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EFFINGHAM — The Effingham City Council this week amended a portion of the municipal code to allow a special-use permit for short-term rentals within city limits.

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EFFINGHAM — Effingham County Board discussed this week whether the availability of space to house aggressive animals should include limiting the number of animals coming into Effingham County Animal Shelter and Control.

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The news that President Donald Trump had commuted the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday drew mixed reactions from area legislators and local residents.

A driver and young passenger were injured in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 70, three miles east of Altamont, Monday evening.

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CHICAGO — President Donald Trump on Tuesday commuted the 14-year prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, calling the sentence “ridiculous.” Blagojevich was convicted of political corruption just months after he appeared on Trump’s reality TV show, “Celebrity Apprentice."

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DIETERICH — The annual state report card gave Dieterich School District exemplary ratings for its junior-senior high and elementary schools, maintaining the level earned in the 2017-2018 school year.

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At a recent Shelby County Board meeting, State’s Attorney Gina Vonderheide requested a forensic audit of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office due to questions about the payroll. County Commissioner Earl Baker went one step further, calling for a forensic audit for all the county departments.

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SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Police director said this week that his department has stepped up illegal firearm ownership enforcement methods, but it needs greater resources to continue the job — including fingerprints of Firearm Owner Identification Card applicants.

A group of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle and several advocacy groups is turning up the pressure on the Illinois Legislature to pass an amendment to allow voters to change how legislative districts are drawn in Illinois.

SPRINGFIELD – Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker said Friday his administration has already identified $225 million in budget savings for the upcoming fiscal year, and as much as $750 million through the end of his first term.

The Effingham Police Department cited a 17-year-old juvenile from Teutopolis on Feb. 13 for unlawful use of a credit card.

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EFFINGHAM — Students at the Early Learning Center in Effingham were treated to a doggone good time as they celebrated their 101st day of school with a “101 Dalmatians” movie theme.

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EFFINGHAM — Effingham City Council will be reviewing the request for short-term rentals in certain zoning districts after the Effingham Plan Commission recommended this week they be allowed.

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DIETERICH — Dieterich plans to build a multi-use community recreation center that will offer recreational opportunities for all ages. The concept grew out of a MAPPING session held last fall, where participants identified a lack of recreation opportunities in the community.

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EFFINGHAM — Mattoon-based Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center presented to the Effingham Plan Commission this week its plans to construct a new medical clinic on Evergreen Avenue in Effingham.

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SPRINGFIELD – U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois is accusing the U.S. Department of Agriculture of playing favorites with trade war aid payments by giving more money to southern cotton farmers who were less affected by the trade war than Illinois soybean farmers.

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health now has the ability to test for the 2019 novel coronavirus in-state, meaning shorter wait times for test results for people showing symptoms of the virus and meeting certain criteria.

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Allison Braden, the Director of Pharmacy for Cancer Care Specialists of Illinois, had a vision nearly four years ago that has finally come to fruition.

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EFFINGHAM — For the past five years, Mike Janis and his daughter, Amelia, now 7, have gotten dressed up for a special Father-Daughter date hosted by Sacred Heart and St. Anthony parishes.

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EFFINGHAM — Scoping out options and ideas for home improvements were on the minds of Judson and Patricia DeVore of Shelbyville, so they made their way to the annual Effingham Area Home Builders Home Show Saturday.

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EFFINGHAM – The Effingham Park District this week reviewed the annual progress report, which highlighted programs, building and property improvements and personnel moves in 2019.

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EFFINGHAM — Bond was set Friday for a Maywood man who was arrested at Teutopolis High School this week after school officials said they were alerted by students that a fellow student intended to meet him after school.

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State officials have reported this week problems with the state’s automatic voter registration program, but the Effingham County Clerk said the issues did not make a big impact on the county.

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EFFINGHAM — With the Effingham County general primary election just more than a month away, a sample of voters cast ballots Thursday on the first day of early voting.

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X'zavier James Richardson, 9 month old son of Kalib Tyler Richardson and Samantha JoAnne Byers of Marshall, Missouri, died Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 21, 2020 at Bethany Baptist Church in Marsh…