IllinoisTimes - Cap City http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-56-1-cap-city.html Sat, 29 Nov 14 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Art giveaway at DEMO Project next Friday http://illinoistimes.com/article-14769-art-giveaway-at-demo-project-next-friday.html Art giveaway at DEMO Project next Friday
Springfield artists Brad Balster and Judah Johnson will be giving away their work next Friday (Dec. 4) from 6-8:30 p.m., in the cheekily named exhibit, Priceless. Described as a “cohesive, complete exhibitio...]]>
LOST LOCOMOTION http://illinoistimes.com/article-14770-lost-locomotion.html LOST LOCOMOTION
What if central Illinois had an electric rail line carrying passengers and freight between Springfield, Bloomington-Normal, Decatur, Champaign-Urbana, Peoria and St. Louis? It might be hard to imagine...]]>
DAY OF REMEMBRANCE http://illinoistimes.com/article-14739-day-of-remembrance.html DAY OF REMEMBRANCE
The Phoenix Center will observe Transgender Day of Remembrance tonight from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the organization’s offices at 109 E. Lawrence Ave. The event has been growing nationally since its ...]]>
LGBT SPFLD http://illinoistimes.com/article-14740-lgbt-spfld.html LGBT SPFLD
The Human Rights Campaign has confirmed what most of us already know: Springfield is a reasonably welcoming place for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. HRC is a national civil rights grou...]]>
GREEN TREES http://illinoistimes.com/article-14708-green-trees.html GREEN TREES
Roy Green loves trees. The New York state native is director of stewardship and sustainability at materials company Gunlocke, and he says growing up around his grandfather’s heavily forested estate ...]]>
FAST-TRACKING ALPLM http://illinoistimes.com/article-14709-fast-tracking-alplm.html FAST-TRACKING ALPLM
Abraham Lincoln and the state lottery go together like, well, let’s face it. They don’t go together at all. But that hasn’t stopped House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, from tacking an over...]]>
THE SCOFFLAW STATE http://illinoistimes.com/article-14678-the-scofflaw-state.html THE SCOFFLAW STATE
The Open Meetings Act is pretty simple when it comes to the Internet: Public bodies are required to post on their websites notice of upcoming meetings, agendas for meetings and minutes of meetings. Ho...]]>
PANEL TAPS SMITHSONIAN VET http://illinoistimes.com/article-14679-panel-taps-smithsonian-vet.html PANEL TAPS SMITHSONIAN VET
An ad hoc committee wrestling with governance questions at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has retained the former director of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History t...]]>
TIME FLIES http://illinoistimes.com/article-14640-time-flies.html TIME FLIES
It’s easy to overlook the beauty of the world around you, but Dave Heinzel of Springfield makes it much easier to appreciate. Heinzel, a multi-media artist, recorded a captivating time lapse video o...]]>
PICKET LINES http://illinoistimes.com/article-14641-picket-lines.html PICKET LINES
More than 50 picketers showed up on Monday, Oct. 27, during the lunch hour outside the State Journal-Register to demand a contract that includes raises for editorial employees. Two city cops, both ami...]]>
APL ROADSHOW http://illinoistimes.com/article-14627-apl-roadshow.html APL ROADSHOW
What does $56,000 buy? If you’re a dog or cat in need of a home, a 30-foot long trailer with air conditioning for when it’s hot outside, heat for when it’s cold, a generator to keep the power go...]]>
HISTORIC HOUSE ENDANGERED http://illinoistimes.com/article-14628-historic-house-endangered.html HISTORIC HOUSE ENDANGERED
Just across Fourth Street from the Executive Mansion, in the shadow of the Mansion View Hotel, sits a small, unassuming house that has seen better days. It’s known as the Condell House, and it’s o...]]>
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 ...]]>