IllinoisTimes - News https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Tue, 18 Jun 19 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 Getting tough - A judge ordered him released. He’s still in jail. https://illinoistimes.com/article-21327-getting-tough.html Getting tough - A judge ordered him released. He’s still in jail.
Perhaps the biggest question about Marco Nicolas-Sanchez is why he stayed.Maybe he was naïve. He got busted for driving under the influence in Rantoul last year, and it’s well-known that illegal im...]]>
Mendoza: Illinois must ‘remain grounded’ https://illinoistimes.com/article-21330-mendoza-illinois-must-%25E2%2580%2598remain-grounded%25E2%2580%2599.html Mendoza: Illinois must ‘remain grounded’
With a fiscal year 2020 operating budget in place and a historic legislative session in the rearview mirror, Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza is “cautiously optimistic” about the state’s new ...]]>
A big box checked off - Poplar Place redeveloper wins tax credits https://illinoistimes.com/article-21285-a-big-box-checked-off.html A big box checked off - Poplar Place redeveloper wins tax credits
 A dilapidated Springfield housing development cleared a hurdle this month with the award of tax credits by the Illinois Housing Development Authority.It is, project backers say, the biggest step...]]>
Long life and poetry - John Knoepfle, 96, reads from his latest work May 25 https://illinoistimes.com/article-21262-long-life-and-poetry.html Long life and poetry - John Knoepfle, 96, reads from his latest work May 25
 I recently sat down with John and Peg Knoepfle at their residence in Hickory Glen to ask questions about their life experiences, both personal and literary. I quickly surmised that both are mast...]]>
PrideFest draws thousands https://illinoistimes.com/article-21263-pridefest-draws-thousands.html PrideFest draws thousands
 In America, anything is possible. Good or bad.Three years ago, a gunman killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Florida. On Saturday, thousands of people, no one can say for sure just how many, g...]]>
Demanding action on liberalizing abortion law - Push comes after other states pass restrictive laws https://illinoistimes.com/article-21264-demanding-action-on-liberalizing-abortion-law.html Demanding action on liberalizing abortion law - Push comes after other states pass restrictive laws
 Democratic lawmakers demanded their colleagues take action on a controversial, sweeping reproductive health care bill at a rally May 15 just outside the Statehouse.Their call for the Reproductiv...]]>
History on the block - Home scheduled for auction https://illinoistimes.com/article-21237-history-on-the-block.html History on the block - Home scheduled for auction
 Springfield has fewer than three dozen sites on the National Register of Historic Places. One of them is hitting the auction block.The Freeman-Hughes home at the intersection of West Monroe and...]]>
HOTEL REDUX https://illinoistimes.com/article-21238-hotel-redux.html HOTEL REDUX
 The city of Springfield wants more information from developers of a proposed $56 million downtown hotel-apartment complex that would be built with $7.65 million in public money via tax increment...]]>
Muhs leaves SJ-R - Staff walks out with her https://illinoistimes.com/article-21239-muhs-leaves-sj-r.html Muhs leaves SJ-R - Staff walks out with her
 The entire State Journal-Register newsroom escorted now former editor Angie Muhs as she was walked out of the building Monday by general manager Eugene Robinson after submitting her re...]]>
Found a stray dog? You might soon be on the clock - Legislation would require reporting to local authorities within 48 hours https://illinoistimes.com/article-21240-found-a-stray-dog-you-might-soon-be-on-the-clock.html Found a stray dog? You might soon be on the clock - Legislation would require reporting to local authorities within 48 hours
 Dog owners who have their four-legged friends microchipped hope doing so will speed the dogs’ return if they get lost. Legislation being considered in the General Assembly might also help spee...]]>
New Salem is getting old again - May events begin drive for re-restoration https://illinoistimes.com/article-21208-new-salem-is-getting-old-again.html New Salem is getting old again - May events begin drive for re-restoration
 On May 22, New Salem will celebrate the 100th anniversary of an event that occurred on the same date in 1919, many long years after Lincoln had lived in the village, from 1831 to 1837.  It...]]>
Consultant: Retire three of CWLP’s coal-fired plants https://illinoistimes.com/article-21209-consultant-retire-three-of-cwlp%25E2%2580%2599s-coal-fired-plants.html Consultant: Retire three of CWLP’s coal-fired plants
 How can Springfield’s City Water, Light and Power (CWLP) best provide electrical power to meet the community’s future energy needs? Retiring Dallman Units 1, 2 and 3 coal-fired plants, incre...]]>
Illinois is ‘one big pothole’ - Former U.S. transportation secretary backs state gas tax hike https://illinoistimes.com/article-21190-illinois-is-%25E2%2580%2598one-big-pothole%25E2%2580%2599.html Illinois is ‘one big pothole’ - Former U.S. transportation secretary backs state gas tax hike
 A high-profile Republican gave his support to an increase to the state’s gas tax April 29 during a meeting of a special Senate capital committee. Ray LaHood, a Peoria Republican who served fro...]]>
State grants to park districts turned back on https://illinoistimes.com/article-21192-state-grants-to-park-districts-turned-back-on.html State grants to park districts turned back on
 Residents of the northern part of Hoffman Estates, a Cook County suburb northwest of Chicago, were thrilled when they heard a local park would be renovated.It had been 20 years since a playgroun...]]>
