Lee Strubinger http://wuis.org en East Side Farmer's Market Starts On Monday http://wuis.org/post/east-side-farmers-market-starts-monday <p><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;">Summertime means Farmer's Markets.&nbsp; Springfield has several, but a relatively new one has popped up on Springfield's east side.&nbsp; Lee Strubinger sat down with Wendy White-Mitter and Mary Rogers from St. John's Hospital, which sponsors the market.&nbsp; One of the challenges of the East Side Farmer's Market, they say, is that goes underutilized...</span></font></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 22:31:00 +0000 Lee Strubinger 28174 at http://wuis.org East Side Farmer's Market Starts On Monday Kidzeum Receives State Grant, Construction Starts Soon http://wuis.org/post/kidzeum-receives-state-grant-construction-starts-soon <p>A long awaited children’s museum in Springfield is a step closer to becoming reality.&nbsp;&nbsp; Construction on a building for the Kidzeum of Health and Science will begin this year.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:08:07 +0000 Lee Strubinger 28080 at http://wuis.org Kidzeum Receives State Grant, Construction Starts Soon New U of I President To Be Named In December http://wuis.org/post/new-u-i-president-be-named-december <p>University of Illinois officials say they plan to announce the next president for the state's flagship institution by December.&nbsp; But the process is only just getting started.</p><p>President Bob Easter will retire next year.</p><p>The search committee in charge of recommending a replacement to the U of I's board of trustees must sift through around 120 candidates.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Some candidates are nominees, and others are those who are qualified to fill the position but already hold a significant post elsewhere.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:14:18 +0000 Lee Strubinger 27849 at http://wuis.org New U of I President To Be Named In December Alderman Wants Competitive Bids To Insure CWLP In The Future http://wuis.org/post/alderman-wants-competitive-bids-insure-cwlp-future <p>A Springfield alderman wants to make sure that other insurance companies get the chance to cover CWLP properties for the city.</p><p><br />At the last city council meeting, aldermen approved a 3 year contract with R.W. Troxell to insure the city owned utility.&nbsp; The cost is around $1.8 million per year.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 13:15:00 +0000 Lee Strubinger 27625 at http://wuis.org Alderman Wants Competitive Bids To Insure CWLP In The Future Redpath Annouces Run For Ward 1 http://wuis.org/post/redpath-annouces-run-ward-1 <p>A familiar face to the Springfield City Council hopes to return after a hiatus from city government.&nbsp; Chuck Redpath is running for alderman, again.&nbsp; But this time to represent the city's first ward:</p><p></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 19:19:22 +0000 Lee Strubinger 27589 at http://wuis.org Redpath Annouces Run For Ward 1 Mayor Defends CWLP Insurer Despite Lack Of Contract Bid From Other Companies http://wuis.org/post/mayor-defends-cwlp-insurer-despite-lack-contract-bid-other-companies <p>Springfield Mayor Mike Houston is defending the city’s decision to renew a contract for CWLP insurance, despite criticisms over the lack of a bidding process.</p><p><br />The 3 year contract with R.W. Troxell to insure the city owned utility will cost around $1.8 million per year.&nbsp; Mayor Houston, during an interview on WUIS’ Illinois Edition, said the local firm has been doing business with the city for 30 years with a solid track record.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:01:50 +0000 Lee Strubinger 27492 at http://wuis.org Mayor Defends CWLP Insurer Despite Lack Of Contract Bid From Other Companies Springfield Approves Halfway House Zoning Despite Precedent From Earlier In The Year http://wuis.org/post/springfield-approves-halfway-house-zoning-despite-precedent-earlier-year <div><div><p>One Springfield Alderman called the two zoning changes approved for halfway homes in Springfield during last night's&nbsp;council meeting as "picking and choosing."</p><p></p><p>Zoning classifications for halfway houses were called into question last fall when a man living in one, known as House of the Rainbow, was arrested for murder. &nbsp;After that, the council refused to go along with zoning for that operation. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Yet last night, changes were allowed for properties on East Jackson and South 11th. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 02:45:48 +0000 Lee Strubinger 27470 at http://wuis.org Springfield Approves Halfway House Zoning Despite Precedent From Earlier In The Year Sangamon County Fair Kicks Off Wednesday http://wuis.org/post/sangamon-county-fair-kicks-wednesday <p>The Sangamon County Fair gets underway Wednesday night.&nbsp; This year, the fair is featuring several well known acts as well as queen pageant and demolition derby.