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Journal Courier | February 23, 2019
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — These Illinois lotteries were drawn Friday: LuckyDay Lotto Midday 06-21-25-26-38 Pick Three-Midday 3-7-1, Fireball: 2 Pick Three-Evening 4-8-6, Fireball: 2 Pick Four-Midday 8-2-2-4, Fireball: 5 Pick Four-Evening 5-1-1-3, Fireball: 5 Lucky Day Lotto 12-17-30-39-40 Me...
Journal Courier | February 23, 2019
CHICAGO — R. Kelly, the R&B star who has been trailed for decades by allegations that he violated underage girls and women and held some as virtual slaves, was charged Friday with aggravated sexual abuse involving four victims, including at least three between the ages of 13 and 17. In a brief ap...
Journal Courier | February 23, 2019
More than 75 percent of the people who received gun license revocations last year in Illinois ignored the notices, Illinois State Police said. State police issued a report late Thursday in response to questions about the gunman who fatally shot five co-workers at a suburban Chicago warehouse last w...
Journal Courier | February 23, 2019
Man accused of assaulting officer A Jacksonville man was arrested Thursday on a charge of aggravated battery of a police officer after police say he resisted being placed in a holding cell. After receiving a call about multiple disturbances at downtown Jacksonville bars about 8:33 p.m. Thursday, ...
Journal Courier | February 23, 2019
The Rev. Augustus Tolton’s life, full of faith and perseverance in the face of prejudice, could soon be held up by the Catholic church as one of heroic virtue. Born into slavery in 1854, Tolton and his family fled in 1862, crossing the Mississippi River into Illinois and settling in Quincy. Tolto...
Journal Courier | February 23, 2019
A lady slipper orchid opens for visitors to Washington Park Botanical Garden in Springfield. It was among flowers displayed by the Prairie State Orchid Society.
Journal Courier | February 22, 2019
Jacksonville School District 117 is cancelling school improvement days for the rest of the school year. The school district said the four remaining school improvement days, which are normally half days, will half regular dismissal times. The decision is a result of the number of emergency days the ...
Journal Courier | February 22, 2019
Meredosia’s police chief has resigned before his appearance in court, where he faces charges of domestic battery and aggravated assault. A letter of resignation by Police Chief Curtis Williams, 48, of rural Chambersburg was circulated during a special village board meeting Thursday and was accept...
Journal Courier | February 22, 2019
FIELDON — Two Fieldon men have been arrested after a woman said she was bound with duct tape and held against her will at gunpoint in a rural Fieldon residence. Dennis R. Perkinson, 50, and Dray A. Perkinson, 31, both of Fieldon, were arrested by Jersey County sheriff’s deputies. Dennis Perkins...
Journal Courier | February 22, 2019
A Jacksonville man was arrested Thursday on a charge of aggravated battery of a police officer after police say he resisted being placed in a holding cell. After receiving a call about multiple disturbances at downtown Jacksonville bars about 8:33 p.m. Thursday, Corey J. Walker, 38, of 1300 Lincoln...
Journal Courier | February 22, 2019
Kentucky’s public employee pension system, $39 billion in the red, is among the worst-funded retirement plans in the country and has vexed lawmakers for years as they sought a solution. Now some lawmakers think they’ve found at least a partial fix: sports gambling. Several bills introduced thi...
Journal Courier | February 22, 2019
Jacksonville Police ARRESTS, CITATIONS • Albie J. Underwood, 22, of 4 Clarke Drive was booked into the Morgan County jail at 10:17 p.m. Wednesday on a charge of resisting a peace officer. • Anthony M. Davidson, 20, of 919 S. Clay St. was booked into the Morgan County jail at 3:58 a.m. Thursda...
Journal Courier | February 22, 2019
Criminal prosecutors are looking over a recent Supreme Court decision on civil forfeiture to determine how it might impact both future and past cases of asset seizure. A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling handed down could have a major impact on seizure of property by police and the courts. Madis...
