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 […]

Springfield getting its first rooftop bar

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) — Springfield city council met for its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night and passed many ordinances that will have a big impact on Springfield going forward. First, the council approved $520,000 of downtown TIF funds to go to Floyd’s Thirst Parlor for their project of building a kitchen and opening the Capital […]

Floyd’s Thirst Parlor requests TIF funds for rooftop bar, kitchen expansion

Downtown Springfield may be getting its first rooftop bar as early as next spring. The co-owners of Floyd’s Thirst Parlor, Andrew Denton and Jeremy Bredemeyer, made an appearance before the city of Springfield’s Economic Development Commission on Oct. 19 to request $520,000 in funding from the Central Area TIF toward the total project cost of […]

City establishes pop-up party task force

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — The city is creating a task force to combat pop-up parties across the capital city. Springfield police are teaming up with city leaders to stop these dangerous and unpredictable gatherings. City officials say you never know where or when these parties are going to pop up, and they need to be […]

Sangamon County Democrats, treasurer seek applications for new Capital Township trustee

Local Democrats are looking to fill a vacancy on the Capital Township Board of Trustees. The Sangamon County Democratic Party and board treasurer and supervisor Joe Aiello are collecting applications to fill the seat of Lakeisha Purchase, who is departing the elected position she has held since 2017 to represent Ward 5 on Springfield City […]

Police, city leaders explore new options to prevent pop-up parties

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — Neighbors tell us pop-up parties in Springfield have resulted in shootings, fireworks, drag racing, and drunk drivers. Police, city leaders, and businesses are now coming together to find a solution. Lincoln Park resident Bill Baskett describes these events as “chaos” and “mayhem.” “We are concerned,” Baskett said. Many of the pop-up […]

Delays in opening Springfield overflow shelter

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — The overflow shelter at the Salvation Army building will not open on Friday, Oct. 1 despite officials hoping that it would. So when can we expect the doors to fully open? The Heartland Continuum of Care and the Salvation Army, which are in charge of opening and operating the shelter, say […]

History made in Springfield, City Council the most diverse it’s ever been

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — History is being made in the City of Springfield. For the first time, three African-Americans and three women are serving on the City Council. “We have the most diverse City Council that we’ve ever had in the City of Springfield,” Frank McNeil, former alderperson said. This moment is long overdue according […]

Love for Lakeisha

Lakeisha Purchase was the unanimous choice of Springfield aldermen to succeed Andrew Proctor as the Ward 5 representative on the city council. Proctor moved to the Chicago area. “I wanted to do public service, and so I got active on the east side of Springfield with Ald. (Roy) Williams and Ald. (Shawn) Gregory and One […]