Neighborhood News
September 11, 2020
CITY COVID-19 UPDATES
NEW COVID TESTING SITE
SIU Medicine has a new COVID testing site at Abundant Faith Christian Center, 2525 Taylor Avenue. The testing site is closed on Wednesdays.
• Mondays: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
• Tuesdays: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
• Thursdays: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

On Fridays, SIU Medicine will be a mobile testing operation hosted by other area congregations. September locations include:
• September 18: 9:00 – 12:00 p.m. at Union Baptist Church, 1405 E. Monroe Street
• September 25: 9:00 – 12:00 p.m. at Progressive Church of God in Christ, 1625 E. Ash Street

We greatly appreciate SIU Medicine's continued commitment to the community! Please remember to wait at least four days from a possible exposure to get the most accurate test result and quarantine at home until a result has been given. For more information, click here.
NEW COURSE OFFERED THROUGH U OF I
COVID-19 has impacted nearly every part of our lives, but how much do you know and understand? The University of Illinois System is offering a free online, non-credit COV-Course that covers a variety of topics. The course is held from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. on Sundays. Learn more online.
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SPRINGFIELD MICRO-PANTRIES
There are various “micro-pantries” set-up throughout Springfield. These locations have pantries/sheds where community members are encouraged to replenish with non-perishable food items, while individuals in need can take necessary items to ensure food for their families. Everything is free. There are many located throughout the area. We appreciate Springfield Families Helping Families for compiling the list and keeping it updated. Find a micro-pantry near you.
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DISTRICT 186 MEAL DISTRIBUTION: OPEN TO ALL CHILDREN
School District 186's meal distribution is underway and open to all children, up to age 18, not just District 186 students. Grab and go prepackaged breakfast and lunch can be picked up Monday - Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at all locations listed below.

  • Addams, #10 Babiak Lane
  • Ball Charter, 2530 E. Ash
  • Black Hawk, 2500 S. College
  • Enos, 524 W. Elliott
  • Fairview, 2200 Ridgely
  • Feitshans, 1101 S. 15thSt.
  • Graham, 900 West Edwards
  • Harvard Park, 2501 S. 11th Street
  • Hazel Dell, 850 W. Lake Shore Dr
  • Iles, 1700 S. 15thSt.
  • Lindsay, 3600 Fielding
  • Marsh, 1100 Avon Dr.
  • Matheny-Withrow, 1200 Pope
  • McClernand, 801 N. 6th St.
  • Ridgely, 2040 N. 8thSt.
  • Sandburg, 2051 Wabash
  • Southern View, 3338 S. 5thSt.
  • Franklin Middle School, 1200 Outer Park Dr.
  • Grant Middle School, 1800 W. Monroe
  • Jefferson Middle School, 3001 Allis St.
  • Washington Middle School, 2300 E. Jackson
  • Lanphier High School, 1300 N. 11thSt.
  • Southeast High School, 2350 E. Ash
  • Springfield High School, 101 S. Lewis
REMINDER: UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS ARE TAXABLE
The IRS is reminding individuals that unemployment benefits must be reported on your federal tax return. A record number of Americans are applying for unemployment compensation due to COVID-19. If you received unemployment benefits, as well as the additional $600 per week in coronavirus relief any time during the year, your tax return may be affected. For more information, contact the State of Illinois' unemployment office or visit the IRS website.
FACEBOOK LIVE WEDNESDAY
The next City of Springfield Facebook Live will be on Wednesday, September 16 at 12-noon on the City's Facebook page. The topic we will be discussing is Homelessness, with a special focus on Street Homelessness.

This past Wednesday's conversation focused on the Springfield Rail Improvements Project. Guests included Director of Public Works Nate Bottom and from Hanson Professional Services, Jim Moll, Jimmie Austin, and Steve Warren. To watch and listen to the discussion, click here. All of our sessions are available on the City's YouTube Channel.
CONSTRUCTION UPDATES
The following work will begin or continue the week of September 14, weather permitting.

SIDEWALK PROGRAM: 11th Street (Melrose-Ash); Black Avenue (19th - 21st Street); Camden Street (Dunwich - Stokebridge); Cook (College - Spring); Fairmont (Griffith-Fairfield); Reservior (13th - 15th); Selkirk Road (Scarborough - Skipton); Spring (Edwards - Cook), Sudbury Street.

