Kifowit Announces Bid To Become Next IL Speaker of the House

By Benjamin Cox on October 1, 2020 at 9:44am

One of House Speaker Michael Madigan’s earliest opponents in the ComEd scandal has come out to challenge him for the Speaker of the House. The Illinois Center Square reports 84th District Representative Stephanie Kifowit of Oswego has said she intends to challenge for Speaker of the House when the new General Assembly is seated in […]

U of I Walks Back Statement on FDA Authorization For Saliva-Based COVID Test

By Benjamin Cox on October 1, 2020 at 9:35am

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s saliva based COVID-19 test has never received emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration, despite prior claims that it did, according to Illinois Newsroom. The university has been using the test since July to test its student and staff weekly to keep the campus open. The […]

IDPH Releases Guidelines For Halloween

By Benjamin Cox on October 1, 2020 at 9:25am

The Illinois Department of Public Health has issued guidelines for safely enjoying Halloween this year amid COVID-19. IDPH recommends that anyone participating in trick-or-treating, including those passing out treats, should maintain social distancing and wear a proper face mask. IDPH says that full face coverings from costumes will not substitute for an actual face mask. […]

Illinois College Reports Minimal COVID Cases

By Benjamin Cox on October 1, 2020 at 9:20am

Illinois College has created a dashboard for the public to monitor COVID-19 cases. In email communication yesterday evening, President Dr. Barbara Farley says the college has not experienced an outbreak at the school since returning to session in August. According to the dashboard, the college has had 6 total cases, with 3 cases currently active […]

JSD 117 Prepares For Uncertain Finances With FY21 Budget

By Benjamin Cox on October 1, 2020 at 9:16am

Jacksonville School District 117 is planning for a deficit spending year as revenues fluctuate for governing bodies all across the state. District Chief Financial Officer Jamie Hadjan said at the special public hearing and board meeting last night that the FY21 budget was a giant puzzle to put together due to new distribution of property […]

Special IL House Committee Has Fiery First Day of Testimony

By Benjamin Cox on September 30, 2020 at 7:27pm

Illinois Representatives got into heated debate over the issuing of subpoenas to multiple potential witnesses in their investigation of House Speaker Michael Madigan’s involvement in the bribery scheme outlined in ComEd’s Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the federal government. Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin was allowed to give opening statements at the meeting Tuesday after […]

Lincoln Impersonator Heads To Trial In Child Porn, Prostitution Case

By Benjamin Cox on September 30, 2020 at 7:11pm

A Freeport man known for impersonating Abraham Lincoln is heading to trial for alleged possession of child pornography and solicitation of prostitution. The State Journal Register reports that 63 year old George Buss will head to a jury trial on December 7th after he entered a plea of not guilty yesterday in Stephenson County Court. […]

Identity Released of Teen Killed in Early Morning Accident on Old Rte. 36

By Benjamin Cox on September 30, 2020 at 6:42pm

Morgan County Coroner Marcy Patterson released the identity of the male teen killed this morning on Old Route 36 in a single-vehicle accident. 19 year old Joshua Gordley of Jacksonville was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on old Route 36 and Witty Road at approximately 3:15AM. Morgan County Sheriff’s Deputies had attempted […]

Child Advocates Urgently Needed in West Central Illinois

By Jeremy Coumbes on September 30, 2020 at 3:43pm

Volunteer advocates for children are urgently needed in West Central Illinois. The Advocacy Network for Children is asking for volunteers to help fill the urgent need for Court Appointed Special Advocates. Currently there are more than fifty children who are in care of the court system in West Central Illinois who need a CASA Volunteer. […]

One Killed After a Brief Police Chase this morning

By Gary Scott on September 30, 2020 at 1:26pm

One teen was killed and another injured in a single vehicle accident that followed a brief police chase early this morning east of Jacksonville.      Morgan County sheriff Mike Carmody is not releasing either of the names pending the notification of next of kin. He did say both were 19. One is from Jacksonville, and […]