IllinoisTimes - Cap City http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-56-1-cap-city.html Wed, 10 Feb 16 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Publisher on Facebook http://illinoistimes.com/article-16769-publisher-on-facebook.html Publisher on Facebook
Clarissa Williams, publisher of the State Journal-Register, believes in freedom of speech. Just check out her Facebook page. In the warm glow of the most recent holiday season, for instance, Williams,...]]>
SWEET SCHOLARSHIP http://illinoistimes.com/article-16770-sweet-scholarship.html SWEET SCHOLARSHIP
Seniors graduating from high school this spring should keep their eyes open for the Sherel Nutt Memorial Scholarship applications in their local schools. The Springfield Lake Shore Improvement Associa...]]>
FOOD RESCUE http://illinoistimes.com/article-16737-food-rescue.html FOOD RESCUE
Did you know 70 billion pounds of food get thrown out each year in the United States? This is according to the national anti-hunger group Feeding America. They say that nearly 40 percent of all food g...]]>
ACCESS TO THE NET http://illinoistimes.com/article-16738-access-to-the-net.html ACCESS TO THE NET
This month Comcast and several local organizations launched an Internet Essentials Learning Zone, offering low-income families in Springfield Internet service at a reduced cost of $10 a month. By usin...]]>
CONGRATS FOR CAHOKIA http://illinoistimes.com/article-16703-congrats-for-cahokia.html CONGRATS FOR CAHOKIA
December was full of accomplishments for the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, a research office which concentrates on the archaeological heritage of Illinois. In early December, ISAS got coverage...]]>
MUSEUM MOVE http://illinoistimes.com/article-16704-museum-move.html MUSEUM MOVE
The Springfield & Central Illinois African-American History Museum has a new home. Focused on chronicling the history and legacy of African-Americans in Springfield and central Illinois, the museu...]]>
WE’RE NUMBER ONE! http://illinoistimes.com/article-16576-we%25E2%2580%2599re-number-one_.html WE’RE NUMBER ONE!
Gov. Bruce Rauner has been telling us how lousy it is to live in Illinois, what with its awful business climate and terrible economics, for so long that we almost started to believe him. Then, the hel...]]>
BIG TREES http://illinoistimes.com/article-16577-big-trees.html BIG TREES
Did you know Illinois has a registry of big trees? Maintained by the University of Illinois Extension and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the registry lists more than 70 trees that repre...]]>
BIG BUCKS AND A BOAT http://illinoistimes.com/article-16556-big-bucks-and-a-boat.html BIG BUCKS AND A BOAT
Things got nasty last week in a Seattle courtroom, where Holland America Line is asking a federal judge to toss a $21.5 million jury award to Springfield businessman James Hausman, who was konked in t...]]>
IT PAYS TO LISTEN TO HR http://illinoistimes.com/article-16557-it-pays-to-listen-to-hr.html IT PAYS TO LISTEN TO HR
A federal jury in Springfield last week awarded $300,000 to a former human resources director for CDS Office Technologies who says that she was fired in retaliation for telling the company that it was...]]>
RESET BUTTON http://illinoistimes.com/article-16527-reset-button.html RESET BUTTON
When the city of Springfield in 2014 forked out more than $1.5 million to buy the oversized block just north of the governor’s mansion, civic leaders, to borrow a phrase from The Trumpster, called i...]]>
DEAD CAT IN MUSEUM http://illinoistimes.com/article-16528-dead-cat-in-museum.html DEAD CAT IN MUSEUM
Way back in the 1980s, archaeologists who excavated an ancient burial mound near Jacksonville found the remains of 22 people, plus an infant plus a puppy. Except it wasn’t a puppy. Thanks to someone...]]>
AT THE LOCAL MALL http://illinoistimes.com/article-16497-at-the-local-mall.html AT THE LOCAL MALL
Nearly 40 years ago, the cover story on the Feb. 19, 1976, issue of Illinois Times pondered how White Oaks Mall would affect Springfield’s downtown and the much less developed (at the time) west sid...]]>
CHAIRS, CHAPTER TWO http://illinoistimes.com/article-16498-chairs-chapter-two.html CHAIRS, CHAPTER TWO
Remember Adam Stock and Stephen Castleman? They’re the Central Management Services employees who helped themselves to a truckload of state-owned chairs from the state fairgrounds shortly before Chri...]]>
HOLIDAY NUMBERS http://illinoistimes.com/article-16473-holiday-numbers.html HOLIDAY NUMBERS
The Illinois Chamber of Commerce released its 2016 Annual Holiday Survey this week, providing a glimpse at how Illinois employers will handle paid holidays in 2016. The survey of 483 firms showed that...]]>
