Vehicle Strikes Tree & Building On West College

By Benjamin Cox on January 18, 2021 at 6:10pm

A Jacksonville man lost control of his vehicle causing property damage in the 300 block of West College Avenue this afternoon. Jacksonville Police were summoned to the new Morgan County COVID-19 testing site at 4:57PM. A caller had reported that a truck spun out of control and rocks from the incident had broken their window. […]

Search Begins To Fill Manar Vacancy in 48th Senate District

By Benjamin Cox on January 18, 2021 at 4:11pm

Lawmakers have announced the official vacancy of the 48th State Senate District seat. The seat was vacated earlier this month by Democrat Andy Manar who resigned to take a position as a senior advisor in Governor J.B. Pritzker’s Administration. The 48th Legislative District Committee said it will be accepting applications for those interested in being […]

Madigan Moves Out of Springfield Apartment Fueling Speculation of His Resignation from the IL House

By Benjamin Cox on January 18, 2021 at 3:55pm

Movers were reportedly moving items out of former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s apartment in Springfield’s Lincoln Towers fueling speculation he may soon resign from the Illinois House of Representatives all together. First tweeted by WCIA reporter Mark Maxwell yesterday afternoon, Maxwell said Madigan staffers were clearing apartment furniture out of the apartment. Madigan spokesman […]

Lancaster Chosen For Daisy Award

By Benjamin Cox on January 18, 2021 at 3:50pm

A Passavant Area Hospital nurse was honored today for excellence in nursing. Ashley Lancaster, a registered nurse at Passavant Area Hospital, recently received the Daisy Award for excellence in nursing. A Daisy Award winner is named each quarter at Passavant. To be honored with a Daisy Award, a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse must […]

IDPH Announces EMS Region 3 Returning to Phase 4 of Restore Illinois Plan

By Benjamin Cox on January 18, 2021 at 3:45pm

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced today that EMS Region 3, which encompasses the entire WLDS/WEAI listening area, will be returning to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. The region joins several others in rolling back mitigations today as IDPH announced that they have created a Surge Staffing Program to support hospitals in […]

Davis Reflects On Capitol Riot, New Metal Detectors

By Benjamin Cox on January 18, 2021 at 12:31pm

A local Congressman reflected on Thursday about the Capitol Riots that occurred on January 6th. 13th District Congressman Rodney Davis says that the incident that occurred during the tally of the Electoral College votes reminded him of the Alexandria, Virginia shooting that took place in June of 2017 during a charity congressional baseball game. Then-House […]

U.K.-Only COVID Strain Found in Chicago; SIU Identifies U.S. Specific Strain

By Benjamin Cox on January 18, 2021 at 12:18pm

The Chicago Department of Public Health and the Illinois Department of Public Health announced on Friday the first case in Illinois of the COVID-19 variant first identified in the United Kingdom. The case was identified by the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine through sequencing analysis of a specimen from bio-banked samples of COVID-19 positive […]

Davidsmeyer Calls Out Governor For Not Reopening Service Industry; Continued Failures at IDES

By Benjamin Cox on January 18, 2021 at 12:12pm

Illinois Assistant Republican leader C.D. Davidsmeyer is calling on Governor J.B. Pritzker to open bars & restaurants. Davidsmeyer said in a press release on Friday that the state is failing at every level of government while the Governor was doubling down on failed policies and wrong metrics of the Covid-19 pandemic. Davidsmeyer says the Governor’s […]

Trio of Passavant Employees Honored by IL National Guard

By Jeremy Coumbes on January 18, 2021 at 11:05am

Three Passavant Area Hospital employees are being honored by the Illinois National Guard. Jessica Ford, Karoline Myers, and Shannon Watson were presented with the Patriot Award from the Employer Support division of the National Guard and Reserve in October. According to an announcement by Passavant today, the Patriot Award is given to a supervisor or […]

Winchester Schools Continue Remote Learning for Second Week

By Jeremy Coumbes on January 18, 2021 at 10:40am

Winchester Schools remain in remote learning this week. Winchester Community School District No. 1 announced Saturday all classes will remain in remote learning this week. The school district went into full remote learning on Tuesday, January 12th, due to ongoing cases of COVID-19 and continuing quarantines. On Wednesday the district announced an additional positive case […]