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Local businesses discuss unique and fun backyard party ideas from laser tag and bouncie houses to tents and DJs.

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Airport attributes increased numbers to DFW flight and passengers comment before boarding.

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Kindred explains why it may seem they are off to a slow start plus local historical medical art is featured in clinics.

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Local business owners comment skeptically on Main Street business versus the optimistic Wall Street forecasts.


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Discouraged workers and underemployment Unemployment rate for Illinois metro areas (not seasonally adjusted)

Metropolitan area May 2011 Illinois 9.0% Bloomington-Normal 5.9% Champaign-Urbana 6.9% Decatur 8.9% Peoria 7.2% Rockford 10.7% Springfield 6.2% Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

May 2010 10.1% 7.0% 8.0% 11.0% 9.4% 14.2% 7.2%

Compared to other states, Illinois has the 13th highest underemployment rate in the nation By Chris Stroisch, Correspondent The unemployment rate for Illinois citizens is down slightly over this time last year as more Illinoisans have found new employment, found part-time work or have given up their

job search altogether. In 2010, the unemployment rate stood at 10.3 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. As of May 2011, the most recent unemployment numbers available, the Illinois unemployment rate was 9.0 percent. Locally, the unemployment rate was 6.2 percent as of May 2011, down from the overall unemployment rate of 8.0 percent in 2010. However, those percentages do Continued on Page 8, Underemployment

Supporting them while they protect us Local businesses and employees who serve in our military discuss workplace support programs By Holly Whisler, Correspondent Springfield companies are supporting their employees who serve in the Guard and Reserves while on-the-job and when they are away from home serving our country. Hanson Professional Services is one of 15 nationally recognized recipients of the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, according to a press release issued by the U.S. Department of Defense in June. The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) agency, considers the Freedom Award to be the highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of their employees serving in the Guard or Reserve. The 15 employers

recognized were chosen from a pool of more than 4,000 nominations submitted by the Guard and Reserve service members or their families. “We are honored and humbled that Hanson was selected for a Freedom Award. Hanson has always fostered a supportive culture for our employees who serve in the military,” said Sergio “Satch” Pecori, president and CEO of Hanson Professional Services. “We want our employees serving in the military to know that their service is appreciated, that their families are being cared for at home during deployment, and that their jobs are waiting for them when they get back.” Another hometown business showing their patriotism is United Community Bank (UCB). On June 8th, UCB president and COO Todd Wise signed a Statement of Support for the National Guard and Reserve with Lieutenant Colonial Tim Franklin of the Continued on Page 11, Military Service

Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) in the U.S. Navy, Civil Engineer Corps., Deniz Piskin deployed at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Piskin is a project manager for Halverson Construction Co., Inc.



CFLL reaches century mark Changes name to include a larger territory By Betsy Butler, Correspondent In just a few short years, the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln (CFLL), formerly the Sangamon County Community Foundation (SCCF) has reached the milestone of 100 funds. The 100th fund, set up as a permanent endowment to support Little Flower Church and School in Springfield, has a story behind it according to John Stremsterfer, executive director of CFLL. “My parents lived the AllAmerican life/dream. They started with very little and were able to make a good living,” said John Allen, son of whom the fund is named after. “My father worked as a train dispatcher for CNIM and also worked as a train dispatcher in the Army as well. He went to officer candidate school and served in World War II. After the war, he came home to Mom and they married in January of 1945. In the late 1960s, Mom went to work for Little Flower School as the secretary, where she spent 16 years,” he said. Church of the Little Flower and Little Flower School was always a part of the Allen’s life. “The church and the school meant so much to them [my parents]” Allen said. Allen said he and his brothers knew the establishment of the fund was something their Continued on Page 13, CFLL

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employer support of the U.S. National Guard and Reserves is vital to our national security.

Doug Whitley, president and CEO Illinois Chamber of Commerce


Springfield, Ill. 62791



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• the rookery CMT wins Lincoln Bronze Award

Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. (CMT) consulting engineers is the recipient of the Lincoln Bronze Award for Commitment to Excellence from the Lincoln Foundation for Performance Excellence (LFPE). CMT is the first professional engineering consulting firm in Illinois to win the Lincoln Award. “While this award serves as validation for the quality and ethical values that CMT has practiced for over 60 years, we won’t be resting on our laurels. The award will serve as a reminder of all that we’ve achieved, but it will also be a motivating force for us to maintain, and even surpass previous levels of performance,” said Brian Whiston, CEO of CMT. The Lincoln Foundation is a Naperville-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting Illinois organizations continuously improve their performance among all six primary sectors of the economy: industry, service, health care, education, nonprofit and government. LFPE utilizes the “Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence” as its evaluation tool, after the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The Baldrige National Quality Program was originally developed in 1987 to improve the competitiveness and performance of U.S. organizations. “Receiving the bronze award on the first application is a significant accomplishment for CMT. It is not unusual for an organization to submit several times before receiving the award. It’s a testament to how far along we are on our quality journey,” said Warren Knoles, COO and lead implementer of CMT’s quality management program.

Frontline Public Strategies ICIC and Fortune Magazine’s winner

The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City and Fortune Magazine released the 2011 Inner City 100 list of the fastestgrowing inner city companies. Frontline Public Strategies, Inc., 100 East Washington Street in Springfield ranked 85th on this year’s list. The company is headed by its president, Kim Robinson. The Inner City 100 program recognizes successful inner city companies and their CEO’s as role models for entrepreneurship, innovative business practices and job creation in America’s urban communities. Two thousand nominations were received for the 2011 list. Winners were represented from 51 cities and 32 states. “We are delighted to celebrate businesses like Frontline Public Strategies that are playing a critical role in revitalizing America’s urban communities,” said Mary Kay Leonard, ICIC president and CEO. ” Frontline Public Strategies is a full-service association management and public relations firm offering creative solutions and management expertise. Frontline is accredited by the AMC Institute and a certified woman-owned business. Frontline also provides resources for non-profit associations including comprehensive management of associations, assistance with conventions and conferences, continuing education programs and public relations. In addition, Frontline Public Strategies offers full-service public relations services including media relations, marketing and communications and public affairs. “It is rewarding to receive recognition for the work we love to do. We have worked hard to focus our experience and energy toward helping our clients,” said Kim Robinson, president of Frontline Public Strategies, Inc.

UIS ranked fourth for Online Bachelor of Business Administration Programs

The University of Illinois Springfield’s Online Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program has been ranked fourth on a national list of the Top 10 Online Bachelor of Business Administration Degree Programs of 2011. The ranking was conducted by the website The Best Colleges, which uses publicly available data to evaluate programs according to several different criteria, including reputation, accreditation, student satisfaction, and cost. In ranking the UIS BBA, the website called the program “An inexpensive AACSB accredited program from one of America’s best public colleges and an award winning leader in online education.” “We are very pleased to receive this recognition. We work hard to offer a high quality academic program that includes the personalized attention students need to achieve their academic goals,” said Dr. Laurel Newman, director of the program. “We’ve had a number of success stories from our graduates including career promotions, admission into well regarded graduate programs and even law school.” The online BBA degree completion program is administered by the UIS College of Business and Management and is identical to the school’s on-campus BBA in every way, except the admissions process. Students must have at least 54 credit hours of prior coursework from an accredited college or university in order to enroll. According to its website, The Best Colleges prides itself on “providing independent evaluations of traditional and online colleges and degree programs” and seeks “to highlight those schools that offer a quality, reputable education at a reasonable cost.” The website strives to be open about data collection methods so students can make their own judgments. The website does not accept paid placements for school rankings.

Free residential building certification training offered by LLCC Green Center

Free residential building certification training for area businesses is being offered by the Lincoln Land Community College Green Center. The training prepares individuals with experience in residential building or inspection for the Building Performance Institute’s (BPI) Building Analyst and Envelope Professional written and field certification tests. Participants will learn fundamentals of how a residential building works as a system; how to use the latest building science technology to help solve heating, cooling and air leakage problems; and how to apply a whole-house, performance-based approach to building issues to provide energy-efficient homes. Certification can increase job opportunities in the green economy, build credibility with a nationally recognized credential, and add energy performance assessments to a business’s list of services. Fees for the course are covered through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, State Energy Sector Grant and the Land of Lincoln Workforce Alliance. Six classroom sessions will be held August 22-29, with testing sessions August 30-September 2. Registration is available by calling 558.4277.

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regular meetings • Monday • Springfield Luncheon Optimist Club, 11:45 a.m., (2nd & 4th weeks) Diamond’s Buffet Restaurant, Town & County Shopping Center • Sertoma Club of Springfield, Noon, (1st & 3rd weeks) Hilton Springfield • Noontime Toastmasters, Noon, Laurel United Methodist Church, Walnut & S. Grand Ave. West • Rotary Club of Springfield, 6 p.m., Maldaner’s Restaurant (upstairs), 222 S. 6th St. Tuesday • Rotary Club of Jacksonville, 7 a.m., Kottage Kafe, 1850 S. Main, Jacksonville • Capital City Business Builders BNI, 7:30 a.m., Coldwell Banker, 3201 Old Jacksonville Rd. • Tuesday BNI, 11 a.m., Remax Building, 2475 West Monroe • The Network Group, 11:45 a.m., The Sangamo Club, 227 E. Adams St. • Rotary Club of Springfield-Mid-town, Noon, Inn at 835, 835 S. 2nd St. • Kiwanis Club of Lincoln, Noon, Al’s Main Event, 1230 5th St., Lincoln • Springfield Noon Lions Club, Noon, Diamond’s Buffet Restaurant, Town & County Shopping Center • Springfield Parkway Pointe Toastmasters, 12:05 p.m., AIG Building, 3501 Hollis Drive • Altrusa International of Springfield, 7 p.m., (1st & 3rd weeks) Laurel United Methodist Church, Walnut & S. Grand Ave. West • Jacksonville Jaycees, 7:30 p.m., (2nd& 4th weeks) Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Wednesday • Rotary Club of Springfield - Sunrise, 7 a.m., Hoogland Center for the Arts • Lincoln Land BNI, 7:30 a.m., Hickory Glen, 1700 West Washington St. • Central Illinois Refferal Network, 7:45 a.m., The Real Estate Group, 3701 W. Wabash Ave. • Westside BNI, 11:30 a.m. Mariah’s, 3317 Robbins Rd. • Prospectors Referral Group, 11:30 a.m., (1st & 3rd weeks) Lone Star • Rotary Club of Springfield-Westside, Noon, Brickhouse Grill & Pub, 3136 Iles Ave. • Jacksonville American Business Club, Noon, Ponderosa Restaurant, Morton Ave., Jacksonville • Kiwanis Club of Springfield-Downtown, Noon, Hilton Springfield, Manhattan Grille Room • Capital City Toastmasters, Noon, IDOT Building, 2300 Dirksen Pkwy. Room 214 A & B • Springfield Jaycees, 7 p.m., Jaycees Activity Center, 2525 S. 12th St. Thursday • Thursday Morning Business Builder BNI, 7:30 a.m., Coldwell Banker, 3201 Old Jacksonville Rd. • Springfield Thursday Lunch BNI Chapter, 11:30 a.m., Lake Pointe Grill, 1386 Toronto Rd. • Rotary Club of Springfield South - Noon, Centrum Coffee Cafe, 1370 Toronto Rd. • Springfield American Business Club, Noon, Hilton Springfield, 29th Floor • Kiwanis Club - Jacksonville, Noon, Hamilton’s Catering, 110 N. East St., Jacksonville • McBrian Lincoln Douglas Toastmasters Club, 6 p.m., SIU School of Medicine, 801 N. Rutledge St. • Kiwanis Club of Chatham, 6:15 p.m., Chatham Library, 600 E. Spruce, Chatham Friday • Springfield Breakfast Optimist Club, 7 a.m., Atonement Lutheran Church, 2800 W. Jefferson • Frontier International, Noon, Hilton Springfield, Manhattan Grille Room • Jacksonville Noon Rotary Club, Noon, Hamilton’s Downtown, 110 North East St., Jacksonville

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Association for Women in Communiations (AWC) “A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words” - Speakers: Courtney Westlake, professional portrait photographer and Owner, Westlake Photography & Jeremy Wilburn, photojournalist, graphic designer and marketing specialist at University of Illinois at Springfield. Wednesday, August 10 at the Sangamo Club, 227 E. Adams Street, Springfield. 11:30am Networking 12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch begins. $15 members, $10 students, $20, non-members. RSVP to by Friday, August 5th. (If you RSVP and are unable to attend and do not notify AWC within 24 hours before the event, we will be changed for your meal and you will be billed.) About the program: Images are used with most communication tools and serve an important role in the overall impact of marketing/communication materials. Photographers understand this fact. Unfortunately tight budgets don’t always allow communications professionals to hire a staff or freelance photographer. Two seasoned, local photographers, Jeremy Wilburn and Courtney Westlake, can help. They will share best practices on getting the best pictures. They’ll also provide tips on the best ways to use images. Illinois Women in Leadership (IWIL) IWIL will host “What Can I Learn from Younger People?” with guest speakers: Lynette Nelson, Regional Development Director, Girl Scouts of Central IL; Shanna Haycraft, Contract Freelance Designer with facilitator: Sharon Riechers at 11:30am, August 18th, at the Sangamo Club, 227 East Adams Street, in Springfield. Guests and potential new members are welcome to attend. Young twenty-something’s have grown up with technology that many of us never dreamed of in our childhood. This has changed the way this generation communicates, learns, and works. What can the rest of us learn from this group to stay on course with current trends and prepare ourselves with what’s next? The cost of the luncheon is $18 in advance or $23 for walk-ins and late registrations. Reservation forms are available at Springfield Women of Today (SWT) Tuesday, August 9th Springfield Women of Today will meet at the Golden Corral restaurant, 1038 Le June Drive in Springfield. 5:30pm for dinner, 6:30pm for the meeting only. The Women of Today is a non-profit, civic organization, which provides its members with leadership training and personal growth opportunities through community service activities. Membership is open to all persons at least 18 years of age that are interested in making their community a better place to live and grow. Women Entrepreneurs (WE) Central Illinois’ Summer Social will be held on August 10, 2011 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Island Bay Yacht Club, 76 Yacht Club Road, Springfield, IL. The cost for the meeting is $22 for members, $25 for guests and $30 for walk-ins. Registration deadline is August 5th. Additional information is available by contacting Gay Davidson at 725-8500 or Meetings are scheduled monthly and include guest speakers, workshops, and social functions. Fundraising events support scholarships for local women attending college and advanced training. Guests may request a meeting notice by contacting Katrina Periman at 741-2675 or

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Something’s fishy here Dave Kasprzyk Profession: owner/operator, McDonalds – Chatham Passion: Salt-water aquarium By Raegan Hennemann, Senior Correspondent Dave Kasprzyk wakes up in his Chatham house every morning and gets to enjoy something he loves: the ocean. It is actually a 125-gallon saltwater aquarium, but to Kasprzyk, the owner/operator of McDonald’s in Chatham, it’s enough to feed his love of the aquatic life he has seen while snorkeling over the years. Growing up, Kasprzyk had 25to 50-gallon freshwater aquariums but when he moved into his home in 2003, his future was set. The house had a 125-gallon aquarium built into a wall that is visible from everywhere in the great room. It was an active freshwater system “with fish and water and the whole nine yards,” Kasprzyk said. Then in 2006, Kasprzyk decided to make the move to saltwater. He had hired a local person to do some maintenance on his tank and once saltwater became a subject of conversation; Kasprzyk asked if the tank could be converted. It took a month to establish the water and overall environment before adding any fish. “It wasn’t just like an overnight type of deal where you just go to the local pet store and say you want this fish and throw him in the tank and you’re good to go. It’s a really involved process,” Kasprzyk remembered. The main reason behind converting to a saltwater tank was the options he has for different types of aquatic life including It wasn’t just like an overfish, shrimp, snails, crabs, sea anemones night type of deal where and coral. “A lot of people say, ‘Why don’t you you just go to the local put a shark in there, a little shark or an ocpet store and say you topus or a lionfish?’ The type of aquarium want this fish and throw I have is considered a reef tank so you can only have things that will interact nice him in the tank and with each other in a reef tank,” Kasprzyk said. “If you put something like an eel or you’re good-to-go. It’s a really some type of shark they’re going to kill involved process. everything in there.” Earlier this summer, Kasprzyk decided to upgrade his aquarium’s system so he contacted David Atkins, owner of Atkins Aquatic & Aquarium and the man who maintains the saltwater aquarium at Scheels. “I got him out, he did a consultation, talked about the different things that he could do in terms of maintaining it the way that a show tank would look,” Kasprzyk said. “I wanted something I could be proud of, that I could show off instead of just kind of keeping things alive. I really wanted to pump it up...Now with this new system that he’s putting in, it’s really going to be, like I said, an all-inclusive system that is really going to be able to promote some of the creatures that I want to put in there and have them thrive.” Kasprzyk has contracted with Atkins for a maintenance program but is ready and willing to be an active participant in the tank’s upkeep. Eventually Kasprzyk wants to have about 20 fish in the tank which will include a half dozen clownfish (think Nemo) and a yellowtail damsel that he had before the aquarium’s upgrade. Some of the aquatic life on his to-buy list includes a blue hippo tang, more shrimp and a sand-sifting starfish. “I’d like to have a moorish idol. They’re considered the holy grail of saltwater fish, at least reef fish because they’re so hard to keep...A lot of times when you put them in an aquarium environment they don’t eat.” Kasprzyk remembers seeing a moorish idol while snorkeling in Hawaii on his honeymoon and bought one for his original saltwater tank. “This one was eating and then one day I came home and he was just dead laying on one of the rocks. I had one for awhile yeah, but I’d like to get another and see in this particular tank if he does better.” Kasprzyk and his wife will depend on Atkins’ opinion when it comes to choosing the new members of their fish family. “I want unique looking things in there, stuff that you don’t see every day,” he said. The fish and other aquatic life aren’t cheap. Prices range from $15 to $100 for what Kasprzyk is interested in. “These aren’t cheap fish by any means. That’s another reason that I’m doing this the way that Dave had recommended in terms of the upgrade. I’m not going to invest that type of money in fish just to have them die within a year when their life expectancy is supposed to be 10-plus years.” When the time comes, Kasprzyk said the saltwater aquarium could possibly be a

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Summer backyard party businesses Local businesses discuss unique and fun backyard party ideas By Teresa Paul, Correspondent Summer fun typically includes backyard barbecues, parties and family gatherings. Large gatherings may require entertainment and some help with planning. A few local businesses not only rent items for parties but also help with set up, tear down and decorating. Husband and wife owners, George and Cindy Backstein of Capitol City Speed Demons began providing entertainment for carnivals and parties twelve years ago with a speed pitch baseball radar game booth. George Backstein said his company provides affordable entertainment for everyone. Capitol City Speed Demons began offering laser tag four years ago. His laser tag arena is a 40 foot by 40 foot inflatable with sixteen rooms of hallways, windows, black lights, fog and strobe lights. A computerized system runs the entire game. “There are several different games they can play within the laser tag,” Backstein said. “We let ten players at a time go in with a full battle suit that talks to them. After the game is over they look at the monitor to see where they ranked in the game.” Since the laser tag is so large, it requires Backstein’s team of

three people two hours to set up and two hours to tear down. The laser tag game is two hours of game play and if provided locally, costs $500. The smaller laser tag game for six to ten years old is $350. Post proms run late at night for three to four hours of play costing $1500. “Safety is our main concern,” Backstein said. “We tell them how to play and what the rules are. Laser tag is George Backstein with his Ring Ding the Clown the number one with baseball with my boys,” he game to be played in the last two said. “I had coached and manyears at post proms.” aged a little league with my wife. Backstein said the laser tag is A speed pitch booth looked like run during the winter and spring the ideal thing to start with. It months. has been an enjoyment ever “We don’t do laser tag in the since.” summer because it is so hot,” The Backsteins have provided he said. “The arena is enclosed inflatable and games for vacation and with the sun it gets warm bible schools, day cares, birthday inside.” parties, post proms and college Backstein said he started his events. They have gone out of business of games and entertain- state even to Kansas for laser tag ment with his wife because he at a military school. needed something to do that Capitol City Speed Demons would bring him job satisfac- has not yet done a corporate tion. event but has a bid for a com“I had always been involved pany in Springfield that wants

Springfield area economy is forecasted to move to lower levels of activity, although about normal growth levels, through 2011. Below normal levels of activity in early 2012 are forecasted. The University of Illinois at Springfield announces that the greater Springfield Enterprise Index (SEI) for May 2011 is 104, which means above normal economic activity. A SEI value of 100 indicates that the area economy is on its long-term growth trend. A SEI value less than 100 indicates “below average” activity. The SEI is above the May 2010 SEI, one year ago, and slightly below early 2011. The SEI declines through 2011 but is at near normal activity throughout 2011. This is consistent with other regional and national indexes which also forecast low

levels of activity. Below normal activity is expected in early 2012 – the index falls to 95 in May 2012. Economic indexes for other Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) in Illinois are also forecasted. These compare a local area to its own historical level of economic activity for that area. Looking through 2011, the Springfield Enterprise Index pattern of steady growth and then below normal growth is similar to indexes for Chicago and the combined other MSAs – they are also forecasted to have below normal activity in early 2012.

