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ALBERT O. ECK, JR. (July 16, 1936-Nov. 4, 2017)

A life of laughter and service to others BY MICHELLE OWNBEY Albert Eck always loved to make people laugh, and he was no different in death than in life. At the wake, the spray of flowers on his casket was adorned with a sign that read “Good Riddance.” Instead of his hands clasped together in [...]

By |November 28th, 2017|Categories: Featured Article, News|0 Comments

Aviation program is flying high

Lincoln Land now has better facilities for training aircraft mechanics, who are in demand BY SCOTT FAINGOLD “As a young person, you aren’t thinking about being an aircraft mechanic – it doesn’t even come onto your radar,” said Dave Pietrzak, program director of Lincoln Land Community College’s aviation department which, despite Pietrzak’s concerns, has recently [...]

By |November 21st, 2017|Categories: Featured Article, News|0 Comments

2018 – Best Places To Work

Do you love where you work? Nominate your company for Best Places to Work, sponsored by United Community Bank and Springfield Business Journal, for a chance to win a $100 gift card for yourself and recognition for your company. Everyone who makes a nomination before December 31 will be entered into a drawing for a [...]

By |November 21st, 2017|Categories: Events, Featured Article|0 Comments

A tale of pluck – Barnabas Helmy’s electronic Puck

BY PATRICK YEAGLE Like many inventions, Barnabas Helmy’s Puck began with a problem. Helmy’s daughter, two years old at the time, ruined the remote control for their home’s Apple TV by chewing on it. “They’re expensive, and it’s not even that functional of a remote,” Helmy said, sharing a story he has told dozens of [...]

By |July 27th, 2017|Categories: Featured Article|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

2017 Women of Influence

Security Bank and Springfield Business Journal are proud to bring you the 14th annual Women of Influence. This program honors local women for their contributions to the Springfield area community. Selected by their peers through submitted nominations, all have made important contributions to the community at large. You are invited to join us in celebrating [...]

By |May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Featured Article|0 Comments

Meet Kara Rapacz – Q and A with SHG’s first lay principal

On March 13, Sacred Heart-Griffin High School named Kara Rapacz as its next principal and its first lay principal. Katherine O’Connor, president and interim principal of SHG, said the school examined several qualified candidates from around the nation, but Rapacz, who currently serves as assistant principal, was clearly the best fit. “This is an exciting [...]

Hope for a bright future

By Patrick Yeagle Inside a nondescript brick building in Springfield’s South Town business district, a wall covered with clear acrylic instead of drywall illustrates various tools and electrical wiring standards. Between the wooden studs, next to lineman pliers and a conduit bender, are inspirational messages about leadership and discipline. Calvin Pitts built the wall as [...]

By |February 24th, 2017|Categories: Featured Article|0 Comments

Changing lives, one class at a time

By Rhonda Buckhold Freelance Contributor Pivotal moments in life often present as hard decisions– to do one thing or another, which will ultimately change life as you know it. Charles Davis realized he’d had that moment when he graduated from the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Highway Construction Careers Training Program in 2007 at the age [...]

By |February 3rd, 2017|Categories: Featured Article|0 Comments

Springfield’s big dig

An architect reflects on the 1960s Old State Capitol facelift By Catherine O’Connor Freelance Contributor In the early 1960s, the capital city’s downtown corridor was the home to bustling shops of all kinds, including the Hub Clothiers, Fishman’s Sporting Goods, Black’s Hardware store, Myers Brother’s, Bressmer’s, and S.A. Barker’s department stores, Shadid’s book store, various [...]

By |January 2nd, 2017|Categories: Featured Article|1 Comment
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