Jacksonville Products Compete in Online Contest

By Jeremy Coumbes on February 27, 2020 at 5:44pm

Three Jacksonville manufacturers are in the running of an online contest to be named the Coolest Thing Made in Illinois. The Illinois Manufacturers Association launched the first annual Makers Madness contest at the beginning of February. Modeled after the March Madness college basketball tournament, the Makers Madness contest is a bracket style tournament that will […]

48th American Legion Youth Police Camp to be Held at Camp Lincoln in June

By Jeremy Coumbes on February 27, 2020 at 3:36pm

The Illinois State Police (ISP) and the American Legion announced plans for the 48th Annual American Legion Youth Police Camp (ALYPC) today. State Police Officials say The primary purpose of the ALYPC is to establish an interactive and positive relationship between Illinois teens and law enforcement officers. The camp is a one week long residency […]

Bluffs Man Indicted On Federal Child Pornography Charges

By Benjamin Cox on February 27, 2020 at 11:49am

One of the longest serving inmates of the Morgan County Detention Facility had his case dismissed in Morgan County Court this morning after receiving a federal indictment on February 5th by the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Central District. 39 year old Dicky Holsman of Bluffs faced three counts of illegal solicitation and possession of […]

South Jax Tables Cannabis Zoning, Reworking Regional Planning Contract, Works On Park Signage

By Benjamin Cox on February 27, 2020 at 9:06am

The Village of South Jacksonville held a lengthy committee of the whole meeting last night, touching on several topics. Planning & Public Facilities kicked off the meeting with a decision to table marijuana dispensary zoning. A draft ordinance from the Illinois Municipal League for zoning a district for special use permits was presented, but the […]

Hall To Retire in May From City of Jacksonville

By Benjamin Cox on February 27, 2020 at 8:53am

A Jacksonville public servant will be retiring in May after almost four decades of work for the city. Kelly Hall, the city planner and former member of the Fire Department, had his retirement announced at the Jacksonville City Council meeting on Monday by Mayor Andy Ezard. Hall says he’s been fortunate to work for the […]

McClure Introduces Bill to Limit Property Assessments

By Jeremy Coumbes on February 27, 2020 at 8:22am

State Senator Steve McClure has filed a bill in the General Assembly in an effort to limit property tax increases. Senate Bill 3694 was introduced by McClure on February 14th, and aims to limit the amount a residential property’s assessed value can increase each year beyond the the corresponding year’s assessed value based on the […]

USDA’s RMA Makes Crop Insurance Changes For Soybeans & Sorghum

By Benjamin Cox on February 27, 2020 at 5:42am

The USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) made changes for the 2020 crop year to improve crop insurance for Illinois soybean and grain sorghum producers. The earliest plant date for soybeans was moved from April 20 to April 15 for the central parts of Illinois to reflect changing agronomics. This change doesn’t affect when producers can […]

Central IL Congressmen Split From Trump on PBS Funding

By Benjamin Cox on February 27, 2020 at 5:39am

Two local Congressman are split from the President on the idea of keeping PBS a government-funded entity. President Donald Trump released a plan earlier this month that calls for the Corporation of Public Broadcasting to get $30 million, with a phase-out of federal funding by fiscal year 2023. The Trump administration had also called for […]

Manar Files Bill To Make Impersonating Census Documents & Workers A Felony

By Benjamin Cox on February 26, 2020 at 11:21am

State Senator Andy Manar has filed a bill in the General Assembly after the State Democratic Party discovered what they call a “deceptive” mailer to Illinois residents claiming to be about the 2020 Census. The mailer has been distributed in several districts around the state asking information ask about a person’s voting habits, their age, […]

Law Enforcement Opposes New DOC Directive On The Release of Undocumented Felons

By Benjamin Cox on February 26, 2020 at 8:43am

The Illinois Sheriff’s Association and local law enforcement officials held a press conference at the Capitol in Springfield yesterday to push back against a new Pritzker Administration directive about the release of undocumented immigrant felons. The new Department of Corrections policy prohibits local authorities from communicating with ICE officials when they release felons who are […]