ILLINOIS, POLITICAL POWERHOUSE
In his new book, The Dealmakers of Downstate Illinois, political historian Robert E. Hartley describes the fascinating period of about 30 years when southern Illinois lawmakers dominated the Illinois...]]>
IT’S ONLY MONEY http://illinoistimes.com/article-17136-it%25E2%2580%2599s-only-money.html IT’S ONLY MONEY
Just how much money has been spent – some might say wasted – on the Salvation Army’s fledgling homeless shelter on Ninth Street is becoming clear as Evans Construction this month filed a $340,00...]]>
BEAUTIFUL BIRDS http://illinoistimes.com/article-17137-beautiful-birds.html BEAUTIFUL BIRDS
Spring means the return of migratory birds which headed south for winter, and the Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders is asking for help tracking two particularly pretty species. The nonprofit gr...]]>
FAREWELL, WE HARDLY KNEW YE http://illinoistimes.com/article-17116-farewell-we-hardly-knew-ye.html FAREWELL, WE HARDLY KNEW YE
The State Journal-Register’s newsroom is being hit with two departures as longtime metro columnist Dave Bakke is scheduled to retire (with May 13 – a Friday, no less – reportedly being pegged as...]]>
MACARTHUR STUDY http://illinoistimes.com/article-17117-macarthur-study.html MACARTHUR STUDY
For years, the MacArthur Boulevard Association has called for better infrastructure along one of Springfield’s primary business corridors. From the crumbling sidewalks (or lack thereof) to the lack...]]>
APPEAL IN SHAKEN BABY CASE http://illinoistimes.com/article-17074-appeal-in-shaken-baby-case.html APPEAL IN SHAKEN BABY CASE
A Springfield daycare owner convicted in December of involuntary manslaughter for the death of a child in her care has been sentenced to four years in prison. Cammie Kelly was charged with first-degre...]]>
MANSION SECRETS http://illinoistimes.com/article-17075-mansion-secrets.html MANSION SECRETS
Edwards Place, home of the Springfield Art Association, is full of secrets and surprises. It’s the oldest house in Springfield still on its original foundation, and its walls hide an intricate story...]]>
REMARKABLE REUSE http://illinoistimes.com/article-17043-remarkable-reuse.html REMARKABLE REUSE
When Springfield native Julia Ann Cain got hitched last month, she did it in style – wearing the same dress her mother and grandmother each wore at their own weddings decades ago. Cain is an award-w...]]>
BRICK BUDDIES http://illinoistimes.com/article-17044-brick-buddies.html BRICK BUDDIES
Many adults can trace their interest in science and art back to their play time as children, and for many of us, LEGO bricks played a central role in our love for learning. It makes sense, then, to us...]]>
MUSEUM MAY REOPEN http://illinoistimes.com/article-17019-museum-may-reopen.html MUSEUM MAY REOPEN
After six months of being closed to the public, the Illinois State Museum is a step closer to reopening … eventually. On March 25, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources submitted an administr...]]>
DEMO DONE http://illinoistimes.com/article-17020-demo-done.html DEMO DONE
It only took nine months and a court order, but the pile of rubble that was once the Cordova Apartments in Springfield is now gone. The building at 1325 S. Fifth St., behind the Shell gas station on S...]]>
JOHN LEWIS ON SCREEN http://illinoistimes.com/article-16967-john-lewis-on-screen.html JOHN LEWIS ON SCREEN
In October of last year, Brookens Library at UIS, as part of its ongoing “One Book” program, hosted a personal appearance by civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis, D-Georgia, who had just publi...]]>
POT, KETTLE, BOTH BLACK http://illinoistimes.com/article-16968-pot-kettle-both-black.html POT, KETTLE, BOTH BLACK
Fans of the salacious in Springfield are no doubt acquainted with Springfield IL Exposed, the website that shames people by posting mug shots of purported prostitutes and posting nude or nearly nude p...]]>
BEAUTIFYING HER BEAT http://illinoistimes.com/article-16941-beautifying-her-beat.html BEAUTIFYING HER BEAT
Springfield police officer Tami Walcher saw a problem last year and decided to fix it. Walcher is the beat officer for Beat 500, which covers the area south of South Grand Avenue between Chatham Road...]]>
MCCANN THE MAN http://illinoistimes.com/article-16942-mccann-the-man.html MCCANN THE MAN
Sen. Sam McCann won the hotly contested Republican primary race for Illinois’ 50th Senate district yesterday, earning 52.6 percent of the vote to challenger Bryce Benton’s 47.3 percent. The race w...]]>
MEDICAL MISSION IS 20 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16920-medical-mission-is-20.html MEDICAL MISSION IS 20
The International Health and Development Network, a Springfield-based nonprofit, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Created in 1996 by Springfield physician Dr. Edem Agamah, IHDN helps make he...]]>
ORANGE THUMBS http://illinoistimes.com/article-16921-orange-thumbs.html ORANGE THUMBS
Forget green thumbs; the Springfield YMCA has an orange thumb. That’s because the Y just won a $3,500 grant from international tool company Fiskars – known for its distinct orange-handled scissors...]]>
BAD NEWS … OR GOOD? http://illinoistimes.com/article-16898-bad-news-%25E2%2580%25A6-or-good.html BAD NEWS … OR GOOD?
Home prices in Springfield have lagged behind the rest of the state over the past year, according to CoreLogic, a national real estate analytics firm. If experience is any indicator, however, that may...]]>