Secretary of State Attempting to Ease Foot Traffic at Driver Services Facilities

By Benjamin Cox on August 1, 2021 at 8:36am

The Illinois Secretary of State’s Office is making some changes to ease the heavy foot traffic at Driver’s Services facilities. Long lines have been problematic at some DMV locations, so Secretary Jesse White is expanding the remote renewal process. Secretary of State’s Office Spokesperson Beth Kaufman says the change will allow approximately 1 million more […]

Camp Courage Campers Excited to be Back After Missing Last Year

By Jeremy Coumbes on July 31, 2021 at 4:54pm

Despite the heat and humidity Thursday evening, campers of all ages danced the night away as Camp Courage returned to the Western Illinois Youth Camp this week. Camp Courage is a summer camp for physically handicapped children. It was founded in 1975 by four area families who had handicapped children and could not attend regular […]

Jacksonville Man Injured In Semi Rollover on Rte 67 on Friday

By Benjamin Cox on July 31, 2021 at 12:30pm

A Jacksonville man was injured in a commercial vehicle crash on US Route 67 early yesterday morning. According to Illinois State Police, a 2007 white International semi truck left the roadway and entered the west ditch on Route 67 near Honey Point Road just north of Meredosia in Cass County causing the hog truck to […]

Raoul Says Spoof Emails of the IL AG’s Office Circulating

By Benjamin Cox on July 31, 2021 at 10:44am

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul is asking the public to be on the look out for scam emails claiming to originate from his office. The emails claim to be from either a domain such as atg.state.il.us or a source who says they work with the Attorney General’s office. Raoul is warning people that these emails […]

Congress Passes Emergency Bill To Pay National Guard, Capitol Police for Jan. 6 Response

By Benjamin Cox on July 31, 2021 at 10:41am

Congress passed a $2.1 billion emergency security supplemental bill on Thursday to pay the National Guard and Capitol Police for their lengthy security mission at the U.S. Capitol. Illinois National Guard Adjutant General Richard Neely told WLDS earlier this month that the Illinois National Guard was facing a $31 million deficit that would have caused […]

Davidsmeyer Bill on Requirements for ISD, ISVI Superintendents Signed Into Law

By Benjamin Cox on July 31, 2021 at 9:48am

A bill created by Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer was signed into law today by Governor J.B. Pritzker. House Bill 1710 alters the requirements for the Superintendents of both ISD and ISVI. It now requires the Superintendent of ISD to have a degree in educational administration, together with at least 10 years of experience in either deaf […]

Passavant Making Improvements to Exterior Saftey

By Jeremy Coumbes on July 30, 2021 at 5:32pm

Changes are underway at Passavant Area Hospital to make the exterior safer. Last week saw the start of a project to renovate the exterior of the emergency room entrance at Passavant in an effort to make the approach to the entrance safer and more accessible. Affiliate Vice President for Passavant Jim Krug says the emergency […]

Be Aware Wellness Fair Postponed

By Jeremy Coumbes on July 30, 2021 at 1:46pm

The return of the Be Aware Wellness Fair is going to be a little longer than anticipated. Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce President Lisa Musch announced today that the annual set for this weekend in Community Park is being postponed due to rain in Saturday morning’s forecast. Musch says the outdoor event is changing venues […]

National Weather Service To Unveil Damage Threat Categories for Severe Thunderstorm Warnings

By Benjamin Cox on July 30, 2021 at 1:31pm

The National Weather Service is launching new weather warning categories to better reflect the strength of an incoming storm. Starting on Monday, forecasters will be adding damage threat categories to any severe weather warnings which include the labels “considerable” and “destructive” damage. State Climatologist Trent Ford says the labels should give the public a clearer […]

Macoupin Reports First Case of West Nile Virus

By Benjamin Cox on July 30, 2021 at 1:16pm

A local county has reported its first case of West Nile Virus in a bird. The Macoupin County Health Department has confirmed the positive sample in a dead blue jay turned into the health department from near a residence in Virden. Macoupin County Health officials say continued surveillance of mosquitoes and larviciding of mosquitoes will […]