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Q&A Paula Ryan

By David Blanchette Photo by Elouise Photographie Paula Ryan is a Springfield native who graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in recreational therapy after originally starting out as an art major. Her interest in art and design has served her well, first working with her husband through his construction company, Ryan Homes and [...]

By |March 3rd, 2023|Categories: Articles, Featured Article|0 Comments

Q&A with Andrea Aggertt

By David Blanchette Andrea Aggertt was hired in October 2019 to serve as the Architect of the Capitol. She is currently overseeing $350 million in work at the Capitol complex that was allocated as part of Rebuild Illinois, the first capital spending bill approved in the past decade. Aggertt is also responsible for completion and [...]

By |December 21st, 2022|Categories: Featured Article, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Q&A with Jan Schramm

By David Blanchette          Jan Schramm is the senior vice president for trust management services at Hickory Point Bank & Trust, the same company where she began her banking career after graduating from Bradley University with a degree in business administration and management. In September, Schramm received the 2022 President’s Award from the Illinois Bankers [...]

By |October 27th, 2022|Categories: Articles, Featured Article|0 Comments

Dolphin Chicken, Fish and Grill

By Thomas Pavlik   I’ve been seeing lots of chatter on social media about Dolphin Chicken, Fish and Grill, and hearing some of my friends make favorable comments about it. So, I figured it was time to give Dolphin a shot. First thing to know is that Dolphin is drive-thru and take-out only. Second thing [...]

Q&A with John Kelker

By David Blanchette   John Kelker says he always knew he wanted to help people, and he worked in the nonprofit sector throughout his professional career. After graduating from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, he worked in Carrollton and Jacksonville before moving to Springfield in 1996 to become president of the United Way of Central Illinois. [...]

By |October 3rd, 2022|Categories: Featured Article|0 Comments

15 Under Fifteen – 2022

  This is the 20th year that Springfield Business Journal has partnered with United Community Bank to recognize 15 outstanding small businesses in the local area. To qualify, a business must be located in Sangamon or Morgan county, have been open for at least two years and have 15 or fewer full-time employees. A business [...]

Mas Sabores

Until recently, I thought that Mas Sabores was only a bakery, ice cream and dessert shop. But a friend mentioned having lunch there a few weeks back, so I decided to check the place out. Mas Sabores (which means more flavors), the sister restaurant to Sabores in Chatham, is located on North Grand Avenue in [...]

By |September 23rd, 2022|Categories: Articles, Featured Article|0 Comments

Culinary medicine — where health meets food

By Karen Ackerman Witter The medical community is typically better at intervention than prevention. Culinary medicine is an emerging field to get health care practitioners actively engaged with patients on issues related to diet. There is good reason to do so. In the U.S., 96 million people have prediabetes, and eight out of 10 don’t [...]

By |September 6th, 2022|Categories: Featured Article|0 Comments