IllinoisTimes - Cap City https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-56-1-cap-city.html Tue, 21 May 19 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 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....]]>
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 ...]]>