CONCRETE WORK: Ramsey Road (19th - Wolfe); Watch Avenue (19th - Wolfe)

BRICK STREET REPAIRS
  • Columbia Avenue (Edwards - Lawrence)

ALLEY REHABILITATION
  • 22nd/23rd - Griffiths/Ridgely
  • 16th/17th - Keys/Converse
  • 17th/19th - Keys/Converse
  • 16th/17th - Cummins/Weiland

PUBLIC WORKS
  • Sidewalk repairs: Vine Street (Orendorff-MacArthur)
  • Concrete approach repairs: Washington Street at Convention Center Plaza
  • ADA ramp installation: Sharon and Park
  • Intersection repair: 5th and Iles

BUNKER HILL AND LENHART ROAD
Work will be taking place on the bike trail however NO traffic lanes shall be impacted.

HILLTOP ROAD TRAIL EXTENSION
Site clearing and utility relocation, east side of Hilltop Road between Destiny Drive and Lost Bridge Trail.

ARCHER ELEVATOR
Storm sewer installation
Road closed from Yucan to Iles Avenue thru November 30.

5TH & 6TH STREET UNDERPASSES STILL ONGOING
  • 5th Street reduced to three (3) lanes southbound (Broad - Iles)
  • 6th Street reduced to two (2) lanes northbound (Wellesley - Broad)
**Intersection of Iles & Burton closed for reconstruction (through 9/30/2020)**
CWLP TREE TRIMMING
Wright Tree Service, CWLP's contractor, is continuing trimming trees for the line clearance program in the area bound by Bruns Lane and Lincoln Avenue between Enos Avenue and Governor Street. Additional crews will be assigned to identify and trim trouble spots around the city as well.
CITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
"NO STICKER" YARD WASTE/LEAF PICKUP
For the week of September 14, the City's "no sticker", bi-weekly yard waste/leaf pickup 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 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 SpringfieldYW@republicservices.com.
CENSUS UPDATE!
We still need your help! Please encourage your friends, extended family, coworkers, and neighbors to fill out their 2020 Census! Below are the updated completion stats for Springfield by Ward. Remember, there are over 100 programs that use Census Bureau data to distribute more than $675 billion in federal funds annually. For every person who does NOT complete the census, the City of Springfield could lose between $1,400 to $2,000 EVERY YEAR for 10 years in federal funding.

  • Ward 5 - 52.76%
  • Ward 2 - 57.21%
  • Ward 6 - 62.29%
  • Ward 3 - 66.10%
  • Ward 4 - 74.69%
  • Ward 9 - 75.00%
  • Ward 8 - 76.93%
  • Ward 1 - 79.24%
  • Ward 7 - 80.42%
  • Ward 10 - 83.96%

Send a group text, email, call! Fill out the Census online at my2020census.gov or by calling 844.330.2020.
CHIEF ACCOUNTANT FOR CWLP
The City of Springfield is seeking a Chief Accountant for CWLP, the public utility for the city. The individual will manage and supervise the financial and accounting operations and activities of CWLP. To review the complete job description and apply online, visit our employment web page.

ATTORNEYS - ASSISTANT CORPORATION COUNSEL
The City of Springfield is seeking attorneys for the Office of Corporation Counsel to assist in civil litigation, employment and personnel matters, code enforcement and proceedings related to collections, demolitions, and foreclosures. To review the complete job description and apply online, visit our employment web page.
SPRINGFIELD POLICE WEBSITE INFORMATION
As events pertaining to law enforcement unfold throughout the country, the Springfield Police Department (SPD) consistently evaluates its policies and protocols to align with best practices and to ensure professional and equal treatment for all residents.

The SPD created a Transparency page on the department website. It is located in the main navigation of spd.springfield.il.us. This section of the site includes the Springfield Police Department’s Pledge to Professionalism, along with other information regarding department policy and procedures. This information will be updated regularly and content will be added to in the coming weeks.

The Springfield Police Department’s Administration acknowledges that change within the law enforcement profession is necessary and calls for an approach that is evidence-based, informed, comprehensive and thoughtful. 
ASSISTANCE FILLING OUT YOUR CENSUS
This Sunday, September 13, Census workers will be available to assist you in completing your 2020 Census. Workers will be at Third Presbyterian Church, located at 1030 N. 7th Street from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

It is critical that everyone takes time to fill out the Census. Questions about this event? Please call 217.528.0457.
GAR MOUND REDEDICATION CEREMONY
Sunday, September 13 at 2:00 p.m.
Oak Ridge Cemetery 1441 Monument Avenue, Block 10, Lot A

In the spring of 1891, the board of managers of Oak Ridge Cemetery set aside a plot of cemetery ground for the burial of Civil War Union Army veterans who did not have a family plot elsewhere. Known as the Grand Army of the Republic, or GAR Mound, the plot received its first interment in September that year with the death of retired Army Cpl. Matthew C. Henry, formerly of Co. G, 130th Ill. Infantry. The memorial monument was completed in 1895 and the Grand Army of the Republic Stephenson Post #30 dedicated it that same year.

