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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

New architect of the Capitol moves the master plan forward

By Carey Smith Photos by Josh Catalano If you haven’t been to the Capitol complex recently, Andrea Aggertt, the new architect of the Capitol, would like to invite you to tour the Capitol and walk the campus.  “There are going to be a lot of exciting things happening in the next five years,” she said.  [...]

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

Best Places To Work – B&B Electric

By Eric Woods Photo by Terry Farmer For more than 50 years, B&B Electric has been serving the needs of businesses in central Illinois. Todd Brinkman Sr. had been working for South Town Electric Radio & TV with his father, Fred Brinkman, when they decided to take a leap of faith and start their own [...]

By |February 27th, 2020|Categories: Secondary Feature|0 Comments

Best Places To Work – Brown, Hay & Stephens

By Eric Woods Photo by Terry Farmer Founded in 1828 by John Todd Stuart, the history surrounding Brown, Hay & Stephens (BHS) includes a young lawyer named Abraham Lincoln, who joined the firm nine years after its establishment. As the firm closes in on 200 years, employees have long enjoyed their careers at Brown, Hay [...]

By |February 27th, 2020|Categories: Secondary Feature|0 Comments