I-72 Cannabis Trafficker Sentenced to Time in IDOC

By Jeremy Coumbes on November 23, 2022 at 12:27pm

An Arizona man who was arrested on Interstate 72 last month for drug trafficking has been sentenced to serve time in the Illinois Department of Corrections. 36-year-old Talon L. Ashby of Somerton, Arizona pleaded guilty to a class 1 felony charge of unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver in Morgan County Court Tuesday. […]

GFL Trash Service Terms Come into Question In South Jacksonville & Jacksonville

By Jeremy Coumbes on November 23, 2022 at 11:16am

A presentation concerning trash service raised a few eyebrows in the Village of South Jacksonville recently in which some claims were made that the City of Jacksonville says weren’t brought up in their contract negotiations. South Jacksonville Village President Dick Samples invited GFL Environmental to the Village Board of Trustees committee of the whole meeting […]

Davidsmeyer Focusing on Possible Bi-Partisan Bills During Veto Session

By Benjamin Cox on November 23, 2022 at 8:36am

Discussions around making technical changes to the SAFE-T Act and possible looking towards creating an assault weapons ban in Illinois have circulated at the State Capitol during the current General Assembly veto session. 100th District Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer says he’s having conversations other legislation both in his caucus and across the aisle: “I was recently […]

Multiple Cass Fire Departments Respond to Rural Virginia Home Fire

By Benjamin Cox on November 23, 2022 at 8:25am

Multiple Cass County fire departments responded to a structure fire in rural Virginia yesterday afternoon. According to a Facebook report by the Beardstown Fire Department, at approximately 3:40 yesterday afternoon, Beardstown Fire and Ambulance were called for mutual aid with the Virginia Fire Department to a single-story residence on 7647 Schall Road in rural Virginia. […]

Clemency Hearing Set In 1985 Macoupin Convicted Murderer’s Case

By Benjamin Cox on November 23, 2022 at 5:49am

Three Macoupin County State’s Attorneys have opposed the release of an inmate initially sentenced to death in a 1985 murder. The Illinois Prisoner Review Board is scheduled to hear a petition of executive clemency for 63 year old Robert G. Turner. Turner, formerly of Wilsonville, who was convicted for the rape and stabbing death of […]

RCHS Senior Named Semifinalist for 2023 Coca-Cola Scholars Program

By Benjamin Cox on November 22, 2022 at 2:59pm

Routt Catholic High School Senior Julia Beeley has been named a semifinalist for the national 2023 Coca-Cola Scholars Program. Beeley moves on to the next round of the selection process for a $20,000 college scholarship. The Coca-Cola Scholars Program is the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship program in the U.S. 1,557 high schoolers from across the […]

Council Approves Demolition of Lair Building in Close Vote

By Jeremy Coumbes on November 22, 2022 at 10:48am

The fate of a beleaguered downtown building may have been decided by a close vote of the Jacksonville City Council last night. During a special session Monday, the Jacksonville City Council approved a resolution to issue a demolition permit to West State Properties Ltd./ Rammelkamp Bradney P.C. for the Lair Building located at 234 West […]

UIS United Faculty President Talks Local Impact of UIC United Faculty Strike Authorization

By Benjamin Cox on November 22, 2022 at 9:33am

The University of Illinois-Chicago United Faculty members have authorized a strike. This is the third authorized strike in the U of I system this year. Faculty have been working without a contract at the Chicago campus since August 16th. The UIC strike authorization may not have an immediate bearing on anything happening at the University […]

Memorial Health System Implementing Visitor Restrictions At Hospitals Due to Respiratory Illness Surge

By Benjamin Cox on November 22, 2022 at 9:16am

Jacksonville Memorial Hospital has implemented temporary visitor restrictions to curb the spread of circulating respiratory illnesses. The Illinois Department of Public Health has recommended the restrictions due to a statewide increase in respiratory illness including COVID-19, influenza and RSV. Memorial Health System has also implemented the restrictions at its five other hospitals. The restrictions will […]

Despite Delays, Washington and Eisenhower Projects Moving Right Along

By Jeremy Coumbes on November 21, 2022 at 3:11pm

The Jacksonville District 117 School Board received an update on progress with ongoing construction projects at Washington and Eisenhower elementary schools during the November meeting on Wednesday. Superintendent Steve Ptacek says progress on the Washington renovation is going very well, albeit slower than they had hoped. He says the crews are doing a phenomenal job […]