Senator LaHood announces candidacy for 18th District

By Ryne Turke on March 31 at 1:05pm


State Senator Darin LaHood made a visit to Jacksonville today to announce his candidacy for U.S. Congress in the 18th Congressional District. LaHood, son of former 18th Congressional District Representative Read More

It was 120 seconds of chaos at County Market this morning

By Jim McCabe on March 31 at 12:52pm


Debbie DeGeal doesn’t have to worry about purchasing any meat for family dinners for, oh, a year or two. DeGeal, of Ashland, netted over $4,000 of groceries as the grand Read More

Parks and Lakes Department could go without superintendent for several weeks

By Jim McCabe on March 31 at 7:17am


It’ll be at least two more weeks before an announcement is made regarding a replacement to Jacksonville’s outgoing Parks and Lakes Superintendent. Bruce Surratt announced his retirement in January after Read More

MABAS makes adjustments to reimbursement procedure

By Jim McCabe on March 31 at 7:17am


Jacksonville aldermen approved an amendment to the city’s involvement with a mutual aid network last week. Jacksonville has been a part of the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System, or MABAS, since Read More

Local farmer responds to claims that glyphosate could be cancerous

By Ryne Turke on March 30 at 2:43pm


A Morgan County farmer is speaking out against claims from the World Health Organization that an ingredient in the Monsanto product Roundup has a possibility of deadly side-effects. The report, Read More

Local state rep. sponsors bill that speeds up notification of sex offender release

By Jim McCabe on March 30 at 2:42pm

Cass County’s state representative is sponsoring legislation which would clarify the Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act. HB3896 provides the state will send notice, postmarked within one business day of a Read More

Morgan County updates GIS website

By Ryne Turke on March 30 at 2:41pm

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The Morgan County Geographic Information System has launched an updated version of its website. Morgan County GIS Coordinator Shawn Artis appeared on WLDS’ AM-Conversation this week. Artis says the flood Read More

District 117 Superintendent reviews increasing suspension totals

By Ryne Turke on March 29 at 7:30am


District 117 student suspension totals from 2014-2015 have more than doubled from last school year. The third quarter discipline report, released at the previous District 117 board meeting, showed 404 Read More

Bobcat legislation approved by Senate Agriculture Committee

By Ryne Turke on March 29 at 7:29am


State Senator Sam McCann’s sponsored legislation to create a bobcat hunting season in Illinois has been approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee. Similar legislation passed both chambers of the General Read More

Bill, if passed, would regulate indoor play areas

By Jim McCabe on March 28 at 12:30pm


Indoor play areas like the one at the McDonald’s in Jacksonville would need to be sanitized daily under a new bill that’s working through the Legislature. House Bill 1732 amends Read More