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Springfield Leaders Lobbying in Washington, D.C.

Several Springfield leaders are in Washington D.C. lobbying for federal funds to be spent on major projects in the capital city. (WRSP File Photo)

Several Springfield leaders are in Washington D.C. lobbying for federal funds to be spent on major projects in the capital city.

It's an annual trip put on by the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.

City leaders have had meetings about the 10th Street rail project, funding the construction of a secondary water source, and improving infrastructure.

Mayor Jim Langfelder said the trip helps develop relationships with leaders in Washington as Springfield tries to secure competitive grants for these projects.

"We're just one of the communities trying to do the same thing. Just trying to get ahead in the pecking order," Langfelder said. "Hopefully we'll be successful and we'll find out later on this year."

Springfield leaders have met with Rep. Rodney Davis, staff from Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk's offices, as well as federal agencies like the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Railroad Administration.

Springfield representatives include Mayor Langfelder, Public Works Director Mark Mahoney, CWLP Chief Utility Engineer Doug Brown and Ward 2 Alderman Herman Senor.

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