Medical Issue Believed Cause of SUV Crash into Jacksonville Liquor Store

By Benjamin Cox on March 20, 2023 at 6:19pm

Jacksonville Police and LifeStar EMS were paged out to a building strike at Top Shelf Liquor at approximately 9:30 am. According to a report by Jacksonville Police, 61-year-old Diane E. Vincent of Roodhouse told officers she felt a medical event coming on while behind the wheel of her white SUV and turned off Lincoln Avenue […]

Second Western IL Prison Guard Sentenced in 2018 Inmate Beating Case

By Benjamin Cox on March 20, 2023 at 3:55pm

The second in a trio of former Illinois prison guards at Western Illinois Correctional Facility was sentenced today in federal court. 54 year old Todd Sheffler of Mendon was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison in the beating death of 65 year old inmate Larry Earvin in 2018. Sheffler was re-tried on charges in […]

Greene County Courthouse To Get New Windows

By Benjamin Cox on March 20, 2023 at 3:31pm

The Greene County Courthouse will soon have new windows. The Greene Prairie Press reports a project to replace over 100 windows in the courthouse is set to commence at the end of the month. Jun Construction Company of Godfrey will be performing the work. The 1890s era Romanesque Revival Courthouse hasn’t had new windows since […]

Macoupin County Wind Ordinance Updated; Lotus Wind Farm Appears to Move Forward

By Benjamin Cox on March 20, 2023 at 2:40pm

A proposed wind farm in northern Macoupin County appears to be moving forward. Lotus Wind, announced three years ago by Apex Clean Energy, is expected to seek easements in the Modesto, Scottville, Palmyra region of Macoupin County. The project is expected to generate up to 200 megawatts of wind energy, consisting of around 80 turbines. […]

Camp Point Man Struck, Killed By Amtrak Train on Friday

By Benjamin Cox on March 20, 2023 at 2:25pm

A Camp Point man was struck and killed by an Amtrak train on Friday at midday. Adams County Coroner Scott Graham told Quincy media on Saturday that 65 year old Flint C. Reed of Camp Point was pronounced deceased at the scene on Friday afternoon. According to reports from officials, Reed was allegedly was walking […]

Lincoln Land Community College Beneficiary of State’s Increase in Higher Ed Funding

By Benjamin Cox on March 20, 2023 at 2:16pm

Governor J.B. Pritzker has been touring the state touting his proposed investments in higher education. Pritzker has visited a number of the schools to highlight programs and services that community colleges are creating to strengthen and train the state’s workforce. On Wednesday, Pritzker made a stop at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield. Pritzker said […]

JSD 117 Fund Balances Up; More Projects Possibly On the Table

By Benjamin Cox on March 20, 2023 at 1:51pm

Jacksonville School District 117’s fund balances appear to be running at a surplus. Superintendent Steve Ptacek says that the balance is up over $6 million at this time: “We have been up between $6-6.5 million this year compared to last year. Last year, we were up $3-4 million. That’s all good news, especially with the […]

Norfolk, Peter & The Wolf Performance Returns to Rammelkamp Chapel Tonight

By Benjamin Cox on March 18, 2023 at 9:18am

St. Louis-based performer Bobby Norfolk will be in Jacksonville tonight to repeat his performance with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Norfolk was the guest artist during the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra’s youth concerts on February 21st for their performance of Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.” The Symphony had been trying to get the acclaimed storyteller for the […]

Scott County Unemployment Rate Still Seeing Effects of Westermeyer Fire

By Benjamin Cox on March 18, 2023 at 5:45am

Unemployment rates were down in all 14 Illinois metro areas in January. One West Central Illinois county is seeing the fallout from a fire, causing the unemployment rate to remain high. The Springfield Metro Area added 3,800 jobs last month for a 3.6% unemployment rate, which was the second largest over-the-year increase in jobs. Westermeyer […]

Springfield Man Arrested After Police Chase Through Three Counties

By Benjamin Cox on March 18, 2023 at 5:42am

A Springfield, Illinois man was arrested after a high-speed chase through three counties yesterday morning. According to Schuyler County Sheriff Bill Redshaw, the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a suspicious vehicle sitting in a rural portion of northeastern Schuyler County near the Browning/Bader/Sheldon’s Grove area. Redshaw says that when a deputy stopped […]