Area Business Offers Free Christmas Light Recycling

By Jeremy Coumbes on December 10, 2019 at 4:01pm

A Jacksonville business is providing residents with a place to dispose of Christmas lights, so they will not end up in the landfill. BLH Computers is offering free drop off of old or broken light strands at their store located at 832 South Main in Jacksonville. Representatives with BLH say that the company actually takes […]

Vehicle Trade-In Tax Looms

By Benjamin Cox on December 10, 2019 at 1:46pm

Car dealerships may see a flood of trade-ins within the next few weeks. On January 1st, Illinois will be imposing a new trade-in tax on used vehicles being traded in at dealerships. The state currently collects no sales tax on a car’s trade-in value, which acts as credit toward a new vehicle purchase. By law, […]

Crisis Center Fundraiser Has Local Connection

By Benjamin Cox on December 10, 2019 at 1:03pm

WLDS News reported about the Women’s Crisis Center benefiting from sign-ups at the local Cricket Wireless store during the month of December until Christmas Eve. The store is donating $10 from every new service activation to the Crisis Center Foundation of Jacksonville. The impetus of that donation comes from the store’s former manager who now […]

Strong Arm Robbery Suspect Sentenced in Morgan County Court

By Benjamin Cox on December 10, 2019 at 12:00pm

Morgan County Circuit Court heard the plea of a man who was arrested for a strong arm robbery that occurred this Fall. Jacksonville Police arrested 49 year old Russell S Gregory of the 1100 block of East Morton Avenue on October 8th in connection to the strong arm robbery that occurred at Family Video on […]

City Extends Court Hearing Officer’s Contract for Another Year

By Jeremy Coumbes on December 10, 2019 at 11:50am

The Jacksonville City Counsel approved a contract extension with the Municipal Court Hearing Officer last night. The Jacksonville Municipal Court allows the city to enforce ordinance violations in the city. Jacksonville City Attorney Dan Beard says that having the Municipal Court, and Court Hearing Officer, Amy Jackson, helps the city stay on top of various […]

Raoul Urges FTC to Clamp Down On COPPA to Protect Minors

By Benjamin Cox on December 10, 2019 at 9:36am

The Illinois Attorney General is asking for the Federal Trade Commission to strengthen rules to protect minor’s privacy online. Kwame Raoul is asking the FTC to expand and strengthen regulations around the 1996 Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act or COPPA due to data collection by websites, mobile applications, and other digital marketing services. Raoul says […]

JPD Offers Tips to Avoid Porch Pirates

By Benjamin Cox on December 10, 2019 at 9:07am

Citizens are expected to spend nearly $150 billion in online shopping this holiday season. Law enforcement says its an optimum time for porch pirates to hit your doorstep. Jacksonville Police Chief Adam Mefford says its an easy temptation for thieves when they see gifts on your doorstep. He says it only takes seconds for someone […]

LaHood Laments Impeachment, Says It Impedes Major Legislation Getting Approved

By Benjamin Cox on December 10, 2019 at 6:22am

Congressman Darin LaHood says that impeachment is hindering Congress from doing any meaningful work. The House Judiciary Committee is holding its second impeachment hearing today. Lawyers from the House Intelligence and House Judiciary Committees are scheduled to make their case for or against impeachment. LaHood says that it’s holding up four major pieces of legislation […]

City of Jacksonville Approves Second Reading of Tax Levy, Cannabis Zoning

By Benjamin Cox on December 10, 2019 at 6:10am

The Jacksonville City Council debated the upcoming tax levy increase and the sales of recreational cannabis last night. In a lengthy discussion during the second reading of the city’s tax levy, the council heard public comment to lower the levy. Concerned citizen, Nicole Riley, who has been leading a push to lower the city’s levy […]

Duckworth Introduces Military PPE Legislation

By Benjamin Cox on December 9, 2019 at 4:10pm

An Illinois Senator is working to ensure that female military members have proper fitting and functioning personal protective equipment. Tammy Duckworth, along with Iowa Democrat Joni Ernst, Arizona Republican Martha McSally and Democrat Richard Blumenthal have introduced legislation to improve troop readiness and effectiveness by addressing issues of inadequate and ill-fitting body armor and personal […]