Greene County Law Enforcement Endorse Goetten For 7th Judicial Vacancy

By Benjamin Cox on February 20, 2020 at 11:49am

A former Greene County State’s Attorney and current Democratic candidate for the 7th Judicial Circuit Judge vacancy in Greene County has been endorsed by all of Greene County’s top law enforcement officials. Matthew Goetten has been fully endorsed by the Greene County law enforcement officials in a letter released to the media today. Citing Goetten’s […]

Bill Proposed in Senate to Remove Religious Exemption from School Vaccines

By Jeremy Coumbes on February 20, 2020 at 11:46am

A bill proposed in the Illinois Senate last week aims to remove religious exemptions from immunizations for children in the state. Senate Bill 3668 was introduced on Friday by 7th District Democratic Senator Heather Steans, calls for the removal of portions of the school code that currently allow parents to refuse medical examinations and immunizations […]

Raise a Reader Program Continues to Promote Literacy in Three County Area

By Jeremy Coumbes on February 20, 2020 at 9:54am

For over 30 years, a local not for profit group has been working to promote literacy in Cass, Morgan and Scott Counties. The Literacy Committee of the Alpha Phi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma have worked to promote the Raise a Reader program in an effort to get area children off to a good start […]

Local GOP Reaction To Pritzker Budget Address Slams Expanded Spending

By Benjamin Cox on February 20, 2020 at 9:46am

Local lawmakers feel that Governor J.B. Pritzker’s 2nd budget is too big on spending. 93rd District Representative Norine Hammond gave her mixed reactions to the address. “I believe there were a lot of good things in the governor’s budget proposal today. There were some things that I’m a little skeptical on. Putting money into a […]

District 117 Wants Extracurricular Fundraising Transparency

By Benjamin Cox on February 20, 2020 at 9:32am

Jacksonville School District 117 is seeking more transparency from some extracurricular groups on fundraising and spending. Superintendent Steve Ptacek says he’s received a number of requests from people in the district about how much money has been raised and spent by certain groups in the district. He also acknowledged that some people and businesses have […]

Pritzker Budget Address Calls for More Spending, Graduated Tax Approval

By Jeremy Coumbes on February 20, 2020 at 9:24am

Governor J.B. Pritzker presented his budget address to a joint session of the Illinois General Assembly during the noon hour today. In his second budget address in his time as Governor, Pritzker proposed a $40.7 billion state budget, while touting the prospect of a 41.4 billion revenue increase should voters approve his graduated income tax […]

Mac Invites Deaf Community to Production of Godspell

By Jeremy Coumbes on February 20, 2020 at 9:04am

MacMurray College is inviting area residents who are deaf and hard of hearing to attend the upcoming production of a classic musical. The MacMurray theater guild will be welcoming the college’s American Sign Language studies students as members of the cast for a short run of the musical Godspell, as they incorporate shadow interpreting to […]

Davidsmeyer Opposes Fingerprinting Gun Owners

By Benjamin Cox on February 20, 2020 at 8:59am

100th District Representative CD Davidsmeyer says that Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly’s ideas on the FOID are going after the wrong people. Davidsmeyer called the idea of fingerprinting gun owners in the state the wrong way to decrease gun crime. He says its a terrible overreach and won’t fix gun problems or the FOID […]

Pike-Scott Farm Bureau Hosting Dicamba Training

By Benjamin Cox on February 20, 2020 at 8:44am

Pike and Scott County farmers will have the ability to get their annual Dicamba certification next month at the Pike-Scott Farm Bureau building in Pittsfield. In association with Prairieland FS, the farm bureau will host its 3rd annual dicamba training session on March 4th from 10 am to 11:30 am at the PSFB office located […]

Raoul Lawsuit Aims to Shut Down Liberty Power LLC

By Benjamin Cox on February 20, 2020 at 6:12am

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul is suing to shut down an alternative energy supplier over deceptive practices. Raoul is suing to have Liberty Power Holdings LLC shut down after it deceived several thousand customers by having them sign contracts believing they would be saving money on their electric bills. Raoul’s Cook County lawsuit alleges Liberty’s […]