Phase 4 Survey: How are you feeling?

All of Illinois — including the Central Region — is moving into Phase 4 of the state’s Restore Illinois reopening plan today, June 26.

DSI and the other economic development organizations in Sangamon County are asking citizens how they are feeling going into this new phase. Are you going out and visiting local businesses? Are you waiting for a vaccine until you resume normal activities?

Please take this anonymous four-minute survey to let us know.

Gift Certificates

Information as of May 1. Please know that we are recommending that all of our downtown businesses register their hours and offerings at – the place for the most comprehensive Sangamon County list during COVID.

Buzz Bomb Brewingin person during carryout hours and by Facebook message

Cafe Moxo – order online at

The Cardologist – call (217) 525-4121 until 3 pm daily or shop online at

Cooper’s Hospitality (StrEATside and Alleyside) – email  or call (217) 993-1196

Dumb Records – online at

Elf Shelf Books and Musicby email

Hoogland Center for the Arts – for future shows via the box office online here

Itty Bitty Fashion Trunk – just message them on social media

Jim Herron Ltd – call (217) 753-8036

La Piazza – $25 or $50 available by phone (217) 572-1442
Hours: Tues – Sunday 11am – 2pm and Dinner 2pm – 7pm

Loukinens on 4th – online at

Maldaner’s – call Tuesday-Friday 11am-7pm at (217) 522-4313

Moxie Massage – online at

Mosquito Joeemail

Murphy’s Loft – call (217) 679-0758

Recycled Records – call (217) 522-5122 or email
Hours: 9 am – 5:30 pm

Reverie Apparelonline here

Springfield Vintage – call (217) 652-8413 or by PayPal at from 11-3 daily or by appointment

Uptown Looks Salon – call (217) 753-4115

VELE – online at

Wild Rose – online at

Willow & Birch – online at


Downtown Coloring Pages

It’s been a little rainy lately and perfect for some artistic expression indoors. Arriving just as our longing to visit our favorite places downtown grows almost too much to bear…three coloring pages designed especially for fans of DSI by Dumb Records owner Brian Galecki!

Download any one page or all of them — they could make a good addition to your child’s May Day gift to your neighbors or a therapeutic activity for yourself.

Take a picture of your finished project and tag #DowntownSpringfieldInc and we’ll feature some of our favorites.

Help the Mayor Find PPE Coloring Page

Modern Man Coloring Page

Lincoln and his PPE Coloring Page

COVID’s Impact on Downtown

Credit: Kristi Mitchell Photography

Downtown Springfield Inc polled downtown businesses and non-profits from March 31-April 3 to find out what impact COVID-19 has had on our neighborhood.

More than 40% of respondents have experienced a drop in revenue above 75%. At least 20% of the downtown workforce has been laid off, mostly in the hospitality sector. This number is likely under-representative, as our survey broadly asked for “layoffs over 20 individuals” as a category, far below the number of employees likely impacted through 5% occupancy at our downtown hotels.

The need for rapid distribution of stimulus dollars is apparent in the survey results. Most restaurants can survive only 1-2 months in the current state; a majority of businesses can make it 3-5 months before being at risk of closing permanently.

Gap financing varies by sector as well — a majority of downtown retailers need gap financing through June 1 of less than $10,000, with a majority of bars and restaurants needing $20,000-$50,000 to make it through to that date.

See all of the results here

Download a print version of the COVID-19 Survey Results Here

If you are able, please keep supporting the businesses and non-profits who make Springfield a unique and wonderful place to live through takeout, gift cards and shopping for upcoming special occasions like Easter and Mother’s Day. You can find a list of Sangamon County businesses and their hours at

COVID Resources for Business Owners


Keep Your Customers Updated on Your Status

  • Log your business at so the public knows your status (including if you offer “outdoor seating,” “curbside pickup” and more. You can update your listing as things change. This is free and will take less than three minutes to get set up. You will never be spammed. Thanks to DSI Member for donating this service during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • If you have problems logging back in, just email

