Thursday, April 29, 2010

Springfield tops Peoria in mailed in census count

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis congratulates Mayor Tim Davlin as Springfield overtakes Peoria in the percentage of census forms mailed in. According to Census Bureau figures, Springfield had a 77% rate of return while Peoria had a 75% rate of return. A friendly wager between the two mayors involved dinner and a proclamation stating the winning city bested the non-winner.

Friday, April 23, 2010


Mayor Tim Davlin has named nine individuals to serve on Springfield’s Cool Cities Advisory Council. The purpose of the council is to provide guidance and direction on a variety of issues as they relate to the Cool Cities initiative and the use of renewable energy.

“This Council will be essential in helping us move forward with our initiative to doing our part to reduce the threat of global warming,” Mayor Davlin said. “When we signed onto the U. S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, we committed to do our part to expand green initiatives and curb emissions. This Council will be critical in facilitating this initiative.”

Those appointed to the Cool Cities Advisory Council are:

Robert Kobylarz, Chairman, Vice President for Sustainability at Bunn-o-Matic
Robert Cusick, P. E., S. E., Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer for Hanson Professional Services
Kevin Greene, Manager of the Office of Pollution Prevention at the Illinois EPA
Robert Ruff, Senior Public Service Administrator retired, IDNR
Bryan Johnsrud, Senior Civil Engineer with Hanson Professional Services, Inc.
Melody LaMar, former Owner/Broker, Exceptional Realty Services
Jay Neposchlan, Special Services Manager of the Illinois Department of Revenue
Will Reynolds, Vice Chair of the Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club and Director of the Community Volunteer Center
David Saladino, Environmental Protection Specialist, Illinois EPA

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

MacArthur Extension to open April 30, 2010.

The MacArthur Extension will be opened to traffic following a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, April 30, 2010. Mayor Davlin is expected to be joined at the event by Senator Dick Durbin, Gary Hannig, Secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation, other city and state officials, representatives of the firms that have worked on and designed the extension, neighborhood groups and others.

Construction on the two-mile extension of MacArthur Boulevard was started in 2007. Costing $40 million, the new roadway connects MacArthur Boulevard from Wabash to a new interchange at I-72.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Several streets near the Capital will be closed or have reduced lanes tomorrow and Wednesday

Several streets near the Capital will be closed or have reduced lanes tomorrow and Wednesday to allow for large crowds who plan to rally and lobby the legislature.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010:

Capitol Street between Second and Third will be closed at 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010:

On Monroe between Second and Pasfield, the south parking lane and next two driving lanes will be closed at 8:30 a.m. for bus drop off. North parking lane and driving lane will remain open for traffic use.

Second street between Monroe and Jackson will be closed at 9:00 a.m.

Second to Edwards, Edwards to College, College to Monroe and Monroe to Second street will be closed at 12:00 noon to allow for a march around Capitol complex of about 15,000 – 20,000 people.

All streets will be open to traffic by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21.


Mayor Tim Davlin is inviting Springfield area residents to attend an open house public meeting to learn more about the Railroad Corridor Study and to offer their comments on the issues that affect their neighborhoods.

“This special meeting will provide a forum where anyone can offer comment on the future of railroad traffic through Springfield,” Davlin said. “We want as many people as possible to turn out for this meeting so that everybody’s voices can be heard.”

“Railroad traffic through Springfield is likely to double in the near future. Studying which route is best to handle this increase in train traffic is the only way we can begin to manage the congestion that is sure to follow. This rail study will examine the impacts of various alternatives and, hopefully, provide a plan to keep our residents safe, allow for relatively smooth vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and not hamper the commerce of rail traffic.”

The open house is scheduled for Tuesday evening, April 20, 2010 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Prairie Capital Convention Center.

Monday, April 12, 2010


The 18th Annual Earth Awareness Fair will be held Saturday, April 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Old State Capitol. “Springfield’s annual Earth Awareness Fair is the oldest continuous Earth Day celebration in Illinois and we are proud to host this all-ages event,” said Mayor Davlin.

Information on eco-friendly choices such as recycling, energy efficiency, native plants/ habitat and water conservation will be available. Exhibits, giveaways, games and crafts will be offered, all with an environmental message. Live music will be provided by local musicians Tom Irwin and Thornhill. A bicycle rally will be held with bicyclists gathering at the Old State Capitol at 12:00 for a ride around the downtown area to raise awareness of alternative forms of transportation.
Rain barrels will again be available for sale at the Fair.

Using a rain barrel is an excellent way to lessen the demand on our drinking water systems and reduce energy consumption by not having to purify ground water for residential irrigation purposes. Area homeowners can save money while helping the environment and reducing storm water run-off by capturing water in rain barrels.

Admission to the Earth Awareness Fair is free. It will be held rain, or shine. Join us for the 40th anniversary of Earth Day!