October 15, 2021 – October 22, 2021
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate advanced a measure to repeal the state’s Parental Notice of Abortion Act early Tuesday evening amid staunch opposition from Republicans and religious groups.
As Halloween approaches, Effingham City Police Lt. Andy Warner said it’s a two-way street when it comes to safety. Both drivers and children should stay alert and pay attention to their surroundings.
EFFIGHAM — The Effingham Unit 40 School Board this week hired Jasper County Unit 1 Superintendent Andy Johnson to replace Mark Doan, effective July 1.
The Effingham County Health Department received confirmation of another COVID-related death of a county resident. The individual was in their 80s and vaccinated.
The surface at Effingham High School’s Klosterman Field may be replaced next summer if funding is found for new artificial turf and a new scoreboard.
Outside of Chicago, Illinois has a long stretch of agricultural and as people drive into the state, from any direction, the most farm land to be seen will either be corn or soybeans.
Negotiations between Illinois’ largest public employee union and Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration will resume through an outside arbitrator after the two sides couldn’t come to terms on an order requiring workers at congregate care facilities to either get vaccinated against COVID-19 or b…
SPRINGFIELD – An amendment to the Health Care Right of Conscience Act that allows an employer to fire a worker for noncompliance with COVID-19 vaccine or test requirements surfaced Monday ahead of the final three scheduled days of legislative action this year.
SRINGFIELD – Democratic leaders in the General Assembly released a second draft of proposed congressional district maps over the weekend as they prepare to head into the final three days of their fall veto session.
It might sound like a made-up monster from a horror flick, but invasive jumping worms are real — and they’re causing real problems.
The Shelby County Health Department on Monday reported the COVID-related deaths of two county residents between Oct. 18 and Oct. 24, a man in his 50s and a woman in her 70s. That brings the number of COVID-related deaths in Shelby County to 56.
A Hidalgo man charged with possessing over 100 grams of methamphetamine, a Class X felony, pleaded guilty in Effingham County Circuit Court Monday to a lesser charge.
On Aug. 22, at approximately 11:15 a.m., the Effingham Police Department was dispatched to the 200 block of Lakewood Manor Drive for an unresponsive subject.
After more than a year of fits and starts, Buckin’ for Wishes returned Sunday to the Effingham County Fairgrounds in Altamont to provide the yearly meeting of mud, sweat and hope.
Effingham County Republicans had the chance to discuss major local and state issues with local leaders and state representatives Sunday as the county party held its fall fundraiser at Lake Sara.
CHICAGO — Illinois Democrats have unveiled updated congressional maps that propose a second Latino-leaning Chicago area district and could mean primary matchups for two Democratic incumbents in the suburbs and in two other races featuring Republican incumbents.
Local school superintendents are asking the Illinois State Board of Education to give them greater control over their affairs in light of state mandates in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced an executive order Friday that will add day care personnel to the list of professions that must either be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing.
EFFINGHAM — The Effingham City Council is unlikely to make any major changes to the city’s tax levy assessment after options were presented to them this week. But one possibility is a modest decrease in the levy.
On Aug. 17, a search warrant was served on a residence on the 600 block on West Lawrence Avenue. During the execution of the warrant, multiple fentanyl capsules were located, as well as a handgun, scales, bags and cannabis plants.
Vaccinations protect recipients against COVID-19 and protect society’s most vulnerable citizens by reducing the potential spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the airborne infectious disease, according to two medical experts.
SPRINGFIELD – The legislative action was light during the General Assembly’s first week of fall session, and lawmakers in both chambers left town a day early after leadership canceled the Thursday session.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators on Wednesday signed off on extending COVID-19 boosters to Americans who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and said anyone eligible for an extra dose can get a brand different from the one they received initially.
EFFINGHAM — Effingham County Board members have approved a salary for the board chairman of $30,000 and raised the per diem rate for board members to $100.
EFFINGHAM — The Effingham County Board this week approved a redistricting and precinct plan proposed last week by Effingham County Clerk Kerry Hirtzel in the Effingham County Legislative Committee meeting.
For years, including the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Illinois officials failed to properly oversee nursing homes, including not enforcing staffing requirements and not imposing penalties sufficient to deter inferior operations, a consultant’s investigation concluded.
SPRINGFIELD – Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Monday that his administration has reached agreement with multiple trade unions requiring certain state workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, but it is extending the deadline for workers to get their first shot to Oct. 26 while negotiations con…
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois’ first congressional remap draft is out but changes could be in store as lawmakers return to Springfield Tuesday for the first of their final two weeks of scheduled session in 2022.
A sunny sky with a cool breeze set the stage Saturday for the Effingham Marching Invitational held at Kloesterman field at Effingham High School.
CHICAGO — A lawsuit seeks to block new Illinois state legislative district maps, saying Black residents of East St. Louis were unconstitionally split up into multiple House districts to help white Democratic incumbents in neighboring districts win reelection.
CHICAGO — Gov. J.B. Pritzker has pushed back a deadline for state employees of veterans’ homes, prisons and other congregate facilities to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as his office negotiates with labor unions representing some workers.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Do you know what to do in an earthquake? Illinois officials are urging the public to prepare by participating in a worldwide drill they say is the world's largest.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Alarmed and at the same time energized by a Texas law that bans most abortions, abortion-rights advocates in the General Assembly are targeting what people on both sides of the contentious issue consider the last restriction on access to abortion in Illinois.
A two-vehicle crash on Route 37 near the Interstate-57 ramp at Watson on Saturday sent one person to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Illinois State Police.
- Nash Naam, local columnist: A wise and beautiful voice silenced, but not forgotten
- Effingham man indicted following overdose death
- 2 charged with intent to deliver fentanyl/heroin
- Tip leads to meth arrests
- Now there's concern about invasive worms in Central Illinois
- FAMILY TIES: Teutopolis girls tennis team hopes to make history at Class 1A State
- Hidalgo man pleads guilty to meth charge
- Newton Community High School receives grant
- AT LONG LAST: Newton boys cross-country wins first regional title in 39 years
- Jasper County Unit 1 Superintendent Andy Johnson named new Unit 40 superintendent
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