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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 [...]

Habitat for Humanity contracts with city for large item pickup

By Patrick Yeagle Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County will assume large item pickup service in April under a new agreement with the City of Springfield. The Springfield City Council approved a contract for the service with Habitat for Humanity on March 21. Lance Morgan, director of Habitat's ReStore, says the organization already has box trucks [...]

Apartment complex proposed near Wells Fargo

A prominent Springfield developer is proposing a new apartment complex on the city's west side. Courtney Joyner, owner of Joyner Construction Services Inc., is seeking approval for a 204-unit development to be named Pleasant Park Apartments. The development would be located at 4700 Ash Grove Drive and include 17 apartment buildings with 12 units each. [...]

Charter school legislation passes House committee

By Monica Stabile New legislation calling for a halt to new charter schools in areas that have closed traditional public schools in the past decade passed a House committee in the Illinois statehouse Tuesday. The bill is one of several in the Illinois General Assembly dealing with charter schools amid increased attention to the issue [...]

INB selling Piper Glen Golf Course after foreclosure

By Patrick Yeagle Piper Glen Golf Course is in the process of being sold to a new owner, following a foreclosure in 2015. Current owner Illinois National Bank says a contract on the course is "moving ahead." “We are working with the buyer’s broker to finalize plans,” says Joshua Ishmael, general counsel with INB, “and [...]

Diner serving all-day breakfast opens on Durkin Drive

A new restaurant serving breakfast all day opened this week on Springfield's west side. Nico Scaduto opened Nico's Homestyle on March 27 at 751 S. Durkin Drive, offering traditional diner fare and all-day breakfast. Manager Hailey Hurst says Scaduto opened the restaurant after a poor restaurant experience last year on Father's Day. "We thought opening [...]

City asks for new proposals for North Mansion Block

By Patrick Yeagle The City of Springfield is asking for another round of proposals for the North Mansion Block in downtown Springfield, following the demolition of the historic YWCA building and a developer backing out of proposed housing on the block. The block has long been a source of controversy downtown, with multiple attempts to [...]

Chamber conducting Economic Outlook Survey

The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce is conducting its biannual Sangamon County Economic Outlook Survey with help from the Survey Research Office at the University of Illinois Springfield. Matthew Case, interim director of the Survey Research Office, says the poll gives decision makers a snapshot of business leaders' perceptions about the economy. "It tells them [...]

Cusumano to have expanded role at HSHS

By Patrick Yeagle Erica Cusumano owes her life to the neonatal intensive care unit at HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital in Springfield, so working for Hospital Sisters Health System was a natural fit. Now, Cusumano is taking on a new role for the regional health provider with a promotion to communications manager for HSHS' Central [...]

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