IL Farm Bureau Gears Up For Fight Over Biden WOTUS Rules

By Benjamin Cox on December 6, 2021 at 5:44pm

The Illinois Farm Bureau is telling its members to get ready for a fight with the new Waters of the United States rules coming from the Biden Administration. Director of Governmental Affairs and Commodities for Illinois Farm Bureau Mark Gebhards told RFD Illinois on Friday that they are putting out a call to action: “We […]

ISP Announces Forward Progress On FOID Renewal Backlog

By Benjamin Cox on December 6, 2021 at 4:51pm

The Illinois State Police has announced progress on the state’s FOID renewal backlog. In a press release today, the ISP Firearms Services Bureau says it is currently processing FOID renewal applications in 38 calendar days. Statutory mandate requires FOID renewal applications to be processed within 60 business days. ISP Trooper Jason Wilson explains how much […]

Spire STL Pipeline Given Temp Permit to Operate Through the Winter

By Benjamin Cox on December 6, 2021 at 4:05pm

A federal agency has given a temporary reprieve to the Spire STL Pipeline a week ahead of a deadline that would have forced it to shut down. The Journal Courier reports that federal regulators on Friday issued a temporary permit that will keep the pipeline operational through the winter and until a determination can be […]

Proud Richard’s To Feature Farm-to-Table Seasonal Menu at Historic Jacksonville Depot Location

By Benjamin Cox on December 6, 2021 at 3:53pm

A new concept is coming to a historic venue on Jacksonville’s east end this coming week. Proud Richard’s will be opening in the former Lonzerotti’s located at the former Jacksonville Train Depot building at 600 East State Street. Owner and Executive Chef Joe Standley, a Jacksonville native, returned to the area last year and purchased […]

IL Retail Crime Task Force Makes First Major Bust

By Benjamin Cox on December 6, 2021 at 11:08am

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul announced today that his Organized Retail Crime Task Force recovered thousands of stolen goods at several storage units in Chicago. This is the first major bust as a result of the work of the Organized Retail Crime Task Force that is spearheaded by the Attorney General’s office. Investigators with Raoul’s […]

Semi Driver Cited for DUI After Striking Passenger Car Sunday

By Jeremy Coumbes on December 6, 2021 at 11:05am

Two people were taken to the hospital following an accident on I-55 last night. Traffic was backed up for several miles last night following a two-vehicle accident on the northbound side of Interstate 55 near the Clear Lake exit at mile marker 98 According to a report by the District 9 Illinois State Police Office, […]

Winchester, Other Communities Hedge More Natural Gas Ahead of Winter Markup

By Benjamin Cox on December 6, 2021 at 10:45am

Natural gas prices have doubled this year and are expected to continue to rise throughout the winter. In February of this year, a cold snap across the country caused a huge spike in prices that caused several municipal utilities to put in emergency use alerts to customers, and in some cases shuttered schools for a […]

Christmas Open House Coming to Former Ayers Mansion

By Benjamin Cox on December 6, 2021 at 10:37am

A new bed & breakfast venue is hoping to start a holiday tradition this upcoming week. Villa DeWolf Bed & Breakfast, formerly the Ayers Family Home built in 1857 located at 876 West State Street in Jacksonville is hosting its inaugural Christmas Open House on Saturday December 11th And Sunday December 12th from 1-4PM. Owner […]

Broaddus Resigns as Village President

By Jeremy Coumbes on December 6, 2021 at 9:29am

The Village of South Jacksonville is once again without a chief executive. Mike Broaddus announced his resignation today as Village President. In an electronic communication with WLDS News this morning, Broaddus says he “resigned as mayor due to conflicts with Village Attorney Rob Cross. Broaddus went on to say he would “not be making any […]

Miller Seeking Re-Election to Congress, But Undecided on Which District

By Benjamin Cox on December 4, 2021 at 3:43pm

Freshman Republican Congresswoman Mary Miller says she will run for another term in Congress but hasn’t decided where she will run and which other Republican she will run against. Miller told POLITICO this week she plans to seek reelection, but Illinois’ new congressional map splits her downstate district in two, leaving her in the undesirable […]