&nbsp; Lee Strubinger sat down with coordinator Elizabeth McDevitt, who says this year the fair spent more on entertainment than any other year.</p><p>For more information about this year's festival, including festival line-up and prices, click <a href="http://www.sangcofair.com/events">here</a>.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Lee Strubinger 27196 at http://wuis.org Sangamon County Fair Kicks Off Wednesday Dumb Fest 2 Happening In Springfield Southtown This Weekend... Because Why Not? http://wuis.org/post/dumb-fest-2-happening-springfield-southtown-weekend-because-why-not <p>The second ever Dumb Fest gets underway this afternoon at 3 p.m.&nbsp; Forty bands will grace multiple stages on both Friday and Saturday. &nbsp;<br />The festival is a part of the ever changing Southtown scene in Springfield, located at 11th and South Grand Avenue.&nbsp; Lee Strubinger made his way to Dumb Records to sit down and talk with festival curator Brian Galecki.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Lee Strubinger 27113 at http://wuis.org Dumb Fest 2 Happening In Springfield Southtown This Weekend... Because Why Not? Mayor Moves Forward With NAPA Contract, High-Speed Rail Construction To Start Soon http://wuis.org/post/mayor-moves-forward-napa-contract-high-speed-rail-construction-start-soon <p>Springfield Mayor Mike Houston says silence from the council about reaffirming the NAPA contract signals permission to choose how to handle the $3,000,000 deal.&nbsp;</p><p>He’s moving forward with it.</p><p>Springfield City Council had the chance to send a message to the mayor, but remained silent during the committee of the whole meeting on the issue.</p><p>After the meeting, Ward One Alderman Frank Edwards said because the city didn’t seek out bids from other companies, the NAPA contract puts the city in a bind.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:16:27 +0000 Lee Strubinger 27015 at http://wuis.org Mayor Moves Forward With NAPA Contract, High-Speed Rail Construction To Start Soon Six Months Into Speed Limit Increase, Driver Fatalities Down Observers Say http://wuis.org/post/six-months-speed-limit-increase-driver-fatalities-down-observers-say <p>Six months after state law increased interstate highway speeds from 65 to 70 miles per hour, transportation officials say there have been fewer fatalities on the road. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:29:57 +0000 Lee Strubinger 27005 at http://wuis.org Six Months Into Speed Limit Increase, Driver Fatalities Down Observers Say Intent of Inspector General To Curb Corruption In City Operations http://wuis.org/post/intent-inspector-general-curb-corruption-city-operations <p>Springfield officials are considering adding a position that will take a closer look at misbehavior in city government.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:58:10 +0000 Lee Strubinger 26681 at http://wuis.org Intent of Inspector General To Curb Corruption In City Operations SOHO Expands In Multiple Directions http://wuis.org/post/soho-expands-multiple-directions <p>SOHO music festival will take place in downtown Springfield this weekend.&nbsp; It's the tenth year for the festival.&nbsp; Lee Strubinger sat down with Eric Welch, the executive director of SOHO music festival.&nbsp; Charity is the main caveat for SOHO.&nbsp; And Welch says the theme this year is "bigger."</p><p></p><p>Here's a link to <a href="http://http://www.springfieldsoho.org/home.html">SOHO information</a> and here's the<a href="http://www.springfieldsoho.org/sohomusicfest---lineup-1.html"> line-up</a>.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:57:52 +0000 Lee Strubinger 26640 at http://wuis.org SOHO Expands In Multiple Directions Schock Dedicates Pavillion In Western Illinois, Hopes To Establish National Park http://wuis.org/post/schock-dedicates-pavillion-western-illinois-hopes-establish-national-park <p>An effort to create a national park at former town site in western Illinois remains stalled in the US Senate.&nbsp; Congressman Aaron Schock, a Republican, is part of a bi-partisan group of lawmakers seeking the designation for New Philadelphia.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:21:05 +0000 Lee Strubinger 26528 at http://wuis.org Schock Dedicates Pavillion In Western Illinois, Hopes To Establish National Park Sangamon County Issues First Same-Sex Marriage Licenses http://wuis.org/post/sangamon-county-issues-first-same-sex-marriage-licenses <p>Friday is the first day same-sex couples can get their marriage licenses in Sangamon County.&nbsp; County Clerk Joe Aeillo says he decided to issue licenses ahead of a new law to accommodate ceremonies taking place this weekend.</p><p><br />Tom and Davyd Daly of Springfield were the first and only couple waiting in line to get their marriage license when the doors at the county clerk’s office opened at 8:30 this morning.&nbsp; They’ve been together for more than 20 years, and have been in a civil union since 2011.