IllinoisTimes - News https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-30-1-news.html Thu, 22 Aug 19 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 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...]]>
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...]]>