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SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House spent $187,000 to rent out Springfield's downtown convention center last week due to fears about conducting business at the Capitol during the coronavirus pandemic, according to documents disclosed to The Associated Press.

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As a Republican recently elected to the Effingham County Board, Elizabeth Huston was disappointed that her candidate lost the presidential election. But she’s ready to give America’s 46th president, Joe Biden, a chance to work on the myriad issues facing the country.

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EFFINGHAM — Effingham County officials are discussing ways to handle situations when no ambulances are available at times they are needed because they are on other calls.

Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing “Lame Duck Look Back” series in which Capitol News Illinois is following up on the major bills that passed both chambers of the General Assembly in the Jan. 8-13 lame duck session.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Three new senators were sworn into office Wednesday after President Joe Biden's inauguration, securing the majority for Democrats in the Senate and across a unified government to tackle the new president's agenda at a time of unprecedented national challenges.

The Effingham County Health Department announced the COVID-19-related death of a woman in her 80s and 30 new positive cases of COVID-19 from Saturday, Jan. 16, through Tuesday, Jan. 19. There were 11 cases on Saturday, six on Sunday, nine on Monday and four on Tuesday.

BLOOMINGTON – It takes a lot of moving parts to connect fresh produce with the communities that need it most.

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EFFINGHAM — Vaccinations are underway in Effingham County to those in the Phase 1A vaccine distribution group and select Phase 1B subgroups as the Illinois Department of Public Health reported Tuesday one COVID-19-related death in Effingham County of a female in her 80s.

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SPRINGFIELD – Nine of 11 regions in the state’s COVID-19 mitigation plan have seen mitigations lifted in the past week, with two moving all the way back to Phase 4 restrictions.

Two regions can resume indoor dining at restaurants, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced over the weekend.

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The Effingham Water Authority took a step toward building a new 30-acre park on Lake Sara’s north shore. The Water Authority recently approved a proposal for $300,000 of playground equipment from Burke, a national manufacturer of play structures based in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

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TEUTOPOLIS — For years, the Teutopolis School District has struggled to fill its board seats. It’s a problem that has plagued many area school districts. Now Unit 50 board members have initiated a proposition that may change that.

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

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SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker has activated 250 members of the Illinois National Guard amid FBI warnings of potential armed protests at the 50 U.S. state capitols in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

SPRINGFIELD – The statewide seven-day rolling COVID-19 case positivity rate decreased slightly on Thursday to 6.8 percent, remaining below 8 percent for a sixth consecutive day.

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate passed a criminal justice omnibus bill early Wednesday morning after a grueling 20 hours of politicking during Tuesday’s lame duck session. The House followed suit Wednesday morning, clearing the way for the bill to head to the governor.

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U.S. Rep. Mary Miller, the newly elected congresswoman from Oakland who represents the Effingham area, joined most of her GOP colleagues on Wednesday in voting against the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

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The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 232-197 to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time. Here is how Illinois lawmakers voted.

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SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Darren Bailey, R-Louisville, has taken the oath of office and is beginning his first term in the Senate.

SPRINGFIELD – Republican leadership offered harsh criticisms for their Democratic counterparts Tuesday as the Illinois General Assembly neared the end of its lame duck session.

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SPRINGFIELD – A bill aimed at improving racial equity throughout the state’s K-12 and higher education system passed both houses of the General Assembly on Monday, while another bill addressing economic inequities was up for House approval Tuesday night.

SPRINGFIELD — The House Executive Committee advanced an election bill that would make permanent some of the expansions to mail-in voting that were passed for the 2020 general election.

SPRINGFIELD – One day after state House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, announced a suspension – but not a withdrawal – of his campaign for another term as speaker, a state representative who has been accused of being a staunch Madigan protector has launched a bid for the post.

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