IL House GOP Call For Repeal of Safe-T Act

By Benjamin Cox on January 21, 2022 at 7:18am

Illinois House Republicans are seeking to repeal last year’s criminal justice and police reform bill known as the SAFE-T Act. The act included several changes that included ending the cash bail system and addressing police misconduct. 47th District State Representative Deanne Mazzochi of Westmont says that since the passage of the bill, crime has skyrocketed […]

State Board of Elections Removes Interim Tag From Matthews As Executive Director

By Benjamin Cox on January 20, 2022 at 4:26pm

The Illinois State Board of Elections has named a new Executive Director. WICS Newschannel 20 reports that interim executive director Bernadette Matthews will now become official in her post after a unanimous vote at the State Board’s Wednesday business meeting. Matthews was named the interim director in April 2021 after the resignation of Steve Sandvoss. […]

Morgan County Treasurer Resigns

By Jeremy Coumbes on January 20, 2022 at 4:19pm

Morgan County will now be seeking a new Treasurer after Treasurer Kim Mitchell announced her resignation late this afternoon. In a letter addressed to friends and citizens of Morgan County, Mitchell says she feels blessed to have been able to serve Morgan County as Treasurer over the last 17 months. Mitchell says she and her […]

Fire Damages Exterior of Jacksonville Home

By Jeremy Coumbes on January 20, 2022 at 4:03pm

No one was injured when a fire broke out next to a home in Jacksonville this afternoon. At approximately 2:00 pm, Jacksonville Fire Department personnel responded to a call of a fire on the outside of a home located at 319 North Westgate. The fire appeared to have started in or near a trashcan next […]

Tracy Announces Re-Election in New IL-47 Senate District

By Benjamin Cox on January 20, 2022 at 3:39pm

Quincy Republican State Senator Jil Tracy announced her plans to run for re-election in the newly drawn 47th Senate District yesterday. The new district encompasses all or portions of Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Morgan, Pike, Schuyler, and Scott counties. Some of it will be new territory for Tracy, whose district got […]

Flags At Half Staff Around State Through Saturday To Honor Fallen DCFS Worker

By Benjamin Cox on January 20, 2022 at 3:37pm

Flags around the state are flying at half staff for a DCFS who was slain in the line of duty. Governor J.B. Pritzker announced late yesterday that flags will will be at half staff at all state facilities from sunrise today until sunset on Saturday in honor of fallen DCFS employee Deidre Silas. Silas, a […]

Possible Settlement May Be Coming in Western IL Correctional Facility Beating Case

By Benjamin Cox on January 20, 2022 at 3:24pm

A trial for two Western Illinois Correctional Facility guards facing conspiracy and deprivation of civil rights charges in the beating of an inmate had their jury trial pushed back to March early this month due to issues with COVID-19. A prosecuting attorney in the case says a possible resolution of the case might come sooner […]

Driver Service Facilities to Reopen Next Week

By Jeremy Coumbes on January 20, 2022 at 3:12pm

Driver Service facilities around the state will reopen to the public soon. Secretary of State Jesse White announced today that with an abundance of caution, all Secretary of State departments, including Driver Services facilities, will resume conducting in-person transactions on Monday, Jan. 24, with facilities operating a Tuesday through Saturday schedule like Jacksonville, set to […]

Greene Co. May Have State MFT Funds Cut Off

By Benjamin Cox on January 20, 2022 at 2:46pm

Greene County may have its Motor Fuel Tax Funds placed on hold unless they can hire a county engineer. The Greene Prairie Press reports that the Greene County Board received a letter of final notice from the Illinois Department of Transportation on December 13th that they have until March 25th to hire a county engineer […]

Simmons Cancer Institute Accepting Applications for Internships

By Jeremy Coumbes on January 20, 2022 at 11:25am

Applications for the 2022 summer lab internships at the Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine are being accepted now through March 7th. According to this morning’s announcement, four positions will be awarded on a competitive basis to qualified undergraduate college students who plan a career in medicine or research […]