Journal Courier | February 22, 2019
The six Catholic bishops in the state are warning against proposed changes to the state’s abortion laws. When Gov. J.B. Pritzker took office, he said he wanted to make Illinois “the most progressive state in the nation when it comes to guaranteeing women’s reproductive rights.” Several Demo...
Journal Courier | February 22, 2019
Demolition of a vacant nursing home has begun in preparation for development of 23 affordable senior housing units that will be known as Prairie Estates. The townhomes at 1320 Tendick St. will fill a need for affordable senior housing that the Morgan County Housing Authority has seen over the years...
Journal Courier | February 22, 2019
Two new majors will be available this fall to MacMurray College students. The college announced Thursday that it now will offer a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education. The move comes years after the college dropped a chemistry minor because ...
Journal Courier | February 22, 2019
Flower shoots start to make their way through the wintry soil in South Jacksonville.
Journal Courier | February 21, 2019
Snoop Dogg will headline the 2019 Illinois State Fair. Snoop Dogg and Friends joins the list of grandstand acts announced earlier this month, Pentatonix and Dan + Shay. The 20-time Grammy nominated rapper has sold more than 35 million albums. Snoop Dogg’s most recent album, “Snoop Dogg Present...
Journal Courier | February 21, 2019
New Gov. J.B. Pritzker proposed a budget Wednesday that relies partly on tax revenues from two industries that currently aren’t even legal in the state, which is saddled with billions of dollars in pension obligations and other debts. Pritzker’s $39 billion proposal includes more than $1 billio...
Journal Courier | February 21, 2019
Every day, many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into surrounding streams and ponds without being treated, The Associated Press has found. That torrent is poisoning aquatic life and tai...
Journal Courier | February 21, 2019
All elected officials in Illinois would be required to wear body cameras while conducting public business if a bill sponsored by state Rep. John Cabello becomes law. The intent of the bill by the Machesney Park Republican is to reduce corruption at the state and local levels, but Cabello acknowledg...
Journal Courier | February 21, 2019
The Jacksonville District 117 school board approved the purchase of a refurbished scoreboard from Digital Scoreboard for Kraushaar-Rosenberger Field after the old board stopped working towards the end of the 2018 football season. The board approved the purchase of the scoreboard Wednesday for $144,...
Journal Courier | February 21, 2019
Gov. J.B. Pritzker delievered his first budget address Wednesday and people on the streets of Jacksonville weighed in on what their top priorities would be if they were sitting at the governor’s desk. In light of Illinois’ financial concerns, their priorities ranged from marijuana legalization t...
Journal Courier | February 21, 2019
VIRGINIA — Much of Barry Cloyd’s history is rooted in music and much of the singer-songwriter’s music is rooted in history. One result of that infinity loop will be on display at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, when Cloyd performs his original history-music program “Our Land Between the Rivers: Illinois ...
Journal Courier | February 21, 2019
CHICAGO — Lawyers for the white Chicago police officer convicted of murder for fatally shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald say prosecutors have no right to challenge his nearly 7-year prison term. Attorneys for Jason Van Dyke made the arguments in a filing Monday with the Illinois Supreme Cou...
Journal Courier | February 21, 2019
No matter how much talent one has, developing a music career isn’t easy. Singer-songwriter Levi Tucker is hoping to make it just a bit easier for some central Illinois talent. “One of the things I struggled with when I started out” was marketing, Tucker said. “Learning to get better at wri...
Journal Courier | February 21, 2019
Morgan County Sheriff ARRESTS, CITATIONS • Bradley D. Mott, 32, of Goshen, Indiana was booked into the Morgan County jail at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday on charges of cannabis trafficking, manufacture/delivery of cannabis and possession of cannabis. Jacksonville Police ARRESTS, CITATIONS • Brandi ...
Journal Courier | February 21, 2019
A Springfield man has been apprehended in connection with the theft of a pickup truck that went missing in January. Joshua R. Baker, 33, of 1042 N. Franklin Ave. in Springfield, was arrested Wednesday on an Illinois Department of Corrections parole violation warrant, according to the Morgan County ...
