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American Metals Supply grows and adapts

BY DAVID BLANCHETTE A Springfield-based company that has eight locations in six states began more than a half-century ago over a dinner table discussion. “The business was started in 1962, and I remember sitting at the kitchen table with my dad and mom saying, ‘If this doesn’t work, we want to be able to keep [...]

Sales tax proposal splits business community

BY RACHEL JOHNSON Already struggling to compete against online stores, Just Beds store owner Steve Stimac is not in favor of a proposed one percent sales tax increase for Sangamon County. If the proposition on the November ballot passes, he says he’ll have to pass on higher costs to his customers. A $450 bed would [...]

Ansar Shrine Circus benefits local children

BY JANET SEITZ Sometimes life seems like a three-ring circus. But a real three-ring circus, such as the November Ansar Shrine Circus in Springfield, can offer family fun and provide some stability in the life of a child and family. “We are known for our funny little hats, our little cars and our clowns, but [...]

Many different options for senior living

BY DIANNE CROWN Like many seniors, Angie Squires and her husband had moved from a house to a condo where they could still enjoy independent living; but, in the years after Chet died, Angie began falling and needed a different housing solution. She chose River Birch Senior Living from Springfield’s wide variety of options, and [...]

By |September 25th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Featured Article|0 Comments

100+ Who Care funds local nonprofits

BY JANET SEITZ There is strength in numbers, especially when armed with checks.  Building that reserve is the goal of 100+ Who Care in Springfield, a grassroots organization that aims to recruit 100 people to pay $100 each to attend an event at which local nonprofit organizations vie to earn the evening’s proceeds.  Three randomly [...]

By |September 25th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Featured Article|0 Comments

Access to Care program receives national recognition

ARTICLE AND PHOTOS BY DAVID BLANCHETTE A three-year collaborative effort to improve the overall health of a specific Springfield neighborhood has received national recognition and is poised to expand into another area of the capital city. The American Hospital Association has recognized HSHS St. John’s Hospital and Memorial Medical Center with the NOVA Award for the [...]

By |August 21st, 2018|Categories: Featured Article|0 Comments

New tariffs may harm ag, steel industries

BY SCOTT FAINGOLD On July 27, the Citizens Club of Springfield presented its most recent Public Policy Breakfast, “A Local Conversation on Tariffs” at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. The discussion featured panelists Dr. Patricia Byrnes, a professor in the economics department at the University of Illinois Springfield; Mark Gebhards, executive director of government [...]

By |August 21st, 2018|Categories: Featured Article|0 Comments

SIU explores new approaches to pain management

BY RACHEL JOHNSON American health care systems, doctors and doctors-in-training are looking for new ways to combat chronic pain and long-term health care issues besides prescribing pain medication. Southern Illinois Medical School in Springfield is on the forefront of new approaches to this challenge. Dr. Stacy Sattovia, an associate professor at SIU, developed an interest [...]

By |August 21st, 2018|Categories: Featured Article|0 Comments