Tuesday, November 24, 2009


City Water, Light and Power is offering two gift options this holiday season that don’t require fighting the crowds at retailers. Gift cards for bill credits or green energy credits are available for purchase in any amount for city residents with CWLP service.

Those interested in purchasing a gift card for bill credits may do so at CWLP’s Customer Service Office at Municipal Center West at Seventh and Monroe Streets or by credit card over the phone, 789-2030. The cards may be purchased year-round in any amount with cash, cashier’s check, personal check or credit card and will be applied as a credit on a customer’s CWLP bill.

The name and address of the intended recipient will be requested and the gift card will be provided to the purchaser to present to the recipient. For more information on gift cards call 789-2030.

Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) provide a way to purchase ‘green energy’ attributes and neutralize the environmental impact of their monthly energy usage. CWLP will provide certificates showing the quantity and a proof of purchase for RECs and enrolled customers will also be given a window decal for their home or plaque for their business to display their participation in the program.

RECs can be purchased in 200 kilowatt-hour (kWh) blocks of renewable resources for $ each through their monthly CWLP bill or one-time purchases in any amount can be made. The typical residential CWLP customer uses 800 to 1,000 kWh per month and can, on average, have an account representing 100% renewable investment for an additional $8 per billing cycle.

Signing up to enroll in the program can be done in person or over the phone by contacting the CWLP Energy Services Office (ESO) at 789-2070. One-time purchase opportunities and Renewable Choice Gift Certificates for those that want to buy RECs for someone else can be made at the customer service counter in Municipal Center West at Seventh and Monroe Streets.

Monday, November 23, 2009


As another heating season is here, City Water, Light and Power customers who need help paying water and electric bills could qualify for assistance from the utility’s Project RELIEF program.

Project RELIEF is entirely supported through donations, primarily from CWLP customers who add $1 or more to their monthly bill to help those less fortunate. Since the program’s inception over 3,000 families have been helped. Last year over $28,000 was raised and 141 families were assisted.

All funds that are received for Project RELIEF go directly to those in need, without any amount being used to cover administrative costs. Individuals can sign up to support the CWLP program through their utility bill year-round.

Customers can begin applying for assistance from Project RELIEF on December 1.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


At 9:16 a.m. City Water, Light and Power crews restored power to the remaining 1,350 customers affected in two southwest neighborhoods in Springfield this morning. At the height of the outage 2,700 customers were affected in the Westchester subdivision and the apartment complexes east of that subdivision and Chatham Road. Traffic lights in the area were also affected.

At 7:21 a.m. this morning 167 customers lost power, followed by another 2,500 who lost power at 7:45 a.m. A substation power transformer failure is the cause of both outages. CWLP troubleshooters will further investigate the specific cause of that failure when rain conditions improve.

Customers who remain with electric service problems should call the Electric Trouble Line at 789-2121.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Springfield man held in connection with fatal stabbing.

A 38-year-old man is being held in the Sangamon County Jail in connection with the fatal stabbing of his 53-year-old mother.

Michael W. Seal of the 3500 block of North Dirksen Parkway was arrested shortly after 9 p.m. Springfield Police received the call at about 8:30 p.m. and the caller said Seal had called family members stating he had stabbed his mother. While securing the residence Seal was asked to step outside and he complied and was arrested without incident.

Charges against Seal are pending as SPD Officers continue their investigation. This is the tenth homicide this year.


The Illinois Humanities Council along with Springfield Mayor Tim Davlin are proud to announce that Beverly Peters is the recipient of the 2009 Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award. This local “humanities hero” has been recognized by Mayor Davlin and the city of Springfield for her outstanding efforts on behalf of the humanities in our community. She is one of more than 40 individuals being honored across the State of Illinois.

“As the chair of my 1908 Race Riot Commemoration Commission, Beverly did an extraordinary job,” Mayor Davlin said. “She recruited community leaders who, together, would devise a way to reintroduce the City to its past while promoting reconciliation throughout a year of various activities. This is truly an honor that she so richly deserves.”

The Commission worked to refashion the historical markers into prominent wayside displays that readily depict the entire story of the Springfield Race Riot. And it commissioned a special bronze sculpture by Preston Jackson to be permanently located in Union Station Park. Today, this cast-bronze sculpture stands directly across from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library as an image of the aftermath of the actual.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Part of Capitol between 4th & 5th to be closed

The westbound lane of Capitol Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets will be closed to traffic beginning Monday, November 16th and lasting through Friday, November 20th for crane operations on a building expansion. Westbound traffic will be routed around the closure with a detour going southbound on 5th Street, westbound on Jackson Street, northbound on 4th Street, and then westbound on Capitol.