games in October. Backstein takes his speed pitch, frog pond and other small games to a lot of festivals. “I set up everything for our rentals,” Backstein said. “I keep a large inventory of prizes. I am mainly at festivals every weekend through the summer. I set up the game and if they need it staffed, I can do that also.” Backstein said most rental companies have duck ponds but he wanted to go green with his frog pond. Continued on Page 7, Backyard Party

• economic index 2011

• R & R Flooring, 2707 S. Glenwood Ave., Springfield, 62704, Robert Schrock, III, (217) 414-8016. • Illinois Direct Auto, 500 North St., Suite 5, Springfield, 62704, Alan Klinc, (217) 7893811. • Mark’s Maintenance, 18 Shetland Drive, Springfield, 62702, Mark Thoma, (217) 6228313. • AAA Alterations & Tailor Shop, Inc., 2108 S. MacArthur, Springfield, 62704, Hyun S. Park, (217) 789-0061. • I & A, 2532 N. Grand Ave. East, Springfield, 62702, Ibrahim A. Qushi, Abdelsalaam N. Alquanshi, (815) 231-6700. • Lowelife Records, 15 Lake Knolls, Chatham, 62629, Erik Lowe, (217) 638-5600. • Signztec US, 219 Fairwar Drive, Apt. 8, Chatham, 62629, Mohammed Khaja Ikramullah, (636) 692-5139. • The Butler Did It, 1509 S. Spring, Springfield, 62704, Wesley Boyd, Donna Boyd, (217) 494-8139. • Springfield Handyman, 1337 Wabash Ave., Springfield, 62704, P & K Properties, LLC, (217) 891-1909. • USA Tobacco, 1957 W. Monroe St., Springfield, 62704, Ali N. Alquhshi, (815) 319-0017. • Backstage Audio & Media Productions, 424 S. Wesley, Springfield, 62703, Darren M. Barr, (217) 899-2943. • Fast & Furious, 2215 Groth St., Springfield, 62703, Nancy Biggs, Kim Homeier, (217) 5252418. • Industrial Supply Consultants Inc., 4015 Hazelbrook Drive, Springfield, 62711, Linda Ray, (217) 971-4160. • Wanless Painting, 1235 Continued on Page 44

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The index was developed and created by the Regional Economic Applications Laboratory, Institute of Government and Public Affairs, University of Illinois. The Greater Springfield Enterprise Index is due to collaboration between The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, the Institute of Government and Public Affairs – University of Illinois and the Center for State Policy and Leadership – University of Illinois at Springfield. Information on the Springfield area index can be obtained from Patty Byrnes, Center for State Policy and Leadership at UIS, 217206-7783 or

The Rookery................................3 After Hours...............................4,6 Regular Meetings……….....….….4 Women’s Calendar…….....……...4 Economic Index...……......………5 New Businesses…………..…..5,44 Business Lunch………………….14 Monthly Drive…………..………15 Young Executives.................16 Health Care....................17-31 Employee Benefits..............32-33 Safety.......................................35 Going Green............................39 Giving Back………………..…….40 Legal Filings………………..……44 Law……………………...........…45 Fast Tracks/Business Briefs…46-47 Opinion…..……………….…….48 Op-Ed…………………..………..49 Business Card Directory……..…50

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After Hours, Continued from Page 4 selling point of the house. “I think it can be, especially the way that I have it set up now where it’s basically gone from having to maintain filters and change that stuff to a completely different, self-inclusive unit to the point that if water evaporates it has a level on it and a RO system, reverse osmosis system, in the basement that it fills it all the way back up to the top without me having to put any water in it like I used to in the past. So I think now it would be more of a selling point than it was back then but even then it was a selling point I guess.” The ultimate goal of the new tank is “to look like it’s a piece of the ocean,” Kasprzyk said. “There’s a lot of live rock in there and this live rock carries bacteria and it’s beneficial bacteria for a fish tank and it also houses a lot of little creatures that grow and the fish eat. That’s basically the foundation of the tank and then you start placing things on there, kind of like a piece of art if you will.” The fish are fed two times a day. In the morning Kasprzyk gives them flakes and at night it’s frozen fish food consisting of brine shrimp and mysis shrimp. “Then I also put in plankton for the corals and different invertebrates that are in there,” he said. Like other living beings, over the years Kasprzyk’s fish have become creatures of habit. “I always feed the fish in a certain spot and when they see me walking they’ll all go to that spot,” he said. “I even had one fish, I don’t know how he did it, I think I must have filled the water up too high in the tank, but I guess he got over anxious after I walked out of the room and he jumped out of the tank. It was a clownfish and my wife’s dog was chewing on it the next morning.” Maintaining an aquarium has been a learning process for Kasprzyk who admitted to not having much interest in biology during school. “It’s more a hands-on approach, really seeing what works, what doesn’t work. You’ll probably find 15 different ways to do it if you go on the Internet,” he said. Even though the new system is high-tech, there will be routine maintenance like monthly water changes, water testing and dealing with algae growth. “Once you get the system going, I mean there’s not a lot other than the water testing changes and making sure that you’re maintaining the right type of aquatic life in there. That’s what I meant by a self-contained system,” Kasprzyk said. “By the biology of it, it’s like the ocean; you have the different pieces doing their own part to the point where you don’t really have to mess with it other than make sure that it’s a clean environment for them.” The upgrade includes a new filtration system and a timed lighting system that simulates sunrise and sunset. An aquarium system of this magnitude does come with risks, mostly financial. “It is a living creation that needs certain things to live, and if that was to go away, that’s money that’s going away with it too,” he said. Raegan Hennemann is a senior correspondent for Springfield Business Journal. She can be reached at

Backyard Party, Continued from Page 5

shop for our clients. Although we do not provide linens, tables and chairs, I have “I got frogs,” Backstein said. “I believe other local vendors that we work with,” in small games like that mainly for the said Richmond Richmond has not been called to do kids to win a nice prize. They are creating memories with the games they play many birthday parties. She said she can that will last them a lifetime. Almost all but has seen that most parents like to my games when the kids win, they win a plan their birthday parties themselves. They may provide simple decor or an outnice prize.” Backstein said children like to make side sign but they are mainly called to do noise when they play a game and love to corporate events or weddings. “We do a lot of luau and beach backwin prizes that are inflatable to use them yard parties,” Richmond said. “We can similar in a pillow fight. The Backsteins run their business provide lights and trees. We do custom from their home at 26 Amberley Road in draping to transform any room. We have Springfield with a large garage and several Mardi Gras, western and patriotic themes that we have added over the years.” trailers packed and ready to go. Richmond said she has 14,000 items Business for the Capital City Speed Demons this year has been great and has in her inventory because she does custom grown each year they have been in busi- design. Richmond will either meet at the venue of the event with a client or the ness. client meets her at her office. “We have grown greatly this year and I Having a Ball Productions Tami Richmond, owner of Having a feel the economy is taking a turn for betBall Productions in Springfield, is in her ter,” Richmond said. “We have had the fourth year of assisting with party deco- word of mouth going for a while and have had a productive year rating, design and We do a lot of luau and so far. I like what I do planning. for people.” beach backyard parties. “We primar-

ily focus on custom We can provide lights Creations decor and design and trees. We do custom Party Party Creations to help our clients draping to transform any at 3651 S. 6th Street decide what colors Frontage Road, owned they want and what room. We have Mardi by Marty Chapman themes they want for Gras, western and patriotic and her husband, our corporate clients Bud, provide rentals as well as for a basic themes that we have added for inflatable bounce party,” she said. over the years.” inflatable Having a Ball can Tami Richmond, houses, go to any venue and owner of Having a Ball Productions slides, games, tents, concession equipprovide decor. They can take their theme for their event and ment, linens, tables, chairs, table settings, use the theme for the entrance, the cen- vases, centerpieces and decor. Party Creations, in business since terpieces and backdrop at their event. “We found a real need to be a one-stop 1993, also has a full floral and balloon

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service and provides party planning. or miniature golf packages. “Many of our clients do parties in their “We customize our outings to fit any own back yard,” Chapman said. “Some- budget,” Knight said. “They can come for times we go to the park also. We also rent a day of fun and have pizza, cake and soft to churches, schools, drinks, play miniaMany of our clients do organizations and ture golf and have parties in their own back cake and ice cream, businesses. Summer is our busy time yard, sometimes we go or have a full fledge when people want outing where they to the park also. We also don’t do any work their events.” rent to churches, schools, and enjoy time with Chapman said tent rental is popular organizations and busi- their guests.” in the summer. She Knight said the nesses. Summer is our busy time park has private said shade is needed in the summer and a when people want their events.” shelters and tents Marty Chapman, they use for family, tent is good to have owner of Party Creations church and corporate in case of rain. Party Creations’ tent sizes outings and birthday range from 10 x 10 to 60 x 150. parties. The park also has a competitive “A tent just looks like a party,” Chap- catering service. man said. “We rent canopy and sidewall “We reserve tables out in the park detents. A side wall can be used to block a pending on how big the group is,” Knight neighbor’s yard, keep the sun from shin- said. The park is able to accommodate ing in and keep off the cool night air.” small groups to several thousand people. Party Creations provides everything Attractions available at the park inunder the tent with table service, china, clude: a fifty tee driving range, water chairs, and glassware. slides, batting cages, bumper boats, a giParty Creations generally has more ant wave pool, miniature golf, kiddie than one event per weekend. rides and go carts. “I think people were a little earlier to The park is open every day from Mebook this year than last year,” Chapman morial Day weekend until school starts, said. “Last year, it seemed like some peo- August 22. Following school starting, the ple waited longer to book and not as will- park is open for weekends only. Labor ing to part with their money.” Day is the last day for the water park. The dry attractions begin March 1 through the end of October. Knights Action Park

Another party option is to take the people to the party at Knight’s Action Park at 1700 Knights Recreation Drive in Springfield. Co-owner Doug Knight said the park is busy every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the summer for parties. Knight’s Action Park has three options for a birthday party: the water park, rides

Teresa Paul is a freelance writer from Taylorville. She can be reached at

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Underemployment, Continued from Page One

not account for Illinois citizens who have stopped looking for work or those who work part-time. “It has nothing to do with unemployment benefit claims,” said Patricia Byrnes, associate professor, Economics Department and Center for State Policy and Leadership, University of Illinois Springfield, when asked how the unemployment rate is calculated. “There is a huge misconception that it is determined by people filing for unemployment benefits but that is not true. The unemployment rate is figured by household surveys and surveys by establishments and businesses.” Surveys are conducted once a month by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the reports are released the following month. Surveys are done on the first

Thursday of every month at the national level and third Thursday of the month at the state and local levels. Household sur-

There is a huge misconception that it is determined by people filing for unemployment benefits but that is not true. The unemployment rate is figured by household surveys and surveys by establishments and businesses.”

Patricia Byrnes, associate professor, Economics Department and Center for State Policy and Leadership, University of Illinois Springfield

veys look at the statistics of those unemployed while establishment surveys focus

search altogether. on the type of industry. “When people stop looking for work, “Unemployment figures are based on the total percentage of the labor force, we call them discouraged workers,” said not the population,” Unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) said Byrnes. “It is the people looking Year U.S. Illinois Springfield for work, excluding 2001 4.7% 5.4% 4.0% people in institutions 2002 5.8% 6.5% 4.7% and those under 16 2003 6.0% 6.7% 5.4% years of age.” 2004 5.5% 6.2% 5.3% While unemploy2005 5.1% 5.8% 4.7% ment rates have fall2006 4.6% 4.6% 4.4% en on the local and 2007 4.6% 5.1% 4.7% statewide levels over 2008 5.8% 6.4% 5.7% the last 12 months, 2009 9.3% 10.0% 7.3% the rate does not take 2010 9.6% 10.3% 8.0% into account those May 2011 8.7% 9.0% 6.2% who are underemSource: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. ployed – individuals who work parttime but desire full-time employment Byrnes. “When they stop, they are no - or those who have given up on the job longer in the labor force.” According to a report by the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, the overall unemployment rate in Illinois was 9.6 percent in the first quarter of 2011. If discouraged workers – those who have stopped looking for employment – are added, the rate increases to 10.2 percent. If those who are underemployed are also included, the rate jumps to 16.9 percent. Compared to other states, Illinois has the 13th highest underemployment rate in the nation. Nevada has the highest rate at 23.7 percent. North Dakota has the lowest at 7.4 percent. Greg Rivera, spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Employment Security, said it can be difficult to determine the underemployment rate. “There tends to be confusion with this. Does this reflect someone who is working a job that is not the type of job that they think they should have? Or, someone who wants to work more but cannot find the work?” Increases in the unemployment and underemployment rates began in 2007 on the national level and in 2008 at the state level, according to Rivera. “January 2010 was when the trend of joblessness

There tends to be confusion with this. Does this reflect someone who is working a job that is not the type of job that they think they should have? Or, someone who wants to work more but cannot find the work?”

Greg Rivera, spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Employment Security

broke in Illinois. Since then, Illinois has added more than 100,000 jobs. Illinois has had falling unemployment numbers the last 15 of 16 months.” Even if the economy continues to improve and new jobs are created, the unemployment rate could still rise. “What often happens in a recession with individuals who lose their jobs, some will decide they are not going to look for work,” said Rivera. “Some will decide it is more economically feasible for them to stay at home to take care of children or family members. Or, there are those who do not think they will be able to find a job. “As the economy improves, people who left the workforce will decide to return to work,” said Rivera. This increases the size of the labor force and the percentage of unemployed who are looking for work, thus increasing the unemployment rate. For those who have lost their jobs or those considering reentering the workforce, programs and services are available through Illinois workNet Center. Continued on Next Page

Continued from Previous Page “If someone loses their job, we of course have them apply for unemployment insurance first, which can be done online here at the (Illinois workNet Center),” said Anne Schneider, executive director, Land of Lincoln Workforce Alliance, Illinois workNet Center. “We also encourage

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vices available throughout the country. “When we hear of businesses that are closing or laying off, the workNet Center pulls together a team of experts to assist workers in order to ease some of the shock of losing a job,” said Schneider. “Credit counseling, health insurance information, job search tips, training pro-

Percentages of unemployed, discouraged and underemployed 2nd quarter of 2010 through 1st quarter of 2011 Discouraged 10.1 10.2

Underemployed 16.5 16.9

States with lowest rates North Dakota 1.1 Nebraska 2.1 South Dakota 2.2 Vermont 2.7 Wyoming 2.8

4.0 4.7 5.8 6.5 6.8

7.4 8.4 9.9 12.0 11.1

States with highest rates Florida 7.0 Rhode Island 7.0 Michigan 7.3 California 7.6 Nevada 9.2

11.7 11.7 12.5 12.9 15.0

18.8 19.0 20.3 22.0 23.7

United States Illinois

Unemployed 5.6 6.2

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

them to attend a workNet Center orientation held every Monday morning at 9 a.m. WorkNet Centers are considered one-stops for employment and training services, and there are twelve partners that contribute to the success of our Center, including Lincoln Land Community College, Lawrence Education Center, Job Corp., Disabilityworks, Experience Works and several others.” The Land of Lincoln Workforce Alliance serves Cass, Christian, Logan, Menard and Sangamon counties. Programs and services are federally funded with ser-

grams and unemployment insurance are some of the topics covered in our Rapid Response workshops.” Schneider said the agency also may be able to assist with paying for tuition, books, childcare and transportation for eligible individuals that enroll in a training program that leads to a job. They also can help fund both short-term and associate degree programs. Chris Stroisch is a freelance writer from Springfield. He can be reached at


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Relating businesses to the public Ryan Keith Title: VP, Public Affairs, Mac Strategies Group Address: P.O. Box 936, Springfield, IL 62705 Phone: (217) 737-7369 E-mail: Age: 34 By Eric Woods, Correspondent


yan Keith grew up in the southern Illinois town of Pinckneyville and has spent the past several years in the Springfield and Lincoln area. Keith is married to Jennifer and has two children, Gracelyn and Emersyn. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and a master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS). Keith loves music and enjoys playing guitar, bass, and piano. He is also an avid professional sports fan and enjoys photography on the side. As he was earning his degree, Keith originally wanted to be a sports reporter but soon learned he would rather be a journalist. “I caught the political bug,” he said. Keith spent a number of years following state government and politics from the Capitol, covering a number of major events including the impeachment of Rod Blagojevich. He also spent several years with the Associated Press in both Springfield as well as Charleston and is a former bureau chief for the State Journal-Register. Keith is currently a member of both the Lincoln and the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce. Nature of the business: Keith began his job at Mac Strategies Group in May of 2010. “Our three main focuses are public relations, public affairs, and crisis communication,” he said. The company, which has offices in both the Chicago and Springfield areas, builds public relations and public affairs campaigns for clients in the corporate and public policy arenas. “We talk to them on strategic communication, speeches, talking points, letters to the editor, basically anything they want written.” Keith helps his clients get the best message out in order to sell the bigger issue.

How is business?: “Doing this is unique, Doing this is unique, as as there are not a lot of media firms in Springfield with ties to Chicago,” said there are not a lot of meKeith. “A lot of good things have been dia firms in Springfield done with this model in Chicago, so it is with ties to Chicago. good to bring it to Springfield.” Springfield was seen as an untapped market, so the decision was ultimately made to hire someone full-time to work downstate and with the Springfield media. So far, getting new clients and developing new relationships in town has gone well for Keith. Trends: “Many public relations firms were missing the mark and did not always understand the issue at hand,” said Keith. “I look at something and ask myself what is the news.” Keith believes that it is important for clients to get their stories out there now because media size is just not what it used to be. Challenges: Keith always tries to ensure that his clients understand what the media is looking for in a given story and can answer whatever questions arise from a particular issue. “Some people are on board right away, but others require some explaining to get the message across,” he said. Of what accomplishments are you most proud?: As a journalist, Keith spent 10 years covering state government at a tumultuous time in Illinois and is happy to have covered a number of important events. He is proud to have worked with the Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty as well. “I am glad to have had an impact on people’s lives,” he said. What was your worst former job?: In high school, Keith worked at a paint store over the summer stocking shelves, painting, and doing woodwork in 100 degree weather. “My dad knew a guy who needed help, but that was not my cup of tea,” he said. What are some tips to success in this industry?: “You need to have an analytical mind, be willing to dig into the issues, and be a problem solver,” said Keith. Developing relationships with key people in the community, such as the media and politicians, is also important. “Get out there and talk to people so you are in their minds when down the road they may need someone like you.” What’s next for you?: “I am going to keep plugging away and look for new opportunities to grow the business,” said Keith, who also just wants to enjoy life and watch his family grow up. “I am fortunate to get to work from home so I can see my family more. I like taking advantage of that.” Eric Woods is a freelance writer from Springfield

Military Service, Continued from Page One United States Army. UCB joins thousands of employers across the nation that supports the continuing contributions of Guardsmen and Reservists to the defense of our nation. Companies and organizations that sign the ESGR Statement of Support pledge to: •Fully recognize, honor and enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act or USERA. •Ensure managers and supervisors will have the tools they need to effectively manage employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve. •Recognize and support our country’s service members and their families in peace, crises and war. UCB takes care of business while their

Pledging our support for the men and women who serve in our military is a no brainer in our way of thinking here at UCB. Thanking them and acknowledging them is the right thing to do.”

