Morgan County ranked in 10 top for best Illinois unemployment rates

By Ryne Turke on July 4 at 11:01am


Unemployment rates are down and jobs are up in West Central Illinois. The latest numbers from the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported over the year unemployment rate improvements for Read More

Grilling safety stressed for the holiday

By Ryne Turke on July 4 at 11:00am


West Central Illinoisans are being reminded about a few safety tips for the holiday weekend. Adam Rife and Stacey Skrysak of WICS ABC Newschannel 20 say the summer safety precautions Read More

Jacksonville, Franklin and White Hall hosting 4th of July events

By Tiffani Homer on July 4 at 6:18am


Several events will be taking place this weekend in West Central Illinois to celebrate the Fourth of July. Deanna WarBonnett, Brittany Henry, and Tim Cruzan stopped by WLDS’ “What’s On Read More

Broaddus returning as South Jax Police Chief

By Ryne Turke on July 3 at 1:57pm

South Jacksonville squad car

South Jacksonville’s interim police chief is returning to his role in the village. Village President Steve Waltrip confirmed that Mike Broaddus was reinstated Friday afternoon, just hours after he had Read More

South Jax trustees overturn veto for former chief’s retirement package

By Ryne Turke on July 3 at 12:09pm


South Jacksonville trustees listened to over an hour of comments from the public and handled a full agenda during Thursday’s village meeting. The most significant action from trustees last night Read More

New study shows Illinois lacks patriotism

By Tiffani Homer on July 3 at 12:07pm

4th of July

Illinoisans may be surprised to find out their state ranks 43rd in the country when it comes to patriotism. The study conducted by WalletHub, determined each state’s patriotism by involvement Read More

New requirements impacting Child Care Assistance Program

By Ryne Turke on July 3 at 12:06pm


A change to the Child Care Assistance Program could leave an impact on thousands of families across the state. New state requirements taking effect this week mean a lot fewer Read More

South Jax Chief Broaddus, Trustee Smith stepping down from positions

By Ryne Turke on July 3 at 6:02am


The newly appointed South Jacksonville police chief and a trustee under fire for ethics allegations have stepped down from their positions with the village. Chief Mike Broaddus and trustee Sonnie Read More

Police promoting safety over holiday weekend

By Ryne Turke on July 3 at 6:00am


The Illinois State Police Department is reminding holiday travelers to drive responsibly over the weekend. According to a press release from the ISP, DUI remains the leading cause of fatal Read More

Mac boosts Social Work program with new hire

By Ryne Turke on July 3 at 5:32am

Christina Blash

MacMurray College has hired a new assistant professor in the Social Work Program. Christina Blash received her master’s degree in social work from St. Louis University, a bachelor’s degree in Read More