IllinoisTimes - Cap City http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-56-1-cap-city.html Mon, 01 Sep 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 HEAR HOW PEORIA DOES NEIGHBORHOODS RIGHT http://illinoistimes.com/article-14361-hear-how-peoria-does-neighborhoods-right.html HEAR HOW PEORIA DOES NEIGHBORHOODS RIGHT
 Should Springfield have a public official whose job it is to help revitalize neighborhoods? The Inner City Older Neighborhoods (ICON) coalition thinks so, and they’re hosting a public forum on...]]>
TAKING STOCK http://illinoistimes.com/article-14362-taking-stock.html TAKING STOCK
 While our colleagues at the State Journal-Register go without raises while toiling to deliver all the news that’s fit to print, they can take comfort in the fact that they are helping make som...]]>
PARADE LEMONADE http://illinoistimes.com/article-14325-parade-lemonade.html PARADE LEMONADE
 One who worked long hours on the float entered in the State Fair parade by the Coalition of Rainbow Alliances said she was “heartbroken” when rain canceled the parade and the group’s chanc...]]>
Springfield’s Night Out http://illinoistimes.com/article-14326-springfield%25E2%2580%2599s-night-out.html Springfield’s Night Out
 It’s a night for taking back the streets. Springfield joined hundreds of communities around the nation in the National Night Out on Aug. 5. Several neighborhoods in Springfield held block part...]]>
WOOF! http://illinoistimes.com/article-14295-woof_.html WOOF!
 Sangamon County Animal Control officials have declared dangerous a pair of dogs owned by Sheryle Henry, a member of a county advisory board on animal control. The dogs in June attacked a small m...]]>
TAYLOR HOUSE RESTORATION http://illinoistimes.com/article-14296-taylor-house-restoration.html TAYLOR HOUSE RESTORATION
 One of the last unrestored pre-Civil War buildings in Springfield is finally getting some love. Workers started tearing asbestos siding off of the Judge John Wickliffe Taylor House at the corner...]]>
GETTING BIBLICAL http://illinoistimes.com/article-14271-getting-biblical.html GETTING BIBLICAL
Any doubt that all the feel-good advisory referendums on the fall ballot are more about the governor’s race than anything else were laid to rest this week when Gov. Pat Quinn, who is trailing Bruce ...]]>
STOPPING SUMMER SLIDE http://illinoistimes.com/article-14272-stopping-summer-slide.html STOPPING SUMMER SLIDE
As Springfield kids return to school in August, many will be playing catch-up on their studies after a couple of months out of the classroom. But the Family Service Center has been working all summer ...]]>
FINGER LICKIN’ GOOD http://illinoistimes.com/article-14233-finger-lickin%25E2%2580%2599-good.html FINGER LICKIN’ GOOD
 We can’t write a better intro than contained in the press release sent out by the good folks who put on the annual Redneck Fishing Tournament in Bath, so here goes: “For a lot of people, the...]]>
Seeing green http://illinoistimes.com/article-14234-seeing-green.html Seeing green
 Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27, tour the first green, passive house in Sangamon County featured in the 2014 GreenBuilt Home Tour. While 17 of the 18 award-winning houses on the tour are located...]]>
READERS ARE LEADERS http://illinoistimes.com/article-14205-readers-are-leaders.html READERS ARE LEADERS
 For kids, summer is a time for outdoor adventures, sleeping in and even part-time jobs. But when they get back to school, many kids exhibit what’s known in academic circles as the “summer sl...]]>
HOBBY LOBBY PROTEST http://illinoistimes.com/article-14206-hobby-lobby-protest.html HOBBY LOBBY PROTEST
 The recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court (Burwell v. Hobby Lobby) allowing that chain of stores to opt out of providing birth control coverage for its employees on religious grounds has sti...]]>
HELP WANTED http://illinoistimes.com/article-14178-help-wanted.html HELP WANTED
Looking for work? There are apparently more than 800 jobs available in Springfield, if you have the right qualifications. The Illinois Department of Employment Security operates a job search website c...]]>
HE’S BACK http://illinoistimes.com/article-14179-he%25E2%2580%2599s-back.html HE’S BACK
Father Thomas Donovan, perhaps the planet’s best-known practitioner of non-sexual self-bondage, is back at work as a priest, this time at St. Peter Parish in Quincy. Donovan got himself in a bind in...]]>
FORE! http://illinoistimes.com/article-14124-fore_.html FORE!
