IllinoisTimes - News https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Mon, 22 Apr 19 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 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...]]>
Living on the edge https://illinoistimes.com/article-20975-living-on-the-edge.html Living on the edge
 A pharmacist, a lawyer and a retiree are vying to represent residents of Ward 10. All three candidates – John Animasaun, Rob Patino and incumbent Ralph Hanauer – agree that there needs to be...]]>
Healing from trauma https://illinoistimes.com/article-20978-healing-from-trauma.html Healing from trauma
“Healing” is a term doctors use often to describe a patient’s progress, but healing goes beyond the flesh.Dr. Audrey Tanksley delivered a keynote speech about the intersection of violence and he...]]>
Rerun at records office - Candidates from 2015 campaign try again https://illinoistimes.com/article-20963-rerun-at-records-office.html Rerun at records office - Candidates from 2015 campaign try again
 As elective offices go, the Springfield city clerk’s post isn’t the sexiest.It’s an administrative position, tasked with keeping minutes of city council sessions and otherwise collecting,...]]>
Ward 8 up for grabs - Three vie to replace term-limited incumbent https://illinoistimes.com/article-20966-ward-8-up-for-grabs.html Ward 8 up for grabs - Three vie to replace term-limited incumbent
Stretching from MacArthur Boulevard to areas near Koke Mill Road, Ward 8 straddles a mix of Springfield neighborhoods.Two candidates for Ward 8 alderman, Erin Conley and Dean Graven, live west of Vete...]]>
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...]]>