Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Mayor Tim Davlin today reminded veterans that his fifth annual Reception for Veterans will be held on Wednesday, November 4th at 5:00 p.m. the Northenders VFW Post 10201, 2349 Stockyard Road.

“Just as in years past, we pause from our busy schedules and invite veterans to join us for an informal reception,” Mayor Davlin said. “The eve of Veterans Day Week is a perfect time for us to gather and show our veterans that we greatly appreciate everything that they have done for us.”

The annual Reception for Veterans was created and developed by members of the Mayor’s Veterans’ Advisory Council, whose members plan and organize the reception. It is traditionally held in early November, in connection with Veterans Day each year.

This year’s speaker will be Daniel W. Grant, Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. Grant is a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a serving member of the Illinois National Guard. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

The reception is free and open to any Springfield Veteran, no matter what branch of the military or what time period they served.

Monday, October 26, 2009


Mayor Tim Davlin and Police Chief Ralph A. Caldwell Jr. today reminded Springfield residents to be aware of children walking in the neighborhoods as they trick or treat on Halloween.

“The safety of our children is very important and this can help them in having a fun filled Halloween,” said Mayor Davlin. “We also want to remind adults they should accompany the trick or treaters as they go about their neighborhoods.”


Thursday, October 22, 2009


Mayor Tim Davlin today announced that he is appointing Assistant Chief Robert L. Williams to be the new Chief of Police, to replace Chief Ralph Caldwell who is retiring. Williams appointment requires the approval of the City Council. He will serve as acting chief in the interim. “I couldn’t be more pleased in appointing Robert Williams to be Police Chief,” Mayor Davlin said. “He brings to the table an extensive list of accomplishments, having served in a number of key positions within the police department. I know he will do a great job as chief and I have every confidence in him.” Williams is a 22-year veteran of the Springfield Police Department having started as a Patrol officer in April of 1987. He has served as Deputy Chief of Professional Standards which includes the day-to-day oversight of Internal Affairs for the entire Police Department. He also has served as Detective/Sergeant in charge of the Juvenile Section. Williams holds a Master of Science in Organizational Behavior from Benedictine University, a Bachelor of Arts in Social Justice from the University of Illinois at Springfield, and an Associate degree from Lincoln Land Community College. A Springfield native, Williams is married and has two daughters.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Washington Street, between Chatham Road and Oxford Road, which is closed for bridge construction, will remain closed to traffic tonight following the partial collapse of a bridge under construction. The roadway is expected to be reopened sometime tomorrow.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Street Closure, Sewer Repair

Washington Street, between Chatham Road and Oxford Road, will be closed to traffic on Wednesday, October 21, due to construction, weather permitting. The necessary construction should be completed within one (1) day. A marked detour route will be in effect to route motorists around the closure. Motorists are asked to use alternate routes to avoid the area.

And, the eastbound curb lane of South Grand Avenue between Whittier Avenue and Pasfield Street will be closed to traffic starting Tuesday, October 20th, for sewer repair. The sewer repair should be completed in one week, but may be delayed by weather. Motorists should drive with caution through this area and avoid the area during heavy traffic time if possible.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Mayor Timothy J. Davlin and R.W. Troxell & Company will host the 5th annual Springfield Green Society Reception to benefit city gateway beautification projects on Thursday, October 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event will be held in a new location this year, the Illinois Executive Mansion located at 410 E. Jackson Street.

Mayor Davlin will present Springfield Green awards for outstanding support and participation for the 2008-’09 season and a short program on America In Bloom activities will also be announced. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served and Jane Hartman Trio will entertain.

Admission to the reception, which is also good for a one-year membership to Springfield Green, is $50 for individuals and $125 for a family. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by e-mail at

Guests may RSVP at the online invitation at This event is sponsored by R.W. Troxell & Company, Todd and Helen Renfrow, Tom and Lori Cullen, Downtown Springfield, Inc., E & F Distributing and The Barrelhead.


Approximately 2,700 City Water, Light and Power customers lost power at 9:57 a.m. when a cat got into transmission equipment at the Stevenson Drive substation. Customers in the area roughly bound by 11th Street, South Grand Avenue and Lake Springfield are affected. (The cat survived the encounter.)

Power has been restored all customers. Those who remain with electric service problems should call the Electric Trouble Line at 789-2121.

Thursday, October 8, 2009


Clearlake Avenue, between 16th Street and Madison Street, will be reduced to two lanes in each direction beginning Tuesday, October 13th, to install an overhead sign on the pedestrian walkway. Installation of the sign is expected to be complete on Wednesday, October 14th, weather permitting.

Drivers should avoid the area if possible and be aware that the extent of the installation could reduce the lane closures further after the morning peak period.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Springfield Police confiscate cash, guns and drugs

Members of the Proactive Crime Unit of the Springfield Police Department raided a house at 1809 Greentree Road, confiscating a variety of guns and drugs, and apprehending one individual.

Operating on a search warrant, the Narcotics Unit with the assistance from members of the Patrol Division, seized a 12 gauge shotgun, a 20 gauge shotgun, a .22 cal. rifle, a .30 cal rifle, a 9mm pistol, assorted ammunition, appx. 18 grams of cocaine, an ounce of cannabis and $11,570 in US Currency.

Officers arrested James Patterson (66) and charged him with Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance and Manufacture/Delivery of Cannabis.


Springfield Police arrested two juveniles Saturday night in connection with an automobile burglary in the 1800 block of South Walnut. Officers are continuing their investigation into their connection of 10 to 20 automobile burglaries in the general area of the near southwest side of the city.

Officers said they were called when two witnesses saw them in a parked car in their driveway. When the juveniles saw the witnesses they fled on bicycles. Both juveniles were located by officers in the general area of the South Walnut Street burglary. Among the items taken in the burglary were an IPod, IPod charger, and telephone.

The juveniles, 16 and 15 years old, were released in the custody of their mothers.

Friday, October 2, 2009


City Water, Light and Power will celebrate Public Power Week and Customer Service Week October 5 to 12 by focusing on the history of public power in Springfield and honoring the men and women responsible for serving the utility’s 65,000+ customers.

“The foresight of the founders who fought for the municipal operation of CWLP ensured our community’s independence for a century of success in public power,” said Mayor Tim Davlin. “With this foresight, a representative government and the thousands of professionals who have kept the lights on and the watering running, our community has truly benefited.”

“Public Power Week recognizes CWLP and other utilities for providing an essential service and that is driven by public service, not profit,” said CWLP General Manager Todd Renfrow. “We should all be proud of the long history that began with a 750-kilowatt generator and 300 customers to what CWLP is today as the state’s largest municipal utility serving power and high-quality drinking water to a population over 152,000.”

An exhibit on the construction of Dallman Unit 4 is set up outside of the CWLP Customer Service office in the lobby of Municipal Center West at 7th and Monroe Streets. Photos depicting the phases of construction of the utility’s new 200-MW unit are included. In honor of Customer Service Week, a second exhibit will introduce visitors to the men and women who make up the CWLP Customer Service Office and respond to their calls for account information and service.

CWLP is the largest of Illinois’ 42 public utilities by numbers of customers served, revenue, sales and generation. CWLP has nine generating stations, which includes six coal-fired power plants; two oil-fired gas peaking turbines and a dual fuel natural gas and oil-fired combustion turbine, which serve customers in an 80-square-mile service territory.

Thursday, October 1, 2009


The Springfield Police Department conducted a security check, which included the wanding of students at Lanphier High School this morning.

No major security problems were discovered, but some school regulations may have been violated which will be handled by the school officials. No arrests were made and a police report was not generated.