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SPRINGFIELD – Students with special needs will be able to finish their last year of high school regardless of when their birthday falls on the calendar, while those who lost a year or more of in-person schooling due to the pandemic and have since aged out of special education eligibility wil…

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The Unit 40 school board met this week to discuss its plan for returning to in-person learning. Though the board reviewed a draft plan put together by district staff and a survey of community members’ opinions about the draft, it did not approve the plan.

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A judge in the fourth judicial circuit of Illinois has ruled in favor of the City of Effingham in the ongoing legal battle surrounding Village Square Mall, a mostly empty shopping center on South Banker street.

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SPRINGFIELD – The state will have new COVID-19 guidance on face coverings after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance Tuesday to reflect that even individuals vaccinated against COVID-19 should wear masks while indoors in areas of the country where the viru…

Effingham Unit 40 officials will discuss the district’s draft plan for COVID-19 mitigation at the Monday school board meeting, to be held at the district office at 6 p.m.

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Members of the Effingham County Board this week discussed how to handle Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

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This week the Effingham County Health Department reported 22 new positive cases of COVID-19 – the highest number of weekly cases since early May.

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

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EFFINGHAM — Effingham City Council members this week heard a proposal from representatives of the Illinois Housing Development Authority to perform a study of Effingham’s housing needs. This would provide the city with information about the housing options available to residents and provide …

Teutopolis Community Unit School District 50 officially approved a contract with Teutopolis Education Association that includes teachers and support staff members. The three-year agreement will begin with the start of school this August and extend through the 2023-24 academic year.

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On July 20, 2021 at approximately 6:30 am, the Effingham City Police Department responded to a residence on Hillside Drive in Effingham regarding an unresponsive female.

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On July 18, 2021 at approximately 3:40 pm, the Effingham County Sheriff’s Department responded to a rural Teutopolis residence regarding a death investigation.

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The Effingham Public Library board has been discussing the future of the library and its ongoing investigation into expanding its territory to include portions of the county outside of the city of Effingham.

A team of economists from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois invites soybean farmers in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Indiana and Nebraska ­– the top five soybean-producing states in the U.S. – to take a short survey on how they consid…

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ALTAMONT — Members of the Altamont City Council approved last week up to $155,000 for upgrades to the system that monitors and controls the city’s water and electric equipment.

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The sun over Lake Sara seemed just a little bit brighter Saturday morning as kids faces lit up while they explored a new public park area.

This week the Effingham County Health Department has received confirmation of five new positive cases of COVID-19: A male and female in their teens; a woman in her 20s; a man in his 30s; and a woman in her 70s.

SPRINGFIELD – With the state-imposed moratorium on residential evictions set to expire Aug. 1, the Illinois Supreme Court announced a plan Thursday that provides an additional one-month “triage” period for tenants and landlords in certain cases to seek rental assistance.

SPRINGFIELD – Republican lawmakers in Illinois are renewing their call for ethics reform following the resignation Wednesday of the General Assembly’s top watchdog, Legislative Inspector General Carol Pope.

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The Illinois Department of Transportation announced this week that the Lincoln Service, Carl Sandburg/Illinois Zephyr and Illini/Saluki state-supported Amtrak trains will resume full service on Monday, July 19. Service levels had been reduced by half due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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ALTAMONT – Community members gathered at the intersection of South Ewing Street and East Lincoln Avenue on Wednesday evening to show their support for a couple that escaped a house fire.

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EFFINGHAM — An Effingham County Board committee advanced a proposal to the full board this week that paves the way for an expansion of Stevens Industries in Teutopolis.

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