Women of Influence – Rasha Said

BY COURTNEY ENLOW HALL Necessity is the mother of invention, and Rasha Said is a mother whose invention was born out of necessity. When her young son started to lose his vision, Said began to realize how important it was for him to remain independent. On a family trip to Disney World, she found herself [...]

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Women of Influence – Margaret “Boony” Luparell

BY ROBERTA CODEMO The odds were stacked against Margaret “Boony” Luparell of Dawson from day one. Born on the south side of Chicago, her family moved to Springfield when she was about four years old. She grew up on Springfield’s north side, the youngest of five children. “I come from very humble beginnings,” she said. [...]

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Women of Influence – Dr. Susan Koch

BY ROBERTA CODEMO Dr. Susan J. Koch always looked up to her mother, who worked full-time while raising five children in a rural South Dakota town. “She was a very courageous and dedicated person,” Koch said. “She had high expectations for us. I didn’t want to disappoint her.” Whenever she left the house, Koch’s mother [...]

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Women of Influence – Molly Berendt

BY COURTNEY ENLOW HALL Molly Berendt was 23 years old when she started the program that would change both her life and the lives of Springfield’s homeless children. Beginning as a ministry at Douglas Avenue Methodist Church, the Compass program – now Compass for Kids – sought to support homeless children at Dubois Middle School. [...]

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Coopers opening new restaurant at King Pin Lanes

The owners of Cooper's StrEATside Bistro, a popular food truck in Springfield, are opening a new permanent location. The new Cooper's Alleyside is opening at King Pin Lanes, 3115 E. Sangamon Ave., on April 20. Kendra Cooper, who runs the food truck with her husband Justin, says a brick-and-mortar restaurant has always been their goal. They [...]

New Businesses Listings – April 2017

Capital City Home Improvement LLC 7460 Rolling Oaks Drive, Riverton 414-2304 Owner: Shannon C. Hessler   House of Bouncers 8150 Cascade Rd., Rochester 306-3561 Owner: Zac Geist, Aaron Geist   KLC Turf Pro 5438 Forrest Lane, Sherman 299-7727 Owner: Pamela Kent Rainbow Massage Spa 348 Williams Lane, Chatham 481-6769 Owner: Miaomiao Liu   Just the [...]

By |April 10th, 2017|Categories: Secondary Feature|0 Comments

Not-so-risky business

By Patrick Yeagle Chris Stone knew from the start that it would all work out. And even if it didn’t, he wasn’t afraid to fail. Stone is part owner of HCI Alternatives, Springfield’s first medical cannabis dispensary, which marked its first year in business this month. Opening the shop was a risk, Stone says, but [...]

Charter schools could see expansion

By Monica Stabile A comparison of standardized testing results by the Springfield Business Journal shows traditional public schools outperformed charter schools on average in the 2014-2015 school year. Meanwhile, charter schools and school choice programs nationwide may see a boost in funding if President Donald Trump’s budget is approved by Congress. The push to expand [...]

Reaching the next generation of givers

By Patrick Yeagle For all the talk about the Millennial generation, one thing is clear: young people’s participation in philanthropy is crucial to the well being of nonprofits. Nowhere in Springfield is that better understood than at The Hope Institute for Children and Families, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year with a new campaign [...]

By |March 30th, 2017|Categories: Articles, News, Secondary Feature|0 Comments
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