Category: Hall of Fame

Kudos to those who “Shop Local” – it’s good for the local economy & local government!

Posted on 11/13/17 No Comments

With city sales tax revenues expected to continue to decline, we urge you to shop local so your sales taxes and the other money generated stays within the local economy. We offer our thanks to those who do, as well as to those Illinois residents who pay the sales tax on their annual income tax […]

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New Community Garden at 2nd and Allen

Posted on 06/14/17 No Comments

Big thanks to attorney Mark Lee and property owner Pete Giacomini for creating a new community garden at Second and Allen streets behind the law office. Click photos to make bigger. Read more at…

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Kudos to the Villas at Vinegar Hill by Springfield Housing Authority

Posted on 06/14/17 No Comments

A ribbon cutting and tours of the new Villas at Vinegar Hill at 401 W Allen St, Springfield, IL, 62704 on Tuesday, June 13. The development replaced the John Sankey Hi-Rise towers, which were demolished in October 2013.  The development provides affordable senior housing: 92 fully accessible 1 and 2 bedroom units. Spacious, nicely decorated, convenient […]

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Rianne Hawkins: Governments should not keep constituents in the dark

Posted on 05/18/17 No Comments

Thanks to Rianne Hawkins for the letter to the editor in the SJ-R on May 5, 2017. Rianne writes, “…local government works best when the people it serves are actively involved… it is absolutely essential that we do everythign we can to foster civic engagement. Instead of limiting the ways in which people are notified […]

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Springfield Household Hazardous Waste Collection September 16, 2017, 8am-11pm

Posted on 05/15/17 No Comments

Hazardous Waste drop off event is scheduled for Saturday, September 16th from 8am-1pm at Illinois State Fairgrounds. Participants will enter through Gate 11 and go to Lot 21.

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ICON says goodbye to Ward 6 Alderman Cory Jobe

Posted on 11/17/16 No Comments

Members of Springfield ICON said goodbye to Ward 6 Alderman Cory Jobe at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. Carol Kneedler, ICON Chair, and member of the Iles Park Neighborhood Association thanked Cory for his work for neighborhood and and his willingness to take the lead for positive change for all our city, noting Cory’s efforts […]

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Springfield Household Hazardous Waste Collection Sat, Nov 5, 8am-noon

Posted on 09/21/16 No Comments

SEE ACCEPTABLE / UNACCEPTABLE ITEMS BELOW! Springfield residents only – must bring photo ID! IL State Fairgrounds – enter Gate 11 from Sangamon Avenue. Items will be removed at fair parking lot 21. Cars will exit at Gate 7. Plan to go early. Before you go, consider asking your nearby neighbors, especially elderly or disabled, […]

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Kudos to city of Champaign / Urbana for hosting 2016 RNNC

Posted on 09/16/16 No Comments

Kudos to the city of Champaign / Urbana for hosting and being involved with the Regional Neighborhood Network Conference 2016! This conference, taking place on September 29 – October 1, 2016, is a three‐day event hosted by one of 24 Midwestern cities. It’s a place where community leaders,  volunteers, corporations, local government agencies, and businesses gather to […]

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ICON Good Neighbor Awards: 2016 nominations open until Oct. 31

Posted on 09/15/16 No Comments

ICON’s Good Neighbor Awards celebrate individuals, organizations and businesses who are making a difference in older neighborhoods. Nominations are now open for the 2016 awards. Winners will be our guests and recognized at our Holiday Party Fundraiser on December 12. Find out more… Icon members: submit a nomination…

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Kudos to Mayor Langfelder for improved communications and a new round of Ward Meetings

Posted on 08/16/16 No Comments

We appreciate Mayor Langfelder’s increased attention to communication that came out of the 2015 Ward Meetings, especially the weekly emails to neighborhood leaders with street closures and other information. City of Springfield Upcoming Construction, Branch Pickup and Events20160812 The new city website is an improvement over the interim site, but we could use fewer large […]

