IllinoisTimes - Cap City https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-56-1-cap-city.html Fri, 19 Jul 19 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 COLORED SECTION https://illinoistimes.com/article-21408-colored-section.html COLORED SECTION
The Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum is hosting a public tour of the “colored section” of Oak Ridge Cemetery. The tour and presentation will be led by longtime Spri...]]>
FREE JUDGE BRUCE https://illinoistimes.com/article-21383-free-judge-bruce.html FREE JUDGE BRUCE
In a May 14 order that surfaced just last week, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago decided that U.S. District Court Judge Colin Bruce, removed from criminal cases last year, should be sid...]]>
PITY POT PURVEYORS https://illinoistimes.com/article-21384-pity-pot-purveyors.html PITY POT PURVEYORS
If you think sex offenders have it tough, try being an ad rep for a cannabis company. Rapists, under state law, can live or hang out as close as 500 feet to a school or playground. But the law legaliz...]]>
HOTEL UPDATE https://illinoistimes.com/article-21367-hotel-update.html HOTEL UPDATE
Some Springfield City Council members not long ago said the price the city pays, if it ever does pay, for land to build a proposed hotel near the downtown Amtrak station is between the developer who w...]]>
IT’S A CODE BROWN! https://illinoistimes.com/article-21328-it%25E2%2580%2599s-a-code-brown_.html IT’S A CODE BROWN!
There is no truth to the rumor that a 30-foot-high statue of beleaguered nice guy Joe Crain, erstwhile TV meteorologist, has been commissioned for installation outside city hall, but lordy, stranger t...]]>
MAKING WHOOPEE https://illinoistimes.com/article-21329-making-whoopee.html MAKING WHOOPEE
When we think steamy historic romances, our eye turns to Elizabeth Bacon Custer and her husband George Armstrong, who was court martialed on charges of abandoning his duties to visit his beloved, whom...]]>
PROMENADING https://illinoistimes.com/article-21286-promenading.html PROMENADING
For now, at least, Springfield has given up on a grand promenade leading down Capitol Avenue to the hallowed dome where legislators work their magic. The state and feds initially forked over more than...]]>
DOLLAR GENERAL WINS https://illinoistimes.com/article-21287-dollar-general-wins.html DOLLAR GENERAL WINS
Let’s say you want to build something but the land isn’t properly zoned. For Dollar General, that hasn’t been a problem for a store at the intersection of 11th and Ash streets, where constructio...]]>
THROWING GOOD SHADE https://illinoistimes.com/article-21191-throwing-good-shade.html THROWING GOOD SHADE
 When Phil and Imogene Rebbe opened Rebbe’s Restaurant and Tavern in Petersburg in 1975, they didn’t know their first fundraising benefit for Brother James Court, a housing facility in Spring...]]>
A QUESTION OF FUNDING https://illinoistimes.com/article-21157-a-question-of-funding.html A QUESTION OF FUNDING
On April 23 the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether to allow a citizenship status question on the 2020 Census. The high court will need to reach a decision quickly once oral arguments are present...]]>
MEET THE NEW BOSS https://illinoistimes.com/article-21111-meet-the-new-boss.html MEET THE NEW BOSS
Some random takeaways from Tuesday’s election. First, think of all the good that might have been done with money that rolled into Frank “Not A Chance” Edwards’ campaign. The only way he was go...]]>
DECEPTIVE DONATIONS https://illinoistimes.com/article-21112-deceptive-donations.html DECEPTIVE DONATIONS
The green donation bins are ubiquitous around the city, found in the parking lots of many businesses. At times, the donations overflow: electronics, bags of clothes, stuffed animals and more. But not...]]>
Why do they call it Bluffstone? https://illinoistimes.com/article-21080-why-do-they-call-it-bluffstone.html Why do they call it Bluffstone?
Remember four years ago, when proponents of a downtown apartment complex came here from Iowa, asking the city for tax increment financing money to subsidize a 70-unit apartment complex at Fourth and M...]]>
POLITICS GET PETTY https://illinoistimes.com/article-21081-politics-get-petty.html POLITICS GET PETTY
With the municipal election in less than a week, the candidates have been keeping the city’s inspector general busy with complaints about their opponents. Two reports issued at the end of last month...]]>
PROTECTION FOR RENTERS https://illinoistimes.com/article-21068-protection-for-renters.html PROTECTION FOR RENTERS
A struggling mother of three was given notice that she was being evicted. Despite the tenant’s financial struggles, she remained in good standing with the landlord, said state Rep. Rita Mayfield, D-...]]>
BAM! https://illinoistimes.com/article-21069-bam_.html BAM!
