Doing research on living in/near Springfield IL. I have found lots of comments from 10 years ago, but I know a lot can change in 10 years in a good or bad way. What is the cost of housing like? What is the crime rate like? Whats the weather like? Is there lots of outdoor things to do? etc etc etc. Our kids are grown so we are not concerned about the schools and this would most likely be a temp move for only 3 years.