IllinoisTimes - News https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Wed, 16 Oct 19 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 Whale of a sale - THR assets up for auction https://illinoistimes.com/article-21684-whale-of-a-sale.html Whale of a sale - THR assets up for auction
 What’s bigger than a Hummer but smaller than an elephant?Dregs from the empire that was once THR and Associates, an erstwhile buy-and-sell Springfield outfit that declared bankruptcy seven yea...]]>
Study abroad changes lives - Three Springfield High students return from a year overseas https://illinoistimes.com/article-21674-study-abroad-changes-lives.html Study abroad changes lives - Three Springfield High students return from a year overseas
 “I learned so much about myself and discovered how to deal with situations in a different way,” says Maia Ojugbele, a Rotary Youth Exchange student who spent a year in Taiwan. Maia, Mandy Ly...]]>
Trees come down in Poplar-less Place https://illinoistimes.com/article-21641-trees-come-down-in-poplar-less-place.html Trees come down in Poplar-less Place
 In one respect, at least, Poplar Place, a crumbling collection of duplex townhouses on the city’s east side, is beginning to resemble new west-side subdivisions where trees are just beginning...]]>
For LGBT teens, Lincoln Prairie cares https://illinoistimes.com/article-21630-for-lgbt-teens-lincoln-prairie-cares.html For LGBT teens, Lincoln Prairie cares
 “I remember coming into the hospital for my interview and seeing the pride flag flying out front. I thought to myself, ‘It isn’t pride month, there must be some special event or something...]]>
Bringing farmers and eaters together https://illinoistimes.com/article-21632-bringing-farmers-and-eaters-together.html Bringing farmers and eaters together
 The Illinois Stewardship Alliance promotes eating local, wholesome foods and supports local food producers. The Buy Fresh, Buy Local Central Illinois campaign – to connect farmers with eaters...]]>
It’s not easy being clean - Cleanest coal plants due to close https://illinoistimes.com/article-21596-it%25E2%2580%2599s-not-easy-being-clean.html It’s not easy being clean - Cleanest coal plants due to close
 That Vistra Energy would downsize its coal-fired power plant fleet in Illinois wasn’t a surprise.But environmentalists aren’t happy with the announcement last month that the company will clo...]]>
What’s the purpose of Lake II? - Question haunts Hunter Lake application https://illinoistimes.com/article-21599-what%25E2%2580%2599s-the-purpose-of-lake-ii.html What’s the purpose of Lake II? - Question haunts Hunter Lake application
 Springfield’s quest to build a second water supply appears bogged down as the Army Corps of Engineers, which must issue a permit, is demanding more studies of a project first proposed more tha...]]>
Big money - Raffle draws bettors, suspicion https://illinoistimes.com/article-21586-big-money.html Big money - Raffle draws bettors, suspicion
 Terry Farmer doesn’t like being called a crook, but that comes with the territory when you run a raffle that’s grown like a major league ballplayer on steroids.Should someone get lucky in to...]]>
New head over the dead - Fitch picked to run Oak Ridge Cemetery https://illinoistimes.com/article-21551-new-head-over-the-dead.html New head over the dead - Fitch picked to run Oak Ridge Cemetery
Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder has tapped Lashonda Fitch to become the new executive director of Oak Ridge Cemetery after current executive director Michael Lelys retires in October. Fitch, a...]]>
Firearms dealers to need a state license - Lawsuit argues it violates the Second Amendment https://illinoistimes.com/article-21558-firearms-dealers-to-need-a-state-license.html Firearms dealers to need a state license - Lawsuit argues it violates the Second Amendment
 Following through on a new law that Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed in January, the Illinois State Police published a set of proposed new regulations requiring gun dealers in Illinois to comply with s...]]>
Thriving or just surviving? - Survey results paint a picture of life in Sangamon County https://illinoistimes.com/article-21559-thriving-or-just-surviving.html Thriving or just surviving? - Survey results paint a picture of life in Sangamon County
 Concern surrounding the population decrease in the area was a focal point at a recent Citizens Club of Springfield panel discussion on the results of the 2019 Sangamon County Citizens Survey. Re...]]>
Report: ‘Bullying’ rife in House Speaker’s office - Former prosecutor paints bleak picture of Madigan’s ex-chief of staff https://illinoistimes.com/article-21533-report-%25E2%2580%2598bullying%25E2%2580%2599-rife-in-house-speaker%25E2%2580%2599s-office.html Report: ‘Bullying’ rife in House Speaker’s office - Former prosecutor paints bleak picture of Madigan’s ex-chief of staff
 An investigation into the “workplace culture” of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s office found his former chief of staff contributed to a culture of bullying pervasive throughout t...]]>
Bills signed into law - Governor approves first responder bill package https://illinoistimes.com/article-21536-bills-signed-into-law.html Bills signed into law - Governor approves first responder bill package
 Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed more than 50 bills last week and has this week remaining to sign the final 167 of the 599 total bills sent to him by the General Assembly this year.The most recently si...]]>
Dicamba is proving a headache for some Illinois farmers - Genetically modified soybeans bring costs https://illinoistimes.com/article-21512-dicamba-is-proving-a-headache-for-some-illinois-farmers.html Dicamba is proving a headache for some Illinois farmers - Genetically modified soybeans bring costs
 Complaints about a herbicide used by soybean farmers have soared in Illinois.Dicamba isn’t considered harmful to humans, but it has wrought havoc in fields since 2016, when the herbicide, inve...]]>
State of the street - Is MacArthur Boulevard facing a death spiral? Or a new frontier? https://illinoistimes.com/article-21515-state-of-the-street.html State of the street - Is MacArthur Boulevard facing a death spiral? Or a new frontier?
