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Building homes, growing a business

Phil Zinn, of Zinn Construction in Sherman, has been building homes for 15 years BY ZACHARY ROTH When Phil Zinn takes you through his offices, there are pictures of some shiny, modern homes built with the latest and greatest in homebuilding technology. And then, there are other houses, maybe without the bells and whistles, but [...]

By |February 28th, 2018|Categories: Secondary Feature|0 Comments

For Dale Becker, giving is a win-win-win

KEB makes giving back part of its corporate culture BY JANET SEITZ For Dale Becker, the benefits of charitable giving add up, both personally and professionally. Becker is a CPA and partner with the Springfield accounting and management consulting firm Kerber, Eck, & Braeckel (KEB). Becker became involved in charitable efforts, “almost out of the [...]

By |February 28th, 2018|Categories: Secondary Feature|0 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]

New tenants coming to West Iles Business Center

BY MICHELLE OWNBEY Two new businesses are preparing to open and a third is adding an additional location in a newly constructed strip center on the west side of Springfield. Long-time local business Primo Designs is expanding, having recently signed a lease for a second location in the newly built West Iles Business Center, which [...]

By |December 19th, 2017|Categories: Secondary Feature|0 Comments

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: News, Secondary Feature|2 Comments

Technology won’t replace customer service at area lenders

BY EMILY JANKAUSKI Home to 21 banks and six credit unions, the capital city is well acquainted with financial service offerings from both national and local financial institutions. In terms of growth, however, local banks appear more prosperous than national competitors. In 2016, Chase Bank closed its North Grand Avenue branch, while Illinois-based Citizens Equity [...]

County Market parent company celebrates its centennial

BY DAVID BLANCHETTE Quincy-based Niemann Foods turned 100 this year, and although nearly half of its 6,000 employees are associate owners, for the past century everyone at the company has known who the real bosses are. “Our boss is every customer that we either have in the stores or we are trying to attract,” said [...]

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