Todd Wise, president and COO of United Community Bank

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place and employers have had to be more supportive,” explained Piskin. Piskin said that his time away for military service has never been an issue with his employer. “I’m grateful that my time away has never been questioned. I do my job the best I can and I leave details for each of my projects and I meet with those who will be covering for me. It’s like preparing to leave work for vacation. Technology also helps me stay in the loop when I’m away,” said Piskin. Piskin joined the Navy after seeing his older brother have a positive experience with the military. Andrew Roselle, vice president in commercial lending at Illinois National Bank (INB) and Judge Advocate General (JAG) for the US Army Reserves, appreciates the support and respect he receives from his employer. “INB is a community-minded bank that has a strong element of community support,” said Roselle who has a first-hand account of such support from his boss, Sarah Phalen, president and CEO of INB, and her husband, Pat, a senior vice president with INB. Pat Phalen wrote notes of encouragement, empathy and gratitude for Roselle’s willingness to leave his family, his home and his job in order to serve and protect the United States of America. As a JAG, Roselle serves as legal counsel for his commander. “I am the lawyer for the command. I work for a general or full-bird colonel. I advise my supervisor as to appropriate discipline measures for particular situations and then I implement the action recommended by him. I legally review regulations and make sure all regulations are being enforced according to the law,” explained Roselle. Roselle’s military service has taken him to Korea, Germany and Iraq. Roselle joined the military 20 years ago because he recognized that it has strong influence in our society. Roselle said, “The military is important. Our country gained its independence through war.” In a different twist, Andria Sapp, a self-employed Star Unit Manager with Lia Sophia Jewelry is also a staff sergeant in

employees who serve are taking care of the country. Wise said, “UCB has policies written for our employees who are in the military that when they are gone on leave they know that when they return, it will be as if they had never left.” Sometimes UCB gets creative to do this. “It depends on the type of job we are covering. We might have a part-time staff person assist or have a couple of full-time employees work together and cover the position,” said Wise. The culture at UCB supports the notion that they will do what needs to be done in order to do the right thing. From UCB’s perspective, this pledge of support goes beyond employees and reaches out to their spouses and children who may be serving our nation. “Pledging our support for the men and women who serve in our military is a no brainer in our way of thinking here at UCB. Thanking them and acknowledging them is the right thing to do,” said Wise. Wise can appreci- Air Force Staff Sergeant, Andria Sapp second from the right ate this sentiment as his 18-year-old son, Eric, is in the Marine the Air Force. Sapp is an independent adCorps currently stationed in San Diego. visor for Lia Sophia and does not receive He will be deployed in 2012. salaried compensation or benefits so her From an employee’s point of view, scenario is different. However, with the Deniz Piskin, project manager with Halv- benefits offered to her by the Air Force, erson Construction Company and Civil she can be self-employed and know that Engineer with the Navy holds his em- she is still building retirement. ployer, Halverson Construction, in high Sapp said, “With Lia Sophia I am a esteem when it comes to support of mili- 1099 employee and will try and keep my tary employees. “Halverson is extremely business running the best I can while I’m supportive of me and my service. There away. I can also take it with me and work has never been an issue over me being on my off time when possible.” gone. However, it is a two-sided coin in The Secretary of Defense Employer that the employee needs to communicate Support Freedom Award was instituted in with their boss about their military ac- 1996 under the auspices of the National tivity. More demands have been put on Committee for Employer Support of the Guardsmen and Reservists since 9-11,” Guard and Reserve (ESGR). Since 1972, said Piskin, a 25-year veteran with the ESGR has been working to maintain emNavy. “We are more security-aware since ployer support for Guard and Reserve ser9-11. Over the last decade, our activity has vice. Almost one-half of the U.S. military increased and that means the one week- is comprised of the Guard and Reserve. end a month and two weeks a year is no Holly Whisler is a freelance writer from longer typical. A weekend might be three Springfield. She can be reached at days or five days. Reservists never lized prior to 9-11, but now it is common

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Airport works on legitimacy American Eagle Dallas numbers contribute to SPI’s increase for first half of the year By Job Conger, Correspondent


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A major factor in the recently announced 4.2 percent increase in passenger activity at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (SPI) has been the popularity of American Eagle’s twice daily direct flights to Dallas which began on April 5 this year. The airline’s direct flights from SPI place the carrier in competition with itself since St. Louis Lambert Airport offers more frequent departures for Dallas and since the arrival of no-frills carrier Southwest Airlines at Lambert, other airlines flying from that airport are trimming profit margins to the bone to maintain market share. “We can’t compete with St. Louis,” said Mark Hanna, executive director of SPI. “Other carriers are having to fall in line with price matching. We are trying to maintain presence in our region. People are within an hour or two of many air travel options. We know we are not going to be the ‘be all’ and ‘end all’ for all air travel in central Illinois.” Passengers briefly interviewed in the terminal waiting room departing SPI on a recent July 6:50 a.m. AE flight were unanimous in their approval (see sidebar). Passenger service representative Donna Baxter said most business flyers book flights a month in advance to gain competitive pricing. Round trip cost of the 6:50 a.m. flight to Dallas booking a month in advance and stay Tuesday through Friday from Springfield is $285.40. From St. Louis a similar departure time based on the same stay $239.00. Flights booked with only a few days notice cost considerably more. For example, the same early round trip flight from Springfield is $732.00 while from St. Louis round trip is $448.00 according to Parking in St. Louis can be in excess of $80 according to parkingoptions.html, bringing the difference to approximately $200.00 for a single passenger. To combat this, Springfield Airport Authority is paying for a carefully targeted print media. This was part of the deal negotiated with AMR Corporation, parent company of AE for direct flights to “Big D.” A full page advertisement in the Texas Rangers baseball team yearbook, extolling direct service to Springfield is a case in point. The airport also advertises itself in the St. Louis Cardinals’ bi-monthly fan magazine. “We’re not highlighting American Airlines here, but Springfield as a whole,” Hanna explained. “We know there’s a large Metro East and Illinois following of the Cardinals. We’re reaching people who are active, who get out and travel, including some from Springfield who will learn about our airport as they may not in other publications.” Is American happy with the numbers of seats filled? “I won’t speak for American,” Hanna said. “We are very pleased, but there is room to grow. I’m excited about how this is going to compliment our (United Express) Chicago service going into the winter months. I (anticipate) the numbers continuing to grow.” Though the passengers flown by AE in May 2011 declined during the first full month of Dallas service on the heels of its April 5 launch. Hanna considered the number “insignificant, probably 100 passengers or less.” The total number of passengers departing SPI on AE during June 2010 (3,277) when they were flying to

Chicago increased to 4,165 in 2011 flying to Dallas. During the first six months of 2011 AE reaped a 22 percent increase in outbound traffic and 32 percent increase in inbound traffic. “The more people we put on American, the more legitimacy we have within the American network, Hanna said. “I hope we will have enough data and performance to bring a third Dallas direct flight to Springfield.” SAA is looking at Denver, the number one destination for people who don’t fly out of SPI. “It’s on our chalk board. We have had some pricing discussions with United about offering direct flights from SPI. A direct flight there at St. Louis prices with a premium price (for the conve-

Passengers departing SPI on a recent July American Eagle 6:50 a.m. flight to DFW Paul, no last name given, was in Springfield on business, returning home to Albuquerque by way of Dallas. Previously he had flown Dallas to Chicago and driven a rental car south. ”The convenience is worth the cost,” he said. Keith Hancock is a financial representative for Northwestern Mutual, based in Springfield, bound for a day of business in Orlando. He was surprised to learn about the Dallas connection from his travel agent. Sandy John has family in Jacksonville, Ill., and was returning home to Tucson via Dallas. She would have a four-hour layover at DFW, but Tucson is two hours behind Springfield, so she’d only lose two hours in transit. “I tried the train right after 9/11, but it was not a good experience,” she said. “It’s easier to fly to St. Louis, but the comfort van that operates out of Springfield is an additional two hours of transit time. It’s more comfortable to fly here, and it’s really not more expensive. I book months in advance.” Dennis Murphy is a state government business consultant returning home to Albuquerque. He makes the trip about every six weeks. “The Dallas thing is perfect,” he said, “a big improvement over flying into Chicago.” He usually takes the morning flight home and says the Embraers have been “pretty full” every flight he’s made. Laura Paruleski, husband Dave and daughters Ava and Fallyn were traveling on vacation from their Effingham home to Phoenix, ultimately to the Grand Canyon and back. “The distance from home to St. Louis and Springfield is the same,” she said. “We drove here because the parking is free and it’s easy to get from the parking lot to the terminal without taking a bus.” nience of avoiding Lambert) of up to $50 for flying from Springfield might work,” Hanna said. “We have north and south hubs covered with American to Dallas and United to Chicago. The logical hub westbound is Denver. We are looking at eastbound routes as well.” The director is optimistic about the future but not declined to declare “victory” prematurely, “The proof will be in the pudding,” Hanna said, “six to nine months down the road.”

Job Conger is a freelance writer from Springfield. He can be reached at

CFLL, Continued from Page One parents would have loved. “Mom and I talked several times about her wishes and we spoke several times about setting up a fund but she died un-

John and Lucille Allen expectedly. My brothers and I believed it was something she would have wanted and so we pursued the fund in both of their names, thus the establishment of the John A. and Lucille M. Allen Family Fund,” Allen said. “Their memory will live on forever, especially in the life of the church and school,” Allen said. “It was always so neat when we would go somewhere with her,” Allen said. “Someone would always know her; she knew everyone.” Stremsterfer sees the achievement of 100 funds as a big accomplishment for the foundation. “I believe we’ve gained respect and credibility from the community; the foundation is now often a part

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of estate planning here locally,” he said.

About the Community Foundation

The Community Foundation provides financial resources to local charitable causes through the management of funds established by donors. There are several types of funds; each specific fund is set up based on a donor’s desires. Options for funds vary from benefitting a specific organization to allowing a donor to choose who and what to donate to as needs arise over time. “The Community Foundation makes philanthropy accessible and achievable for all types of donors,” Stremsterfer said. The SCCF was founded in 1924 as a private foundation. In 2002, the decision was made to convert the private foundation to a community foundation to better serve the community. In 2003, the foundation hired its first employee, John Stremsterfer, who serves as the executive director for the organization. The organization changed its name in January 2011 to Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln in order to invite philanthropists and charitable organizations in areas not currently serviced by a community foundation. “We want to provide services beyond Sangamon County and wanted to appropriately reflect that in our name,” Stremsterfer said. When Stremsterfer started with the organization in 2003, there was one fund and approximately $800,000 in total assets. Today, there are 100 funds and total assets are equal to nearly $10 million. In addition to achieving its 100th fund, the foundation is also working on a dollar for dollar challenge grant through the Grand Victoria Foundation (GFV), which is a private foundation that believes in the value of community founda-

tions. The local challenge is to raise new Health Clinic for medical records softfunds specifically directed to Community ware; in 2008 to Asbury Children’s  SupFoundation Operating Endowment or the per Hour Program for Food and Supplies Community Works Endowment. The GFV for After-School Program for At-Risk is matching up to $2 million, which has Children; and in 2010 to the Parent Help the potential to result Line—St. John’s We want to provide ser- Children’s Hospital in a new permanent $4 million endowvices beyond Sangamon for educational  mament for the local terials. In each of the County and wanted to area. “The match last three years, the appropriately reflect that fund has also made deadline of September 30 is quickly apa donation to the in our name.” proaching,” StremProtective John Stremsterfer, Animal sterfer said. “To executive director of CFLL League for general date, we have raised needs for the care of $350,000.” shelter animals.  Butler says they would encourage other businesses to consider establishing a Local Businesses On CFLL fund through the foundation. “All of the Local businesses are also joining in on giving back through the foundation. administrative work and the day-to-day Butler Funeral Homes has integrated phil- operation is handled by the Foundation; anthropic giving into the entire corpora- we get to do the fun part—research organizations and learn about their needs in tion. “Our fund, established in 2005, is a order to award them grants,” she said. Other businesses with funds at CFLL way for us to recognize the families that include Harold O’Shea Builders (Bud & we serve,” Valerie Butler, communications and marketing coordinator for But- Helene O’Shea Fund); Isringhausen Imler Funeral Homes said, “The fund really ports (Isringhausen Fund); Springfield marked the formalization of our gifting Electric Supply Company, in honor of its founders William and Marion Schnirring process.” The organization makes a contribu- (Springfield Electric Supply Company tion to the fund on behalf of the family Fund); and Troxell Financial Advisors served. In addition, a donation is also (Troxell Financial Advisors Fund).

made to the fund for each pet the organization assists at their Cremation Center. “While the fund is not our only way of giving back to the community, it really has been a great addition to our company,” Butler said. “We have involved our employees in the process of deciding how to award funds each year; that involvement of philanthropic giving has been very exciting for all of us.” The Butler Community Fund awarded funds in 2007 to New Berlin Community

Betsy Butler is a freelance writer from Springfield. She can be reached at

14 • August 2011 • Springfield Business Journal

business lunch •

Golden Frog: Commendable for opening downtown By Tom Collins ith reports of downtown vacancies rising and the continuing exodus of state workers, it takes some guts to open a new restaurant downtown. So, I was surprised when Golden Frog opened up a few months ago on the North side of the Old State Capitol Plaza. I commend them on their decision. Golden Frog entices visitors with an glass storefront and a catchy frog logo. Entering the restaurant, there’s a small seating area to the left that appears to be slated for a future gift store but that’s currently used for overflow seating. The main dining area matches the attractive façade. Golden Frog evokes a coffee house feel, complete with exposed brick walls and a tin ceiling. There are about ten tables, each quite eclectic, and a few four tops. There’s also a variety of local products for sale. The day we arrived Golden Frog had a steady stream of diners that, to our eyes, consisted of half tourists and half downtown workers. Diners order from the counter and selections are brought to the tables. We could see the kitchen and it looked clean. There’s an easily visible menu board. We noted, however, that certain items were not on the board but were, instead, advertised adjacent to the cash register. This caused some confusion with ordering, especially with the broader selection of sides that’s only visible on a small piece of paper at the counter. That confusion aside, Golden Frog’s menu is quite simple while still offering something to suit just about any palette.


Golden Frog Overall Rating: ★★★ Atmosphere: ★★★★ Service: ★★★ Food: ★★★ Price: ★★★ Suitability for Business Lunch: ★★★ Address: 32 North Old State Capitol Plaza, Springfield, Ill. 62701 Phone: (217) 744-FROG Hours: Mon. – Fri., 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sat., 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wheelchair Access: Yes Credit Cards: Yes

*Menu listings and prices subject to change

There are a few salads ($4.75, with chicken $5.25), a soup of the day ($3.75 bowl, $2.75 cup) and an antipasto kabob ($5.95 – tomato, mozzarella, pepperoni and olives with a balsamic dressing). There’s also crudite and humus available (attractively displayed in a glass case) together with a children’s “picnic” lunch. The rest of the menu consists of sandwiches, which can be ordered ala carte or with two sides. Sides advertised on the menu are the bacon and ranch potato salad, golden bean salad, seasonal salad (not offered the day we visited) and the garden salad. The other, more hidden, options include applesauce, non-mayo based coleslaw and cottage cheese. Chips are also available. Sandwiches come on your choice of bread ranging from croissant to jalap-

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: (None) Poor to satisfactory ★ Average ★★ Good ★★★ Very Good ★★★★ Excellent ★★★★★ Extraordinary

eno cornbread. Trust me – you will find a bread to your liking. Most sandwiches are pressed on a Panini grill. Notable selections included Golden Club ($7.95, $5.25 ala carte – London Port roast beef, salami and olive loaf with Vermont cheddar and a balsamic dressing), the Golden Cuban ($7.65, $4.75 ala carte – BBQ pork with relish and Swiss cheese) and the Chicken and Waffle ($7.75, $5.25 ala carte – sliced chicken breast with maple/mayo spread, Swiss cheese and crumbled bacon). My guest and I opted for the Adult Grilled Cheese ($6.75, $4.55 ala carte – Swiss, provolone and cheddar with sliced apple and pear conserve spread) and the London Port Roast Beef ($7.75, $4.95 ala carte - roast beef, horseradish cheese and Dijon). The grilled cheese, while packed

with flavor, was short on the grilling – the cheese barely melted. The ciabatta bread, on the other hand, was reported to be fresh and a nice accompaniment to the sandwich. The roast beef sandwich was excellent and came with a generous amount of beef, which was nicely accentuated by the horseradish cheese and my selection of the marbled rye. The sides, although, were a bit disappointing – but nothing that Golden Frog won’t be able to rectify. The potato salad, while striking all of the appropriate flavor notes, came with terribly undercooked potatoes – rendering it almost inedible. We hope this was an aberration. The bean salad was also a bit weak (there was little “zest” in the “zesty vinaigrette dressing”) and tasted like it was made with canned beans. Especially at the height of our growing season, some fresh and crisper beans would have been welcomed. Although Golden Frog offers local Illinois wines and bottled beer, we stuck with the iced tea. The jasmine blackberry iced tea was perfect for a hot summer day. We drank our fill, and as a result couldn’t partake in the dessert offerings. Dessert options are featured in the display case, and each one looked better than the next. As a new restaurant, we weren’t surprised at a few small hiccups that didn’t detract too much from what was otherwise an enjoyable lunch. My guest and I both concluded that these types of small problems will be quickly worked out, and as a result we plan to return. Tom Collins is a freelance writer from Springfield

• monthly drive

Really a two-person car with a back seat By Jane Driver

steering wheel had an amazing vertical olkswagon’s Eos Komfort adds to range. their convertible line with a nod to Combining 21st century and a retro the Bug’s semi-circular shape and look, the dash has both analog and digital retro look, while trying to cross over to displays with a cool blue glow. The center the masculine market, especially with the console includes vents that look slightly 2012 edition. Gone are the happy front like eyes. At least they did to me. Buttons and rear lights and smiling grill from and a push screen operate the media cen2011. In their place are slanted, almost ter, which had straightforward operation. slashed headlights and a full frontal, in- And, when you turn a dial, the display your-face grill. The rounded corners in changes to show what is happening. For the 2011 model have been squared off for example, when I turned the dial to reduce a sleeker, lower profile, all in VW’s attempt to lure this male market. Along this line, my test drive was Salsa Red with a Titan Black Leather interior. Sticker price is $34,910. You won’t find this car at Green Volkswagon, though. This one is in Normal at Sud’s Motors since Green Volkswagon wouldn’t have any Eos’s for me to test drive until late August or early September. Volkswagon combines safety with style in the Eos by of- 2012 Volkswagon Eos Komfort


fering only a hard top version. Should you happen to flip the car with the top down, steel posts pop up from behind the backseat headrests to provide an upside down support system. My salesman, Brent Burch, also demonstrated how you ride below the windowsill

Volkswagon Eos Komfort Driven at:

Sud’s Motors 1430 Ft. Jesse Road • Normal, IL 61761 (309) 454-1101 •

Sticker price as driven: $34,910 MPG: 22 city; 30 highway Notables: comfortable front seats, powerful engine, good safety features, small back seats missing trunk, poor traction to ensure your encapsulation in the car. However, for me to comfortably see out the front windshield, I ended up with my shoulders above the windowsill, making this safety feature moot. The Eos has a backseat, but this really is a two-person car. The hard top takes up almost the entire trunk, so if you want to take any kind of overnight bag, there will be at most two of you traveling. The backseats were comfortable but small, and you sit up very straight. A backseat passenger sitting behind me, with my short legs, has plenty of leg room, but if a front seat is positioned all the way back, a backseat passenger has a head rest in their face. It also took me awhile to get into the back seat as the lever to move the front seat forward required an awkward hand position to both grab and move it. As for the front seats, they were firm, giving ever so slightly, and they had good thigh support and wonderful lumbar support. The steering wheel fit nicely in my hands, as did the gear shifter. And, the

the air temp, the display changed to show the front two seats and what I was doing with the temperature. When you begin scrolling through radio stations, the display brings up an old-fashioned radio dial. The interior is soft black plastic trimmed with silver plastic, keeping it simple and scaled down. I always wonder why convertibles seem to use dark interiors that heat up with the top down. Now, I was investigating all of these things on my own. Frankly, I prefer to do my test drives without the salesman in the car, but this was a little extreme. Once Brent discovered I was not interested in buying the car, he was no longer really interested in me. He showed the safety features, and warned me that if I put the top up, the temporary tag would fall out. After that, he said I could only be gone 15 minutes, and left. On to the actual driving. The Eos has a very tight turning radius, as you would expect since it is a short car. The engine is quite powerful, without excessive noise, even with the top down. When I first saw the Eos, it looked to me like a sports car – sleek lines, raked headlights and grill, low profile. But, while the engine is powerful, it is missing a key ingredient – road traction. Twice when I punched the gas, the car’s tires skidded on the road, trying to get purchase. I was shocked. And, when I swerved on the country road I was traveling, car and tires didn’t want to stay together. The brakes work well though. So, while it looks like a sports car, complete with Sport gear past Drive, I’d rather drive it around town, with its 22 mpg in the city. Its 30 mpg on the highway isn’t too bad either. I arrived back at Sud’s, a few minutes past my 15-minute deadline. I’m used to salesmen hanging around waiting on me and to ask how I liked the car, and often, what I didn’t like. I think some salesmen are getting used to me writing this column. They honestly want to know what I think. Instead, I found Brent inside, thanked him and asked where the customer waiting area was. He directed me upstairs. I thought this was odd, but it’s true. At Sud’s VW, you ride the elevator or take the stairs to a spacious waiting area with couches and a kitchen area, well stocked

with toys and games. You can also cook yourself a waffle and adorn it with syrup and butter, have a pop-tart or bagel and cream cheese, and coffee. I did not see any soda or non-breakfast food items. Showroom hours for Sud’s Motors are Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Service hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jane Driver is a freelance writer from Springfield. She can be reached at

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next generation •

Sangamo Club works on sustaining membership with youth


hen it became apparent that the resident members were remaining active, but new members were only trickling in, the Sangamo Club decided to focus efforts on building a larger membership of young professionals. Enter Emily Becker, director of member services, who, at the club’s encouragement, put a priority on not only increasing the number of young professional members but engaging them in activities

Young Executives Courtney Westlake at the club. When Becker was hired in October 2008, she formed a committee of seven active members to brainstorm ideas to develop membership events to benefit the young professional members. The Sangamo Club now has approximately 1,150 members, and of those, 55 members are under the age of 35 that make up the club’s young professional membership class. From Becker’s initial brainstorming, “Final Thursday” events were created, in which young professional members are invited to gather in the club’s Grill Room at 5 p.m. for cocktails and networking on the last Thursday of each month. “We determined that young professionals like regular events that are casual and don’t require a commitment or reservation,” Becker said. “They’ve really enjoyed getting to know people they otherwise would not have met from a variety of industries and organizations.” During Final Thursdays, members also have the opportunity to donate to a charity chosen by one of their own, who is that month’s “Featured Young Professional.” “I put envelope by the bar and people write a check or drop some cash in,” Becker said. “(The charities are) almost all local. We’ve done the local United May, March of Dimes, and the Kumler Outreach Medical Program raised almost $300. (The chosen charity) depends on the member’s involvement in the com-

munity and what they want to see their Young members not only get together donations go to.” once a month to socialize, but Becker also And as for the “Featured Young Pro- plans other events throughout the year, fessional,” Becker chooses a different such as Wine & Wii night, bourbon tastmember to spotlight each month. The ing, tequila tasting, professional etiquette featured young professional has their pic- dinners, wine tasting and more. ture and place of employment displayed Becker said the value of being a part on the flat-screen TV in the club’s lobby, of the young professionals membership and Becker also disgroup at Sangamo We determined that tributes a newsletter Club is widely to the entire club recognized by its young professionals like membership called members. regular events that are “The Ladder,” which “It became apcasual and don’t require parent that our always has a frontpage article of the membership was a commitment or reserfeatured person. aging, and if we vation.” “That has a picEmily Becker, director of wanted to be susture, and they actumember services, Sangamo Club tainable, we needed ally write the article to focus on youngthemselves – where they currently work, er members who would develop into actheir career background, educational tive resident members,” she said. “From background, community involvement a membership standpoint, the value is and what they enjoy outside of work. they (the young professionals) get to rub And they include what charity they chose elbows with serious movers and shakers and why they enjoy their membership at in the community. For more seasoned Sangamo Club,” Becker said. “It has been members, when they see those young a great way to expose these up-and-com- members at events, that says something ers to the rest of the membership.” about them.” Becker said recruitment efforts for the “This is a great opportunity to bring young professionals group of the club are people together who have similar priorilimited, being a private club, but they en- ties in life,” she added. “They come from courage current members to invite friends such different industries and jobs, and and colleagues to join. this is a chance to interact on a more “We’ve done a lot to reach out to cur- friendly level as opposed to other profesrent members to sponsor young profes- sional development events.” sionals,” she noted. “We also had a pretty Courtney Westlake is a senior enticing promotion, which has now excorrespondent for Springfield Business pired, but it was for our current young Journal. She can be reached at professional members to recruit their friends, which was really successful.”

