City Council Passes IRU, Maintenance Agreements with I3 For Citywide Broadband

By Benjamin Cox on August 11, 2020 at 8:07pm

The City of Jacksonville passed some of the final stages of agreements to get a citywide broadband project moving forward. At a special council meeting last Monday night, the city approved a $2.5 million investment by the city and a memorandum of understanding with the company I3 to bring fiber optic broadband Internet to the […]

NG Scraps In-Person Learning After COVID-19 Spike

By Benjamin Cox on August 11, 2020 at 6:27pm

A Greene County school district has had to scrap their plans to return to in-person learning in a few weeks because of a giant spike in COVID-19. North Greene Superintendent Mark Scott called parents and made the announcement last night that the district will be returning to e-learning until local outbreaks can drop the amount […]

Mitchell Named New Morgan County Treasurer

By Benjamin Cox on August 11, 2020 at 6:16pm

The Morgan County Commissioners introduced a new Treasurer to the county yesterday. Kimberly Mitchell of Jacksonville was selected to fulfill the remainder of the late Jenny Geirnaiert’s term, who passed away earlier this summer unexpectedly. Mitchell says that she has a bit of a learning curve to get acquainted with the new position, but she […]

1 More COVID Death in Morgan County, COVID Cases Rise in 5 West Central IL Counties

By Benjamin Cox on August 11, 2020 at 5:58pm

The Morgan County Health Department has received confirmation of 19 additional cases of COVID-19. The 323rd – 331st cases include 1 female infant, 1 female child, 1 female teen, 2 male in their 20’s, 1 male in his 40’s, 1 female in her 50’s and 2 males in their 50’s, all isolated at their homes. […]

JCAR Upholds Pritzker Penalties For Mask Mandate, DCEO Authority to Distribute CARES Act Funds

By Benjamin Cox on August 11, 2020 at 3:44pm

The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules approved Governor J.B. Pritzker’s recently announced for businesses who do not uphold and enforce requiring masks and social distancing. The motion to oppose and suspend the rule required a majority of 8 votes. It failed 6 -5, according to reports from Rich Miller at Capitol Fax. The Illinois Retail […]

Chandlerville College Student Chosen For Leadership Scholarship

By Benjamin Cox on August 11, 2020 at 3:02pm

A Chandlerville college student has received a prestigious scholarship. Jennifer Haggerty of Chandlerville was one of 3 Lincoln Land Community College Phi Theta Kappa members to be named a 2020 Coca Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar. Haggerty is one of 207 recipients nationwide who will get $1,000 for the award. The Phi Theta Kappa Honor […]

5 New Deaths and 44 New Cases in Morgan, Cass & Greene Also Report New Cases

By Benjamin Cox on August 11, 2020 at 6:06am

The Morgan County Coroner’s Office in conjunction with the Morgan County Office of Emergency Management and the Morgan County Department of Public Health are confirming five additional deaths of persons with COVID-19. The sixth case, a 103 year old female, died at Jacksonville Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation on Friday,August 7th. The seventh case, an 83 […]

IL Supreme Court Stays Clay County Appearance For Pritzker, Orders Ruling

By Benjamin Cox on August 10, 2020 at 3:39pm

The Illinois Supreme Court has stayed a case ruling in Clay County Court that would have required Governor J.B. Pritzker to appear in person on Friday. In a filing today, the state’s highest court called the Clay County Circuit Court’s ruling on contempt of court “an unenforceable and nonappealable partial summary judgment.” The governor has […]

Jacksonville Woman Receives Probation In FIICU Theft Case

By Benjamin Cox on August 10, 2020 at 2:18pm

A Jacksonville woman has gotten probation after a years-long case involving theft from the Springfield-based Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities. 66 year old Penny Stockton plead guilty last Monday to theft from her employer. She was sentenced to 2-year’s probation and to pay $90,000 restitution. Stockton’s sister, Cynthia Fuchs, was sentenced in December […]

Apex Awards 4 Community Grants

By Benjamin Cox on August 10, 2020 at 1:20pm

Apex Clean Energy has awarded four new grants from their Community Grant Program funds. These funds are designed to support organizations and projects related to community development, environment, education, and health and recreation that benefit Morgan County and the surrounding area. This round of grantees includes the Routt High School Education Foundation (RHSEF); Crime Stoppers […]