Charter school legislation passes House committee

By Monica Stabile New legislation calling for a halt to new charter schools in areas that have closed traditional public schools in the past decade passed a House committee in the Illinois statehouse Tuesday. The bill is one of several in the Illinois General Assembly dealing with charter schools amid increased attention to the issue [...]

INB selling Piper Glen Golf Course after foreclosure

By Patrick Yeagle Piper Glen Golf Course is in the process of being sold to a new owner, following a foreclosure in 2015. Current owner Illinois National Bank says a contract on the course is "moving ahead." “We are working with the buyer’s broker to finalize plans,” says Joshua Ishmael, general counsel with INB, “and [...]

Diner serving all-day breakfast opens on Durkin Drive

A new restaurant serving breakfast all day opened this week on Springfield's west side. Nico Scaduto opened Nico's Homestyle on March 27 at 751 S. Durkin Drive, offering traditional diner fare and all-day breakfast. Manager Hailey Hurst says Scaduto opened the restaurant after a poor restaurant experience last year on Father's Day. "We thought opening [...]

City asks for new proposals for North Mansion Block

By Patrick Yeagle The City of Springfield is asking for another round of proposals for the North Mansion Block in downtown Springfield, following the demolition of the historic YWCA building and a developer backing out of proposed housing on the block. The block has long been a source of controversy downtown, with multiple attempts to [...]

Chamber conducting Economic Outlook Survey

The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce is conducting its biannual Sangamon County Economic Outlook Survey with help from the Survey Research Office at the University of Illinois Springfield. Matthew Case, interim director of the Survey Research Office, says the poll gives decision makers a snapshot of business leaders' perceptions about the economy. "It tells them [...]

Cusumano to have expanded role at HSHS

By Patrick Yeagle Erica Cusumano owes her life to the neonatal intensive care unit at HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital in Springfield, so working for Hospital Sisters Health System was a natural fit. Now, Cusumano is taking on a new role for the regional health provider with a promotion to communications manager for HSHS' Central [...]

Housing homeless vets

By Patrick Yeagle It pains Chris Schaller to see those he considers his brothers living on the street or in homeless shelters, and he wants to do something about it. "They've been failed by the system," he said. Schaller, who served as an engineer in the U.S. Army Reserve in Iraq during 2003 and 2004, [...]

Daisy Jane’s to hold grand opening downtown

By Patrick Yeagle A new gift shop featuring original art is holding its grand opening this month. Daisy Jane's is set to officially open on March 28 at 424 E. Monroe St. The shop carries art from local and international artists. Julia Johnson, owner of Daisy Jane's, says the shop was open for a few [...]

Island Bay Yacht Club hires Bo Oliver as executive chef

By Patrick Yeagle Island Bay Yacht Club has a new executive chef in James "Bo" Oliver. A Springfield native, Oliver previously served as a sous chef at Illini Country Club and received his training from the Culinary Institute of America, located in Hyde Park, New York. The club announced Oliver as its new chef on [...]

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