Introduction of Tony Leone - Owner & Innkeeper
Tony Leone is well-known in state and local political circles and the legislative arena. He has held a number of top state and local government positions in his public service career. Since 1995 he has been a state house lobbyist. Leone is probably best-known for having been the Republican Caucus Clerk of the Illinois General Assembly, a position the members of the General Assembly unanimously elected him to seven times over 14 years. He is also known for his political consulting expertise and software development that transformed in the mid eighties campaign management and fundraising.
Leone is the recipient of the 2011 Historic Preservationist of the Year from the Springfield Historic Sites Commission. He formerly served as Chairman of the Sangamon County Board of Review and the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board and is also a local businessman with real estate interests. Today, Leone is most well known for renovating the 1896 residence of George Pasfield, Jr. where his office is located today. Working where the Pasfields once lived in the shadow of the Capitol dome, Leone has transformed an almost forgotten historic Springfield property, one which sadly could have easily been torn down and lost to future generations. The State Journal-Register described as a “City Showplace”. An appraisal report declares that the renovation work sets a new standard from which all future restorations within the city will be measured.
Leone has been recognized for political event planning and fundraising. He has entered the hospitality business with panache using the Pasfield House as a meeting facility and often used to host legislative and charitable galas. He has also renovated several former homes on the near west side of the State Capitol as temporary short-term residences for lobbyists and state legislators, including one that may soon be on the national historic register.
Tony Leone ~ Owner/Innkeeper
An amateur local historian, Leone has been published on several occasions on the early development of Springfield and how it became the Capital of Illinois. Research he has directed concerning all three generations of George Pasfields sheds new light on their celebrated family accomplishments. Leone refers to the three George Pasfields as “real municipal patriots” that contributed greatly to the improvement and growth of the Springfield community in its first 100 years.