A search by federal agents of a cabin owned by an Illinois judge turned up drugs, guns and ammunition. The search of former Judge Mike Cook's Pike County hunting cabin came two months after Associate Judge Joe Christ died last year of a cocaine overdose in the cabin's bathroom. Cook was in custody at the time of the search.
Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville could soon be affiliated with Memorial Health System, which already oversees hospitals in Springfield, Taylorville and Lincoln. The Passavant Board has agreed to partner with Memorial, pending regulatory approval.
A priest who formerly served at a Jacksonville church is under investigation for sexual misconduct. The Springfield Diocese issued a statement saying the Reverend Robert "Bud" DeGrand has temporarily withdrawn from the ministry. He most recently was involved with parishes in east central Illinois in Sigel, Neoga, Green Creek and Lillyville.
D.L. Dennis set out to write a book about a century old chapter in his family's history as well as the history of one west central Illinois town. The Witwer Files follows his grandfather's time as marshal in the Greene County community of Hillview. In 1915, Witwer shot and a killed a man and was brought up on charges of murder. He was eventually acquitted.
On Thursday morning, a unique barn near Carrollton will begin a trip to a new location where it will be preserved for decades to come. The plan to move the Fry Octagonal Barn, rather than see it torn down, is the result of cooperation between the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Illinois Housing Development Authority.
Crews have finished demolishing an historic hotel in Quincy that was gutted by fire. Demolition of the Newcomb Hotel has ended and The Quincy Herald-Whig reports (http://bit.ly/1b6yb0e) streets in Quincy should reopen Wednesday. Dozens of firefighters battled the blaze that broke out late Friday. The hotel first opened in 1888 but has been empty for years. The city plans to put up a 6-foot fence around the building to keep people away from the debris. Removal of debris isn't expected to start for more than a month. The city must solicit bids for cleanup.
The grandmother of a 7-year-old who survived an April shooting in central Illinois that left several members of her family dead says the girl is adjusting to life. Kassidy Ralston now lives with her grandparents in Greene County. Grandma Pam Ralston says Kassidy is adjusting ``amazingly well.'' Ralston tells The State Journal-Register that the family is getting a lot of support.
Mark McDonald estimates he has done 900 episodes of "Illinois Stories". McDonald travels throughout the area to bring interesting people to the screen on public television stations WSEC/WQEC/WMEC. A veteran TV journalist, his conversational style allows viewers to learn about places and individuals who might live right down the street.
Regulators have signed off on a new transmission line that'd cut through central Illinois. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports (http://bit.ly/15024Oj ) the Illinois Commerce Commission approved all but 30 miles of Ameren's Illinois Rivers Project during a meeting Tuesday. The $1 billion, 380-mile transmission line would run through 19 counties, traveling from Quincy to the Indiana border. It'd affect about 8,400 landowners.
Beardstown is home to the only courtroom where Abraham Lincoln practiced that is still hearing cases. And today that historic site gets a bit high tech. Touch screen monitors have been installed that will allow tourists to learn more about the site. Connie Foley, with the Old Lincoln Courtroom and Museum Commission tells how the effort began...
This week, the WUIS Harvest Desk has been bringing you the series “Changing Lands, Changing Hands,” a series of stories examining the implications of an unrelenting trend: The American farmer is getting older. Our reporting team has been considering the nuances of this demographic shift that affects not just rural America but the power and potential of an entire industry. The latest segment takes us to west central Illinois:
It’s hard not to use the phrase “quintessential small town” when you describe Pittsfield, Ill.
The Morgan County Coroner says a mother and her two young sons were the victims of a fatal fire early Thursday morning. 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. The family's mobile home caught fire around 1 am Thursday. Neighbors placed the 911 call, and area firefighters say they arrived to find the residence fully engulfed in flames. A cause of the fire has not yet been determined. The state fire marshal has been called to investigate.
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.