Neighborhood News
October 16, 2020
Bloomberg Philanthropies announced Wednesday that Springfield is one of 30 cities that will participate in the What Works Cities City Budgeting for Equity and Recovery program, a new effort that will help cities confront budget crisis while strengthening their commitment to equity in the wake of COVID-19. The program will help cities develop and implement plans to drive financial recovery and ensure that their budget crisis do not disproportionately harm low-income residents and communities of color. It will also provide the opportunity for leaders from the 30 cities to problem solve with a network of peers and produce a set of tactics for other local leaders to follow.

“I am honored and appreciative of Bloomberg Philanthropies for selecting Springfield to take part in this innovative initiative,” said Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder. “In this unprecedented time, it is important for government to provide the services all our residents expect and deserve. This opportunity will give us the tools, along with the expert advice, to help us better navigate budgeting during this pandemic and help provide methods to ensure an equitable recovery for Springfield." Read the complete release online.
Funds are still available through the Springfield rental assistance program, a partnership between the City and the Springfield Urban League. To qualify for the program:
  • The property address must be in the corporate limits of the City of Springfield.
  • Your household income is within the allowable limits.*
  • Applicant must provide documentation showing a loss of income due to COVID-19.
  • Cooperation from the applicant’s landlord to participate in the program.

Tenants seeking assistance should call the Springfield Urban League at 217.789.0830, Monday thru Friday, between 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and must specify that they are seeking rental assistance within the City of Springfield. The intake process will occur over the phone. If you are leaving a message with the Urban League regarding the program after hours, please specify that you are seeking Springfield rental assistance along with your contact information.
The application process will include communication with your landlord to verify the rental agreement and the total rent owed. The maximum amount a tenant may receive is $1,000.00.

*Qualified Household Income Per Tenant Living At Address:
1 – Can make up to $42,800
2 – Can make up to $48,900
3 – Can make up to $55,000
4 – Can make up to $61,100
5 – Can make up to $66,000
6 – Can make up to $70,900
7 – Can make up to $75,800
8 – Can make up to $80,700
In partnership with surrounding villages including Grandview, Jerome, Leland Grove, and Southern View, trick-or-treating hours for Halloween have been set for Saturday, October 31 from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

As a reminder, it is optional for individuals to welcome trick-or-treaters to their residences. Residents who wish to greet trick-or-treaters may do so by turning on their porch lights. Homes without their porch lights on should NOT be visited. 

It is strongly encouraged that anyone who would like to distribute treats should leave individually wrapped candy on a table on their front walkways, sidewalks, or any outdoor space that allows for at least six-feet of social distance from the door. The individually wrapped candy should be spread out so each piece is not touching another. Anyone distributing candy or treats should wash their hands properly for at least 20 seconds before placing the candy on the table and when replenishing.

We understand Halloween is a holiday many individuals enjoy, especially children. However, we ask that everyone please be mindful that the virus is still present in our community and proper precautions need to be taken. These precautions not only impact your family. It impacts the safety of your neighbors, neighborhood, and local businesses.
This Wednesday, October 21 at 12-noon, Mayor Langfelder will have a discussion with John Stremsterfer, President & CEO of the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln along with other guests. They will talk about "The Next 10" - a community visioning project for the Greater Springfield Area to define how we take bold steps together for the region’s future. For more information about this initiative, click here.

Join the conversation live on Wednesday on the City's Facebook page. You may email your questions in advance to or type in the comments section during the live session
The following work will begin or continue the week of October 19, weather permitting.

  • Cherry Hills Drive
  • Oak Street (6th - 8th)
  • Washington Park
  • Cockrell Lane & Mathers Road (Patching)
***Intersection of Cockrell & Mathers will be closed intermittently for patching***

  • Cedar/Spruce - 2nd/3rd
  • 11th/12th - Cass/Clay
  • 11th/12th - Clay/Kansas
  • 12th/13th - Capitol/Jackson
  • 13th/14th - Edwards/Cook

  • Washington Park

  • Harbauer Lane - Culvert replacement
  • Stanton & York - Curb and street repairs
  • Stanton & Normandy - Curb and street repairs
  • 3800 block E. Castle Hill Blvd - Concrete patching
  • 1500 block S. Lincoln - Curb and gutter replacement

  • 4800 block Chestnut Drive
  • 500 block S. 4th Street
  • 7th & Capitol
  • 2200 block S. Whitefield Road
  • 300 block Kenyon Road
  • 100 block S. Cartwright Drive

Lenhart Road (Hope Church north entrance - Verdant Drive)
***Intersection of Lenhart and Bunker Hill OPEN***
***Lenhart Road closed between Hope Church North entrance to Verdant Drive - 10/19/20 thru 10/26/20***
***Hope Church North entrance and Centennial Park entrance off Lenhart Road CLOSED - 10/19/20 thru 10/26/20***
**Verdant Drive intersection intermittent closures possible***

Curb installation, paving, sidewalk, grading.
Road closed from Yucan to Iles Avenue thru November 30.