Journal Courier | February 20, 2019
WINCHESTER — Winchester EMS is celebrating decades of service, even as it looks for additional funding and volunteers to continue that service for years to come. The area’s needs have grown while the number of people willing to volunteer has dropped, said Randy Dolen, Winchester EMS president. ...
Journal Courier | February 20, 2019
The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra held its annual Youth Concerts Tuesday. The ensemble performed twice at MacMurray College’s Annie Merner Chapel for hundreds of elementary school students.
Journal Courier | February 20, 2019
Gov. J.B. Pritzker has named six appointees for three state agencies. Grace Hou was appointed to be the next secretary of the Department of Human Services. Hou previously served as assistant secretary in the agency and is currently the president of Woods Fund Chicago. Colleen Callahan was appointe...
Journal Courier | February 20, 2019
Virginia school district is honored to be able to recognize Linda Brown as the Featured Teacher this month in partnership with the Journal-Courier. This year marks her 34th year as a member of the teaching staff at Virginia schools. During her tenure, she has taught junior high math for the majorit...
Journal Courier | February 20, 2019
Jacksonville Police BURGLARIES, THEFTS • A resident of the 300 block of West Lafayette Avenue said someone broke into a shed and removed property, according to a report filed at 6:18 p.m. Monday. • Some entered a residence in the 800 block of Hoagland Boulevard between 4:45 and 9:19 p.m. Mond...
Journal Courier | February 20, 2019
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield will join Former Chicago Blackhawks player Grant “Granny” Mulvey and other local hockey players in an exhibition game for charity. The game will take place at 7 p.m. today at the Nelson Center on 1601 N. Fifth St. in Springfield...
Journal Courier | February 20, 2019
The office of Gov. J.B. Pritzker released a transcript of his address to the Illinois General Assembly Wednesday. Pritzker spoke at the Illinois capitol building at noon on his budget proposal for the state. Below is the speech transcript: . Speaker Madigan, President Cullerton, Leader Durkin, Lea...
Journal Courier | February 20, 2019
Health officials are warning people to take precautions as the number of positive influenza cases at Passavant Area Hospital passes the 100 mark. As of Monday, Passavant has had 144 positive Influenza A tests since the beginning of February, said Sue Schleyhahn, manager of the hospital’s infectio...
Journal Courier | February 20, 2019
Snow geese make a stop at a farm pond northwest of Jacksonville on their northward journey.
Journal Courier | February 20, 2019
Passavant Area Hospital temporarily will close its in-patient and partial hospitalization behavioral health programs because the hospital has been unable to replace several staff members over the past two years. The programs stopped new patient admissions Tuesday, giving those already there a chanc...
Journal Courier | February 20, 2019
The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra put on its Youth Concerts on Tuesday for area students. Garrett Allman, the orchestra’s music director and conductor, said the Youth Concerts have been a way for the organization to give back to the community for around 30 years. Hundreds of elementary-school s...
Journal Courier | February 19, 2019
A winter weather advisory is in effect from 9 p.m. today until noon Wednesday. According to the National Weather Service, mixed precipitation is expected overnight. Snow is expected to start about 9 p.m. today and change over to ice and freezing rain in the early morning hours and then back to sno...
Journal Courier | February 19, 2019
Attorney General Kwame Raoul has joined a lawsuit led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra challenging President Trump’s declaration of national emergency to build a wall along the southern border. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, conte...
Journal Courier | February 19, 2019
The Jacksonville District 117 school board will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. today at the District Office at 211 W. State St. The regular meeting will be preceded by a Committee of the Whole meeting at 6 p.m. Among the items on the agenda are: • Discussion of an Early Years facility compar...
Journal Courier | February 19, 2019
The Triopia school board will meet in special session at 6 p.m. today in the library at 2204 Concord-Arenzville Road. The board will consider the appointment of a new member. The special meeting will be followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m. Among the items on the agenda are: • Consideration ...
