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Bookstock Music Festival in Jacksonville brings out local crowd to the public library

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The Jacksonville Public Library held its second annual Bookstock Music Festival today. This concert featured two sets of performers: one for a general audience, and one focusing on younger children.

Five acts took the stage in the library green space: Tom Irwin, Stone & Snow, Linda McRae, Ben Bedford, and the Grimm Family Band. Also outside was the Friends of the Library fundraiser. The Friends are an important group to ensure the library can continue to provide quality services to the community. Library Director Chris Ashmore estimated crowds for the outside concerts ran in the few dozen at a time, with a total attendance at more than 100. Heat indexes in the upper 90s are blamed for suppressing turnout.

Dino O’Dell, Heather Harlan, and Mike Anderson

The children’s concert was a different story. Three performers entertained over 40 young children. Local artist Mike Anderson took the stage along with Heather Harlan from Colombia, Missouri and Dino O’Dell from Kansas City. Heather Harlan said events like this are important both to expose children to music, but also to teach children what is expected during a live performance.

I had the chance to sit down with Dino O’Dell to talk about his music and teaching philosophy. For him, it is important that children be engaged with a performance, because engagement is key to learning. He uses his music to teach a number of subjects in a fun way, including earth science, health, and basic phonics as well. What he really wants to do with his work is contribute to healthy communities, which he sees as more important now than ever.

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Senior strategist, statehouse reporter and political correspondent for Springfield Daily. Graduate of District 117 and UIS. Thomas covers stories in both Morgan and Sangamon Counties, as well as statewide politics.

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LIVE | Springfield City Council committee of the whole February 13th, 2019

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Follow along live with the Springfield City Council committee of the whole. This meeting was moved from the 12th for Lincoln’s birthday. Brian McFadden from Sangamon County spoke about the animal control situation and the county’s policies.

UIS baseball coach Chris Ramirez was recognized for his team’s achievements. Ramirez was awarded coach of the year.

This meeting was preceded by a special City Council meeting, where $1.2 million in TIF funding was approved for the Poplar Place Redevelopment Project. This money will go towards road infrastructure for the area. The council was unanimous in their support for the project, and looks forward to the multi-million dollar development.

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Boy Scout day at Jacksonville City Council showcases parliamentary procedure

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City council meetings can be a intimidating event for the first time visitor. The procedures that help the meetings run smoothly can be difficult to understand or track if you don’t know what’s going on. But at last night’s city council meeting in Jacksonville, local Boy Scouts got a hands-on look at why the council does things this way. This chance for the scouts to take part in the council meeting is an annual event.

The meeting’s agenda was routine. Claims were paid, and the liquor ordinance was amended. But the lack of action was a chance for Mayor Ezard and the aldermen to explain the procedure for the meeting.

During the workshop, the parks and lakes department also discussed a grant they are trying for to expand the trails at Lake Jacksonville. You can watch that discussion in the player below.

 

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LIVE | Springfield City Council meeting February 5th

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Follow along live with the Springfield City Council meeting for February 5th, 2019. There will be a presentation on the National Register of Historic Place’s survey of the Central East Neighborhood, as well as a presentation from the Mayor’s Youth Council. A new bike share program for the Springfield area will also be voted on.

This is the power point that will accompany the registry presentation City Council Presentation Central Neighborhood Study.

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