Real ID Deadline Postponed By DHS

By Benjamin Cox on March 27, 2020 at 8:32am

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced today that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended the federal REAL ID deadline an additional year to Oct. 1, 2021. DHS cited the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact the virus is having on the general public and driver’s license and ID card-issuing agencies nationwide. Earlier […]

COVID-19 Testing Becoming Available in Morgan County, Total Cases Remains at 1

By Jeremy Coumbes on March 26, 2020 at 5:57pm

Morgan County Heath Officials say that as of 4:30 pm, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 remains at 1. The patient is currently listed in critical condition at Passavant Area Hospital, and is receiving care under isolation. COVID-19 testing has been made available to local physicians and health care providers through a private laboratory. […]

Crime Stoppers Seeking Info on Vehicle Theft

By Jeremy Coumbes on March 26, 2020 at 3:07pm

Crime Stoppers of Morgan, Scott & Cass Counties are requesting Information to assist the Jacksonville Police Department in their Investigation of a recent motor vehicle theft. Sometime between 3:30p.m. on Friday, March 20th and 6:30a.m. on Saturday, March 21st unknown person(s) removed a pickup truck from a parking lot in the 500 block of East […]

USPS Post Official Procedures During Coronavirus Pandemic

By Benjamin Cox on March 26, 2020 at 12:32pm

The United States Postal Service has issued a release regarding their internal response to the COVID-19 outbreak. USPS says it is currently follow the strategies and measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health departments by encouraging healthy behaviors and protocols including frequent hand washing, use of sanitizers, and […]

Jacksonville Masonic Center Up For Auction

By Benjamin Cox on March 26, 2020 at 9:08am

One of Jacksonville’s oldest fraternal organizations has announced the sale of their historic building. The Jacksonville Masonic Center at 345 West College Avenue is going up for auction. The building will be sold through an online auction by Cory Craig Auction Service of Taylorville. The auction will take place from April 1st through April 30th. […]

Pritzker Announces New State Tax Filing Deadline, Relief For Downstate Small Business

By Benjamin Cox on March 26, 2020 at 8:54am

Governor J.B. Pritzker announced yesterday that residents can wait to file their state tax returns and that small businesses will be getting relief from the State Treasury. Pritzker said that downstate small businesses will have money re-directed to curtail some of the shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The loan package will total $90 million. […]

5 Counties To See Resurfacing, Bridge Projects from IDOT in the Coming Months

By Benjamin Cox on March 26, 2020 at 6:11am

A portion of Illinois Route 267 will be restricted beginning on Monday. Work on the overlay and bridge deck near the Apple Creek bridge just south of the Roodhouse Blacktop between Woodson and Greenfield will be restricted to one lane. Work is projected to be finished by November. Two-way traffic will be maintained through temporary […]

Morgan County Health Officials Warn Snow Bird Population To Protect Themselves Upon Return Home

By Benjamin Cox on March 26, 2020 at 5:37am

Morgan County officials reminded Snow Bird residents to take extra precautions when returning to the area yesterday. The joint communication from the Morgan County Emergency Management Office, the Morgan County Health Department, the Morgan County Commissioners, and the City of Jacksonville said that the number of families returning from warmer climates and southern states from […]

IL Congress Members React to Senate Passage of $2 Trillion Economic Bill

By Benjamin Cox on March 26, 2020 at 5:26am

Illinois Congressional leaders had mixed reviews of the 2 trillion dollar stimulus package that was passed overnight. 18th District Congressman Darin LaHood applauded the Trump Administration for awarding $3.5 million in Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Funding to Community Health Centers in Illinois as a part of the bill. Of that total, 18th District health […]

Goodwill Not Accepting Donations During Stay At Home Directive

By Benjamin Cox on March 25, 2020 at 12:21pm

Land of Lincoln Goodwill announced today that it is not accepting donations at its retail stores and donation centers during the Governor’s stay at home order. All Goodwill retail stores were closed on Saturday, March 21st including all donation centers. Goodwill is asking the public NOT to drop off donations outside the stores, but rather […]