IC Clarifies Commencement, Students In-Person, Audience Virtual

By Jeremy Coumbes on April 16, 2021 at 2:00pm

Illinois College graduates for 2021 will receive their diplomas in-person, with a virtual audience. Illinois College is working to clear up confusion on the recent announcement that this year’s commencement ceremony will be virtual. In a press release this morning, IC officials say Illinois College recently announced that graduates will receive their diplomas in person, […]

State Board of Election Director on Paid Leave During Extortion Investigation

By Benjamin Cox on April 16, 2021 at 1:57pm

Illinois’ top election official remains on paid administrative leave nearly a week after he told police he was the subject of an attempted extortion scheme. According to a news release on April 5th, the 8-member State Board of Elections voted to place Steve Sandvoss on leave out of an abundance of caution during the course […]

Morgan County Coroner Teaming Up to Register More in Morgan for Organ and Tissue Donation

By Jeremy Coumbes on April 16, 2021 at 1:53pm

The Morgan County Coroner’s Office is working to raise the number of organ donors in the area. April is Organ Donors Awareness Month, and Morgan County Coroner Marcy Patterson is teaming up for a special event tomorrow to help get more residents to choose to be a donor. “The Coroner’s Office and Morgan County teamed […]

IC Commencement to be Virtual

By Jeremy Coumbes on April 16, 2021 at 11:11am

Illinois College has announced this year’s commencement ceremony will be virtual. According to an announcement by the college, approximately 245 bachelor’s degrees will be awarded to members of the Class of 2021. IC officials say each graduate will be recognized individually and the ceremony will be broadcast publicly so that graduates, families, and supporters of […]

JPD Investigating Theft at Morgan County Housing Authority

By Benjamin Cox on April 16, 2021 at 11:04am

Jacksonville Police are investigating a theft from the Morgan County Housing Authority. Jacksonville Police have received information about an alleged theft by an employee that occurred on or about February 2nd. According to a police report, an employee was seen allegedly taking a tan petty cash box from the office of the Morgan County Housing […]

Bainter says People Shouldn’t be hesitant

By Gary Scott on April 16, 2021 at 10:25am

Morgan County health department director Dale Bainter is concerned about the COVID vaccine hesitancy among the younger age groups.             Passavant Hospital and the health department are combining for a shot clinic next Wednesday at the hospital.             Bainter says there are more and more openings in the clinics, and that’s not good.             He […]

New Berlin Man Arraigned on Gun, Assault Charges Involving IL State Senator

By Benjamin Cox on April 15, 2021 at 9:12pm

A New Berlin man who allegedly waved a gun at a State Senator in a road rage incident in Springfield heard charges in Sangamon County Court yesterday. 54 year old Michael L. Hoyle of New Berlin was officially arraigned on charges yesterday of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated assault, and unlawful use of […]

Prairieland United Way Annual Meeting Reflects on Successful 2020 Campaign In Spite of COVID

By Jeremy Coumbes on April 15, 2021 at 2:46pm

The Prairieland United Way had a successful 2020 campaign in spite of the pandemic. A small group met at Hamilton’s in downtown Jacksonville this morning for the Prairieland United Way’s annual meeting. The meeting was unusual this year as it was a combination in-person and virtual hybrid via live stream on the Prairieland United Way […]

Pfizer CEO says Need for Booster Shots Likely

By Benjamin Cox on April 15, 2021 at 2:33pm

Pfizer’s CEO is saying that people who have received the company’s COVID-19 vaccine will likely need a booster shot within a year. Albert Bourla told CNBC today that those receiving the Pfizer vaccine will need a booster within a year and people may need to be inoculated every year against the virus. The Pfizer and […]

Gas Market Stabilizing, Likely to Remain Near $3 A Gallon Through April

By Benjamin Cox on April 15, 2021 at 12:16pm

Gas prices in the state have surged to the highest they’ve been in over a year. Jacksonville’s average price at the pump today is $2.93. It’s slightly higher than a gallon of gas in neighboring Scott County at $2.86. Morgan, Scott, Sangamon, and Schuyler counties all have the best gas prices in West Central Illinois, […]