Springfield officials are considering adding a position that will take a closer look at misbehavior in city government.
The description of the investigator general job is still pretty vague, but the city has hired a consultant to outline how it will work. City council members pointed to incidents such as the police file shredding scandal to show the need for the post.
The political boundaries for Springfield aldermen have been set. The city council approved a new ward map last night on a 9-1 vote. It will take into account census data. The map design also was done to ensure an African American represents Ward 2.
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. 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.
Jobe says the city is skirting the spirit of the law. But he says there’s no conflict in his vote.
Springfield aldermen raised questions last night regarding their city email accounts. Alderman Cory Jobe says an email from a constituent was forwarded to him from the City Communications Director's account. Nathan Mihelich holds that position. He says it's due to how the email program is set up.
“The way the computer works, it may list me as the administrator for the program. And that's why you're seeing it like that. But I'm not cc'd on any of those emails,” Mihelich said.