Utility relocation and trail excavation, east side of Hilltop Road between Destiny Drive and Lost Bridge Trail.

  • 5th Street reduced to three (3) lanes southbound (Broad - Iles)
  • 6th Street reduced to three (3) lanes northbound (Wellesley - Broad)
**Intersection of Iles & Burton now closed through October 30.**
For the week of October 19, the City's "no sticker", bi-weekly yard waste/leaf pickup will occur in the South Zone which is the area south of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road, including residential properties around the lake.

As a reminder, yard waste must be placed curbside by 7:00 a.m. on Monday of your pickup week so it is not missed.

A map and pickup schedule is available on the City’s website along with additional information. If you believe your bags or containers were missed, please email
Springfield's residential fall branch pickup program will begin Monday, October 26. The fall pickup schedule is pre-set and crews will work in specified areas of the city each week. Each neighborhood will have only ONE pickup. Below is the entire fall branch pickup schedule lasting four weeks. As a reminder, branch pickup is DIFFERENT from the city's yard waste/leaf collection program.

Northwest area - Branches set out by 7:00 a.m. the morning of October 26
• Walnut Street to Elle Court and Pulliam Road to South Grand Avenue

Southwest area – Branches set out by 7:00 a.m. the morning of November 2
• Walnut Street to Old Bachelor Trail and Old Jacksonville Road to Mansion Road (Piper Glenn Subdivision)

Southeast area – Branches set out by 7:00 a.m. the morning of November 9
• Hilltop Road (Timberlane East Subdivision) to Walnut Street and South Grand Avenue to East Lake Shore Drive (Hunting Meadows Subdivision)
• Properties around Lake Springfield

Northeast area – Branches set out by 7:00 a.m. the morning of November 16
• Walnut Street to J. David Jones Parkway and Kamm Road to South Grand Avenue

Online Map & Schedule
A map indicating where branch pickup will occur is posted on the city website. Residents are encouraged to check the website to determine which week their branches will be collected.

Resident Instructions
The City of Springfield will pick up branch piles from residents:
• No larger than 3-foot in height, 4-foot in depth, and 10-feet in length;
• A pile larger than a small pickup load will not be picked up by the city;
• The program is for branches only, no logs (larger than 6” in diameter) will be accepted;
• Branches/limbs trimmed by a commercial contractor will not be picked up;
• Branches must be placed on the curb not obstructing the street or sidewalk;
• Small branches may be broken up and put into yard waste bags; and
• Branches are not allowed on boulevards.

Residential Branch Drop Off
Residents may drop off branches to Evans Recycling with proof of residency until the end of March 2021. This service is not for commercial contractors but for city residents only. Evans Recycling is located at 2100 J. David Jones Parkway and is open Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 12-noon. Contact number is 217.391.0886. Branch Piles Are NOT Considered Yard Waste

As a reminder, the city's branch pick-up is a DIFFERENT program from the city’s yard waste bi-weekly pick-up program. The branch pick-up program only occurs twice a year. For questions about the City of Springfield yard waste and branch pick-up, please call the Office of Public Works at 217.789.2255 or email
On Wednesday, October 7, a new labor history plaza, located in front of the Illinois AFL-CIO headquarters, was dedicated. The space will be a reminder of the decades of hard work and positive impact that the AFL-CIO, its leadership, its partners and workers have had on this community, state, and the nation. The plaza is located at 534 S. Second Street in Springfield.
On Friday, October 9, Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder and Ashikaga, Japan Mayor Satoshi Izumi virtually commemorated the 30th anniversary of our Sister Cities relationship. The two cities became Sister Cities three decades ago under former Springfield Mayor Ossie Langfelder and former Ashikaga Mayor, Yukihisa Machida. The exchange program, which includes mutual visits of citizen and student delegations, artistic and cultural exchanges, and economic partnerships, shows how our communities have grown stronger through this shared focus.

