Springfield Plastics Reaches Half Million Dollar Benchmark For 7th Annual “Drain For the Cure” Event

By Benjamin Cox on January 17, 2022 at 6:47pm

Doug Baker (right) joins members of the SIU School of Medicine’s Simmons Cancer Institute in a presentation of the check for the 7th Annual Drain For the Cure Campaign.

Mac Foundation Opens Scholarship Application Period

By Benjamin Cox on January 17, 2022 at 6:33pm

The MacMurray Foundation & Alumni Association has opened their applications for their 2022-2023 scholarship program. In its first year, the Foundation awarded 31 scholarships with awards of $1000 each. The foundation says they hope to increase the number of scholarships this year with the amount of the individual scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $3,000. For […]

Two Weekend Traffic Incidents Lead to Three Drug Arrests in Pike

By Jeremy Coumbes on January 17, 2022 at 3:01pm

Three people were arrested on drug charges in two separate incidents in Pike County over the weekend. More information has become available about a pair of arrests we reported over the mid-day. According to a press release from Pike County Sheriff David Greenwood, on Saturday at approximately 11:00 am, Pike County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to […]

JMH CEO Asking Public to Help Manage Surge by Knowing When to Use the Emergency Room

By Jeremy Coumbes on January 17, 2022 at 11:34am

Morgan County’s healthcare leaders are urging the public to help manage the current surge of COVID-19 as Jacksonville Memorial Hospital has become overrun in the last two weeks. President and CEO of Jacksonville Memorial Hospital, Dr. Scott Boston says Jacksonville Memorial staff are feeling the strain from the surge of the Omicron variant of COVID […]

Pritzker Plans to Veto Proposal for PTO for Teachers Out Due to Covid

By Benjamin Cox on January 17, 2022 at 7:50am

Governor JB Pritzker is reportedly set to veto a bill that would have granted paid time off to teachers kept out of classrooms because of COVID, without forcing them to use their own sick or personal time. The bill also would provide paycheck protection for hourly employees if a school has to close because of […]

Irvin Reported to Enter Gubernatorial Race; Bourne Rumored to Be Running Mate

By Benjamin Cox on January 17, 2022 at 7:48am

The Republican primary for governor is likely to get more crowded today. Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin is expected to announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic incumbent JB Pritzker. State Representative Avery Bourne is expected to be Irvin’s running mate. Bourne has not made her 2022 intentions made public yet. Irvin joins […]

Harris Murder Trial Hits Lengthy Delay

By Benjamin Cox on January 17, 2022 at 5:44am

A murder trial in Cass County has been delayed for several months. 71 year old Robert D. Harris of Virginia will have to wait until May 2nd before his trial date can get started, according to court records. A brief phone call with Cass County State’s Attorney Craig Miller last week indicated that scheduling conflicts […]

‘Mancow’ Muller Running For Illinois Governor

By Benjamin Cox on January 16, 2022 at 12:55pm

A familiar radio voice to some is throwing is hat in the ring to run for governor of Illinois. Erich “Mancow” Muller announced his plans to seek the state’s top office this week, according to the Patch in Chicago. Mancow in the Morning has run as a syndicated radio show in Springfield in years prior. […]

Frese Seeks Re-Election in IL-99

By Benjamin Cox on January 16, 2022 at 12:51pm

A Quincy-area State Representative has announced his intentions to seek re-election to the new Illinois 99th District, which will cover Jacksonville and northern Morgan County. Randy Frese of Paloma told the Journal Courier on Thursday that he intends to seek re-election to the Illinois General Assembly in the newly drawn district. Frese has served in […]

SIU Returning to In Person, On Campus Learning This Coming Week

By Benjamin Cox on January 16, 2022 at 12:46pm

The Southern Illinois University system has reversed course and announced Wednesday that it would be returning to in-person learning next week. Last Thursday, SIU-Edwardsville sent a mass email to all students announcing they would be taking their on-ground Spring 2022 courses to a remote format amidst surging waves of COVID-19. This past Wednesday the university […]