BCBS Responds to Springfield Clinic Rift

By Benjamin Cox on June 12, 2021 at 9:08am

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois has provided a response about the news of the rift between them and Springfield Clinic. In a written statement from BCBS Senior Manager of Communication Colleen Miller, she says the insurance company was provided an improper 30-day termination notice for one of their networks known as Blue Choice. Miller […]

South Jacksonville Fire Dept Awarded Grant for EMS Equipment

By Jeremy Coumbes on June 11, 2021 at 6:14pm

The South Jacksonville Fire Department will soon have new medical equipment thanks to grant funding. The South Jacksonville Fire Department has been awarded a Small Equipment Grant by the Office of the State Fire Marshal for the fiscal year 2021. South Jacksonville Fire Chief Rich Evans says he applied for the grant at the beginning […]

Spring Car Show Returns to Downtown Jacksonville Saturday

By Jeremy Coumbes on June 11, 2021 at 6:03pm

The Downtown Square in Jacksonville will be filled with the sound of golden oldies, happy chatter and some exhaust as the Downtown Spring Car Show returns Saturday. Joel Buchanan with the Morton Avenue Misfits says the cars will be rolling in early for what the club hopes will be a big show with a lot […]

Man Arrested After Disturbances at Two Hotels Overnight

By Jeremy Coumbes on June 11, 2021 at 2:08pm

Jacksonville Police responded to a hotel in the 1100 block of West Morton Avenue just before 9:00 pm Thursday after an employee called and advised that a male subject on the premises was drunk and acting belligerent. The caller said the man had demanded a room for $40.00 and also threatened people in the lobby. […]

Florida Man Arrested After Short Pursuit in Pike

By Jeremy Coumbes on June 11, 2021 at 1:44pm

A Florida man was arrested following a short pursuit in Pike County last night. According to a press release from Pike County Sheriff David Greenwood, at approximately 7:36 last night, a Pike County Sheriff’s Deputy checked the vehicle registration of a tan-colored Chrysler Town and Country van while on routine patrol on Decatur Street in […]

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund Sues IL Dems Over Remap

By Benjamin Cox on June 11, 2021 at 1:26pm

Another group has stepped forward to sue Illinois Democrats over the remap process. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund sued top Democrats and state election officials late yesterday on behalf of 5 Latino registered voters in Illinois, saying that the new maps are malapportioned and used bad data to not ensure equal representation […]

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Cancels Springfield Clinic as In-Network Provider

By Benjamin Cox on June 11, 2021 at 1:20pm

One of Central Illinois’ largest medical insurance providers has terminated in-network provider status for Springfield Clinic. Patients attempting to use locations at Founders Lane in Jacksonville and Urgent Care on West Morton Avenue will be served a letter notifying them if they are trying to use Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance at these locations that […]

Winchester-Bluffs Consolidation Off the Table For Now

By Benjamin Cox on June 11, 2021 at 9:46am

Winchester and Bluffs will not consolidate for now. The Bluffs School Board got no motion to form a Committee of 10 to explore consolidation of the two districts last night after a special board meeting and community public hearing on the consolidation feasibility study that was released in April. Superintendent for both Districts, Kevin Blankenship […]

Memorial Health System Eases Visitor Restrictions Today

By Benjamin Cox on June 11, 2021 at 9:20am

Memorial Health System is easing visitor restrictions today at its five hospitals in accordance with the state moving to Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan. Each hospital, including Memorial Hospital in Springfield and Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville, will now will permit two visitors at a time for each adult inpatient between 8 a.m. […]

JPD Investigating Retail Theft

By Jeremy Coumbes on June 11, 2021 at 9:20am

Jacksonville Police are investigating a retail theft that occurred yesterday morning. A complainant called into West Central Dispatch just before 9:00 yesterday morning from the Home Depot located at 1601 West Morton Avenue. An employee notified police that a male subject cut a security cord and stole a lawnmower. The subject then left in a […]