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Jacksonville Police Department plans upgrades with major savings

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The City of Jacksonville got some good budgetary news at last night’s city council meeting. Police Chief Adam Mefford came to the council to discuss a major grant from the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board. That grant is for $45,000 to upgrade the force’s vehicle cameras. The initial grant alone would be a major boon for the city, but it also leads to other cost savings as well.

Body and vehicle cameras are an important tool for police accountability. Having a video record helps protect both the public and officers. But implementing these systems is expensive. There are obvious upfront costs for the cameras themselves. Yet the real costs come from storing the footage. Every officer has multiple hours of footage per day, every day. This footage must be secure and accessible for years into the future. The storage systems that can handle this are expensive.

This is where the grant really saves the city money. Mefford said that the new grant will allow for the purchase of a new server for these cameras. However, this server is compatible with other planned improvement projects for the interview rooms at the station. By having one server for both jobs, the cost of the second project is tens of thousands of dollars lower. So not only does the grant free up the funds to make the other planned improvement project possible, it also makes the project much cheaper. This translates into thousands of dollars in savings for the taxpayers in Jacksonville.

The one catch is that the deadline for the grant is quickly approaching. Given the obvious benefits to the city, the council had no issue giving Mefford permission to ensure he was able to receive the grant.

In other city business, the Heritage Cultural Center account was closed and the funds were transferred to their new account. The Cultural Center never operated with city funds, but it did use the city’s tax ID code. Now that they have their own code, the city no longer needs to hold their money. There were no substantive changes to the funds or the center.

Senior strategist, statehouse reporter and political correspondent for Springfield Daily. Graduate of District 117 and UIS. Thomas covers stories in both Morgan and Sangamon Counties, as well as statewide politics.

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SJ-R writers march for a contract

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2007 was the year President George W. Bush sent the “surge” of troops to Iraq, the iPhone was released, and the subprime mortgage bubble popped. It was also when writers at the State Journal-Register (SJR) last got a raise. Even after forming a union in 2012, the newsroom writers are still fighting to get their first contract with GateHouse Media. GateHouse Media is part of the New Media Investment Group, which acquired the SJR in 2007. They are based in Fairport, New York,

Today, members of the local United Media Guild marched to demand a labor contract. Those negotiations are ongoing in St. Louis, and have made some progress. A deal struck last year will guarantee a one percent raise in September of this year, and a 1.75 percent raise in October of next year. The marchers were joined by members of other local labor unions including AFSCME.

The local United Media Guild is part of The NewsGuild-CWA which represents 25,000 journalists and media workers across the nation.

You can see our interviews with Union representatives in the video player above, and watch some of the march in the player below.

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LIVE | Village of Chatham, IL Board Meeting – May 22nd, 2018

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LIVE | Village of Chatham, IL Board Meeting – May 22nd, 2018

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Boys & Girls Club unveils new playground

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The Boys & Girls Club of Central Illinois has undergone a major facilities improvement thanks to the “Renovation Across the Nation” grant from Lowe’s. This $50,000 grant allowed the Club not just to add a new playground, but also fix the parking lot, HVAC system, and women’s restroom.

While Lowe’s provided the money, that funding went further because of all of the manpower provided by other local businesses and labor organizations. Playground equipment is expensive just to purchase, and installing it is another set of costs as well. Support from Siciliano Construction, Bunn, Equipment Operator’s Local 965, Prather-Tucker Architects, and Carpenter’s Local 270 was a huge multiplier for the grant dollars.

You can watch the full unveiling in the player, courtesy of the Boys and Girls Club. You can learn more about them on the Facebook page or their website.

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