NPR Illinois talks with State Journal-Register City Reporter Crystal Thomas about the week in Springfield city government news:
*Candidates for city council shared their views on a resolution naming Springfield a welcoming city and consolidating Capital Township at the first candidate forums.
*Springfield firefighters have a new contract with a raise and a compromise on residency requirements.
*After some criticisms that Mayor Jim Langfelder’s picks for a tourism advisory board weren’t diverse, the council could decide to expand the board at Wednesday’s meeting.
*They will also consider a request for tax increment financing money to fund a low-income housing project.