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• health care 2011

Kindred Hospital

Kindred to have 150 employees by next year Seemingly slow start is due to processes the facility must undergo

was surveyed and accredited by the Joint Commission in February. “We are surveyed at the same standards as Memorial Medical Center and St. John’s,” Hendricksen said. By Courtney Westlake, While the hospital has just four paSenior Correspondent tients occupying the facility currently, Kindred Hospital in Springfield Hendricksen said that is exactly where opened its doors to the community in they want to be and have planned to be December 2010, and while the facility is at this point. The facility holds 50 patient currently taking baby steps in accordance beds and is anticipating having “about 35 patients within a year with the proper proWe want the public to or so,” Hendricksen cedures, Springfield’s healthcare indusknow that while it seems said. She said that close to August 31, try is already seeing like we are moving the hospital will bean impact in terms slowly, we are taking the gin to fill more beds. of jobs, with more The reason for the growth anticipated proper steps to become a seemingly slow start very soon. certified long-term acute is due to processes Kindred Springcare facility.” that the facility must field was the sixth Sherry Hendricksen, undergo to become Kindred Hospital CEO of Kindred Hospital certified by the Cento open in Illinois, ters for Medicare and with all other facilities located in Chicago and Sycamore. As Medicaid Services (CMS), Hendricksen a long-term acute care hospital, Kindred said. “We want the public to know that Hospitals of Illinois specialize in the treatment and rehabilitation of patients who while it seems like we are moving slowly, require extended stays in a hospital set- we are taking the proper steps to become ting, many of whom require pulmonary a certified long-term acute care facility,” care, extensive wound care, ventilator she said. Kindred works very closely with both management and more. Since opening, CEO Sherry Hendrick- St. John’s Hospital and Memorial Medical sen acknowledged Kindred’s share of Center, and many patient referrals come “bumps in the road,” but said that “evContinued on Page 21, erything is going well” now. Kindred Kindred

PROFILE: Mark Rose, D.M.D. – P. 20 LISTS: Hospitals – P. 18 Physician Clinics – P. 22 Fitness Centers – P. 28

18 • August 2011 • Springfield Business Journal

Hospitals Hospital Name Address City, State, ZIP Code


Memorial Medical Center


701 N. First St.


Springfield IL 62781-0001



800 E. Carpenter




1600 W. Walnut


Occupancy Rate

FY 2010 Operating Budget (Millions)

Total Staff (Full-Time Equivalent)


















Edgar J.



Health System


Hospital Sisters


Health System




Year Established




Kindred Hospital Springfield


701 N. Walnut St.


Springfield IL 62702

Inpatient Admissions (2010)

Passavant Area Hospital

Jacksonville IL 62650

Number of Licensed Hospital Beds

St. John’s Hospital

Springfield IL 62769


Telephone Fax Web Site (www.)

(Ranked by Number of Inpatient Admissions)

Sources: The Hospitals N/A - Not Applicable, DND - Did Not Disclose











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IN INSPIRED CARE. Inspired care is visionary medicine and passionate faith. Respecting our traditions and courageously breaking new ground. Collaborating for the greater good while pursuing personal excellence, and discovering joy in both. Inspired care is a commitment to educate the next generation and the wisdom to learn from them as well. It’s the confidence to accept the toughest challenges, and the belief that we can, and will and do. Inspired care is bringing the greatest care to the most people. Caring for the whole person – body, mind and spirit. Giving our all in everything we do. Every day. At St. John’s, we believe in inspired care.

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personality profile •

Smiling about his career Mark Rose, D.M.D. Title: Dentist Address: 2525 West Iles Avenue, Springfield, IL 62704 Phone: (217) 787-6600 E-mail: Age: 40 By Eric Woods, Correspondent


r. Mark Rose grew up in the Chatham area and has spent most of his life in central Illinois. He is married to Tammy and has two children, Jackson and Henry. Rose graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine and also earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Illinois State University. Fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family are what occupy most of his free time. Rose bought his practice from Dr. Rich Tega, whom he had known since he was a teenager. “He had gotten me interested in being a dentist and mentored me along the way,” said Rose. “I worked with him for about 10 years before he retired.” Rose belongs to the local chapter of the American Dental Association, the GV Black Dental Society, Island Bay Yacht Club, and the Springfield Motor Boat Club. Nature of the business: Rose has had his practice now for 14 years, and his office will do a little bit of everything. “We do general dentistry, cosmetic crowns, basic fillings, and cleanings,” he said. “There never is a typical day. Plus there are always some emergencies thrown in once in a while.” Along with Rose, his office employs two hygienists, one assistant, and an office manager. How is business?: “We are really keeping busy,” said Rose. “We always worry with the economy whether or not we are going to take a hit, but it has been a good year. I can’t complain.” Rose sees Springfield as a great city in which to be a dentist as the town has been able to weather the recessions well.

I am not just a dentist, but also a business owner. They do not teach you about that in dental school.

Trends: The public has become more educated in general dentistry, according to Rose. “People know about what products and services are offered, from cosmetic dentistry to bleaching,” he said. Advertisements and infomercials on television and the internet have made it much easier to obtain the knowledge about new products and procedures in dentistry. “Basically they come looking for things versus being told what they need.” Another thing that has caught on in recent years is the use of implants, as people are having their teeth replaced if they need to be pulled as opposed to just having them pulled out. Challenges: Rose always tries to make his patients feel as comfortable as possible. “Nobody wants to go to the dentist and have things done, so I want them to feel okay about what needs to be done,” he said. Keeping up to date on the technical aspect of dentistry is also challenging, as is the process of running a small business in general. “I am not just a dentist, but also a business owner. They do not teach you about that in dental school.” Of what accomplishments are you most proud?: “My children are number one,” said Rose. “On the business side I am proud to have a practice that is doing well, and I have great employees who help things run smoothly.” Rose also remembers how tough it was to get through dental school and is proud to have made it. What was your worst former job?: Rose once worked at a local restaurant washing dishes and knew right away he was not going to like it very much. “That place isn’t in business anymore,” he said. What are some general tips for healthy teeth?: Rose believes in the basics of home teeth care such as brushing and flossing along with seeing the dentist twice a year. “You can do the home care but you still need to be checked every six months,” he said. What’s next for you?: The office is running pretty steady for now, and Rose has no plans to bring in anyone else until he gets closer to retirement. Being a building from 1989, he would like to redo the office at some point by possibly getting new paint and carpeting. “I really do not have any major plans other than to get my kids raised,” he said.

Eric Woods is a freelance writer from Springfield.

• health care 2011 Kindred, Continued from Page 17

ing Initiative received in 2009, as part of the Quantum Growth Partnership (Q5), Sutton said, and Kindred continues to from the two hospitals, though Hendrick- build on their community involvement. “Sherry and Jim (Blasko, chief comsen said referrals may also come from munications officer) have both been nursing homes or other organizations. Currently Kindred has around 60 tremendous proponents of our nursing medical professionals on staff, filling po- initiative and have even agreed to open sitions for respiratory therapists, occu- their doors for clinical rotations for nursing students when pational and speech The impact they make on Kindred is at full therapists, registered capacity, hopefulnurses, pharmacists our local economy with sometime next and more. And plans 150 new jobs is extraor- ly year,” Sutton said. for expansion are undinary and their dedica“Kindred is a true derway. community leader, “We hope to have tion to fostering longand we are grate150 (employees) by term relationships with ful to have them this time next year,” Springfield is outstanding.” in Springfield.” Hendricksen said. Mikal Sutton, medical director for the With Kindred’s One of the major Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce doors now open challenges Kindred and the staff anhas faced thus far is recruiting medical staff to its team; Hen- ticipating adding new patients within the dricksen said that there seems to be a next month or so, local patients are able shortage in the Springfield area for sev- to get the type of critical care provided at Kindred without traveling a distance, eral types of healthcare professionals. Mikal Sutton, medical director for the Hendricksen said. “Without a long-term acute care facilGreater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, applauded the addition of Kindred ity here, patients stay in short-term faciliHospital to the Springfield community ties longer, taking up beds so that other and its impact on the local healthcare patients can’t get in, or the only other option is to be transferred to a facility in St. field. “Obviously we are thrilled to have Louis or Chicago,” she said. Kindred as part of our community,” she said. “The impact they make on our local economy with 150 new jobs is extraordinary and their dedication to fostering long-term relationships with Springfield is outstanding.” Courtney Westlake is a senior Prior to Kindred’s ground-breaking in correspondent for Springfield Business Springfield, they became a funding partJournal. She can be reached at ner for the Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future grant that the Central Illinois Nurs-

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Physician Groups Group Name Address City, State, ZIP Code


Telephone Fax Web Site (www.)

SIU HealthCare


PO Box 19639


Springfield IL 62794-9639

(Ranked by Total Number of Physicians)

Partners/ Principals

Hours of Operation

Type of Clinic

Number of Total # of Physicians Employees

Affiliated with SIU School of Medicine

Mon - Fri, 8AM 4:30PM

Primary Care and Specialty Medical Clinic



Kenneth Sagins, M.D., Chairman Randall A. Bryant, CEO

All Offices: 8AM - 5PM. Prompt Care Locations: 8AM - 8PM




Memorial Health System Affiliate

Mon - Fri, 7:30AM 5PM. Extended hours at some locations.

Primary Care



Specialties Alzheimer Disease & Related Disorders, Audiology, Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Dermatology, Endrocrinology, Family Medicine, Gastrolenterology, General Internal Medicine, Hand Therapy, Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics/ Gynecology, Orthopaedics/Rehabilitation, Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Cancer, Pediatrics and Pediatrics Specialties, Plastic Surgery, Psychiatry, Pulmonary Medicine, Rheumatology, General Surgery, Urology, Vascular Surgery, Dermatology, Fertility/Infertility

Year Established


Springfield Clinic


Springfield Clinic Main Campus – 1025 S. Sixth St. SC 1st - 800 N. First St. SC Chiropractic – 355 W. Carpenter, Suite A 217-528-7541 SC Center for Plastic Surgery – 2901 Greenbriar Dr. SC Famly Practice Center - 1100 Centre West Dr. or 800-444-7541 SC MOHA – 775 Engineering Dr. SC Optical Centre – 1025 S. Sixth St. SC Optical Centre West – 1937 W. Iles Ave. SC Pavilion – 301 N. Eighth St. SC Pediatric & Adolescent Center – 2532 Farragut Dr. SC SOGA – 350 W. Carpenter SC Wabash – 2200 W. Wabash

Memorial Physician Services



Memorial Medical Center 701 N. First St.

Springfield IL 62781 (corporate office)

Prairie Cardiovascular 217-788-0706

Prairie Heart Institute, 619 E. Mason


Memorial Heart and Vascular,


Koke Mill, 3132 Old Jacksonville Road, 62704


North Dirksen, 3220 N. Atlanta St., 62707


South Sixth, 2950 S. Sixth St., 62703


Orthopedic Center of Illinois, Ltd.


1301 S. Koke Mill Road


Springfield IL 62711

Prairie Eye and LASIK Center


2020 W. Iles Ave.


1836 MacArthur Blvd.

217-789-1403 217-789=1825

Springfield IL 62704

Gailey Eye Clinic


5220 S. Sixth St., Suite 2300


Springfield IL 62703

Sources: The Physician Groups.


Cardiac and Vascular Diagnosis & Treatment

Peripheral Vascular Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiol-



ogy, Transesophageal Echo, Congenital Cardiology, Congestive Heart Failure, Percutaneous Valvuloplasty,


Hypertension Management, Non-Invasive Vascular

Memorial Medical Center

Primary & Walk-In Care



Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Family Practice


Gordon Allan, M.D., Rod Herrin, M.D. Leo Ludwig, M.D., Chris Maender, M.D. Barry Mulshine, M.D., Ron Romanelli, M.D. Kari Senica, M.D., Tim VanFleet, M.D. Barry Werries, M.D. Joe Williams, M.D.

Mon - Fri 7:30 AM 6:30 PM Sat 8 AM - 12 PM

Orthopedic Surgery & Pain Management



Orthopedic surgery, pain management, podiatry, imaging, physical therapy


Sandra Yeh, M.D.

Mon - Fri 8AM - 5PM Sat 8AM - 12PM

Opthalmology, Optometry, Optical Center

Robert Juranek, M.D. W. Joseph Townsend, M.D. William Yu, M.D. Diana Widicus, M.D. Tracy R. Henricks, M.D.

9AM - 8PM

Primary & Walk-In Care, Internal Medicine, Family Practice


James Knupp, M.D. Sumit Bahtia, M.D. Ara Aprahamian, M.D. Sarah Kodadadeh, M.D.

Mon - Fri 8AM - 5PM

Opthalmology, Optometry, Optical Center


Springfield Priority Care


Obstetrics / Gynecology

Koke Mill / Dirksen: 9AM - 8PM. Sixth: 7AM 10 PM

Springfield IL 62704


Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine,


Diagnosis, Vascular Medicine

Springfield IL


Mon - Fri 8AM - 5PM

Springfield IL 62701



Interventional Cardiology, Electrophysiology,

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health care 2011 • MediArt finds way into offices Businessman favors another local artist not well known in the Springfield community By Caitlin Rydinsky, Correspondent Along with Roberta Hahn’s original artwork comes a history lesson in medicine. Hahn, a local artist and entrepreneur and the founder of Medi Art, transforms past medical practices into pieces of art with the help of other local artists she employs. Her interest lies in adding another diverse way of displaying art with a medical lesson behind it. “There isn’t any medical history and looking back at these pieces (of my grandfather’s art)…they are so entertaining and fun I wanted to bring them back to life,” Hahn said. Hahn has been affiliated with the med-

Hahn would like to expand into more facilities nationwide and be able to offer education, history, and entertainment for children to see how past medical practices were performed as compared to the advances we have come to now. “You can go see the civil war,…everything that happened back in the concentration camps, but there is not any medical history, that I have seen, anywhere like Medi Art,” she said. She believes it is an area important to teach. Potter said that Hahn’s work explores every specialty that the medical field has to offer, such as cardiology, gynecology and neurology to name a few. While choosing artwork for their conference room at Springfield Clinic, they wanted to display work from every department, and Hahn’s work accomplished that. “Her work is medically geared,” said Potter of the difference in Hahn’s work from others.

MediArt displayed in Springfield Clinic conference room ical industry for more than 20 years in areas such as medical equipment, nursing agencies and support groups of parents of physically challenged children. Using her studies of past medical practices, she and her team create art that both educate and stimulate visitors and employees of medical facilities. Hahn is one of several local artists who have found their way into the offices of Springfield-area companies and organizations, increasing awareness and appreciation of their work. Hahn’s Medi Art display at the Springfield Clinic has opened an interest within other organizations to have a display of their own such as doctor offices, Universities, and many other medical institutions located in Ill., Ore., Calif., and Okla. “That makes us proud that we can show off what we have invested in, and that it was a good investment and decision for us, as well as promoting Springfield and a local artist,” said Linda Potter Director of Operations at the Springfield Clinic. Huhn explained that Medi Art does not compete with artwork typically displayed through most medical related facilities but rather adds a “different choice.” Her 10-person team consists of sales consultants, graphic design artists, photographers, web designers, sketchers, painters and textural artists between the ages of 23-60. Since her office is homebased, as of now, most of her employees work out of their homes and send in their drafts through the internet. “(I) love I’m at home, but the disadvantage is I live out past the airport so the drive is hard for customers. Normally I make appointments in town with potential clients,” Hahn said.

Local businessman and art enthusiast Chris Schaller, 37, of Diamond Residential Mortgage, has also chosen to display original artwork in his office, with works by George Colin, from Salisbury, Ill. Colin is known for his Folk Art, but through the 60 pieces of work displayed through the halls and offices within the Diamond Mortgage, you will see a few different styles that reflect well-known artists such as Picasso to a paper towel that Colin used to clean his brush and drew a face on. “(I) placed them in my office, but they outgrew my office into my coworker’s offices, hallways, and office rooms,” said Schaller of his increasing George Colin collection. Schaller first came across Colin’s work in a bank six years ago that captured his attention and curiosity. “Over the years he became a client and friend of mine,” said Schaller. Colin’s work has been seen on Oprah and in Chicago’s Michael Jordan restaurant but is seemingly not as well-known in Springfield, though Schaller said he hopes to increase Colin’s popularity with his own display. Despite the fact that the artwork does not reflect his business as a mortgage planner, the abundance of artwork does create some curiosity and attraction with Schaller’s clients. “He’s an amazing individual. I like to raise awareness of what we have right here in Springfield,” Schaller said.

Caitlin Rydinsky is a freelance writer from Springfield.

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Breast cancer survivors recruited for study at SIU Medical School

A group of women who have had breast cancer are being recruited by Southern Illinois University School of Medicine for a study to determine the effectiveness of an exercise program designed to help breast cancer patients. The study is being nationally funded by the National Cancer Institute, a division of the National Institutes of Health. “Having breast cancer frequently causes women to exercise less after their diagnosis. In this study, we are evaluating whether an exercise program lessens fatigue and improves the ability to sleep,” said Dr. Laura Q. Rogers, associate professor of internal medicine at SIU, who is directing the study. Twenty-four women have already participated in this study. Women ages 30 to 70, who have a history of breast cancer and are able and willing to start an exercise program, are being sought. Participants will randomly be assigned to a 12-week exercise program so that their fatigue, poor sleep and related blood markers of inflammation can be studied. The program includes supervised exercise sessions, home exercise sessions and group discussions. There is no charge to the participants for the tests related to the study. Results can be shared with the participant’s personal physician at the end of the study. A member of the Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU, Rogers has been studying exercise and breast cancer since 2002. Her previous research focused on healthy lifestyles related to high cholesterol management, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. She joined the SIU faculty in 2000. Rogers is board certified in internal medicine.

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LLCC’s Occupational Therapy Program receives reaccreditation

The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program at Lincoln Land Community College has been granted reaccreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Following an on-site visit in February, the Council granted the program a 10-year reaccreditation. LLCC’s OTA program prepares students to perform selected occupational therapy procedures and related tasks under the direction and supervision of an occupational therapist. Careers in this field include occupational therapy assistant in a hospital, outpatient clinic, nursing home, school, industry or community health agency. Ruth Bixby, program director and OTA instructor said, “We are very pleased with this full, unconditional reaccreditation. We have had a 100 percent pass rate on the national certification exam since the program started in 1998.”