Restore Illinois 5-Phase Plan

  • Announced by Governor on May 5
  • State broken up into four regions – Sangamon County is in the Central Region
  • Each region can open up based on the benchmarks in this plan
  • Overview of plan
  • IDPH Tracking Numbers for each Region here

Phase 4 Reopening on June 26

Phase 3 Reopening on May 29

Outdoor Seating

More Reopening Considerations

Reopening For Property Owners


Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

  • Description of all federal stimulus programs managed by the Illinois Department of Employment Security
  • IDES Instructs 1099 Workers to Apply for Regular Unemployment Benefits Before PUA Program Goes Live – PUA Portal to Launch on May 11
  • Governor Pritzker says Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (for people who cannot traditionally access unemployment) system will be ready no earlier than May 11
  • The program allows self-employed workers, freelancers, and independent contractors to apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. This program provides a total of 39 weeks of federally funded unemployment benefits to individuals not typically eligible for unemployment benefits, including independent contractors and self-proprietors, who have become unemployed as a direct result of COVID-19.
  • PUA claims will be backdated to the individual’s first week of unemployment, but no earlier than February 2, 2020. Benefits will continue for as long as the individual remains unemployed as a result of COVID-19, but no later than the week ending December 26, 2020. While a program of this magnitude might normally take up to a year to design and implement, IDES plans to get this program online by the week of May 11.



Flexibility Provisions Signed Into Law June 5

    • Changing the forgiveness period for PPP loans from 8 weeks to 24 weeks
    • Extending the covered period for loans to December 31, 2020
    • Changing the restrictions limiting non-payroll expenses from 25% to 40%
    • Changing the loan maturity limit from 2 years to 5 years, and
    • Ensuring full access to payroll tax deferment

New applications accepted through June 30, 2020

Loan Forgiveness Procedures

More on PPP


No Matter What You’re Apply For

Small Business Administration Disaster Loans (EIDL) – Opened again as of June 16

  • Apply Now. SBA says loan applications are usually processed in 18-21 days but they are processing faster than that. Money reaches businesses 2-5 days after approval.
  • Borrowers can receive $10,000 in an Emergency Economic Injury Grant (cash advance) that can be forgiven if spent on paid leave, maintaining payroll, increased costs due to supply chain disruption, mortgage or lease payments or repaying obligations that cannot be met due to revenue loss. Applicants can get the emergency cash even if they don’t qualify for additional funds through the EIDL process. Because lending decisions are based on self-certification and the applicant’s credit score, the review process should go quickly.
  • In addition to the application form, be prepared to submit a completed and signed
    Tax Information Authorization (IRS Form 4506T); complete copies of the most recent Federal income tax returns for the applicant business; completed and signed Personal Financial Statement (SBA Form 413) and a Schedule of Liabilities listing all fixed debts (SBA Form 2202).
  • Register for Disaster Loan Trainings
  • Check out this handy one-pager about the process
  • Independent Contractors – “When in Doubt, Apply.” Sole proprietors are eligible. You will need to have tax returns and/or a profit and loss statement for 2019 if your taxes haven’t yet been filed. Apply even if you don’t have an EIN. You will need to demonstrate that you have been generating business revenue in order to demonstrate economic injury. – Advice from Illinois SBDC at Lincoln Land Community College
  • Contact Kevin Lust at Illinois SBDC at Lincoln Land Community College for questions

Accessing Low Interest Loans via Local Banks

Accessing Low Interest Loans via Justine Petersen (City Partnership)

DCEO (State) Small Business Emergency Loan Fund (Currently No New Applications are Being Accepted as DCEO Deals with Backlog of Submissions)

  • Small businesses (outside of Chicago) with fewer than 50 employees and less than $3M in 2019 revenue are eligible for this program, allowing up to $50k loans with 5 year low interest repayment terms. Six month deferral on repayments.
  • First-step applications are now available on DCEO’s website.


