Change in ownership for State House Inn

The State House Inn, located at 101 E. Adams in Springfield, is undergoing a rebranding as part of a recent ownership change. General manager Jerald Harris stated that the prior owners sold the hotel on November 8, 2017. He explained that they are now owned by Packard Hospitality Group out of San Diego, California. “We’re [...]

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

The proud history of architecture in Illinois

For the bicentennial, recognizing 200 great places BY MIKE WALDINGER Illinois could use a reminder of what we are capable of as well as something to look forward to. The bicentennial taking place in 2018 is the perfect occasion to find perspective and purpose. From an architectural point of view, there’s a lot to be [...]

By |January 30th, 2018|Categories: Secondary Feature|0 Comments

Riedesel takes on new opportunity at Illini Country Club

Rich Riedesel, who has been with the Sangamo Club for 24 years, has accepted a position with Illini Country Club. He currently serves as the assistant general manager for Sangamo Club and his last day will be February 24. Riedesel, who is originally from Springfield, was involved in the opening of the Renaissance Hotel (now [...]

Constitution Drive strip center sold

After nearly five years of vacancy, the strip center on Constitution Drive, just south of Target, should be seeing quite a bit of activity soon. In 2013, the two largest occupants moved out when Carpet Weavers relocated to Prairie Crossing and Friar Tuck expanded to a new building on West Wabash. Since then, the 28,400 [...]

VELE enlivens Springfield food scene

New occupant of former Café Brio space is full of possibilities BY THOMAS C. PAVLIK JR. It’s an exciting time for foodies in Springfield, especially in terms of new downtown eateries. And VELE is one that I’ve been particularly excited about, since Justin Richardson from New Berlin’s The Garden is in charge of the kitchen. [...]

By |January 2nd, 2018|Categories: Featured Article|0 Comments

Planner Norm Sims, retiring, still has a lot of ideas

The former SSCRPC executive director reflects on a career in public administration BY SCOTT FAINGOLD When Norm Sims retired as executive director of Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission on Dec. 29, it capped off a public administration career that began in 1974 in the research program at the Kentucky Department of Education, “transferring the fruits [...]

By |January 2nd, 2018|Categories: Featured Article|0 Comments

Inside the sale of H.D. Smith

Founded in Springfield in 1954, the drug distribution company sells for $815 million   BY DAVID BLANCHETTE Most area residents may not realize that H.D. Smith is America’s largest, privately held national wholesale distributor in the pharmaceutical industry. But it’s no secret how the Springfield-based health care distribution business achieved that status. “We have a [...]

By |January 2nd, 2018|Categories: Featured Article|0 Comments
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