Memorial Medical Center opens outpatient imaging center

Providing patients with access to comprehensive imaging services in a central location, Memorial Medical Center has opened its expanded and renovated Outpatient Medical Imaging Center on the first floor of the Baylis Medical Building. “We’ve designed this space with patient safety, privacy and comfort as our

priorities,” said Marjorie Calvetti, director of medical imaging services at Memorial Medical Center. The 16,785-square-foot renovated facility is expected to serve about 26,500 patients every year, with some traveling from 60 to 75 miles away. The digital mammography section provides for privacy with personal changing rooms and private waiting areas. Three digital mammography units help to reduce waiting times for patients. A 128-slice CT scanner can image any part of the anatomy and serves patients with virtually any affliction. It is primarily used for oncology, cardiology and neurology patients. Its speed has reduced patients’ actual imaging time to an average of 15 minutes. The center’s MRI produces pictures of

organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. It enables physicians to evaluate various parts of the body and determine the presence of certain diseases that may not be assessed adequately through x-ray, ultrasound or CT imaging technologies. The diagnostic x-ray area features a new digital unit, which takes images in no more than a couple of minutes. Its wireless technology enables support for outpatient surgical procedures performed in Memorial’s Baylis Medical Building. “Having many diagnostic tools in one area will allow patients to receive sameday services,” Calvetti said.

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health care 2011 • Springfield Clinic launches myHealth@SC Patient Portal

Springfield Clinic has launched myHealth@SC, the area’s first online patient portal. The new tool allows users to interact with their health records and doctors’ offices. myHealth@SC, powered by FollowMyHealth, is the latest innovation from Springfield Clinic’s technology subsidiary, Jardogs, LLC. The ecure online application gives patients the power to manage a copy of their personal health record. myHealth@SC also provides the capability to expedite appointment check-ins by completing and submitting forms online. Patients can download and email immunizations history and other documents, as well as review their medical records, including lab and test results, office visits, physician notes, conditions and medications. “We truly believe this tool will improve the patient’s experience at Springfield Clinic,” says Robert Mulch, MD, Springfield Clinic medical director and specialist in Family Medicine at Springfield Clinic Hillsboro. “Once patients start using these health record management tools, they’ll be better prepared for their office visit and more engaged in their care.” Additionally, myHealth@SC users have the ability to request appointments and prescription refills, as well as send and receive messages from their doctor’s office. Patients can also receive appointment reminders and prescription alerts through email and text messaging. Use of myHealth@SC is free and available to all Springfield Clinic patients. Enrollment begins with a visit to any Springfield Clinic office to verify the patient’s identity. An email invitation launches a series of electronic transactions that populate the patient’s myHealth@SC account with data from their medical record. Once the account has been created, patients have access to features and functions of the application. “The ability to manage and update this information from the privacy of their own homes is really the greatest draw for patients,” says Linda Meadows, director of Springfield Clinic’s Health Information Management department. “Health information is personal and private, and to be able to take charge of it yourself is something our patients appreciate.” Several enhancements are planned for future releases, including the addition of an updated online bill pay feature. Within the next year, other local health care institutions are expected to utilize the FollowMyHealth solution to create their own version of a patient portal, which will enable Springfield Clinic patients to integrate their health records from multiple medical facilities into a single personal repository.

Foot and Ankle Center of Illinois opens

John M. Sigle, D.P.M. has opened the Foot and Ankle Center of Illinois, a foot and ankle clinic specializing in deformity correction, trauma, ankle replacement, reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, orthotics/sports medicine, pediatric care, diabetic care, as well as general podiatry. “Opening a center in Springfield dedicated solely to foot and ankle health has been a goal of mine for a number of years.” said Dr. Sigle. Dr. Sigle received a bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, graduated from Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, and com-

pleted his podiatric medicine and surgical residency at Botsford General Hospital. He went on to complete advanced reconstructive ankle and foot surgery/trauma at Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco. Dr. Sigle is board-certified through the American Board of Foot Surgery and in Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery.

New pediatric practice opens

Dr. Prasanta Bhamidipati and Dr. Jane Taylor will open a new pediatric practice at the St. John’s Health Center location at Prairie Crossing, just off Route 4 in Springfield. Dr. Bhamidipati joined the HSHS Medical Group in January and has been working from the Priority Care location on MacArthur since January. Dr. Bhamidipati is board certified in Pediatrics and brings over ten years of experience to the practice, having relocated to central Illinois from California. After receiving her medical degree in India, she completed her residency in Pediatrics from the University of Medicine and Dentistry, Newark, NJ (UMDNJ). Dr. Bhamidipati then practiced in San Francisco before relocating earlier this year. Dr. Bhamidipati provides complete wellchild care and acute care for pediatric patients from birth through adolescence. She brings a range of clinical experience to the practice including breastfeeding, allergies, asthma and teen health. Dr. Jane Taylor will join the practice. Dr. Taylor received her medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. She has held leadership roles during her residency, including as a member of the St. John’s Children’s Hospital Quality Improvement Steering Committee. Both physicians will be accepting new patients from newborn through adolescence and the practice will initially care for patients both by appointment and walk-in. The Prairie Crossing location formerly housed the practice of Dr. Michael Nenaber, internal medicine, and Dr. Minh Nguyen, family medicine, who have relocated to the new St. John’s Health Center – Panther Creek, just west of Prairie Crossing at Route 4 and Mathers Road.

Springfield Clinic Chiropractic opens new office

Springfield Clinic’s Chiropractic Department has relocated to a remodeled facility at 355 West Carpenter. The new location houses Windie McKay, DC, a specialist in Chiropractic medicine, whose top areas of focus include spine, acupuncture, headaches, neck and back pain, smoking cessation and stress reduction. “We believe in a holistic, ‘total person’ approach to healing,” says Dr. McKay. Working with Dr. McKay in the new medical office is Michael Davin, LMT, who provides care utilizing massage and neuromuscular therapy. Sean P. Valenti, DC, is scheduled to join Springfield Clinic’s Chiropractic team in September. The new office, located directly across from Springfield Clinic SOGA on Carpenter Street, will provide services exclusively for Chiropractic patients. “For years, our office has been part of a much bigger medical complex. This new setting is far more intimate, and we’re confident our patients will find the atmosphere more peaceful and relaxing,” adds Dr. McKay.

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America Ambulance adds second location

America Ambulance Service, Inc. has added a second location at 2711 West Washington in Springfield, formerly studio space for Terry Farmer Photography. “As the city continues to grow, we felt it was important to accommodate the needs of the community by expanding our operations,” said Susan Zappa, BSN, RN and president/owner of America Ambulance. Established in 1967, America Ambulance Service, Inc. is the oldest locallyowned emergency and non-emergency service in Springfield. It has been owned by Zappa since 2008. America’s other location and main office is located at 1501 S. Fifth Street in Springfield. America Ambulance employs more than 50 people and operates Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulances 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. The company’s service area encompasses all of Sangamon County for emergency calls and a five-state area for non-emergency transports. In addition to medical transport, America Ambulance provides event standby services for community events such as the Illinois State Fair as well as continuing education and CPR classes for District 186 as well as other groups.

Dr. Sherry Simmons and staff attend The Aesthetic Show

Dr. Simmons, owner of Body Perfect, and staff earned the designation of Na-

tionally Certified Aesthetic Consultants at the four day seminar in Las Vegas, Nv. As part of the program, the staff learned the latest trends and practice in aesthetic medicine. They also had the opportunity to meet and train with industry leaders to test and purchase cutting edge equipment. Dr. Simmons was named a member of the alumni advisory board. The board is comprised of leaders in the medical aesthetic industry whose opinions provide feedback regarding the latest innovations.

Prairie and St. John’s enroll in trial

Prairie Cardiovascular Cardiologists and St. John’s Hospital were the first to enroll a patient into Lutonix’s LEVANT 2, a global, multicenter, randomized trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of the Moxy Drug Coated Balloon compared to a standard angioplasty balloon for the treatment of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein, an interventional cardiologist at St. John’s performed the first case. LEVANT 2 is the first drug-coated balloon pivotal trial to be approved by the FDA, Prairie Education and Research Cooperative (PERC), along with St. John’s, is one of 55 centers around the world participating in the trial, which is expected to randomize 476 patients with diseased femoropopliteal leg arteries. The trial will investigate whether the Moxy balloon is more effective than standard angioplasty at keeping leg arteries open and free from re-blockage over time.

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employee benefits 2011 • Survey: Small-business optimism drops Springfield-area businesses somewhat insulated from national trends By Bridget Ingebrigtsen, Senior Correspondent Standard and Poor’s reported 2006-level optimism in the second quarter of this year, but the gauge for small business showed a more pessimistic outlook. The National Federation of Independent Business’s (NFIB) monthly optimism index dropped for the third straight month in May. The NFIB represents 350,000 members across the country and roughly 11,000 in Illinois. A quarter of the members reported poor earnings based on weak demand,

rible,’ but they also aren’t expanding or hiring.” Clarke Maisch said that states like Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin are models for spurring small-business growth because they are cutting taxes, cutting regulations and aggressively recruiting investors and new businesses. As a result, small businesses are quietly crossing the Illinois border in pursuit of a more smallbusiness-friendly environment. “ …the Wall Street crowd is feeling better because they’re largely protected by international borders and lopsided tax policies,” said Clarke Maisch. “Small business owners file their taxes as individuals, so they pay the top rate, and most are strictly local. They can’t escape the U.S. taxes and regulations that corporations

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(l to r) Kris Salter, president of KSID Interiors and Katie Armstrong, interior designer and a substantial number cited higher can avoid in China, India and around the costs for fuel and commodities as the rea- world.” son for their negative outlook. In addiJoel D. Gustafson, senior vice president tion, more small businesses are planning of Assist Investment Management Co. to lay off workers this year than are plan- Inc. in Springfield, said that it’s not unning to increase their workforce, accord- common for small business and big busiing to the survey. ness to have different outlooks. “There is Kim Clarke Maisch, Illinois’ NFIB state a very large disconnect, as there usually director, said the monthly optimism in- is, between Wall Street and Main Street, dex is conducted nationally, so it doesn’t between large multi-national companies portray what is specifically happening on and small business, and between governa local level. “Springfield, in a sense, is ment and private enterprise. In the end, insulated from the the world economy ’Wall Street’ firms are major downturn will always conthat other larger often an overly optimistic tinue to grow over cities have experitime at varying group. They are paid to enced because our rates,” he said. be optimistic. Optimism housing market “Wall Street’ never peaked the firms are often an on Wall Street brings way the bigger metoptimisabout profitable activities overly ropolitan markets tic group,” said such as mergers and acquisidid,” she said. Gustafson. “They N e v e r t h e l e s s , tions, initial public offerings, are paid to be opsmall business in debt offerings, venture capital timistic. Optimism general is at a disadon Wall Street vantage for a num- plays, trading activity, and a brings about profitber of reasons, she whole host of other profitable able activities such said. She pointed to activities.” as mergers and acIllinois’ rising state initial Joel D. Gustafson, senior vice president quisitions, taxes and a missed public offerings, of Assist Investment Management Co. Inc. opportunity to efdebt offerings, venfectively reform the ture capital plays, state’s workers’ compensation system. In trading activity and a whole host of other addition, small businesses struggle to deal profitable activities.” with health care reform and high gasoNevertheless, he noted that Wall Street line prices. is not “gushing” optimism right now in Because of these challenges, small- light of the debt crises, tax issues, money business owners are reluctant to take risks. supplies being aggressively expanded and “Many are happy with the status quo high domestic unemployment, and limright now,” Clarke Maisch said. “Business Continued on Next Page owners will say to me, ‘Business isn’t hor-

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Mark Roberts III, owner of GoWeb1, said that he make decisions about his webservices business based on what he thinks ited access to capital. Kris Salter, owner of KSID Interiors, is right, not on what national pundits said her interior design business has con- say. “I have seen too many experts call it sistently grown since opening five years wrong over and over again,” Roberts said. ago. “We have expanded our staff through “I don’t have time to second-guess myself or be influenced by the past five years, I have seen too many others that I don’t from one person to now three, plus experts call it wrong over have a personal relationship with.” summer interns,” and over again. I don’t Roberts said that Salter said. “We are have time to secondtechnology-based getting ready to begin the process guess myself or be influ- businesses are risky by nature. But careof looking for an enced by others that I ful planning can additional person limit the risks. “The to join our team as don’t have a personal relationtruth of the matter our business transi- ship with.” tions.” Mark Roberts III, is, I am one of the risk-adverse But, Salter adowner of GoWeb1 most individuals on the mits that she spends conservatively because of what is planet,” Roberts said. “Before we make a happening on a national level. “Knowing decision on creating a new product or serthat our country is going through some vice, we try to shoot as many flaws in it as difficult times, which could potentially possible. We are always moving forward get much worse, I do take fewer risks with to create what we feel is absolutely the our finances,” Salter said. “I spend less on best product or service available.” Gustafson said business is cyclic and marketing and advertising, trying to keep our overhead streamlined so we have rev- in time, the economy will recover as it enue to keep afloat in the event things has many times in history. “As humans change enough to affect us dramatically. we can’t help ourselves. We are always It also does motivate me to make sure the finding ways to be more productive and decisions I am making are truly the di- efficient which in turn fosters economic rection I want the business to take. I am growth. Companies and entire industries will occasionally fail, but a more producmore careful.” Salter agreed with Clarke Maisch’s tive and efficient company and industry opinion that Springfield tends to be a will eventually replace them.” stable market. “It seems that Central Illinois businesses do not typically have the Bridget Ingebrigtsen is a senior highs and lows that are apparent in larger correspondent for Springfield Business cities, like Chicago or St. Louis, especially Journal. She can be reached at in our industry, commercial and tial interior design.”

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homas Hamill grew up in Palatine and has been in Springfield since 2002. He is married to Cindi and has three children: Jake, Ellie, and Gage. Hamill earned his juris doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law and also has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He spends a great deal of time at his children’s events, from coaching soccer and basketball to attending cross country and swim meets. Since beginning his practice, Hamill has remained focused on estate planning. “I have always enjoyed taking the tax laws with what the clients want and meshing them together,” he said. He has spoken at estate planning seminars, including those presented by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) and has authored a number of estate law materials. He met the founder of Harrison & Held, who also speaks at many of the same seminars, and the two became acquaintances before Hamill came on board. Hamill belongs to the Illinois State Bar Association and the Sangamon Valley Estate Planning Council. Nature of the business: Harrison & Held is originally based out of Chicago, and Hamill opened the Springfield branch in January of 2011. As part of his practice, Hamill implements estate plans that address the needs of the family. This includes preparing wills and trusts along with federal and state esThey keep changing tate tax returns. “I focus on clients who may have estate tax problems and work the estate tax rules on with them to minimize estate taxes,” he us. Anyone that is over said. Hamill works a lot with business that one million mark owners and farm clients. “We can now bring the sophisticated estate planning will have to worry in 18 from the bigger cities into Springfield. We months. are unique in that sense.”

How is business?: Harrison & Held is listed as one of the top 10 trust and estate law firms in Illinois, according to the US News & World Report. Hamill understands that when the rules of estate law change, clients need to know immediately. “When Congress makes decisions, clients need to act quickly,” he said. Trends: According to Hamill, clients are now choosing between children inheriting their estate outright and inheriting a trust in order to protect the assets for the children. “Society has become very litigious,” he said. “With proper estate planning, most people do not have to pay estate taxes, except the wealthy.” Challenges: “They keep changing the estate tax rules on us,” said Hamill. Over the next 18 months, wealthier clients can still give away property to avoid the taxes, but as of January 1, 2013, the maximum amount allowed will drop from its current figure of $5 million to $1 million. “Anyone that is over that one million mark will have to worry in 18 months.” Of what accomplishments are you most proud?: Hamill truly enjoys his job. “I can minimize your estate tax bill with proper planning,” he said. “I am doing the job well when I can help people from having to pay estate taxes.” Hamill is also proud of his pro bono work as he enjoys working with people who have very small estates and few assets. What was your worst former job?: In 1988, Hamill had a job loading airplanes at O’Hare Airport during a severe drought. “I enjoyed it, but it was extremely hot and physically demanding,” he said. “They actually wanted me full-time because I was a hard worker.” What is some general advice for potential clients?: “Start a plan early enough so you can still accomplish your goals,” he said. “As circumstances in your life change, revisit the plan.” What’s next for you?: Hamill hopes to survive the tax law change while at the same time grow and expand his practice in Springfield. “My goal would be to bring in another attorney to handle some of the workload,” he said. “We have an extra office right now.”

Eric Woods is a freelance writer from Springfield.

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Insurance replacement costs and considerations


ou open the envelope from your insurance company and see coverage for your home, as well as the premium, have increased again. Ever wonder how the company determines what the cost would be to replace your home in the event of a loss? Fires, tornado, earthquake, mine subsidence, and vandalism are only a few reasons you may file a claim to cover a loss. Whether the loss involves all or only a portion of your home, the time when you need to file a claim is not the time to find out you are underinsured. None of us like to pay higher premiums for coverage, but if your losses were to exceed your coverage, you would have to produce the difference to rebuild all or part of your home. This replacement cost can be determined in several ways. Sometimes questionnaires are sent to policy holders to fill out or the agent may visit to see, review and take pictures to have on file, or the current coverage can be increased by a percentage equal to the increasing cost of construction materials and labor costs. Insurance companies also use tools called replacement cost estimators to determine what should be the adequate amount of coverage for your home. Some insurance companies, as well as independent companies who contract with insurance companies, have trained field representatives who come to your home, take photos, measurements, and

City Codes Dale Simpson an inventory of how the home is constructed. The goal is to determine what the replacement cost would be to the insurance company should the structure need to be rebuilt to its original state, taking into account the materials and labor costs involved to reach this end. These field agents follow a set of guidelines to determine this cost. Several factors are taken into consideration: Year the structure was built, number of stories, whether on a basement, crawlspace, or slab foundation. Are the walls constructed of drywall or plaster, paneling or tile? What type of floor coverings, cabinets, appliances, and special items are there. Is the kitchen a basic type or a designer kitchen with one of a kind or special countertops and appliances? Are the bathrooms full or partial, how many fixtures in each? Is the basement finished or unfinished? Have the utility systems been updated? Are the exterior walls covered in vinyl or aluminum siding, brick veneer or solid brick? How old is the roof and what materials are used: shingles or steel roofing? Updated electrical and plumbing systems generally create fewer problems for insurance companies as losses from worn wiring and leaking pipes are reduced. All of the materials currently used should be replaced in the rebuilt structure if your coverage is adequate to handle the cost. The more ornate fixtures or methods of construction in place, the more the coverage will be needed to replace them.

Another factor of your coverage is liability issues that may be present. How safe is it for people to be on your property, even if they are there illegally, such as trespassers? While it is illegal to trespass on your property, if you have an attractive nuisance on site that is not secured properly, and a person gets hurt because of it, you could be liable. Let’s consider a swimming pool for instance. Pools must be secured and measures taken to keep unauthorized persons out of them at all times. This may include a fence around the pool as well as the yard surrounding it. The entry gates to the yard and the pool area itself should be latched and provided with locks. The law allows people to protect themselves from others who should know trespassing is illegal, but children are sometimes not held responsible in the eyes of the law to be aware of this fact. So the property owner must take appropriate measures to keep everyone out. If not, the insurance company, who will bear the brunt of a pay out, will charge accordingly through the premiums paid to them. In worst case scenarios, they may even refuse coverage as circumstances may be deemed too hazardous to provide monetary protection. Other items which can be considered attractive nuisances and should be secured include trampolines, hot tubs, jungle gym children’s play sets, and tree houses. A large hazard that insurance companies look at is dogs and other animals. Not all companies agree on what breeds of dogs are hazardous. Some companies want to know if there are any dogs at all, others only want to know about aggres-

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sive dogs, still others specifically consider a dog a hazard based on the breed. Again, not all companies are the same, but breeds most recognized as hazardous are; Alaskan Malamute, Boxer, Bulldog, Canary Dog, Chow, Doberman Pinscher, Great Dane, Husky, Mastiff breeds, Pit Bull breeds, Rottweiler, and Wolf Hybrids. Some companies consider all German Shepherds hazardous; still others consider them a hazard only if aggressive. Any dog with a bite history is considered a hazard. Other hazards may include a business conducted from your home where people have to come onto the property, fuel storage tanks, wood burning stoves, nearby bodies of water, trash and debris in your yard or a neighbor’s yard, adjacent buildings in poor condition, trees hanging over or touching a roof, three or more steps without handrails, and the distance of fire hydrants and fire departments to the property. So many factors are considered when determining the amount of premium you will pay to provide the adequate coverage you need. The only way to be sure is to contact your agent every two or three years and discuss the situation. They may suggest a replacement cost survey of your home.