Pana’s solar car on the road - High school prizewinner on display at April 27 Earth Awareness Fair https://illinoistimes.com/article-21166-pana%25E2%2580%2599s-solar-car-on-the-road.html Pana’s solar car on the road - High school prizewinner on display at April 27 Earth Awareness Fair
 Energetic high school students from Pana adopted a can-do spirit, built a solar-powered car, entered the 2018 Solar Car Challenge road race from Fort Worth, Texas, to Palmdale, California, and c...]]>
Ending DNA backlogs https://illinoistimes.com/article-21167-ending-dna-backlogs.html Ending DNA backlogs
 The Illinois State Police implemented new initiatives last month to handle the state’s DNA backlog. But even with new standards in place, officials say it could take up to two years to make a...]]>
Opting out of opioids https://illinoistimes.com/article-21156-opting-out-of-opioids.html Opting out of opioids
A bill being considered in the Illinois House that has received bipartisan support would make the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program a permanent option for Illinois patients. The program launched Jan. 3...]]>
STOP AND SMELL THE LILIES https://illinoistimes.com/article-21158-stop-and-smell-the-lilies.html STOP AND SMELL THE LILIES
Polar vortex and all, it’s been a long winter, no? Heck, it snowed less than a week ago, the same day Amazon delivered a bevy of banana-palm starts we ordered, either because we had blind faith or w...]]>
Count me in - $25 million spent now for census could lead to billions in funding later https://illinoistimes.com/article-21123-count-me-in.html Count me in - $25 million spent now for census could lead to billions in funding later
 Illinois could lose up to two of its congressional seats after the next U.S. Census count if the population decline is as bad as early estimates, but the scope of what the state stands to lose i...]]>
HENRY FORD HISTORY https://illinoistimes.com/article-21124-henry-ford-history.html HENRY FORD HISTORY
 Henry Ford revolutionized both the automotive and the agricultural industry by producing affordable and reliable products for consumers. The Ford family is a piece of Americana and a part of tha...]]>
Symphony “Incredibly Inspiring” https://illinoistimes.com/article-21125-symphony-%25E2%2580%259Cincredibly-inspiring%25E2%2580%259D.html Symphony “Incredibly Inspiring”
 “Forgive me if I seem a bit at sea / but you woke me from a dream of words / I was setting to music I’ll want you / to transcribe for me…” – Opening lines of “The Gate of Horn” by...]]>
Millionaires wanted - Hotel backers seek financing https://illinoistimes.com/article-21110-millionaires-wanted.html Millionaires wanted - Hotel backers seek financing
 A bar and entertainment center featuring bowling and arcade games would be the main moneymakers at a proposed downtown Springfield hotel, according to a prospectus being circulated by a Chicago...]]>
Dangerous work - Steri-Clean deals with hoarders, overdoses and crime scenes https://illinoistimes.com/article-21113-dangerous-work.html Dangerous work - Steri-Clean deals with hoarders, overdoses and crime scenes
 When a loved one dies of a suicide, violent crime or a drug overdose, the Sangamon County coroner gives the deceased’s family a list of biohazard businesses to help with cleanup needed in the...]]>
A crowded field - Four candidates vie for Ward 2 seat https://illinoistimes.com/article-21079-a-crowded-field.html A crowded field - Four candidates vie for Ward 2 seat
 Among myriad issues, aldermanic candidates in Ward 2 face a common issue in the April 2 election: voter apathy.Four years ago, Ward 2 had the lowest turnout of any ward, with 20 percent of regis...]]>
Ward 1: Same faces, new race - Redpath says Lake 2 land could become a state park https://illinoistimes.com/article-21082-ward-1-same-faces-new-race.html Ward 1: Same faces, new race - Redpath says Lake 2 land could become a state park
 Ward 1 Alderman Chuck Redpath and candidate Rev. T. Ray McJunkins are facing off again to represent the largest ward in the city. McJunkins, lead pastor at Union Baptist Church and a founder of...]]>
Fulgenzi faces opponents in Ward 4 https://illinoistimes.com/article-21067-fulgenzi-faces-opponents-in-ward-4.html Fulgenzi faces opponents in Ward 4
 Ward 4 Alderman John Fulgenzi is used to having competition when it comes to politics and business. The alderman, who’s seeking a second term on the city council, has two opponents who have bo...]]>
Three experienced candidates compete in Ward 5 https://illinoistimes.com/article-21015-three-experienced-candidates-compete-in-ward-5.html Three experienced candidates compete in Ward 5
 Three candidates who all have experience as elected officials will be on the ballot for the Ward 5 aldermanic race in the April municipal election.  Sam Cahnman, an attorney in private prac...]]>
Ward 7 wars - Challenger criticizes McMenamin’s style https://illinoistimes.com/article-21016-ward-7-wars.html Ward 7 wars - Challenger criticizes McMenamin’s style
 The biggest issue in the race for Ward 7 alderman is the incumbent.Ald. Joe McMenamin has drawn the ire of fellow aldermen whom he has excoriated for accepting campaign contributions from labor...]]>
Old State Capitol needs paint - And that's just the beginning https://illinoistimes.com/article-20994-old-state-capitol-needs-paint.html Old State Capitol needs paint - And that's just the beginning
 It’s a bird, it’s a plane…No, it’s paint flaking away from the upper reaches of the Old State Capitol.While state legislators decry crumbling roads and bridges, less noticed is the Old S...]]>
City treasurer race - Jennifer Notariano challenges Misty Buscher https://illinoistimes.com/article-20997-city-treasurer-race.html City treasurer race - Jennifer Notariano challenges Misty Buscher
Incumbent city treasurer Misty Buscher, who defeated current mayoral candidate Frank Edwards for the position in 2014, is being challenged by newcomer Jennifer Notariano.“Whether you’re the treasu...]]>