State Launches Student Safe2Help Safety Initiative

By Benjamin Cox on October 22, 2021 at 3:51pm

The state is launching a new school safety initiative called Safe2Help Illinois. Illinois Emergency Management Agency Spokesperson Rebecca Clark says it gives students an easy way to report concerns, whether it’s a suicidal friend, bullying, sexual assault, or threats of school violence: “If this is a critical, time sensitive kind of issue, we have the […]

Morgan, Scott, Greene & Cass Continue to Get Shut Out of B2B Grants

By Benjamin Cox on October 22, 2021 at 3:43pm

One West Central Illinois business made the second round of Back 2 Business Grants released on Tuesday. S & S School of Dance in Pittsfield was the lone business to receive grants in the area. They received $15,000. A total of 20 business in Springfield received approximately $1.1 million in the second round of grants, […]

Murphy Lining Up Next Job After General Assembly

By Benjamin Cox on October 22, 2021 at 3:39pm

A Springfield State Representative is already lining up his next move beyond the General Assembly. Current 99th District Representative Mike Murphy announced early last month that he would not run in the newly drawn 108th District Seat next year. Murphy said at the time he would not primary against current 95th District Representative Avery Bourne. […]

Scott County to Hold Drive Through COVID Booster Clinic

By Jeremy Coumbes on October 22, 2021 at 3:19pm

The Scott County Health Department is holding a COVID-19 booster shot clinic soon. The Health Department will be hosting a Moderna COVID-19 Booster clinic on Monday, October 25, 2021, at the Winchester EMS parking lot from 1:30 pm-5:00 pm. The event will be a drive-thru system and no appointment will be necessary. Scott County Health Department officials ask […]

Daycare Staff Required to Vaccinate or Test Under New Executive Order

By Jeremy Coumbes on October 22, 2021 at 1:55pm

Anyone who works in a licensed daycare center in the state of Illinois will be required to get vaccinated or tested for COVID-19 soon. Governor J.B. Pritzker issued another executive order for COVID vaccination and testing this afternoon. Pritzker says the order is an effort to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 and protect the […]

Fall Leaf Pick Up Returns to South Jacksonville

By Jeremy Coumbes on October 22, 2021 at 11:00am

Residents in the Village of South Jacksonville will again have a little help with their fall clean-up efforts. The Village of South Jacksonville has announced the fall leaf pick-up will be offered this year during the month of November. The leaf pick-up was not offered last year due to a lack of manpower after the […]

Winchester Breaks Ground on Half Million Dollar Addition to Public Library

By Benjamin Cox on October 22, 2021 at 10:10am

The City of Winchester officially broke ground on a half million dollar investment in their library today. The Carnegie Library, built in 1910, is having a 1000 square foot extension to the west side of the library built. The addition is nearly a decade in the making and is being fully funded by grants from […]

ABATE of Illinois Pushing for Equality in New Energy Bill

By Jeremy Coumbes on October 21, 2021 at 3:06pm

An organization dedicated to the rights and safety of motorcycle riders in Illinois is pushing for changes to the recently passed energy bill. ABATE of Illinois announced this week, the organization is calling on members of the General Assembly to support a recently introduced Senate Bill aimed at removing a provision in the energy bill […]

Heritage Health-Springfield To Close Dec. 17

By Benjamin Cox on October 21, 2021 at 2:24pm

Springfield’s second largest long-term care facility is closing by the end of the year. Heritage Health-Springfield plans to close on December 17th. The closure will displace more than 100 residents and 180 employees. The facility has been open by 1985 and is jointly owned by nonprofit Memorial Health and for-profit Heritage Operating Group and operated […]

Free Food Distribution Planned in Jacksonville

By Jeremy Coumbes on October 21, 2021 at 10:59am

A free food giveaway is coming to Jacksonville next week. Jacksonville Memorial Hospital’s Healthy Communities Collaborative and the Central Illinois Food Bank are sponsoring a food distribution that will be held next Friday, October 29th at the Jacksonville Police substation located at 110 West Walnut Street. The distribution begins at noon and no preregistration is […]