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The Shelby County Board on Wednesday voted 19-0 to cautiously re-open businesses in unincorporated parts of the county, drawing applause from an overflow crowd. It also voted 12-7 to place a resolution on the November ballot that asks residents whether Chicago should be a separate state from the rest of Illinois.

Shelby County Board Chairman Bruce Cannon and Shelby County Clerk Jessica Fox oversee an outdoor county board meeting.

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EFFINGHAM — Reform was the central theme of the Taxpayer Revolt Rally Sunday hosted by area Republican politicians and candidates.

The latest Farmland Tax Assessments felt like twisting a knife in the gut of Shelby County farmers. State Rep. Brad Halbrook, R-Shelbyville, and the Illinois Farm Bureau responded on Monday to try to explain the bigger picture.