A Sangamon County sheriff’s deputy would have done well to use a bit more care last week while responding to a wee-hours burglar alarm. Deputy David Howse was northbound on Sixth Street in downtown...]]>
TODD GREEN, HOTELIER https://illinoistimes.com/article-20995-todd-green-hotelier.html TODD GREEN, HOTELIER
He’s not Donald Trump, at least not yet, but local auto dealership magnate Todd Green made a splash this week by announcing that he’s gone into the hotel business, acquiring Portfolio Hotels and R...]]>
NEW METER CONDOMS https://illinoistimes.com/article-20996-new-meter-condoms.html NEW METER CONDOMS
The only thing more aggravating than using Springfield’s coin-op parking meters – who carries change anymore – is not being able to use them when they’re covered by red “No Parking” bags....]]>
DISTURBING STATISTICS https://illinoistimes.com/article-20976-disturbing-statistics.html DISTURBING STATISTICS
The Department of Children and Family Services is the state’s safety net for children who are being abused or neglected, yet a January 2019 report issued by the Office of the Inspector General indic...]]>
TREASURER ON THE MOVE? https://illinoistimes.com/article-20977-treasurer-on-the-move.html TREASURER ON THE MOVE?
Imagine you’re state treasurer. Imagine, further, that you’re doing business in the downtown Myers Building and a place on West Monroe Street that both look, well, perhaps not on par with an offic...]]>
AND THE BAND PLAYS ON https://illinoistimes.com/article-20964-and-the-band-plays-on.html AND THE BAND PLAYS ON
Ward 7 Ald. Joe “Lone Ranger” McMenamin lost, again, at Tuesday’s city council meeting. The alderman was the lone dissenter on a 9-1 vote aimed at reeling in the city’s unfunded debt for polic...]]>
NO PARK PRE-K https://illinoistimes.com/article-20965-no-park-pre-k.html NO PARK PRE-K
Parents with children enrolled in the Springfield Park District preschool programs received a disappointing notification on Feb. 19. The Park District will no longer be offering preschool programming...]]>
TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE https://illinoistimes.com/article-20917-takes-one-to-know-one.html TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE
A Republican lawmaker has introduced a unique bill that he perceives to be a good way to reduce challenges to Illinoisans’ Second Amendment rights. Neil Anderson, R-Moline, introduced a piece of leg...]]>
IT’S A BIG CAKE https://illinoistimes.com/article-20918-it%25E2%2580%2599s-a-big-cake.html IT’S A BIG CAKE
Let’s see. What has happened on Feb. 12? The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was formed. That was in 1909. President Bill Clinton was acquitted by the Senate after being i...]]>
We Won https://illinoistimes.com/article-20867-we-won.html We Won
After more than three years, Illinois Times is on the verge of prying loose information on settlements to resolve medical malpractice claims involving state inmates. We first requested settlements bac...]]>
Secretary Suspended https://illinoistimes.com/article-20868-secretary-suspended.html Secretary Suspended
The recent arrest of Kassie M. Benton, 24, of Mount Zion, a secretary at Eisenhower High School in Decatur, has been an emotional roller coaster for parents with children. Benton told police she made...]]>
Think Tank Solutions https://illinoistimes.com/article-20869-think-tank-solutions.html Think Tank Solutions
The conservative Illinois Policy Institute has released its own “State of the State” analysis of Illinois’ economic ills, with some proposed solutions. “Since the decade began, Illinois has ex...]]>
A wrong righted https://illinoistimes.com/article-20837-a-wrong-righted.html A wrong righted
Grover Johnson died in prison in 1996, 25 years into a 40-year sentence for the rape and attempted murder of an elderly woman, Ida White. More than two decades later, Johnson became the first case in...]]>
City changes course https://illinoistimes.com/article-20838-city-changes-course.html City changes course
City changes courseThe City of Springfield invites the public to attend an informational session for something called a Downtown Traffic Signal Modernization and Operational Modifications project, acc...]]>
DON’T FRET https://illinoistimes.com/article-20793-don%25E2%2580%2599t-fret.html DON’T FRET
The Illinois State Museum is chock full of interesting stuff to see, ponder and sometimes hear. Next week likely will prove a delight for all the senses as Bryan Bowers is scheduled to perform at 7 p....]]>