IllinoisTimes - Cap City http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-56-1-cap-city.html Wed, 06 May 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 SERVING FAMILIES SINCE 1863 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15435-serving-families-since-1863.html SERVING FAMILIES SINCE 1863
In 1865, Mary Jane Tully came to Springfield from Arkansas seeking a new beginning from the destructive Civil War. When she arrived here, the Springfield Home for the Friendless helped Tully settle in...]]>
SWEETEST SOUNDS http://illinoistimes.com/article-15436-sweetest-sounds.html SWEETEST SOUNDS
There’s nothing quite like a soaring vocal harmony that awakens tired ears and excites the soul. That’s the feeling you’ll get when the Sound Celebration Chorus sings. They’re a Springfield-ba...]]>
DAY OF SERVICE http://illinoistimes.com/article-15399-day-of-service.html DAY OF SERVICE
Looking for a way to give back but afraid of commitment? If you can handle volunteering for one day, you can join more than 7,000 Comcast employees, from Illinois, northwest Indiana and southwest Mich...]]>
NO ROOM AT THE INN http://illinoistimes.com/article-15370-no-room-at-the-inn.html NO ROOM AT THE INN
The Sangamon County Juvenile Detention Center once had such a paucity of prisoners that the county shut down a 24-bed wing in 2009, housed detainees from other counties and at one point considered con...]]>
HABITAT’S HUNDREDTH http://illinoistimes.com/article-15371-habitat%25E2%2580%2599s-hundredth.html HABITAT’S HUNDREDTH
Building a house with all volunteer labor is impressive, but building 100 houses that way is an accomplishment. Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County is planning its 100th building project this summ...]]>
TUITION DROP http://illinoistimes.com/article-15299-tuition-drop.html TUITION DROP
At a time when college tuition on average is increasing at around twice the rate of inflation, it’s hard to imagine any school actually decreasing the cost of attendance. But Lincoln Christian Unive...]]>
PATIENCE, PLEASE http://illinoistimes.com/article-15300-patience-please.html PATIENCE, PLEASE
As race organizers prepare for the Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon on April 4, the city of Springfield is asking motorists to be patient if their Saturday drive is delayed by throngs of runners. Ab...]]>
FUNERAL PLANS http://illinoistimes.com/article-15272-funeral-plans.html FUNERAL PLANS
A full-fledged funeral train isn’t the only thing that might be missing at the re-creation of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral set for the first weekend in May. Before the interment at Oak Ridge Cemetery...]]>
ENDORSED BY ICON http://illinoistimes.com/article-15273-endorsed-by-icon.html ENDORSED BY ICON
Springfield ICON (Inner City Older Neighborhoods) is endorsing political candidates for the first time. The group focuses on cleaning up blighted properties, reforming the city’s waste-hauling syste...]]>
RADIO WAVES http://illinoistimes.com/article-15232-radio-waves.html RADIO WAVES
The union that represents newsroom employees at the State Journal-Register has turned to radio to ratchet up pressure on management to agree to a contract that includes raises for workers who haven’...]]>
JOBS GALORE http://illinoistimes.com/article-15233-jobs-galore.html JOBS GALORE
Who says there are no jobs available? The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce is hosting employers from Springfield and the surrounding area for a Job and Career Fair next month, showcasing the jo...]]>
MICROWAVE JUSTICE http://illinoistimes.com/article-15216-microwave-justice.html MICROWAVE JUSTICE
 Testimony lasted barely three hours, the jury was out less than an hour and Sangamon County sheriff’s deputy Travis Koester emerged victorious Tuesday from a lawsuit in which he stood accused ...]]>
CLERICAL ERROR http://illinoistimes.com/article-15217-clerical-error.html CLERICAL ERROR
 Bishop Thomas Paprocki this week summoned reporters to refute a recent suggestion made by Survivors Network Of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) that pedophile priests from Chicago might have been ...]]>
SHE’S BACK – MAYBE http://illinoistimes.com/article-15185-she%25E2%2580%2599s-back-%25E2%2580%2593-maybe.html SHE’S BACK – MAYBE
Sherry Waldron, a Sangamon County sheriff’s deputy fired after being accused of stealing plants in 2012, has been ordered reinstated by an arbitrator who also ruled that she is entitled to back wage...]]>
BUILDING BETTER BRIDGES http://illinoistimes.com/article-15186-building-better-bridges.html BUILDING BETTER BRIDGES
How can a few file folders be used to support almost 70 pounds? Just ask Ben Thomas, Alex Harvatin and Tucker Schmidt from Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield. Their “Tacoma Narrows 2”...]]>
A HIGHER POWER http://illinoistimes.com/article-15126-a-higher-power.html A HIGHER POWER
 Some religions worship the sun; others use it to power their buildings. In late 2014, the Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation (ALUUC) in Springfield installed solar panels on the...]]>
BIZ TECH http://illinoistimes.com/article-15127-biz-tech.html BIZ TECH
 Business owners: what could you do with $30,000? Chances are, many business owners have a list of projects they’d tackle if the funds were to become available. Cable company Comcast wants to k...]]>
AG OPTIONS http://illinoistimes.com/article-15101-ag-options.html AG OPTIONS
Farmers, take heed: big changes are coming under the federal Farm Bill. The changes will affect how farmers insure their crops, adding some new choices to the already complex system. At a seminar held...]]>
WHAT’S IT WORTH? http://illinoistimes.com/article-15102-what%25E2%2580%2599s-it-worth.html WHAT’S IT WORTH?
