Mayor Jim Langfelder
A THRIVING CAREER
Focused on doing what is Best for Springfield’s Future.
A lifelong resident of Springfield, I was elected Mayor in 2015. Some of my proudest achievements include extending Springfield’s Enos Park, SHA/Madison Park, Far East, and Downtown Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts allowing growth and redevelopment in Springfield’s downtown and neighboring areas. These extensions have provided funding for the Realtors Bicentennial Plaza; installation of a new underground storm-sewer system under a 2 ¼ acre lot across from the Illinois Governor’s Mansion – making it development ready; funding for the new Downtown-Enos Park YMCA; the Centre at 501, which is home to the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce; the Kidzeum of Health & Science; along with housing redevelopment and job training.
I have also been focused on the Springfield Rail Improvements Project; collaborating with federal, state, and local leaders to secure significant funding for relocating train traffic from Third Street, to a more efficient and secure location on 10th Street, along with the new multi-purpose HUB transit center.
During my tenure, I helped guide City Water, Light, & Power transition from a coal fire power plant to a mix-use sustainable energy plant. I am responsible for maintaining Springfield’s affordable and reliable water source, which is one of the most affordable in the Midwest.
In 2020, I was one of 40 American mayors selected to participate in the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative’s intensive yearlong leadership and management program. I was also a panelist for the National League of Cities: City Summit and the U.S. Mayoral Roundtable on the topic, "Blueprint to Financing Projects for All Cities", focusing on how Springfield effectively used federal funds, local funds, and private sector support to finance community projects.
Previously I worked in banking specializing in product and business development, was a Certified Treasurer Professional, and served as City Treasurer from 2003-2015. I am married to my wife Billie for 33 years and have three children and one grandchild.
SPRINGFIELD IS BETTER
First Time Initiatives
Held 40 Ward Planning Meetings
Conducted Police Chief Public Forums
Distribute a weekly e-newsletter providing residents city updates
Live stream and provide other online access of City Council and
Public Utilities Meetings
Enhanced Public Safety
Achieved Class 1 Fire Department Rating (first time in # years) or move to back panel
Implemented police body-worn cameras
Worked with other law enforcement agencies to implement Focus
Deterrence Program to reduce gun violence
Established Homeless Outreach Team to connect homeless with
Stimulated Economic Development and Growth
Double extension of the Downtown TIF injecting approximately $30 million for redevelopment
Established Sales Tax Rebates to offset development costs
Partnered with banks to implement the Justine Peterson Program
providing Small Businesses alternative funding
Initiated Local Hiring requirement on City funded projects