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On Oct. 24 at approximately 5:37 p.m., Effingham City Police were notified of a fight involving multiple subjects that was occurring in the 700th block of Clinton in Effingham.

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EFFINGHAM — Effingham’s downtown was overrun with tot-sized superheroes, princesses, and vampires on Saturday, when the Effingham Central Business group hosted its annual trick-or-treat event.

SPRINGFIELD – Amid a new surge in COVID-19 cases, voters in Illinois and across the nation are shattering records for early voting.

Nearly 7 million COVID-19 tests have been conducted in the state since the pandemic began, and Gov. JB Pritzker said in a news conference Wednesday, Oct. 21, that the state sent out its first shipment of a new test that will help increase that capacity.

Mount Vernon, IL – On Wednesday, October 21, 2020, the office of the Jefferson County State’s Attorney Sean Featherstun charged Misty D. Whipple, a 43-year-old female of Mount Vernon, IL, with one count of Aiding a Fugitive for her role in the September 6, 2020 murder of Kyle M. Johnson. Whi…

SPRINGFIELD — Some state lawmakers are looking to reform the cash bail system in Illinois, mainly by ending the use of money bonds as a factor in preventing a suspect’s release.

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The Effingham Public Library board this week was unable to vote on approving a tax levy for the second month in a row. The tax levy vote has been postponed because the city is still waiting on a key piece of information from the county.

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

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Area restaurants were hit hard, some more than others, when Gov. JB Pritzker issued the order in March for Illinois residents to stay home and closing “non-essential” businesses.

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday renewed his call for more federal aid for struggling state and local governments as well as small businesses, but talks in Washington may be stalled until after Election Day.

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The race for the seat on the Illinois Supreme Court that represents 37 counties in southern Illinois is pitting a centrist Democratic candidate against a self-described “constitutional conservative” Republican.

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Effingham County Health Department reported Wednesday 11 new positive cases of COVID-19. The residents testing positive range in age from younger than 10 to 60s.

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Altamont Unit 10 Superintendent Dr. Steve Mayerhofer said he expected that his contract would not be renewed when it ends July 1. The school board this week hired the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) to search for a superintendent to replace him. It did not renew Mayerhofer’s contract.

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Students gathered just inside the entrance to Klosterman Field at Effingham High School early Wednesday afternoon to send prayers and support for Effingham's Tristin Duncan.

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The Altamont Unit 10 school board this week decided not to renew the contract of Superintendent Steve Mayerhofer when it expires next summer.

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

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The Effingham County Fire Department responded to three fire calls Monday – two in the city and one near Dieterich. There were no injuries.

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ALTAMONT — Altamont City Council heard the results of an audit that showed city revenue and expenditures were up for the 2020 fiscal year that ended April 30.

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SPRINGFIELD – Despite a temporary rule that extends the expiration dates for Firearm Owners Identification cards and concealed carry permits, many Illinois gun owners are still finding it difficult to buy weapons and ammunition.

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