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The Effingham Daily News will post results from contested Effingham County elections as they are tallied Tuesday night HERE

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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.

One thing the coronavirus has done in downstate Illinois is fan the flames of secession. On Wednesday, the Shelby County Board will not only discuss re-opening the county, but putting a resolution on the ballot to form a new state.

Shelby County Board met outside and practiced social distancing Wednesday as Shelby County Health Administrator Steve Melega gave an update.

Jared Rowcliffe, Emergency Management Director, gives a COVID-19 report at the outdoor Shelby County Board meeting on Wednesday.