Four Counties Report More COVID-19 Cases Today

By Benjamin Cox on July 13, 2020 at 4:50pm

Four local counties reported new cases of COVID-19 today, along with 1 additional death. The Illinois Department of Public Health has confirmed one new case of COVID-19 in Cass County. The positive case is a male in his 50’s who is isolated at home. The Cass County Health Department also reported their 10th COVID-19 related […]

IML Calling on DCEO To Loosen Restrictions On Federal Money To Municipalities

By Benjamin Cox on July 13, 2020 at 2:25pm

The Illinois Municipal League and state business leaders called on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to loosen restrictions to allow municipalities and local units of government to receive federal money to support economic stimulus during the COVID-19 pandemic. IML Executive Director Brad Cole says that the current rules set up by DCEO […]

New Directions Awaiting Phase 5 To Reopen

By Benjamin Cox on July 13, 2020 at 1:41pm

New Directions Heating and Cooling Center in Jacksonville remains closed awaiting a decision from Grace United Methodist’s Church board. The center was founded in 2009 to help meet the needs of the area’s many homeless residents. It was closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic due to concerns of spreading the virus. Current director […]

DAP To Be Shut Down, Morgan & Scott County Road Issues Resolved

By Benjamin Cox on July 13, 2020 at 1:32pm

The Dakota Access Pipeline, an oil route from North Dakota to Illinois that has inspired intense protests and legal battles, must shut down pending an environmental review and be emptied of oil by August 5th, a U.S. district court ruled last Monday. Morgan and Scott County Road Engineer Matt Coultas says the 30 miles worth […]

Rockbridge Murders Heading To Trial

By Benjamin Cox on July 13, 2020 at 1:20pm

Another Greene County murder case is heading to trial. 30 year old Adam J Gowin, formerly of Rockbridge, appeared in Greene County the morning of July 10th for a pre-trial hearing. Greene County Public Defender Tom Piper filed a motion for examination in the case. Gowin has been charged with 6 counts of 1st Degree […]

IL Auditor General Finds Cybersecurity Measures Inadequate at IDES

By Benjamin Cox on July 13, 2020 at 1:12pm

The problems at the Illinois Department of Employment Security continue to mount. The Illinois Auditor General has released a two year compliance report for the state’s Department of Employment Security on July 9th finding that cybersecurity measures at the department are inadequate. The report only covers issues within the department from July 1, 2017 to […]

IL Dept of Aging Launches New Elder Abuse Awareness Campaign

By Benjamin Cox on July 13, 2020 at 1:05pm

Illinois is launching a $2.1 million campaign to prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation of seniors and adults with disabilities, a problem officials fear has worsened during the coronavirus pandemic. The Illinois Department on Aging’s Office of Adult Protective Services received federal funds for the three-year Engage2Change campaign. It will include ads on television, online and […]

ISP Warns of Contact Tracing Text Message Scam

By Benjamin Cox on July 13, 2020 at 5:43am

The Illinois State Police are warning people about another COVID-19 related scam. On Twitter and Instagram this weekend, ISP displayed a picture of a fake text message that warns a victim that they have come into contact with someone who has COVID-19, and they should click a link to get alerts on whether they should […]

Cass Announces 9th COVID-related Death, New Cases in Greene

By Benjamin Cox on July 11, 2020 at 7:12pm

The Illinois Department of Public Health has confirmed two new cases each of COVID-19 in Cass and Greene County over the last two days. Cass County Health Officials announced two new cases today – a female under the age of 10 and a female in her 90s. Both are in isolation and recovering – one […]

Fire Destroys Long Time Arenzville Business

By Jeremy Coumbes on July 11, 2020 at 12:52pm

A long time Arenzville business was destroyed by fire on Friday. Multiple fire departments responded to a call of a fire at Reg’s Auto Service on St. Charles St. Friday morning. Reggie Carls, owner of the business since approximately 1980, says the fire started in a lower part of the building, however he was unable […]