Category: News

ICON Guide to Creating a Neighborhood Association – NEW!

Posted on 04/21/16 No Comments

Neighborhood associations represent an area of the city where residents and business partners share common goals. A good neighborhood association can have a significant positive influence on the quality of life in a neighborhood. Strong neighborhood associations support ICON’s mission to improve quality of life in Springfield’s older neighborhoods. ICON has just published their new […]

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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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Rail Relocation Project Update – Feb. 11, 4-7 pm

Posted on 02/03/16 No Comments

In cooperation with Sangamon County, the City of Springfield and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Springfield Rail Improvement project will relocate all passenger and freight traffic from the Third Street corridor to Tenth Street; construct roadway underpasses at critical rail crossings on both the Tenth and Nineteenth Street corridors; and eliminate train horns […]

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ICON Annual Holiday Party & Annual Meeting Fundraiser 2015

Posted on 11/21/15 No Comments

Support Springfield’s Neighborhoods Support Springfield ICON You are invited! Monday, December 7, 2015 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm Shepardo’s in Vinegar Hill Pizza, Pasta & Dessert Buffet, soft drinks Cash Bar Tickets available at the door for $25. Agenda Social Hour ICON Update 2015 Second Annual Good Neighbor Awards ICON Election Buffet Dinner Good Neighbor Awards Individual […]

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Springfield Ward plan meetings start Nov 2 – attend yours – give your input!

Posted on 11/02/15 No Comments

Your input is needed! City of Springfield Ward Plan meetings are open forums where citizens are welcome to share their priorities. Topics could include: economic development, infrastructure, recreation, public safety, utilities, community resources, transportation, housing development, and beautification. Mayor Jim Langfelder said the process will help the City create a cohesive strategy for Springfield. The […]

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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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Springfield ICON Announces Candidate Recommendations for 2015

Posted on 03/25/15 No Comments

Today, for the first time ever, Springfield Inner City Older Neighborhoods is recommending Springfield municipal candidates for election. Springfield ICON is a group of neighborhood leaders who work together to improve the quality of life throughout Springfield’s older neighborhoods. An improved quality of life in older neighborhoods will raise the quality of life for all […]

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GetCovered Open Enrollment at St. John’s February 13-15

Posted on 02/02/15 No Comments

Enroll Now Springfield! Need health coverage? Open Enrollment ends February 15. Join us for free, in-person enrollment help! When: February 13, 2015 – 9:00AM – 10:00PM February 14, 2015 – 9:00AM – 6:00PM February 15, 2015 – 9:00AM – 11:00PM Where: St. John’s Children’s Hospital Main Lobby – Yellow Rose Tea Room Entrance off 9th […]

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Letter to the Editor: Get Involved – Make a Difference!

Posted on 01/20/15 No Comments

The decisions being made today that have the greatest impact on you and your family’s quality of life are those being made, not in Washington DC or state government, but by ten of your next-door neighbors. Do you know who these neighbors are? Have you talked to them? Have you ever seen them at work, […]

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City Budget Razes Demolition Efforts

Posted on 01/07/15 No Comments

We’re disappointed that the proposed City of Springfield budget will not match 2014 funds for demolishing Springfield’s worst properties.  While we applaud the increased number of properties demolished in the past 4 years, there’s more work to do.  With a backlog of properties waiting to be torn down, older Springfield neighborhood residents still live next […]

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ICON Annual Meeting/Party Monday, December 15, 7pm

Posted on 11/25/14 No Comments

ICON members hosted their Annual Meeting and Holiday Party on Monday December 15 at Obed and Isaac’s. About 30 members and guests enjoyed a delicious buffet and good company. Chair Carol Kneedler provided a summary of ICON activity for 2014 and ICON’s plans for 2015. Download the minutes as a PDF… ICON presented our First […]

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Enos Park Success in Cleaning up Problem Properties

Posted on 11/20/14 No Comments

Congratulations to Enos Park for their recent success using direct legal action against problem property owners living within 1200 feet of Enos Park LLC properties! The lawsuits were filed in mid-August, under a section of the Illinois Municipal Code that gives property owners the right to seek legal remedies if a property within 1,200 feet […]

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ICON Featured in City of Springfield Neighborhood News Oct-Dec, 2014

Posted on 10/07/14 No Comments

Thanks to Abby Walden and the City of Springfield for featuring ICON in their new edition of Neighborhood News for Oct-Dec 2014.  An excerpt is below. Download the City-of-Springfield-Neighborhood-News-October-December 2014… INNER CITY OLDER NEIGHBORHOODS NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT Carol Kneedler, Chair of the Springfield ICON, provides some insight and information about ICON and their impact on the […]

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Rail Flyover – Jim Moll on video

Posted on 10/02/14 No Comments

Project Manager Jim Moll talks about the Springfield “flyover” on video:

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ICON Thanks City Council for Infrastructure Improvements

Posted on 09/16/14 No Comments

Sharon Riffey’s address to City Council on behalf of ICON given on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Every action has its effect. This is certainly true regarding infrastructure. Thank you Mayor Houston and members of the City Council for the action of passing the ordinances necessary for funding infrastructure improvements. Thank you, Director Mark Mahoney and […]

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SATS – Transportation Improvement Comments open until Oct 7, 2014

Posted on 09/01/14 No Comments

SATS has prepared the Draft FY 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) of road, bicycle, pedestrian, and mass transit projects in the Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA).  Projects slated for implementation during each year are indicated along with the sources of funding.  An Illustrative Projects List is also included to identify projects that are priorities for future […]

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Enos Park Sues Problem Property Owners

Posted on 08/19/14 No Comments

Enos Park is once again on the forefront of redevelopment in Springfield, taking 3 problem property owners to court in an effort to get properties repaired, demolished or donated to them for relief from crumbling structures, vagrants, and garbage.  The association has the ability to directly sue the property owners because they own property within […]

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ICON Public Forum on Peoria’s Neighborhood Revitalization – Monday, August 25, 6:30pm

Posted on 08/15/14 No Comments

Springfield ICON (Inner City Older Neighborhoods) Coalition hosted a public forum on neighborhood revitalization on Monday, Aug. 25, with special guests from Peoria. Videos and Downloads are below. Peoria Department of Community Development & Neighborhood Revitalization Coordinator In June, the city of Peoria hired a full-time Neighborhood Revitalization Coordinator for its Department of Community Development. […]

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Problem Properties – direct civil action

Posted on 07/31/14 No Comments

Did you know that as a property owner who lives within 1,200 feet of a property in violation of state or local ordinances, you can sue the negligent property owner directly in civil court, asking for a restraining order, a preliminary injunction,or a permanent injunction? Below is the section of the IL Municipal Code that […]

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