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Developer seeks TIF approval to buy former surveying museum downtown

A Springfield developer is hoping to buy the downtown building that formerly housed the National Museum of Surveying, using $120,000 in TIF funds. Chris Nickell's 521 East LLC seeks to access TIF money for the purchase of 521 E. Washington St. The City of Springfield sought to buy the building with $425,000 in TIF funds [...]

MJ’s Fish and Chicken planning move to Enos Park with TIF help

Jerome Taylor addresses the Economic Development Commission on April 11. By Patrick Yeagle A popular Springfield eatery is hoping to establish a more permanent home with help from TIF funds. MJ's Fish and Chicken Express is seeking $55,000 in TIF money to relocate to Enos Park. The money would fund half of the [...]

Springfield Clock Shop moving downtown as Mekong Cafe plans ‘big changes’

By Patrick Yeagle A longtime Springfield clock retailer is moving downtown, clearing the way for changes at a neighboring restaurant. Springfield Clock Shop, formerly located at the intersection of South Grand Avenue and Second Street, is moving downtown to 629 E. Washington Ave. Ben McCormick, an employee at Springfield Clock Shop and brother of owner [...]

More than half of business travelers used Springfield airport last year, Chamber survey says

By Patrick Yeagle A survey of business travelers in Springfield shows more than half used the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport last year. Commissioned by the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, the survey found that nearly 77 percent rated their experience at the Springfield airport better than average. The results come after the airport reported that [...]

Senate Republicans offer budget plan without new revenue

By Monica Stabile Illinois Republican senators called for an immediate state government spending cap and a 10 percent spending cut to all government agencies in a new state budget plan unveiled Tuesday. The plan comes after Republicans scuttled a “grand bargain” budget plan last month, to the frustration of Democrats in the chamber and Senate [...]

Kuchar joins Springfield Reprographics with sale of All About Signs

By Patrick Yeagle Business printing firm Springfield Reprographics announced this week the purchase of All About Signs, another Springfield printing company. Jim Kuchar Steve Wakefield, owner of Springfield Reprographics, said his company's signage and graphics division is absorbing All About Signs and its owner, Jim Kuchar. "Jim’s 30-plus years of experience in the signage [...]

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