Springfield Park District officials have met with representatives of a private golf management firm. But it’s too soon to say that the district will put management of the district’s four courses i...]]>
LEGISLATIVE FICTION http://illinoistimes.com/article-14125-legislative-fiction.html LEGISLATIVE FICTION
How can a reporter tell it’s election season? The flood of bloviating emails from candidates is a dead giveaway. One of our favorite offenders is Rep. Sue Scherer, a Democrat from Decatur who repres...]]>
WILD MAN http://illinoistimes.com/article-14098-wild-man.html WILD MAN
 When it comes to love of the Great Outdoors, it would be hard to be more devoted than Scott Gauvin of Springfield. An avid hiker, kayaker and camper, Gauvin shares his adventures with the world ...]]>
SEE THEIR CEDAR DOME http://illinoistimes.com/article-14099-see-their-cedar-dome.html SEE THEIR CEDAR DOME
 If you’ve ever wanted to live in a geodesic dome, now’s your chance. There’s a remarkable house available in Jacksonville. The Week magazine, a national weekly magazine, recently featured ...]]>
RAPTURE RALLY http://illinoistimes.com/article-14040-rapture-rally.html RAPTURE RALLY
 Interested in the apocalypse? Enthralled by the end times? Or maybe just interested in what some Christians believe about the end of the world as we know it? An estimated 400 people are coming t...]]>
SINK OR SWIM http://illinoistimes.com/article-14041-sink-or-swim.html SINK OR SWIM
 Floating is a good thing when it comes to having fun in the water. That’s why the Springfield Lake Shore Improvement Association, Scheels, Land of Lincoln Power Squadron and City Water, Light ...]]>
FOREIGN EXCHANGE SEEKING FAMILIES http://illinoistimes.com/article-13968-foreign-exchange-seeking-families.html FOREIGN EXCHANGE SEEKING FAMILIES
Local families have a chance to host international students for the upcoming school year.Ayusa International, a nonprofit foreign exchange program that offers high school student cultural exchanges, i...]]>
RAPTURE RALLY http://illinoistimes.com/article-13969-rapture-rally.html RAPTURE RALLY
Interested in the apocalypse? Enthralled by the end times? Or maybe just interested in what some Christians believe about the end of the world as we know it? An estimated 400 people are coming to Spri...]]>
WHAT PART OF “SUNSHINE” DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND? http://illinoistimes.com/article-13945-what-part-of-%25E2%2580%259Csunshine%25E2%2580%259D-don%25E2%2580%2599t-you-understand.html WHAT PART OF “SUNSHINE” DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND?
It didn’t take long for Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John “Quick Draw” Schmidt to gun down an attempt by the City of Springfield to wriggle out from under a court order barring the city c...]]>
JOAN WALTERS AWARDED FOR PUBLIC SERVICE http://illinoistimes.com/article-13946-joan-walters-awarded-for-public-service.html JOAN WALTERS AWARDED FOR PUBLIC SERVICE
Joan Walters of Springfield was awarded the 2014 Rail-Splitter Public Servant Award by the Central Illinois Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) at a May 8 ceremony.Walters...]]>
SAVE THE MONARCHS http://illinoistimes.com/article-13777-save-the-monarchs.html SAVE THE MONARCHS
Illinois’ state insect is dwindling in population.There has been a 90 percent decrease in the U.S. population of monarch butterflies, Illinois’ state insect, since the mid-1990s, according to a gr...]]>
NEW GENHKIDS LEADER NAMED http://illinoistimes.com/article-13778-new-genhkids-leader-named.html NEW GENHKIDS LEADER NAMED
Jen Dillman has been named the new genHkids executive director.GenHkids is a Springfield nonprofit group that works to improve the health of children in hopes of fostering a generation of healthy kids...]]>
PROSTATE PROGRESS http://illinoistimes.com/article-13739-prostate-progress.html PROSTATE PROGRESS
 Men, welcome to the future: A developing technology that would make prostate biopsies far less invasive is coming to Springfield. Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and St. John’s...]]>
COMCAST CARES DAY http://illinoistimes.com/article-13740-comcast-cares-day.html COMCAST CARES DAY
 Comcast Cares Day, described as one of the “largest corporate volunteer initiatives in the nation,” will be renovating Springfield’s Boys and Girls Club, 300 South 15th Street, on Saturday...]]>
Friends expand land http://illinoistimes.com/article-13704-friends-expand-land.html Friends expand land
Friends of the Sangamon Valley recently acquired a 110-acre farm in Christian County.A couple will be leaving the farm to the organization as a part of their estate plan, according to Friends Presiden...]]>
Wild hog hunting http://illinoistimes.com/article-13705-wild-hog-hunting.html Wild hog hunting
 The Illinois Department of Natural Resources wants to eliminate “feral swine,” or wild hogs, in the state.The department has established new rules regarding hog hunting. Hogs may now only be...]]>