I.C. to Offer Mac Students Special Transfer Benefits

By Jeremy Coumbes on March 28, 2020 at 4:21pm

MacMurray College students are being offered a helping hand from their friendly cross town rival, in the wake of the announcement that the school will soon close it’s doors for good. In an announcement posted on the Illinois College website Friday, President Dr. Barbara Farley expressed her sadness at the news of MacMurray’s closure, and […]

Students in Illinois to Return to Learning at Month’s End, Dist 117 Lunches to Continue This Week

By Jeremy Coumbes on March 28, 2020 at 4:04pm

Students in the State of Illinois will be back to learning soon, while still practicing social distancing. State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carmen I. Ayala announced Friday evening that Remote Learning Days will begin for schools statewide on March 31 and continue until in-person instruction can resume. During Remote Learning Days, schools may implement either […]

Morgan County Health Officials Planning For Patient Surge

By Benjamin Cox on March 27, 2020 at 4:19pm

Morgan County Health officials said today in their daily press release that things have remained the same over the last two days as far as the number of cases in the county. There is only 1 positive case being treated, an 84 year old man from rural Morgan County, who is currently in critical condition […]

MacMurray College To Close

By Benjamin Cox on March 27, 2020 at 3:15pm

In a statement issued today by the MacMurray College Board of Trustees, MacMurray College will permanently close its doors at the end of the Spring Semester in May. It will mark the end of the school’s 174 year history in Jacksonville. Board of Trustees Chairman Charles O’Connell said that despite generous fundraising efforts in recent […]

IDES Changes Unemployment Filing System to Handle Record Volume of Claims

By Jeremy Coumbes on March 27, 2020 at 2:25pm

The State of Illinois is taking steps to address the record volume volume of unemployment benefit claims as a result of COVID-19. Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) made the announcement yesterday. Spokesperson Rebecca Cisco says via email that to date, the department has taken several steps to improve the unemployment […]

Lake Jacksonville Opening Postponed

By Benjamin Cox on March 27, 2020 at 12:26pm

From the Desk of Mayor Andy Ezard this afternoon: “Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Lake Jacksonville will not be opening for 2020 camping season on April 1, 2020, as previously announced. Fishing will still be allowed. At this time we do not have a projected date to officially open. As soon as information is available […]

Donation Drop Off Location for COVID-19 Supplies Established in Jacksonville

By Jeremy Coumbes on March 27, 2020 at 11:30am

A donation drop off site will soon be available in Jacksonville to aid in the community response to COVID-19 The Jacksonville-Morgan County Office of Emergency Management announced this morning that a collection site is being established at the Jacksonville Area Community Food Center located at 316 E. State Street. The site will be available starting […]

McClure Hopes For More Private Testing For Those Showing Symptoms & More Financial Help

By Benjamin Cox on March 27, 2020 at 9:02am

A local state senator has said that the calls for testing needs to find a medium in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak. State Senator Steve McClure says that getting testing done is still a struggle for many. “Nationwide there hasn’t been enough testing. However, I think a lot of people are advocating for testing […]

Diocese of Springfield Churches Offering Live Streams of Mass

By Benjamin Cox on March 27, 2020 at 8:52am

Nearly 30 parishes across the Diocese of Springfield are offering live streaming of their masses so many members can still worship at home during social distancing. Father Tom Meyer of Our Saviour’s Parish says local parish members need only log into Facebook and find the parish’s page to get daily mass and Sunday mass. “We’re […]

Morgan County Jail Taking Extra Precautions, Sheriff’s Office Watching For Coronavirus Scams

By Benjamin Cox on March 27, 2020 at 8:43am

Morgan County’s Detention Facility is currently protecting employees and inmates with extra precautions during the COVID-19 outbreak. Morgan County Sheriff Mike Carmody says that the sheriff’s office was actually out ahead of the major uptick of the virus. “We actually closed down the jail prior to being told to. The front lobby has been closed. […]