WMAY’s exclusive post-election sit-down with Ward 5 Alderwoman LaKeisha Purchase

by Trent Nelson May 4, 2023  The sun was shining on that Friday. It was a nice day for a walk in Downtown Springfield, with a slight breeze and a cool blue sky above. There are so many shops and interesting little sites as you walk up Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth streets, that it seems […]

Medics First Grand Opening in Ward 5

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The Lofts on Madison gets go-ahead; city council adds labor agreement amendment

The Lofts on Madison gets go-ahead; city council adds labor agreement amendment The full Springfield City Council Tuesday gave its approval to a $28.3 million proposed development by a New York company at Fifth and Madison streets, but not before adding an amendment ensuring that a Project Labor Agreement has to be negotiated in the future. […]

SPD, Mayor and Alderwoman Purchase reopen Qik N EZ-north-end substation

SPD, Mayor and Alderwoman Purchase reopen Qik N EZ-north-end substation Springfield police are reopening a substation inside a north-end convenience store – and WMAY was there to hear what SPD Chief Scarlette, Alderwoman LaKeisha Purchase, and Mayor Jim Langfelder had to say concerning this local innovation. The substation was originally part of the Qik […]

Patriotic dogs strut their stuff at pageant SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — Many celebrated the Fourth of July holiday weekend with the cutest dogs in the Capital City. The Springfield Jaycees and Alderwoman Lakeisha Purchase hosted a patriotic dog pageant as part of the Capital City Celebration Saturday evening. Dogs of all shapes and sizes came out to strut their stuff in hopes […]

Wyndham hotel rooms could go away; sale to New York firm nixed by city council The future of the Wyndham City Centre as a hotel could be in doubt after the Springfield City Council Tuesday rebuffed a zoning variance for a New York-based company to buy the downtown hotel. The current owner of the Wyndham, Springfield’s tallest building at 30 stories, insisted its hotel rooms would go away as a result […]

Governor Pritzker announces upcoming renovations to Illinois State Armory SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Governor JB Pritzker announced critical renovations taking place at the historic Illinois State Armory in downtown Springfield. The project will consist of a complete renovation of the Armory to provide executive office space for employees from various state agencies. Renovation work will take part in two phases of construction beginning […]

CWLP warns Springfield neighbors to prepare for rolling blackouts  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND)- City Water Light and Power is preparing for controlled outages this summer, to avoid a total blackout in the city of Springfield. It comes as the Midwest is facing an energy shortage. During the heat of summer, neighbors may be asked to turn off their air conditioning and major appliances. “During […]

Springfield Alderwoman Reads to Local Kids, Shares Inclusive Message

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – A Springfield alderwoman has been sharing an inclusive message when reading to local kids. Lakeisha Purchase, who represents Ward 5 in Springfield, has been reading to kids in February as part of Black History Month. Over the weekend of Feb. 12-13, Purchase read books to kids at two different places. One […]

Alderman push for quicker response times to liquor license applications

News Channel 20 by Sydney Dorner Sunday, January 23rd 2022 Watch the interview here: The city of Springfield may be changing the way it approves liquor licenses for businesses. At city council, concerns were brought up about how quickly the city responds to owners seeking a liquor license. Now aldermen are taking a look […]

Great House BBQ Opens Downtown

Fans of Great House BBQ can get their fill once again. The restaurant closed its west-side location last summer and originally hoped to be open downtown by August. However, the issue of whether or not the existing hood and exhaust system had to be replaced – at significant expense – caused delays in getting the […]

Springfield Small Business Saturday a Success

Successful Small Businesses Saturday SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) — The 12th annual Small Business Saturday was a success in the Capital City. The day was started by American Express and the majority of small businesses reported they are expecting a bigger holiday this year even with supply chain shortages. Alderwoman Lakeisha Purchase said she had an […]