Morgan County Multiplier Set At 1.0233

By Benjamin Cox on April 13, 2021 at 5:39pm

The Morgan County property tax multiplier has been set at 1.0233 by the Illinois Department of Revenue. The property assessment equalization factor, often called the “multiplier” is the method used to achieve uniform property assessments among counties, as required by law.  This equalization is particularly important because some of the state’s 6,600 local taxing districts […]

City and Village Streamlining Golf Cart, UTV Ordinances

By Jeremy Coumbes on April 13, 2021 at 4:05pm

The City of Jacksonville and Village of South Jacksonville are working to make registration and usage of golf carts and UTV’s easier in both municipalities. The Jacksonville City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance amending the regulation and operation of golf carts and UTV’s on city streets last night. The changes have come […]

Council Approves New Roof for Park Pavilion

By Jeremy Coumbes on April 13, 2021 at 2:21pm

A can that has been kicked down the road a few times in a Jacksonville park can’t be kicked any further. The Jacksonville City Council approved an engineering agreement with Benton & Associates of Jacksonville for the replacement of the Nichols Park Pavilion roof during their regular meeting last night. Parks and Lakes Committee Chair […]

IL Becomes First State To Extend Medicaid Benefits Up to 1 Year Postpartum For New Moms

By Benjamin Cox on April 13, 2021 at 1:13pm

Governor J.B. Pritzker’s office announced today that that Illinois is the first state in the nation to extend full Medicaid benefits from 60 days to 12 months postpartum, following the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approval of Illinois’ 1115 waiver allowing for the extension. In an announcement from the governor’s office, Pritzker says […]

Local Contractor Arrested For Home Repair Fraud

By Benjamin Cox on April 13, 2021 at 11:49am

A local contractor has been jailed on accusations of home repair fraud. 44-year-old Clint A. Stevens of the 1800 block of Mound Road was booked into the Morgan County Jail Monday afternoon for one count of Home Repair Fraud, a Class 4 Felony. Stevens was arraigned in Morgan County Court this morning after Morgan County […]

IL Attorney General’s Office Hit With Breach

By Benjamin Cox on April 13, 2021 at 11:40am

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul’s office announced today that their computer network has been compromised. Raoul said in a statement released today that the breach was discovered in the early morning hours on Saturday and that information technology staff and investigators from his own office have been working with federal law enforcement to evaluate the […]

IDPH, FDA, CDC Pause J&J Vaccine After Rare Clotting Issue

By Benjamin Cox on April 13, 2021 at 10:52am

The Illinois Department of Public Health has put a pause on the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The CDC and FDA said today that they were investigating unusual clots that occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination. The clots occurred in veins that drain blood from the brain and occurred together with low platelets. All […]

Prarieland United Way Annual Meeting Goes Virtual Hybrid This Week

By Jeremy Coumbes on April 12, 2021 at 2:50pm

he Prairieland United Way’s Annual Meeting will have a bit of a different look this year. On Wednesday, April 14th at 7:30 am, the meeting will be presented by both the Board of Directors and 2020 Campaign Co-Chairs as an in-person/virtual hybrid due to the current public meeting restrictions. The public will be able to […]

Verizon Looks to Boost Area Service With New Tower Near Bluffs

By Jeremy Coumbes on April 12, 2021 at 2:17pm

Cellular service in the area looks to be getting a boost. Verizon is currently installing a new tower in a field near the corner of Oxville Lane and Route 100 near Bluffs. South Jacksonville Public Works Superintendent John Green says the tower is on private farm ground, and the Village completed quite a bit of […]

Jacksonville Business Sustains Damage in Sunday Evening Fire

By Jeremy Coumbes on April 12, 2021 at 2:13pm

The timely dropping off of trash likely saved a Jacksonville business from extensive fire damage. The Jacksonville Fire Department responded to a call of a fire in the 1000 block of North Main Street at approximately 6:15 yesterday evening. Smoke could be seen coming out the gable portion of the roofline of W.L. Powersports located […]