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Starting tomorrow (7/26), Springfield Public Works will test out the safety benefits of a new right-turn lane design.  The pilot study will be conducted at the intersection of Battlefield and Campbell.

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The City of Springfield’s Zone Blitz initiative is moving full steam ahead after an event at Nichols Park to kick it off.  Community Listen Zone Blitz is an effort to improve the quality of life in northwest Springfield.

Priority projects were identified during a three-week listening tour in Zone 1 neighborhoods. 

Zone 1 council member, Phyllis Ferguson, said her part of town has problems and they’re problems that have been around for too long.

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An attorney hired by the City of Springfield to investigate City Council member Kristi Fulnecky’s eligibility to run for and hold office has issued his report.

The city of Springfield has declined a Greene County Commission proposal to pay $1 million a year for a temporary jail facility.   

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Springfield City Council has denied a request for a conditional use permit for a house on the northwest corner of National and Sunshine.  Zoning would have remained unchanged.

Kathy Penrod of Illinois was behind an effort to turn the property into Grandpa’s Hospitality House—a place to stay for people with loved ones at nearby Mercy Hospital.

Council members voted unanimously to deny the permit, citing safety concerns.

Councilman Ken McClure said traffic is too heavy there for a bed and breakfast facility. 

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