Quincy Veterans Home Receives Nearly $200 Million From the Fed For New Construction

By Benjamin Cox on July 2, 2022 at 9:29am

The State of Illinois is receiving nearly $200 million in federal funding towards the new construction taking place at the Quincy Veterans’ Home. The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs is ending a final grant payment totaling $194,762,750 to help finish construction on the Quincy campus’ reconstruction and to replace the current facility with a 210-bed […]

2021 Jacksonville Audit Comes Back With No Findings But Several Areas to Work On For 2022

By Benjamin Cox on July 2, 2022 at 9:15am

The City of Jacksonville received a clean audit of their 2021 finances. Adam Whithee of Zumbahlen, Eyth, Surratt, Foote, and Flynn told the city at their final meeting of the month of June that no findings were found in the city’s accounting practices and that they had a 9-11 month cushion in their general fund. […]

Balers, Heavy Mowers Take to JDC Grounds

By Benjamin Cox on July 2, 2022 at 8:59am

Balers and heavy mowers took to the JDC grounds on Thursday to cut down the high grass that’s been plaguing the property for nearly a month. State Representative CD Davidsmeyer says that talks with the state’s Central Management Services have been ongoing, almost daily, over that month trying to get something done to clean up […]

Owner of Urgent Rent-A-Car Hit With Insurance Fraud Charges

By Benjamin Cox on July 2, 2022 at 8:47am

The owner of a Springfield rental car agency has had charges filed against him in Sangamon County Court. 31 year old Jordan J. Monroe of Chatham had a single charge of insurance filed against him on Wednesday from an ongoing investigation that started on February 13, 2021 by the Illinois Secretary of State Police. According […]

June Weather in Jacksonville

By Gary Scott on July 2, 2022 at 8:33am

Temperatures shot up last month in what was described at times as a hot and steamy month. The temperature averaged 73 and a half degrees, well above the normal of 71 point 2 degrees. But, it’s still cooler than the average reading in June of 2020 of 74. The daily highs reached 90 or better […]

Defeated Republicans in Tuesday U.S. Senate Primary Refuse to Concede

By Benjamin Cox on July 2, 2022 at 8:30am

The Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate race in November is being contested by a number of defeated candidates. Mundelein’s Kathy Salvi was declared the winner of the 7-person race, taking a shade over 30% of the little over 705,000 votes cast in Tuesday’s primary. Salvi defeated hear next closest challenger, Belleville’s Peggy Hubbard, by […]

Superintendent’s Snow Day Emails Inspire JMS Teacher to Raise Money for Local Charites with Friendly Competition

By Jeremy Coumbes on July 2, 2022 at 6:00am

An idea by a Jacksonville Middle School teacher to try and add levity to a tough school year, snowballed into a nice donation for some area charities thanks to Superintendent Ptacek’s weather alerts. Lauren Range is head of the Science Department at JMS and says the most recent school year was a much harder grind […]

Rural Roodhouse Man Arrested For Breaking Into Home Armed With a Buck Knife

By Benjamin Cox on July 1, 2022 at 3:51pm

Information has been released about an arrest of a man who broke into a home with a knife in rural Roodhouse last week. According to charging documents, 30 year old John J. Scheferkort entered a residence with the homeowners present at the time last Wednesday evening. The home is approximately 4 ½ miles east of […]

Brown County Sheriff Groesch Retires

By Benjamin Cox on July 1, 2022 at 3:45pm

Brown County will have a new sheriff in town starting today. Karl Groesch has retired after two terms in office. Groesch ran for sheriff in 2010 after spending 30 years with the Illinois State Police District 20 Office in Pittsfield. Groesch spent time studying criminal justice while attending MacMurray College in Jacksonville. The Journal Courier […]

Mayor Sends Condolences Following Head-On Crash Claims Life of Arthur Pitcher

By Jeremy Coumbes on July 1, 2022 at 11:18am

The Mayor of Jacksonville is sending condolences to the family of an East Central Illinois man who was killed in a two-vehicle crash late Wednesday night. 20-year-old Lucas S. Otto of Arthur Illinois was traveling eastbound on Interstate 72 near mile marker 118 east of Springfield at approximately 11:20 pm Wednesday when his sedan was […]