New measure designed to temporarily fill large hole in state’s budget now official

By Jim McCabe on March 27 at 7:25am


The Illinois Senate approved a bill yesterday that would rearrange money in the current budget to plug a $1.6-billion gap. Governor Rauner later signed the bill into law, which will Read More

White Hall-based counselor the target of state investigation

By Jim McCabe on March 27 at 7:25am


The Illinois State Board of Education has opened up a misconduct investigation against a West Central Illinois school counselor. The State Journal-Register reports the investigation is against Regan Ruyle, a Read More

Community care advocates still looking for total shut-down of SIDCs

By Jim McCabe on March 26 at 1:01pm


Not satisfied with the closure of the Jacksonville Developmental Center and others in the state, a group is renewing its push for all state-run institutions to shut down. During a Read More

Fire burns down Franklin-area mobile home

By Jim McCabe on March 26 at 11:21am


The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a fire that burned a mobile home down to the ground overnight. Franklin Fire Chief Gerald Wilson says his department was paged out Read More

District 117 selects BLDD as architect for Turner Project

By Ryne Turke on March 26 at 7:15am


District 117 board members approved an architect for the Turner Renovation Project during a special meeting last night. The board’s top four architectural candidates were given the opportunity to talk about Read More

Wireless reading of water meters coming to Jacksonville

By Jim McCabe on March 26 at 7:15am


Installation of “smart” technology for water meters in Jacksonville is almost complete. The work, being done by the utility department, began in August 2012 and allows workers to read meters Read More

City officials hope 2016 means big improvements for Morton Ave.

By Jim McCabe on March 25 at 1:02pm


“One more winter.” That’s what Jacksonville Mayor Andy Ezard says we need to get through before we get much-needed improvements to Morton Avenue. Aldermen authorized Ezard at Monday’s city council Read More

Bill re-naming highway after Dick Rawlings advances

By Jim McCabe on March 25 at 1:02pm


Legislation that would re-name a portion of Route 67 after former Morgan County Commissioner Dick Rawlings has passed the Illinois House unanimously. The measure, sponsored by Jacksonville State Representative C.D. Read More

Drunk driver hospitalized in Route 36 crash

By Jim McCabe on March 25 at 1:02pm


Police say a drunk driver was involved in an accident on Old Route 36 in Scott county early Tuesday morning. According to the Illinois State Police, it happened near Route Read More

County clerk stresses special Congressional election not in the budget

By Jim McCabe on March 25 at 7:26am


While it’s anyone’s guess who may next represent Jacksonville in Congress, one thing’s for sure- the replacement process will cost local taxpayers. Morgan County Clerk Jill Waggener says the cost Read More