State Business Interruption Grants

  • Applications for this program will open on June 26 on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) website and will remain open for 7-14 days. One week after the application period closes, grant administration partners will begin reaching out to recipients.
  • Review the grant application
  • Review the eligibility criteria. Businesses that have not received other grants and loans will be given priority.
  • Businesses eligible for the program must have experienced extreme hardship, demonstrated by eligible costs or losses in excess of the grant amount, since March and may continue to face depressed revenues or closure. Businesses must also have been in operation for at least three months prior to March 2020. An emphasis will also be placed on those businesses that are located in areas that have experienced recent property damage due to civil unrest, exacerbating the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Funding Areas

  • Businesses in disproportionately impacted areas (DIAs) – $20 million for businesses that are located in a subset of DIAs that have recently experienced significant property damage, providing 1,000 grants of $20,000 each NOTE: Downtown Springfield is not in a DIA
  • Bars and Restaurants – $20 million for bars and restaurants unable to offer outside service, providing 1,000 grants of up to $20,000
  • Barbershops and Salons – $10 million for barbershops and salons, providing 1,000 grants of $10,000 each
  • Gyms and Fitness Centers – $10 million for gyms and fitness centers that have lost significant revenue due to COVID-19, providing 500 grants of $20,000 each

CDBG-City Funds for Micro-Business (NOT OPEN YET)

$500 Utility Grant from Ameren

  • Ameren Illinois announced that funding is available for small businesses and non-profits that have fallen behind on their electric bills.
  • Under the company’s COVID-19 Economic Hardship Recovery Program, one-time grants of up to $500 will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis until June 30, or until the funds are exhausted.
  • Application here

FedEx Small Business Grant

  • For small business in operation and selling for more than 1 year with less than 50 employees; and have shipped in the last 12 months and/or plan to ship in the coming 12 months as part of your business
  • Each grant recipient will receive a check for $5,000. Additionally, each recipient will receive a $500 credit at FedEx Office to use toward printing services.
  • Application here due by June 12
  • Only 200 grants will be awarded nationwide

The Red Backpack Fund

  • Will make at least 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the immediate needs and support the long-term recovery of those impacted by COVID.
  • Eligible applicants include majority women-owned and led businesses and nonprofits with annual revenues less than $5M, at least one additional paid employee, and fewer than 50 individuals on staff.
  • Applications will be accepted during specific periods through August 2020. Sign up to be notified

LISC Small Business Relief Grant (CLOSED)

  • Awards will be made to qualified businesses, and eligibility is based on accurate and complete submission.Priority will be given to minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses. All awardees will have to certify that they are promoting the best interests of the community and are negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Grantsof $5,000, $7,500, and $10,000
  • Your application must be completed by Tuesday, April 28th, 11:59 p.m. ET.
  • Application here

US Chamber Foundation Small Business Grants (CLOSED)

  • For small businesses with 3-20 employees, $5k grants
  • Applications opened April 20 for about four hours then closed.

Greater Springfield Chamber’s Business Relief Fund (for all Sangamon County businesses regardless of Chamber member status) (CLOSED)

State Hospitality Emergency Grant Program (CLOSED)

  • $14m fund to help hotels, bars and restaurants support payroll and rent. Including job training and technology for operations to adjust to new options like delivery and curbside
  • Lottery winners are listed here.

Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund

  • The James Beard Foundation is launching a Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need. Click here to sign up for the email list so that when they launch their application, you know.


Electric and Water Bills

  • City Water, Light & Power is suspending ALL disconnections for nonpayment for electric and water services for its customers effective immediately. This order remains in effect until May 1, 2020, at such time it will be re-evaluated. Find out more

Tax Deferrals

County License Fees

  • Liquor licensees can now pay pay half of their fees by June 30 with the other half now due by Dec. 31. per this County Board order
  • The Sangamon County Board has temporarily postponed both the requirement to renew food service establishment licenses and pay the renewal fees per this County Board order


Marketing Resources

  • WMAY encourages all small businesses to tell your story FOR FREE about how your business is helping Springfield come back from the pandemic’s economic challenges. Sign up for an interview here
  • Illinois Times is offering Shop Local Independent Business section rates for both June and July issues – download the Shop Local flyer