 Last week brought word that the owners of Springfield’s Town & Country Shopping Center are facing bank foreclosure. Business failure is never good news, and this one marks the latest contr...]]>
Town and Country hits foreclosure https://illinoistimes.com/article-21476-town-and-country-hits-foreclosure.html Town and Country hits foreclosure
 Town and Country shopping center, one of the largest tracts of retail space on the MacArthur Boulevard corridor, will be turned over to a lender that has filed foreclosure, according to an attor...]]>
Smoke ’em if you can afford ’em - Regs may cause shortages https://illinoistimes.com/article-21464-smoke-%25E2%2580%2599em-if-you-can-afford-%25E2%2580%2599em.html Smoke ’em if you can afford ’em - Regs may cause shortages
 Back in high school, Killer Green Bud – KGB – cost $200 an ounce, maybe $175 if you knew someone. The price soon shot to $400.It seemed an astronomical sum in a day when Mexican or Colombian...]]>
The right (wing) stuff - ALPLM beds down with Glenn Beck https://illinoistimes.com/article-21467-the-right-%2528wing%2529-stuff.html The right (wing) stuff - ALPLM beds down with Glenn Beck
 The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum again has gotten cozy with conservative talk show personality Glenn Beck.Mercury One, a Texas nonprofit founded by Beck, boasts on its website...]]>
Is the first slave freed by Lincoln under a parking lot? - Records show she might be https://illinoistimes.com/article-21450-is-the-first-slave-freed-by-lincoln-under-a-parking-lot.html Is the first slave freed by Lincoln under a parking lot? - Records show she might be
 Twenty-two years before Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, he won an Illinois State Supreme Court case that freed Nance Legins-Costley.Legins-Costley was an indentured servant...]]>
Illinois to share in $700 million settlement with Equifax https://illinoistimes.com/article-21454-illinois-to-share-in-%2524700-million-settlement-with-equifax.html Illinois to share in $700 million settlement with Equifax
 Illinois residents could be eligible for up to $20,000 in compensation for damages they suffered as a result of a massive data breach at the credit-reporting bureau Equifax under terms of a prop...]]>
Rebounds against racism https://illinoistimes.com/article-21427-rebounds-against-racism.html Rebounds against racism
 “I think we’re more polarized now than we have been for a while as a society, especially when it comes to race,” said Al Klunick, co-organizer of the upcoming Community Unity 2 On 2 Tourna...]]>
Leaves and grass https://illinoistimes.com/article-21428-leaves-and-grass.html Leaves and grass
 Yard waste disposal costs would more than double under a deal between the city of Springfield and Evans Cartage, which holds a contract to find a final resting place for yard waste.The city coun...]]>
Racing board falls short https://illinoistimes.com/article-21429-racing-board-falls-short.html Racing board falls short
 The Illinois Racing Board hasn’t kept proper track of either money or drugs at horse racing courses, according to a report by the state auditor general.The report released last month came afte...]]>
Census advocates forge ahead - Trump’s tweets sow confusion https://illinoistimes.com/article-21407-census-advocates-forge-ahead.html Census advocates forge ahead - Trump’s tweets sow confusion
 Amid national uncertainty about whether a citizenship question will be included on the 2020 U.S. Census, advocates in Illinois are not changing their approach to ensuring all residents are count...]]>
GRISCHOW FOR PRESIDENT https://illinoistimes.com/article-21409-grischow-for-president.html GRISCHOW FOR PRESIDENT
 It didn’t take long for Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge Raylene Grischow to rule in favor of Illinois Times in our quest to wrest a personnel file from Secretary of State Jesse White, who...]]>
Lawmakers pass taxes on parking, car trade-ins - Bill awaits governor’s signature https://illinoistimes.com/article-21366-lawmakers-pass-taxes-on-parking-car-trade-ins.html Lawmakers pass taxes on parking, car trade-ins - Bill awaits governor’s signature
 If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street. – George HarrisonThe cost of driving, or even just parking, is going up in Illinois.In addition to doubling the gas tax from 19 cents to 38 cents per...]]>
CIRCUS COMES TO TOWN https://illinoistimes.com/article-21368-circus-comes-to-town.html CIRCUS COMES TO TOWN
The legislature has adjourned, but a different type of entertainment is hitting Springfield this weekend with the arrival of Paranormal Cirque, a European-style circus with acrobats but no animals tha...]]>
Killer wants out of McFarland - Would live in Springfield https://illinoistimes.com/article-21338-killer-wants-out-of-mcfarland.html Killer wants out of McFarland - Would live in Springfield
 Outwardly, Gary Schmitt’s life seemed as normal as any.He worked as finance director for Catholic Social Services in Belleville. In 2009, he was elected to the board of the Triad Community 2 S...]]>
Victim in cop fight unavailable https://illinoistimes.com/article-21339-victim-in-cop-fight-unavailable.html Victim in cop fight unavailable
 Unable to produce a victim, Sangamon County prosecutors last week won a continuance in the trial of Samuel Rosario, a former Springfield police officer charged with fighting a youth while on dut...]]>
Her flag - Collaborative art project visits Springfield https://illinoistimes.com/article-21340-her-flag.html Her flag - Collaborative art project visits Springfield
 Marilyn Artus, a visual artist from Oklahoma City, was in Springfield as part of a 14-month collaborative art project commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendmen...]]>