Economic growth in Springfield is expected to be a top issue in the race for mayor next year. Jim Langfelder is among those running for the position. The current city Treasurer says Springfield needs to find ways to bring in more high paying jobs to go along with retail expansion:
"It's great to see Scheels. I think that was an anchor that helped spur development along MacArthur (Boulevard). I grew up in that area and went to school in that area. So I have seen the deterioration from what it once was. What I would like to see are professional jobs being created," he said.
Langfelder says that can happen through the city's medical district and by working more with colleges and universities in the community.
Langfelder is one of three candidates seeking the mayor's office. The others are Sangamon County Auditor Paul Palazzolo and incumbent Mike Houston.