IllinoisTimes - Cap City http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-56-1-cap-city.html Sun, 25 Sep 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 ABE GETS HIS KICKS http://illinoistimes.com/article-17738-abe-gets-his-kicks.html ABE GETS HIS KICKS
If there’s one fact about Abe Lincoln that everyone remembers, it’s that he loved cars. Okay, that’s not really true. Although a steam-powered precursor to the modern car was invented in 1769, t...]]>
HAVING A BLAST http://illinoistimes.com/article-17739-having-a-blast.html HAVING A BLAST
 Springfield has been host to myriad you-don’t-see-that-every-day gatherings, from the World Juggling Federation Convention to confabs of Elvis impersonators. But we feel especially secure this...]]>
HEALTHY AND HAPPY http://illinoistimes.com/article-17690-healthy-and-happy.html HEALTHY AND HAPPY
Central and southern Illinois have some serious work to do when it comes to getting healthy. According to the 2016 County Health Rankings compiled by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Inst...]]>
CONN-GRATULATIONS http://illinoistimes.com/article-17691-conn-gratulations.html CONN-GRATULATIONS
With the second Obed and Isaac’s scheduled to open in Peoria on Sept. 26, the Conn’s Hospitality Group is being honored by Landmarks Illinois for the Springfield company’s work in historic prese...]]>
WHOSE BRAINS ARE ON DRUGS? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17665-whose-brains-are-on-drugs.html WHOSE BRAINS ARE ON DRUGS?
The Springfield City Council this week loosened a local law against synthetic marijuana, commonly called K2, even as Illinois and other states are cracking down on the substance said to be more danger...]]>
PROBATION FOR DUI http://illinoistimes.com/article-17666-probation-for-dui.html PROBATION FOR DUI
Randy Blue, deputy inspector general for the Illinois Secretary of State’s office, is facing discipline at work after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated.A 12-year-old girl suffered a leg i...]]>
NOT SO FAST http://illinoistimes.com/article-17645-not-so-fast.html NOT SO FAST
Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John “Mo” Madonia is giving the parties a chance to figure things out for themselves in the Wyndham Hotel foreclosure case. With a loan servicing company playin...]]>
ANTI-RACISM AWARD http://illinoistimes.com/article-17646-anti-racism-award.html ANTI-RACISM AWARD
They certainly didn’t do it for the recognition, but the Dominican Sisters of Springfield recently won a national award recognizing their anti-racism efforts. Illinois Times profiled the Sisters’...]]>
SENIOR SAFETY http://illinoistimes.com/article-17596-senior-safety.html SENIOR SAFETY
Our limits change as we age, and when it comes to driving, minding those limits can mean the difference between life and death. The AARP Driver Safety Class is aimed at drivers over age 50, and it’s...]]>
HALFWAY HOUSE WINS APPEAL http://illinoistimes.com/article-17597-halfway-house-wins-appeal.html HALFWAY HOUSE WINS APPEAL
Illinois has a serious lack of transitional housing for people reintegrating into society after prison, but where to put such housing raises its own concerns. An adult transitional house in Springfiel...]]>
MARKET MOVES http://illinoistimes.com/article-17557-market-moves.html MARKET MOVES
Sometimes, experiments just don’t work out. The Old Capitol Farmers Market in downtown Springfield is moving its Wednesday hours back to the morning after a brief stint in the evening. The move foll...]]>
DRUG WAR PRISONER http://illinoistimes.com/article-17558-drug-war-prisoner.html DRUG WAR PRISONER
Last week, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 214 federal inmates, potentially freeing a Springfield man given a life sentence for possessing crack cocaine in 1997. Obama’s move also s...]]>
A REPRIEVE FOR PARSONS http://illinoistimes.com/article-17536-a-reprieve-for-parsons.html A REPRIEVE FOR PARSONS
Jeff Parsons has avoided further trouble – at least for now – after an Illinois Times article raised questions about his ability to pay the $12.3 million judgment against him. On Aug. 2, U.S. Dist...]]>
BUSES ON THE NET http://illinoistimes.com/article-17482-buses-on-the-net.html BUSES ON THE NET
Getting around Springfield without a car just got a bit easier. The Springfield Mass Transit District announced last week that they’ve integrated their bus schedules with Google Maps and several oth...]]>
THREE SISTERS http://illinoistimes.com/article-17483-three-sisters.html THREE SISTERS
A cool concept devised by Native Americans will play a central role in the community garden at Butler Elementary School in Springfield this coming school year. Based on the idea of “companion planti...]]>
COP VS. COP http://illinoistimes.com/article-17458-cop-vs-cop.html COP VS. COP
There’s bad blood among the troops in the Sangamon County sheriff’s office. Deputy Travis Koester called the cops on June 2 to report that he’d just been confronted by Deputy Travis Dalby at a g...]]>
HEARING DELAYED http://illinoistimes.com/article-17459-hearing-delayed.html HEARING DELAYED
Attorneys for former employees of Jeffrey “I’m Broke” Parsons, who made and lost a fortune buying and selling precious metals and other valuables, may not read IT, but judges apparently do. Pars...]]>
BEATING BLIGHT http://illinoistimes.com/article-17428-beating-blight.html BEATING BLIGHT
Goodbye, eyesores. The Springfield City Council approved the purchase in June of 71 properties from Sangamon County to demolish the buildings for blight relief under a program started in 2012.  T...]]>
SATTERLEE SENTENCED http://illinoistimes.com/article-17429-satterlee-sentenced.html SATTERLEE SENTENCED
A Springfield woman has been sentenced to prison by a Nevada judge for passing bad checks worth $160,000 at casinos. In April, the same woman was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison in an unrelat...]]>
A BATTY STANDOFF http://illinoistimes.com/article-17395-a-batty-standoff.html A BATTY STANDOFF
Springfield police handled a bizarre standoff earlier this month when a man wielding a baseball bat allegedly began attacking his neighbors. Gregory Bosie of Springfield was arrested on June 15, follo...]]>
NO FREE FAIR http://illinoistimes.com/article-17396-no-free-fair.html NO FREE FAIR
Free admission to the state fair on its first night has been a longstanding tradition in Springfield. No more. This year, the Department of Agriculture plans to charge $5 to enter the fairgrounds on t...]]>
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...]]>