Jacksonville added to ESSA listening tour

By Ryne Turke on November 28 at 6:24am


Jacksonville School District 117 is being included in the third statewide listening tour aimed at gathering feedback on educational results in the classroom. The Illinois State Board of Education will Read More

Dog flu outbreak reported in Jacksonville

By Ryne Turke on November 26 at 9:46am


Several cases of canine influenza have been reported in the Jacksonville and Central Illinois area over the last month. This comes after a huge outbreak last spring in the Chicago Read More

Greene County calls for local agencies to receive fair share of state road fund

By Blake Schnitker on November 26 at 9:45am

Greene County’s transportation department is pushing for a fair share of Illinois’ highway road fund. WLDS-WEAI News caught up with Greene County engineer David Marth, who says local transportation agencies Read More

Jacksonville prepares for Small Business Saturday

By Ryne Turke on November 25 at 1:06pm


Jacksonville businesses are preparing for the annual shopping day held hours after one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Small Business Saturday was formed in 2010 to counter Read More

Cookies and Cocoa 5K Dash set for Downtown Jacksonville

By Ryne Turke on November 25 at 1:03pm


Shopping, dancing and seeing Santa aren’t the only events taking place on the Downtown Square in Jacksonville on Saturday. Runners and walkers of Central Illinois will partake in a 5k Read More

Jacksonville Police seeing fewer Black Friday shoppers

By Blake Schnitker on November 25 at 1:02pm

While Black Friday shopping in Jacksonville has been somewhat uneventful, that hasn’t stopped the craze around West Central Illinois. Jacksonville Police Lieutenant Sean Walker says when he went to check Read More

South Elementary Principal wins gold at Waterski Championship in Spain

By Ryne Turke on November 25 at 6:27am


A District 117 principal won a gold medal for Team USA this summer at the 2016 World Over 35 Waterski Championships in Spain. Water skiing has always been a big Read More

Black Friday expert provides shopping tips

By Ryne Turke on November 24 at 7:13am


An avid Black Friday shopper is sharing her secrets to success for the biggest shopping day of the year. What started as a family tradition in her grade school years Read More

Big Brothers Big Sisters spreading throughout local school districts

By Ryne Turke on November 23 at 12:25pm


Big Brothers Big Sisters programs are spreading throughout school districts in Central Illinois. Case Manager Abby Hilsabeck says schools have added the weekly mentoring program that matches high school students Read More

District 117 to hold presentations on defining school boundaries

By Blake Schnitker on November 23 at 12:05pm

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A major topic at last week’s School District 117 meeting dealt with establishing clearly defined elementary school boundaries. With the closing of Franklin Elementary School in 2012, those living within Read More