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SJ-R: MacArthur Boulevard Association success worth replicating

Posted on 07/30/14 No Comments

The SJ-R today lauded the MBA’s work in revitalizing the MacArthur Boulevard commercial corridor, writing, “A healthy commercial district is good for nearby neighborhoods and vice versa. The benefits reach residents, business owners, public schools, government coffers, shoppers and visitors.  Other aging commercial corridors in Springfield face similar struggles, and those who care about them […]

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City Legal interpretation of Chronic Nuisance Ordinance hamstrings Bel-Aire cleanup

Posted on 07/30/14 No Comments

At City Council’s Committee of the Whole last night, aldermen and attendees were told the chronic nuisance ordinance only applies to specific units of a multi-unit residential housing property. Pattern of Renting to Problem Tenants The result is that if the landlord evicts a resident whose actions caused a police report under the ordinance, the […]

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Public input meeting – downtown greenspace Monday, 7/14, 5pm

Posted on 06/20/14 No Comments

Maldaner’s Restaurant invites you to: downtown parking spaces as seasonal greenspace MONDAY, July 14, 5pm Maldaner’s Restaurant 222 S 6th St., Springfield, IL Come provide input and hear about the latest in urban design and liveable cities. Maldaner’s invites you to find out more about an innovative idea in downtown greenspace: using parking spaces either […]

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ICON Neighborhood Picnic June 8 – Lake Park

Posted on 05/06/14 No Comments

Come join your neighborhood friends for an afternoon of music, games and summer fun. Make some new friends from throughout Springfield’s older neighborhoods. Sunday June 8, 2014 1:00pm to 6:00 pm Lake Park at Lake Springfield   (Off East Lake Drive across from the Henson-Robinson Zoo) We had a great time with neighborhood leaders, Porkpie & […]

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ICON to receive Mayor’s Historic Preservation award for Neighborhood Preservation Efforts

Posted on 04/24/14 No Comments

ICON is honored to be a recipient of the 2014 Mayor’s Historic Preservation award in the Neighborhood Preservation Efforts category. The Awards were presented on Monday, May 5, at the Lincoln Park Pavilion, 1601 North 5th Street, from 5:30-7:30pm. The award ceremony was held immediately after a short reception. Thank you to Mayor Houston & […]

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ICON at Earth Day Springfield on Saturday, April 26

Posted on 04/24/14 No Comments

Join Springfield ICON at Earth Day on Saturday, April 26 from 10am to 2pm! Springfield’s Annual Earth Day Celebration  is a ZERO WASTE event at Lincoln Park.  Bring the family and enjoy food, music and local earth-friendly vendors.  Find out about environmental initiatives taking place right here in Springfield!        

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Clean Up Green Up Springfield!

Posted on 04/10/14 No Comments

Household Hazardous Waste Collection for Springfield Residents April 12 Location: Illinois State Fairgrounds. Enter at Gate 11. Time: 8am- Noon. If you are in line outside of the gates at noon, you will be unable to enter and drop-off your items. This collection is open to City of Springfield residents ONLY! YOU MUST BRING proof […]

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ICON Meetings & Events 2014

Posted on 12/31/13 No Comments

Meetings are usually in the basement of the First Church of the Brethern at 7pm, generally on the last Monday of the month, with a few exceptions – please see dates below. First Church of the Brethern 2115 Yale Blvd, Springfield, IL 62703 January 27 February 24 March 24 April 28 – Green Summit May […]

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ICON Monthly Meeting Monday, January 27, 7pm

Posted on 12/31/13 No Comments

Please join ICON for our Monthly Meeting! SPEAKERS Abby Walden, Springfield Public Works Large Item Pickup Program Josh Collins, Springfield Chamber SDAT Downtown Housing Study Plus updates on ICON issues.   January 2014 Meeting Recap Abby Walden, Springfield Public Works recycling coordinator spoke to ICON about three upcoming environmentally friendly activities: Hazardous waste pick-up at […]

