Custody case continued to end of October

By Jim McCabe on October 16 at 9:12pm


A motion filed by Morgan County Assistant State’s Attorney Chad Turner to modify temporary custody of a Jacksonville baby found abandoned in a garbage dumpster in August has been continued. Read More

Ptacek defends District 117’s academic performance

By Ryne Turke on October 16 at 1:09pm


After recent claims regarding District 117’s academic performance, Steve Ptacek took the time to commend the district’s teachers, staff and students and defended the hard work they have done. “There Read More

South Jax residents reminded of collection procedures

By Ryne Turke on October 16 at 1:09pm


Residents who are new to South Jacksonville should be getting a letter in the mail from the Public Works Department. According to Village President Gordon Jumper, there has been an Read More

District 117 reviews ISAT numbers

By Ryne Turke on October 16 at 7:41am

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Board members talked about the 2013-2014 ISAT reading and math results for District 117 students at last night’s meeting. The district’s overall reading numbers for students in third through eighth Read More

Jacksonville Fire Chief Kluge set to retire

By Ryne Turke on October 15 at 1:21pm


After dedicating 30 years of service to the Jacksonville Fire Department, Chief Rick Kluge is stepping down at the end of the month. Kluge, a Jacksonville native, says when he Read More

Sales tax debate takes place at Jax city council meeting

By Jim McCabe on October 15 at 1:16pm


It’s the penny everyone’s talking about. A good portion of last night’s Jacksonville City Council meeting involved presentations by different positions on the one-cent sales tax referendum scheduled to be Read More

Corn and soybeans coming out of the fields

By Ryne Turke on October 15 at 1:15pm


According to the USDA and crop statistician Mark Schleusener, the progress and condition for the crops are looking good. “Corn harvest reached 35 percent complete and that compares to a Read More

ISAT results and policy reviews on the agenda for District 117

By Ryne Turke on October 15 at 8:31am

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The reading and math scores of third through eighth grade student’s 2013-2014 ISAT exams will be reviewed. There will be a breakdown of the performance of each elementary school, as Read More

Reaction to Carter appearance

By Ryne Turke on October 15 at 7:20am

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Students and faculty at Illinois College are sharing their thoughts on yesterday’s Phi Alpha Lecture Series presentation featuring former President Jimmy Carter. Illinois College estimated an overall attendance between two Read More

Aldermen get sales tax update, give thumbs-up to annual gaming parlor fee

By Jim McCabe on October 15 at 1:00am


Jacksonville aldermen were told they could not make an official opinion on the matter of a one-cent sales tax referendum in Morgan County last night. City Attorney Dan Beard stated Read More