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Error leaves reader with tax issue Practical answers to tough money questions DEAR BRUCE: I just received a notice from the IRS that I owe $650 for dependent-care benefits for my taxes from 2009. I’ve paid the same professional accountant for seven years to do my taxes, and every year I have told him I have a flexible spending account and a dependent-care account. Apparently the accountant gave the dependent care credit account rather than reporting my flexible spending account benefit. He says he missed the information on my W2s and told me I owe the money to the IRS. Is the accountant responsible for paying any of the tax and/ or penalty for his oversight? – J.C., Lansdale, Pa. DEAR J.C.: Ordinarily, if a professional tax preparer makes an error on any assessment, paying the penalties is his or her responsibility. The taxes due, however, are the filer’s, and they would have to be paid anyway. The problem here is often that the amounts are relatively modest. Going after the accountant may not be worth the effort. There are requirements for licensing accountants, and a complaint can be made to those licensing agencies. Further, he or she might be a member of professional organizations, and you can file

Smart Money Bruce Williams complaints with them as well. The difficulty here is that for $650, it’s likely that at least $400 or more is taxes that need to be paid, making the amount that you can recover from the accountant about $250. Whether it’s worth pursuing is entirely up to you. You have to ask, is the principle worth the fight? DEAR BRUCE: Is there any legal way to get out of a seller-financed mortgage? My wife and I got into this deal nearly four years ago. My wife was married before, and the two of them filed for bankruptcy. I had a rental property that the tenant stopped paying rent on, and I had to evict. I never recovered the money owed, and I had it reported on my credit report as 120 days late. We obviously were not in the best position to get a regular loan. We needed to move and came across this property, which was exactly what we were looking for. We were initially going to rent it but were presented with a seller-finance option. Eight months into this deal, I could see that the note was so much that there would not be wiggle room if something were to happen. Over the four years, we have not paid other debts to make sure we could pay this “mortgage.” We’ve had accidents, loss of wages and several other things that have affected our being able to pay this note. We are currently about $2,600 behind but always pay after the due date because we just don’t have it.

The owner is now threatening us with default. We have asked him to rework the deal and disclosed all financial information so he could see that we are spending more than 36 percent of our income on this note. While I understand this is his right, is there anything we can do to avoid a default on my report for 10 years? What exactly does a default involve? Does that mean they will garnish wages for seemingly the rest of my working life? We are not trying to get out of paying anything. We simply can no longer afford it. – L.L., via email DEAR L.L.: Seller financing, bank financing, private-company financing -- these variables have no meaning. The issue here is what the mortgage says that you, your wife and the granter of the mortgage have agreed to. The obvious way to “get out of a mortgage” is to pay it off, and you are not in the position to do that. Further, if you are behind (even a day), you are in default. Being late is clearly a result of circumstance rather than intent. That, again, has little meaning. If the seller chooses to move against you, there is no way I know of that he can be stopped or faulted. That’s his privilege. He loaned the money and wants to get paid. If that happens, the property will eventually be sold. He will likely bid the amount that you owe him, along with any fees, interest, etc. If someone else purchases it, he will get his money and walk away. The likelihood is that no one else will purchase it, so he will buy it at that number, and there will

be no residual benefit to you. Your owner is most likely not a member of any credit organization, therefore he will not report this incident to a credit-reporting agency. They may, however, pick up on it in court records and include it in their report. All of these things are not good for you. I don’t know anyway to forestall. From the owner’s point of view, if he can’t sell the mortgage, he should be amenable to some type of negotiation, not necessarily to lower the obligation, but at least to forestall the process, since he’s not going to get paid. The mortgagor might believe the property is worth more, and he will either find someone to purchase his interest or take it back. He may be able to sell it for more. I don’t know of any cards you are holding that give you strength in negotiation. Declaring bankruptcy could forestall his ability to foreclose on the family homestead. You will need representation to determine the best option. DEAR BRUCE: I’m trying to convince a real estate partner (in Texas) to refinance one of our fully paid residential rental properties in Texas. I understand the proceeds of the loan would be tax-free. His CPA disagrees, saying that the proceeds would be taxable. I’m saying the money has to be paid back and therefore is not “income.” I refinanced a shopping center in the same area with a larger loan in 2005, and the three partners all pocketed some loan proceeds tax-free. The amount we are planning would be only about 50 percent of value and leave us in a com-

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• smart money fortable cash-flow position. We own another similar property together that is also paid off. What are the IRS implications of refinancing and excess loan proceeds? Do you have any other comments on the plan? – Charlie, Hernando, Fla. DEAR CHARLIE: While there may be something in this particular relationship that would change the general rules, my experience and experts tell me that your argument is proper. The proceeds of the loan are ordinarily tax-free because they are indeed obligations, which must be paid before the sale or at the very least at the sale of the property. It may well be that there are other rules to consider and circumstances regardless of the amount you are borrowing, etc. I would run this past a qualified tax adviser. DEAR BRUCE: I am worried about my sister, who is on disability. She is 55 and married. Her spouse is unemployed and on dialysis. They both have high prescription and medical costs. They buy everything on credit cards. Last I checked, they had 15 to 20 credit cards and owed about $30,000. She says they pay the minimum each month and are never delinquent. She has a conduit account in mutual funds from money she got after our parents died. I believe she has about $60,000 left in it. I think she should take out enough to pay off their credit card bills, even with taxes and penalties. She keeps saying that is her retirement and that is all she has. But I am worried that the credit card interest rates will eat everything up and then some. – Debra, via email DEAR DEBRA: You have every reason to be concerned about your sister’s finances. Why they continue to purchase on credit cards and pay the minimum is difficult to understand. Given the interest they are paying, the credit card bills are probably costing them considerably more than they are earning in their mutual-fund account. I can understand her reluctance to use half of the $60,000, but every month she is digging a bigger hole, and that’s just the short term. If they are both on disability, why have they not applied for Social Security income, Medicaid or some other program? They should be eligible for one or more of these programs, but be aware that Social Security income generally takes a couple of years to get in place, and almost all applications are rejected on the first go around. It’s not a pretty picture, and it’s not going to get any better for them if they

continue to make these minimum payments and keep making purchases on the credit cards. I wish I had a better solution. It seems obvious that what they are doing is not the best way to go unless they are planning to discharge all of their obligations through a bankruptcy. DEAR BRUCE: Years ago, on a whim, I purchased a lot on a golf-course development at auction. The lot was not in a great area, but the cost was about $1,000. The taxes and assessment fees were minimal. Over the years, however, the owner-assessment fees have increased more than 800 percent. The lot assessment is the same as for homeowners who live in $150,000 to $400,000 homes. Selling, in this economy and with the taxes and fees, is impossible. How can I best dispose of this liability? – Terry, Brookville, Pa. DEAR TERRY: Your situation is very similar to that of folks who purchased homes and are now upside-down. If you paid cash, that’s not a perfect comparison, but the facts are that you are being assessed by your homeowners association, which is certainly proper, and you have real estate taxes and local taxes. If you get tax bills from the city or county and fail to pay them, eventually they will foreclosure against the property. Whether that would legally resolve the situation between you and the association is a separate question. I’m not sure they would even bother foreclosing. That is another unanswered question. Finally, what is the association to do with delinquent payers? Do they take legal action against them personally? This will take some research by you or an attorney, but it’s not just a matter of “I will stop paying and it will go away.” You should find out, at the very least, what the association and the taxing authorities have done in the past. That’s not a guarantee of future behavior, but it’s a pretty decent indicator.

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Recipe for success Tonia Kiddy Title: Owner, Mrs. Kiddy’s Cakes Address: 917 Clocktower Drive, Springfield, IL 62704 Phone: (217) 546-5529 E-mail: Age: 40 By Eric Woods, Correspondent


onia Kiddy was born in Springfield, but at age six, her family moved to Las Vegas. She came back to Springfield in 2001 after attending a family reunion. Kiddy is married to Randy and has two children, Deven and Deja. She is certified in meat cutting and even studied under the chef for President Ford. “You learn quickly under him, because he was scary,” she said. While training, she had to learn a variety of areas, including baking, and at one point she was told that she should get into cake decorating. “Meat cutting was supposed to be a man’s world.” Kiddy worked with food for a long time, and when the pastry chef of Il Fornaio in Las Vegas left, she bid on the job and got it. Kiddy learned northern Italian recipes first before starting her own recipes. In 1997 she won the Signature Dessert Award for her chocolate hazelnut truffle cheesecake. After working for nine years as the bakery manager for Wal-Mart, Kiddy opened up her own shop and is closing in on her second anniversary. Kiddy enjoys bike riding and reading when she has free time, but lately her job has taken up all of her time.

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Nature of the business: Mrs. Kiddy’s Cakes specializes in all different kinds of cakes, pastries, cookies, and doughnuts to name a few. Everything is homemade, which is something the customers love, according to Kiddy. There are 27 different flavors of cupcakes, and customers can buy as many as they want. The store also offers catering for events such as weddings and graduations. Opening in November of 2009, Kiddy did not want any debt, so she used her 401(k) to open the business. “We took this location and made it sanitary safe,” she said. “People had trouble finding us at first, but it is much better now.” How is business?: Business has been very good since the store opened. “We have grown so much in two years,” said Kiddy. “We will hopefully be hiring very soon, and that means success.” Recently, Mrs. Kiddy’s was a candidate to appear on the reality show The Next Great Baker. Kiddy made it to the fourth interview in the process.

Many people said I couldn’t do it, especially during a recession. I could not believe the number of people who were unsupportive.

Trends: Kiddy has seen how television shows, especially reality shows, have been problematic in the industry as people want what they see in these shows. “People do not know what it takes to make what they advertise on these shows,” she said. Also, the popular style of wedding cake is now multi-tiered, and the use of an icing-like topping known as fondant is big. “Things can be molded and formed out of the fondant. It lies on top of the cake, and people like it.” Challenges: Just having a business is tough, according to Kiddy. “There are so many things you do not know until you start the process,” she said. The tax laws are one of those things, and Kiddy advises anyone opening a business to get a bookkeeper and learn the laws. “There is no one source to get all of this information from.” Of what accomplishments are you most proud?: First and foremost, Kiddy is proud of her kids. Her business is second on the list, especially since she faced a number of naysayers when she decided to open the store. “Many people said I couldn’t do it, especially during a recession,” she said. “I could not believe the number of people who were unsupportive.” What was your worst former job?: Kiddy once worked at a restaurant in Muskogee, Okla. in which there were no breaks for up to seven hours at a time. They also did not have worker’s compensation, and Kiddy had to deal with it when she was hurt on the job.

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What is your busiest time of year?: Graduation time has proven to be extremely busy, as that is also the beginning of wedding season. Because Kiddy will personalize for what people want, she gets all kinds of crazy requests. “People can get molded figures that look like their kids,” she said. What’s next for you?: Kiddy would like to open a second store on the north side of Springfield. “Even if we do not bake from there, we can still sell from there,” she said. “I want it to be a place where you can go on a Friday night and grab something quickly. It won’t just be for special occasions.” Eric Woods is a freelance writer from Springfield

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‘Green’ building opens, another recognized


wo years after starting to clear the site, Terry Farmer Photography opened at its new location at 4133 Old Jacksonville Road early in July. The seven acre site on Springfield’s west side was formerly the home of greenhouses. Rather than quickly clearing the property and disposing of the debris, Farmer donated all of the fans, tables, and watering equipment to Southwind Park for use at the Capitol Area Vocational School, where plants for the new park are being grown. This responsible reuse of the past structure was the first step toward what is now realized as a sustainable building to house Terry Farmer Photography and additional tenants. Farmer explained that the build-

We had 15 wells drilled for the geothermal heating and cooling. Our payback on the geothermal system is about four years. Our first bill for cooling and electrical for the month of June was several hundred dollars less than our previous bills at our last location and we are in a bigger space.”

Terry Farmer, owner of Terry Farmer Photography

ing is about 9500 square feet with 3000 of that available for rent. “We had 15 wells drilled for the geothermal heating and cooling. Our payback on the geothermal system is about four years. Our first bill for cooling and electrical for the month of June was several hundred dollars less than our previous bills at our last location and we are in a bigger space.” On top of that, Farmer received a $4500 rebate from Ameren for installation of the geothermal system. This allowed Farmer to put that saved money into other features such as recycled hardwood flooring in the lobby of the building, which came at a 25 percent premium over standard wood flooring. In addition, Farmer was able to salvage some of the plants and trees from around the site to keep the outside of the new building looking fresh. Meanwhile, a building along one of Springfield’s main thoroughfares has continued to receive recognition as a contemporary example of sustainable architecture. The July/August issue of Green Building and Design Magazine features the offices of John Shafer & Associates located at 1230 South Sixth Street. Shafer took an aggressive stance in designing the offices for his architecture firm including light harvesting that allows the people in the building to work under only natural light most of the time. Shafer said, “there is an old Victorian house to the north that has a beautiful gable end on it. I got a double benefit with the great view of that building and the terrific northern exposure of natural light for the two-story drafting area.” Green Building and Design, a bimonthly publication, picks up on Shafer’s idea for his office building as a “case study on how to plan, construct, and operate a sustainable, small office.” This case

Going Green Chad Kruse study, which earned Shafer an American Institute of Architects Sustainable Design Award in 2010, is in stark contrast to the Victorian building that used to house Shafer’s firm, also on South Sixth Street. Terry Farmer Photography, Inc. has been in business for more than 22 years in Springfield. With four full-time employees, Farmer does commercial and aerial photography in addition to more traditional family portraits and school pictures anywhere between Chicago and

St. Louis. John Shafer & Associates was founded in Springfield in 1992. The firm’s mission is “to design buildings that contribute to the built environment and enhance our quality of life.”

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pringfield native and St. Louis businesswoman Marlene Fitch-DeNoyer has made her online school-supply company available to parents of Springfield School District 186 students just in time for the 2011-2012 school year. Fitch-DeNoyer established American Student Supply in 2010. The company sells MyPacks, which are a supply of school/grade-specific, name-brand, teacher-required materials bundled together in a child-safe, nylon drawstring bag with free home delivery. With every MyPack purchase, parents support the MyPack Gives Back Mission of providing much-needed school supplies to underprivileged and homeless, school-aged children. “I wanted to create an avenue to ‘give back’ to the community in which I was raised,” said Fitch-DeNoyer, a 1983 graduate of Sacred Heart Academy. “During a recent visit here, I was telling a friend of mine, who is lifelong Springfield resident, about my company and he shared with me that he was one of those students who, because of family financial hardship, went to school every year without the required supplies. Hearing his story made me realize how important it was to bring our services to Springfield.” To purchase a MyPack, parents may log onto, click “Shop MyPack School Supplies” and choose their child’s school district, school and then grade level. Once they’ve reached this point, they add the selected MyPack, which contains all of the school supplies needed for that child, to their online cart, fill out their shipping and billing information, and they are finished shopping. The 2011 Springfield Area Peacekeeper’s Ride was held on July 17. The daylong motorcycle ride included a concert by Amanda Overmyer, an American Idol finalist. The Springfield Area Peacekeeper’s Ride raises funds for the Illinois Law Enforcement Education Fund and the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund. For more information visit The Simon Youth Scholarships program sponsored by Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that champions education opportunities for students of all backgrounds, granted an Auburn High School student a scholarship award to benefit the post-secondary education of this student. The awards were given in partnerships with White Oaks Mall. The

Giving Back Jean Jones recipient is Ashley R. Curtis, a graduate of Auburn High School. Curtis plans to study cosmetology at Undergraduate School of Cosmetology in Springfield, Ill. “The administration and staff at White Oaks Mall are proud to participate in the scholarships program with Simon Youth Foundation, because the awards ignite hope in students for a successful academic future by removing some of the financial obstacles that may have prevented their continued learning,” said Christine Lahmann, director of marketing and business development. Lincoln Memorial Garden is hosting the second annual birdhouse building contest. The contest is open to anyone, and contestants may enter more than one move-in-ready design. Each will be judged for construction quality, originality, and functionality. Entries will be accepted beginning Wednesday, September 14, and must be delivered to the Garden’s Nature Center no later than 4 p.m., Thursday, October 6. There is a $5 nonrefundable fee for each entry, but the fee provides admission to the Garden’s Indian Summer Festival, October 8-9.  Winners will be announced at the end of the two-day food, music, and crafts festival.  All entries will be on display throughout the weekend. The contest and the prizes were made possible by a generous Garden supporter. For a complete set of contest rules, go to The Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln announced scholarship awards totaling $38,700 to 34 area students in 2011. This is the seventh year of the scholarship program at the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln. The awards this year bring the cumulative scholarship distributions to over a quarter of a million dollars. The Community Foundation had the help of 67 volunteers, who served on 17 scholarship selection committees, to review the 138 applications that were submitted this year. Students who are interested in applying for an award should visit the foundation’s website,, for a list of scholarships and their criteria. Application instructions are posted to the webContinued on Next Page

• philanthropy Continued from Previous Page site in January of each year. Office Depot donated 200 “sackpacs” and $200 to Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery at the grand opening of the newly remodeled store in Springfield. Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery cares for over 2,000 babies and children on an annual basis. The organization prevents child abuse and neglect by providing emergency, temporary care for children. The Muni is currently underway with the 2011 season. Performances this summer include Big River, presented by Springfield Autobody & Towing, Guys & Dolls, presented by Springfield Clinic, Hairspray, presented by McGladrey and The Wizard of Oz, presented by Bank of Springfield. For more information on upcoming performances, visit The Habitat ReStore now accepts outdated and unwanted electronics to be recycled and diverted from landfills. As a result of a new partnership with Vintage Tech Recyclers, Habitat ReStore is able to offer this free service to local businesses and residents to encourage responsible electronics recycling. Electronics can be dropped off at Habitat ReStore, 1514 West Jefferson in Springfield, during store hours. Electronics accepted include computers, laptops, monitors, LCD’s, cell phones, printers, scanners, modems, CD drives, cables, keyboards, mice, TV’s, VCR’s, DVD players, camcorders, cameras, game players and joysticks, telephones, pagers, answering machines, typewriters, calculators, adding machines, fax machines, copiers and postage meters. In addition to the new electronics recycling program, the Habitat ReStore

also diverts usable home and building materials from the landfill. Habitat ReStore accepts donations of new and used building materials including appliances, cabinets, lighting fixtures, plumbing supplies, doors, windows and furniture. The donated items are then sold to the public. Proceeds from the Habitat ReStore support Habitat for Humanity in building decent, affordable housing in Sangamon County. Downtown Springfield Incorporated recently presented the Taste of Downtown. The event featured food from local restaurants and music. Sponsors included Isringhausen Imports, Miller Lite, City of Springfeild, Capitol Radio Group, St. John’s Children’s Hosptial, WSEC, RSM McGladrey, Marine Bank, Illinois Times, Kerber, Eck & Braeckel, SpringfieldMoms. org and Recycled Records. United Way of Central Illinois is preparing for the 2011 campaign and invites local businesses to participate by hosting a workplace giving campaign. Training is provided to employee campaign coordinators and all campaign materials and supplies are provide free of charge to local businesses. Dollars raised during the annual United Way campaign are invested in local programs that address community needs. United Way of Central Illinois is the largest private funder of health and human service programs in Sangamon County. To get involved, visit Jean Jones is a freelance writer from Springfield. If your organization has an an item that you would like Jean to include, email information and details to Jean at

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Introducing yourself when networking


he issue isn’t whether you should network. For most, the question is how. This reBob Rosner minds me of Edwin Ramos of Vineland, N.J. that the person will remember this kind He spent much of the of connection. They don’t. Heck, some early part of this year days I look in the mirror and I barely rewarning people that member who I am. So take the time to the Earth wouldn’t end succinctly explain your past with the peron a hyped 2012 date, son with whom you’re networking. but instead in May – WHY you’re contacting them. It’s 2011. (Spoiler alert: If you’re still alive, always helpful to know where a person Ramos had it wrong). He sold his busi- is coming from. Do they want a job, a ness to buy an RV so he could do his Paul contract or just to thank you for someRevere imitation. thing that you did for them years ago? Ramos believed in the importance of The sooner you let them know, the more saying goodbye. My they’ll be able to foWorkplace911 Executive goal is to help you cus on whatever you learn a new way want them to focus Points to say hello – one on with you. of the keys to suc– WHAT you Introducing yourself when networking: cessful networking. want to happen That’s why I’ve innext. This is closely – WHO you are. cluded the who, but not totally relat– HOW you know them. how, why and what ed to the previous – WHY you are contacting them. for making a great question. For ex– WHAT you want to happen next. first impression ample, you may be when networking for business. For more, contacting them for work, but you need check out “Cracking The Hidden Job Mar- to be clear on whether you’re looking for ket” by Donald Asher (Ten Speed, 2010). a project or a full-time job. I’ve been in– WHO you are. State your name, slowly and precisely. If people in the past Thought of the Month have had to struggle with your name, then there are several tricks you can use. “There are a lot of people who you First, if a famous person has a similar may only nod to; but it’s better to stop name, you can refer to that. Or you can and say hello.” use a simple word that rhymes with your – Anonymous name. You can always use a business card to show them what it looks like in writ- volved in conversations like this in which the person isn’t clear on what he wants, which makes it hard to give him what List of the Month he’s looking for. Go into all networking from workplace options: meetings with a plan for how you’d like them to turn out. I’m not saying be rigid: Young and old learn differently: You need to react to the situation. But it’s About 40 percent of respondents easier when you start with a game plan. ages 30 through 45, but only 26 perUse these strategies and what begins cent of those ages 46 to 65, said workwell has a greater chance of ending well, place trainings would be more valuable too. if they were available remotely through handheld mobile devices. ing. If they struggle to remember who you are, you’ve negated the main benefit of networking. – HOW you know them. I recently met someone I had worked with as a volunteer 15 years ago. When I reconnected with him, I reminded him of this. He immediately started treating me like family. The trouble is that many people assume

