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 […]

Hot Pockets Recalling Pepperoni Pockets

By Jeremy Coumbes on January 18, 2021 at 10:31am

If you are a parent of teenagers you might want to check your freezer, Over 762,000 pounds of pepperoni pizza Hot Pockets have been recalled over concerns they could contain pieces of glass and hard plastic. The recall includes the 54-ounce carton packages containing 12 “Nestlé “Hot Pockets Brand Sandwiches: Premium Pepperoni made with Pork, […]

Washington Grade School Project Probably On Hold

By Gary Scott on January 18, 2021 at 9:57am

Jacksonville school superintendent Steve Ptacek says planned improvements to the Washington school project will probably be on the back burner due to the current challenges with the impact of COVID 19 on the budget      School district 117 doesn’t have the luxury of many other school districts to issue bonds for projects, because of the […]

#HearOurVoiceIllinois Video Going Viral

By Benjamin Cox on January 16, 2021 at 12:15pm

A Group of Jacksonville High School Students and Jacksonville Mayor Andy Ezard are calling on Governor J.B. Pritzker, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Illinois High School Association to get athletics and extracurricular activities going immediately. With the assistance of Virtual Paradise Films and Channel, a host of JHS students dropped a […]