In addition, the ceremony marked the 20th anniversary of the relationship between the University of Illinois-Springfield and Ashikaga University and included remarks from Chancellor Whitney from UIS and President Shoji from Ashikaga University. We thank Jonathan GoldbergBelle and all the other members on our Commission on International Visitors for their planning and hosting this ceremony.
Thank you to the City of Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau for showing support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As a reminder, the Visitors Center is located on the first floor of the Lincoln-Herndon Law Office on the Old State Capitol Plaza. Whether you want to be a tourist in your own city or looking for activities and ideas for your family and friends, SCVB staff is here to help! You can call 217.789.2360 or stop by the Visitors Center, Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The next City Council/Zoning Meeting is Tuesday, October 20 at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. Information regarding the meeting agenda and how to sign-up to speak is available on the City Clerk's website. As a reminder, Tuesday night meetings are broadcast live on Comcast Cable Channel 18 and AT&T U-verse Channel 99 in addition to streaming on the City of Springfield website and on our Facebook page.
A decision was reversed last week, and the 2020 Census concluded on Thursday, October 15. Below are the stats by Ward of how many people self-responded as of Wednesday, October 14. Thank you to everyone who took time to be counted.
  • Ward 5 - 54.69%
  • Ward 2 - 58.76%
  • Ward 6 - 64.17%
  • Ward 3 - 67.48%
  • Ward 4 - 75.63%
  • Ward 9 - 75.95%
  • Ward 8 - 77.93%
  • Ward 1 - 80.11%
  • Ward 7 - 81.54%
  • Ward 10 - 84.91%
The City of Springfield is getting a new place to help us rethink waste called the Creative Reuse Marketplace (CRM). They are now accepting donations and are also looking for volunteers. The purpose of CRM is to establish a location where people can donate acceptable items versus throwing items away and also create a space for education and job training for low-income, unemployed, and/or homeless women and children. For more information about this new place, click here.
As a reminder, we are encouraging residents to be on the lookout for deer. Drivers should be on alert while traveling near farm fields and wooded areas, but they can also be present in various urban settings including parks. Below are some tips to help prevent collisions.
  1. Deer are pack animals, and rarely travel alone. If a deer crosses in front of you, chances are there are more nearby. Slow down and keep an eye out for more deer darting across the road.
  2. Deer are most active at dusk and dawn: periods when your vision is most compromised. Deer are also on the move during mating season (between October and January) when you’re more likely to travel after the sun sets. Slow down and stay alert, especially after dark.
  3. Wear Your Seatbelt. It may not prevent a collision but if it happens, a seatbelt can reduce injuries. This is especially true if you lose control and collide with something bigger, and more stationary than a deer.
  4. Look for proper road signs. The yellow diamonds with the deer on it are placed in high-traffic areas for deer. You may also spot a deer because their eyes will brightly reflect a car’s headlights, making them easier to spot.
  5. If you see a deer, brake firmly and calmly, and stay in your lane. Swerving could make you lose control of your vehicle and turn a bad situation much worse. Not to mention, deer are unpredictable, and you could swerve directly into their changed path.
  6. Honk! Some experts recommend that one long blast of the horn will scare deer out of the road.
Through the Levitt AMP Bridge Grant, Levitt AMP Springfield is increasing access to music education and instruments for Springfield’s youth by working with three local music organizations. The organizations will use grant funds to partner musicians with students who have not been able to afford traditional lessons.

  • The Illinois Symphony Youth Orchestra will focus free lessons on children who are already members of the Youth Symphony in grades 3-12 and/or instrument rental assistance. Find out how to join.
  • The Garvey/Tubman Cultural Arts and Research Center will provide their identified students, ages 10-17, with twice-a-week, socially-distanced, private music lessons. Their target audience for lessons is children of color who live in a single income household. Inquiries may be sent to
  • First Try Sessions, a new program started by Jessica Knight-Carnes of the band Looming, is connecting working guitarists with children seeking lessons. Working musicians donate gently-used guitars to the program; the program provides basic guitar amps to each participating child; and the Levitt AMP Bridge Grant will help children ages 7-17 receive free instruction as musicians are matched to teach guitar lessons over Zoom for six weeks. Inquiries may be sent to

In partnership with the above entities, the Springfield Area Arts Council is accepting instrument donations to ensure these programs continue. Donations of previously loved instruments will be accepted the week of October 26 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S Sixth Street. Please arrange a drop-off time as the building is currently closed due to COVID by emailing
Can't wait for Halloween to enjoy a treat? Illinois Times 217 Dessert Week is October 19 thru 25. A great opportunity to try a new place and support local! Enjoy $5 desserts at 10 area restaurants and special Korbel champagne and Chambord raspberry liqueur drinks at participating locations. Visit for participating locations, their special dish, hours and other details about takeout, dine-in and delivery options.
The Springfield Area Arts Council, in partnership with the Illinois Times, is hosting a virtual talent show. Now thru November 16, children, teens and adults can submit a video no longer than 3 minutes showcasing their talent. Then the community will vote between November 19 - December 7 and the winners will be announced on December 14. The entry fee for each submission is Kids (12 & under) $5; Young Adult (13-17 years) $10; Adult (18 years +) $15. The registration fees collected will go to the Springfield Area Arts Council. For additional information, visit SAAC's website.
Every Wednesday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. through October. Please remember to wear your mask because they are required to shop. Order ahead online anytime Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. thru Thursday at 5:00 p.m. Then pick-up your items from your car curbside on Saturday. Order online. Market guidelines are available on DSI's website.
Phone: 217.789.2000
Fax: 217.789.2109