IllinoisTimes - News https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Sun, 23 Sep 18 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 Alleged prison rape prompt lawsuits - Criminal charges pending https://illinoistimes.com/article-20463-alleged-prison-rape-prompt-lawsuits.html Alleged prison rape prompt lawsuits - Criminal charges pending
 Officials at Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln have ignored sexual misconduct involving guards and other employees, according to three lawsuits filed since last November.Two of the lawsuits,...]]>
Young activists host advocacy summit at UIS https://illinoistimes.com/article-20466-young-activists-host-advocacy-summit-at-uis.html Young activists host advocacy summit at UIS
 Glenwood High School senior Clare Farnsworth, 18, became interested in political activism after witnessing news reports of the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in F...]]>
County sales tax would improve old Springfield school buildings https://illinoistimes.com/article-20412-county-sales-tax-would-improve-old-springfield-school-buildings.html County sales tax would improve old Springfield school buildings
 In November, Sangamon County voters will have the opportunity to vote on a proposed one percent increase in sales tax. In District 186 the proceeds would be used exclusively to make improvements...]]>
Federal judge may face inquiry - Removal from cases signals action, expert says https://illinoistimes.com/article-20415-federal-judge-may-face-inquiry.html Federal judge may face inquiry - Removal from cases signals action, expert says
 Authorities won’t say what, if any, steps are being taken to determine whether a federal judge deserves punishment for conversing about a pending case with a paralegal in the U.S. attorney’s...]]>
Vachel getting plenty of attention in 2018 - Original works on display at SAA this month https://illinoistimes.com/article-20416-vachel-getting-plenty-of-attention-in-2018.html Vachel getting plenty of attention in 2018 - Original works on display at SAA this month
 On Friday, Sept. 7, the Springfield Art Association held an opening reception for Vachel Lindsay: Poet, Artist, Visionary, an exhibit featuring original works and memorabilia by the celebrated e...]]>
New laws streamline mental health and addiction treatments https://illinoistimes.com/article-20399-new-laws-streamline-mental-health-and-addiction-treatments.html New laws streamline mental health and addiction treatments
 Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law a package of bills to improve treatments and medical access for mental health and substance use disorders. At a press conference at the Memorial Center for...]]>
Explore the world from Springfield https://illinoistimes.com/article-20400-explore-the-world-from-springfield.html Explore the world from Springfield
Springfield-area residents can learn firsthand about U.S. foreign policy and global economic issues through free programs presented by the World Affairs Council of Central Illinois (WACCI). This civic...]]>
Pillars of salt https://illinoistimes.com/article-20368-pillars-of-salt.html Pillars of salt
 St. Louis-based artist Amanda Bowles’ current exhibit at the University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery is entitled “digital dusk shadow storage,” a multimedia installation whi...]]>
SPD fights gun violence with tough love https://illinoistimes.com/article-20369-spd-fights-gun-violence-with-tough-love.html SPD fights gun violence with tough love
 Springfield Police Department Chief Kenny Winslow spoke at the Citizens Club of Springfield’s August policy breakfast, held at Hoogland Center for the Arts on Friday, Aug. 24. His subject was...]]>
CLIMATE MARCH IN DECATUR https://illinoistimes.com/article-20371-climate-march-in-decatur.html CLIMATE MARCH IN DECATUR
Macon County activist group SONA (Save Our National Areas, a subcommittee of the nonprofit Community Environmental Council of Macon County) will lead the “RISE for climate, jobs and justice march”...]]>
State: Sidney Watkins shouldn’t live with mom - Mom apologizes during hearing https://illinoistimes.com/article-20355-state-sidney-watkins-shouldn%25E2%2580%2599t-live-with-mom.html State: Sidney Watkins shouldn’t live with mom - Mom apologizes during hearing
 While Sidney Watkins attended her first day of school as a sixth-grader last week, her mother, Jennifer, had a bad day in court in the latest chapter of a custody battle that began a decade ago....]]>
Library of Congress wants riot artifacts - Rail relocation uncovers remnants of 1908 riot https://illinoistimes.com/article-20357-library-of-congress-wants-riot-artifacts.html Library of Congress wants riot artifacts - Rail relocation uncovers remnants of 1908 riot
The long-brewing Springfield rail relocation project, which would move the railroad tracks currently on Third Street to 10th Street, has unearthed significant archaeological findings from the 1908 Spr...]]>
Pritzker galvanizes supporters in Democrat Day speech https://illinoistimes.com/article-20359-pritzker-galvanizes-supporters-in-democrat-day-speech.html Pritzker galvanizes supporters in Democrat Day speech
  J.B Pritzker, D-Chicago, rallied supporters as he presented his case to be the next governor of Illinois on State Fair Democrat Day, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield on Aug....]]>
Residency? Not so fast. - City revisits “historic” ordinance https://illinoistimes.com/article-20317-residency-not-so-fast.html Residency? Not so fast. - City revisits “historic” ordinance
 The Springfield City Council is poised to water down an ordinance aimed at putting city residents to work on public works projects.The proposal before the council would cut fines for contractors...]]>
Campaign for soil health https://illinoistimes.com/article-20320-campaign-for-soil-health.html Campaign for soil health
 Farmers and environmentalists stand around a deep trench dug in a soybean field listening to Donna Brandt from the University of Missouri Soil Health Assessment Center. She climbs into the trenc...]]>