WHEN THE CAT’S AWAY… http://illinoistimes.com/article-16474-when-the-cat%25E2%2580%2599s-away%25E2%2580%25A6.html WHEN THE CAT’S AWAY…
There hasn’t been much going on at the Capitol complex lately, at least outwardly. The General Assembly is spending most days at home, mired in a weird war of attrition with the governor as Illinois...]]>
PLANT GRANT http://illinoistimes.com/article-16431-plant-grant.html PLANT GRANT
Illinois may not strike people as a diverse ecosystem, but this state actually has a wealth of native species that create surprisingly different environments. In southern Illinois, for example, you’...]]>
INFLUENTIAL ARCHITECT http://illinoistimes.com/article-16432-influential-architect.html INFLUENTIAL ARCHITECT
A nationwide design blog recently recognized one of Springfield’s own as an industry leader. Last week, Jeff Sommers of Square Root Architecture + Design in Springfield was named a “groundbreaker�...]]>
MUSEUM MAY REOPEN http://illinoistimes.com/article-16402-museum-may-reopen.html MUSEUM MAY REOPEN
The Illinois General Assembly passed a bill on Tuesday to reopen the Illinois State Museum, but it’s too late to prevent some of the damage caused by its closing. The museum system, with its main ca...]]>
COUNTY FUNDRAISER http://illinoistimes.com/article-16403-county-fundraiser.html COUNTY FUNDRAISER
Call it the scofflaw express. Starting Jan. 1, Sangamon County will start mailing out offers that many speeders and other minor traffic violators can’t refuse. Instead of making people go to the cou...]]>
ONE LESS SPEED TRAP http://illinoistimes.com/article-16375-one-less-speed-trap.html ONE LESS SPEED TRAP
The Jerome Police Department has one less place to catch traffic scofflaws since Michael Lopez, president of the village board, was caught using his cellphone while driving last month. Sgt. Daniel Ska...]]>
COAL ASH CONUNDRUM http://illinoistimes.com/article-16376-coal-ash-conundrum.html COAL ASH CONUNDRUM
Sitting just across East Lake Shore Drive from Lake Springfield and the city’s electrical utility are a few ponds you wouldn’t want to swim in. They contain coal ash, the byproduct of burning coal...]]>
A VICIOUS YARN ATTACK http://illinoistimes.com/article-16337-a-vicious-yarn-attack.html A VICIOUS YARN ATTACK
An unscrupulous band of thugs has attacked Springfield with a most cruel and barbarous weapon: yarn. Their first vicious attack can be witnessed where the 600 block of Myrtle Street meets South Sixth...]]>
CHECK THE CLOSET http://illinoistimes.com/article-16338-check-the-closet.html CHECK THE CLOSET
On Oct. 19, we made a simple records request: What is Gov. Bruce Rauner’s email address? Instead of revealing how folks might reach His Raunerness, the governor’s staff this week told Illinois Tim...]]>
MEDICAL MISSION http://illinoistimes.com/article-16276-medical-mission.html MEDICAL MISSION
Truckload after truckload of medical supplies stream from a 44,000-square-foot warehouse north of Springfield, destined for communities in need around the globe. It’s Hospital Sisters Mission Outrea...]]>
WHAT ARE THEY SMOKING? http://illinoistimes.com/article-16277-what-are-they-smoking.html WHAT ARE THEY SMOKING?
The first medical marijuana dispensary opened its doors this week in Marion, population 17,413. They even held a ribbon cutting, which was much attended by downstate local press and chamber of commerc...]]>
LIGHTS ARE ON, BUT... http://illinoistimes.com/article-16238-lights-are-on-but.html LIGHTS ARE ON, BUT...
 While a panel of state legislators acted quickly to pick a replacement for retiring Illinois Auditor General Bill Holland (see article this page), another high-level investigative office in stat...]]>
OOPS http://illinoistimes.com/article-16239-oops.html OOPS
 Folks who work in prisons aren’t supposed to be criminals. And then there is Dr. Arthur Davida, erstwhile medical director at Stateville Correctional Center. Davida was once in private practic...]]>
LAND FOR THE LAKE http://illinoistimes.com/article-16219-land-for-the-lake.html LAND FOR THE LAKE
Springfield’s decades-old proposal to build a second lake remains a distant prospect, but the city is moving ahead with land acquisitions nonetheless. On Aug. 18, the Springfield City Council approv...]]>
JUST IN TIME FOR LGBT HISTORY MONTH http://illinoistimes.com/article-16220-just-in-time-for-lgbt-history-month.html JUST IN TIME FOR LGBT HISTORY MONTH
What do Leonardo da Vinci, Freda Kahlo and George Washington Carver have in common? All were either gay or bisexual, and the world would be a lesser place if they’d never lived. To honor them and do...]]>