City of Springfield http://wuis.org en Springfield's Mayor Wants Another Term http://wuis.org/post/springfields-mayor-wants-another-term <p></p><p>Springfield mayor Mike Houston will seek another term.&nbsp; Houston made the announcement earlier this morning.&nbsp; He says he has righted the ship when it comes to city finances.<br /><br />Houston is expected to face opposition.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />County Auditor Paul Palazzolo and City Treasuer Jim Langfielder have indicated they will run for the office as well.<br /><br />Houston admits he broke a pledge to only serve one term.&nbsp; He made that during the last campaign.&nbsp; But he says some of his projects have taken longer than anticipated to accomplish.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:42:06 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 29239 at http://wuis.org Springfield's Mayor Wants Another Term 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Springfield Video Gaming Restrictions In Place, City Delays Ward Map Vote http://wuis.org/post/springfield-video-gaming-restrictions-place-city-delays-ward-map-vote <p>Those applying for video gaming licenses in the city will have deal with new parameters set up by the Springfield council.</p><p>Aldermen approved a measure that requires establishments with video gaming have to earn a least 60 percent of their revenue from food and beverage sales.&nbsp;</p><p>Ward 6 alderman Cory Jobe says he’s hopeful no additional ordinances regulating video gaming will be needed.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 03:14:00 +0000 Lee Strubinger 24568 at http://wuis.org Springfield Video Gaming Restrictions In Place, City Delays Ward Map Vote Springfield Takes Harsh Stance Against Recent Spike In Gun Crimes http://wuis.org/post/springfield-takes-harsh-stance-against-recent-spike-gun-crimes <p>Springfield has seen a recent spike in gun violence.&nbsp; City and County officials are calling for a cease fire.</p><p>The Springfield Police Chief says there have been 20 shooting incidents since the beginning of March.&nbsp; He says it has even involved local teenagers.&nbsp;</p><p>Since summer break is approaching, the city says it’s developing a strategy for handling the violence.</p><p>Though no specifics on the strategy were given, Springfield Mayor Mike Houston says the city will come down hard on those taking part in gun crimes.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 21:22:17 +0000 Lee Strubinger 24317 at http://wuis.org Springfield Takes Harsh Stance Against Recent Spike In Gun Crimes Springfield Ordinances for Lincoln's Funeral Unearthed http://wuis.org/post/springfield-ordinances-lincolns-funeral-unearthed <div style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; text-indent: 36pt; margin: 0px;"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Planning is underway for next year's 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:43:37 +0000 Lee Strubinger 23743 at http://wuis.org Springfield Ordinances for Lincoln's Funeral Unearthed City Approves More Video Gaming Despite Upcoming Ordinance http://wuis.org/post/city-approves-more-video-gaming-despite-upcoming-ordinance <p>Despite concerns over gambling parlors cutting into the bottom line of local bars and restaurants, the Springfield City Council last night approved zoning changes to allow more of the establishments to open shop. &nbsp;Aldermen Cory Jobe voted in favor, even though he's pushing an ordinance to require video gambling only at places that earn 60 percent or more of revenue from food and beverage sales.&nbsp;</p><p>Jobe says the city is skirting the spirit of the law. &nbsp;But he says there’s no conflict in his vote.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:22:21 +0000 Lee Strubinger 23093 at http://wuis.org City Approves More Video Gaming Despite Upcoming Ordinance Napa Contract Left In Committee Again, Concerns Over Non-Union Employees http://wuis.org/post/napa-contract-left-committee-again-concerns-over-non-union-employees <p>Several Springfield Aldermen raised concerns about laying off three non-union employees if an agreement with NAPA Auto Parts goes through.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 03:12:29 +0000 Lee Strubinger 22598 at http://wuis.org Napa Contract Left In Committee Again, Concerns Over Non-Union Employees Sangamon County Auditor Announces Mayoral Bid http://wuis.org/post/sangamon-county-auditor-announces-mayoral-bid <p>The Sangamon County Auditor says his experience at the county level makes him most qualified to be the city's top executive.</p><p><br />Spring rain held off at Lincoln Park as Paul Palazzolo officially announced his intent to run for mayor of Springfield next year.