SPRINGFIELD – Members of a state Senate committee sharply criticized a recent audit of Exelon’s nuclear power plant operations that suggested ratepayers may need to subsidize two of those plants by as much as $350 million over the next five years.
The Effingham County Health Department announced the COVID-related death of a woman in her 60s, bringing the number of confirmed COVID-related deaths in the county to 72.
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House advanced several bills Thursday, including one which would implement term limits on leadership positions in the General Assembly and another that would create additional protections for tenants’ sources of income.
A report that President Biden will propose a hefty tax increase on the gains wealthy individuals reap from investments triggered a stock market sell-off Thursday afternoon that left indexes broadly lower.
SPRINGFIELD – A bill allowing a person who must register with a state agency due to a criminal conviction to change their name under specific circumstances passed the Illinois House on Thursday with bipartisan support.
Biting wind and April snow didn’t stop members of the Effingham Water Authority on Tuesday when they broke ground on the Lake Sara Beach Park, the project formerly known as the Pearson Peninsula Park.
EFFINGHAM — The Effingham County Board this week tabled the purchase of a vehicle for Animal Control until the next Tax and Finance Committee meeting of the whole in May.
EFFINGHAM — The Equity is expanding its Farm and Home store in Effingham. The expansion will feature a new warehouse designed to store feed and other products, as well as allow patrons to load large orders under a roof instead of in the parking lot.
SPRINGFIELD — A bill to lessen penalties for possessing and selling small amounts of drugs, including heroin and cocaine, narrowly passed out of the state House of Representatives Wednesday after a contentious debate.
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Republicans have added a new twist to their call for an independent redistricting commission in hopes of overcoming Democrats’ claims that their plan would likely be found unconstitutional.
SPRINGFIELD – A House committee tasked with reviewing statues and monuments on state property held its first meeting Wednesday, hearing from professors and state government associations on what frameworks can be established to guide the review process.
SPRINGFIELD — An Illinois Supreme Court decision Wednesday clarified that the state election code prohibits a person from collecting signatures for both a party candidate in a consolidated primary and an independent candidate in the consolidated general election that follows.
SPRINGFIELD – Municipal leaders are pushing back on a proposal by Gov. J.B. Pritzker that would further reduce state funds given to local governments each year.
MINNEAPOLIS — Former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday of murder and manslaughter for pinning George Floyd to the pavement with his knee on the Black man’s neck in a case that touched off worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in…
SPRINGFIELD — Numbers released by the Illinois Department of Public Health on Tuesday show the COVID-19 infection rate in the state is improving for the first time in weeks.
SPRINGFIELD – Democrats and Republicans in the Illinois General Assembly are continuing to wrangle over the possible use of census estimates, as opposed to official numbers, to redraw state legislative and congressional district maps.
Snow Tuesday evening was expected to give way to some clearing late. Snow accumulation was expected to be less than an inch. Wednesday's forecast is for partly cloudy skies and a slight chance of a rain shower. High 51F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, the explosive case that triggered worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the U.S.
SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers and advocates are calling for the Illinois General Assembly to pass a bill that would require nursing homes to offer virtual visits for residents to prevent social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
EFFINGHAM — Members of the Effingham County Board demonstrated their support for gun ownership this week by adopting the “Effingham County, Illinois Second Amendment Preservation Act 2021.”
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EFFINGHAM — An Edgewood man was recently found not guilty by reason of insanity for the attempted murder of his grandparents.
A Dieterich woman was hospitalized with serious injuries Monday after colliding head-on with a semitruck on Route 45 near County Road 500 North, according to Illinois State Police.
SPRINGFIELD – A bill that would offer state tax credits to owners and developers of affordable housing units passed out of committee last week at the Illinois Capitol.
SPRINGFIELD — First lady Jill Biden and U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visited Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon on Monday to discuss how the American Rescue Plan will support higher education in Illinois.
SPRINGFIELD — A senior federal official stalled inspections by regional offices to monitor cancer-causing emissions at suburban facilities in Illinois, according to a report by the inspector general which audits the performance of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The body of Sherry Hubbartt, 72, was discovered on Sunday inside her residence in Shelby County and two men have been charged in conection with the death, according to Illinois State Police.
The Effingham Police Department on Sunday responded to three separate residential welfare checks where individuals were found deceased, according to a press release from the Effingham County coroner’s office.
SPRINGFIELD – Braxton Lear is 5 years old and tall for his age. He runs – not walks – from his scooter, to the swing set, to the trampoline in his great-aunt’s backyard in Caseyville, about 12 miles east of St. Louis.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s experimental helicopter Ingenuity rose into the thin air above the dusty red surface of Mars on Monday, achieving the first powered flight by an aircraft on another planet.
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker has announced that $1.6 billion in federal funding will be allocated toward early childhood education and child care providers in Illinois.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — State health officials announced Sunday that more than 8 million COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Illinois.
Lake Land College students elected engineering major Katherine “Katie” Greuel, Windsor, to serve as the student trustee for 2021-2022. In this role, Greuel will serve as a liaison between the student body and the Lake Land College Board of Trustees. She will also have the ability to make and…
INDIANAPOLIS — The former employee who shot and killed eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis legally bought the two rifles used in the attack despite red flag laws designed to prevent such purchases, police said.
KENOSHA, Wis. — Authorities say they have apprehended a person in connection with a shooting at a busy tavern in southeastern Wisconsin early Sunday that left three men dead and three men injured.
INDIANAPOLIS — A man wanted on a warrant in Texas allegedly stole and crashed an Indiana State Police car after a high-speed interstate chase, authorities said late Saturday.
WINDSOR, England — Sitting by herself at the funeral of Prince Philip on Saturday, Queen Elizabeth cut a regal but solitary figure: still the monarch, but now alone.
Clarksburg, IL – On April 17, 2021, Sherry Hubbartt, a 72-year-old female, was reported missing by her family to the Shelby County, Illinois Sheriff’s Office.
This Week's Circulars
Sandra Kay Lindsey, 68, of Litchfield, IL, passed away on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at her residence in Litchfield, IL. Born in Grand Prairie Township, Jefferson County, Illinois, the daughter of the late James A. & Delma (Mitchell) Fitzgerald. She was employed as a Dietician for many years…
- 2 charged in death of Shelby County woman reported missing
- Police seek help locating missing Shelby County woman
- Edgewood man not guilty by reason of insanity in attempted murder of grandparents
- Dieterich woman seriously injured in Monday crash
- Coroner: Foul play not suspected in 3 separate Efffingham deaths Sunday
- Police: Man who stole car near Effingham later crashed Indiana State Police car
- Resident found dead after St. Elmo house fire
- Protecting gun owners' rights: Effingham County passes 'Second Amendment Preservation Act'
- Effingham remains undefeated with win over No. 8 Braves
- Area players named All-State by IBCA