Jacksonville http://wuis.org en Durbin Talks FutureGen With Energy Secretary http://wuis.org/post/durbin-talks-futuregen-energy-secretary <p>U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he met with Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz to discuss the FutureGen clean-coal project. &nbsp;</p><p>Durbin said in a news release that he met with Moniz on Wednesday to discuss the department's commitment to the long-planned public-private project. Durbin said he stressed the importance he sees in keeping it on track. &nbsp;</p><p>The department is providing $1 billion to the $1.68 billion project. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 11:16:15 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 24180 at http://wuis.org Durbin Talks FutureGen With Energy Secretary EPA Seeks Public Input on FutureGen in West Central Ill. http://wuis.org/post/epa-seeks-public-input-futuregen-west-central-ill <p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting public comments on a plan to inject carbon dioxide beneath west central Illinois.</p><p>FutureGen Industrial Alliance wants to capture carbon dioxide from a coal-burning power plant in the Morgan County village of Meredosia, then inject it into underground wells near Jacksonville, about 20 miles to the east. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:17:53 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 22040 at http://wuis.org EPA Seeks Public Input on FutureGen in West Central Ill. Memorial's Ed Curtis On Passavant Partnership http://wuis.org/post/memorials-ed-curtis-passavant-partnership <p>Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville could soon be affiliated with Memorial Health System, which already oversees hospitals in Springfield, Taylorville and Lincoln.<br />The Passavant Board has agreed to partner with Memorial, pending regulatory approval.<br /> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 17:06:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 16266 at http://wuis.org Memorial's Ed Curtis On Passavant Partnership Springfield Hospital Acquiring Passavant In Jacksonville http://wuis.org/post/springfield-hospital-acquiring-passavant-jacksonville <p>Jacksonville's Passavant Area Hospital is going to become part of Memorial Health System.&nbsp;&nbsp; It will become the fourth hospital to go under the Memorial umbrella.&nbsp;&nbsp; A joint news release says the two organizations have signed an affiliation agreement.&nbsp; It still needs regulatory approval.</p><p>Passavant is a 93 bed hospital with about 900&nbsp; full and part time workers.<br />Memorial's three hospitals have more than 500 beds. It employs more than 5,700.</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 12:24:36 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 16200 at http://wuis.org Springfield Hospital Acquiring Passavant In Jacksonville Former Jacksonville Priest Under Investigation For Abuse http://wuis.org/post/former-jacksonville-priest-under-investigation-abuse <p>A priest who formerly served at a Jacksonville church is under investigation for sexual misconduct.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Springfield Diocese issued a statement saying the Reverend Robert "Bud" DeGrand has temporarily withdrawn from the ministry.&nbsp;&nbsp; He most recently was involved with parishes in east central Illinois in Sigel, Neoga, Green Creek and Lillyville.<br> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 20:49:26 +0000 Sean Crawford 9250 at http://wuis.org Former Jacksonville Priest Under Investigation For Abuse Mother, Two Sons Killed In Mobile Home Fire http://wuis.org/post/mother-two-sons-killed-mobile-home-fire <div>The Morgan County Coroner says a mother and her two young sons were the victims of a fatal fire early Thursday morning.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Coroner Jeff Lair says smoke inhalation is blamed for the deaths of Kayla Perry and her two sons, 4-year-old Christopher and 7-year-old Joshua.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The family's mobile home caught fire around 1 am Thursday. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 17:57:16 +0000 Associated Press 4901 at http://wuis.org Remembering Jacksonville's Civil War Hero http://wuis.org/post/remembering-jacksonvilles-civil-war-hero <p>Before Gen. Benjamin Grierson won acclaim for his <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grierson%27s_Raid">tactical raid</a> that helped the Union forces take Vicksburg.&nbsp; But before then, he was a music teacher in Jacksonville.&nbsp; This weekend, the community’s annual event to honor Grierson takes place.&nbsp;&nbsp; Plenty of free events that tie history and entertainment together are part of <a href="http://www.griersonsociety.com/">Grierson Days.</a></p><p>Ron Gray coordinates the festival:</p><p></p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 14:33:18 +0000 Sean Crawford 4209 at http://wuis.org Remembering Jacksonville's Civil War Hero Wetsuits http://wuis.org/post/wetsuits <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; text-align: -webkit-center;">“Wetsuits</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; text-align: -webkit-center;">&nbsp;are the best clothes for picking up chicks!” asserted Ben, the awkward, lanky dive master. After some skeptical scoffs from the assembled scuba divers before him, he proceeded to explain: If you have a body worth showing off, leave the wetsuit unzipped. If not, get a sufficiently thick suit that covers things up nicely, zip it up, and you’ll be looking like a superhero.</span></p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 13:45:00 +0000 Jacob Roth 15306 at http://wuis.org Wetsuits