City Inauguration Ceremony: Wed May 22

The inauguration for the City of Springfield’s Mayor, Clerk, Treasurer and 10 Alderpersons will take place on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. The public is invited to attend any and all events. There is no admission and tickets are not needed. Inauguration questions may be directed to the Mayor’s Office at 217.789.2200.

Ecumenical Prayer Service:
10:00 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church, 1725 S. Walnut

Inauguration Ceremony:
4:00 p.m. at Sangamon Auditorium at the University of Illinois

Celebration Reception:
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the University of Illinois Student Union

Those being inaugurated are:

  • Jim Langfelder – Major
  • Frank Lesko – City Clerk
  • Misty Buscher – Treasurer


  • Chuck Redpath – Ward 1
  • Gail Simpson – Ward 2 (if the one-vote win she has over Shawn Gregory has not been challenged successfully)
  • Doris Turner – Ward 3
  • John Fulgenzi – Ward 4
  • Andrew Proctor – Ward 5
  • Kristin DiCenso – Ward 6
  • Joe McMenamin – Ward 7
  • Erin Conley – Ward 8
  • Jim Donelan – Ward 9
  • Ralph Hanauer – Ward 10

The first meeting of the newly-elected City Council members will be the Committee of the Whole on Tuesday May 28th @ 5:30pm.

Sticker-free yard waste pickup: now through December

After a unanimous vote taken by the Springfield City Council on Tuesday April 16, the City of Springfield’s residential curbside yard waste pickup will continue now through December and stickers will NOT be required.

Republic Services is the City’s contractor and has divided the community into two pickup zones – North and South. The North Zone is the area north of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road. The South Zone is the area south of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road including residential properties around the lake.

Crews will alternate every other week in each zone picking up yard waste. All yard waste MUST be placed in brown yard waste/leaf bags or plastic containers. Plastic containers have to be clearly marked with the words “Yard Waste” and cannot be more than 30 gallons and weigh no more than 50 lbs.

Yard waste must be placed curbside by 7:00 a.m. on the Monday morning during your areas yard waste collection period. All yard waste placed properly by 7:00 a.m. each Monday during the designated time frame will be picked up.

For the week of April 22, crews will be in the North.

If you feel your area was missed or have questions about the pickup schedule, please email

Read more about the program and restrictions on the City of Springfield website.

Please note: Yard waste pickup is SEPARATE from branch pickup. Branch pickup utilizes different crews and follows a separate preset schedule. Branch pickup will continue on its current preset schedule in April and May and then resume again in the fall. Complete details on this program are available online here. Remember: smaller branches may be broken up and placed in yard waste bags or containers to be picked up year-round outside the branch pickup schedule.

Annual fire hydrant testing begins April 15

The Springfield Fire Department, in coordination with City Water Light & Power, will begin Fire Hydrant Testing on April 15. Testing is expected to be ongoing Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. until July 15. Annual testing is essential to ensure fire hydrants are operating efficiently for fire protection purposes.

Water can become discolored in service areas located in the vicinity of the hydrant tests. If discoloration occurs, residents may run cold water through the tap until the water turns clear. Clothes washing should be delayed until the tap water runs clear to avoid discoloration. In most instances, the water will clear in approximately five minutes.

For information on locations of hydrant testing, residents may call the Springfield Fire Department at 217.788.8474. CWLP customers may call Water Dispatch at 217.789.2323 ext. 2 if discoloration persists or for any other questions on water quality.

Ward 8’s spring branch pickup starts April 8 & 15

The spring residential branch pickup will begin on Monday, April 8.

There will be two branch pickups for each of four City quadrants – one pickup in April and one in May.

City crews will pick up branches within each quadrant once per month. Branches must be placed curbside by 6am on the Monday of the assigned pickup week.

Ward 8 residents live within the northwest & southwest quadrants.


Weeks of April 8 & May 6: Northwest Quadrant

  • The area north of South Grand Ave./Old Jack Rd. & west of Walnut St.
  • For Ward 8 residents, the NW Quadrant includes the following precincts: 34, 35, 36, 42, 45, 61, 80, & 97.

Weeks of April 15 & May 13: Southwest Quadrant

  • The area south of South Grand Ave./Old Jack Rd. & west of Walnut St.
  • For Ward 8 residents, the SW Quadrant includes Precincts 25 & 90.

For information on the City’s spring yard waste pickup schedule, click HERE.

Additional information is available at

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~ Erin


SJ-R & WMAY Aldermanic Forum for Wards 7, 8, & 10 (3/28/19)

Excerpts from SJ-R article (3/29/19)
By Brenden Moore
Staff Writer

SJR-Erin-SmileThe candidates were also asked about how they would work to fix some of the racial and economic inequities highlighted in “Segregated in the Heartland,” a series in Governing Magazine that highlighted disparities in downstate communities.

Acknowledging her status as “a white woman from the west side,” Ward 8 candidate Erin Conley said that candidates had been dancing around, offering various solutions, when “the heart of this is that we need to start having some very painful conversations.”

“It’s not just housing, it’s an attitude and it’s an experience that I cannot personally speak to very easily,” Conley said. “But I can absolutely open my heart and my mind and have a conversation that might be difficult to start, but we need to have that.”

On the issue of the Y-Block, the candidates for the most part agreed that a mixed-use development with green space and perhaps a university presence would be ideal.

“I think that anyone who’s ever been to a university campus, you’ll know that university campuses usually include green space, residential and some mixed business opportunities,” Conley said, who believed a university presence would lead to a beneficial ripple effect in downtown Springfield. “This is a prime opportunity for us.”

Full article @