The Springfield City Council approved the liquor license for the AMC movie theatre on Dirksen Parkway Tuesday night.
The City Council had to create a special category just for movie theaters that do not allow video gaming, regardless of the number of food sales. So, we can forget about movies, beer, and video slots night at the theaters happening anytime soon!
That current AMC located on Springfield’s eastside off Dirksen Parkway is currently undergoing a $7 million renovation by the parent company.
Salmonella outbreak associated with sprouts served at Jimmy John’s in Illinois, announced by the IDPH
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and other state and local health departments, is investigating a recent cluster of Salmonella ser. Montevideo infections. Two cases have been identified in Illinois residents. People in Illinois reported becoming ill on December 20 and 26, 2017. Based on a review of produce, suppliers, and items consumed, investigators believe the most likely source of the infection is sprouts from multiple Jimmy John’s locations.
To reduce the risk to additional customers, IDPH has requested that all Jimmy John’s restaurants in Illinois remove sprouts from their menus until the investigation is complete. IDPH is also reminding restaurants not to let food handlers with diarrhea work. If you have developed symptoms of Salmonella infection after eating food at a Jimmy John’s restaurant please contact your health care provider or local health department. Symptoms of Salmonella may include headache, muscle aches, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, chills, fever, nausea, and dehydration.
Symptoms usually appear 6 to 72 hours after ingesting the bacteria, but can be longer. Most illnesses resolve on their own and do not require treatment other than drinking fluids to stay hydrated. If your symptoms persist or are severe, promptly contact your health care provider.
If you have developed symptoms after eating food at Jimmy John’s, contact your health care provider or local health department especially if your symptoms persist or are severe.
The IDPH says salmonella bacteria live in the intestinal tracts of humans and animals and that any food can be contaminated with the bacteria. Person to person transmission happens when infected feces, from unwashed hands, contaminates food or comes into direct contact with another person.
The IDPH did not release the locations of specific Jimmy John’s restaurants. Sprouts are an optional add-on topping at some Jimmy John’s, and the locations in Springfield and Chatham don’t currently offer sprouts as a topping — Official Press Release from the IDPH
Jimmy John’s Franchise, LLC is a franchised sandwich restaurant chain, specializing in delivery. Founded by Jimmy John Liautaud in 1983 and headquartered in Champaign, Illinois, in 30 years, the company has grown to more than 2,500 locations in all states except Alaska, Hawaii, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Jimmy John’s has opened approximately 200 locations per year over the past three years. As of 2014, nearly all of the locations are franchise-owned.
UPDATED 1-19-2018 4:00PM CST – JIMMY JOHNS STATEMENT ON SPROUT SUPPLIERS IN MINNESOTA
Jimmy John’s today announced it has directed all locations chain-wide to temporarily stop serving sprouts as a precautionary measure while it investigates seven consumer complaints in Illinois and Wisconsin.
Jimmy John’s made the decision after an investigation in the last 24-hours indicated that sprouts purchased from two growers in Minnesota, originating from two common seed sub-lots, could be linked to seven food safety complaints received over a one-week period in December in Illinois and Wisconsin.
“Food safety and the welfare of our customers are our top priorities and not negotiable in our business,” said James North, President and CEO. “We have been working closely with the Departments of Health in Illinois and Wisconsin, as well as their federal counterparts, as they investigate the claims. While the results of the investigation are not conclusive and we are still gathering more information, we have voluntarily directed all franchisees to remove sprouts as a precautionary measure from all supply and distribution.”
North added, “Customers can have complete confidence that all of our ingredients are of the quality they have come to know and expect from our brand.”
Judge Pete Cavanagh gets the Sangamon GOP endorsement for the 4th Appellate Court Judge vacancy
Today the SCRCC Executive Committee unanimously voted to endorse Judge Pete Cavanagh for the position of Judge of the 4th Appellate Court. Judge Pete Cavanagh has the qualifications and expertise to fill this position. “We are very grateful to have Judge Cavanagh run the 4th Appellate Court and look forward to his win” says SCRCC Chairman, Rosemarie Long.
Judge Cavanagh, who said he is “excited about the opportunity,” is 47 years old, and has been a resident Circuit Judge in Sangamon County for 9 1/2 years, since 2008. This primary election is for the current judge vacancy of Justice Tom Appleton who retired at the end of the year. It will occur on March 20th and is now a full write-in campaign only meaning no names will appear on the ballot for the GOP Primary, due to the current special candidate vacancy circumstances and recent sudden death of Judge John Schmidt. Schmidt was recently appointed to the appellate court, and was the only candidate from either party to file and register for the March 20th primary. A Republican victor must have at least 1070 name write-in votes to even advance to the general election. The 4th Appellate Court covers 30 counties in Illinois, including Sangamon County.
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Sears/KMART to close over 100 more stores; Springfield’s locations to remain open!
Two major retailers on Thursday announced additional store closings as they grapple with declining sales and customers who are increasingly shopping online.
Sears Holdings said it would close 64 Kmart stores and 39 Sears stores, while Macy’s said it will shutter an additional 11 stores in coming weeks. Both companies have closed hundreds of stores in recent years in an effort to cut costs.
Springfield’s Kmart on Clear Lake Avenue and the Sears and Macy’s in White Oaks Mall were spared from this round of shutdowns. But six Illinois stores did make the lists — Kmarts in Rockford, Mount Vernon and West Frankfort and Sears locations in Orland Park, Bourbonnais and Marion.
“We will continue to close some unprofitable stores so that our physical store footprint and our digital capabilities match the needs and preferences of our members,” Sears said in a statement Thursday afternoon.
The company did not say how many employees would be let go as a result of the closures, but said it would provide severance to eligible workers. Liquidation sales will begin as early as next week, with store closings expected to begin in early March.
The news comes after a tumultuous few years for the nation’s department stores. More than 300 retailers filed for bankruptcy last year, and many others posted deep losses.
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