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“Kind of a testament to what happens when all four of us start putting our heads together to accomplish a common goal.” Those were the words of Chatham Village President Kimsey after finishing a string of ordinances annexing and rezoning the area known the the “Curry Property.” This areas was formerly part of the Janet Marcia Jones Curry Individual Trust. The process took several years, and was supported by both the village, as well as the library, school, and fire districts.  They all extended their thanks to the Currys as well.

The board then discussed the rezoning and special use permits of properties just outside of the village on Palm Road. Although not legally inside the village proper, they are in the exclusive economic zone around the village. One of the new uses for the property is as a tavern, which would also include video gambling. This raised concerns on the village board. In addition to the common issues with gambling, signage was also considered. Limiting the size and type of signage was seen as important for protecting the public image of Chatham to travelers coming up on I-55. They wanted to ensure a garish sign for gambling was not the first thing motorist would see.

Because the property was being rezoned, the board had the opportunity to put provisions in the ordinance to address these concerns. The owner said he had no plans to put up any unreasonable signage, and the rezoning was approved with these restrictions.

The village also renewed its health insurance with Blue Cross Blue Shield. The increase was only 3.9 percent, which was described as being very favorable.

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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 | Chatham Village Board Meeting November 13th

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Follow along live with the Chatham Village Board. They will be discussing the village’s finances and pension liability. Next year’s tax levy will also be planned.

Additionally, the Glenwood High School Boys Cross County team was recognized for winning their state contest.

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LIVE | Springfield City Council committee of the whole November 13th

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Follow along live with the Springfield City Council committee of the whole.

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Ward 2 ward meeting tonight

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The ward meeting for Ward 2 is tonight at 5:30 PM  at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church (908 S. Martin Luther King Drive). Residents are encouraged to come out to meet with their Alderman, Herman Senor, and Mayor Jim Langfelder to discuss the issues they see in the ward and the city.

If you aren’t sure which ward you live in, please check the online map https://www.springfield.il.us/Citizens/WardMap.pdf.

Don’t live in Ward 2? Check out the dates for other upcoming ward meetings:

  • Ward 2 – Alderman Senor: Thursday, November 8 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Ward 1 – Alderman Redpath: Monday, November 12 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Ward 5 – Alderman Proctor and Ward 6 – Alderwoman DiCenso: Wednesday, November 14 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Ward 9 – Alderman Donelan and Ward 10 – Alderman Hanauer: Thursday, December 6 at 5:30 p.m.

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