Karen Hasara Same City, Different Visions: Springfield Mayoral Candidates Square Off In First Public Meeting By Sam Dunklau • Feb 23, 2019 Lee Milner / Illinois Times Mayor Jim Langfelder is facing challenger Frank Edwards in Springfield city elections this spring. The candidates met on Friday in the campaign’s first forum. Listen Listening... / 4:16 Listen to a full-length feature on the candidate forum. Women Rising: The Push For Gender Parity In State Government By Rachel Otwell • Feb 15, 2018 Rachel Otwell / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, as well as the 2016 election, have sparked renewed passion for electing women to office in Illinois. To The Front: Karen Hasara, Springfield's First & Only Female Mayor By Rachel Otwell • Feb 13, 2018 Terry Farmer For decades, women have been battling to break through the “glass ceilings” in their chosen fields. To the Front is an NPR Illinois series where we talk with female and nonbinary people about the way their identity intersects with their art and work. Citizens' Efficiency Commission Report Released By Lee Strubinger • Jan 24, 2014 Terry Farmer A Sangamon County panel has unveiled its recommendations for streamlining local government and saving money. The Citizens Efficiency Commission offered 23 specific proposals... ranging from joint purchasing among agencies to public safety changes.