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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 [...]

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Best Places To Work – Dan Deweese Painting and Woodfinishing

By Eric Woods Photo by Terry Farmer Dan Deweese Painting and Wood Finishing began in November 2014 with only two employees. Within three months the business had five people on staff, and today the company employs 20 people including Deweese’s father, three siblings and a nephew. The employees are excited to work for such a [...]

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Best Places To Work – Springfield Clinic

  By Eric Woods Photo by Terry Farmer Springfield Clinic, a staple in the community, just celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2019. The clinic was founded in 1939 by five physician partners in Springfield and is constantly growing and evolving. Not only are its physicians working to find new, innovative ways to better provide care [...]

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Don’t tear down downtown

We can have a university presence without mass demolitions By Stacey Pfingsten, executive vice president, American Institute of Architects Illinois; Scott Troehler, board president, Downtown Springfield Heritage Foundation; Frank Butterfield, director of Springfield office, Landmarks Illinois As a group of nonprofit organizations that are located in, invested in and committed to the future and vitality [...]

By |January 30th, 2020|Categories: Articles, Secondary Feature|0 Comments

Springfield area to get its share of Rebuild Illinois funds

Nearly $1 billion allocated for Sangamon County projects By David Blanchette Forty-five billion dollars is a lot of money, and a portion of that will be spent in central Illinois as the projects funded by the Rebuild Illinois state-funded infrastructure program begin. Citizens should soon see workers on the job at several local road, university [...]

By |January 30th, 2020|Categories: Articles, Secondary Feature|0 Comments

Architecture and engineering projects that reshaped the landscape in 2019

By Catherine O'Connor   New YMCA connects to community With construction in full swing at the corner of Fourth and Carpenter streets, Springfield’s newest YMCA facility is set to rejuvenate lives in Springfield’s medical district, creating a link between the Enos Park neighborhood to downtown and beyond.  According to executive director Angie Sowle, since breaking [...]

By |January 2nd, 2020|Categories: Articles, Secondary Feature|0 Comments

Best Places to Work alumni spotlight: The Real Estate Group

The Real Estate Group, a privately-held company founded in 1997, was recognized as one of the Best Places to Work by Springfield Business Journal and United Community Bank in 2014. What’s changed in the last five years? First, The Real Estate Group has increased its number of licensed brokers from 125 to 152, including mergers [...]

By |January 2nd, 2020|Categories: Secondary Feature|0 Comments

A place at the table – Building Board Diversity helps nonprofit boards reflect the community

BY DAVID BLANCHETTE Where there’s a will there’s a way, and a year-old group is hoping to motivate nonprofit organizations in the Springfield area to diversify their boards. The founders of the Building Board Diversity (BBD) initiative have been meeting with and offering training for nonprofit executive directors and current board members to show them [...]

By |November 26th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Secondary Feature|0 Comments

Check your blind spots

BY KAREN ACKERMAN WITTER Horace Mann hosted the “CEO Action Check Your Blind Spots” mobile tour on May 30, which was open to every staff member. The company promoted it as a continuation of its commitment to having a diverse and inclusive work environment, facilitating open and honest conversations and increasing awareness of unconscious biases. [...]