Springfield, Ill., serving as case study for Columbia's cameras

Sunday, March 21, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 6:54 p.m. CDT, Sunday, March 21, 2010

COLUMBIA — Examining the downtown cameras in Springfield, Ill., can help demonstrate how they might affect a city like Columbia. Springfield had a population of 117,352 in 2008, similar to Columbia's 100,733 in 2008, according to U.S. Census data. It's also a college town with two universities: University of Illinois - Springfield and Robert Morris University.