Illinois State Fair Officially Sets Record

By Benjamin Cox on September 19, 2019 at 2:34pm

The 2019 Illinois State Fair has been officially dubbed the most successful in state history. This year’s $6.5 million in revenue this year exceeds money brought in for the 2018 fair by approximately $750,000 and surpasses the previous record of $6.4 million set in 2013. Illinois State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon explains how some of […]

Former JBS Employee Files Federal Harassment Complaint

By Jeremy Coumbes on September 19, 2019 at 2:14pm

A Beardstown employer is facing a federal civil rights complaint from a former employee. Dawnya Vargus filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Springfield last week against JBS USA Holdings of Greenly, Colorado, accusing them of gender discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination during her employment at the Swift Pork Co. plant located in Beardstown. […]

Jacksonville P.I. Arraigned in Macon County

By Jeremy Coumbes on September 19, 2019 at 1:58pm

A private investigator from Jacksonville was arraigned in Macon County on Tuesday. 64 year old Rhonda G. Keech faces five counts of public indecency. Keech is accused of performing sex acts during client meetings with a prisoner in the Macon County Jail. No plea from the defendant was entered into the court documents. 37 year […]

Congress’ App Challenge Open To High School Students

By Benjamin Cox on September 19, 2019 at 1:40pm

There’s an app for that. Are you a high school student who has invented an app? Congressman Rodney Davis announced today that the Congressional App Challenge is now open for submissions. The iniativie that was established by the U.S. Congress in 2014 came up with the challenge to drive students to demonstrate their aptitude in […]

District 117 Sees Drop in Enrollment, Looks For Financial Position for 2025

By Benjamin Cox on September 19, 2019 at 4:00am

Jacksonville School District 117 had an eye to the future for last night’s September board meeting. The district saw a stable financial report over the first two months of the school year, but Superintendent Steve Ptacek says that the financial picture in 5-6 years could significantly change due to current laws concerning minimum wages. “With […]

LLCC and McDonald’s Partner For Scholarship Program

By Benjamin Cox on September 18, 2019 at 7:00pm

A local fast food restaurant and college are partnering up to give people scholarships for their education. Lincoln Land Community College and the local McDonald’s are partnering to host a meeting about college opportunities for McDonald’s employees on Tuesday, September 24th at 3:45 at McDonald’s located at 520 West Morton Avenue. McDonald’s is offering eligible […]

Flavored E-Cigarette Ban Filed

By Jeremy Coumbes on September 18, 2019 at 6:06pm

Flavored e-cigarettes and other tobacco products could soon be banned in the State of Illinois. House Bill 3887 known as the Flavored Tobacco Ban, would ban retailers from selling “a flavored tobacco product, flavored related tobacco product, flavored alternative nicotine product, or flavored solution or substance intended for use with electronic cigarettes.” The bill was […]

IDVA Director Working to Raise Awareness About Healthcare Needs For Female Veterans & Soldiers

By Benjamin Cox on September 18, 2019 at 1:04pm

The Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs is making new efforts to help female veterans get necessary healthcare needs met. While female members of the armed services have only been able to be involved in combat situations since 2013, women have been involved in the military since World War II. Acting director of the Illinois Department […]

Three Local Businesses Receive Centennial Business Distinction From IL State Historical Society

By Benjamin Cox on September 18, 2019 at 11:46am

A Jacksonville High School and two local business have been designated as Centennial Businesses by the Illinois State Historical Society. This past Saturday at Hamilton’s in Jacksonville, Routt Catholic High School, Hamilton’s Catering, and Bound to Stay Bound Books were designated as centennial businesses for their 100 years of service to the local community. According […]

Logan Ag Services Expanding in Griggsville, Opening New Facility in Winchester

By Benjamin Cox on September 18, 2019 at 9:45am

A Pike County Ag Business had their major expansion toured yesterday by Illinois Ag Director John Sullivan. Sullivan toured the new dry fertilizer storage facility that Logan Agri-Service is building in Griggsville. The new addition will nearly double the site’s capacity. The 80×55 hoop structure, which just had the concrete laid this week, is expected […]