Three COVID-19 Related Deaths at Cass County Nursing Home

By Jeremy Coumbes on July 1, 2020 at 6:24pm

The Cass County Health Department has announced three COVID-related deaths of Cass County residents. The deaths include a male in his 80s, a female in her 80s, and a male in his 90s. According to the Cass County Health Department, these individuals were a part of a long-term care facility outbreak at Walker Nursing Home […]

New Laws Take Effect, Gambling Resumes Today

By Benjamin Cox on July 1, 2020 at 10:07am

oday marks the beginning of the new fiscal year for the state and the beginning of several new laws taking effect. The minimum wage is going up in the state today to $10 per hour. That is up .75 cents from the bump they received the first of the year. Those making minimum wage will […]

Grant Funds Available for Bars, Restaurants, Salons and Fitness Centers Through July 7

By Jeremy Coumbes on July 1, 2020 at 8:51am

Small businesses impacted by COVID-19 may still be eligible for grant funding in Illinois. The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce is urging small businesses in the area to apply for available funding, now that the State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has finalized their guidelines and application for the new Business Interruption Grant. […]

Pike County Sheriff’s Office Receives Country Financial Donation

By Benjamin Cox on July 1, 2020 at 7:23am

The Pike County Sheriff’s Department is getting a donation from a local insurance agent for equipment. On Wednesday, June 24th Mike Spann of Country Financial presented Pike County Sheriff David Greenwood with a $2500 check from the insurance company’s “Operation Helping Heroes” program. Operation Helping Heroes was created in 2015 to support non-profit organizations that […]

LaHood Reopens Jacksonville Office

By Benjamin Cox on July 1, 2020 at 7:17am

Congressman Darin LaHood has reopened his Jacksonville District Office and has announced a new hire to his staff. The Jacksonville location at 201 West Morgan Street has fully reopened with practices to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. The office operated on a part-time schedule following the unfortunate passing of former staffer Barbara Baker in […]

Public Schools Foundation Falls Short, Still Sees Success in Fundraiser During Pandemic

By Jeremy Coumbes on June 30, 2020 at 3:17pm

The Jacksonville Public Schools Foundation wrapped up this year’s Believe in Education drawing last week, and organizers say it was still successful, despite the challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic. Executive Director Amy Albers says although they saw strong support from the community, the COVID-19 pandemic did hurt the foundation’s ability to raise funds this year. […]

Davis Clarifies PPP Not Tax Deductible

By Benjamin Cox on June 30, 2020 at 2:19pm

Some small business owners are confused about whether or not Paycheck Protection Program loans are tax deductible or not. The IRS released guidance on April 30th stating that expenses related to the loans won’t be tax deductible. Small business will not be required to repay the low-interest PPP loans they received as long as the […]

Winchester Seeking Grant To Rehab Square’s Street Pavement

By Benjamin Cox on June 30, 2020 at 2:06pm

The City of Winchester is continuing efforts to improve their downtown square with a state grant. The city has been working for the past year to replace the sidewalks and install new lighting around the square thanks to a 50/50 grant they received two years ago. The new sidewalks are likely to be completed later […]

Waggener Clarifies Mail-In Ballot Applications

By Benjamin Cox on June 30, 2020 at 1:48pm

Morgan County Clerk Jill Waggener wants to provide more clarity about the recent mail-in ballot application law signed by Governor J.B. Pritzker. Waggener says she’s hearing some confusion about what residents will receive and who is eligible to receive a mail-in ballot. “I want to first assure everyone that what they are getting in the […]

Rural Morgan County Bridge Projects Progressing

By Benjamin Cox on June 30, 2020 at 1:34pm

A rural road in Morgan County may soon reopen to through traffic after 6 years. Road District 1 has elected to replace the Johnson Road Bridge east of Prentice. The bridge has been closed for 6 years due to rot of the structure. Morgan County Engineer Matt Coultas explained the project at the June 22nd […]