Neighborhood News
June 4, 2021
CITY COVID-19 UPDATES
STATE SET TO MOVE INTO PHASE 5 ON JUNE 11
The State of Illinois released guidance for the final phase of their Restore Illinois reopening plan, referred to as Phase 5. Illinois is set to move into Phase 5 on Friday, June 11. Fully vaccinated people will not need to wear a face mask unless it is required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws. This includes local business and workplace guidance. In accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Illinois will also lift the outdoor mask requirement in schools in most situations.

Masks will continue to be required for ALL people on public transportation and in health care settings, schools, daycares, educational institutions, and congregate settings like correctional facilities, veterans' homes, long-term care facilities, group homes, and residential facilities.

Masks will still be recommended for unvaccinated people.

Businesses can set mask requirements and other COVID-19 mitigations as they deem appropriate. We ask everyone to please be respectful and be compliant with each business, when masks are required upon entry. View the State of Illinois Phase 5 Guide.
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ILLINOIS RENTAL PAYMENT PROGRAM: Deadline
Deadline to apply for the Illinois Housing Development Authority's Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP) is Monday, June 7. The program provides up to $25,000 in emergency rental assistance for Illinois rental tenants that are at least 30 days behind on their rent. The housing provider AND tenants can submit a JOINT application now until Monday. Apply today!
ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO GET THE COVID-19 VACCINE
Our local hospitals and medical professionals, along with their colleagues around the state, are encouraging everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated. The Illinois Health & Hospital Association has put together information including video testimonials of healthcare leaders from across Illinois explaining why they got vaccinated along with information including "Fact vs. Fiction" regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. Visit their site today for more information.
SANGAMON COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
The Sangamon County Department of Public Health is our local resource for finding vaccination clinics, testing sites for COVID-19, and general health updates. Please remember to visit the Sangamon County Department of Public Health website for the most up-to-date information.
CONSTRUCTION UPDATES
The following work will begin, or continue, the week of June 7, weather permitting.

ARCHER ELEVATOR ROAD CLOSED JUNE 7 AND 8
Archer Elevator Road will be closed for paving on Monday, June 7 and Tuesday, June 8. The closure will be from 1200 feet north of Iles Avenue to 300 feet north of Greenbriar. A detour will be at Meadowbrook Road. Intersections will have intermittent closures at Archer Elevator Road during paving including Barrington Drive and Greenbriar Drive.

WALNUT STREET PROJECT UPDATE
Edwards Street is currently closed in both directions at Walnut Street. This closure will last through June 30. The detour is at Lawrence Avenue. Walnut Street is still reduced to 1 lane of traffic in each direction (S. Grand - Lawrence). Also, Lawrence Avenue is reduced to 1 lane Eastbound (Glenwood - Walnut) and 1 lane Westbound (New - Walnut).

WASHINGTON STREET CLOSED ON JUNE 11
Washington Street, from 7th to 9th Street will be closed on Friday, June 11. This closure will include the closing of sidewalks. This is for an outdoor concert taking place at the BOS Center. Closure will last until June 12.

ASPHALT
  • College Street (South Grand - Cook) - milling for overlay
  • Markwood Lane
  • Redbud Lane
  • Piper Road
  • Wentworth Drive

CONCRETE WORK
  • 4th Street (Carpenter - Dodge)
  • 5th Street (S. Grand - Lawrence)
  • 15th Street (South Grand - Cook)
  • 16th Street (Matheny - Phillips)
  • Black Avenue (Albany - Wolfe)
  • Edwards Street (Amos - Lincoln)
  • St. Lukes Court
  • Suteherland Court

CONCRETE PATCHING
  • Buckhorn Drive
  • Hawkeye Way
  • Walnut Valley Drive

SIDEWALK PROGRAM
  • Amos Avenue (Jefferson - Washington)
  • Ashley Drive (Koke Mill - Cherberry)
  • Bristol Court (Durkin - Durkin)
  • Carpenter Street (Walnut - Salome)
  • Douglas Avenue (Governor - Edwards)
  • English Avenue (Washington - Monroe)
  • Five Forks Drive (Fort Donelson - Spotsylvania)
  • Glasgow Drive (Leeds - McCarthy)
  • Greenbriar Drive (Archer Elevator - Briarcreek)
  • Lawrence Avenue (Monroe - Witherspoon)
  • McCarthy Drive (Bristol - Durkin)
  • Meadowbrook Road (Guilford)
  • Missionary Ridge (Fort Donelson - to the end)
  • Monroe Street (Glenwood - Walnut)
  • Monroe Street (Amos - Feldkamp)
  • Mossman Avenue (Amos - Columbia)
  • Salome Avenue (Carpenter -Miller)
  • Selkirk Road (Stonehenge - Hastings)
  • Tecumseh Trail (Indian Lands - Old Tippecanoe)
  • Washington Street (Douglas - MacArthur)
 
