Independent Coalition for Our Neighborhoods

About Us

ICON’s mission is to improve the quality of life for Springfield, IL neighborhood residents.

ICON’s Vision

ICON preserves, improves and promotes Springfield IL neighborhoods, whose residences and businesses reflect a commitment to a safe, attractive, viable, livable environment for residents and entrepreneurs.

ICON supports and partners with community leaders and promotes the election of government leaders who share ICON’s vision and who actively work to enhance the appeal of residential neighborhoods with intentional residential and commercial development.

What is ICON?

Download the Springfield ICON issues beliefs advocacy 2024…

Meeting Dates 2024

Meetings are usually bi-monthly on the last Monday at 6pm:

  • January 29th
  • April 29th
  • May 20th (3rd Monday!)
  • July 29th
  • September 30th
  • November 18th (3rd Monday!)

Board Meetings are generally on Mondays the week before membership meetings.

Board of Directors

Mark Mahoney, President,
Jill Steiner, Vice President
Donna Mathis, Treasurer,
Jan Von Qualen, Secretary
Jamie Adair
Kurt DeWeese
Polly Poskin

Email the ICON Board at

Interested in volunteering with ICON? Call or email Mark at

ICON History

ICON Reorganized to a Nonprofit 2023

In 2023 ICON made an organizational change in our approach to facilitating pro-neighborhood policies and priorities.  ICON has transitioned from a Political Action Committee (PAC) known as the Inner-City Older Neighborhood Association, to a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization. The new name of the organization is the Springfield Independent Coalition for Our Neighborhoods, still commonly referred to as ICON.

The mission remains to improve the quality of life for all Springfield residents. ICON’s name change reflects a broadening of the organization’s focus from “older” to “our” neighborhoods.   All neighborhoods face similar issues and ICON’s vision for safe, clean, and livable neighborhoods is for all of Springfield.

As a 501(c)(3) organization, ICON will no longer endorse candidates for elections.  ICON will, however, work with all leaders in support of the goals and objectives of the organization to promote policies and initiatives that are neighborhood friendly.

Download the NEW ICON Bylaws... 501(c)3 bylaws created September 8, 2023 (PDF)

ICON PAC – Historical Information

ICON PAC Archives…

The Coalition of Inner City Older Neighborhoods (ICON) first met on Monday, March 29th, 2010. The meeting was the result of discussions among seven inner city neighborhoods about the lack of time, energy, and resources being directed to the older neighborhoods and the resulting blight to the central core of the city. Attending the first meeting were nineteen representatives from 12 neighborhood associations who reviewed and identified their most pressing problems.

Over the next six months these problems were clarified with input from a number of guest speakers into specific items to use as the political agenda for the coalition.

On Monday, October 9th, 2010, 30 representatives from 18 neighborhood associations formally approved the ICON ByLaws, which have been updated several times since.