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 16:47:31 +0000 Lee Strubinger 26259 at http://wuis.org Sangamon County Issues First Same-Sex Marriage Licenses One Western Ill. School Cuts Ag Program, Another Hopes To Bring It Back http://wuis.org/post/one-western-ill-school-cuts-ag-program-another-hopes-bring-it-back <p>Pike County calls itself the "pork capital of the world." However, in an area so tied to farming, it might be a bit surprising that a local school district has cut its agriculture education program.&nbsp; I graduated from high school there five years ago, and went back to report on how districts are struggling to pay for activities not tied to the core curriculum.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Lee Strubinger 26036 at http://wuis.org One Western Ill. School Cuts Ag Program, Another Hopes To Bring It Back Sangamon County Same-Sex Couples Can Get Marriage Licenses This Week http://wuis.org/post/sangamon-county-same-sex-couples-can-get-marriage-licenses-week <p>Same sex couples in Sangamon County will be able to get their marriage licenses early.</p><p></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 20:09:23 +0000 Lee Strubinger 26099 at http://wuis.org Sangamon County Same-Sex Couples Can Get Marriage Licenses This Week Marijuana Cousin Winding Way Through General Assembly http://wuis.org/post/marijuana-cousin-winding-way-through-general-assembly <p>Universities in Illinois may soon get the chance to research industrial hemp.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=5085&amp;GAID=12&amp;GA=98&amp;DocTypeID=HB&amp;LegID=79824&amp;SessionID=85">HB5085</a> is weaving it's way through the legislature.</p><p><br />The Illinois Farm Bureau has been pushing the idea.&nbsp; But hemp was banned in the 1970’s and labeled a controlled substance, as it is related to marijuana.</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Lee Strubinger 25791 at http://wuis.org Marijuana Cousin Winding Way Through General Assembly Schnucks Walnuts Recalled By FDA http://wuis.org/post/schnucks-walnuts-recalled-fda <p>A St. Louis based produce distribution company is recalling walnuts that the FDA says may be contaminated.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:11:19 +0000 Lee Strubinger 25703 at http://wuis.org Schnucks Walnuts Recalled By FDA Medical Marijuana In Illinois Could Be Available By Beginning Of 2015 http://wuis.org/post/medical-marijuana-illinois-could-be-available-beginning-2015 <p>Officials say dispensaries in Illinois could start providing medical marijuana early next year . Prospective patients say that's not soon enough.</p><p></p><p>At a public hearing in Springfield, those seeking marijuana for medical needs argued the rule making process needs to speed up.&nbsp;&nbsp; Illinois lawmakers voted last year to allow cannabis for certain health conditions.&nbsp; Since then, the state has been planning how the program will work.<br />Robert Morgan, an attorney with the Illinois Department of Public Health, says the agency wants to get it right.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 20:22:59 +0000 Lee Strubinger 25625 at http://wuis.org Medical Marijuana In Illinois Could Be Available By Beginning Of 2015 Springfield Council Sets Ward Boundaries http://wuis.org/post/springfield-council-sets-ward-boundaries <div style="margin:0;"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;"><font face="Times New Roman" size="2"><span style="font-size:16px;"><font face="Tahoma" size="2"><span style="font-size:10pt;"><font face="Times New Roman" size="2"><span style="font-size:16px;"><font face="Tahoma" size="2"><span style="font-size:10pt;"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;">The political boundaries for Springfield aldermen have been set.&nbsp; The city council approved a new ward map last night on a 9-1 vote. &nbsp;It will take into account census data. Wed, 21 May 2014 02:58:46 +0000 Lee Strubinger 25565 at http://wuis.org Springfield Council Sets Ward Boundaries Illinois Supreme Court Reprimands Springfield Alderman http://wuis.org/post/illinois-supreme-court-reprimands-springfield-alderman <p>Springfield attorney and Ward 5 alderman Sam Cahnman has received a censure from the Illinois Supreme Court.</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 21:16:18 +0000 Lee Strubinger 25475 at http://wuis.org Illinois Supreme Court Reprimands Springfield Alderman State Can't Find Agreement The City Used As Basis For NAPA Deal http://wuis.org/post/state-cant-find-agreement-city-used-basis-napa-deal <p>The state says there's no evidence of the intergovernmental agreement that Springfield officials relied on as the legal basis for the NAPA contract approved last month.</p><p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 20:09:23 +0000 Lee Strubinger 25289 at http://wuis.org State Can't Find Agreement The City Used As Basis For NAPA Deal State Unemployment Drops To Lowest Since Recession, But Still Behind The Nation http://wuis.org/post/state-unemployment-drops-lowest-recession-still-behind-nation <div style="margin:0;"><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;"><font face="Verdana" size="2"><span style="font-size:10pt;">The Illinois unemployment rate is at its lowest mark in five years. Democratic Governor Pat Quinn is touting the news, but the state still lags the nation.