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Historic law firm chooses to stay in historic building

By Rachel Johnson The current trend in Springfield is for businesses to relocate to the west side, but bucking that trend is the Brown, Hay and Stephens law firm. The oldest law firm in the state of Illinois, BHS has been at the corner of Fifth and Adams streets since 1858. An original tenant of [...]

Illinois Realtors make their mark on history

By Rachel Johnson Fifty years ago on April 11, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act, making it illegal to discriminate in renting or selling property based on race, color, religion or national origin. Illinois and Chicago, in particular, were key areas struggling for equality at the time. With the swell of immigrants [...]

Full-service print shop marks 50 years

Family-owned Emerson Press of Divernon has deadlines to meet By David Blanchette Many things have changed during the 50 years that Emerson Press has been in business. But two things have remained the same – it’s still a family-owned and operated business, and there are still deadlines to meet. Leonard Emerson operates the business that [...]

Enos Park prepares to welcome new YMCA facility

By Scott Faingold Few would disagree that the 55-year old YMCA building at the corner of Fourth Street and Cook in Springfield has seen better days. Addressing this, a plan was unveiled at a well-attended March 13 meeting of the Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Association at Third Presbyterian Church to replace the old facility with [...]

BRANDT: The hometown local ag company

By David Blanchette A Pleasant Plains brother and sister had big ambitions 65 years ago when they founded what became one of central Illinois’ largest agricultural businesses. “Early on I decided we wanted to be the General Motors of the fertilizer business,” said 91-year-old Glen Brandt, the co-founder of BRANDT. “But I never dreamed that [...]

By |February 28th, 2018|Categories: Featured Article|0 Comments

Fast-growing Senergy Electric has big plans

With small-town roots, specializing in health care and security systems BY ZACHARY ROTH Many businesses, whether they are local or national, had humble beginnings. For Matt Giacomini, Brandon Keafer and Senergy Electric, it was no different. “We waited three months for the phone to ring,” said Giacomini, Senergy’s president. “The first year was pretty slow. [...]

By |January 31st, 2018|Categories: Featured Article|0 Comments

Best places to work

Balance of freedom and control BY SCOTT FAINGOLD  “Working here is far different than any sales structure I had ever been in,” said Greg Pacelli, senior account executive, who has been working in sales for Midwest Family Broadcasting for five years. “I’m allowed to take care of my clients and do what I need to [...]

Strong roots help LRS grow

Private ownership allows long-term attention to meeting customer needs BY DAVID BLANCHETTE LRS turns 39 years old this year and is going stronger than ever, with operations on five continents and the ongoing expansion of its world headquarters in Springfield. But the global leader of information technology solutions remains firmly rooted in the Springfield community [...]

By |January 30th, 2018|Categories: Featured Article|0 Comments
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