Thursday, October 19, 2017

17 business, education leaders named to EDC board

The heads of University of Illinois Springfield and Lincoln Land Community College, as well as top executives from some of the city’s largest companies, have joined the board of directors for a proposed Sangamon County economic development corporation.

Each of the 17 is expected to commit $25,000 to $50,000 annually toward operation costs estimated at $1.5 million to $2 million a year, according to an announcement from the county on Wednesday. 

“This is a fantastic start to our new effort. Frankly, even better than I anticipated,” county board Chairman Andy Van Meter said in the announcement.“Coupled with this kind of private-sector leadership, we are building great momentum toward a new and improved way of doing economic development in Sangamon County.”

In addition to UIS Chancellor Susan Koch and LLCC President Charlotte Warren, members named Wednesday head some of Springfield oldest and largest employers, including Bunn Co., Horace Mann Educators Corp., Springfield Electric Co., O’Shea Builders, local banks and insurance companies, engineering firms and health-care employers.

 A study released by the county last week recommended creation of a private-public EDC to better coordinate local job retention and creation initiatives in the face of slow-growing population, income, property values and employment.

This story appeared in The State Journal-Register on October 18, 2017.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Area colleges: Illinois-Springfield announces plans for fieldhouse

Athletic director Jim Sarra announced Tuesday that the University of Illinois Springfield plans to build a 92,000 square foot indoor fieldhouse that will impact all 17 sports at UIS.

It is expected to have a six-lane rubber track and areas for pole vault, long jump, triple jump and throws. It will also have turf infield, baseball and softball hitting tunnels, a golf hitting and training area and multi-purpose flooring to accommodate tennis, volleyball and basketball.

The story was reported by The State Journal-Register on October 18, 2017.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

UIS men, women set records for soccer wins

In men's soccer, Rhys Wallace scored on a penalty kick and the University of Illinois Springfield’s 1-0 victory over Lewis Sunday tied the school record for Great Lakes Valley Conference wins.

UIS won its seventh conference match, tying the previous record set in 2013.

The Prairie Stars are 7-6-1 overall and 7-4-1 in the GLVC.

In women's soccer, Meghan Delaney’s scored the game-winning goal in the first half and the University of Illinois Springfield won 1-0 against Lewis at Kiwanis Stadium.

The Prairie Stars broke two records for the women’s program.

They set the single-season record for wins with an 8-4-4 record, topping the seven matches won in 2016.

UIS also set the record for Great Lakes Valley Conference wins in a season with five. It bettered the old mark of four set in the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

The Stars are 5-4-3 in the GLVC.

This story appeared in The State Journal-Register on October 15, 2017.

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