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Barber entrepreneur

All Star Kutz is just one of Audrey Austin’s businesses. More to come. BY KAREN ACKERMAN WITTER Audrey Austin considers herself an entrepreneur. She says her father, Andrew Corey, inspired her to develop a career where she could work for herself. Corey was a businessman who owned Corey Rental Leasing for more than 20 years [...]

A bicentennial look to the future

Springfield leaders and thinkers say where we’re going, and where we ought to go Article and photos By David Blanchette The state’s bicentennial observance gives Illinois residents the chance to reflect on how far we’ve come in the past 200 years, but it also asks what the state will be like in 2218. Things will [...]

Building Springfield

Construction projects underway all over town BY MICHELLE OWNBEY One sure sign of spring is construction projects taking shape all over town, and with the City of Springfield issuing commercial permits worth more than $26 million dollars in the first quarter of 2018, there are plenty of them in progress. Not surprisingly, most of the [...]

Keep on truckin’

Springfield’s food trucks are learning to navigate city regulations BY SCOTT FAINGOLD “Last summer, the Illinois Future Farmers of America asked us and AZTCA to come set our food trucks up on the south side of the convention center for an event there,” said Randy Twyford, owner and operator of the Twyford BBQ food truck. [...]

Time for small-scale development

By Lisa Clemmons Stott Here’s another version of “shop local” you may not have considered: anyone can become a local developer. That’s the premise of the Incremental Development Alliance (IDA), a nonprofit consortium of people developing their own new construction or rehab projects and whose shared goal is to cultivate 1,000 other “small” developers in [...]

Historic law firm chooses to stay in historic building

By Rachel Johnson The current trend in Springfield is for businesses to relocate to the west side, but bucking that trend is the Brown, Hay and Stephens law firm. The oldest law firm in the state of Illinois, BHS has been at the corner of Fifth and Adams streets since 1858. An original tenant of [...]

Illinois Realtors make their mark on history

By Rachel Johnson Fifty years ago on April 11, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act, making it illegal to discriminate in renting or selling property based on race, color, religion or national origin. Illinois and Chicago, in particular, were key areas struggling for equality at the time. With the swell of immigrants [...]

Full-service print shop marks 50 years

Family-owned Emerson Press of Divernon has deadlines to meet By David Blanchette Many things have changed during the 50 years that Emerson Press has been in business. But two things have remained the same – it’s still a family-owned and operated business, and there are still deadlines to meet. Leonard Emerson operates the business that [...]

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