IL State Police Step Up Patrols for Rail Safety Week

By Jeremy Coumbes on September 20, 2019 at 7:55pm

The Illinois State Police will be stepping up patrol around rail road crossings for Rail Safety Week in Illinois. Rail Safety Week runs this Sunday the 22nd through the following Saturday the 28th. ISP is partnering with local, state and federal agencies to promote vehicle and pedestrian safety around railroad tracks and trains. In 2018 […]

Plains School Board to Vote on Talda Resignation

By Jeremy Coumbes on September 20, 2019 at 7:42pm

The resignation from a suspended teacher in Pleasant Plains will be reviewed by the school board next week. Springfield Leaks is reporting that the Pleasant Plains School Board will review and vote on accepting the resignation of Martin P. Tadla. Talda admitted to school authorities that during a strength training class last month, he told […]

Traveling Vietnam Memorial in Rushville This Weekend

By Jeremy Coumbes on September 20, 2019 at 7:36pm

A national touring war memorial makes a visit to Rushville this weekend. The city of Rushville is hosting The Vietnam War Memorial Wall Replica this weekend during their 100th anniversary Smiles Day Celebration. The memorial is a complete replica of the Vietnam Wall in Washington D.C., and is the largest replica that travels in the […]

Lawsuit Against Madigan, Democrats Gets New Judge

By Benjamin Cox on September 20, 2019 at 10:50am

A new judge has been set in a case against Illinois’ Democratic Party and House Speaker Michael Madigan. On Monday, Chief Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer of the U.S. Northern District of Illinois Court announced that the case against Madigan and the Democrats would be moved under U.S. District Judge Steven C. Seeger, a native of Normal, […]

Wanted Fugitive Captured in Sangamon County

By Jeremy Coumbes on September 20, 2019 at 9:17am

An ongoing manhunt in Sangamon County is finally over. At approximately 7:00 am this morning, 28 year old Christopher D. Ettress of Springfield was arrested by U.S. Marshals according to a press release from Sangamon County Sheriff Jack Campbell. The press release states that Ettress was located in a vehicle on a traffic stop near […]

Country Pub Permit Motion Dies, Letter of Engagement Tabled As VOSJ Barely Meets Quorum

By Benjamin Cox on September 20, 2019 at 4:30am

The Village of South Jacksonville committee of the whole and special meeting was nearly over before it started last night. Village President Harry Jennings postponed the meeting for five minutes to allow Trustee Greg Nelson to show up so the village could have a quorum to meet. Nelson, along with trustees Dick Samples and Tom […]

IL Unemployment Rate Hit Record Low In August

By Benjamin Cox on September 20, 2019 at 4:30am

Illinois hit a new record low in unemployment last month, according to statistics announced yesterday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security. The unemployment rate was at 4%, down nearly a quarter of a percentage point from the previous month based on preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The August unemployment rate […]

Former Jacksonville Resident Found Dead Near Indianapolis In Alleged Homicide

By Benjamin Cox on September 19, 2019 at 4:57pm

A former Jacksonville, Illinois resident was found dead allegedly victim to a homicide in Indianapolis last week. 23 year old Alexander D. Jackson, formerly of Jacksonville, was found dead on Mann Road in Morgan County, Indiana on September 13th according to a report from Indianapolis’ Fox 59 News. Jackson’s body was found after a nearby […]

Late Night Issues at Washington Elementary Draw Concern

By Jeremy Coumbes on September 19, 2019 at 2:50pm

Ongoing late night problems encountered at Washington Elementary School prompted some discussion during the District 117 Board of Education meeting last night. Reports of broken drug paraphernalia being found on the school grounds, and some instances of broken playground equipment, led to the discussion on a possible need for future consideration of increased security measures […]

Illinois Declared Federal Disaster Area From Spring Flooding

By Benjamin Cox on September 19, 2019 at 2:49pm

Illinois has officially been declared a federal disaster area by FEMA. In a White House statement released on Thursday, President Donald Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Illinois and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding between February […]