Day 1 of Testimony in Finlaw Murder Case Concludes

By Benjamin Cox on January 26, 2022 at 6:23pm

The Dustin Finlaw murder trial got underway this morning in Morgan County Court. Opening statements in the trial began just after 9:30 this morning. Morgan County State’s Attorney Gray Noll told the jury the evidence will allegedly show that on the night of May, 24th, 2018, the then-18 year old Finlaw stabbed 42 year old […]

Pritzker Fails to Sign IDVA Accountability Unit Bill; Becomes Law Anyway

By Benjamin Cox on January 26, 2022 at 11:29am

Veterans and others who have complaints about the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs will have a new outlet to voice their concerns under a state law that’s going into effect without the governor’s signature. Dan Petrella of the Chicago Tribune reports that Governor J.B. Pritzker failed to sign or veto a proposed law that creates […]

Springfield Judge Grants TRO on New Judicial Subcircuits Bill

By Benjamin Cox on January 26, 2022 at 10:15am

A Springfield judge has granted a temporary restraining order halting the implementation of new judicial subcircuits. The order was issued yesterday morning by Illinois 7th Circuit Judge Ryan Cadigan in response to a lawsuit filed on Friday by Madison County State’s Attorney Thomas Haine. The suit challenges the constitutional muster of he subcircuit creation legislation […]

34 Illinois Prisons on Lockdown due to Covid-19 Surge

By Benjamin Cox on January 26, 2022 at 9:44am

Several Illinois prisons are on complete lockdown as COVID-19 cases surge within their walls. ABC7-Chicago’s I-Team says that Western Illinois Correctional Center, a medium-security prison in Mt. Sterling, currently reports 600 prisoners infected with the virus, which is about 41% of the prison’s overall population. Jacksonville Correctional Facility currently reports 162 prisoners and 34 staff […]

Open Arguments Begin in Finlaw Murder Trial Today

By Benjamin Cox on January 26, 2022 at 9:40am

It took approximately six hours yesterday for a jury to be selected in the Dustin Finlaw murder trial in Morgan County Court. Eight men and four women will decide the fate of 22 year old Dustin A. Finlaw of Meredosia in the 2018 murder of Robert Utter of Rushville. Sangamon County Judge Jack Davis III […]

Council Approves Demolition of Abandoned House, 1st Reading of 2022 Budget Appropriations

By Jeremy Coumbes on January 25, 2022 at 1:59pm

The Jacksonville City Council has approved the demolition of another abandoned property in the city. During a short regular meeting last night, the City Council unanimously approved waving the advertisement of bids to demolish a house at 1084 North Fayette Street. Jacksonville Development Director Bryan Nyberg says the structure has become unsafe in recent months […]

Springfield Firefighters Rescue $5 Million Grain Bin Complex From Fire

By Benjamin Cox on January 25, 2022 at 10:28am

Springfield Fire Fighters were able to save a $5 million grain bin complex on Monday. According to multiple Springfield news outlets and Springfield Fire Fighters Local 37’s Facebook Page, a 9-1-1 call was placed for a grain bin complex located in the 1200 block of Archer Elevator Road just off of Old Jacksonville Road around […]

ISP Arrest Beardstown Man For Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse

By Benjamin Cox on January 25, 2022 at 10:17am

The Illinois State Police have arrested a Beardstown man after a 10-month long investigation into a criminal sexual abuse case. ISP’s Division of Criminal Investigation Zone 4 in Springfield announced today the arrest of 20 year old David Hernandez of Beardstown for aggravated criminal sexual abuse. According to DCI Zone 4 investigators, an investigation began […]

Adams Co. Sheriff’s Office Looking For Stolen Pike County Truck

By Benjamin Cox on January 25, 2022 at 9:26am

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office is asking for community assistance in locating a truck stolen out of Pike County in December. The Adams County Sheriff’s Department needs help finding the pictured red 2-Door GMC Sierra. The truck had a black toolbox and black fender flares at the time it was taken. The Sheriff’s Office says […]

Man Dies In Rural Sangamon Single-Vehicle Crash

By Benjamin Cox on January 25, 2022 at 8:25am

A man has died after a single-vehicle crash in western Sangamon County yesterday evening. The Auburn Citizen reports that that Sangamon County Central Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call of a single-vehicle crash in the 6500 block of Curran Road about 2 miles south of Curran at 7:07PM. Responding deputies reported that a 2021 Mazda SUV […]