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Hancock County Sheriff's Office

A now former employee of the Hancock County Jail is in custody. The Illinois State Police on Friday arrested Cory Hamelton, 35, of Carthage and charged him with Custodial Sexual Misconduct.

Severe Teacher Shortage in Western Illinois

Sep 13, 2018
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Even though the new school year is underway, many school districts in the region are still trying to hire teachers. Regional Superintendent of Education John Meixner said almost every district downstate has struggled to fill vacant teaching positions.

Hancock County State's Attorney's Office

Jason Pohren was 39.  He became state's attorney in December, 2014.  

The April 4th ballot in Hancock County includes a referendum asking residents to aprove creation of a 1% sales tax to fund school facility needs. The tax could generate more than $700,000 annually.

Hancock County Board's Compliance In Question

May 26, 2015
Hancock County EMS Facebook Page

The Hancock County Board has received notice of potentially illegal activity surrounding recent construction work.  State's Attorney Jason Pohren wrote a letter about the nearly $40,000 worth of electrical and plumbing repairs made to the ambulance barn this year.

Rich Egger

After two decades in advertising, Phil Brevick of Hamilton decided it was time to pursue a career in art.  Now, about five years later, Brevick's paintings are featured in his first solo show.

Hancock County Students Get Business Crash Course

May 19, 2015
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Some high school students in Hancock County will spend next school year learning how to start and run a business. About 20 juniors and seniors have been accepted into the first class of the CEO program.

Courtesy of Sara Boeckelman

The National Weather Service reported Macomb received 2.98 inches of rain in about two hours Monday evening. Streets flooded as the city's storm water system struggled to keep pace.

City of Hamilton

A non-binding referendum on the April ballot will ask voters whether to increase the city’s utility tax. The extra revenue would go toward road repairs and help replace diminishing state funding.

TSPR'S Rich Egger

Teenagers accused of breaking the law in Hancock County might be able to have their record wiped clean.

Jason Parrott

Hancock County Coroner Kendall Beals said an autopsy shows the father of Sheriff Scott Bentzinger died of a heart attack.

Hancock County Plans Future

Sep 17, 2014

The Hancock County Board has approved a new comprehensive plan.

Upcoming Fundraiser for Prairie Land Conservancy

Aug 15, 2014
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The Prairie Land Conservancy strives to protect habitat and natural areas in west central Illinois. The organization wants to include more people in its efforts.

Drivers Are Encouraged To Watch Out For Students

Aug 14, 2014
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With school getting underway, drivers are being encouraged to be on the look-out for students.

Illinois DNR Suspends Late Deer Hunting Season

Jul 30, 2014
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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is dropping the late winter antlerless-only deer season in 20 counties, including Adams and Hancock.

Memory Care Facility Coming to Hancock County

Jul 28, 2014
Hickory Grove Supportive Living Facility

A new memory care facility will be built in Carthage.  It will feature 20 studio apartments that have access to shared kitchen, living room and dining space.

CEO Class Coming to Hancock County High Schools

Jul 2, 2014
TSPR's Emily Boyer

In an effort to grow business, Hancock County is targeting some of its younger residents.

Hancock County to Host Smithsonian Exhibit

Jun 9, 2014
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A national museum exhibit "Hometown Teams" is coming to Hancock County this year. It focuses on how sports have shaped America. 

Rich Egger

One of the goals for the head of economic development in Hancock County is to get all of the communities on the same page.

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As preventable diseases make a comeback, Illinois is increasing immunization requirements for schools.

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The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department said it arrested eight people early Friday as part of ongoing investigations into the manufacture of methamphetamine in the county.

Hancock County Surveys Residents

Mar 3, 2014
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Residents in Hancock County are being solicited for their opinion in a regional survey.

Authorities say Hancock County State’s Attorney Jim Drozdz is dead after a traffic accident in Georgia.

Hancock County to Ask for Tax Hike

Jul 30, 2012

The Hancock County Board will put a referendum before voters in November to raise the ambulance service property tax rate.

Voters will decide whether to leave the rate at 10 cents per $100 assessed valuation or to increase it to 25 cents.

Board Chairman David Walker says the county needs more than the current $655,000 it pays to support the district

He says, “The way costs of providing the personnel and the machinery to provide a worthwhile ambulance service (are going) we're going to need more funding, because the funding we have is close to inadequate.”

AMT Makes Offer for Hancock County Service

Jun 15, 2012

The Hancock County Board is still weighing its options to improve ambulance service. The county is under a ”plan of corrections” to address lapses by ambulance crew members.

One option is to hire an outside firm to run the service.

Hancock County Ambulance Crew Mistakes Continue

Jun 5, 2012

Ambulance crews in Hancock County are still suffering too many mistakes  despite operating under a “Plan of Corrections” for months to address them.

The Blessing Hospital EMS Director says that must stop.

Dr. Kelly Cox oversees ambulance services in Hancock, Adams, Brown and Pike counties. He has considerable latitude under state law to remedy the situation. He can suspend the licenses of EMTs who are not doing the job well. He could even suspend the county-wide service. He could also suggest the Illinois Department of Public Health issue fines.

Hancock County Might Hire Ambulance Consultant

May 23, 2012

The Hancock County Board is looking at options including hiring a consultant to solve problems with ambulance service.

The county is under a “Plan of Correction” to fix a number of deficiencies. The county could be fined by the Illinois Department of Public Health if they are not corrected soon.

One of the biggest problems is that some crews are not doing a “rig check” to make sure their ambulances have all the supplies and gear they might need on a call.

Hancock County Seeks Grant for Comprehensive Plan

Apr 19, 2012
TSPR'S Rich Egger

Hancock County is applying for a $125,000 grant to write a comprehensive plan. The federal government set the money aside for 41 counties in Illinois that were declared disaster areas after the flood of 2008.

The state Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is administering the $6 million grant pool.

The Western Illinois Regional Council is writing the grant application at no cost. Executive Director Suzan Nash said the plan would dovetail with recent efforts to spur the county's economy.

The Hancock County Economic Development Committee has formed three task forces composed of 25 volunteers each.

They are looking for ways to encourage future economic development in the county.

An initial meeting of selected three priorities; job creation, vocational training and entrepreneurship and encouraging residents to shop at local businesses. Each task force will hold an initial meeting in the next few weeks. They will then meet on a quarterly basis.

Hog Farm Permit will be Delayed

Mar 5, 2012

The Illinois Department of Agriculture is holding up a proposed large-scale hog farm in northeast Hancock County.

Junction Acres would be home to up to 18,000 pigs a year. It would be built near LaCrosse.

The deadline for the permit was March 3rd. The department instead requested the construction plans and the animal waste-handling plan.

Walter Goetsch is the Ag Department's Bureau Chief of Environmental Programs. He said the information is often not part of the original notice of intent to construct.

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