IRS/Tax Implications


  • Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) authorizes the return of wine and spirits sold and delivered by a distributor to a retailer based on ten conditions.
  • Liquor licensees can now pay pay half of their fees by June 30 with the other half now due by Dec. 31. per this County Board order
  • Restaurants with “Combined” On & Off-Premises Liquor License Holders May Sell Packaged Alcoholic Liquor
  • Cocktails-to-Go: Governor Pritzker signed HB 2682 into law allowing municipalities to allow the sale of cocktails by bars and restaurants with liquor licenses for pickup and delivery. Cocktails can only be delivered in a sealed, labeled container with a tamper-evident cap or seal by an employee of the liquor license holder who is over the age of 21 and trained in responsible alcohol service who has verified the age as well as the level of intoxication of the consumer. The law also provides that:
    • All state liquor licenses are automatically extended through December 31, 2020.
    • No renewal fees or late fees will be charged until December 31, 2020 (Renewal fees will be charged if a licensee renews before December 31, 2020.)
    • Retail licensees shall not be deemed to be delinquent in payment until 30 days after the date on which our region enters Phase 4 of the Governor’s Restore Illinois Plan.
    • See state Liquor Commission guidance here

Event Planning


Stay at Home Order (ended May 28, 2020)

Other Governor Executive Orders

  • Governor’s Executive Order 2020-25 (COVID-19 EO 23) suspends sections in the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure that permit the service of a garnishment summons, wage deduction summons, or a citation to discover assets on a consumer debtor or consumer garnishee. The goal is to protect the use of the stimulus money for food, shelter, and transportation as it was intended. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation also issued Best Practices to Illinois licensed lenders encouraging them to work with struggling borrowers during the pandemic to extend the time for payment, waive late charges, and defer collection measures.

Federal Action

City Action

  • Mayoral Order for Conduct of Essential Businesses Permitted to Remain Open prior to May 1: COVID-19 Emergency Order #4
  • As of May 1: Businesses should post this sign from the City
  • The City Council passed an Emergency Powers ordinance which includes suspension of parking meter fees until 14 days after Gov. Pritzker’s emergency declaration is lifted and fees or penalties that would have accrued in during that period are waived. The Mayor has extended the order to keep free parking through June 30, 2020, but tickets will be issued if people stay longer than two hours.

Go to for Complete Updated List

Economic development organizations in Springfield and Sangamon County are working in tandem to help all of our businesses make it through the current COVID-19 shutdown.

A new website, donated by a local Springfield business, will consolidate business information across Sangamon County to keep consumers apprised of the status of their favorite local businesses and their services in one, easily searchable, place.

The website is

Any Sangamon County business or organization can simply click on “Register My Business” to get started. It takes less than three minutes for a business to create a free account. Plus they can update their status as the situation changes.

For the public, they can easily search for their favorite businesses to find out their status and whether they can purchase gift certificates, get take-out, etc. 

This one-stop website was built and is being donated by Springfield businesses GoWeb1 and, who built it in two days. They are donating this effort for the entire business community in Sangamon County as a free tool to help businesses and organizations quickly communicate their operational status to the public.

All of the partner economic development organizations will market this site as Sangamon County’s one-stop information source for consumers to look up business openings and closings throughout the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Val Yazell, City of Springfield Office of Planning and Economic Development
Josh Collins, Sangamon Springfield Growth Alliance
Chris Hembrough, The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce
Lisa Clemmons Stott, Downtown Springfield Inc
Katie Davison, Innovate Springfield | Macarthur Boulevard Association
Chris Long, Local First Springfield
Kevin Lust, Illinois Small Business Development Center at Lincoln Land Community College

Downtown Restaurants with Delivery or Curb-side Pickup

We will keep adding to this list as we hear from our downtown businesses. Don’t forget to consider gift certificate purchases from restaurants, bars and retail as well!

Look for the bagged meters to pick up your order!


