For two decades Springfielders have celebrated Juneteenth. It's a holiday commemorated in most states. It marks the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865, which came two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.
Before Gen. Benjamin Grierson won acclaim for his tactical raid that helped the Union forces take Vicksburg. But before then, he was a music teacher in Jacksonville. This weekend, the community’s annual event to honor Grierson takes place. Plenty of free events that tie history and entertainment together are part of Grierson Days.
A series of public lectures in west central Illinois begins tomorrow night at the Kinderhook Lodge in Barry. The series will discuss the Underground Railroad, Civil War military service, emancipation and safe havens, like the nearby historic town of New Philadelphia.
Residents in the Springfield area can now sign up to have alerts about severe weather and other emergencies sent right to their phone.
The city received a $10,000 grant to set up the new system. The money comes through the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, which distributes federal funds to city and county governments for public safety programs and disaster preparedness tools.
Monday night's severe storms stopped the presses of the local newspaper in Hannibal, Missouri. A widespread power outage prevented the Hannibal Courier-Post from getting a print edition to readers. Reporters there, including Dominic Genetti, used the internet and social media to provide news updates on damage caused by 90 mile-an-hour winds. As Genetti told Peter Gray on Illinois Edition Tuesday, two funnel clouds were reportedly spotted just outside of town last night:
Springfield Mayor Mike Houston says he's gathering more information about events last month that triggered allegations that the city destroyed files sought in a Freedom of Information Act Request.
Attorneys for Springfield resident Calvin Christian say the police department violated a state public records retention law last month by destroying dozens of internal affairs files subject to a FOIA request filed by Christian.
The funerals for five people murdered last week in Manchester are over, but donations are still being sought to offset those costs.
The victims were five family members, including two small children. Services took place at the Mackey Daws Funeral Home in the town of Roodhouse. Justin Daws is the funeral director there. He says the burials also occurred this week – though payments have yet to be made. Daws says the area in west central Illinois is tight-knit and he will wait indefinitely for funds from the victim’s family to come in: