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SPRINGFIELD – Amid a new surge in COVID-19 cases, voters in Illinois and across the nation are shattering records for early voting.

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Nearly 7 million COVID-19 tests have been conducted in the state since the pandemic began, and Gov. JB Pritzker said in a news conference Wednesday, Oct. 21, that the state sent out its first shipment of a new test that will help increase that capacity.

Mount Vernon, IL – On Wednesday, October 21, 2020, the office of the Jefferson County State’s Attorney Sean Featherstun charged Misty D. Whipple, a 43-year-old female of Mount Vernon, IL, with one count of Aiding a Fugitive for her role in the September 6, 2020 murder of Kyle M. Johnson. Whi…

SPRINGFIELD — Some state lawmakers are looking to reform the cash bail system in Illinois, mainly by ending the use of money bonds as a factor in preventing a suspect’s release.

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WILMINGTON, Del. — President Donald Trump and his allies fought for momentum in election battleground states on Friday after a debate performance that gave new hope to anxious Republicans. Democrat Joe Biden tried to clean up a debate misstep while urging voters to stay focused on the presid…

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s and Democratic rival Joe Biden’s campaigns are assembling armies of powerful lawyers for the possibility that the race for the White House is decided not at the ballot box but in court.

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Democrat Joe Biden’s remark that he would “transition” away from oil in the U.S. in favor of renewable energy drew quick attention Thursday night from President Donald Trump, who saw it as a boon to his election chances in key states.

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The Effingham Public Library board this week was unable to vote on approving a tax levy for the second month in a row. The tax levy vote has been postponed because the city is still waiting on a key piece of information from the county.

The Effingham Police Department reported the following incidents. There were no injuries or citations unless otherwise reported.

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Area restaurants were hit hard, some more than others, when Gov. JB Pritzker issued the order in March for Illinois residents to stay home and closing “non-essential” businesses.

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday renewed his call for more federal aid for struggling state and local governments as well as small businesses, but talks in Washington may be stalled until after Election Day.

Today is Friday, Oct. 23, the 297th day of 2020. There are 69 days left in the year.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After the first presidential debate was panned so widely that organizers introduced a mute button, Thursday's second and final debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden was far more civil.

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MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota judge has dismissed a third-degree murder charge filed against the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee against George Floyd’s neck, saying there was not enough probable cause for that count to proceed to trial. The more serious second-degree murde…

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Activists opposed to the confirmation of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, dressed as characters from "The Handmaid's Tale," protest at the Supreme Court on a foggy day, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 in Washington.

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., arrives next to Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, for a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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Activists opposed to the confirmation of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, dressed as characters from "The Handmaid's Tale," protest at the Supreme Court on a foggy day, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 in Washington.

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Activists opposed to the confirmation of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, dressed as characters from "The Handmaid's Tale," protest at the Supreme Court on a foggy day, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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Demonstrators opposed to the confirmation of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, dressed as characters from "The Handmaid's Tale," are arrested after blocking an entrance of the Dirksen Senate office building, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, on Capitol Hill in W…

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Activists opposed to the confirmation of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, dressed as characters from "The Handmaid's Tale," protest at the Supreme Court on a foggy day, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., speaks during a news conference after boycotting the vote by the Republican-led panel to advance the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to sit on the Supreme Court, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at the Capitol in Washington, as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D…

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Activists opposed to the confirmation of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, dressed as characters from "The Handmaid's Tale," protest on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020.

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Images of people who've been helped by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) occupy the seats of Democratic senators boycotting a Senate Judiciary Committee business meeting on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 on …

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Activists opposed to the confirmation of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, dressed as characters from "The Handmaid's Tale," protest on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee hold a news conference after boycotting the vote by the Republican-led panel to advance the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to sit on the Supreme Court, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at th…

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee Executive Business meeting, including the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to serve as an associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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WASHINGTON — Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans powered past a Democratic boycott Thursday to advance Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate, keeping President Donald Trump’s pick on track for confirmation before the Nov. 3 election.

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The race for the seat on the Illinois Supreme Court that represents 37 counties in southern Illinois is pitting a centrist Democratic candidate against a self-described “constitutional conservative” Republican.

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VATICAN CITY — Questions swirled Thursday about the origins of Pope Francis’ bombshell comments endorsing same-sex civil unions, with all evidence suggesting he made them in a 2019 interview that was never broadcast in its entirety.

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Effingham County Health Department reported Wednesday 11 new positive cases of COVID-19. The residents testing positive range in age from younger than 10 to 60s.

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Altamont Unit 10 Superintendent Dr. Steve Mayerhofer said he expected that his contract would not be renewed when it ends July 1. The school board this week hired the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) to search for a superintendent to replace him. It did not renew Mayerhofer’s contract.

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Students gathered just inside the entrance to Klosterman Field at Effingham High School early Wednesday afternoon to send prayers and support for Effingham's Tristin Duncan.

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ROME (AP) — Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as pontiff while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary "Francesco," which premiered Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival.

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 21, the 295th day of 2020. There are 71 days left in the year.

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