Journal Courier | February 19, 2019
ASHLAND — The A-C Central school board will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. today at 501 W. Buchanan St. Among the items on the agenda re: • Action regarding personnel. • Discussion of the Illinois Empower Work Plan.
Journal Courier | February 19, 2019
WHITE HALL — The North Greene School District board will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. today in the board room at 250 E. Sherman St. Among the items on the agenda are: • Discussion of North Greene Junior-Senior High School work plan for school improvement for submission to the Illinois Sch...
Journal Courier | February 19, 2019
The Supreme Court is declining to get involved in the corruption case against former Illinois congressman Aaron Schock. The Republican resigned from Congress in 2015 amid scrutiny of his lavish spending. That included redecorating his Capitol Hill office in the style of the “Downton Abbey” TV s...
Journal Courier | February 19, 2019
Police: Woman hit, spat on cops in arrest A 34-year-old Jacksonville woman was arrested early Sunday morning on several charges after police say wrecked her vehicle and resisted arrest. Misty L. Gauges, 34, of 5 Havendale Court was booked into the Morgan County jail at 3:28 a.m. Sunday on charges...
Journal Courier | February 19, 2019
BEARDSTOWN — Someone in the Beardstown area is a quarter-million dollars richer. Just who could stay a mystery, though, because of a new law that allows lottery winners to remain anonymous. That is an about-face from years past. A bill sponsored by state Sen. Laura Murphy, D-Des Plaines, was si...
Journal Courier | February 19, 2019
Some restaurant owners are cautiously optimistic about changes to the food sanitation program ordinance that will eliminate scoring on inspection reports passed by the Morgan County Commission Board last week. The Morgan County Health Department will be changing some of its food inspection criteria...
Journal Courier | February 19, 2019
Dave Tonry (left), a certified registered nurse anesthetist at Passavant Area Hospital, and registered nurse Allie Long demonstrate a procedure known as tracheal intubation on a dummy Monday during Passavant’s Hands-on Health program that introduces different career options in the healthcare field...
Journal Courier | February 18, 2019
Summary of minutes Jacksonville City Council meeting Jan. 14, 2019 - Mayor Andy Ezard in the Council Chamber called the Jacksonville City Council Meeting to order at 6:35 p.m. The meeting was publicly announced by posting and by written notice to the local newspaper and radio stations. ROLL CAL...
Journal Courier | February 18, 2019
Summary of minutes Jacksonville City Council meeting Jan. 28, 2019 - Mayor Andy Ezard in the Council Chamber called the Jacksonville City Council Meeting to order at 6:32 p.m. The meeting was publicly announced by posting and by written notice to the local newspaper and radio stations. ROLL CAL...
Journal Courier | February 18, 2019
The sponsor of a bill that would create a pilot program to tax vehicles based on mileage plans to table the measure less than a week after it was filed in the House. Rep. Marcus C. Evans Jr., D-Chicago, told the Journal-Courier on Monday that he would not request that the bill be called for a vote ...
Journal Courier | February 18, 2019
The ground-breaking struggles of the Little Rock Nine remain symbolic of the fight for civil rights in post-war America. Many of those students later attended college in Illinois. Five members of the Nine sought higher education in the Land of Lincoln, including Elizabeth Eckford, who is depicted ...
Journal Courier | February 18, 2019
GRAFTON — A gondola shuttle service soon could take to the skies above this Jersey County community. Aerie’s Resort’s SkyTour coming to Grafton would make it one of the few of its kind in the Midwest; it is estimated to open to the public this spring. Grafton SkyTour Shuttle Service, owned a...
Journal Courier | February 18, 2019
The Meredosia-Chambersburg school district is to receive $300,000 bond money in March. David Pistorius representing First Midstate of Bloomington discussed bonds with the school board and said his company had sold the bonds to a bank. He said the transaction process of the bonds was almost complet...
