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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,805 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 121 additional deaths related to the novel coronavirus over two days this weekend.

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A resolution passed by the Altamont City Council on Thursday night allowed temporary outdoor seating for bars and restaurants. By Friday morning, patrons were enjoying the sunshine and business owners were enjoying the partial return of customers.

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker announced Friday, the first day Illinois’ economy operated under more relaxed restrictions, his stay-at-home order is replaced by one reflective of “our new, more open reality.”

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Springfield – The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois announces that Bishop Thomas John Paprocki has granted permission for public Masses to be celebrated in the diocese beginning as soon as the weekend of June 6-7, with attendance limited to 25% of the capacity of the worship space, while al…

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

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SPRINGFIELD – People in Illinois will be allowed to attend worship services starting this weekend without fear of prosecution as the state enters Phase 3 of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s “Restore Illinois” reopening plan.

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Megan Hartke Looman’s salon and boutique was quiet Thursday, with only the sound of passing traffic on Main Street in Dieterich echoing throughout the building.

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SPRINGFIELD — Illinois will advance to the “Recovery” phase of Gov. JB Pritzker’s plan to incrementally reopen the state’s economy on Friday after almost 70 days of residents living under a stay-at-home restriction.

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ALTAMONT — The Altamont City Council listened to concerns and questions this week on several issues — including the opening of local businesses and when baseball practice will resume.

EFFINGHAM — The Effingham Unit 40 School Board in a special meeting Tuesday heard an update on a celebration for Effingham High School seniors.

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SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers approved a state operating budget shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday, but despite the passage of the document, nothing about the next fiscal year is black and white.

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The Sounds of Old Glory at Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia, IL Casket Flags of fallen Veterans posted by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 line the cemetery road.

United States flags are displayed at Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95, honorsing fallen veterans.

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SPRINGFIELD — A pair of health care bills expanding telehealth resources during the COVID-19 pandemic passed the Illinois House of Representatives on Saturday – with one passing the Senate and the other not being taken up as lawmakers wrapped up their emergency special session.

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SPRINGFIELD – The Senate on early Sunday morning passed a budget package authorizing $42.8 billion in general revenue spending next year, although much of that remains tentative depending on the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic and potential congressional action that could send more fina…

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SPRINGFIELD — A measure allowing bars and restaurants to serve cocktails to go passed both chambers of the General Assembly Saturday, meaning it needs only a signature from Gov. J.B. Pritzker to become law.

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SPRINGFIELD – A broad-ranging bill creating a limited oversight panel of the governor’s Restore Illinois plan, temporarily delaying Freedom of Information Act law requirements and allowing the General Assembly to meet remotely during a pandemic stalled in the House on Saturday.

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SPRINGFIELD – Measures addressing aggravated battery of retail workers, disability leave for public employees and unionization of employees in the horse racing industry found their way into a COVID-19-response bill this week at the Capitol.

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SPRINGFIELD — A Republican representative gained an ally in his lawsuit challenging Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s authority to issue successive disaster proclamations.

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Earlier this year Teutopolis High School senior Emma Ruholl was leading her class as president. THS senior Brady McMahon was preparing to defend his team’s state title, and Dieterich High School senior Leah Brummer was gearing up for a huge plant sale for her FFA chapter.

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Employment Security announced Friday it will notify 32,483 claimants whose personal information might have been viewed because of a “glitch” in the newly-launched Pandemic Unemployment Assistance portal.

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SPRINGFIELD – A major expansion of voting access for the 2020 general election is headed to the desk of Gov. JB Pritzker after the Illinois Senate overwhelmingly passed the measure Friday.

SPRINGFIELD — A compromise bill between business and labor which deals with COVID-19 and workers’ compensation passed the House on Friday with broad bipartisan support and will head to the governor.

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

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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate took the chamber’s last step in putting language for a graduated income tax constitutional amendment on the November general election ballot and publishing arguments for and against the measure in pamphlet form.

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House of Representatives advanced a bill Thursday that would greatly expand voting by mail in the November general election, as well as make the day a state holiday this year.

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