SIDEWALK REPAIRS
  • 7th Street (Scarritt - Clay)
  • 4116 Grimik Drive
  • 4690 Longfellow Drive
  • 229 W. Mason Street
  • 4701 Wild Cat Run
  • Tanner Road & Corey Drive

STREET REPAIRS
  • South Grand Avenue (Pope - Wheeler) southside
  • 14th & Cedar

PARKWAY REPAIRS (including rock, ditching, culvert repairs)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr Drive and South Grand Avenue (northeast corner)
  • 1426 North 6th Street

ALLEY REPAIRS
  • 1508 North 9th Street
  • 15th/16th - Jackson/Capitol
  • 12th/13th - Jackson/Capitol
  • 13th/14th - Cook/Edwards
  • 11th/12th - South Grand/Pine
  • 2nd/3rd - Cedar/Spruce

ONGOING WORK, CLOSURES AND CONSTRUCTION....

ARCHER ELEVATOR ROAD
Grading and seeding

DRAWBRIDGE ROAD
Road closed through the summer.

FIFTH AND SIXTH STREET UNDERPASSES
**6th Street reduced to 3 lanes northbound: Wellesley - Broad**

LAUREL STREET UNDERPASS
Closed through July 31, 2021

LENHART ROAD
Seeding, grading at Lenhart and Bunker Hill
CITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
"NO STICKER" YARD WASTE/LEAF PICK-UP
For the week of June 7, the City's "no sticker", bi-weekly yard waste/leaf pick-up will occur in the North Zone which is the area north of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road.

As a reminder, yard waste must be placed curbside by 7:00 a.m. on Monday of your pick-up week so it is not missed. If you believe your bags/containers were missed, email SpringfieldYW@republicservices.com. A map and pick-up schedule is available on the City’s website along with additional information.
ALERT! PROPOSED STATE LEGISLATION COULD CLOSE CWLP ELECTRIC GENERATION BY 2035
Today, a bipartisan coalition of organized labor, lawmakers, and municipal officials came together united in opposition to a plan under consideration in the General Assembly to prematurely close not-for-profit coal-fired power plants before the end of their useful life. This includes forcing the closure of City Water, Light & Power (CWLP). The press conference highlighted that such a move would raise utility bills on consumers, eliminate jobs, place new financial burdens on communities forced to find replacement sources of power and threaten energy grid reliability.
 
The coalition is asking not-for-profit plants operated by Springfield's CWLP and the Prairie State Energy Campus in Marissa to be exempted from the 2035 premature closure date proposed in energy legislation under consideration by the General Assembly. Subsidies are NOT being requested for these two plants. Simply that they be exempted from plans for premature closure.

To read more information about the negative impact this legislation will have on CWLP, Springfield and our residents and how to contact your legislative leaders to show your support for CWLP, click here.
CITY SEEKING COMMENTS ON PROPOSED USE OF FUNDS
The City of Springfield is seeking comments on the proposed use of CDBG funds for COVID-19 mitigation purposes. View the document. The City will consider all comments received before 5:30 p.m. on June 15, 2021, before submitting the proposal to HUD. The City will continue to accept comments from the public after its submittal and use public comments to guide and inform possible future amendments. The preferred method for submitting comments is to send via email to info.OPED@springfield.il.us.

