Springfield Mayor Mike Houston will make a campaign announcement Monday morning. While his release did not say specifically that he will run for another term, the release included this quote, "With so many evolving projects, there's too high of an investment to get off course or to go backwards. Springfield can't afford to make the mistakes again I've worked so hard to correct." His announcement is at 10:30 a.m.
The Sangamon County Auditor says his experience at the county level makes him most qualified to be the city's top executive.
Spring rain held off at Lincoln Park as Paul Palazzolo officially announced his intent to run for mayor of Springfield next year.
Palazzolo served as Sangamon County Auditor since 2002 and says he has a track record of transparency. 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. The mayor's office is officially non-partisan.
The city of Springfield is still nearly two years away from a mayoral election. But half-way through a term he had said would be his last, Mike Houston is now hinting at the possibility of re-election.
Mayor Houston says he's not made any decisions about his political future at this time, but he says they may come in sring 2014.
Houston says his decision-making will be likely affected by long-term challenges facing the city, such as road and sewer improvements, consolidation of train traffic and a search for a source of water to supplement Lake Springfield: