Cass and Sangamon Among 11 Counties at Warning Level for COVID-19

By Jeremy Coumbes on July 31, 2020 at 2:25pm

Two counties neighboring Morgan County have reached warning level status for COVID-19. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 11 counties in Illinois are considered to be at a warning level including Cass and Sangamon Counties. According to the IDPH, a county enters a warning level when it experiences an increase in two […]

Passavant Tribute Garden Closed for Remodeling

By Jeremy Coumbes on July 31, 2020 at 9:56am

The Tribute Garden at Passavant Area Hospital will be closed for the next 10 months to allow for the construction of a new stairwell. Hospital officials say elements of the garden, such as the pergola, sundial, sculpture, fountain and benches, will be placed in storage and reinstalled when the garden reopens in April 2021. The […]

House Legislation Filed to Remove Madigan from Office

By Jeremy Coumbes on July 31, 2020 at 9:42am

Illinois’ Speaker of the House may not be his position much longer, according to legislation filed Thursday. House Republican Leader Jim Durkin filed House Resolution 885 yesterday, stating members of the House of Representatives have no confidence that longtime Speaker of the House Michael J. Madigan can continue in the role. 100 District Representative C.D. […]

Sampley Sentenced to 100 Years in DHS For 2018 Slaying

By Benjamin Cox on July 30, 2020 at 6:06pm

A rural Pittsfield man was sentenced in Pike County Court yesterday to 100 years in the Illinois Department of Human Services. 65 year old David M. Sampley was found not guilty by reason of insanity on June 6th in Pike County Court by Judge Frank McCartney in the 2018 strangling death of 61 year old […]

18 New Cases Confirmed in Morgan, Including 12 at Long Term Care Facility, Cass and Scott Also See New Cases

By Jeremy Coumbes on July 30, 2020 at 5:03pm

The Morgan County Health Department has received confirmation of eighteen additional cases of COVID-19. The 183rd through 187th cases are one male in his teens, one female in her 20’s, one male in his 30’s, one female in her 50’s, and one male in his 20’s. All are isolated at home. The 188th through 200th […]

Two Employees Test Positive for COVID-19 at Jacksonville Walmart

By Jeremy Coumbes on July 30, 2020 at 4:56pm

The Morgan County Health Department has learned of an outbreak of COVID-19 linked to the Wal-Mart in Jacksonville, IL. Two employees have tested positive for COVID-19. Health Department officials are encouraging symptomatic individuals who visited this retailer on July 21, 23, 25 or 26th to seek testing for COVID-19 immediately. Common symptoms experienced by the […]

City Council to Hold Special Meeting to Decide Fate of Broadband Proposal

By Jeremy Coumbes on July 30, 2020 at 2:58pm

Jacksonville Mayor Andy Ezard will has called for a special meeting of the city council in an effort to take the next step toward providing broadband service to all residents. Ezard said during a phone interview on What’s On Your Mind Wednesday, that in working with area residents, council members, and organizations like the Jacksonville […]

IML Sues State Board of Elections Over Election Day Holiday

By Benjamin Cox on July 30, 2020 at 10:10am

The Illinois Municipal League has filed a lawsuit in Sangamon County Court about Election Day being declared a state holiday. The lawsuit questions if a bill passed by the General Assembly in May that made various changes to elections this year due to COVID-19 effects local units of government. The lawsuit contends that the bill […]

Routt Hires 3 New Teachers

By Benjamin Cox on July 30, 2020 at 9:41am

Two former MacMurray College professors and a seasoned Carrollton St. John’s educator have joined the Routt Catholic High School faculty and staff. In an announcement today, Routt announced the hiring of former MacMurray College professors Dr. Jeannie Zeck and Margaret Stinson. Zeck has been hired to teach English III, Honors English III, and English IV […]

Davis Asks For Expedited Maintenance At LaGrange Lock Ahead of Fall Harvest

By Benjamin Cox on July 30, 2020 at 9:40am

13th District Congressman Rodney Davis is asking the Army Corps of Engineers to speed up renovations at the La Grange Lock & Dam ahead of the fall harvest season. Davis and a bipartisan group of lawmakers from the Illinois delegation on Monday sent a letter to Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. […]