</p><p>Palazzolo served as Sangamon County Auditor since 2002 and says he has a track record of transparency.<br />Four years ago he said he was running for mayor, but dropped out after failing to get the backing of the county's GOP organization.&nbsp; The mayor's office is officially non-partisan.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:14:28 +0000 Lee Strubinger 22494 at http://wuis.org Sangamon County Auditor Announces Mayoral Bid City May Set Retirement Age For Police Force, Mayor Vetoes Zoning Change For Liquor Store http://wuis.org/post/city-may-set-retirement-age-police-force-mayor-vetoes-zoning-change-liquor-store <div><div><div style="text-indent:36pt;margin:0;"><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><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="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;">The City of Springfield may be looking at setting a mandatory retirement age for all new police hires.&nbsp; During Tuesday’s city council meeting, both the city’s mayor and police chief say they support a cut off at age 60. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Lee Strubinger 22116 at http://wuis.org Ukraine Representatives On Their Visit To Springfield, State Of Their Country http://wuis.org/post/ukraine-representatives-their-visit-springfield-state-their-country <p>The people of Ukraine ousted their President Viktor Yanukovych earlier this year.&nbsp; Since then, Russia took over Ukraine's southern peninsula, Crimea.&nbsp; While officials are trying to turn the country around, a group of delegates from the country made a visit to Washington and Springfield to observe democratic government in action.&nbsp;</p><p><br />The Springfield Commission on International Visitors six Ukrainians to observe national, state and local government.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:50:58 +0000 Lee Strubinger 21982 at http://wuis.org Ukraine Representatives On Their Visit To Springfield, State Of Their Country Springfield Mayor's State of The City Address, Full Audio http://wuis.org/post/springfield-mayors-state-city-address-full-audio <p>Springfield Mayor Michael Houston celebrates his administration's accomplishments since he took office in 2011.&nbsp; He addressed the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce in the Prairie Capital Convention Center.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:10:06 +0000 Lee Strubinger 21686 at http://wuis.org Springfield Mayor's State of The City Address, Full Audio City Asked To Change Triune Contract, Aldermen Uncertain http://wuis.org/post/city-asked-change-triune-contract-aldermen-uncertain <p>The company that manages Springfield's workers comp caseload wants to go outside the county for a key hire. &nbsp;City aldermen questioned that move last night.</p><p>The contract with Triune Health Group says the nurse representative it used must be in Sangamon County. &nbsp;The company says the job is highly specialized and it can't find anyone within the county who is qualified.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:19:13 +0000 Lee Strubinger 21656 at http://wuis.org City Asked To Change Triune Contract, Aldermen Uncertain Springfield Aldermen Not Ready To Commit To Hunter Lake http://wuis.org/post/springfield-aldermen-not-ready-commit-hunter-lake <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A majority of Springfield aldermen last night expressed doubt about an ordinance that would commit to building the second water source known as Hunter Lake. Council members voted down the plan. </span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><br>The city has long been concerned about finding a way to supplement Lake Springfield. &nbsp; Recent droughts have added to the urgency. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p>CWLP Director Eric Hobbie says regardless of the council’s vote, the city has to pursue a water supply alternative.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 04:38:21 +0000 Lee Strubinger 20190 at http://wuis.org Springfield Aldermen Not Ready To Commit To Hunter Lake State Police Investigation on Local Officers Released http://wuis.org/post/state-police-investigation-local-officers-released <p>A 300 page report by Illinois State Police investigating&nbsp; alleged misconduct by two Springfield Police detectives Paul Carpenter and Jim Graham has been released.&nbsp;</p><p>After several Freedom of Information Act requests by local&nbsp; media outlets for several years, Sangamon County Circuit Judge John Schmidt ruled that the report should be made available to the public.&nbsp;</p><p>Springfield Corporation Council Todd Greenburg says his office can review about 250 pages every 30 days, stretching release of the full document over nine months.