IDPH COVID-19 Testing Site At Greene Boot Camp On Friday

By Benjamin Cox on December 2, 2020 at 1:39pm

The Illinois Department of Public Health will be hosting a drive-through COVID-19 testing site at the Greene County Boot Camp on Friday from 8AM-4PM. Simple nasal swabs will be used. The testing comes at no cost. Anyone can get tested. Bring your insurance card, if you have one. You can still be tested if you […]

ISP Announces 48% Cut to DNA Evidence Backlog

By Benjamin Cox on December 2, 2020 at 1:36pm

The Illinois State Police announced today that they have cut the DNA backlog almost in half. ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly announced in a joint statement with Governor J.B. Pritzker today that the Division of Forensic Services had cut the backlog by 48% down to 4,857 pending assignments since March 1st, 2019. Pritzker says that […]

I3 To Begin Construction in Utility Easements

By Benjamin Cox on December 2, 2020 at 11:06am

Jacksonville residents may soon have construction crews in their front or back yards this month. In a joint press release from the City of Jacksonville and I3 broadband today, i3 Broadband says construction crews will be working in both Rights of Way as well as utility easements. The press release says that in many areas, […]

Pritzker Asks People to be Cautious after the Thanksgiving Holiday

By Ali Pyle on December 2, 2020 at 10:10am

Governor J.B. Pritzker is urging those who traveled for the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend to get tested for COVID-19. Despite being asked by health officials to stay home or limit gatherings to immediate family, several million Americans hit the road for the holiday season this year. Pritzker says people who decided to leave the state need […]

Public Schools Foundation Running Annual Matching Gift Campaign

By Benjamin Cox on December 2, 2020 at 9:41am

The Jacksonville Public Schools Foundation will once again be running a matching gift campaign throughout the month of December. The Foundation has $5,000 to match donations received through the end of the year via funds donated by the Foundation’s Board of Directors. The matching gift campaign will go directly back to Jacksonville School District 117 […]

Auburn Police Department Find New Way to Prevent Drunk Driving

By Ali Pyle on December 2, 2020 at 9:37am

The City of Auburn’s Police Department has partnered with the Illinois Department of Transportation to allow its citizens free Lyft travel through the holidays.  The Police Department is allowing people a $20 free credit to Lyft which can be used from November 25th until January 1st to be used only in Sangamon County. This is […]

Menard County Sheriff’s Office Warns Against Realistic Air-Soft Weapons

By Ali Pyle on December 2, 2020 at 9:35am

After responding to a call about a firearm being displayed in Athens, the Menard County Sheriff’s Office is urging individuals to keep from using air-soft weapons that appear as though they are real firearms. The air-soft gun in question appeared to have all of the characteristics of a real gun including a loaded magazine.  The […]

Jacksonville Man Receives Probation, Court Mandated Counseling Over Summer Arson Incident

By Benjamin Cox on December 2, 2020 at 9:27am

23 year old Zachary D. Formanek, former resident of the Beecher Hi-Rise Apartments in the 300 block of West Beecher Avenue, plead guilty to one count of arson in Morgan County Court yesterday. Formanek was arrested on June 25th by Jacksonville Police after an incident in which he barricaded himself in an apartment and set […]

Missing Person Investigation Under Way Near Petersburg

By Benjamin Cox on December 2, 2020 at 7:19am

The Petersburg Police and Menard County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a potential missing person near the Sangamon River this morning. Yesterday, both law enforcement agencies began investigating a potential missing persons case but due to limited information, both agencies are unsure if the person is even missing. Both agencies say limited information about the […]

November Weather Numbers

By Gary Scott on December 2, 2020 at 6:30am

Near record warm temperatures and drought like conditions were the most significant weather numbers from last month.      The average temperature last month was 48 degrees. That’s a full 6 degrees above normal.      It was close to the record high average for November. That was the 51 and a half degree reading average in […]