Journal Courier | February 18, 2019
Representatives from Jacksonville- and Arenzville-based Burrus Seed will discuss genetically modified organisms in a presentation Tuesday at Illinois College. “GMO is not just particular to Illinois or the midwest. It relates to the whole world,” said Terry Denison, board member and program cha...
Journal Courier | February 18, 2019
Famous American poet William Cullen Bryant penned a depressing description of Jacksonville in 1832. “It is a horridly ugly village, composed of little shops and dwellings stuck close together around a dingy square, in the middle of which stands the ugliest of possible brick courthouses, with a sp...
Journal Courier | February 18, 2019
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The ecstatic sailor shown kissing a woman in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II died Sunday. George Mendonsa was 95. Mendonsa fell and had a seizure at the assisted living facility in Middletown, Rhode Island, where he lived with his wife of 70 years, his dau...
Journal Courier | February 18, 2019
Will this winter never end? Not this week, according to early forecasts from the National Weather Service. Freezing rain is expected in much of west-central Illinois starting Tuesday night. The weather service said it will initially be mixed with snow but change over to all freezing rain about 3 a...
Journal Courier | February 18, 2019
A 34-year-old Jacksonville woman was arrested early Sunday morning on several charges after police say wrecked her vehicle and resisted arrest. Misty L. Gauges, 34, of 5 Havendale Court was booked into the Morgan County jail at 3:28 a.m. Sunday on charges of aggravated battery, resisting a peace of...
Journal Courier | February 17, 2019
Anyone with information about these or other crimes can call the appropriate Crimestoppers number. Callers can be anonymous; a reward of as much as $1,000 will be paid for information leading to an arrest. — Crimestoppers of Morgan and Scott Counties Submit tips anonymously at tipsubmit.com, b...
Journal Courier | February 17, 2019
Jacksonville Police BURGLARIES, THEFTS • Property was taken from a home in the 200 block of Brighton Lane between 2 p.m. Thursday and the time it was reported, according to a report filed at 11:13 a.m. Saturday. South Jacksonville Police ARRESTS, CITATIONS • James B. Beavers, 58, of Newton...
Journal Courier | February 17, 2019
Democratic lawmakers, surrounded by a coalition of advocates, have announced plans to try to expand state reproductive rights. The effort would build on a law passed two years ago that allowed tax dollars to be spent on abortion procedures. Sens. Melinda Bush and Elgie Sims Jr., and Reps. Kelly Ca...
Journal Courier | February 17, 2019
A police officer who started spending time at Meredosia-Chambersburg schools after reports of bullying will be spending more time interacting with school children. Meredosia Mayor David Werries said he was contacted by school Superintendent Thad Walker about extending Police Officer Richard Pulling...
Journal Courier | February 17, 2019
BEARDSTOWN — Progress has been made toward the creation of a city ordinance that would set qualifications for a new city police chief. During a Police, Fire and Ambulance Committee meeting last week, committee members hashed out what they would like to see in a police chief as the search continue...
Journal Courier | February 17, 2019
Lauren Cullison practices tennis skills with the help of student athlete Sally Hixon at Saturday’s sports skills camp hosted by Illinois College. The camp, in its second year, is part of IC’s activities recognizing National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The day-long camp is open to girls in kin...
Journal Courier | February 17, 2019
Saturday’s sports skills camp, in its second year, is part of Illinois College’s activities recognizing National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The free, day-long camp is open to girls in kindergarten through eighth grade.
Journal Courier | February 17, 2019
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — June Davis Richardson was raising a family in St. Louis by the time Torsten Kjellstrand began making his regular trips to the Bootheel to photograph her parents. Kjellstrand was a master’s candidate at the Missouri School of Journalism in the early ’90s, and for his capsto...
Journal Courier | February 16, 2019
Morgan County Jacksonville Police ARRESTS, CITATIONS • Kyle N. Henderson, 30, of 2514 Arnold Road was booked into the Morgan County jail at 10:03 p.m. Thursday on charges of driving while license is revoked or suspended and driving an uninsured motor vehicle. • Akkya C. Brass, 25, of 1225 Li...