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ICON Annual Meeting & Party Dec 16, 2013, 5:30pm

Posted on 12/05/13 No Comments

Meet and Greet CITY OFFICIALS and  NEIGHBORHOOD LEADERS Who’s been naughty  who’s been nice? The ICON elves are makin’ a list and checkin’ it twice! We know when aldermen are a sleep We know when their awake We know when their votes have been bad or good And we’re going to keep pressing for goodness […]

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ICON Monthly Meeting Monday, August 26, 7pm

Posted on 08/26/13 No Comments

To ICON Members and Participants Our August meeting will be held tonight, 7 p.m., at First Church of the Brethren, Ash and Yale. The Zoning Review Committee met to discuss guiding principles by which they feel ICON should evaluate zoning proposals. There are a number of  zoning issues being considered by the city staff and Zoning […]

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ICON Monthly Meeting June 24 7pm

Posted on 06/11/13 No Comments

The next ICON meeting will be June 24 at 7 pm at First Church of the Brethern, 2115 Yale Boulevard. Look for more details here in the future.

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ICON Monthly Meeting Monday, April 29 7pm

Posted on 04/29/13 No Comments

To ICON members and participants: We will hold our April meeting next Monday, 7 p.m. at the First Church of the Brethren. You don’t want to miss this one even if it snows again! Norm Sims, Executive Director of the SSCRPC, will join with us to explain the procedures followed in reviewing request for waivers to […]

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Dave Bakke April 2: Critique of Springfield’s image touches nerve

Posted on 04/02/13 No Comments

ICON supported Dave Bakke when he wrote last week about the lack of pedestrian access at the new County Market on Carpenter and 2nd.  But then he followed up with a second column that includes the kind of big-picture forward-thinking that is near and dear to our hearts.  Instead of supporting a new liquor store […]

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Dave Bakke March 30: Some criticisms of Springfield justified

Posted on 03/30/13 No Comments

ICON applauds Dave Bakke for his column March 30 – we wish we had written it.  ICON is all about making Springfield a better place to work, live and do business – for ALL of Springfield.  Along with neighborhood groups such as Enos Park and MacArthur Boulevard, which have master plans in place for intentional […]

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ICON Monthly Meeting Monday February 25 – Springfield Infrastructure Plan

Posted on 02/24/13 No Comments

Mark Mahoney and John Higginbotham presented a “Street & Sewer Infrastructure Analysis” specifying repairs and maintenance for roads, sidewalks and sewers over the next 3 years at an estimated cost of $86.6 million.  No funding has been proposed to pay for the plan; we are waiting on the City to propose a plan that would […]

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Icon Monthly Meeting Monday, January 28, 7pm

Posted on 01/24/13 No Comments

We will hold our January ICON meeting next Monday the 28th, 7 p.m., at the First Church of the Brethren, Yale and Ash. Dan Winters, General Manager of Allied Waste, will be our guest speaker. The executive committee had a chance to meet Dan last November. He has a lot of information to provide us […]

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ICON Annual Meeting Monday 12/17 – Suzy Qs

Posted on 12/14/12 No Comments

To ICON Members and Participants Remember Monday, Dec 17th, 5:30 p.m. at Susie Q’s.  We’ll have a supper get together to end a very busy year – a $10 plate diner and election of Steering Committee positions open for the coming year. Please RSVP to confirm a seat at the table! Steering Committee slate Steve Combs, […]

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Springfield Residents Deserve a Real Solution to the Garbage Problem in Springfield, IL

Posted on 12/11/12 No Comments

Excerpted from a story by *protected email* The State Journal-RegisterPosted Dec 11, 2012 Springfield aldermen spent more than an hour Tuesday questioning Mayor Mike Houston’s proposal to increase the city’s waste and recycling fee by a $1 a month and put the fee on City Water, Light and Power bills. The measure was put on […]

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