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:34:27 +0000 Lee Strubinger 19839 at http://wuis.org State Police Investigation on Local Officers Released Full Audio of Oak Ridge Cemetery Closed-Talks http://wuis.org/post/full-audio-oak-ridge-cemetery-closed-talks <p>Before Tuesday's Committee of the Whole meeting, Springfield City Council held a special meeting to release the full audio from a November 5, 2013 executive session discussion about Oak Ridge Cemetery.</p><p></p><p>Mayor Michael Houston said release of the audio required majority consent of the council.</p><p>The vote came after a Sangamon County Judge John Schmidt ruled the discussion a violation of the Illinois Open Meetings Act.&nbsp; The topic of the audio is a plan to seek proposals for private management of the city-owned cemetery. &nbsp; The plan has since been abandoned.</p><p></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 17:56:09 +0000 Lee Strubinger 19827 at http://wuis.org Full Audio of Oak Ridge Cemetery Closed-Talks Springfield Approves Budget, Creates New Position http://wuis.org/post/springfield-approves-budget-creates-new-position <div style="direction:ltr; font-family:Tahoma; color:#000000; font-size:10pt"><div><div><p>The city of Springfield approved a nearly 600 million dollar budget Wednesday for the new fiscal year.</p><p>New to the budget this year is an inspector general position, which officials set aside 79 thousand dollars to fund.&nbsp;</p><p>Council member Cory Jobe before making the position permanent, they will look at results from the first year.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 15:37:35 +0000 Lee Strubinger 19815 at http://wuis.org Springfield Approves Budget, Creates New Position Springfield Pension Problem Worst in State According to Think-Tank http://wuis.org/post/springfield-pension-problem-worst-state-according-think-tank <p>A conservative think tank recommends the City of Springfield switch its employee pension system to a 401K style plan rather than a defined benefit.</p><blockquote><p>"First and foremost you need to make sure the data is pure." -- Budget Director William McCarty</p></blockquote><p>The&nbsp;Illinois Policy Institute presented aldermen data that indicate the city of Springfield has the worst funded pension system among larger cities in the state.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:30:49 +0000 Lee Strubinger 19740 at http://wuis.org Springfield Pension Problem Worst in State According to Think-Tank Winslow Hired As Springfield Police Chief http://wuis.org/post/winslow-hired-springfield-police-chief <div><span style="font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5;">Springfield aldermen have unanimously approved the hiring of Kenny Winslow as the city's police chief. Winslow has been in the role since last summer, when he took over after the resignation of Robert Williams. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:26:00 +0000 Lee Strubinger 19247 at http://wuis.org Winslow Hired As Springfield Police Chief Springfield's Fight Against Panhandling http://wuis.org/post/springfields-fight-against-panhandling <p>Springfield's effort to reduce panhandling in the downtown area is facing a legal challenge.&nbsp;&nbsp; While business owners say a city ordinance has worked, critics say it infringes on free speech rights.<br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Lee Strubinger 18279 at http://wuis.org Springfield's Fight Against Panhandling Winslow Expected To Get Police Chief Job http://wuis.org/post/winslow-expected-get-police-chief-job <p>After more than 6 months as Acting Springfield Police Chief, Kenny Winslow has been nominated for the job on permanent basis. &nbsp;<br /><br />Winslow assumed his role July 29th, after Robert Williams resigned following a file shredding scandal. &nbsp;<br />Winslow says there are several things at the department that need to be done.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 11:58:40 +0000 Lee Strubinger 18336 at http://wuis.org Winslow Expected To Get Police Chief Job Springfield's Road Salt Supply Runs Low http://wuis.org/post/springfields-road-salt-supply-runs-low <p>It's been a hard winter for area residents.&nbsp; Governmental agencies in charge of keeping streets cleared of snow and ice have also felt the impact.</p><p>In Springfield, Public Works Director Mark Mahoney calls it a return to normal.</p><p>"In some ways, we've got a little bit spoiled. The last couple of winters have been very mild.&nbsp; Over the past several years, we haven't had the type of winters we had a few decades ago," he said. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 20:34:59 +0000 Sean Crawford 18293 at http://wuis.org Springfield's Road Salt Supply Runs Low