IL Medicaid Patients Now Have Access to Clinical Trials

By Benjamin Cox on July 7, 2020 at 4:30pm

Illinois Medicaid recipients who have terminal illnesses are now eligible to participate in drug trials. This afternoon, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill 1864 into law, a health care package that includes a proposal by Senator Andy Manar requiring the state’s Medicaid program to cover routine care costs incurred for an approved clinical trial involving […]

Pleasant Plains Middle School Teacher Resigns After Suspension for Racist Remarks On Social Media

By Benjamin Cox on July 7, 2020 at 3:33pm

A Pleasant Plains Middle School Math Teacher who admitted to making racist social media comments has resigned. Pleasant Plains 7th Grade Math Teacher Luke Jason tendered his resignation to the district today in an announcement from the district’s counsel, according to WICS. The school district accepted the resignation effective immediately. Jason, a tenured math teacher […]

State and Federal Tax Filing Deadline Quickly Approaching

By Jeremy Coumbes on July 7, 2020 at 12:04pm

Those who need to file their income taxes for 2019, are running out of time. The Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) is reminding taxpayers, both state and federal returns are due just over one week away on Wednesday, July 15th. This year’s state income tax deadline was extended three months by Governor JB Pritzker in […]

Multiple Jacksonville Rail Crossings Closed for Repairs

By Jeremy Coumbes on July 7, 2020 at 11:36am

Multiple rail crossings in Jacksonville are closed to traffic today for repairs. Six crossings in total are closed, which include all crossings between North Main Street and Westgate Avenue. Crossings over the Norfolk Southern line at North Church, Prairie, Diamond, Caldwell, Sandusky and Webster are closed to traffic for approach replacement. Both Westgate and North […]

City of Winchester Municipal Court System Successful In Initial Sessions

By Benjamin Cox on July 7, 2020 at 6:23am

The City of Winchester’s municipal court system has been working to bring property into code compliance. The court system held its first session in June, and according to Mayor Rex McIntire, has been very successful in cleaning up properties: “We’ve had issues for years [with unkempt properties], and every town does. There are people that […]

Brandt Family Establishes Agronomy Scholarship at LLCC

By Benjamin Cox on July 7, 2020 at 6:10am

Lincoln Land Community College continues to grow it’s agriculture program. The Brandt Foundation donated $100,000 to LLCC on June 29th to create an endowed scholarship program for in-demand careers in agronomy and plant nutrition. Initially, two new BRANDT Foundation Scholarships will be awarded to LLCC students pursuing an associate in applied science degree in precision […]

Lincoln Land Wind Application Public Hearing Tentatively Set For August 11

By Benjamin Cox on July 7, 2020 at 6:00am

Morgan County has a tentative date for the public hearing on the Apex Clean Energy application for the Lincoln Land Wind project. Morgan County Plans Commission Chair Dusty Douglas announced the tentative date yesterday morning during the weekly commissioners meeting: “As the commissioners know, we have been working towards the review of the Apex wind […]

Two Deaths Linked To Aperion COVID-19 Outbreak

By Benjamin Cox on July 6, 2020 at 4:47pm

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 the fourth and fifth deaths from COVID-19 in Jacksonville. The fourth case, a 75-year-old male, died at Aperion Care on Saturday,July 4th. The fifth case, a 63-year-old male, died at […]

Pleasant Plains Middle School Teacher Suspended For Racist Social Media Posts

By Benjamin Cox on July 6, 2020 at 11:54am

A Pleasant Plains middle school teacher has been suspended for racist Facebook posts. According to Springfield Leaks, Luke Jason, a 7th grade math teacher at Pleasant Plains Middle School, has been suspended for 10 days without pay after making several racist remarks about University of Wisconsin basketball player Frank Kaminsky on his Facebook Page, and […]

Additional Charges Added In Toddler Homicide & Concealment Case in Greene

By Benjamin Cox on July 6, 2020 at 11:18am

Two new charges have been added to a man accused of concealing the homicide of a child in Greene County in 2018. 36 year old Ryan Wheeler now is facing two charges of first degree murder in the death of a 5 month old toddler in 2018. Wheeler and the baby’s mother 23 year old […]