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The Illinois State Police Division of Criminal Investigation Zone 5 is investigating the report of deceased body found in the waters of Lake Shelbyville near Wolf Creek State Park in Shelby County.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville and Friends of Lake Shelbyville is hosting a free fishing tournament for children 12 and under on Saturday, June 5, at Opossum Pond. The pond is located near the entrance to the Opossum Creek Recreation Area. Participants must preregister by calling 217-774-3951 ext. 2, or email lakeshelbyville@usace.army.mil. Information needed: name of participant, age of participant on event day, name of parent/guardian, and phone number for parent/guardian.

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More art from area adults will be added to what is already hung of the Shelby County Art Show 2021 Adult division as of this writing and will be ready to see in its entirety.

Lake Land College students elected engineering major Katherine "Katie" Greuel, Windsor, to serve as the student trustee for 2021-2022. In this role, Greuel will serve as a liaison between the student body and the Lake Land College Board of Trustees. She will also have the ability to make and second motions and will have an advisory vote on the board.

American Legion Auxiliary Liberty Unit 289 President Sarah Wyckoff called to order the April 13 meeting. Those in attendance sang the "Battle Hymn of the Republic."

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Shelby County State’s Attorney Nichole Kroncke announced Tuesday that on Monday, April 12, after deliberating for 10 minutes, a Shelby County jury found Brian M. Mahnke of Pana guilty of the offense of Aggravated Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Peace Officer, a Class 4 felony.

SPRINGFIELD – Leaders from the state’s tourism and hospitality industry asked legislators for additional support and reopening guidance during a Thursday committee hearing as the state plans next steps for its COVID-19 economic recovery.

Two drivers were injured and a passenger is dead following an accident in Effingham County early Sunday morning, according to Illinois State Police.

SPRINGFIELD — Two former Illinois state senators have a “clear right” to receive portions of their legislative salaries that were withheld by Illinois Comptroller Mendoza and her predecessors, a Cook County judge decided last week.

SPRINGFIELD – Over the past seven days, 132,188 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered daily on average in Illinois as of Monday, an increase of more than 27,000 from the daily average one week ago.

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Emergency Management Agency was forced to adapt quickly to a new role when the COVID-19 pandemic first hit last year, and the agency’s director told a legislative committee that more work needs to be done to prepare for the event of another statewide disaster.

Strasburg’s American Legion Auxiliary Annual Easter Egg Hunt was held on April 3 at Strasburg park. Over 89 children, toddlers through third grade, enjoyed “hunting” the various candies that had been scattered throughout the park. Prizes of stuffed bunnies were given. The event has been an a…

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STEWARDSON — Six candidates are running for five trustee seats on the Stewardson Fire and Ambulance Protection District Board in the first trustee election since a referendum that changed the way they are selected for the board passed in November.

CHARLESTON – The Illinois Capital Development Board on Wednesday announced that $7.4 million has been released for the renovation and upgrading of the utility tunnel and boiler at Eastern Illinois University from the state.

SPRINGFIELD – A measure to end qualified immunity as a legal defense for law enforcement officers advanced out of the House Restorative Justice Committee at a Thursday hearing.

The grumbles of losing an hour of sleep in March give way to the joy of gaining an hour of sleep in November each year in Illinois. However, if some state lawmakers have their way, the annual ritual of moving clocks will end.

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SPRINGFIELD — Legislation backed by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group would require farming equipment manufacturers to make software required for repairs available to consumers for purchase.

On March 3, 2021, the Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), Zone 5, obtained a warrant for the arrest of Chris L. Williams, 54, of Tower Hill, through the Shelby County State’s Attorney’s Office for two counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse. Williams was …

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Tuesday the opening of a new mass vaccination site in Aurora that will be focused on equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to the Black community as supply increases.

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SPRINGFIELD – A new survey of Illinois school districts shows most are continuing to have trouble filling open teaching positions with qualified teachers and even more are having difficulty hiring substitute teachers.

SPRINGFIELD – A House committee agreed Wednesday to continue working on a bill that aims to end the use of physical restraints and isolation as a way of controlling misbehaving students in public school classrooms.

Lake Land College announced that plans for fall 2021 are designed around students. The fall schedule, published last week, includes a mix of in-person, virtual and online courses. When building a schedule, students can select the format that best fits their personal preference.

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