SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Thursday announced 1,527 new cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, including 104 additional deaths – including a Coles County man in his 80s.

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Due to COVID-19, the Strasburg American Legion Auxiliary’s Poppy Day, originally scheduled for June 5-6, will change in the fact that members will not be standing in our normal locations asking individuals if they would like a poppy and accepting donations for the poppies.

The Strasburg Lions Club’s Annual Chicken fry will be Sunday, June 7: 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Strasburg Park (East of Marathon Gas Station).

SPRINGFIELD — A measure allowing bars and restaurants to serve cocktails to go passed both chambers of the General Assembly Saturday, meaning it needs only a signature from Gov. J.B. Pritzker to become law.


SPRINGFIELD – The Senate on early Sunday morning passed a budget package authorizing $42.8 billion in general revenue spending next year, although much of that remains tentative depending on the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic and potential congressional action that could send more financial aid to states. The House approved the budget bill late Saturday night.

Someone from the marijuana facility saw a fire burning across the fields on Route 16 just north of Shelbyville at 3:28 a.m. and called 911 to report a fire.

SPRINGFIELD – A major expansion of voting access for the 2020 general election is headed to the desk of Gov. JB Pritzker after the Illinois Senate overwhelmingly passed the measure Friday.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker today released industry-specific guidelines that allow for the safe re-opening of businesses as the state progresses into the next phase of the Restore Illinois plan. All four regions of the state are on track to advance to Phase 3 of the plan in the coming days, allowing thousands of residents to return to work, and the reopening of businesses in the following industries: retail, offices, manufacturing, barbershops and salons, summer programs, various outdoor recreation activities and bars and restaurants for outdoor dining.

There will not be a Memorial Day Service, May 25, at Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville, because of the COVID-19 social distancing order.


The Annual Illinois Sheriff’s Association (ISA) Scholarship was won by Tristan Boehm of Windsor, who is headed for the University of Illinois.

SPRINGFIELD – As the entire state remains on pace to enter the next phase of reopening in just nine days, Gov. JB Pritzker announced a major addition to the allowed activities under the phase: outdoor dining at restaurants.

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The Shelby County Health Department announced Tuesday that two additional residents of the Shelbyville Manor nursing home have tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The individuals are a 62-year-old female and an 85-year-old female.

After the Shelby County Board on Wednesday resolved to cautiously re-open unincorporated areas to business, the board approved an annual agreement between the county and the U of I Cooperative Extension, with a unanimous “Aye.”

Marriage applications in Shelby County filed from March 31-April 17, 2020:

SPRINGFIELD — A document included in a downstate representative’s revised lawsuit against Gov. J.B. Pritzker suggests the governor does not have the authority to issue successive disaster proclamations.


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…

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.


A six-week stretch of staying home, eating, watching TV, walking the dog and helping the kids with homework can become somewhat monotonous. The last two weekends, people have discovered how to drive the blues away.


SHELBYVILLE — HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital will be performing elective surgeries once again starting Tuesday, May 19 under Illinois public health guidelines. If community members have a surgery or procedure scheduled, they will receive instructions from their provider or the hospital on next steps.

Like static on an old radio, hearing the Shelbyville City Council meeting via Zoom was a strain this time, but business was still conducted. The biggest item was a grant application for TIF funds for the renovated SHS Auditorium.

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Dan passed away on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 in his home in St. Louis, MO. Private family services will be determined at a later date. Dan was born January 25, 1958 in Shelbyville, IL, where he graduated from Shelbyville High School class of 1976. He went on to receive his bachelor's of psycholo…

Betty E. Perry, 89, of Sullivan, formerly of Findlay, passed away at 8:55 p.m. on Friday, May 22, 2020 at HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Findlay is assisting the family.