Ameren Illinois Sees Success in Fresh Start Program

By Benjamin Cox on August 3, 2020 at 8:00pm

Ameren Illinois is providing more assistance to their customers who are struggling to pay their energy bills. In an announcement on July 28th, the energy provider announced they have allocated $8 million in bill payment assistance to help qualified residential customers reduce or eliminate a past due balance on their account. The “Fresh Start” program […]

Pritzker & Stratton Announce 21st Century Illinois Transformation Model for IL DJJ

By Benjamin Cox on August 3, 2020 at 7:49pm

The State of Illinois is taking on a more community-based approach to juvenile justice. Governor J.B. Pritzker and Lieutenant Governor Julianna Stratton announced on Friday their new 4-year plan to transition the state’s juvenile justice system away from incarceration to regional residential centers. The plan also increases funding to intervention services and victim services for […]

LaHood Announces USDA Loan for Beardstown Sewer Rehab

By Benjamin Cox on August 3, 2020 at 7:43pm

18th District Congressman Darin LaHood’s Office announced today that the City of Beardstown would be receiving a nearly $3 million loan from the USDA to repair its sewers. The USDA’s Water and Environmental Grant Program awarded Beardstown $2.918 million to help support Beardstown’s repair of its sewer main collection that was damaged due to flooding […]

COVID-19 Counts Rise in 5 West Central IL Counties Over the Weekend

By Benjamin Cox on August 3, 2020 at 7:38pm

The Morgan County Health Department received confirmation of two additional cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, August 1st. The 211th -212th cases are a male in his 60’s and a female in her 70’s both isolating at home. The Health Department received confirmation of six additional cases on Sunday, August 2nd. The 213th –218th cases are: […]

New Berlin Football Locker Room Renovated After Community Donation

By Benjamin Cox on August 3, 2020 at 3:47pm

The New Berlin Football Co-Op will have a new locker room when they are able to return to play. The Pretzels had a public unveiling of a months-long project by the New Berlin, Franklin, and Waverly community in renovating the 20+ year old locker room on Tuesday last week. Head Coach Seth Hill says the […]

Central IL Boys & Girls Club Working On After-School Programs in JSD 117

By Benjamin Cox on August 3, 2020 at 3:28pm

The Central Illinois Boys & Girls Club is bringing back after school programs to Jacksonville School District 117. Tiffany Mathis, a Jacksonville native, and the current Executive Director of the club, says that the primary focus will be getting Jacksonville students after school role models and teachers from the Jacksonville community: “What we are particularly […]

Pritzker Administration Loses to ISA on County Prisoner Transfers

By Benjamin Cox on August 3, 2020 at 3:08pm

Governor J.B. Pritzker lost a court battle in Logan County today over prisoner transfers into the Illinois Department of Corrections. Several counties in the state, including Morgan, Greene, Schuyler, and Pike, have recently seen their county jail numbers go up due to prisoners awaiting transfer into the prison system after convictions and pleas in local […]

Passavant Adds UVC Robot

By Benjamin Cox on August 3, 2020 at 1:13pm

Passavant Area Hospital has a new member to its team. The hospital recently purchased a 3rd UVC disinfection robot for the Environmental Services Team using funds from a multi-year gift from the Maurice C. Funk Trust. The robot is used in operating room suites, isolation rooms and patient rooms to stop the spread of hospital-acquired […]

Run For the ‘Goo Being Held Virtually, Burgoo Drive-Thru A Possibility

By Benjamin Cox on August 3, 2020 at 10:00am

The Arenzville Burgoo committee announced on July 15th that it had canceled the tradition burgoo for the year. However, many events surrounding the burgoo are still being held. David & Nicole Meyer who chair the 5K Run for the Goo implemented an idea that they were working on last year to help folks still participate […]

Jacksonville Main Street Collecting School Supplies For JMS

By Benjamin Cox on August 3, 2020 at 9:43am

Jacksonville Main Street and the Jacksonville Chamber Business-Education Partner Program are again accepting school supply donations for Jacksonville Middle School. Jacksonville Main Street Executive Director Judy Tighe says they collect specifically for the middle school because those students require very specific needs to be met: “The Middle School has always required trappers. They’ve always required […]