Arlington’s at 210 Broadway – menu online

VELE order online and pick up at Curate only Wednesday – Saturday from 4:30pm – 8:30pm

Buzz Bomb options from the tap room including package beer, growlers, gift cards, and merchandise- pick up at 406 E Adams on Fridays 2-8pm & Saturdays 12-6pm

Jerk Shop Go – menu online – call for pick-up (217)717-0299

Anvil & Forge brews available – pick up at 619 E Washington

Cafe Moxo – order online

Sangamo Club – members can order carryout by phone from 10 am – 6 pm daily (menu via direct daily email)

Head West Subs at 530 E Capitol Ave – order online for pick up

La Piazza open during Lunch Tues – Sunday 11am – 2pm and Dinner 2pm – 7pm – menu here and call for pick up at 217-572-1442

Coopers Streatside offering Take and Bakes available for pick-up Tuesday from 10am – 12noon & 3pm- 5pm curbside. Please place orders by 6pm Monday 3/16

Anchors Away order online and pick up at 518 E Capital

Obed & Isaac’s Microbrewery & Eatery – Offering curbside pick-up including growlers and $1.00 OFF crowlers (32 Oz. Can)

Order online and pick up at Incredibly Delicious 925 S 7th 7:30 am – 3 pm

Feed Store pick up from 11 am – 3 pm M-F – see menu then call (217) 528-3355

Saputos will be doing curbside service from 11AM-7PM. 801 East Monroe. Check out the menu and call ahead (217) 544-2523.

Pease’s at BUNN Gourmet (DSI Member) – call for carryout/curbside orders at 217-793-1840. Through Friday, March 19, you can order a pastry to go with it for 25% off.

Jimmy John’s at 219 S 6th – order online

Wm Van’s Coffee Shop 8 am – 3 pm Order online and pick up

Long Nine Junction at 5 W Old State Capitol Plaza – menu on Facebook and call (217) 210-2400

Augie’s Front Burner at 109 S 5th St. – Orders taken Tuesday-Saturday with pick up times from 4-6:30pm – menu posted on Facebook and order online

Loukinens on 4th – Monday-Friday from 11am – 6pm, call 217-670-1363
or email your order after reviewing the menu here 

Tacology 101 at 219 S 5th – open Wed – Sat from 3-8 – order online for immediately curbside pickup from the full menu or choose the new Family Dinner Box

CURRENTLY CLOSED DiPiero’s Italian Restaurant – menu on Facebook then call (217) 572-1410.



Cafe Moxo – order online – $30 minimum gets you free delivery

Custom Cup – order online

Arlington’s – via UberEats

Jerk Shop Go via Door Dash or via UberEats or via GrubHub

Maldaners – via GrubHub

Head West Subs – order online

La Piazza via

Tokyo Mini Mart & Wheels is a bicycle delivery service – book on Facebook

Anchors Away via DoorDash

Aztca via DoorDash

Incredibly Delicious – find out more

Feed Store via 

Pease’s at BUNN Gourmet (DSI Member) via UberEats or via GrubHub

Jimmy John’s – order online

How to Support Downtown Right Now

DSI is partnering with other Sangamon County economic development organizations to promote the use of, a listing of business’ status across the whole county. The public can use it as a one-stop location to find out who is open, who is not, and who has gift certificates, takeout, etc.

Thanks to DSI member GoWeb1 | for providing this service as a donation during this crisis.

While you are staying at home, please continue to support local organizations by taking one of these actions:

-Buy Gift Certificates Online

-Order Restaurant Delivery or Curbside Pick Up for Yourself or a Friend – Check Out Our Handy List

-Support Your Friends in the Service Industry However You Can including donating to Staff Meals

-Donate to the Chamber Business Relief Fund (all Sangamon County businesses are eligible to apply for relief whether they are Chamber members or not)

-Donate Your Ticket Costs Back to the Venue if Event Has Been Cancelled

-Leave a glowing review online at your favorite establishments

-Promote your favorite establishments on social media

-Donate to Cultural Institutions

-Give to the new COVID-19 Response Fund to support non-profit, community-based organizations that have experience providing essential services and support to local residents (seeded by United Way and Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln)

-Help homeless individuals by giving to service providers like Helping Hands

-Be Mindful with Your Health and Health of Your Neighbors

Generous tipping when you are able to go out again is also very much appreciated. People working in Springfield’s very important hospitality industry don’t always get sick leave and very small businesses don’t have an army of staff.