Federal judge engaged in ex parte talk - Sent emails to U.S. attorney staff about pending case https://illinoistimes.com/article-20331-federal-judge-engaged-in-ex-parte-talk.html Federal judge engaged in ex parte talk - Sent emails to U.S. attorney staff about pending case
A woman convicted of international parental kidnapping is asking for a new trial on the grounds that U.S. District Court Judge Colin Bruce sent emails to a paralegal in the U.S. attorney’s office...]]>
Twenty-eight years for murder - Victim stabbed 39 times by lover https://illinoistimes.com/article-20307-twenty-eight-years-for-murder.html Twenty-eight years for murder - Victim stabbed 39 times by lover
There were 20 people and five boxes of tissues in the courtroom of Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John Madonia Friday for the sentencing of Emmaline Osborne, who got 28 years for the 2016 murde...]]>
State Fair revs up for 2018 https://illinoistimes.com/article-20285-state-fair-revs-up-for-2018.html State Fair revs up for 2018
 There is a fresh coat of paint on the firehouse, roads have been repaved, flowers are in bloom and the 2018 Illinois State Fair is set to open on Thursday, Aug. 9.Fair manager Luke Sailer appear...]]>
Sex in prison - Former inmate claims abuse by counselor https://illinoistimes.com/article-20288-sex-in-prison.html Sex in prison - Former inmate claims abuse by counselor
 A former Logan Correctional Center inmate has sued three prison employees, saying that she was sexually assaulted by a prison counselor, then suffered retaliation when her claims came to light.T...]]>
Springfield High students to study abroad - Rotary Youth Exchange Program promotes peace through understanding https://illinoistimes.com/article-20272-springfield-high-students-to-study-abroad.html Springfield High students to study abroad - Rotary Youth Exchange Program promotes peace through understanding
 Three Springfield High School students are about to embark on a one-year experience that will have a lifelong impact. Mandy Lynn, Maia Ojugbele and Yasmin Martinez-Powell are Rotary Youth Exchan...]]>
Interiority gets exteriorized at UIS Gallery https://illinoistimes.com/article-20275-interiority-gets-exteriorized-at-uis-gallery.html Interiority gets exteriorized at UIS Gallery
 A smiley-face pin balanced on a wall-mounted thermostat; an infant’s onesie reflected in an antique mirror; an office lamp propping open a window shade. The experience of walking through “In...]]>
A way forward - Anti-harassment panel looks for practical solutions https://illinoistimes.com/article-20249-a-way-forward.html A way forward - Anti-harassment panel looks for practical solutions
 Throughout July, three prominent Illinois politicians working together as the Anti-Harassment, Equality and Access Panel (AHEA) has been holding meetings across the state in order to engage wome...]]>
The fourth kind of corruption - Candidate Rodriguez speaks truth to LaHood https://illinoistimes.com/article-20252-the-fourth-kind-of-corruption.html The fourth kind of corruption - Candidate Rodriguez speaks truth to LaHood
 Early on Wednesday evening, July 18, Springfield grassroots groups Action Illinois and Indivisible Illinois jointly held a rally in front of 18th District congressman Darin LaHood’s downtown o...]]>
It’s a bird, it’s a plane... - It’s a Mississippi kite, on Glenwood Avenue https://illinoistimes.com/article-20220-it%25E2%2580%2599s-a-bird-it%25E2%2580%2599s-a-plane.html It’s a bird, it’s a plane... - It’s a Mississippi kite, on Glenwood Avenue
 As birds go, Mississippi kites are not classic beauties.They are gray, like pigeons or seagulls. One of the smaller members of the raptor family, Mississippi kites are, by definition, birds of p...]]>
Sacred spaces for sale https://illinoistimes.com/article-20232-sacred-spaces-for-sale.html Sacred spaces for sale
 “There has to be community engagement on the sale of this campus,” said Ward Five alderman Andrew Proctor at a public meeting held Monday, July 16, regarding the sale of Springfield’s spra...]]>
Council rejects library camping ban - Long-term solution sought https://illinoistimes.com/article-20198-council-rejects-library-camping-ban.html Council rejects library camping ban - Long-term solution sought
 Fifteen years after the city declared a goal of ending homelessness in a decade, Springfield still has plenty of homeless people but no solid plan to address the issue.The latest proposal by May...]]>
Hundreds rally for immigrant families https://illinoistimes.com/article-20182-hundreds-rally-for-immigrant-families.html Hundreds rally for immigrant families
 Under a blazing sun at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 30, approximately 500 people gathered at the Old State Capitol plaza for a rally in opposition to current federal immigration policy. Part of a coor...]]>
Grant marches from Springfield Thursday night https://illinoistimes.com/article-20185-grant-marches-from-springfield-thursday-night.html Grant marches from Springfield Thursday night
 A bookstore in downtown Springfield aims to educate visitors on the vital role Illinois played in the Civil War. Every Thursday night during the summer, Books on the Square, 427 E. Washington St...]]>
HISO Music is moving on up https://illinoistimes.com/article-20157-hiso-music-is-moving-on-up.html HISO Music is moving on up
Since 2014, Springfield-based multiple-platform entertainment conglomerate HISO Music has been building its business steadily, to the point where it has started to feel growing pains. Now the company...]]>
ALPLM foundation sells Monroe memorabilia - Pitch to Pritzker doesn’t pan https://illinoistimes.com/article-20159-alplm-foundation-sells-monroe-memorabilia.html ALPLM foundation sells Monroe memorabilia - Pitch to Pritzker doesn’t pan
 A dress once worn by Marilyn Monroe fetched $50,000 last Saturday as the struggling Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation sold eight non-Lincoln items at a Las Vegas auction.Seven phot...]]>