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More than it seems – Inside Hope Inclusion Café and Play

By Patrick Yeagle A young worker circles pictures of bread, meat, cheese and toppings on a colorful laminated sheet as he takes a customer’s order at Hope Inclusion Café and Play. It’s one of the very few clues that this is a special place, and it’s supposed to be that way. The cafe opened on [...]

By |July 5th, 2017|Categories: Secondary Feature|0 Comments

The minimum wage battle – Possible minimum wage increase divides business community

BY MONICA STABILE The Illinois General Assembly’s approval last month of a measure to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour over a five-year period has drawn mixed reviews among the business community. Warning that a potential increase in the minimum wage could lead to Illinois becoming less competitive, some business groups say employers [...]

By |July 5th, 2017|Categories: Featured Article|0 Comments

Springfield Chamber earns five-star accreditation

Chris Hembrough, president and CEO of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, accepts an accreditation plaque from representatives of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. By Patrick Yeagle The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce received five-star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce this week. The accreditation amounts to an endorsement of the Springfield [...]

By |June 29th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Kidzeum to begin construction in July

A children's museum to be located downtown is slated to begin construction early next month, following an eight-year fundraising effort. Kidzeum of Health and Science will be located at 412 E. Adams St., in the Schnepp and Barnes Building. The long-anticipated museum has received support from several partners, including HSHS St. John's Children's Hospital, SIU [...]

By |June 28th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

First high-volume fracking application filed in Illinois

By Patrick Yeagle It's been four years since Illinois adopted regulations on high-volume hydraulic fracturing, but it was only last month that the first application was filed with state regulators to actually use the controversial oil and gas extraction process. The company seeking the permit says its first well would be for research, part of [...]

By |June 27th, 2017|Categories: Business News, Government, News|0 Comments

Small Business Award winners announced

The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce and Hickory Point Bank announced the winners of the 2017 Small Business Awards at a luncheon on June 20. The winners are: Not-for-profit Business Director of the Year - Keith Wetherell of Illinois AMVETS New & Emerging Business Owner of the Year- Daren and Lisa Bohannan of Mosquito Squad [...]

By |June 21st, 2017|Categories: Business News, Events, News|0 Comments
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