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></font></span></font></span></font></div><div style="margin:0;"><br /><p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 00:30:06 +0000 Lee Strubinger 25232 at http://wuis.org State Unemployment Drops To Lowest Since Recession, But Still Behind The Nation Lawmaker Calls On Quinn To Nix Private Company That Runs Lottery http://wuis.org/post/lawmaker-calls-quinn-nix-private-company-runs-lottery <div style="margin:0;"><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;"><span lang="en-US"><font face="Arial,sans-serif" size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;">A state lawmaker wants Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to fire the company responsible for running the state’s lottery.</span></font></span></span></font></div><div style="margin:0;"> Thu, 15 May 2014 03:02:13 +0000 Lee Strubinger 25143 at http://wuis.org Lawmaker Calls On Quinn To Nix Private Company That Runs Lottery Senate President Moves To Save Obama Artifacts For Presidential Library http://wuis.org/post/senate-president-moves-save-obama-artifacts-presidential-library <div style="margin:0;"><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;"><span lang="en-US"><font face="Arial,sans-serif" size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;">An Illinois Senate panel Wednesday approved a measure to pay tribute to one of the chamber's most distinguished former members.</span></font></span></span></font></div><div style="margin:0;"><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;"><span lang="en-US"><font face="Arial,sans-serif" size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&n Thu, 15 May 2014 02:57:32 +0000 Lee Strubinger 25142 at http://wuis.org Senate President Moves To Save Obama Artifacts For Presidential Library As Hy-Vee Opens, City To Focus On Further MacArthur Development http://wuis.org/post/hy-vee-opens-city-focus-further-macarthur-development <p>Despite the rain Tuesday morning, customers arrived in droves to the unveiling of the the new Springfield Hy-Vee supermarket along MacArthur boulevard.&nbsp;</p><p>The city offered special tax incentives in hopes of spurring growth along MacArthur.</p><p>Springfield Alderman Cory Jobe was president of the MacArthur Boulevard Business Association when the idea to bring Hy-Vee about came around.&nbsp; He says the building brings life to the core of the city.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 17:56:23 +0000 Lee Strubinger 25026 at http://wuis.org As Hy-Vee Opens, City To Focus On Further MacArthur Development Chilli Parlor Re-Opens Serving Century Old Recipe http://wuis.org/post/chilli-parlor-re-opens-serving-century-old-recipe <p>A Springfield culinary landmark has re-opened it's doors.&nbsp; The Dew Chilli parlor was established in 1909, but it closed about 20 years ago.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mark Roberts is the new owner and a longtime fan.&nbsp;&nbsp; Lee Strubinger went to the parlor's recent grand opening and he presents this audio postcard:</p><p></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Lee Strubinger 24778 at http://wuis.org Chilli Parlor Re-Opens Serving Century Old Recipe Springfield Police Lieutenant Retires Days After Receiving Promotion http://wuis.org/post/springfield-police-lieutenant-retires-days-after-receiving-promotion <p>Earlier this month,&nbsp; the Springfield Police Department promoted two sergeants to the rank of lieutenant.&nbsp; One has already retired, able to earn a higher pension because of the promotion.</p><p>Under state law, retiring police officers are allowed to collect pension benefits based on rank for their last day of employment.</p><p>Springfield Alderman Joe McMenamin says a lieutenant retiring at a rank he never served is quote 'offensive.' He says the public doesn't appreciate a "revolving door of promotions right before retirement.”</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Lee Strubinger 24705 at http://wuis.org Springfield Police Lieutenant Retires Days After Receiving Promotion Republicans Want State Worker Wages Paid With Extra State Cash http://wuis.org/post/republicans-want-state-worker-wages-paid-extra-state-cash <p>A report says Illinois officials can look forward to more than a billion dollars in tax collections they hadn't been expecting this year. A group of lawmakers already has a plan for the money.</p><p></p><p>Thousands of state workers are owed an estimated 112 million dollars in back wages. Governor Pat Quinn negotiated raises with members of AFSCME back before the 2010 elections, but lawmakers never came through with the money to pay them.</p><p>Now some Republicans say this year's unexpected tax windfall ought to be used to finally make good on the contract.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 22:58:26 +0000 Lee Strubinger 24646 at http://wuis.org Republicans Want State Worker Wages Paid With Extra State Cash