Former Greenfield Baseball Coach, IHSA Official Turns Self In For Grooming Charges

By Benjamin Cox on September 28, 2021 at 1:46pm

A prominent member of the Greenfield community turned himself into police Sunday morning. 23 year old Austin L. Bishop of Greenfield turned himself in to Greenfield Police, and was later taken into custody by Greene County Sheriff’s Deputies at 8:20 Sunday morning on a Greene County arrest warrant for grooming. Bishop is a former volunteer […]

Durbin Rails Against Trump Spending, Republicans Failure to Vote For Increase of Debt Ceiling

By Benjamin Cox on September 28, 2021 at 1:31pm

U.S. Senate Republicans blocked a House-passed bill to suspend the debt limit and avert a government shutdown by the end of the month. The stop-gap spending bill failed to pass along party lines. The move comes after Republicans had insisted that Democrats act alone to address the debt limit and leaves Congress without a clear […]

SIU Announces Saluki Step Ahead Program for Community College Grads

By Benjamin Cox on September 28, 2021 at 1:07pm

A new program is aiming to make it easier for community college students to earn a 4-year degree. The effort is a partnership between SIU-Carbondale and the Illinois Community College Board, the program lets students graduating with an associate’s degree jump into 1 of 6 online bachelor’s degree programs at SIU. ICC Board Executive Director […]

IDES, IDoIT Announce Rollout of ILogin

By Benjamin Cox on September 28, 2021 at 7:19am

People seeking Illinois unemployment benefits online will soon face additional steps to ensure they’re not using stolen identities. The Illinois Department of Employment Security and the Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology announced today the “ILogin” system. The system includes safeguards already used by some states and in much of the private sector, such as […]

Memorial Health Systems Re-brands Local Hospitals

By Benjamin Cox on September 27, 2021 at 7:03pm

Memorial Health Systems has rebranded their hospitals. On Friday, Passavant Area Hospital will have its name changed to Jacksonville Memorial Hospital. CEO Dr. Scott Boston says it’s not the first time the hospital has had a name change: “Originally the hospital in Jacksonville that was started back in the 1870s was called Jacksonville Hospital. It […]

Wind Turbines, Lights in Testing Phase

By Jeremy Coumbes on September 27, 2021 at 2:47pm

Rural Morgan County residents may be seeing some flashing lights in the night sky for a little while. The red FAA lights atop Lincoln Land Wind Project turbines have been on for more than a week. Under the ordinance governing the turbines, the lights are to be controlled by an Automated Lighting Detection System and […]

New Berlin Native to Open Riley Green Concert

By Benjamin Cox on September 27, 2021 at 2:43pm

A Sangamon County native is returning home to open for Riley Green next week. Adam James will be the opening act for the Sangamon County Fair Appreciation Concert on Wednesday, October 6th. According to WICS Newschannel 20, James was born on a farm outside New Berlin and moved to Nashville after he graduated college. The […]

Nanz Named New SAC at Springfield FBI

By Benjamin Cox on September 27, 2021 at 1:51pm

The FBI Springfield Field Office has a new special agent in charge. FBI Director Christopher Wray has named David G. Nanz as the new SAC. He replaces Sean Cox, who announced his retirement last month after 7 years leading Springfield Division. Nanz joined the FBI as a special agent in 2001. For the last two […]

IL General Assembly To Take Up Abortion Parental Notification During Oct. Veto Session

By Benjamin Cox on September 27, 2021 at 1:48pm

The Illinois General Assembly will be taking up a controversial portion of Illinois’ abortion rights laws as a part of their veto session in October. Senate President Don Harmon said on Friday in an interview that the session may look at repealing the parental notification law in Illinois, where if a woman under the age […]

Cook Co. Woman Arrested for Contraband During Visit to Western IL Correctional Center

By Benjamin Cox on September 27, 2021 at 1:43pm

A Cook County woman was arrested at Western Illinois Correctional Facility in Mt. Sterling on Friday. 21 year old Kassandra Fortoso of Cicero was arrested at 11:49AM at the facility outside of Mt. Sterling. According to Brown County Sheriff’s Deputies, Fortoso was visiting an inmate and was allegedly found in possession of unknown contraband in […]