IllinoisTimes - Cap City https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-56-1-cap-city.html Tue, 17 Sep 19 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 IT’S NOT TOO LATE https://illinoistimes.com/article-21597-it%25E2%2580%2599s-not-too-late.html IT’S NOT TOO LATE
On the plus side, the daily paper has begun publishing letters stating the obvious: What in tarnation was the State Journal-Register thinking when it hired Ted Nugent to appear at an outdoor expo set...]]>
GET READY FOR GREEN https://illinoistimes.com/article-21598-get-ready-for-green.html GET READY FOR GREEN
A majority of Springfield city council members this week said nice things about plans to tax recreational marijuana and establish zoning to decide where dispensaries will be allowed. During discussion...]]>
JESSE WHITE DAY? https://illinoistimes.com/article-21587-jesse-white-day.html JESSE WHITE DAY?
We can’t imagine, sometimes, what goes on in the minds of the Masters Of The Fourth Estate, aka the Illinois Press Association. A few years ago, they were rigging journalism contests, which led to t...]]>
LOCK YOUR DAMN CAR https://illinoistimes.com/article-21588-lock-your-damn-car.html LOCK YOUR DAMN CAR
Springfield Police Chief Kenny Winslow this week briefed the city council on the department’s efforts at reducing gun violence, particularly shootings involving proven or suspected gang members. It...]]>
AVOID WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS https://illinoistimes.com/article-21534-avoid-wrongful-convictions.html AVOID WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS
The best thing to do about wrongful convictions is avoid them. Over and over, the Illinois Innocence Project has learned that bad convictions result from bad police work, whether from jumping to concl...]]>
DANCE, DANCE, DANCE https://illinoistimes.com/article-21535-dance-dance-dance.html DANCE, DANCE, DANCE
It’s not too early to start thinking about Christmas, when chestnuts roast and sleigh bells jingle and The Nutcracker becomes a mainstay throughout the land. But there can be no Nutcracker without d...]]>
WEED-A-LICIOUS https://illinoistimes.com/article-21513-weed-a-licious.html WEED-A-LICIOUS
With legal cannabis just around the corner, Springfield can expect at least one more pot shop within city limits in addition to two local medical marijuana dispensaries already in operation, one downt...]]>
VOTE FOR KIDS https://illinoistimes.com/article-21514-vote-for-kids.html VOTE FOR KIDS
Compass for Kids needs your help by voting for the organization to receive a $25,000 grant from State Farm. Starting Tuesday, Aug. 14, U.S. residents who are 18 and older with a valid email address co...]]>
ALPLM GOES BACK TO SCHOOL https://illinoistimes.com/article-21465-alplm-goes-back-to-school.html ALPLM GOES BACK TO SCHOOL
School, everyone knows, has a reputation for not being fun, and after a summer of leisure, it’s easy to understand why kids might not be eager to go back indoors to learn about stuff like math and s...]]>
POLICE BLUES https://illinoistimes.com/article-21466-police-blues.html POLICE BLUES
Readers might recall recent news that the Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation, the folks who built the downtown memorial park for fallen officers, had gotten ripped off from someone on the insid...]]>
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...]]>