The GAR Mound today is the resting place of 98 Civil War Union Army veterans including eight veterans from the United States Colored Troops. Local dignitaries along with members of the Veterans Memorial Foundation, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the 114th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry (Reactivated) will participate in the rededication ceremony of the mound and refurbished monument. While the ceremony is open to the public, a special invitation has also been extended to the descendants of those who are buried there.
7 IN 7: NEW WAY TO EXPLORE SPRINGFIELD
The City of Springfield's Convention & Visitors Bureau is encouraging residents and visitors alike to go out and experience our great City! It has created the 7 in 7 competition = 7 categories; 7 activities per category; and 7 weeks to complete. The activities include sites, restaurants, shops and the outdoors. There is something for everyone!

The competition takes place now thru October 27
1. Print or download the 7 in 7 Competition checklist.
2. Complete one activity per category, 7 total activities, to be eligible to enter.
3. Post your photo on social media (Instragram and/or Facebook) participating in or completing each activity and #SPI7in7 (this is a requirement to be eligible for entry in competition). Be sure to make your post public.
4. Once you've completed one activity per category (7 total activities), you may enter for that week's prize. Fill out the entry form and choose which activities you completed on a quick online form. Visit the website for more information!
CITY COUNCIL MEETING TUESDAY
The next City Council meeting is Tuesday, September 15, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday's agenda is available on the Clerk's website. In-person attendance is reserved for those who wish to address the council. For those wishing to speak, you MUST sign-up in advance through the City Clerk's Office. Due to COVID-19, we do limit the number of people who can be in attendance. If you do not sign-up in advance, it is not guaranteed you will be able to access the building for the meeting. Sign-up today.

The meeting will air live on Comcast Cable Channel 18; on AT&T U-verse Channel 99; streamed on our website, and available on the City of Springfield's Facebook page.

Meetings are also posted to the City's YouTube Channel each Wednesday.
COMMUNITY UPDATES
NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR GOOD NEIGHBOR AWARD
Inner City Older Neighborhoods is requesting nominations for their Good Neighbor awards. The Good Neighbor awards recognize individuals, organizations and businesses who make an objective, measurable positive impact on the quality of life for Springfield residents in inner city older neighborhoods. To review their qualifications and nomination process, visit ICON's website.
RIDE TO REMEMBER MEMORIAL PARADE
Hall’s Harley-Davidson will host their 18th annual memorial parade - Ride to Remember 9-11 – on Sunday, September 13. It is to remember those who lost their lives and to honor the First Responders and the Heroes of this fateful day in 2001. Due to COVID-19, a ceremony will not take place this year.

On Sunday, all vehicles can begin lining up at 9:00 a.m. at Hall’s Harley-Davidson, 2301 N. Dirksen Parkway. The procession will begin at 10:00 a.m. and proceed to the Illinois State Capitol grounds, passing by the 9-11 Memorial. There is no charge to participate in the parade. Everyone is invited and ALL VEHICLES are welcome.

The Parade Route is as follows: Leave Hall’s, 2301 N Dirksen Parkway, head South to Stevenson Drive (turn right), proceed to 11th Street (turn right), at South Grand Ave turn left, then turn right onto 9th Street, turn left onto Capitol Ave, at 2nd Street turn left and at Edwards turn right. Participants will turn right at the Guard House and ride past the 9-11 Memorial where a Color Guard will be posted. Participants will not stop at the memorial and will exit right onto Edwards; thus concluding the parade.

The 9-11 Memorial is located near the Illinois Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial on the Illinois State Capitol grounds. The 9-11 Memorial was built by donations raised during past events. All donations and proceeds made this year through the sale of commemorative merchandise will be given to charities to further help the Illinois Police Officers and Fire Fighters Memorial Foundations and the Salvation Army. Merchandise is now available for purchase at Hall’s Harley-Davidson.
DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET
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