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Springfield, Illinois

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Springfield is the capital city of Illinois.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Illinois city websites
Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Permits, zoning Y
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Audits Y
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Contracts Y
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Lobbying N
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Public Records N
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Local Taxes N
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The good

  • Contact information for the mayor and city council members is posted.[1]
  • Agendas and minutes are available for city council meetings.[2]
  • Building permit forms and zoning information are available on the website.[3]
  • Budget reports and audit reports are available.[4]
  • Information on bids and proposals is available.[5]

The bad

  • Lobbying information and ethics are not noted.
  • There is no checkbook register available.
  • There is no information on local taxes.
  • There is no information on how citizens can access public records.


Main article: Illinois government sector lobbying

Springfield had a lobbying contract with William S. Foster for $10,000 in 2009. The lobbyist represented the government before the Illinois state legislature.[6]

Basic background information

Local community organizations

  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Public Library Phone: 217-753-4900
  • Historical Society Phone: 217-789-2377 Fax: 217-789-2380

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