Governor Signs Bill Ending Immigrant Detention in the State

By Benjamin Cox on August 3, 2021 at 9:10am

Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed a package of legislation to further protect immigrants and refugees in the state. One new law makes it a civil rights violation for employers to harass or refuse to hire an employee on the basis of their work authorization status. Another tackles targeted violence and hate crimes against immigrants. The […]

Eviction Moratorium Phase Out Begins

By Benjamin Cox on August 3, 2021 at 9:04am

Illinois’ pandemic eviction moratorium effectively began Sunday. Governor J.B. Pritzker announced on Friday that the Illinois Housing Development Authority has distributed more than $185 million in emergency rental assistance to 22,200 Illinoisans through the Illinois Rental Payment Program. In addition, IHDA announced on Friday it has completed the review of all 70,000 applications received during […]

Governor Signs FOID Reform Bill

By Benjamin Cox on August 3, 2021 at 8:59am

Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a massive reform to the state’s FOID Card laws yesterday. The FOID Modernization bill lets the Illinois State Police create a combined FOID and Concealed Carry license and grants cardholders who submit their fingerprints automatic renewal. State Police Director Brendan Kelly says it streamlines processes for his office: “Instead of carrying […]

Lincoln Land Wind Announces Quarter-Million Dollar Contribution to Jacksonville Broadband Project

By Benjamin Cox on August 3, 2021 at 8:52am

The Lincoln Land Wind Project announced today it would be contributing to helping the City of Jacksonville get connected to broadband. Lincoln Land Wind says they are donating $250,000 to contribute to the city’s ongoing broadband internet project with I3 Broadband. The city approved a $2.5 million memorandum of understanding last year to help fund […]

State Awarding More New Dispensary Licenses This Week – At Least One Coming to West Central IL

By Benjamin Cox on August 3, 2021 at 8:48am

The State of Illinois is set to award 55 new adult use cannabis dispensary licenses this week, and one could possibly be coming to West Central Illinois. The Illinois General Assembly passed a trailer bill to its landmark cannabis legislation bill this past Spring to correct ways the state fell short in awarding the licenses […]

McClure Teacher Retirement Bill Awaits Governor’s Signature

By Benjamin Cox on August 3, 2021 at 8:32am

A law sponsored by a local State Senator is awaiting the governor’s signature. Senate Bill 1646 was passed by both houses of the General Assembly back on May 30th. It was part of an effort by 50th District State Senator Steve McClure to help address the state’s teacher shortage by allowing private or parochial school […]

115th Death, 71 New Cases Confirmed in Morgan

By Jeremy Coumbes on August 2, 2021 at 4:21pm

The Morgan County Health Department has confirmed the 115th death attributed to COVID-19. Health Department officials say a female in her 80’s passed away in an assisted living facility. 71 new cases were confirmed over the last week in Morgan County, bringing the total to 84 active with four of those being hospitalized. The new […]

Hansell Out as Police Chief, Village Advertises for Position

By Jeremy Coumbes on August 2, 2021 at 3:54pm

The Village of South Jacksonville is seeking applicants for the position of Chief of Police. That’s the word in a press release by the Village today after news broke that Chief Eric Hansell was relieved of his duty this morning. Village Mayor Tyson Manker said this morning following reports of Hansell’s dismissal that a press […]

July 2021 Weather

By Gary Scott on August 2, 2021 at 11:54am

A heated end of July pushed up the daily average, but it was still cooler than normal.             July typically averages just a tick under 76 degrees. Last month’s average temperature was right at 75 degrees.             That despite a nasty end of the month which pushed feels like readings to 110 plus.             The […]

IL Senate Republican Caucus Calls For Full IDES Audit

By Benjamin Cox on August 2, 2021 at 11:08am

The Illinois Auditor General released a financial audit of the Illinois Department of Employment Security on Wednesday. According to Illinois Senate GOP leaders, the audit shows one of the biggest failures of the Pritzker Administation’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. 38th District Senator and IL Senate GOP leader Sue Rezin of Morris says the report […]