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• technology

What’s In a Domain Name?


he geeky business of website addresses just got a lot more geeky, and interesting. In June the organization responsible for the .com, .org, .edu, and other extensions of Web “domain names” approved a plan to introduce what could amount to hundreds or even thousands of other extensions over the next two years. The plan by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was prompted primarily by the requests of governments around the world that wanted top-level domains to reflect their language and the particular alphabet it uses, including Chinese, Japanese, Hindi, Arabic, and Cyrillic. The changes, however, will affect everyone who visits websites. Along with responding to the wishes of governments, the ending of limitations in domain name extensions provides new options for companies, other organizations, and even well-heeled individuals. Pepsi, as one example, would be able to register the .pepsi extension. New York City would be able to register .nyc. Others would be able to register .music, .sports, or whatever else they think they can monetize or otherwise want. The entry barrier will be high. The initial cost includes the ICANN application fee of $185,000, and there are subsequent annual charges of $25,000. Among the thorny issues being worked

Personal Computing Reid Goldsborough on by ICANN is dealing with new domain name extensions that individual governments find objectionable, including pornographic terms and hate speech in other languages that might not be apparent by the party registering it. Currently, .com’s rule the roost, and this isn’t likely to change any time soon. Of the 210 million domain names that had been registered by May 2011, .com names accounted for more than 90 million, according to Verisign, an Internet infrastructure company. In distant second place was .net, at 13 million. In all, 22 generic top-level domain extensions are now in existence. Unrestricted extensions, available to anyone, include .com, .net, .org, and .info. Other top-level domains, with specific requirements, include .edu, .gov, .int, .mil, .biz, .name, and .pro. There are many more country extensions, such as .ca for Canada and .de for Germany. Domain names are case-insensitive, so you don’t need to capitalize even if you see a name that includes capital letters. Some websites include capital letters to avoid misinterpretation or embarrassment, such as, a database of celebrities and agents. The name without the capitals reads completely differently. Because of various technical issues involved with how any given domain name was registered and how your particular Web browser works, sometimes

you have to type www before the domain ual to buy it from them (at a huge profit), name, though in most cases these days to gain online advertising revenue resultyou don’t. ing from Web surfers mistakenly going to The same kinds of turf battles and a fake site instead of a genuine one, and bidding wars are expected with the new even as a “phishing” tool to trick surfers domain extensions as happened with ge- into revealing credit card and other perneric .com domain names. Among the sonal financial information in order to highest prices paid were $7.5 million for steal from them. in 1999, $5.1 million for The new system is controversial for in 2009, Web users as well. $3.0 million for Because the new Pepsi, as one example, in 2009, domain extensions would be able to regis$2.9 million for will likely result in ter the .pepsi extension. many new website in 1999, and $2.2 million for addresses, it will New York City would in 1999. likely be more difbe able to register .nyc. Many compaficult to remember Others would be able to specific ones. The nies are expected to register their register .music, .sports, or what- situation is analocompany’s name ever else they think they can gous to having as an extension for to remember and defensive purposes, monetize or otherwise want. punch in area codes even without havwith local phone ing a clear plan yet about what to do with numbers, though Web users will be aided it. On the other hand, trademark owners by their browser’s favorites or bookmarks will receive the same kind of protection feature as well as by being able to find a from ICANN that they have now, which Web address fairly easily through a Web prevents others from using their trade search. name in a website address. Still, the new system is controversial, says Janet Satterthwaite, a trademark and domain name attorney at the law firm Venable in Washington, D.C. “The system is certain to create major headaches for comReid Goldsborough is a syndicated panies because of the need for increased columnist and author of the book monitoring of all the new domains and Straight Talk About the Information the real potential for cybersquatting and Superhighway. He can be reached at creation of bogus addresses.” or Cybersquatters register domain names in hope of forcing a company or individ-

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legal filings •

The following information was obtained from the Sangamon County Circuit Clerk, and has not otherwise been verified by Springfield Business Journal. This list of recent filings does not represent all matters filed with the Seventh Judicial Circuit Court for Sangamon County for the given time period, but instead represents those filings Springfield Business Journal, independently of the Sangamon County Circuit Clerk, believes will be of interest to its business readers. Lawsuits • 06//11 H. D. Smith Wholesale Drug Co., Plaintiff, Vs. BNH Prescriptions LLC, Brandi Hamm, Defendants, Contract. • 06/28/11 Illinois National Bank, Plaintiff, Vs. Midwest Concrete Contractors, John P. Chernis, Defendants, Contract. • 07/08/11 Tracey L. Conkright, Plaintiff, Vs. CNO Financial Group Inc., Tim Hunt, Defendants, Contract. • 07/14/11 J&M Properties, Plaintiff, Vs. Eric Delay, Defendant, Contract. • 07/18/11 Citibank NA, Plaintiff, Vs. Russell D. Nolting, Defendant, Suit On Note. Chancery • 06/22/11 PNC Bank, Plaintiff, Vs. Alex W. Whitnall, Defendant, Foreclosure. • 06/23/11 Citimortgage, Plaintiff, Vs. Robert R. Meacham, Diana K. Meachum, Unknown Owners and Non Record Claimants, Defendants, Foreclosure. • 06/23/11 Residential Credit Solution Inc., Plaintiff, Vs. Kent E. Delay, PNC Bank, National Association Successor, National City Bank, Unknown Owners and Non Record Claimants, Defendants, Foreclosure.

• 06/24/11 Midfirst Bank, Plaintiff, Vs. Brenda Brooks, United States of America, Unknown Owners and Non Record Claimants, Defendants, Foreclosure. • 06/24/11 PNC Bank National Association, Plaintiff, Vs. Terence A. Carter, Meline A. Lauderback, Defendant, Foreclosure. • 06/24/11 Wells Fargo Bank, Plaintiff, Vs. Henry Walton, Marshelle E. Walton, Household Finance Corporation, Unknown Owners and Non Record Claimants, Defendants, Foreclosure. • 06/27/11 PNC Bank, Plaintiff, Vs. Mary J. Conrad, Nicholas R. Conrad, Defendants, Foreclosure. • 06/27/11 Wells Fargo Bank, Plaintiff, Vs. Erin M. Cleary, Mark Cleary, Defendants, Foreclosure. • 06/29/11 BAC Home Loans Servicing, Plaintiff, Vs. Norman R. Koehler, Sheryl J. Koehler, Mortgage Electronic Registration, FIA Card Services, Unknown Owners and Non Record Claimants, Defendants, Foreclosure. • 06/29/11 JP Morgan Chase Bank, Plaintiff, Vs. Brian Powell, Tracie Powell, Unknown Owners and Non Record Claimants, Defendants, Foreclosure. • 06/29/11 PNC Bank, Plaintiff, Vs. John Costello, Helen K. Handlin, Unknown Owners and Non Record Claimants, Defendants, Foreclosure. • 06/30/11 Wells Fargo Bank, Plaintiff, Vs. Josephine Rocco, Unknown Owners and Non Record Claimants, Defendants, Foreclosure. • 07/01/11 BAC Home Loans Servicing, Plaintiff, Vs. Elaine Huddleston, 5th Third Bank, Beneficial Mortgage Co. of Illinois, Arrow Financial Services LLC, GE Money Bank, Unknown Owners and Non Record Claimants, Defendants, Foreclosure.

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• 07/05/11 Illinois Housing Development Association, Plaintiff, Vs. Jason Moffett, Defendant, Foreclosure. • 07/05/11 JP Morgan Chase Bank National Association, Plaintiff, Vs. Raymond P. Colclasure, Anne M. Colclasure, Unknown Owners and Non Record Claimants, Defendants, Foreclosure. • 07/06/11 HSBC Bank USA, Plaintiff, Vs. Gerald Stark, Defendant, Foreclosure. • 07/06/11 Marine Bank, Plaintiff, Vs. Garrett S. Wolfe, Deborah L. Wolfe, All Non Record Claimants, Defendants, Foreclosure. • 07/06/11 Town & Country Bank, Plaintiff, Vs. Julius L. Devarose, Karen L. Devarose, Village of Pawnee, United States Dept. of the Treasury, Unknown Owners and Non Record Claimants, Defendants, Foreclosure. • 07/07/11 Ruyle Mechanical Services Inc., Plaintiff, Vs. Egizii Property Managers LLC, Illinois Building LLC, First Bankers Trust Co. National Association, Unknown Necessary Parties, Unknown Owners, Defendants, Foreclosure. • 07/08/11 JP Morgan Chase Bank, Plaintiff, Vs. Virgil Hamilton, Alma Hamilton, Unknown Owners and Non Record Claimants, Defendants, Foreclosure. • 07/08/11 JP Morgan Chase Bank, Plaintiff, Vs. Douglas B. Tinch, Western Aire Condominiums Association, Unknown Owners and Non Record Claimants, Defendants, Foreclosure. • 07/08/11 US Bank, Plaintiff, Vs. Dana Lehmann, Unknown Owners and Non Record Claimants, Defendants, Foreclosure. • 07/11/11 Nationstar Mortgage LLC, Plaintiff, Vs. James Gilman, Defendant, Foreclosure. • 07/11/11 PNC Bank, Plaintiff, Vs. Douglas Shaw, Defendant, Foreclosure. • 07/11/11 Senior Financial Strategies Inc., Plaintiff, Vs. Jesse White Secretary of State, The State of Illinois, Dan Rutherford Treasurer of the State of Illinois, Defendants, Injunction.

New Businesses Continued from Page 5 Monument Ave., Springfield, 62702, Patricia Kay Wanless, (217) 299-0069. • Wyzard Painting, 16 Rainbow Road, Springfield, 62712, Malissa M. Donelan, (217) 529-5187. • Golden Rule Cleaning and More, 1116 E. Morton Ave., Apt. 48, Jacksonville, 62650, Lydia Wease, (217) 320-5239. • Jackson Creek Photography, P.O. Box 20070, Springfield, 62708, Vicki Mudd, (217) 622-4404. • Barnett Windows and Doors, 211 S. Harris, Auburn, 62615, Craig R. Barnett, (217) 891-7663. • Blessed Assurance Residential Service, 1902 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Springfield, 62703, Luedella Williams, (217) 299-7557. • PJ’s Meals on Wheels, 2091 Faringdon Road, Springfield, 62702, April Edwards, Phillip Edwards, (217) 553-9468. • Abe’s South Side Café & Pub, 3751 S. Sixth St., Springfield, 62703, Wanless Estates, (217) 529-5511. • DC Masonry & Tuckpointing, 1437 N. Grand, Springfield, 62702, Dennis W. Coghlan, (217) 553-6733. • Pinnacle Publishers, P.O. Box 583, Chatham, 62629, Stephen Brady, (217) 370-7931. • Monster Pawn Springfield, 2324 S. MacArthur, Springfield, 62704, Edwin D. Pierce, Steven J. Mileham, (217) 7447296. • Nickorbobs, 14272 Frazee Road, Divernon, 62530, Nicholas Britz, Robert Britz, (217) 628-9191.

• 07/11/11 Wells Fargo Bank, Plaintiff, Vs. Kathryn Madigan, Sand Canyon Corporation, Unknown Owners, Defendants, Foreclosure. • 07/12/11 PNC Bank National Association, Plaintiff, Vs. Kenneth D. Leaderbrand, Dawn Leaderbrand, Defendants, Foreclosure. • 07/13/11 Morequity Inc., Plaintiff, Vs. Kenneth L. Deornellas, Defendant, Foreclosure. • 07/13/11 Wells Fargo Bank, J Morgan Chase Commercial, Plaintiffs, Vs. Olney Apartment Inc., Illini Bank, John R. Vaugh, Unknown Owners and Non Record Claimants, Defendants, Foreclosure. • 07/14/11 LLP Mortgage LTD, Plaintiff, Vs. Chad Walton, Unknown Owners and Non Record Claimants, Defendants, Foreclosure. • 07/14/11 People of the State of Illinois, Plaintiff, Vs. Ahmed Shahzad, Defendant, Injunction. • 07/15/11 JP Morgan Chase Bank, Plaintiff, Vs. Anita Dennison, JP Morgan Chase Bank, Unknown Owners and Non Record Claimants, Defendants, Foreclosure. • 07/15/11 JP Morgan Chase Bank, Plaintiff, Vs. Wanda McDonald, JP Morgan Chase Bank, Unknown Owners and Non Record Claimants, Defendants, Foreclosure. • 07/15/11 Wells Fargo Bank NA, Plaintiff, Vs. Michael J. Skaggs, Jennifer A. Lutz-Skaggs, Unknown Owners and Non Record Claimants, Defendants, Foreclosure. • 07/18/11 PNC Bank National Association, Plaintiff, Vs. Gloria J. Hamilton, City of Springfield, Unknown Owners and Non Record Claimants, Defendants, Foreclosure. • 07/18/11 Wells Fargo Bank, Plaintiff, Vs. Christopher M. Tarpley, Robin M. Tarpley, Citizens Equity First Credit Union, Unknown Owners and Non Record Claimants, Defendants, Foreclosure.

• new businesses • Junye Sports International USA, 2060 W. Monroe, Springfield, 62704, Fenfang Yan, (503) 688-3311. • Ashley Dae Photography, 5309 Manhattan Drive, Springfield, 62711, Ashley D. Turner, (217) 971-7772. • Summit Sports Video Productions, 4105 Russell Drive, Springfield, 62703, Richard L. Wiese, (217) 415-0111. • Kut After Kut Productions, 2040 S. Fifth St., Springfield, 62703, Shawn Hughes, (217) 391-4591. • Nick Kulek Construction, 222 N. Amos, Springfield, 62702, Nick J. Kulek, (217) 494-4646. • The Storage Box, 2139 N. Grand Ave. East, Springfield, 62702, Best Little Storehouse, Inc., (217) 415-5001. • DJ Evo, 6208 Westminster Ct., Springfield, 62711, Sean Layton, (217) 899-3526. • Kaley Construction, 1125 E. Spruce, Springfield, 62703, Joseph L. Yeley, (217) 691-4352. • Real Cuisine Catering, 2028 S. 15th St., Springfield, 62703, Ashley E. Glatz, (217) 622-3367. • S & S Enterprises, 2413 Grom Drive, Springfield, 62707, John R. Sronce, James R. Sronce, (217) 414-1488. • Scatts Landscaping & Lawncare, 4A Dawson Circle, Riverton, 62561, Clifford W. Scattergood, (815) 644-0866. • Champs Concrete and Contracting, 2965 Fox Bridge Road, Springfield, 62703, Jeffery Foster, (217) 341-8642.

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• legal

Why boilerplate matters


n a recent discussion with a potential client, he said that he planned to sign some “standard” contracts with various venders and that he would not need my help because, other than the price terms, it was all “just boilerplate.” But, as I explained to my now client, the ill-advised business person can get burned by boilerplate. The term boilerplate comes from the old days of newspaper production when syndicated portions of an issue were distributed on plates made from molten metal – boilerplate – so that could be easily reproduced without changes. In modern usage, boilerplate refers to language that is standardized within contracts of a certain type. Boilerplate exists to save parties the time and trouble of having to negotiate details that are often assumed and accepted, thereby allowing them to focus on the key issues. In many instances, boilerplate heavily favors the party drafting or providing the contract. Given that word-processors allow pretty much anything to be changed these days, the savvy businessperson shouldn’t just accept the assertion of “oh, it’s just boilerplate.” So, how can boilerplate affect your legal rights? Let’s look at some of the more common examples. Choice of Law and Venue. Choice of law refers to what state’s law will govern the contractual relationship. Many “standard” contracts will contain provisions stipulating that the law of another state

Law Thomas C. Pavlik, Jr. will control. For example, the Uniform Commercial Code is a “model” statute adopted by most states that tries to bring fairness and certainty to the sale of goods. But not all states have adopted the latest version or all of its provisions, and in certain instances various states have amended the UCC in ways that might be significant to one party to the transaction. Venue refers to the physical location where any litigation arising from the contract will take place. Boilerplate might stipulate that you agree to litigation in a foreign jurisdiction like New York. All too often this location is the hometown of the other party. Further, litigating in New York City is going to be exponentially more expensive than in Sangamon County, often so much so that it’s not practical to do so. If the other party won’t agree to have venue established in a more attractive location, it’s possible to strike the provision entirely and leave the issue to be decided by the courts – where you at least will have a fighting chance to litigate in a more favorable location. Attorneys’ Fees and Costs. Unlike in the United Kingdom, the losing party in America does not necessarily pay the winning party’s attorneys’ fees and costs. Rather, each party bears its own litigation fees and costs unless they agree otherwise in a contract or if there is a statutory provision (usually in the consumer protection arena) to the contrary. Absent a provision that the loser pays the winner’s

fees, it’s often not economically feasible to litigate – especially if you’ve inadvertently agreed to do so in the Big Apple. In addition, I’ve sometimes even seen onesided boilerplate that says only the other party gets its fees and expenses if successful in litigation. If you aren’t the dominant partner in the business relationship, pay particular interest to this type of boilerplate. On the other hand, there are also situations where you might not want an attorneys’ fee provision in a contract. Imagine you are a small business and your customer is a mega-company. Your customer likely uses a large law firm with highpriced lawyers. If you somehow breach the contract and are sued, you might end up paying more in attorneys’ fees than in contractual damages. Entire Agreement. This type of language usually says something to the effect that the contract contains the entire agreement of the parties and supersedes any prior oral or written agreements. If such language is included in the boilerplate, it means that you likely can’t claim to have relied on any representations or other agreements that aren’t specifically included in the contract. Accordingly, if such language is included, make sure all promises and representations are included in the contract or they won’t count. Arbitration/No Jury. Many contracts contain clauses in which the parties agree not to litigate in the courts, but rather to submit the dispute to arbitration. Certain types of arbitration, however, can be just as expensive and time-consuming as litigation. And, in some instances, the deck

may be stacked against you - especially if the provision stipulates an arbitrator that might be favorable to the other party. Arbitration can sometimes be useful for very technical matters, but not as much for general legal disputes. Also, with arbitration, there are often limited or nonexistent avenues for appeal. Other boilerplate can include a waiver of the right to a jury trial. Non-jury trials tend to be less expensive, but there may be instances where you want the benefit of a jury’s viewpoint. Notice Provisions. Standard contract language often identifies the precise form and manner by which notices must be given to the other party, such as notice of default. Make sure that you read, understand and follow the requirements. Modification. Many contracts provide that they can only be changed in a written agreement signed by all parties. If you have such a provision and ask for and receive a change to the contract, make sure to follow the procedure set forth. Otherwise, it’s likely that the change will not be enforceable. These are some of the more common, but not the exclusive, types of “boilerplate” that can significantly affect your legal rights. Don’t assume that the language can’t be changed. Do make sure to read all the language in a contract – especially that appearing at the end or in small type. And, when in doubt as to meaning or effect, consult with your lawyer. Thomas C. Pavlik, Jr. is an attorney from Springfield

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fast tracks/business briefs • Memorial announces promotion and new hire

Roger Batten has been promoted to outreach account manager in the laboratory medicine and pathology department at Memorial Medical Center. Batten administers and manages Memorial’s marketing and customer account strategies for the outreach laboratory program to provide clinical and surgical pathology services. Batten has been with Memorial’s laboratory outreach servicBatten es since 2009, supporting outreach laboratory and pathology service lines. He has more than 25 years experience working with area medical providers. A graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, Batten earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary education in 1974 and his master’s degree in psychological counseling in 1978. Trudi Crouser has joined the Memorial Health System People Division as system director of total rewards. Crouser develops strategic compensation, benefits and work-life initiatives to attract, retain and reward health system employees. She provides leadership to Crouser Memorial’s benefits and compensation teams and Memorial Childcare. Prior to joining Memorial, Crouser served as benefits manager with AmTrust Bank, a division of New York Commu-

nity Bancorp in Cleveland, OH. She has more than 20 years of compensation and benefits experience. Crouser, a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS), graduated from the University of Akron in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial management with a concentration in personnel.

