McEvers2x2Benton & Associates, Inc. is pleased to announce an anniversary milestone…

Benton & Associates, Inc. is pleased to announce Michael G. McEvers has reached the milestone of his 40th employment anniversary. Mr. McEvers is the only employee to reach the 40 year milestone besides Mr. Robert H. Benton, our founder. Mr. McEvers has worn many “hats” over the years including—project manager and/or supervising designer, estimator, construction observer, draftsman, and survey crew technician on numerous infrastructure projects.

Mr. McEvers has provided professional services to B&A clients during all phases of infrastructure projects. His project involvement has been from the beginning feasibility study to design phase and on through construction of subdivisions, local streets, highway and airport improvements for many of our clients.

As a project manager/designer, his experience includes design and construction engineering of Grant’s Meadow subdivision, Winchester Water Transmission Line, Pittsfield Airport Runway Extension, Meredosia Truck Access Road, Grant Street and Stacy Lane Improvements in Macomb, and US 67 Jerseyville Bypass.

Mr. McEvers attended Quincy Technical School, Quincy, Ill. Mike is certified in IDOT Documentation and pavement maintenance, highway engineering principles, and project management for Capital Development Board projects.

Mike currently resides in South Jacksonville, Ill., with his wife Brenda.

Benton & Associates, Inc. of Jacksonville, Ill,, is a Consulting Engineering Firm providing Civil Engineering and Land Surveying Services for both public and private clients in Illinois and Missouri. Services include: Environmental, Transportation, Land Development, and Structural Engineering.

Jacksonville Main Street’s City of Jacksonville celebration

Jacksonville Main Street invites you join us as we celebrate the City of Jacksonville and our beautiful downtown.

This one day celebration has many great events planned featuring food and craft vendors, free children’s play land, petting zoo, and inflatable games for all ages, including a hungry-hungry-hippo game. The day features historic trolley tours of Jacksonville, a community flag project, hamburger cook-off, beer and wine, all day musical entertainment plus our main stage evening entertainment, Two Way Crossing, a fitness competition, our new Jackpot raffle, a family outdoor movie showing The Good Dinosaur, and fireworks to finish off the excitement!

Please join us on May 14 in downtown Jacksonville from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Contact Kristen Jenkins for more information or visit our website at


Chelsea Verticchio, Environmental Services, starts the Tru-D Robot in an Emergency Department patient room

Chelsea Verticchio, Environmental Services, starts the Tru-D Robot in an Emergency Department patient room

Passavant Area Hospital adds Tru-D Smart UVC Disinfection Robot to cleaning team
Passavant Area Hospital has added a robot to its cleaning team aimed at protecting patients from serious hospital-acquired infections.

Passavant’s Environmental Services team is now using the Tru-D Smart UVC Disinfection Robot in the operating room suites and in other areas, such as isolation rooms, with the focus on proactively stopping the spread of C.diff (Clostridium difficle), MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus), Norovirus, and other hospital-acquired infections.

“We are committed to providing a safe and clean environment for patients and staff,” said Kerri Barton, Manager of Environmental Services. “Having Tru-D adds another layer of protection to ensure our hospital is germ-free.”

Once the Environmental Services staff cleans a room using traditional methods, the five-foot, five-inch Tru-D robot is brought in to complete the cleaning process. From outside the room, the Tru-D operator remotely activates the robot using an iPad. Operating from the middle of the room, the Tru-D sensors analyze the size, shape, and contents of the room, top to bottom, before delivering an automated single cycle of UVC light. The energy from the UVC light modifies the DNA structure of an infectious cell leaving the cell incapable of replicating or colonizing. The germicidal dose of UV light kills up to 99.9 percent of pathogens. UVC light is not visible to humans and does not travel through glass.

The Tru-D cleans a typical patient room in approximately 20-25 minutes, freeing up the Environmental Services staff for other tasks during the cleaning cycle. Once the cleaning cycle is complete, the Tru-D automatically shuts down and sends an audio signal to the operator that cleaning is complete.

“The Tru-D is just another way we’re working to keep our patients safe,” Kerri said. 


Pictured are (L-R) PTO President Michelle Douglas, Principal Kelly Zoellner, Jacksonville Rotary Club President Todd Evans, and Rotary-School liaison Linda Grojean. Douglas and Grojean presented Zoellner with checks to help fund the laminator.

Pictured are (L-R) PTO President Michelle Douglas, Principal Kelly Zoellner, Jacksonville Rotary Club President Todd Evans, and Rotary-School liaison Linda Grojean. Douglas and Grojean presented Zoellner with checks to help fund the laminator.

Jacksonville Rotary Club helps South Elementary

The Jacksonville Rotary Club recently helped South Jacksonville Elementary School purchase a much-needed laminating machine through an innovative partnership.  

According to Jacksonville Rotary Club President Todd Evans, the Club has a Business-Education Partnership with South Jacksonville Elementary School through the Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce.  Rotarian Linda Grojean, the Club’s liaison with the school, added: “We have a dedicated group of 11 Rotarians who each volunteer up to four hours per week at South School.  We serve as tutors, classroom assistants, reading buddies, and mentors, supporting students as they improve their reading and math skills, and helping the teachers as needed in their classrooms.” 

Evans said, “This winter we learned that the Central Illinois Community Blood Center offered grants of at least $250 to any group that donated 20 units of blood. The School asked for the Club’s help to win the money. So Rotarians, parents and other local blood donors turned out to meet donation goals during that blood drive in December and another in March, allowing the school to win incentive grants from the Central Illinois Community Blood Center totaling $540. The Jacksonville Rotary Club then donated an additional $1,000 to the school, matching a $1,000 donation from the South Jacksonville Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) to complete the funding needed to replace the school’s defunct laminator.”

In another aspect of the partnership, the Rotary Club presented every South Jacksonville Elementary School first grader with a “Four Way Test” coloring book and crayons, and presented every second grade student with four books in February. Evans, Tony Williams, Nancy Thorsen, and Penny Mitchell served as Rotarian guest readers as the second grade books were presented. The Club’s high school exchange student from Mexico assisted Evans in presenting a book about his home country, answering questions from the students about his home and his experiences during his year-long exchange program in the United States.

Rotarian Penny Mitchell, who applied to Rotary District 6460 for the grant that is funding the book program, said, “This Literacy Grant will also provide one book to each third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade student this year in an effort to encourage them to continue to build their personal library started with the books they received from Rotary in second grade. The Club has been able to conduct literacy projects at South School for several years with the help of grants from our Rotary District.”

Evans said the Rotary Club will also provide Staples gift cards for teachers to buy classroom supplies in April.  Evans thanked the South Jacksonville Parent-Teacher Organization for its contributions to the project, and recognized South School principal Kelly Zoellner and school liaison Susie Newman for their work on the project.

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