How much is a hotel in downtown Springfield worth? It’s a good question but difficult to answer. Take the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, for example, which one of the world’s richest men quite l...]]>
CALLING YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS http://illinoistimes.com/article-15042-calling-young-entrepreneurs.html CALLING YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS
Sangamon CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) has announced a recruitment event for its 2015-2016 class. The Sangamon CEO program, a collaboration between businesses and school districts in Sa...]]>
HOG FARM STALLED http://illinoistimes.com/article-15043-hog-farm-stalled.html HOG FARM STALLED
Plans for a hog farm to be built near Petersburg have been stalled – at least for the moment. Grigsby Family Farms of Tallula proposed building a 9,300-hog facility about six miles from Petersburg, ...]]>
THE TRAIL IS OURS http://illinoistimes.com/article-15002-the-trail-is-ours.html THE TRAIL IS OURS
Sangamon County is the proud owner of a new stretch of land, thanks to the Illinois General Assembly. Former Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill Jan. 9 transferring ownership of the Sangamon Valley Trail fro...]]>
FIRST BLACK FIREHOUSE http://illinoistimes.com/article-15003-first-black-firehouse.html FIRST BLACK FIREHOUSE
Springfield’s first black firehouse opened in 1902, and the building still stands today. The firehouse, located at what is now 1310 E. Adams St., was home to the city’s black firefighters, who wer...]]>
BEYOND THE SELFIE http://illinoistimes.com/article-14946-beyond-the-selfie.html BEYOND THE SELFIE
 Young women receive a lot of messages through popular culture about who they should be, and often the message amounts to “always be physically attractive.” The pressure and unrealistic expec...]]>
HEALTH IN FOCUS http://illinoistimes.com/article-14947-health-in-focus.html HEALTH IN FOCUS
 When the people tasked with keeping us healthy ask how they can help, the answer can make a lot of difference. That’s the hope of the 2015 Community Needs Assessment, undertaken by the Sangamo...]]>
LONG HAUL LAWSUIT http://illinoistimes.com/article-14858-long-haul-lawsuit.html LONG HAUL LAWSUIT
A lawsuit alleging racial profiling by Springfield police has been set for trial…in 2016. Samuel Johnson of Springfield is suing the Springfield Police Department and the two white police officers w...]]>
SOUTHWIND SUNDIAL http://illinoistimes.com/article-14859-southwind-sundial.html SOUTHWIND SUNDIAL
 If the sun shines for the winter solstice on Sunday, Dec. 21, Robert Croteau will be at Southwind Park checking the alignments on the giant sunflower sundial he designed and helped to install. T...]]>
UBER IN SPRINGFIELD? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14830-uber-in-springfield.html UBER IN SPRINGFIELD?
 The popular but controversial Uber ridesharing service may soon expand to Springfield. Uber ran advertisements online this week seeking drivers in Springfield – likely a sign that the company ...]]>
IN THE INTEREST OF ACCURACY http://illinoistimes.com/article-14831-in-the-interest-of-accuracy.html IN THE INTEREST OF ACCURACY
 Calvin “It’s Not Me” Christian III has always insisted that he is not the brainchild behind Springfield Leaks, the on-again-off-again website that thrives on anonymity and inside-the-yello...]]>
HERE, KITTY – BOOM! http://illinoistimes.com/article-14801-here-kitty-%25E2%2580%2593-boom_.html HERE, KITTY – BOOM!
 The General Assembly is poised to do something about bobcats running rampant by allowing hunters to shoot or trap the varmints for the first time since the 1970s, when a dwindling population for...]]>