Cameron was installed as chairman and previously served as vice-chairman and treasurer for the ICPAS, and he has been a CPA since 1986. As part of the 19-member board, Cameron will help lead and advise the Illinois CPA Society, Illinois CPA Foundation and CPAs for the public interest.

Local banker appointed to IBA Government Relations Committee

KEB announces promotions

Don Krager, senior vice president at Bank & Trust Company, Chatham, recently was appointed to the Illinois Bankers Association (IBA) Government Relations Committee. As a member of the IBA Government Relations Committee, Krager will recommend the association’s state and federal legislative and regulatory policies to the IBA Board of Directors and will review and advise the IBA on proposals related to the financial services industry.

Cameron, Smith announces recognitions

Cameron, Smith & Company announced that Jennifer Lees, staff accountant, recently earned her license to practice as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Illinois and Robert E. Cameron, president, will serve as the 2011 chairman of the board of directors for the Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS). Lees graduated from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston where she received her bachelor’s degree in accounting. She presently serves as staff accountant specializing in audits, payroll taxes and personal tax accounting.

Michelle Bennett, CPA has been promoted to senior manager in the Kerber, Eck & Braeckel’s audit and accounting department. Bennett joined the firm in July of 1997 and is a graduate of the University of Illinois where she received her Bennett bachelor of science in accounting. Joshua Shugart, CPA has been promoted to manager in the firm’s audit and accounting department. Shugart joined the firm in December 2008 and is a graduate of Illinois State University where Shugart he received both his bachelor’s of science and master’s of professional accountancy. Ryan Durham, CPA has been promoted to manager in the firm’s audit and accounting department. Durham is a graduate of Truman State University where he received his Durham

bachelor’s of science degree and master’s in accounting. He joined the firm in June 2006. Cliff Bumgarner has been promoted to senior in the firm’s audit and accounting department. BumgarBumgarner ner is a graduate of Millikin University where he received his bachelors of science in accounting. He joined the firm in July 2008.

American Financial of Central Illinois expands staff

Maureen Williams and Daniel Sronce are the newest financial professionals with American Financial of Central Illinois. Williams and Sronce will focus on wealth preservation and retirement planning for individuals and businesses with a focus on farm and business succession planning. Jay Mukerji has also joined American Financial of Central Illinois as the private wealth manager under the DBA, Mukerji Financial Group. He will be working with high asset clientele with an emphasis on estate planning and asset protection.

Hanson Professional Services Inc. announces new hires

Josh Couey, an electrical designer, recently joined Hanson’s corporate headquarters, serving in the company’s government market. He currently is assisting with the lighting layout redesign and new HVAC system designs for remodeling being completed at the Capital City Continued on Next Page

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• fast tracks/business briefs Continued from Previous Page Training Center in Springfield. Couey has a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Adam Marks, a mechanical designer, recently joined Hanson’s corporate headquarters. He currently is assisting with a geothermal heating and cooling system design for the Illinois National Guard. Marks has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Jared Thoele, E.I., an engineer intern, recently joined Hanson’s corporate headquarters, serving the company’s infrastructure market. He currently is assisting with design services for a single-span bridge in Knox County, Ill., as well as for a box culvert located in Logan County, Ill. He previously served as an engineering technician for the Illinois Department of Transportation, working for the Bureau of Bridges and Structures as well as District 6. Thoele has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering, with emphasis on structural engineering, from the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign. He has a bachelor’s degree in physics, with an emphasis on engineering, from Illinois College.

ILMO announces new hires and promotion

ILMO Products Company announces the addition of Doug Gandy and Jayna Hunt and promotion of Josh Crews to the ILMO team. Each will serve the company and its customers in newly developed roles, and to start up a new division. Doug Gandy joins ILMO as program manager for the newly-formed ILMO Propane. Among responsibilities for the start-up of ILMO Propane in current and new territories, he will also oversee the division’s long-term growth and sales strategy. Gandy has 13 years of experience in sales propane and management for FerrellGas, and holds a B.A. in business administration from Greenville College. Jayna Hunt takes on a new position at ILMO Products as purchasing and inventory control manager. Hunt’s background includes 18 years of purchasing and materials management roles in manufacturing and distribution companies, including Panduit and The Pampered Chef. She holds certifications in both purchasing (CPM) and materials management (CPIM), and graduated with honors with a B.S. from University of Massachusetts and an MBA from the University of Hartford. Josh Crews has been promoted to analytical lab technician for ILMO Specialty Gases, ILMO’s ISO 17025 accredited gas laboratory in Jacksonville, Ill., to oversee laboratory analysis practices and fulfillment operations for domestic and international customers. Crews has a B.A. in environmental biology and ecological studies from Illinois College and holds hazard control and security certifications from the Department of Transportation and the International Air Transport Association.

Marsaglia to lead St. Patrick Catholic School

St. Patrick Catholic School announced the hiring of a new full-time principal, Kim Marsaglia. She comes to St. Patrick from the New Berlin School System where she has served as a language arts instructor. Marsaglia also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Benedictine University

in the reading and literacy graduate program. “St. Patrick School will continue to offer the family-like environment that stimulates the intellectual, spiritual and emotional growth of our students,” said Marsaglia. Marsaglia has a bachelor’s degree in both education and nursing and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. She is currently completing final requirements for an Illinois Administrative Certificate, simultaneously finishing training through the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Springfield.

HIP expands web staff

HIP Advertising is expanding its Web Services Department by adding Sanya Kushak to the staff as a Web designer. Kushak brings 11 years of Web and graphic design, print production, marketing, and project management skills to HIP. Her work experience spans publishing, Kushak agriculture, financial services, and healthcare. She is a graduate of Miami University (Ohio) and The Art Institute of Colorado. “The web development, online, and social marketing aspects of our business continue to have robust growth. We’re greatly looking forward to Sanya’s skills being part of that expansion,” said Myra Hoffman, owner of HIP.

Affrunti joins Staff Carpet

Carl M. Affrunti has joined Staff Carpet and brings over 25 years of retail sales and management experience. Affrunti most recently was manager of Noonan True Value and was previously with Hardees’ Restaurants in Springfield. Staff Carpet has been in business since 1971 and is a Shaw Design Center and Anso Premier Dealer. They offer carpet and flooring, including hardwood, laminate, vinyl, and area rugs. Staff Carpet also offers ceramic tile for flooring, walls and countertops.

Trampe earns industry certification

Curt Trampe of DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen has earned certification as a Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). Certification is based on written examinations and industry experience, and NKBA Certified Designers must also meet mandatory continuing education requirements. Trampe is president of DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen. DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Springfield is a locally and independently owned franchise serving the Springfield and surrounding area’s bathroom and kitchen remodeling needs.

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• 2011 local golf outings Golf Discount proudly supports local charitable golf outings. All outings receive 10% off all purchases. 3040 Lindbergh Blvd. 217-698-8509 Monday-Friday 10 am – 7 pm Saturday 9:30 am – 6 pm Sunday 11am – 4 pm August • 5th - 2nd Annual Elijah Iles House Golf Outing, Piper Glen Golf Course, 12:30 Shotgun Start, Farrell Gay, 698-6223 or Mike Denk, 546-9537 • 5th - 5th Annual UIS Athletics Golf Outing, Piper Glen Golf Course, Noon Shotgun Start, Scott Reid, 206-6674 • 19th - Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing, Northridge Hills Golf Course (18 Holes), Ginny Fanning, 245-2174, TwoPerson Scramble • 25th - 3rd Annual Qik-n-EZ Charity Golf Classic Springfield YMCA Give Build Growth Campaign, Piper Glen Golf Course, 12:00 PM Shotgun Start, Karen, 523-5050 Scramble • 28th - Lutheran High School Golf Outing, Piper Glen Golf Course, 1PM Shotgun Start, Curt Fischer, 546-6363 X120 September • 2nd - The Stadium Charity Golf Outing, The Oaks Golf Course, Noon Shotgun Start, Danny Pesch, 528-6600 • 2nd - 18th Annual Calvary Charity Golf Classic, Piper Glen Golf Course, 1 PM Shotgun Start, Tina Antonacci, 546-9700 X210 • 9th - 12th Annual Springfield YMCA Golf for Kids Charity Tournament, Lincoln Greens Golf Course, 12 PM Shotgun Start, Jay Turnbull, 544-9846 • 12th - Fellowship of Christian Athletes Local Qualifier, Illini Country Club, 12 PM, Kevin

Elliott, 241-2020, Four Person Scramble • 16th - 5th Annual Tee Time Ladies Only Golf Outing to benefit the Ronald McDonald House, Edgewood, 10:00 AM Shotgun Start, Megan Mueller, 528-3314 X48, Scramble • 17th - 3rd Annual Adam P Padget Memorial Golf Outing, The Rail Golf Course, 8 AM Shotgun start 8am, 2-man scramble • 19th - 8th Annual Orthopedic Center of Illinois Foundation (OCIF) Chip in fore Charity! Panther Creek Country Club, 12:30 p.m. Shotgun Start, Amy Rodek, 547-9100 • 23rd - Lincoln Land Community College 19th Annual Baseball Team Golf Outing, Piper Glen Golf Course, 12:30 Shotgun, 7862426 • 24th - Drive For Development Golf Outing, Edgewood Golf Course, 12:00 PM Shotgun, Erin Brown, 954-5785 • 30th - American Business Club 7th Annual Charity Open Benefiting UCP Land of Lincoln, Piper Glen Golf Course, 12:00 PM Shotgun Start, 483-6537 October • 1st - Father Pat Cahill Golf Outing, The Oaks Golf Course, 10 AM Shotgun Start, Danny Pesch, 528-6600 • 3rd - 20th Annual Crime Stoppers Sangamon/Menard Counties Golf Fundraiser, Panther Creek Country Club, 12 PM Shotgun Start, Butch Slater 788-8427, Scramble

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his month we spent some time taking a closer look at the unemployment rate and how it is determined. I have been told that the unemployment rate is between six and seven percent. Really? A deeper look revealed some interestBrant Mackey ing additional PUBLISHING facts. A friend recently quoted a study he had heard on businesses – the data was quite suspect. I snapped at him, “Who told you that?” Realizing I had been abrupt, I apologized for being so skeptical. He responded that I am supposed to be because I am a journalist. I believe my response also made him realize we all need to take a minute to evaluate what we are told. Bill Clinton did not have sexual relations with that woman. Really? Weapons of mass destruction were in Iraq. Really? Casey Anthony and O.J. were innocent. Really? Anna Nicole Smith married for love. Really? Alright, now I am just being a wisenheimer. Springfield has been named top city for job growth in Illinois. Really? I praise Q5 for all of its efforts in the face of a down economy. Keep up the great work but I don’t know if I would try to sell me, of all people, that Springfield has been prospering in recent years. Pending home sales in the Capital area are up over 47 percent. Really? I respect Springfield realtors for doing all they can to survive in the recently floundering market but I don’t know if you can convince me that the real estate market is on a verge of a windfall. A railroad study will thwart 3rd Street Rail and lead to rail consolidation on 10th Street. Really? In defense, from day one Jim Moll of Hanson Professional Services and lead on the study clearly indicated to me that the railroad study was never a final resolution but only a consideration for the parties involved. There were a few instances where I felt I was the only one who was listening to him. I have to admit, I enjoy and respect those who are brutally honest with me. A number of months ago I contacted an industry professional to pen an Op-Ed column. I suggested he use his knowledge to give our readers some insight into recent trends in his industry. His response – “Well Brant, it sucks. Will that do?” We both laughed and went on to have an honest conversation about what we could ‘really’ put in print. Real1y? Brant Mackey is publisher and editor of Springfield Business Journal. He can be e-mailed at: brant@


‘After this meeting I have to report for redeployment, again.’

EDITORIAL Make your nomination today... The September issue will feature the 15 Under Fifteen Small Business Awards. Annually, United Community Bank and Springfield Business Journal recognize 15 businesses with 15 employees or fewer who have been in business for two years or more for their excellence in business. Small businesses are the lifeblood

of our community and it is important that we acknowledge their contribution. So please take a moment to visit www. or use a nomination form in this issue to nominate a small business that you feel deserves recognition.

Letters to the Editor Dear Editor, I write to thank you for coordinating and implementing the 2011 Forty Under 40 program. It was an honor to be recognized by Springfield Business Journal.

Please extend my appreciation to your team members who worked behind the scenes to make the program a success. With sincere appreciation, Justin Blandford

Dear Editor, I wanted to alert you to a subject content error that was reflected on page 44 of the July 2011 issue of your publication. The article was under the “Technology” heading of “Local electronics businesses discuss tsunami.” In the 2nd to last paragraph that was printed in the middle of that paragraph stated, “In fact, in 2010, the electronics dealer saw a profit for the first time in seven years,” which could be perceived in a very negative manner to the Springfield business community as well as the public in general. What I stated during the phone interview to acquire the articles content was the following, “In fact, last year in 2010, we were up 7.6 percent in sales which is the first time in seven years we’ve been up in sales.” Benchmark Auto Sound and Security has been profitable since it’s opening on July 17, 1998 and has won many local and national awards

for customer service, business integritry, installation quality, and proper representation in the national mobile electronics industry in general. One of those awards was also featured in the same July 2011 issue on page 3 under the headline of “Benchmark Audio named to Top 50,” which detailed our store earning the very pretigious honor of being one of the “Top 50 Retailers of the year.” It would be very safe to say, that honor could not have been achieved by not being profitable for seven years, that is for sure. Please include and print this correction and clarification in the August 2011 issue of the Journal. I would really like this opportunity to “clear the air,” so to speak, to the entire Springfield market area. Sincerely, Jeff West, owner, Benchmark Auto Sound and Security

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risscrossing the country this summer a common sight on the interstates are numerous wide-load vehicles chugging along, carrying monstrous cargo. There are enormous turbines; gigantic earth-movers; mega-coils of cable and Joe Natale wire; and WORKING BLUE h u m o n g o u s steel rods and iron beams. I ran into a reliable source on construction and engineering, and I described what I saw. I asked him, “If the economy is in the tank, what’s going on?’” “Joe,” he said. “It’s government work.” Just what is the government up to? I could call – or text – the President and ask him what gives, or I could wildly speculate about what’s going on. While the former would be the responsible thing to do, the latter is a lot more fun and apparently considered standard operating procedures for more than a few news organizations nowadays. So, here goes: • With the space shuttle program shuttered, maybe the government is working on a new manned space initiative. From the size and scope of the equipment and machinery being transported, it’s for more than a return trip to the moon or a trip to Mars. Possibly a good will mission to Pluto to extend our condolences in light of its demotion as a full-fledged planet in our solar system. • Nothing stimulates the economy like an infrastructure project, with the possible exception of video poker. Remember the Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska? How about a Bridge to Somewhere in Hawaii? The President grew up in Hawaii, and it makes sense that he would want to provide Americans on the mainland the opportunity to make the 2,390 mile trip by car. • This summer, restaurants and motels have been packed. The government may want to generate more money from the national park system by expanding the Grand Canyon. The canyon is 277 miles long, 18 miles wide and over a mile deep. Digging wider, longer and deeper could attract more tourists, especially since there will be greater access with the bridge from Hawaii. Those scenarios may seem a bit implausible. The more I think about it, though, the more I’m convinced that all the heavy construction equipment is for one thing only: building a structure that can support the United States of America’s $14.3 trillionplus debt ceiling. Joe Natale is a freelance writer from Springfield. He can be e-mailed at: joe@ or follow Joe on Twitter at

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OP-ED Supporting America’s service members

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rom battlefields halfway across the globe to cities and towns right here in Illinois, our state’s employers and employees play an important role in protecting our nation’s interests every day. Almost half of U.S. soldiers are also fulltime employees who leave on deployment and return to their jobs months, or years, later. As a result, employer Doug Whitley support of the U.S. National Guard and OPINION Reserves is vital to our national security. Businesses are required by law to accommodate the needs of Reserve and Guard members, but I am proud to say that the support provided by many Illinois Chamber members far exceeds the minimum requirements. This year, several member companies – including Ameren, Ford and CSX – received the Freedom Award, an honor bestowed by the Secretary of Defense through Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense agency. We also had our own Freedom Award winner right here in Illinois in 2011 – Hanson Professional Services, a 400-employee engineering and architecture firm headquartered in Springfield. Hanson has offices across the country, with service members employed in a number of those locations. ESGR seeks to encourage American employers to support and value the military service of their employees. Of the awards given out by this organization, the Freedom Award is the highest recognition employers can achieve. Only 15 companies receive this honor each year from a field of more than 4,000 nominees. Nominations noting the exceptional support are made by employees typically during or following deployments.

Changing Times

When the Reserve was originally created, our active military was much larger and we envisioned only drawing on additional troops as the need arose. The modern Reserve is much more operational, according to Illinois’ ESGR pro-

gram manager Lt. Colonel Tim Franklin, their efforts are not only tolerated but and is used in the same way that an active appreciated by their employers also helps duty force is. The reality is that there is them feel proud of their service to their not a U.S. mission anywhere in the world country. today that does not involve these forces Companies recognized by the ESGR go in some way. the extra mile through measures such as: Many of our National Guard and Re• Covering the differential in pay beserve units have deployed several times tween soldiers’ military and civilian salasince 9/11 to theaters such as Iraq and ries, Afghanistan, as well as on peace-keeping • Continuing health insurance covermissions around the world. age for their families and, Using Reserve forces is the most cost• Maintaining their contributions to effective way to maintain our military company stock programs. strength. Without Many provide Almost half of U.S. solemployers’ support, less tangible benefits we would be forced as well. For instance, diers are also full-time to expand the size the moral support employees who leave on of our force at great that Hanson Profesdeployment and return sional Services offers expense to United States taxpayers. to their jobs months, or service members and their families is alyears, later. As a result, most as valuable as Illinois’ Role employer support of the U.S. the financial backing Illinois Reserve it provides. National Guard and Reserves is and Nation Guard When Hanson forces are involved vital to our national security. employee and Illiin missions all over nois National Guard the world. The 126th Air Refueling Wing, Major Craig Holan was deployed to Afbased out of Scott Air Force Base near Belghanistan, he experienced support from leville, is currently helping refuel planes Hanson firsthand. for operations over Libya.

In 2010, Illinois saw the largest single-unit mobilization of its Guard since WWII, when approximately 3,500 soldiers deployed to train and mentor the Afghan national army and police force. Since 9/11, the Illinois National Guard has also had a unit embedded with a Polish military battle group. Through the Partnership for Peace Program, Illinois Guardsmen fill key staff roles – from logistics to communications – on a BEST (Bilateral Embedded Support Team). This unit served in Iraq, and then shifted to Afghanistan in 2009.

Above & Beyond

Employer support is important to our nation’s military efforts, but also to the individual servicemen and women away on deployment and their families. According to Lt. Colonel Franklin, the support of an employer is second in importance only to that of a service member’s family. With their employer fully behind them, soldiers can put their jobs and personal finances out of mind and concentrate on the task at hand. Knowing that

A Tradition of Service

Hanson has a history of involvement with ESGR and the military. The company was founded by Walter E. Hanson, a U.S. Navy veteran. Today’s CEO, Sergio Pecori, serves as a member of the Illinois ESGR Committee and has a son who’s completed three tours in Iraq with the U.S. Marines. Hanson proudly celebrates its involvement with ESGR, and actively encourages other companies to become involved through signing statements of support. Employers like Hanson show how support of our service men and women not only helps our nation, but can help a company reinvest in its workforce and realize further growth and success. I encourage other companies to follow Hanson’s example. For more details on the Freedom Award, visit the ESGR’s website at www. Doug Whitley, is president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce



A Rose – To the employers supporting employees who are serving our country.

5 years ago in the Business Journal (August 2006)...

A Thorn – Obviously to the heat index in July. Come-on and give us a break. A Rose – To the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln for attaining its 100th fund.

• We interviewed then leaders of four area institutions (University of Illinois Springfield, Lincoln Land Community College, Benedictine University, Robert Morris) for a preview of the coming school year. • We spoke with local businesses who were looking to gain exposure at the State Fair.

A Rose – To University of Illinois Springfield Chancellor, Susan Koch for her keynote speech at the Forty Under 40 ceremony.

• Local business owner discuss how decorating their office with a Feng Shui motif resulted in motivation and balance.

A Rose – To summer vacations. It is always nice to take a break once in a while.

• Foundation Realty and Realty Executives announced their merger. • Tom Collins reviewed International Buffet on the north side of Springfield.

BOOK OF LISTS In each issue of the Business Journal, we publish at least one or more lists of local businesses by major business categories. In the month prior to publication, we announce which lists will be published the following month. If your business is included in our monthly and annual lists, please take a moment each month to check our upcoming list(s). If you have changes, additions, deletions, etc., e-mail us at: NEXT MONTH: Associations and Hotels.

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