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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.

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…

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Teutopolis Unit 50 school board approved a bid this week to install an exterior drainage system at the junior high school.

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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.

After receiving a tip from the community regarding an ongoing investigation, a search warrant was executed at a residence in Four Seasons Estates in Effingham on Tuesday.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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The Effingham County Health Department announced 28 new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported Friday through Sunday.

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.

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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.

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Members of the Altamont Unit 10 Board of Education received an annual audit report this week and discussed the estimated tax levy.

In routine business during a recent meeting, the Altamont Unit 10 school board took the following actions:

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