Carol Hedrick named winner of District 117 teacher award

By Jim McCabe on August 21 at 7:46am

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A District 117 teacher of autistic children has been named this year’s Bill Russell Excellence in Education Award winner. Carol Hedrick teaches at Eisenhower Elementary School. She was a special Read More

Bill Meier seeking re-election as county commissioner

By Jim McCabe on August 21 at 7:22am


Morgan County Commissioner Bill Meier is seeking re-election in 2016. Meier, a Republican, made the announcement yesterday. He says over the last ten years, he’s had the privilege of serving Read More

Local officials say Jax enterprise zone is operating “business as usual”

By Jim McCabe on August 20 at 1:38pm


The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity announced this week it cannot certify or re-certify 49 new or existing zones, which compensate businesses setting up there on real estate Read More

Power line project going through ICC process

By Jim McCabe on August 20 at 1:38pm

Officials behind a high-voltage statewide transmission line project are providing an update on the application process. Thursday marks the end of a four-day evidentiary hearing on the Clean Line Energy Read More

McCann the only GOP vote to override governor’s union bill veto

By Jim McCabe on August 20 at 7:28am


Jacksonville’s state senator was a key vote in yesterday’s vote on a union arbitration bill. The Illinois Senate overrode a veto by Governor Bruce Rauner last month on a bill Read More

South Jax PD hopes to get gun safety education program into school

By Jim McCabe on August 20 at 7:26am


The South Jacksonville Police Department is looking to spread the word about gun safety. Officer Colt Gerdes says the SJPD was recently approached by the Friends of the NRA group Read More

District 117 discusses changes to Turner Jr. High colors and mascot

By Ryne Turke on August 19 at 11:13pm


What if Turner Junior High changed the school colors and mascot to match Jacksonville High School? That concept was introduced during Wednesday’s District 117 school board meeting. Superintendent Steve Ptacek Read More

Local resident talks about getting involved in presidential election

By Jim McCabe on August 19 at 1:32pm


A South Jacksonville resident is leading the charge for a presidential candidate’s campaign. Tyson Manker, who has been in the news this year for his work in the aftermath of Read More

White Hall man sentenced after January high-speed chase

By Jim McCabe on August 19 at 1:26pm


A 21-year-old Greene County man arrested for leading police on a high-speed chase earlier this year has been sentenced. Paul Holly of White Hall was arrested in January. He had Read More

Squirrel research to be presented at national conference

By Ryne Turke on August 19 at 1:26pm

ANTALYA, TURKEY - MAY 19: A squirrel i during the 3rd round of Turkish Airlines Ladies Open Golf Tournament at Carya Golf Club in Belek, Antalya, Turkey on May 19, 2015. (Photo by Mustafa Ciftci/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

A MacMurray College Associate Biology professor is presenting a study conducted on Greene County squirrels at a national conference. Rochelle McElroy, a graduate of MacMurray College and Greenfield High School, Read More