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SPRINGFIELD — The state’s board of education announced emergency rule changes Wednesday in response to a news story which detailed an overuse of “isolation rooms” in several Illinois public school districts, including those serving students with special education needs.

EFFINGHAM — The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is generally one of the busiest travel holiday periods of the year. As millions of travelers take to Illinois roadways to celebrate Thanksgiving, Illinois State Police District 12 Commander Captain Cory Ristvedt wants to remind motorists to drive safely.

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Farmweld of Teutopolis and Illinois Pork Producers donated 1,770 pounds of ground pork Tuesday and Wednesday to three local food pantries. Receiving the pork were Catholic Charities of Teutopolis, Enduring Freedom Ministries of Shumway and The Master’s Hands of Newton.

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

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EFFINGHAM — The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs has joined forces with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation by adding a drop-off box for new toys for less fortunate children in Effingham.

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ST. ELMO — Employees at St. Elmo-based Conagra Brands, formerly Pinnacle Foods LLC, have voted to keep Local 881 United Food and Commercial Workers union representation.

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COFFEEN — Two Vandalia teens and two adults died Saturday evening in a head-on collision as they were reportedly leaving a football game.

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ALTAMONT — Warmer temperatures Saturday drew a crowd of people to the triangle in downtown Altamont, where several took advantage of the ice skating rink set up in front of the former Clarkson Furniture store along North Second Street.

Pals Electric Inc., an electrical contractor based in Teutopolis, was recently recognized by the National Electrical Contractors Association with a NECA Project Excellence Award for best design build project under $1 million for their work performed on the new South Central F.S. Feed Mill lo…

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A groundbreaking ceremony was recently held for the new Teutopolis Banquet Hall to be built on the same grounds as the previous banquet hall.

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The Teutopolis Monastery Museum will be closed for several months to allow for the building to be renovated. The project is being called the Sister Ethelbert Center and Museum Renovation Project.

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EFFINGHAM — A group of around 30 community members gathered at the Suzette Brumleve Memorial Effingham Public Library this week to discuss recreational cannabis.

An Altamont woman was injured Wednesday when her car left the interstate in Cumberland County, according to the Illinois State Police.

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EFFINGHAM — A Casey man pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of arson.

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EFFINGHAM — Visitors to the Suzette Brumleve Memorial Effingham Public Library had the chance to get warm and fuzzy with the help of some feline friends recently.

EFFINGHAM — The Effingham Tourism Advisory Board on Wednesday approved funding for the Effingham Teutopolis Christmas Classic boys high school basketball tournament.

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ALTAMONT — The Altamont City Council this week approved the creation of an Enterprise Zone that will encompass Altamont and Beecher City, as well as a portion of Effingham County.

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EFFINGHAM — The Effingham Water Authority Board heard from property owners for and against continuing to allow short-term rentals at Lake Sara as the board continued to discuss the issue Monday.

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EFFINGHAM — Effingham and Teutopolis firefighters responded to a house fire on S. Fourth Street in Effingham Monday at approximately 2:40 p.m.

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EFFINGHAM — Effingham received its first real taste of winter Monday as snow fell on the area throughout the Veterans Day holiday.

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NEOGA — Neoga Elementary School saluted veterans Monday morning with a program that featured students and faculty. Students from kindergarten through high school participated. Prior to the ceremony, the school hosted a breakfast for veterans.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s proposal to consolidate downstate and suburban police and fire pensions got a boost Friday when a major police union announced it would back a compromise plan.

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois lawmakers will return to the Statehouse on Tuesday, with all eyes waiting to see what, if any, action will be taken on ethics reform in the General Assembly.

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. This year the organization is celebrating its 100th birthday.

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Some sporting thick beards, runners donned their flannel for the Lumberjack Give Back 5k Walk and Run in Edgewood on Saturday at the old Edgewood Grade School.

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Students from all grades in Dieterich schools took the time to reflect on Veterans Day on Friday during a celebration at the Dieterich Veteran’s Memorial.

Dale Fitzpatrick of Effingham said several families of those men killed in World War II from his home town are expected to be in Waverly on Nov. 11 to receive and place a memorial stone at the Waverly Veterans Memorial.

EDWARDSVILLE – Students, political scientists, and historians will have easy access to research the long tenure of Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) following the completion of his 24-year career in the U.S. House of Representatives. At an event Friday, the Republican from Collinsvil…

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