Madigan, ComEd, et. al. Named in Federal RICO Lawsuit

By Benjamin Cox on August 10, 2020 at 1:16pm

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has been named in a federal lawsuit today with ComED. A putative class of ComEd customers filed a civil racketeering lawsuit against Madigan, ComEd and a host of other defendants. The lawsuit under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act alleges civil and conspiracy charges need to be filed. The […]

Car Flips On West State, No One Severely Injured

By Benjamin Cox on August 10, 2020 at 11:47am

Jacksonville Police responded to a flipped vehicle in the 1000 block of West State Street around 8:45AM. Preliminary police reports say that the unidentified driver was traveling eastbound on West State Street near Sandusky Street and failed to see a landscaping business trailer’s ramp on the side of the roadway. The silver Honda SUV’s front […]

IHDA Announces Rental Assistance Program

By Benjamin Cox on August 10, 2020 at 9:34am

Illinois will launch a new rental assistance program that could help approximately 30,000 tenants struggling to keep a roof over their heads. the Illinois Housing Development Authority is opening applications today for $5000 to catch up on payments missed since March or to cover payments until the end of the year. Applications will be accepted […]

Champ-Clark Bridge Receives National Design Award

By Benjamin Cox on August 9, 2020 at 4:10pm

The Champ Clark Bridge replacement project has received a national design award from the Design-Build Institute of America. The new bridge that spans from Pike Station in Pike County, Illinois to Louisiana, Missouri carrying US 54 over the Mississippi River opened last year. According to the Quincy Herald-Whig, the new bridge replaced the Old Champ […]

Body of Second Missing Beardstown Youth Found Saturday

By Jeremy Coumbes on August 8, 2020 at 1:08pm

At 12:00 pm Saturday, Beardstown Fire and Rescue issued the following statement: The search for the second of two boys who disappeared in the Illinois River Thursday evening has come to an end. The body of the second youth, missing since Thursday evening, was discovered at about 11:30 a.m Saturday in shallow water on the […]

Dist 117 Approves Return to School Plan

By Jeremy Coumbes on August 7, 2020 at 7:19pm

The Jacksonville School Board met in brisk session Thursday night, settling several issues to return to learning for the new school year. The Re-Opening plan drew the most discussion with several questions from both members of the board and the public. After discussion, the board voted unanimously to approve the plan as presented, which offers […]

LaHood Leads Aid Effort for Lebanon

By Jeremy Coumbes on August 7, 2020 at 6:59pm

18th District Congressman Darin LaHood is leading an effort to provide humanitarian aid to Lebanon following the explosion that rocked Beirut this week. LaHood is co-chair of the U.S. Lebanon Friendship Caucus, and led a bipartisan letter along with 86 colleagues to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging the United States to deploy humanitarian […]

Outbreak of COVID-19 Among Dept of Corrections Staff Reported in Morgan, While Cass, Greene Also See Increased Cases

By Jeremy Coumbes on August 7, 2020 at 6:17pm

The Morgan County Health Department has received confirmation of 14 additional cases of COVID-19. The 265th – 270th cases include 1 female in her 20’s, 1 female in her 40’s, 1 female in her 50’s, 1 female in her 60’s, and 2 males in their 60’s. All are isolating at home. The 271st – 276th […]

Body of Missing Beardstown Juvenile Found, Search Continues for Second

By Jeremy Coumbes on August 7, 2020 at 5:28pm

The search effort for two missing juveniles in Beardstown continues into the evening, after authorities announced the body of one of the boys has been found. The Beardstown Fire/Rescue Department Issued the Following Statement at 4:30 p.m. Friday.: “While search operations continue on the Illinois River at Beardstown, officials have announced the body of one […]

Mann Announces Upcoming Retirement

By Benjamin Cox on August 7, 2020 at 11:20am

The Village of South Jacksonville will be looking to replace a long-time public servant in the next few months. South Jacksonville Police Chief Tim Mann formally has submitted his resignation to the village after 18 years in the department, spending the last 3 and half years as the village’s chief. Mann has spent the last […]