App Challenge tests high school students

By Ryne Turke on November 28 at 9:59am

Female gardener holding weather app on smart phone

A Congressional App Challenge is testing high school students throughout the 13th Congressional District. The competition allows students to create a software application for mobile, tablet or computer devices. West Read More

October 2015 local unemployment report

By Jim McCabe on November 28 at 9:59am


From October 2014 to last month, the four-county region of Morgan, Cass, Scott and Greene Counties has once again seen a drop in unemployment. According to the latest data released Read More

JACIL hosting leadership workshops

By Ryne Turke on November 28 at 9:58am


A series of workshops are being held in Jacksonville to help individuals with disabilities hone their confidence in leadership skills. The Jacksonville Area Center for Independent Living will host six Read More

People in Cass County could soon have another option for affordable housing

By Jim McCabe on November 28 at 8:52am


Organizers with the Cass Affordable Housing Initiative recently made a presentation to the Virginia City Council regarding a four-million-dollar, 20-home housing project in that city. The housing initiative’s chairman, Laymon Read More

Shoppers pack stores in Jacksonville for Black Friday savings

By Ryne Turke on November 27 at 12:26pm


Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, is once again drawing customers to the stores with can’t miss savings. Statistics show that Black Friday shoppers spend an average Read More

Homeless numbers on the rise in Illinois

By Ryne Turke on November 26 at 9:47am


Homeless numbers are on the rise in Illinois, while the rest of the country is showing improvement. According to new data released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Read More

LaHood selected as conferee for highway bill committee

By Ryne Turke on November 26 at 8:27am


A recommendation has been made for 18th District Representative Darin LaHood to serve as a conferee to the House-Senate Highway Bill Conference Committee. As a conferee, LaHood will engage in Read More

It’s been a while since gas has been this cheap locally

By Jim McCabe on November 25 at 1:04pm


Motorists in Jacksonville are partying like it’s 2009 with the current slide in gas prices. As of Wednesday morning, the low price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas is Read More

Primary races few and far between locally right now

By Jim McCabe on November 25 at 12:42pm


So far, it’s looking like there won’t be a ton of primary races to watch out for in local elections in March. In Morgan County, there will be a race Read More

IHSA considering multiple changes for football in 2016

By Ryne Turke on November 25 at 12:16pm


A proposal to the IHSA is aiming to make some changes to high school football in 2016. One item from the proposal would reduce the number of summer contact days Read More