This is going to be tough going for a while and our neighborhood appreciates your support!

We’re Open This Weekend

Downtown will be open this weekend. Check our Facebook page for up-to-the-minute event happenings.

To celebrate the St Patrick’s Day holiday, the City is allowing plastic or aluminum containers of alcohol outside from 11 am – 5 pm on Saturday, March 14th. Drinks must be purchased at a participating downtown bar as outdoor sales are not allowed.


  • Buzz Bomb Brewery opens at 10 am on Saturday and for Boozy Brunch on Sunday
  • Club Station House opens at 9 am on Saturday
  • Anvil and Forge opens with new releases at 8 am on Saturday
  • Craft Beer Bar opens at noon on Saturday
  • Gin Mill opens at noon
  • Celtic Mist opens at 10 am on Saturday
  • Floyd’s Thirst Parlor opens at 7 am on Saturday
  • JP Kelly’s opens at 7:30 am on Saturday
  • Frankie’s Brewhaus opens at 8 am with breakfast and beverages on Saturday
  • The Incubator opens at 10 am on Saturday
  • The Alamo opens at 8 am with breakfast burritos on Saturday
  • WetBar opens at 11 am on Saturday
  • Try Terra Ferment from 2 – 11 pm on Saturday


  • Obed and Isaac’s from 11 am – 11:30 pm
  • Boone’s Saloon opens at 8am with breakfast
  • Robbie’s Restaurant will be open 11am-3pm Saturday serving their corned beef & cabbage along with potatoes & Irish soda bread
  • Long Nine Junction open from 11 am – 3 pm
  • VELE will be open for regular dinner service on Friday and Saturday (4 pm bar 5 pm dinner – 11 pm)
  • Cafe Moxo open 6:30 a – 3 pm on Saturday and free delivery for orders over $30 (every day except Sunday)
  • La Piazza open 11 am – 10 pm on Saturday
  • Di Piero’s open 5 -10 pm on Saturday
  • Order online from Head West
  • Maldaner’s Restaurant is open from 5 – 10 pm on Saturday
  • Tacology 101 open from 11 am – 5 pm
  • Anchors Away open from 11 am – 10 pm
  • Try the new Jerk Shop Go from 11 am – 9 pm
  • Saputo’s open starting at 5 pm
  • Springfield Carriage Company 8 am – 8 pm with green eggs and ham and free mimosas
  • Enjoy Coffee Cake Donuts with green icing and Green Tea Cupcakes from Wm Van’s Coffee House from 7a-7p


  • Willow & Birch’s online store offers 17% off through Sunday
  • Springfield Vintage is open 11 – 5 pm with 20% off all day Saturday
  • Dumb Records is open 10 am – 8 pm with bands starting at 7 pm (all ages show)
  • Murphy’s Loft is open from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday
  • Corrine’s Closet is open from 10 am – 7 pm on Saturday
  • Studio on Sixth is open from 10 am – 5ish
  • Wild Rose is open 10 am – 5 pm
  • Reverie Apparel is open 10 am – 2 pm
  • Itty Bitty Fashion Trunk is open 10 am – 2 pm
  • The Elf Shelf open 10 am – 3 pm

Our neighborhood understands that some people may be social distancing right now. If you choose to go out, please keep your hands washed & clean and don’t shake hands.

Whatever you decide, we encourage everyone to please continue to support local business. Please consider taking one of these actions this week:

-Buy Gift Certificates
-Order Restaurant Delivery for a Friend Who Is Freaking Out
-Donate Your Ticket Costs Back to the Venue if Event Has Been Cancelled
-Fill A Growler and Take It Home
-Give to Cultural Institutions
-Give to Social Service Agencies
-Be Mindful with Your Health and Health of Your Neighbors

Generous tipping is also very much appreciated. People working in Springfield’s very important hospitality industry don’t always get sick leave and very small businesses don’t have an army of staff.

