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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

The trouble with trash

By Patrick Yeagle In some Springfield neighborhoods, trash is a common sight. Old couches, broken appliances and shredded bags of household refuse sometimes litter alleyways and vacant lots, attracting vermin and reducing property values. Last year, the City of Springfield reached a deal with waste haulers to address the problem. While neighborhood advocates say the [...]

By |March 1st, 2017|Categories: Secondary Feature|1 Comment

Workers’ comp bill introduced

By MONICA STABILE Editorial Intern A mix of business groups, trial lawyers and health care advocates are fighting over new legislation attempting to change the Illinois workers’ compensation system. The proposal, sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno, would impose a four-year freeze on wages for permanent partial disability, cap disability benefits and limit physical [...]

By |March 1st, 2017|Categories: Secondary Feature|0 Comments

Kennedy to challenge Rauner in 2018

By MONICA STABILE Editorial Intern Businessman Christopher Kennedy, son of the late Robert Kennedy and nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy, is making a run for Illinois governor to unseat Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner in the upcoming 2018 election. Kennedy, the second challenger to announce a bid against Rauner, has never held public [...]

By |March 1st, 2017|Categories: Secondary Feature|0 Comments

Having a tiff about TIF

By Thomas C. Pavlik Freelance Contributor Between the surveyor’s museum, the former Methodist church downtown, the YWCA, and Enos Park, everyone seems to be in a tiff about TIF. There have been many discussions lately among the aldermen and the general public about the most appropriate use of these funds. First, a bit of history [...]

Illinois could see boost from Cuba trade

Mark Albertson (center), director of strategic market development for the Illinois Soybean Association, speaks with meat retailers who sell for livestock farmers in a cooperative. Photo courtesy of Illinois Soybean Association. By Monica Stabile The Illinois agriculture industry is crossing its fingers that Congress will expand U.S. trade with Cuba. A bill to [...]

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