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Chamber’s District 186 School Report shows mismatch between perception and reality

Posted on 05/22/16 No Comments

Kudos to the SJ-R, which ran a editorial today on the new report from the Chamber – and also to District 186 Superintendent Jennifer Gill, who requested the survey, and the Chamber (, which surveyed businesses about their perceptions about local Springfield schools.  But the Chamber went a step further, creating a task force that […]

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Don’t Take Infrastructure for Granted – Fred Coombe

Posted on 05/16/16 No Comments

Kudos to Fred Coombe, who is involved with the MacArthur Boulevard Association, for his guest column in the SJ-R today. Fred writes: As Americans, we take for granted our public infrastructure and the workers that maintain these systems. Our infrastructure is among the most reliable in the world… We are the fortunate beneficiaries of a […]

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New Springfield City Arborist & Recommended Tree Lists

Posted on 04/20/16 No Comments

At the Harvard Park Neighborhood Association meeting on April 20, we heard from Springfield City Arborist Jeffrey Reim, who provided the following lists of trees for possible use by Springfield residents. Central Illinois trees, with indications based on location and environment… Download the recommended tree list… Download the undesirable tree list… Springfield ICON will be […]

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ICON supports Chronic Nuisance Landlord Ordinance

Posted on 03/19/16 No Comments

Springfield ICON submitted the following guest editorial to the SJ-R that was published Saturday, March 19 in the SJ-R. Look for more on problem properties coming soon. It’s time to fix our problem properties What’s it like to see the house next door sell for half of what it did 10 years ago? What’s it […]

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Kudos to City Treasurer Misty Buscher for collecting overdue fines via tax refunds!

Posted on 03/18/16 No Comments

We heard at the March 8 Springfield City Council Committee of the Whole meeting that Treasurer Misty Buscher is now collecting housing violation fines by withholding tax refunds. From the Jan 16 SJ-R: Through the Illinois Debt Recovery Offset Portal, the state can withhold tax refunds to people who owe money to a municipality and […]

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Citizen’s Club Forum on Annexation

Posted on 12/18/15 No Comments

Kudos to the Citizen’s Club of Springfield for an informative forum on the City of Springfield’s plans to annex unincorporated areas of less than 60 acres wholly surrounded by the City, so-called “donut holes”. Thanks to the Citizen’s Club for an informative forum that expanded my understanding of this issue. I look forward to taking information from the forum back to the ICON Steering Committee and members.

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Dollar General Landscaping, Bowling Green KY

Posted on 11/03/15 No Comments

Here’s the image of the Dollar General in Bowling Green. Several things to notice in this photo, which was taken on an affordable housing tour during the Regional Neighborhood Network Conference (RNNC): Fantastic landscaping for both the Dollar General Store & the Napa Auto Parts Store in the background Short street sign for Dollar General […]

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Key gateway property – Esquire Theater Coming Down (slowly)

Posted on 08/03/15 No Comments

Finally, the Esquire is coming down – a little more slowly than we expected maybe, thanks to its solid construction. The MacArthur Boulevard Association, with the support of six other inner city neighborhood groups, has contacted Kroger, parent company of the anticipated future Ruler Foods grocery, asking for “a meeting… to discuss the plans for […]

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Congratulations to Enos Park, The Springfield Project on Demolition Grants

Posted on 08/03/15 No Comments

The Enos Park Neighborhood Association and The Springfield Project have won a $280,000 grant to purchase and demolish blighted properties in Springfield. The state program is intended to reduce foreclosures and stabilize neighborhoods by aiding not-for-profit housing groups and local governments rid areas of vacant properties. Read the full story at…

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Key Gateway Property: Bel-Aire Motel comes down

Posted on 07/23/15 No Comments

We hope Harvard Park Neighborhood Association gets to keep the Bel-Aire seal for a park or greenspace.  Meantime, we’re posting photos of the demolition.  Kudos to the City and to Harvard Park for working to improve the area. More info at… Now the City and developers need to put some effort and intentionality into […]

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