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A little known fact is that Marjorie Merriwether Post was born in Springfield. The place is in the 600 block of Black Avenue in the cities north side. - Ken Burger

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the state flower is the most amazing i got to say. the state flower is the violet (viola sororia). also the minera t the flourite. It's kind of see through and kind of purple. - maricel

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National Burn Awareness Week: Safe Electricity Shares Tips on Scald Prevention and Water Heating Safety

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Feb. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Burns are among the most painful injuries and are responsible for sending thousands of people to hospitals each year. In observance of National Burn Awareness Week (Feb. 3 – 9), Safe Electricity encourages you to learn about scald prevention and water heating safety, as well as other electrical safety tips. Hot liquids and steam are responsible for scalding burns. Cooking, hot beverages, tap water, and bath water can all cause scalds. In fact, half of all burn injuries at emergency rooms are scalds—and most of those victims are young children. Scalds are painful and can cause lifelong scars and even death. Read more about this Springfield, Illinois press release.

Safe Electricity Outlines Important Steps for Ensuring Winter Storm Safety

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Just before the official start of winter, a winter storm has fallen on the Pacific Northwest and swept across mountain and plain states. Called winter storm Draco by the Weather Channel, the storm has brought high winds up to 80 miles an hour, ice, hail, and up to a foot of snow in some areas of the country. Along with these weather conditions comes the chance of power outages and hazards that can remain after the storm is gone. Safe Electricity reminds everyone that it is important to know what to do to keep everyone safe and warm. Read more about this Springfield, Illinois press release.

Safe Electricity, Award-winning Program of the Energy Education Council, Provides Important Tips for Decorating Safely This Holiday Season

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Nov. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The holiday season is a busy time of year, but take care to not let it become a dangerous time. Guests, cooking, space heating, and decorations can add up to a dangerous situation in a home. Safe Electricity encourages you to protect your loved ones by decorating safely this season. Read more about this Springfield, Illinois press release.

Safe Electricity Urges Good Samaritans to Practice Safety

Temporary Charging Stations Could Pose Safety Hazards SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Nov. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, 8.5 million people have been without electricity. Generous people who do have power are offering "charging stations" to those without. Businesses and individuals are using extension cords and power strips to create temporary charging stations—some outdoors. Read more about this Springfield, Illinois press release.

Accident Survivor Urges Electrical Safety During Fire Prevention Week

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Oct. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Electrical problems in the home cause hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries each year, not to mention roughly a billion dollars in fire property loss. The Safe Electricity program encourages you to observe Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13, by learning how to keep your home safe and prevent electrical fires. Read more about this Springfield, Illinois press release.

New Studies Report Higher Death Rates After Abortion in U.S., Finland, and Denmark

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Sept. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A new study of the medical records for nearly half a million women in Denmark reveals significantly higher maternal death rates following abortion compared to delivery. This finding has confirmed similar population studies conducted in Finland and the United States, but contradicts the widely held belief that abortion is safer than childbirth. Read more about this Springfield, Illinois press release.

August 11 Is National 811 Safe Digging Day Safe Electricity Urges People to Use Free Utility Locating Service

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Aug. 10, 2012 -- The date August 11, also signified by 8-11, serves as a natural reminder to call 811 to have utilities marked before starting any digging projects. This free call and free service can help homeowners and professionals avoid the tragedy and serious damage associated with puncturing underground utilities. Read more about this Springfield, Illinois press release.

Keep Cool During Sultry Days While Spending Less on Energy

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., June 28, 2012 -- Sweltering hot days make it harder to keep your home cool, straining air conditioning systems and energy budgets. The Energy Education Council (EEC) offers some simple tips to boost comfort and save on electric bills during the sultriest of days: Read more about this Springfield, Illinois press release.

Be Aware of Hidden Dangers: April Is National Safe Digging Month NOTE TO EDITORS: A video news release is available at 1:30 p.m. CDT, Monday, April 9; satellite coordinates are at the end of this release

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., April 9, 2012 -- "I said, 'O my gosh Tom, you've just killed yourself,' and I knew that I had made a grievous error and I was going to pay the consequences," explains Tom Dickey, an experienced contractor from Auburn, IL, who suffered life-changing burns and injuries when he came into contact with underground power lines. Read more about this Springfield, Illinois press release.

For Immediate Release: Contact Nathan Mihelich @ 217.953.4023 GRAY NOLL ANTICIPATES QUINN’S BUDGET ADDRESS

(Springfield, Ill.) “I’m not looking forward to Governor’ Quinn’s proposed budget address because the democratic governor and I have polar opposite philosophies on how to attack the problems plaguing our great state,” said republican candidate for state Senate Gray Noll. “I’m foretelling that Quinn will suggest maintaining the status quo of more taxes and more spending.” Illinois Governor Pat Quinn will give a state mandated budget speech Wednesday at noon before a joint session of the General Assembly. Illinois is in a calamitous financial situation, mainly because of inflating health and pension costs. The state currently faces more than $8 billion in unpaid bills and pension costs ahead of a $500 million deficit. Quinn has suggested many broad, but few specific, details of how to tackle such perilous conditions. Wednesday is the occasion to give Illinois residents those details. Read more about this Springfield, Illinois press release.

MERCY Communities launches new web-portal for Furniture Store, to meet the growing demand for online sales in its’ social enterprise

M.E.R.C.Y. Communities, Inc. provides housing and supportive services for homeless women and their at-risk children. The goal of M.E.R.C.Y.’s programming is self-sufficiency; and its programs revolve around education, work skills and life skills. The M.E.R.C.Y. Furniture Store is a wholly-owned resale shop that provides a stream of revenue to fund programs, as well as a job training venue for its program participants. Read more about this Springfield, Illinois press release.


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