A public hearing will take place on Thursday, June 10 at 3:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 300 S. 7th Street, 3rd Floor. Those who are unable to attend in person to give their comments may join virtually. To register virtually, click hereQuestions? Contact the Office of Planning & Economic Development at 217.789.2377 or email info.OPED@springfield.il.us.
REMINDER: STREET PARKING IS STILL FREE DOWNTOWN
You can continue to park for free in downtown Springfield! Free meter parking is continuing until further notice. However, citations will still be issued for vehicles that do not adhere to the time limits posted on parking signs. In other words, people do not have to put change in the meter when they park, but they must move their vehicle within the time posted at that parking location.
SPRINGFIELD MAKES #9 FOR BEST WEEKEND GETAWAYS IN THE MIDWEST
U.S. News & World Report placed Springfield in the top 10 of the best weekend getaway cities in the Midwest! We couldn't agree more! Remember, the City's Convention & Visitors Bureau is always eager to help visitors and residents with their trip and stay-cation planning! View the complete list from U.S. News.
HISTORY COMES ALIVE RETURNS!
History Comes Alive returns for its 12th season as Abraham and Mary Lincoln lead a cast of characters for a trip back in time that you won't want to miss! Meet the Lincolns at historic sites throughout the city where you can learn about their lives in Springfield. Hear Lincoln deliver some of his most famous speeches or enjoy an ice cream social at Edwards Place, where the Lincolns would visit their friends, Benjamin and Helen Edwards. History Comes Alive begins June 5 and goes through August 7. View the summer schedule. Don't forget, our Visitors Center is located across from the Old State Capitol in the Lincoln Herndon Law Office. Staff is ready to assist with any questions!
THE NEXT 10: COMMUNITY VISIONING PLAN
The Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln released the Next 10 - A Community Visioning Plan last Friday at the Citizen's Club presentation at the Hoogland Center. Part of the panel included Mayor Jim Langfelder. The report identifies 10 broad initiatives that were based on extensive grass-roots community input and identifies champions who will lead the project. The final report is available online. You can also watch the Citizen Club presentation on the City's YouTube Channel.
2021 WARD MEETINGS
The 2021 Ward Meetings are underway! For those who have not attended in the past, an outside facilitator will lead each discussion to gather information from attendees about neighborhood and city needs from the resident’s perspective. With the announcement of the American Rescue Plan funding for cities, these discussions will also be used to gather feedback on projects for each Ward along with the City overall.

Ward 8 - Alderwoman Conley
Saturday, June 5
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Levi, Ray & Shoup (LRS) - 2401 W. Monroe

Ward 6 - Alderwoman DiCenso
Monday, June 7
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Blessed Sacrament School - 748 W. Laurel, in the cafeteria

Ward 2 - Alderman Gregory
Wednesday, June 9
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Salvation Army Community Center - 1600 E. Clear Lake Avenue

Ward 1 - Alderman Redpath
Thursday, June 10
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Elks Lodge #158 - 409 E. Lake Shore Drive

Ward 4 - Alderman Fulgenzi
Saturday, June 12
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Fulgenzi’s Restaurant - 1168 E. Sangamon Avenue

Ward 7 - Alderman McMenamin
Monday, June 14
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Hope Presbyterian Church - 2211 Wabash Avenue

Ward 3 - Alderman Williams
Wednesday, June 16
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
One In a Million - 700 S. Livingston

RESCHEDULED: Ward 5 - Alderman Proctor
Tuesday, June 22
5:30 p.m.
Due to 5 Tuesdays in June, there is no City Council or Committee of the Whole meeting on this date. A location will be announced next week.

Meetings Completed: Wards 9 and 10
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING TUESDAY
The Committee of the Whole meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 300 S. Seventh Street, 3rd Floor. View the agenda. The meeting will be broadcast live on Comcast Cable Channel 18, AT&T U-verse 99 and can be streamed on the City's website.
COMMUNITY UPDATES
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ARTIST ON THE PLAZA
Springfield Area Arts Council's Artist on the Plaza is back this summer! Live performances will take place every Tuesday and Thursday now thru Labor Day, September 2, from 12-noon - 1:00 p.m. All performances occur on the Old State Capitol south lawn, near Fifth and Adams in downtown Springfield. The concerts are family-friendly and are the perfect way to spend a lunch hour or to take a break from seeing the sites. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Shade provided. These concerts are free and accessible. Click here to view the complete schedule.

Next week will feature Dennis Darling on June 8 and John Drake on June 10.
LEVITT CONCERT SERIES
Thursday, June 10
The Deep Hollow at 6:00 p.m.
Esme Patterson at 7:00 p.m.

The Levitt Concert Series has returned to the Y-Block, the open lawn between the Governor's Mansion and Capitol Avenue downtown. It is 10 weeks of FREE live music every Thursday in a safe environment. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and head downtown with your family! Remember, parking on the street is free! So come early and pick-up some great food from one of our downtown establishments. Complete details online.
DOWNTOWN OLD CAPITOL FARMERS MARKET
Wednesdays and Saturdays thru October, Rain or Shine!
8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Downtown on Adams Street between 4th and 5th Street
The online market is also available! It opens every Monday and closes at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, with pick-up on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 12-noon. More info.
Phone: 217.789.2000
Fax: 217.789.2109