2024 March Primary: A Capsule of the Contested Races in the Area

By Benjamin Cox on March 19, 2024 at 6:55am

Polls opened at 6 o’clock this morning throughout the state for the primary election. Compared to the 2020 primary election, this one looks to be more tailored to countywide offices rather than the national stage. Federal At the federal level, it appears that both parties are going to have a rematch of Donald Trump and […]

County Election Judges Ready to Go For Primary Election on March 19

By Benjamin Cox on March 13, 2024 at 5:22am

Morgan County Clerk Jill Waggener says that her office is ready to go for Primary Election Day on Tuesday, March 19. Currently, the county is in grace period voting and the early voting period. The final early voting Saturday is this Saturday from 9AM to Noon. Waggener says she’s ready to go with enough election […]

Waggener: Trump Stays On Ballot Amid Wait for U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

By Benjamin Cox on February 29, 2024 at 3:49pm

Morgan County Clerk Jill Waggener says that the Republican primary ballot is the same for now. A Cook County judge ruled last night that former President Donald Trump should be removed from the state’s primary ballot but that decision has been stayed until further clarification is given by the U.S. Supreme Court on a similar […]

March 19th Primary Early Voting Under Way: Here’s What You Need to Know in Morgan County

By Benjamin Cox on February 9, 2024 at 9:23am

Early voting for the March 19th primary began Thursday. Morgan County Clerk Jill Waggener says her office is ready to accept early voters: “My office hours are 8:30AM-4:30PM Monday through Friday. We will be open Saturday, February 17th from 9AM-Noon. The last day to register to vote is Tuesday, February 20th. Then, we are also […]

Waverly Fire Hosting Informational Meeting Over Tax Referendum

By Benjamin Cox on February 6, 2024 at 8:29am

The Waverly Volunteer Fire Department is hosting an informal meeting this weekend for the public. The department has petitioned for an advisory referendum to be placed on the March primary ballot to create a taxing district for the creation of a Fire Protection District. The tax would be .4% to help the fire department with […]

Anderson Announces Candidacy for Morgan Circuit Clerk

By Jeremy Coumbes on December 5, 2023 at 9:42pm

A Morgan County incumbent Republican has announced their candidacy to stay on the job. Current Morgan County Circuit Clerk Julia Anderson announced she is seeking the Republican nomination for Circuit Clerk of the Courts late Monday, following the close of the filing period. Anderson was appointed to the office in April of this year, following […]

Major Party Candidate Petition Filing Concludes Today

By Benjamin Cox on December 4, 2023 at 7:45am

The filing period for candidates for county, state, and federal offices from the major parties concludes today. This past Monday was the big day for filing petitions at county courthouses and the Illinois State Board of Elections in Springfield. A few candidates have filed this past week ahead of today’s deadline. In Greene County, Democrat […]

Briscoe Will Not Seek Reelection as Greene County State’s Attorney

By Benjamin Cox on November 29, 2023 at 12:30pm

Greene County State’s Attorney Caleb Briscoe says he is not seeking re-election in 2024. Briscoe has served 3 terms in office as a Republican. Briscoe was first elected Greene County state’s attorney in 2012 when the seat was vacated by Matthew Goetten, who pursued an unsuccessful run for U.S. House to represent the state’s 13th […]

Candidate Filings As of Monday for 2024 Elections

By Benjamin Cox on November 28, 2023 at 11:05am

Monday was the first day that major party candidates could file to appear on the ballot. According to the State Board of Elections website today, the following federal candidates have filed for the U.S. House, Republican Darin LaHood in the 16th District, and in the 13th District, incumbent Democrat Nikki Budzinski has filed along with […]

Wood Announces Candidacy for County Commissioner

By Jeremy Coumbes on October 13, 2023 at 3:45pm

Another area resident is tossing his hat in the ring for a seat on the Morgan County Board. Donny “Racer” Wood of Jacksonville announced his candidacy for the open commissioner’s seat in next year’s election. An alum of Jacksonville High School, Wood has owned and operated Wood Wheels on West Morton Avenue for more than […]