Motorists are reminded to follow the marked detour or avoid the area and that drivers that disregard the Road Closed and Do Not Enter signs are subject to a $250 fine.

Lanes reduced at Lawrence & Spring on Saturday

The eastbound lanes of Lawrence Avenue starting west of Pasfield Street will be reduce to one lane of traffic starting Saturday, November 14th, to allow for the demolition of a building at Lawrence Avenue and Spring Street. The demolition will start at 7:00 a.m. and should be completed by 12:00 p.m.

Motorists should drive with caution through this area during this demolition.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


Vachel Lindsay Bridge at Lake Springfield on Long Bay Drive will be closed to all traffic beginning Tuesday, November 17th at 7 a.m. through Wednesday, November 18 at 4 p.m. to accommodate repairs to the pedestrian tunnel. Traffic will reopen to one lane on Wednesday, November 18 at 4 p.m.

Motorists will need to plan an alternate route during the bridge closure.

Mayor's Prayer Breakfast Tickets Still Available

Tickets to Mayor Tim Davlin's Fourteenth Annual Prayer Breakfast are still available. Call 789-2270 to reserve a seat for $20 or a table for $200.

Monday, November 9, 2009


Mayor Tim Davlin announced today the City will host an America Recycles Day recycling extravaganza event on Saturday, November 14, 2009, from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

“By participating in America Recycles Day Springfield will provide a collection for three different materials,” Mayor Davlin said. “We will again collect all colors of glass bottles and jars that food or drink came in. We will also be accepting private documents to be shredded and recycled. And, for the first time, the city will accept old holiday light strands for recycling. This recycling service is not just for city residents, but for all area residents.”

All colors of glass containers are acceptable: clear, brown, green and blue. Only glass bottles, jars or jugs that held food or drink will be accepted. Other acceptable materials are private documents to be shredded and recycled, up to four large bags/boxes per person, and old Christmas or holiday light strands. Old holiday lights are generally very energy inefficient and are sometimes a fire hazard. New holiday lights are usually LED lights, which are much more energy efficient.

Participants should enter the Illinois State Fairgrounds at Gate 11, at the corner of Sangamon Avenue and 8th Street. The event is cosponsored by the City of Springfield, University of Illinois Springfield, Illinois National Bank, F&W Resources, Affordable Shred, SPARC and Illinois Department of Agriculture. For further details, call the city’s Division of Waste & Recycling at 789-2327.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Street Lane Reductions Next Week

The westbound curb lane of Iles Avenue will be closed to traffic west of Veterans Parkway beginning Monday, November 9th, for street repairs. On Tuesday, November 10th, the southern eastbound lane and the westbound left turn lane will be closed to traffic to complete the street repair. Each repair should take one day, weather permitting. Motorists should avoid the area during heavy traffic times or drive with caution and be alert for workers in the street.

And, the southbound curb lane of Peoria Road, between Garfield and Wood Avenues will be closed to traffic Tuesday, November 10th, for storm sewer and street repair. The repairs should be completed in a week, but may be delayed by weather. Motorists should drive with caution in the area of this work and avoid the area during heavy traffic time if possible.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sewer repair to close traffic lanes

The northbound curb lane of Chatham Road and the eastbound curb lane of Cherry Road will be closed to traffic starting Wednesday, November 4, 2009, for sanitary sewer repairs. One lane of traffic for northbound traffic will be provided at all times. One lane of traffic for both east and westbound traffic will be provided east of the intersection of Chatham Road and Cherry Road. The sanitary sewer repair should be completed in a 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.

Circle Drive between Sheffield and West Lake Drive will be closed to traffic beginning Wednesday, November 4, 2009, for sanitary sewer repairs. The work should be completed in three days, weather permitting. Motorists are asked to use alternate routes to avoid the area.

Monday, November 2, 2009


The City of Springfield is poised to resurface two of its worst streets, Eleventh Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. Thanks to a state grant of $635,000, the City will soon overlay and repair the two major streets.

“Hopefully we can still get these projects done this fall,” Mayor Tim Davlin said. “But, if the weather prevents completion, we will work on them as soon as we can this Spring. These two aging thoroughfares are clearly in need of resurfacing so that they can better handle current and future traffic loads.”

“I want to thank State Representative Raymond Poe for including these projects into the state appropriation,” Davlin added. “Without his help and assistance, we would still be looking for funding to resurface these busy streets.”

The projects cover Eleventh Street from Ash to Stanford, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive from South Grand to Ash. The emergency repair funds cover milling, overlaying, and curb and gutter replacement. The Springfield City Council is prepared to approve the two projects at its next meeting.