Kilver Named New Pikeland Superintendent

By Benjamin Cox on January 20, 2020 at 12:11pm

Pikeland School District has named a former Jacksonville School District 117 administrator as their new superintendent. Bushnell-West Prairie Superintendent Carol Kilver will become superintendent effective July 1st, taking over for the retiring Paula Hawley, according to the Quincy Herald-Whig. The Pikeland School Board voted to hire Kilver last week after going through 17 applications for […]

Village of Arenzville Sets New Ordinance For Tree Removal

By Benjamin Cox on January 20, 2020 at 10:05am

The Village of Arenzville’s residents can now seek out the village’s help in getting a tree removed from their property if it poses a risk to general safety or to their home. Home owners must now identify a tree that’s a risk and the village board may split the cost in half with the property […]

University of IL announces Tuition Hike, Lowered Threshold For Free Tuition Program

By Benjamin Cox on January 20, 2020 at 9:52am

The University of Illinois trustees agreed to raise tuition on in-state students for the first time in 6 years on Thursday. Trustees on Thursday unanimously approved a proposal that will raise base tuition for Illinoisans by 1.8% at the campuses at Urbana-Champaign and Chicago, and by 1% in Springfield. On the following day, Governor J.B. […]

Mathis Delivers Keynote Address For Annual Unity Breakfast

By Benjamin Cox on January 20, 2020 at 9:47am

Jacksonville leaders gathered at Hamilton’s this morning to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message of unity on what would have been the celebration of his 91st birthday. Mayor Andy Ezard announced back in December that Tiffany Williams-Mathis would deliver the keynote address. Mathis is the daughter of former Ward 2 alderman Tony Williams and […]

Harmon Sworn In As 39th IL Senate President

By Benjamin Cox on January 20, 2020 at 2:37am

Oak Park Democrat Don Harmon will be Illinois’ new President of the Senate. Harmon was selected after nearly 4 hours of closed door deliberations Sunday afternoon. Harmon will replace president John Cullerton, who announced his retirement in November. Cullerton had served since 2009. Harmon said that he would be using Cullerton’s principles of unity in […]

Aldermen Work to Get the Word Out on Burned Out Street Lights

By Jeremy Coumbes on January 19, 2020 at 11:00am

Members of the Jacksonville City Counsel are asking for help to keep on top of burned out street lights in town. Ward 3 Alderman Brandon Adams who serves as a Member of the city Utility Committee, reported during Monday’s counsel meeting that following some recent complaints from constituents in his ward, he drove around and […]

Small Fire and Ambulance Districts Can Get Equipment Through Grant Program

By Jeremy Coumbes on January 19, 2020 at 9:36am

Rural Fire-protection and ambulance services in Illinois may be able to purchase updated equipment with assistance from the state. The office of the State Fire Marshall is now accepting applications for the Small Equipment Grant Program. The program provides grants of up to $26,000 for the purchase of small firefighting and ambulance equipment for Illinois […]

Raoul Aims to Stop Immigration Arrests at State Courthouses.

By Jeremy Coumbes on January 18, 2020 at 9:18am

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul joined a coalition of 14 attorneys general yesterday, calling for an end to federal immigration arrests of non-citizens without a judicial warrant or court order in and around state courthouses. In an amicus brief filed in State of Washington v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Raoul and the coalition argue […]

Commuters Aid in Catching Impaired Driver Friday Morning

By Jeremy Coumbes on January 17, 2020 at 4:52pm

Multiple commuters aided in the apprehension of an impaired driver this morning. According to a report by WICS, motorists traveling on southbound I-55 in Logan County near mile marker 119 called into the Illinois State Police reporting a vehicle traveling fast and weaving all over the road just before 7:30 a.m. Calls continued to come […]

IL Lawmakers Issue Statements on USMCA Passage

By Benjamin Cox on January 17, 2020 at 12:48pm

The U.S. Senate passed the US-Mexico-Canada trade pact yesterday 89-10. The deal will now head to President Donald Trump’s desk to be signed into law. The trade deal was a central campaign promise for President Trump in 2016 when he vowed to replace the two-decades old North American Free Trade Agreement. The USMCA will not […]