JPD Hosts Prescription Drug Take Back Day This Saturday

By Jeremy Coumbes on October 23, 2020 at 8:23am

The Jacksonville Police Department is joining in a nationwide event this Saturday, aimed at keeping the public safe from prescription drugs. Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is a bi-annual event where the public can turn in unused prescription medications with […]

Springfield Police Search For Missing Teen

By Benjamin Cox on October 23, 2020 at 7:17am

Springfield Police are in search of a missing teenager. A 13-year old missing teenager that goes by the name of Aubrey has been missing since yesterday at 2AM. Aubrey is 5’2, weighs 114 pounds, has brown eyes, and brown hair. She is believed to be with an older man, but those reports are currently unconfirmed. […]

The Nursery School in Jacksonville Announces Closure

By Jeremy Coumbes on October 22, 2020 at 3:18pm

A long time child care and preschool center in Jacksonville is closing it’s doors. The Nursery School located in the main building on the Illinois School for the Deaf campus announced the closure on the school’s Facebook page this morning. According to the announcement, the board and staff say they have exhausted all possibilities for […]

I-255 to Reopen a Month Ahead of Schedule, Preliminary Work Starts on U.S. 67 Expansion

By Jeremy Coumbes on October 22, 2020 at 12:28pm

Governor J.B. Prizker had positive news to share today on infrastructure improvements. Pritzker announced at a press conference in Collinsville today the I-255 rehabilitation project will be completed by November 1st, nearly a month ahead of schedule. I-255 was completely closed to traffic for approximately nine months over two sections. Pritzker says the repairs were […]

Pike County Confirms Additional 30 COVID Cases, Schuyler Reports Outbreak at Elementary School

By Jeremy Coumbes on October 22, 2020 at 12:14pm

A pair of Western Illinois counties are warning the public about increasing COVID-19 cases, including an outbreak at an elementary school. The Pike County Health Department received confirmation of over 30 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, after reporting 31 cases on Monday. Pike County Health Officials say they anticipate the number of cases in […]

Worries Grow That COVID Mitigations May Be Coming to the Region

By Benjamin Cox on October 22, 2020 at 10:16am

Two more EMS regions will enter Tier One COVID-19 mitigations on Friday. Governor J.B. Pritzker announced during his return to daily press briefings on Tuesday that Will, Kankakee, DuPage, and Kane counties in northeastern Illinois that cover EMS Regions 7 & 8 had rolling positivity rates of 8% or higher over the last 3 days. […]

LaHood & Kinzinger Lambast Kilbride For Taking Madigan Money

By Benjamin Cox on October 22, 2020 at 9:26am

Two GOP Congressman held a press briefing yesterday denouncing Illinois Democrats and House Speaker Michael Madigan pouring large donations into the retention of 3rd District Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride. According to Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, election records filed last night showed the Democrats put $550,000 into the November 3rd Kilbride retention […]

Morgan, Scott, Cass Crime Stoppers Launch Free Mobile App

By Jeremy Coumbes on October 22, 2020 at 9:13am

Crime Stoppers has added another tool in their fight against crime in Morgan, Scott and Cass Counties. Crime Stoppers is now offering a mobile app, which mirrors the Crime Stoppers website. The app is available on both Google Play and the Apple store, and is free and anonymous to use. Crime Stoppers Coordinator, Loren Hamilton, […]

Ater Sentenced in E. Lafayette Avenue Altercation from January 2019

By Benjamin Cox on October 21, 2020 at 12:51pm

A Jacksonville man is headed to prison after a nearly 7 month delay in sentencing. 36 year old John W. Ater of the 600 block of Brandywine plead guilty to unlawful possession of a weapon by felon on February 25th in Morgan County Circuit Court. Sentencing in the case was expected to take place on […]

Civil Trial Moves Forward in 2015 Murder Case

By Benjamin Cox on October 21, 2020 at 12:38pm

A Jacksonville murder case that concluded in criminal court 5 years ago is now set to possibly see a civil trial. Nearly 5 years ago to the day, 56 year old Robert Heitbrink was sentenced to 27 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections by a jury in Morgan County court for the July 27, […]