The push to reinstate a residency requirement for Springfield city employees is getting more organized.
A new committee called “Springfield Citizens for Residency” has been established with the State Board of Elections. That committee is based at the same address as the law firm of Alderman Joe McMenamin, a leading backer of the residency rule. McMenamin’s wife Lynn is listed as the organization’s treasurer.
The committee has begun distributing literature promoting the reinstatement of a residency requirement for future city workers. A piece from the group says such a rule would strengthen neighborhoods, create demand for city real estate, and… quote… “generate vested city employees.”