Journal Courier | February 16, 2019
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — These Illinois lotteries were drawn Friday: LuckyDay Lotto Midday 01-13-27-38-44 Pick Three-Midday 5-1-1, Fireball: 0 Pick Three-Evening 7-6-4, Fireball: 5 Pick Four-Midday 2-1-1-4, Fireball: 2 Pick Four-Evening 8-1-8-6, Fireball: 5 Lucky Day Lotto 03-04-11-19-34 Es...
Journal Courier | February 16, 2019
Fathers’ rights advocates are making another attempt this year to push for a change in Illinois family law that sparked immense controversy in 2018 — “equal parenting time” legislation. Rep. La Shawn Ford, D-Chicago, is the lead sponsor of a bill that would create a “rebuttable presumptio...
Journal Courier | February 16, 2019
Steve McClure already has spent a few weeks in his role as senator for Illinois’ 50th District, working to meet his district’s residents and establish goals for his term. In one of his first acts as senator, McClure, a 34-year-old Springfield Republican, voted against legislation that would inc...
Journal Courier | February 16, 2019
VIRGINIA — The city has hired a new police chief almost two months after the former chief resigned following his arrest on a driving under the influence charge. Virginia City Council this week appointed Bryce Kennedy to the position. Mayor Reg Brunk said Kennedy has worked for the department for...
Journal Courier | February 15, 2019
Illinois College has received a more than $600,000 grant for STEM students. The grant from the National Science Foundation’s Access to Early Research Opportunities in STEM will help fund 16 low-income, high-achieving IC students in undergraduate science, technology, engineering or mathematics pro...
Journal Courier | February 15, 2019
CHICAGO — Odds may still favor the eventual construction of former President Barack Obama’s $500 million museum and library in a public park along Chicago’s lakeshore, but it’s no longer a sure thing in the face of a formidable legal challenge by a parks advocacy group. U.S. District Judge ...
Journal Courier | February 15, 2019
Jacksonville School District 117 Superintendent Steve Ptacek is concerned some people think the school district is poised to see a windfall from a proposed clean energy project in the county. While the overall payout to schools from the Lincoln Land Wind project would be substantial, District 117 i...
Journal Courier | February 15, 2019
The wife of a Chicago police officer who was convicted of fatally shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald demanded on Thursday to know why her husband was transferred from an Illinois state prison where he was kept from harm to a federal prison in Connecticut where he was assaulted and where she fea...
Journal Courier | February 15, 2019
A gunman opened fire at a suburban Chicago industrial park Friday, killing five people and wounding five officers. Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman told reporters that the officers were fired upon Friday afternoon as soon as they entered the Henry Pratt Co. building in Aurora. Ziman says the gunm...
Journal Courier | February 15, 2019
Weather systems are expected to hit central Illinois with snow and wintry mix this weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for central Illinois that includes Morgan, Cass, Schuyler, Scott and Sangamon counties. Light snow is possible Friday afternoon and evenin...
Journal Courier | February 15, 2019
Payless ShoeSource will shutter its stores nationwide later this month when it files for bankruptcy, according to published reports. Reuters news agency is reporting Friday that Payless has not been able to find a buyer and will have a going-out-of-business sale next week. There are about 2,300 Pa...
Journal Courier | February 15, 2019
As the bill proposing a $15 minimum wage rocketed through the Illinois legislature in the first two weeks of the 2019 session, employers have been watching and waiting to see how the potential law would impact their businesses. Senate Bill 1 was passed Thursday by the House, 69-47, and is expected ...
Journal Courier | February 15, 2019
VIRGINIA — An $8.5 million expansion project at Sunrise FS in Virginia will improve efficiency and expand the available offerings. The move for Sunrise FS, a division of Growmark, comes after the purchasefrom Roger and Janet Strang of Virginia of 25 acres of land adjacent to the company’s origi...