UPDATE: Illinois House postpones veto override vote on budget

By Blake Schnitker on July 5 at 10:48am

Illinois has been without a state budget since 2015, and the wait goes on after no action was taken by the House at today’s session. Members of the Illinois House Read More

Illinois House scheduled to vote on budget plan, could override Rauner’s veto

By Blake Schnitker on July 5 at 10:41am

Illinois lawmakers are a House vote away from ending a two-and-a-half years state budget impasse. While the rest of the state was lighting off fireworks in celebration of Independence Day, Read More

Davidsmeyer discusses “Yes” vote on tax increase, overall budget situation

By Blake Schnitker on July 3 at 12:20pm

State lawmakers are back in session this afternoon following a weekend that saw some progress towards passing a state budget. Dominating the headlines this morning was news of the Illinois Read More

Handful of Republicans back tax increase reform despite Rauner’s pledge to veto

By Blake Schnitker on July 3 at 9:03am

Some Republicans are crossing party lines as well as their governor in a significant step towards snapping the country’s longest-standing budget impasse. Though Illinois’ new fiscal year officially started on Read More

Jacksonville Legend Charlie Bellatti dies

By Jack Jones on July 1 at 9:59am

A Jacksonville treasure has died. Charlie Bellatti, who leaves behind an enormous legacy in the city and at his beloved Illinois College, passed away Friday in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He Read More

Illinois House votes to adopt budget appropriations amendment, negotiations likely to extend into Saturday

By Blake Schnitker on June 30 at 12:38pm

The clock continues to tick at the State Capitol as Illinois lawmakers try to end a budget crisis that would enter its third year at midnight if no compromise is Read More

Gill murder trial could see further delay, defense files for expert witness psychiatrist

By Blake Schnitker on June 30 at 9:18am

The murder trial of Robert Gill could see yet another setback following yesterday’s phone conference. Originally set for August 7th, the trial could get pushed back to October if Judge Read More

Lanes on Morton Avenue set to open up tomorrow afternoon

By Blake Schnitker on June 29 at 12:17pm

Local drivers will see all five lanes on Morton Avenue open up just in time for the weekend. As previously reported, crews from IDOT had plans to complete their lane Read More

District 117 committee looking at several approaches to re-boundary process

By Blake Schnitker on June 29 at 7:50am

The Jacksonville School District 117 Committee on elementary school boundaries took some initial steps in the overall process last night. The committee’s main goal was to look at a “layered Read More

Fire destroys machine shed near Alexander

By Blake Schnitker on June 28 at 11:14am

A machine shed just north of Alexander is destroyed after going up in flames this morning. Alexander Fire Chief Gary Strawn says his department received a call of the fire Read More