IllinoisTimes - News https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Fri, 15 Feb 19 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Punk rock pastor https://illinoistimes.com/article-20934-punk-rock-pastor.html Punk rock pastor
 Rev. Paul Hemenway is all about authenticity, and his career even before devoting his life to God and his ministry was about throwing out labels and being yourself. Hemenway isn’t just the sen...]]>
Sewers, sidewalks and leaves - Ward 6 race focuses on public works issues https://illinoistimes.com/article-20935-sewers-sidewalks-and-leaves.html Sewers, sidewalks and leaves - Ward 6 race focuses on public works issues
 Ward 6 Alderwoman Kristin DiCenso is facing a challenge from a political newcomer who said her motivation to run for city council struck her while raking leaves.  Candidate Elizabeth Jones,...]]>
Lincoln: boss or compromiser? - Historians talk politics https://illinoistimes.com/article-20936-lincoln-boss-or-compromiser.html Lincoln: boss or compromiser? - Historians talk politics
 Abraham Lincoln was notoriously silent on his career in Illinois state politics.In an 1859 autobiographical statement sent to a Republican friend in Pennsylvania, the future president devoted ex...]]>
Future cannabis laws are hazy https://illinoistimes.com/article-20916-future-cannabis-laws-are-hazy.html Future cannabis laws are hazy
With Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s support of recreational marijuana, state lawmakers are moving swiftly to add Illinois to the list of states that legalize the consumption, sale and growth of recreational c...]]>
Frigid response to pet law https://illinoistimes.com/article-20899-frigid-response-to-pet-law.html Frigid response to pet law
Pet lovers had the opportunity to put a new animal protection state law into action during last week’s polar vortex, but some do-gooders were frustrated about limited action taken by law enforcement...]]>
Township tug-of-war - City, county leaders spar over Capital Township https://illinoistimes.com/article-20892-township-tug-of-war.html Township tug-of-war - City, county leaders spar over Capital Township
 Sangamon County board chairman Andy Van Meter and Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder agreed on at least one thing during a debate last week sponsored by Citizens Club of Springfield.Capital Townsh...]]>
WQNA off the air https://illinoistimes.com/article-20893-wqna-off-the-air.html WQNA off the air
 A series of events that seems as though it could only be written in a Hollywood script recently played out in the studio of WQNA 88.3 FM. The team at WQNA 88.3 FM, a student- and volunteer-run s...]]>
Payback is hell - Schock prosecutor used emails in complaint about judge https://illinoistimes.com/article-20894-payback-is-hell.html Payback is hell - Schock prosecutor used emails in complaint about judge
 A legal mess involving U.S. District Court Judge Colin Bruce began in 2017, when the judge dressed down an assistant U.S. attorney who was then lead prosecutor in a corruption case targeting for...]]>
Cold and classical - Illinois Symphony Orchestra goes Scandinavian https://illinoistimes.com/article-20895-cold-and-classical.html Cold and classical - Illinois Symphony Orchestra goes Scandinavian
 The frigid trudge of determined music lovers from the sleet-covered parking lot to Sangamon Auditorium lent verisimilitude to this past Saturday’s “Nordic Nights” concert by the Illinois S...]]>
Nursing home ordered to pay $6.75 million - Jury award comes after government fines https://illinoistimes.com/article-20875-nursing-home-ordered-to-pay-%2524675-million.html Nursing home ordered to pay $6.75 million - Jury award comes after government fines
A Sangamon County jury has awarded $6.5 million to the family of Robert Folder, who died in 2014 after a mishap at Lewis Memorial Christian Village in Springfield. Folder, 78, was being loaded i...]]>
A past worth remembering - Community effort to recognize 1908 race riots nationally underway https://illinoistimes.com/article-20864-a-past-worth-remembering.html A past worth remembering - Community effort to recognize 1908 race riots nationally underway
 U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, has put his name on a bill that would designate the area where remains of the 1908 Springfield race riots were uncovered as a national monument.  Raci...]]>
Law takes aim at firearm sales https://illinoistimes.com/article-20871-law-takes-aim-at-firearm-sales.html Law takes aim at firearm sales
Gun dealers around the state have been hit with a new law that will impact more than who buys firearms. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill 337 on Jan. 17, a holdover piece of legislation from the 1...]]>
All in the family - Mayor’s relatives join city payroll https://illinoistimes.com/article-20872-all-in-the-family.html All in the family - Mayor’s relatives join city payroll
At least four relatives of Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder have gotten city jobs since the mayor took office in 2015.A nephew who worked a $10-per-hour temporary job at the public works department in...]]>
Anti-Muslim post appears on clerk's Facebook page - Circuit clerk says it was hack job https://illinoistimes.com/article-20874-anti-muslim-post-appears-on-clerks-facebook-page.html Anti-Muslim post appears on clerk's Facebook page - Circuit clerk says it was hack job
  A Facebook post quoting conservative former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann saying that Muslims are out to destroy Christianity briefly appeared on the Facebook page of Sangamon C...]]>
H.O.T. cops reaching out https://illinoistimes.com/article-20836-hot-cops-reaching-out.html H.O.T. cops reaching out
 The Springfield Police Department is now one of just a handful of law enforcement agencies around the country that has a Homeless Outreach Team.Homelessness isn’t isolated to one part of Sprin...]]>
Health care starts at home https://illinoistimes.com/article-20839-health-care-starts-at-home.html Health care starts at home
