Aldermen try to block SCVB acting director

Aldermen vote against new SCVB director

Tuesday, five aldermen co-sponsored and brought up an emergency passage to block a new acting director from the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.

This comes as the past director left after just two days.

Mayor Jim Langfelder introduced a Benedictine University's Springfield campus director, Janet Kirby, to be the new acting director last week.

She would be in the term for about a year.

The emergency ordinance to defund the SCVB budget by $100,000, which would have been Kirby's salary, failed 6-4.

Some aldermen, who voted to defund that part of the budget, include Ward 6 Ald. Kristin Dicenso, who said they needed someone with more tourism experience.

The emergency passage needed 8 votes to pass Tuesday.

Now this consideration will go through the normal process and starts over at Committee of the Whole next week.

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