IllinoisTimes - Cap City https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-56-1-cap-city.html Thu, 21 Mar 19 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 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....]]>
DONUTS. Mmmm. https://illinoistimes.com/article-20794-donuts-mmmm.html DONUTS. Mmmm.
No one was happier than us when Mayor Jim “Jelly” Langfelder pulled the trigger on buying the iconic Sonrise Donut sign for the low, low price of $22,000 during a recent auction that made us, fran...]]>
SAM THE MAN https://illinoistimes.com/article-20720-sam-the-man.html SAM THE MAN
Sam Cahnman, who’s looking to move from erstwhile Ward 5 alderman to newly elected Ward 5 alderman in upcoming city elections, is vowing to reject a pay raise approved last month by the city council...]]>
A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN https://illinoistimes.com/article-20721-a-new-sheriff-in-town.html A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN
Newly minted U.S. attorney John Milhiser is making moves in an office rocked by revelations that prosecutors and other employees have exchanged improper emails with U.S. District Court Judge Colin Bru...]]>
FREE PARKING https://illinoistimes.com/article-20697-free-parking.html FREE PARKING
The city is allowing free downtown parking for shoppers during the holidays. Until Dec. 22, shoppers who obtain permits labeled “Shopper” from one of 10 downtown retail businesses – and what a p...]]>
MUNI SEASON, A HOPEFUL THEME https://illinoistimes.com/article-20698-muni-season-a-hopeful-theme.html MUNI SEASON, A HOPEFUL THEME
“Wishes really do come true,” says Jim Leach, in a press release, “and the 2019 Springfield Muni Opera season proves it.” Leach is president of the Muni board of managers. “But it’s not ju...]]>
Drink PERRIER https://illinoistimes.com/article-20684-drink-perrier.html Drink PERRIER
We’re doomed. Well, maybe not doomed, but nonetheless in a heap of trouble, thanks to a heap of coal ash from the city’s power plant that’s built up next to Lake Springfield. That’s the takeaw...]]>
CRACKED https://illinoistimes.com/article-20685-cracked.html CRACKED
You gotta love Ward 7 Ald. Joe McMenamin, a man who knows his seasons. Take winter, for instance. In August, when sunshine was cheap and the city council, alarmed that an out-of-town outfit had underb...]]>
WEDDING ANNIVERSARY https://illinoistimes.com/article-20656-wedding-anniversary.html WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Illinois became the 16th state to legalize same-sex marriage five years ago, when marriage equality legislation was signed into law on Nov. 20, 2013. The U.S. Supreme Court did not issue its historic ...]]>
GETTING ORGANIZED https://illinoistimes.com/article-20657-getting-organized.html GETTING ORGANIZED
Final signatures aren’t yet on paper, but a contract between State Journal-Register newsroom employees and GateHouse Media, corporate owner of the Springfield daily, has been ratified by workers and...]]>
VOTE FOR FREE CONCERTS https://illinoistimes.com/article-20635-vote-for-free-concerts.html VOTE FOR FREE CONCERTS
Springfield is competing against 40 other communities across the nation to win a $25,000 matching grant to host 10 free concerts in downtown next summer. There are two key aspects of the Levitt AMP [Y...]]>
FRESH START FOR HOMELESS CARE https://illinoistimes.com/article-20636-fresh-start-for-homeless-care.html FRESH START FOR HOMELESS CARE
Those on the front lines of caring for the hungry and homeless have been talking about working together ever since Ossie Langfelder was mayor in the 1980s. The efforts to coordinate and cooperate usua...]]>
COME TOGETHER THURSDAY https://illinoistimes.com/article-20592-come-together-thursday.html COME TOGETHER THURSDAY
The Jewish Federation of Springfield and the Jewish Community Relations Council have made plans to “bring together the Springfield community” to mourn the loss of life at the Tree of Life Synagogu...]]>
CONGRATULATIONS! https://illinoistimes.com/article-20593-congratulations_.html CONGRATULATIONS!
When last we heard of Springfield police officer Paul Carpenter, the city was paying $24,000 to neighbors who sued after the officer, while on duty, pulled over a woman who lived down the street whom...]]>
MAYHEM AT THE MUNI https://illinoistimes.com/article-20521-mayhem-at-the-muni.html MAYHEM AT THE MUNI
Spooky, Halloween-themed acts, pop-up performances and a haunted maze backstage are just the beginning of the fun at “Muni Mayhem,” happening Oct. 11-13 at the Muni Opera. An official announcement...]]>