 The Pillsbury Mills neighborhood is next on the list for health care professionals who are attempting to affect positive change in Springfield, block by block.The U.S. Census Bureau estimated th...]]>
Piece of the pot - Money and weed in Illinois https://illinoistimes.com/article-20822-piece-of-the-pot.html Piece of the pot - Money and weed in Illinois
 With growing support among politicians and the public, Illinois could likely legalize recreational marijuana as soon as next year. But, passing legislation may hinge on where the revenue will go...]]>
Spreading the wealth - City mulls Far East TIF expansion https://illinoistimes.com/article-20823-spreading-the-wealth.html Spreading the wealth - City mulls Far East TIF expansion
Springfield visitors who take the South Grand Avenue exit off Interstate 72 may think they’ve ended up in Detroit instead of Illinois’ capital. If those same visitors make a right on to 16th Stree...]]>
Park District board to fill three seats - Alderman, incumbent and three others have filed to run for April 2 election https://illinoistimes.com/article-20824-park-district-board-to-fill-three-seats.html Park District board to fill three seats - Alderman, incumbent and three others have filed to run for April 2 election
Five candidates are seeking three seats on the Springfield Park District Board, a position that entrusts those who are elected to care for the more than 40 parks and golf courses, a zoo and a budget e...]]>
Couple claims discrimination - Habitat for Humanity denies allegations https://illinoistimes.com/article-20792-couple-claims-discrimination.html Couple claims discrimination - Habitat for Humanity denies allegations
 The sides can’t agree on what happened, and so at least one thing must be true: Someone is either lying or mistaken.Alex and Taylor Walker say they were the subject of discrimination at the ha...]]>
Deaf Wings, a voice for victims - Deaf victims of violence are about to get the attention they need https://illinoistimes.com/article-20719-deaf-wings-a-voice-for-victims.html Deaf Wings, a voice for victims - Deaf victims of violence are about to get the attention they need
 Victims of domestic or sexual violence often don’t reach out for help or report incidents to law enforcement. For deaf women, the barriers are even greater. Deaf Wings is an initiative of the...]]>
From vaccines to child abuse - Springfield doctor gets national attention https://illinoistimes.com/article-20695-from-vaccines-to-child-abuse.html From vaccines to child abuse - Springfield doctor gets national attention
 A recent story in New Yorker magazine paints a Springfield radiologist as a physician who’s moved from the fringe of vaccine controversies to the outer limit of child abuse experts.Before beco...]]>
A stronger voice for the environment - Illinois Environmental Council buys a downtown office building, increasing Springfield presence https://illinoistimes.com/article-20699-a-stronger-voice-for-the-environment.html A stronger voice for the environment - Illinois Environmental Council buys a downtown office building, increasing Springfield presence
 Protecting Illinois schoolchildren from exposure to lead in drinking water, reducing health risks and environmental impacts of pesticides and funding open space acquisition are some of the accom...]]>
The Pharmacy gallery heads downtown https://illinoistimes.com/article-20667-the-pharmacy-gallery-heads-downtown.html The Pharmacy gallery heads downtown
 “Everyone I talk to is so excited about us moving into this new space,” said Janet Sgro, president of the nonprofit The Pharmacy Gallery and Art Space. The Pharmacy’s new location is at 62...]]>
Familiar faces in mayoral race - Contest pits incumbent against former alderman https://illinoistimes.com/article-20683-familiar-faces-in-mayoral-race.html Familiar faces in mayoral race - Contest pits incumbent against former alderman
 It’s been a dozen years since Springfield has seen a two-horse mayoral race.In 2007, incumbent Tim Davlin shellacked Bruce Strom, who got less than 40 percent of the vote, both in the primary...]]>
Off the record - Expungement summit gives hope to people with a past https://illinoistimes.com/article-20655-off-the-record.html Off the record - Expungement summit gives hope to people with a past
 A conviction and prison time for marijuana possession more than 10 years ago prevents him from becoming a registered nurse, said one of the 204  who showed up for the “Expungement and Rec...]]>
Accused killers have records - One was free on recognizance despite felonies https://illinoistimes.com/article-20658-accused-killers-have-records.html Accused killers have records - One was free on recognizance despite felonies
 Authorities haven’t said what led Michael Trone to the Sleep Inn.Trone’s body was found Sept. 7 in a room at the hotel at 3470 Freedom Drive, barely a mile from his Westchester home. Two men...]]>
Questions not limited to hat - ALPLM says it will study hat, fan https://illinoistimes.com/article-20634-questions-not-limited-to-hat.html Questions not limited to hat - ALPLM says it will study hat, fan
 A stovepipe hat that purportedly belonged to the Great Emancipator isn’t the only artifact at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum that needs further research to flesh out prove...]]>
Lincoln Land puts GIS to work on Green Map https://illinoistimes.com/article-20637-lincoln-land-puts-gis-to-work-on-green-map.html Lincoln Land puts GIS to work on Green Map
 The “Sustain Springfield Green Map” at llcc.edu/sustain-springfield is a work in progress, but then all good web-based resources are. The online map, launched by the Lincoln Land Community C...]]>
Trials and tribulations - Courtroom battles rare https://illinoistimes.com/article-20607-trials-and-tribulations.html Trials and tribulations - Courtroom battles rare
 The number of trials in Sangamon County Circuit Court has plummeted this year, mirroring a reduction in both trials and cases filed in courts nationwide.While the nationwide number of cases, and...]]>