BLOOMINGTON — The Prairie State ranks fifth in the nation for catalytic converter thefts, according to an analysis of claims data by State Farm.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Tuesday updated guidance about masks in light of new data about the delta variant.
SPRINGFIELD – Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday signed a measure aimed at increasing affordable housing investment in Illinois, as well as a measure expanding the state’s low-income energy assistance program.
EFFINGHAM — State Sen. Darren Bailey, R-Louisville, attracts supporters through his personality almost as much as through his platform.
Bonnie Starwalt smiles when you ask her about her pool. Her energy radiates through her arms when she instinctively demonstrates poses for tai chi, yoga or Pilates.
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…
SPRINGFIELD – Masks will be required at driver’s license facilities in Illinois starting Monday, Secretary of State Jesse White announced Wednesday, and Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he is “looking at all the possible mitigations” amid another surge of COVID-19 infections.
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.
SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed a bill into law Tuesday that repeals criminal penalties for people who transmit HIV to others.
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.
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…
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois residents will soon have greater access to mental health services under measures Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law Friday.
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.
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 Regional Career Academy will begin offering classes to high school students in the region during the spring 2022 semester.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SPRINGFIELD – The state’s higher education agencies released updated COVID-19 guidance this week encouraging all public and private higher education institutions in Illinois to issue mandatory vaccine policies.
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…
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.
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.
The Effingham Water Authority grappled this week with trying to find the solution to a land ownership issue that has been unresolved for nearly two decades.
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.
EFFINGHAM — HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital is renovating its centralized outpatient registration area and Prairie Heart Institute waiting room to enhance patient privacy and comfort.
In late May, Effingham Public Library Assistant Director Johnna Schultz got a call from Arts Alliance Illinois, a nonprofit group which advocates for arts resources and policies. They were looking for artists to work on a project tackling vaccinations.
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 – Terrill Swift spent 15 years in prison, convicted of a rape and murder which DNA evidence later proved he did not commit.
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.
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.
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.
SPRINGFIELD – Lawyers for plaintiffs and the state told a panel of federal judges Wednesday the issues involved in two lawsuits challenging the state’s legislative redistricting plan are “straightforward” and ought to be resolved in short order.
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.
This Week's Circulars
Jerri J. (Brown) Hutton, 68, of rural Stewardson, IL, passed away on Monday, July 26, 2021 in HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield, IL. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, 2021 in Brummerstedt Funeral Home in Stewardson. Burial will take place in Stewardson Ce…
Kathryn Y. Hartley, age 97, of West Frankfort (previously Benton), IL died on Monday, July 26, 2021 at the home of her daughter in Effingham while in the care of HSHS Hospice. Services will be held at Union Funeral Home, 213 E. Oak St., West Frankfort on Saturday, July 31, with visitation fr…
- Effingham Quiet Zone takes effect
- Judge rules in favor of city in Village Square Mall case
- EffingHAM-JAM draws crowd to Downtown Effingham
- Jim Nowlan, Guest Columnist: McDonald’s made my day
- Gesture of kindness for two-time cancer survivor
- Effingham County at substantial risk for virus spread; health officials advise everyone to mask up indoors
- Bailey talks policy, elections at Effingham campaign stop
- New bleachers, expanded seating among fairground upgrades
- Workouts in the Water: Workman Sports Complex offers alternative for fitness
- Pritzker ‘looking at all possible mitigations;’ masks mandated at driver facilities