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PPP bridges the gap for some businesses

  By David Blanchette   The federal and state assistance she received to weather the COVID pandemic has been more than just money for Susan Danenberger.  “It's definitely been a miracle,” said the owner of Danenberger Family Vineyards in New Berlin. Danenberger was able to secure a $20,000 forgivable loan through the federal Paycheck Protection [...]

A Q&A with Chancellor Susan Koch

Susan Koch will retire as chancellor of UIS and vice president of the University of Illinois System effective June 30, a role she has held since 2011. Koch is currently the longest-serving chancellor of the U of I System. Among other accomplishments, Koch spearheaded the initiative to build UIS’s first student union and fundraising efforts [...]

By |May 27th, 2020|Categories: Featured Article|0 Comments

Springfield’s hospitality industry prepares to rebound

  By Karen Ackerman Witter Scott Dahl, director of the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (SCVB), describes Springfield as a convention city and tourism city.  There are approximately 3,500 travel and tourism-related jobs in Sangamon County, representing $110 million in total payroll, so COVID-19 has had a huge impact. Hotels are at a record low [...]

By |May 27th, 2020|Categories: Featured Article|0 Comments

Paying it forward

Businesses find ways to help others despite their own challenges By Holly Whisler Love through tacos Fortunately for Chad Reese, owner of Chadito’s Mexican American Grill, when dine-in restaurants were forced to close he was able to continue operations since both locations at 3030 S. Sixth St. and 6490 N. Walnut Street Rd. are equipped [...]

By |April 29th, 2020|Categories: Featured Article|0 Comments

Still doing businesses in a COVID-19 world

From ultra-sanitizing workspaces to improving virtual connectivity, Springfield-area entrepreneurs are actively responding to pandemic conditions head on. By Catherine O’Connor Clean Impact A local business founded only two years ago by buddies Kirk Kellus and Jon Roe, who first met in college, Clean Impact hit its stride at just the right moment. The company, which [...]

By |April 29th, 2020|Categories: Featured Article|0 Comments

The state of higher education

By David Blanchette/photos by David Blanchette One area college is completing its best-ever academic year with record enrollment, new majors and increased facility investments. Just over a mile away another college's board must decide if there is enough expected revenue to continue operating. This tale of two colleges is set in Jacksonville, where Illinois College, [...]

By |March 27th, 2020|Categories: Featured Article|0 Comments

From AmeriCorps intern to CEO

By Carey Smith/Photos by Sierra Smithers Springfield native Tiffany Mathis recently became the CEO and executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Illinois (BGCCIL). Her passion and dedication are unmistakable. “I really love that I was able to work somewhere you can just be all in,” she said. Mathis was originally introduced [...]

By |March 25th, 2020|Categories: Articles, Featured Article|0 Comments

Telling time and tales of history

By Dennis Thread How many times a day do you check the time? Under the influence of mobile phones, clocks are mere decorations and watches seemingly irrelevant. After all, the time is always there, insistently peaking at us from the top of our screens. But something strange has happened in the era of smart watches. [...]

By |March 25th, 2020|Categories: Articles, Featured Article|0 Comments

Wes Barr’s legacy lives on

  By Lana Shovlin/Photos by Terry Farmer When I recently met with Sherry Barr in a secluded corner of a local coffee shop, the first thing both of us commented on was how strange it was that we couldn’t shake one another’s hand. We briefly spoke about how surreal life feels at this bizarre time. [...]

By |March 24th, 2020|Categories: Articles, Featured Article|0 Comments