The city of Springfield has rejected a proposal to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city's non-discrimination codes for fair housing and job protection.
The 3-2 vote by the Springfield Mayor's Commission on Human Rights ended months of debate.
The Springfield News Sun reports the two yes votes came from Mayor Warren Copeland and Commissioner Karen Duncan. Commissioners tabled the proposal in September while the city's volunteer Human Relations Board researched the issue.
The Springfield News Sun is reporting that Springfield Township voters have ousted longtime fiscal officer, Herb Greer, who has been under fire lately for bookkeeping errors.
Newcomer Mike Hively defeated Greer on Tuesday in unofficial results by a count of 52% to 48%. Pressure to unseat Greer began building in late September after township trustees learned he failed to pay the lease on the township's administrative building. The error forced the township to pay more than $124,00.