SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Revenue reported Monday that the first month of legalized adult-use cannabis sales in the state generated $7.3 million in cannabis tax revenue for the state, plus another $3.1 million in retail sales taxes that are shared between the state and local g…

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Jim Dietz of Sigel has founded an organization he hopes will make a difference in society by helping teachers learn alternative means of education in the classroom, endowing scholarships at high schools for students going into education, endowing scholarships at the the collegiate level for students pursuing teacher certificates and teaching the general public through the play of games.

The Shelbyvilleschool board during a recent meeting was presented with an annual list of seniority for certified and support staff. They approved submitting it, unanimously.

The Shelbyville school board was not in the mood to hold much back during a recent meeting when it came to the auditorium renovation project. They gave Superintendent Shane Schuricht the nod to start taking bids for a state-of-the-art auditorium.

Following the budget address by Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday, State Rep. Brad Halbrook, R-Shelbyville, said the outlined proposal is simply more of the same “tax and spend” that continue to drive Illinois deeper into debt.


After conducting a detailed study of safety issues and past accidents at the intersection of Illinois Route 32 and Bruce-Findlay Road in Moultrie County, IDOT has agreed to convert the intersection to a 4-way stop.


SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker has tied his second-year state budget proposal to the unfinished marquee policy initiative of his first year – a constitutional amendment that allows the state to impose higher income tax rates on higher income earners.


The Shelbyville City Council passed an emergency repair resolution on Tuesday night and bypassed normal bidding procedures to head off a safety issue downtown.


At a recent Shelby County Board meeting, State’s Attorney Gina Vonderheide requested a forensic audit of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office due to questions about the payroll. County Commissioner Earl Baker went one step further, calling for a forensic audit for all the county departments.


It was a magical evening for dads and their daughter at Shelbyville High School on Saturday, February 8. More than 300 guests attended and danced the night away and raised almost $5,000 for the SHS auditorium renovation.

Shelby County Board usually does its business in an hour. In a special Thursday meeting, two hours was too short to handle all the details in the marathon.

SPRINGFIELD – Illnesses and deaths associated with the novel coronavirus are growing worldwide, but medical experts in Springfield say influenza continues to pose a much greater risk to the public in central Illinois and the rest of the United States.

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health now has the ability to test for the 2019 novel coronavirus in-state, meaning shorter wait times for test results for people showing symptoms of the virus and meeting certain criteria.

SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) is accepting nominations for the annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards. These awards recognize individual volunteers and businesses and highlight the importance of community service in Illinois.

SHELBYVILLE — At HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, our colleagues carry the torch for the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis. Each month, a department is chosen to complete a “mission possible” that encompasses our mission and core values.

An Effingham man was injured in a two-vehicle crash on the interstate Monday, according to Illinois State Police.

SPRINGFIELD – U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois is accusing the U.S. Department of Agriculture of playing favorites with trade war aid payments by giving more money to southern cotton farmers who were less affected by the trade war than Illinois soybean farmers.

A congressional district in southern Illinois is expected to disappear following the 2020 census, raising concerns from about the redistricting process that determines the number of seats a state gets in Congress.

EFFINGHAM — Scoping out options and ideas for home improvements were on the minds of Judson and Patricia DeVore of Shelbyville, so they made their way to the annual Effingham Area Home Builders Home Show Saturday.


Shelbyville School District called off classes on Thursday due to icy road conditions. For the students that means a snow day, even though there was more ice than snow.

On 01/04/20 Cowden Police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with un-matching front and rear license plates. After a brief investigation, it was believed that the driver, Joshua Cook, 36, of Decatur, had intentionally placed the wrong rear license plate on the vehicle to conceal an expire…


Early voting for the March Illinois Primary began on Thursday, February 6, at the Shelby County Courthouse.

Marriage applications in Shelby County filed from January 10-23, 2020:

SPRINGFIELD – Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker was dealt his first veto override Wednesday when the state Senate voted overwhelmingly to pass a bill that retroactively extends a sales tax exemption for aircraft parts and equipment.

EFFINGHAM — Effingham City Commissioner Merv Gillenwater was alone Tuesday in voting against the special-use permit and text amendment that would allow recreational-use cannabis sales in Effingham.

SPRINGFIELD – A pair of gun rights advocacy groups are suing the Illinois State Police, its director and the chief of the Illinois State Police Firearms Services Bureau for “not acting in a timely manner on Firearm Owner Identification card and concealed carry applications.”

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Betty Mae "Chick" Ertel, 94, died February 1, 2020 at home, BeeHive Homes in Lafayette, Indiana. She was born at home on August 28, 1925 in Tipton, Indiana. She was married to the late James William "Jim" Ertel for 70 years. Betty taught all levels of elementary school except fourth grade. B…

Samuel Linder, 69, of Stewardson, IL passed away at 1:07 a.m. on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL. Brummerstedt Funeral Home in Stewardson, IL is assisting the family.

Coralie (Wetherell) Guthrie, 92, of Springfield, IL passed away at 4:55 p.m. on Friday, February 21, 2020 at Concordia Village in Springfield, IL. Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Shelbyville, IL is assisting the family.