Defendant in Jacksonville Woman’s Death Pleads Not Guilty

By Jeremy Coumbes on September 21, 2021 at 12:16pm

A South Jacksonville man arrested during an investigation into the death of a Jacksonville woman plead not guilty in Morgan County Court this morning. 48-year-old Michael O. Bailey waived his right to a pretrial hearing and entered a plea of not guilty in court today. Bailey is facing charges of failure to report an accident […]

Pike HD Confirms Additional COVID Death, Asks Public to Answer Contact Tracer Calls

By Jeremy Coumbes on September 21, 2021 at 12:14pm

Another death attributed to COVID-19 has been confirmed in Pike County. According to an announcement this morning by the Pike County Health Department, 165 new cases of COVID have been confirmed during the month of September. Currently, there are 11 Pike County residents who are hospitalized with the virus with one currently on a ventilator. […]

Pritzker Answers School Quarantine Court Challenges with New Executive Order

By Benjamin Cox on September 21, 2021 at 11:32am

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker quietly issued an executive order on Friday updating language for schools regarding quarantine and isolation amidst ongoing legal challenges. The new order changes how schools handle close contacts and confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19. School districts are now to “exclude” students from coming to school instead of relying on an […]

Walking For Wellness Returns to JHS Bowl Oct. 4

By Benjamin Cox on September 21, 2021 at 9:23am

Passavant Area Hospital’s indoor walking program returns for another season of exercise and camaraderie beginning on Monday, Oct. 4. The Walking for Wellness program at the JHS Bowl, 215 S. Church St., provides a safe place to get walking exercise when weather conditions make walking outside unpleasant or dangerous. The program will end its season […]

IC Looking For Community Entries For Homecoming Parade

By Benjamin Cox on September 21, 2021 at 8:50am

Illinois College is needing more community entries for its annual homecoming parade. Community members who would like to place an entry in the parade must register online or by returning the registration form by Friday, October 1st. The parade will begin at the corner of Church and State streets in downtown Jacksonville October 9th at […]

Driver Cited For One Vehicle Crash in Brown County

By Benjamin Cox on September 21, 2021 at 8:48am

One driver was cited after a vehicle overturned into a ditch in Brown County yesterday evening. According to Illinois State Police District 20 reports, a 2018 black Nissan Altima driven by 24 year old Jorge P. Silva of Fort Worth Texas was traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on U.S. 24 just east […]

Public Invited to Give Input on Next Jacksonville Comprehensive Plan

By Jeremy Coumbes on September 20, 2021 at 3:23pm

The public is invited to voice their opinion of the future of Jacksonville Tuesday. A pair of community meetings are being offered at the Jacksonville Convention and Visitors Bureau tomorrow in an effort to get the public’s input ahead of the formation of a new comprehensive plan for the City of Jacksonville. Community Development Director […]

Springfield Woman Treated At Passavant for Dirty South Bar Shooting

By Benjamin Cox on September 20, 2021 at 1:36pm

A woman was treated in Jacksonville following a weekend shooting incident in Springfield. According to Jacksonville Police, a woman arrived at Passavant Area Hospital at around 1AM Sunday after she was part of a shooting incident in Springfield. According to WICS Newschannel 20, the woman was one of the victims of a shooting incident that […]

Pritzker Extends Vax Mandate for State Congregate Setting Employees to November

By Benjamin Cox on September 20, 2021 at 11:49am

Governor J.B. Pritzker extended his deadline for workers in Illinois prisons and other congregate settings to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on Friday. After pushback from AFSCME and ongoing negotiations with unions representing state employees in congregate facilities, Pritzker pushed the deadline to November 18th. Pritzker originally set the deadline to October 4th for employees […]

IMA Talks IL Green Energy Bill Impact on Manufacturing Sector

By Benjamin Cox on September 20, 2021 at 9:41am

Illinois Manufacturers are going to be shouldering more of a burden with utility costs. Illinois Manufacturers Association CEO & President Mark Denzler says that the manufacturing sector is one of the leading consumers on the state’s energy grid. IMA has disagreed with the state’s new green energy law recently passed by the General Assembly and […]