Train Car Derailment Blocks North Clay Rail Crossing

By Jeremy Coumbes on February 25, 2020 at 4:21pm

A train car has come off the track causing the rail crossing at North Clay Street to be closed. Crews from B.N.S.F. and R.J. Corman Rail Services are on scene and preparing to free the stranded rail car causing the blockage. BNSF personnel on scene declined to comment on details of the accident including when […]

Main Street to Announce Concert Lineup, Community Planning Session at Annual Meeting and FUNdraiser.

By Jeremy Coumbes on February 25, 2020 at 3:14pm

Jacksonville Main Street will be making several announcements as well as revealing a few surprises at their annual meeting this Thursday evening. The lineup for the summer concert series has been set, as well as both the volunteer and business of the year for 2019. Executive Director of Jacksonville Main Street Judy Tighe says that […]

Property Tax Multipliers Set For 2020 in Greene & Morgan

By Benjamin Cox on February 25, 2020 at 12:47pm

Morgan and Greene County have been issued tentative property assessment equalization factors by the Illinois Department of Revenue. Morgan County’s factor was 1.0240 issued on February 3rd. Greene County’s factor is 1.0205, announced today. Both factors are higher than the previous year’s factor of 1. The property assessment equalization factor, often called the “multiplier”, is […]

Schmidt Endorsed By Logan County State’s Attorney

By Benjamin Cox on February 25, 2020 at 12:02pm

A Greene County Judicial candidate has received an endorsement from the Logan County State’s Attorney. 7th Circuit Republican candidate Zachary A Schmidt received the endorsement from Bradley A Hague, the current Logan County State’s Attorney. Schmidt formerly served as an assistant state’s attorney in Logan and Peoria Counties. Schmidt, a Carrollton native, currently is the […]

City Council Talks Parks & Lakes Projects

By Benjamin Cox on February 25, 2020 at 10:30am

The Jacksonville City Council met in quick fashion last night. Committee of the whole hashed out any questions prior to the official meeting at 7PM. Mayor Andy Ezard announced during committee of the whole that Parks & Lakes Director and City Planner Kelly Hall will officially retire in May. During the meeting the council approved […]

Apex Application in Draft, Headed For Likely Public Hearing in April

By Benjamin Cox on February 25, 2020 at 9:55am

Dusty Douglas, the Morgan County Regional Planning Director, will be coming through a 25 pound draft of Apex Clean Energy’s application for the Lincoln Land Wind Project over the next week. Douglas told the Morgan County Commissioners the zoning board had received the draft application last week and has been going through the process of […]

IDR Announces $7.3 Million in Cannabis Tax Revenue

By Benjamin Cox on February 25, 2020 at 9:23am

The Illinois Department of Revenue announced today that adult-use cannabis sales generated over $7.3 million in tax revenues in its first month. The figure does not include over $3.1 million generated in retail sales tax revenues shared between state and local governments. Governor J.B. Pritzker recently said in his budget address last week that the […]

McClure Working On Surplus Property Legislation To Help With Demo & Sale of JDC

By Benjamin Cox on February 25, 2020 at 9:13am

State Senator Steve McClure is making it his priority to get something done with the Jacksonville Developmental Center as part of his current agenda. McClure says he’s had recent talks with Governor J.B. Pritzker and Illinois Central Management Services about the property that’s been closed since November 2012. “When we were discussing the capital bill, […]

Davis Hosts Legislative Listening Session in Springfield About Auto Voter Registration Issues

By Benjamin Cox on February 25, 2020 at 8:39am

13th District Congressman Rodney Davis held a listening session yesterday in Springfield about the state’s issues with electronic automatic voter registration errors. Held at the Sangamon County Complex Davis, Sangamon County Clerk Don Gray, State Representative Tim Butler, Steve Sandvoss Executive Director of the Illinois State Board of Elections and Nathan Maddox of the Illinois […]

Hammond Co-Sponsor Legislation to Combat Early Childhood Education Shortages

By Benjamin Cox on February 25, 2020 at 8:36am

State Representative Norine Hammond of Macomb is co-sponsoring legislation to help get more people involved in early childhood education. House Bill 4490 amends the early childhood teacher requirements and allows someone to earn their early childhood certification while they work under a more experienced teacher as an aide while they are earning full accreditation. It […]