IllinoisTimes - Cap City http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-56-1-cap-city.html Wed, 22 Oct 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 QUINN’S HENS http://illinoistimes.com/article-14598-quinn%25E2%2580%2599s-hens.html QUINN’S HENS
The chickens have come home to roost at the governor’s mansion.Nine hens donated by a local woman came to live on the governor’s lawn in June, according to Harry Lewis, the mansion’s horticultur...]]>
SCHEDULING CONFLICTS http://illinoistimes.com/article-14570-scheduling-conflicts.html SCHEDULING CONFLICTS
How busy could a retired cop be? Apparently pretty busy, if you are Wes Barr, the Republican candidate for Sangamon County sheriff. Barr, the odds-on favorite to win in November who retired from the d...]]>
BAD BEETLES http://illinoistimes.com/article-14571-bad-beetles.html BAD BEETLES
The invasive and destructive Emerald Ash Borer beetle is moving to Springfield, prompting the Illinois Department of Agriculture to add Sangamon County to a quarantine zone meant to stop the beetle’...]]>
SOLAR TOUR SATURDAY http://illinoistimes.com/article-14539-solar-tour-saturday.html SOLAR TOUR SATURDAY
Kevin and Stacey Rademacher’s house in Sherman looks a lot like their neighbors’ houses, except for one thing: the large, black solar panels covering the Rademachers’ roof. Kevin Rademacher says...]]>
BROKE http://illinoistimes.com/article-14540-broke.html BROKE
Springfield developer Dan Mulcahy has declared bankruptcy in the midst of a lawsuit filed by former Ward 8 Ald. Irv Smith, who wants to dissolve a partnership formed earlier this year to redevelop the...]]>
FORECLOSURE ACTION http://illinoistimes.com/article-14513-foreclosure-action.html FORECLOSURE ACTION
The Ashland home where Steven Watkins was gunned down in 2008 has gone into foreclosure. PNC Bank filed the foreclosure lawsuit last month in Cass County Circuit Court. Presuming the bank prevails and...]]>
Roosevelt says Au Revoir http://illinoistimes.com/article-14514-roosevelt-says-au-revoir.html Roosevelt says Au Revoir
Roosevelt Pratt, owner of Fashion Afrique at 414 E. Monroe in Springfield, is relocating his business to St. Louis. He plans to open his new store on Washington Street in downtown St. Louis in early N...]]>
A.D. Carson makes a stir down south http://illinoistimes.com/article-14474-ad-carson-makes-a-stir-down-south.html A.D. Carson makes a stir down south
Decatur native A. D. Carson has been making headlines for his activism in South Carolina, bringing attention to the racist legacy of Clemson University, where he is working on his Ph.D. in E...]]>
A MESSAGE TO MINORS http://illinoistimes.com/article-14475-a-message-to-minors.html A MESSAGE TO MINORS
 Knowledge is power, and a pretty solid way for kids to get knowledge is staying in school. That’s why the Springfield-based Faith Coalition for the Common Good is partnering with Springfield P...]]>
DIGGING DEEP http://illinoistimes.com/article-14449-digging-deep.html DIGGING DEEP
Plagued by low ratings, Al Jazeera America, the cable television network owned by the government of Qatar and launched last year, isn’t on the radar screen of most Americans. But the quality of the ...]]>
PARK AND DINE http://illinoistimes.com/article-14450-park-and-dine.html PARK AND DINE
Michael Higgins, owner of Maldaner’s Restaurant, 222 S. Sixth St. in downtown Springfield, received city approval this week to convert two parking spaces in front of his restaurant into a “parklet...]]>
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...]]>