Last month, a local panel put together a list of recommendations designed to make Sangamon County governmental units work better and, in some cases, save money. Voters helped create the Citizens' Efficiency Commission of Sangamon County through an earlier referendum. They have another chance to keep the effort going in the March election.
On the 13-hundred block of Adams street in Springfield sits a building that's been used as a Masonic lodge for decades. What's not obvious by looking at it now - is that it was once the first black firehouse in Springfield, back when the city was segregated in the early nineteen-hundreds.