This is going to be tough going for a while and we appreciate your support!

Downtown Celebrates at Annual Awards Fundraiser

Emcees Mary Young and Mary Kate Smith from The Portuguese Rodeo Clown Company.

Downtown Springfield Inc. celebrated our 27th year as the organization where the downtown neighborhood comes together with a “roaring” Annual Dinner fundraiser at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre on Thursday, January 16, 2020.

Thank you to our sponsors Watts Copy Systems, Wyndham Springfield City Centre, Illinois REALTORS, Chick Fritz Distributing and Frye Williamson Press. Thank you to our Corporate Table sponsors: Bank of Springfield, Brown, Hay & Stephens LLP, Hanson Professional Services, Horace Mann, HSHS St. Johns Hospital, Kuhn & Trello, Memorial Medical Center, and US Bank.

Thanks to Kristi Mitchell Photography for serving as the night’s official photographer:

Approximately 500 attendees were welcomed by a video from Governor JB Pritzker to kick off the night, which included a great performance by The Gaslight Squares, who came up to jam from St. Louis.

The evening marked the official transition from the 2019 Board of Directors to the 2020 Board of Directors, with outgoing President Kevin Kuhn of Kuhn & Trello Consulting Engineers passing the gavel to Brian Wojcicki of Illinois Capitol Group.

Mayor Jim Langfelder celebrated his 60th birthday with his annual State of the Downtown address. John Charles from Southern Illinois University and Bruce Sommer of University of Illinois Springfield also gave the first joint public appearance concerning the universities’ plans to submit a proposal to Governor Pritzker to expand programs in the downtown neighborhood via an Innovation District.

The audience generously raised more than $33,000 on the spot for DSI’s newest program, Momentum on Main Street, which brings together a coalition of entities to attract the next generation of entrepreneurs, property developers and investors. Stay tuned for announcements regarding our 2020 plans for Momentum thanks to this generous outpouring.

Chef August Mrozowski of Augie’s Front Burner receives the 2019 Wally Henderson Lifetime Achievement Award.

Chef August Mrozowski was honored with the Wally Henderson Lifetime Achievement Award. Augie started in the kitchen at the St. Nick’s alongside his father at age 14; helped start the Old Capitol Farmers Market as a chef seeking new farmers with fresh ingredients in the 90’s; has helped train other amazing local chefs such as Jordan Coffey of American Harvest and Corey Faucon of Long Nine Junction; and celebrated 22 years operating Augie’s Front Burner in 2019. Read this excellent profile of Augie by Jay Kitterman from The State Journal-Register.

Award nominees were recommended by the public and determined by a panel of DSI Past Presidents and active members. Here is a complete list of the businesses and individuals recognized as people and places making the most impact on the neighborhood in calendar year 2019:

Best Retail
Corrine’s Closet

Best Restaurant
La Piazza Cucina Italiana

Best Nightlife
Floyd’s Thirst Parlor

Best Event
Jaycees Holiday Lights Parade

Best Creative Promotion
Holiday Walks Trivia (The Portuguese Rodeo Clown Company)

Green Leadership
Susan Helm, Native Planters Project

Innovative Business Concept
Dumb Records

Best New Signage
Richards & Stehman

Best Interior Renovation
Brown Hay and Stephens

Best Public/Private Partnership
Levitt AMP Springfield
City of Springfield, Downtown Springfield Heritage Foundation,
PNC Bank, Springfield Area Arts Council

Best Not for Profit Initiative
Farmers Market SNAP Outreach
Junior League of Springfield

Downtown Advocate
David Lee

Best Holiday Window (Voted by Public)
The Roost

Best Upper Story Renovation
Third Monroe LLC

Best Overall Renovation
Centre at 501

DSI Volunteer of the Year
Michael S. Johnson

Wally Henderson Lifetime Achievement Award
August Mrozowski

Want to get involved in DSI as a volunteer or join as a member? Contact us!

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