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ICON Annual Meeting & Holiday Party Fundraiser – December 13, 2017

Posted on 11/06/17 No Comments

Speaker Presentation | Awards | Sponsors | Photos The ICON Annual Meeting and Holiday Party Fundraiser was held on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at the Inn at 835 Conservatory at 835 South 2nd Street. Guest Speaker Our speaker was Vasudha Pinnamaraju, Executive Director at the McLean County Regional Planning Commission. Vasu spoke about quantifying cost […]

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ICON Ash Street Cleanup November 4, 2017 – keeping neighborhoods clean and healthy

Posted on 11/06/17 No Comments

Springfield ICON worked together to clean up Ash Street from 11th St to 18th St. on Saturday, November 4, 2017. Those were some formidable folks:  They ignored the mist at 7:30-8am and said, “Let’s start (thanks, Megan!).  The mist subsided and 7 of us went from 11 St to 18th St. along Ash St. Bill, […]

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ICON Meeting October 30, 2017 – Springfield Comprehensive Plan

Posted on 10/24/17 No Comments

We will meet on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 6:30pm at First Church of the Brethern. October minutes DRAFT… OCTOBER MEETING AGENDA ICON Business August minutes for consent… Problem Properties update City Council update City of Springfield Comprehensive Plan Overview of the plan and why you should care Download the DRAFT plan as of 10/10/2017… […]

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ICON 11th Street Cleanup October 21, 2017 – keeping neighborhoods clean and healthy

Posted on 10/21/17 No Comments

Springfield ICON worked together to clean up 11th Street from South Grand to Stanford on Saturday, October 21. Just picking up trash on the parkways, we collected 8 55-gallon bags of trash from the street side! Participating were Ward 6 Alderman Kristin DiCenso and her son, Lincoln Park President Bill Baskett, Bunn Park President Jamie […]

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ICON Supports Springfield Welcoming City Designation

Posted on 10/20/17 No Comments

The ICON Steering Committee supports the designation of Springfield as a Welcoming City. Cities that grow and prosper do so by creating an environment that welcomes law-abiding residents, no matter their national origin, religion or immigration status. Let’s make Springfield a community that is compassionate, immigrant friendly and welcoming! Welcoming City Resolution support letter to […]

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Problem Properties: Groups want better tracking of violators

Posted on 08/30/17 No Comments

  View ICON’s problem property map… Vinegar Hill Neighborhood Association President Arlene Flury and Enos Park President Michelle Ownbey are quoted in the SJR about problem properties in their neighborhoods. The problems aren’t limited to 3 neighborhoods. ICON members hail from 17 neighborhoods, and aldermen report problem properties in all wards of Springfield.   Excerpt […]

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ICON supports ordinance to include storage areas & multi-family in Large Scale Development

Posted on 06/19/17 No Comments

In May, Mayor Langfelder, Alderman Joe McMenamin, Springfield ICON and several neighborhoods spoke against changes to the definition of Large Scale Development. Our goal was to limit urban sprawl, to support city planning, and to avoid having your city taxes spread over an even-larger area.  Nevertheless, Springfield Aldermen voted 9-1 for a huge increase in […]

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Council denies public input to all development projects under 12 acres

Posted on 05/17/17 No Comments

On Tuesday, May 16, the Springfield City Council voted to radically alter the definition of Large Scale Development to only include projects over 12 acres in size (previously the definition was any project over 1/2 acres involving 2 or more buildings, and any project over 5 acres regardless of how many buildings.) The council vote effectively […]

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Springfield ICON: Oppose change to Large Scale Development planning

Posted on 05/16/17 No Comments

The Springfield ICON Steering Committee wants you to know you can do something TODAY to limit urban sprawl, to support city planning, and to avoid having your city taxes spread over an even-larger area, which reduces funds for existing neighborhoods for infrastructure, police, fire, leaf & branch pickup, and snow removal. Tonight, on May 16, […]

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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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Springfield ICON Announces Ward 6 Endorsement for Kristin DiCenso

Posted on 03/28/17 No Comments

Springfield ICON members met Monday, March 27 to vote to endorse Kristin DiCenso for Ward 6 Alderman to replace the position vacated when former Alderman Cory Jobe moved out of the city. We believe DiCenso will provide the visionary leadership we seek for Springfield.

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ICON Holiday Party and Annual Meeting Fundraiser 2016 – Monday, Dec 12

Posted on 11/18/16 No Comments

Support Springfield’s Neighborhoods – Support Springfield ICON You are invited! Monday, December 12, 2016 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm Maldaner’s Restaurant Buffet Dinner, soft drinks Cash Bar Tickets $30 per person available from an ICON Steering Committee member or online at Due to limited seating capacity, tickets MAY NOT be available at the door. […]

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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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Garbage reform passed July 5, 2016

Posted on 07/05/16 No Comments

On Tuesday, July 5, the Springfield City Council approved changes to the City’s garbage ordinance that should improve garbage service in Springfield and help clean up all neighborhoods. We thank Mayor Langfelder and the City Council for working with all stakeholders to craft ordinance changes that work toward a cleaner city. The most important aspects […]

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Problem property ordinance passes July 5, 2016

Posted on 07/05/16 No Comments

ICON thanks Alderman Proctor, Alderman McMenamin, the Realtors, and Corporation Council and looks forward to seeing the results in Springfield’s older neighborhoods. This will provide a useful tool for City inspectors and City legal to clean up long-term problem properties. ICON supports ordinance 2016-099, which updates the Defenses to Code Violations ordinance.  This change targets […]

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ICON Letter: The Magic of City Planning

Posted on 06/09/16 No Comments

Springfield ICON believes the City of Springfield would benefit from having a City Planner focused specifically on the city and tasked with creating city plans based on best practices and on efficiently implementing those plans in partnership with developers and property owners.  This person’s work could be supported by the currently-contracted Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning […]

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ICON Supports Neighborhood in Salvation Army move

Posted on 06/07/16 No Comments

At ICON’s April meeting, we voted unanimously to speak to the City Council in support of the Pioneer Park Neighborhood Association’s opposition to having the Salvation Army move into their neighborhood. Our remarks to the Council on June 7 are below. When I first heard about the proposed move of the Salvation Army to Gold’s […]

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ICON Publishes Quick Guide to City Council

Posted on 06/01/16 No Comments

For neighborhood leaders or volunteers who aren’t already familiar with the City of Springfield government, the multitude of contacts, departments, and different websites with different layouts and naming conventions can be a barrier to effective action. ICON presents this quick guide to the City Council as a small contribution to clarity. Download ICON’s Quick Guide […]

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