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EFFINGHAM — A plea deal in an Effingham mall crash case has been delayed to coincide with a Shelbyville man's Shelby County companion case.

Springfield, IL – Illinois State Police (ISP) officials have received multiple calls from the public concerning suspected scam calls. Various ISP districts throughout the state have received reports from citizens stating they have received calls from individuals with a foreign accent claimin…

BLOOMINGTON – Illinois Soybean Growers President Doug Schroeder, a soybean producer from Mahomet, Ill., released the following statement in response to U.S. and China trade progress.

SPRINGFIELD – Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, known as “The Holy Goalie”, along with Chicago Blackhawks alumni, will take to the ice for the 10th annual “Hockey with Bishop Paprocki” at the United Center in Chicago on Sunday, March 8, 2020, at 2:10 p.m. to benefit Catholic Charities Legal Servi…

The Shelby County Board Budget Committee met for their monthly meeting on Wednesday and heard reports on a payroll change, animal control and a possible payroll adjustment due to Sheriff Office shift changes.

SPRINGFIELD — Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker and newly-elected Illinois Senate President Don Harmon added their voices Wednesday to a growing chorus of state officials calling for legislative hearings to determine how more than 500 people who identified themselves as non-U.S. citizens became registered to vote through the state’s new automatic voter registration system.

SHELBYVILLE, IL — Join HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital Foundation at the 10th Annual Red Event for a fun ‘Casino Night’ with your valentine. The foundation is now taking reservations for the event.

SPRINGFIELD – Senator Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, was elected as the 39th president of the Illinois Senate on Sunday after hours of behind-the-scenes negotiations.


The finals at the 2020 Illinois State Fair Queen Pageant were held Sunday in Springfield. Miss Shelby County, Adilyn McCray, finished as a Top 15 Finalist, which is the second year in a row Miss Shelby County has finished as a finalist. Other area girls who finished in the finals were: Maken…

Lake Land College is working with community leaders to develop a plan to assist employees and families affected by the closing of LSC Communications in Mattoon and Rowe Foundry in Martinsville.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Jan. 16, 2020 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) encourages agricultural producers to enroll now in the Agriculture Risk Loss (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. March 15, 2020 is the enrollment deadline for the 2019 crop year.


The temperatures dipped into single digits over the weekend. So where do those with little or no heat in Shelbyville go to stay warm?


The 10th Annual Candlelight Walk along the General Dacey Trail in Shelbyville on Saturday is forecast to be a crisp, but delightful 30 degrees – a wonderland for an evening walk through nature.

SPRINGFIELD – Tens of thousands of Illinoisans who have had their driver’s license suspended or revoked for having too many unpaid parking tickets or fines for other non-moving violations will soon get their driving privileges reinstated.

EFFINGHAM — A plea is expected in the case of a Shelbyville man who allegedly stole a car, crashed into the Village Square Mall in Effingham and broke into the Zales Jewelry store in January 2018.


MARYVILLE, Illinois – U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, has announced a list of 21 future leaders he has nominated to one of the nation’s military academies. The young men and women were invited to a Jan. 2 reception at the Effingham Elks Lodge.

Despite some concerns, the new Shelby County Board Chairman Bruce Cannon said Monday that the hiring of a special assistant State’s Attorney for labor relations in 2014 was legal.

LSC Communications Inc. announced Tuesday morning it will close its Mattoon location along with two other plants in a move to “strengthen the company’s manufacturing platform by significantly reducing costs and improving utilization across” the company’s production facilities.


EFFINGHAM — Brides-to-be flocked to Thelma Keller Convention Center Sunday for the 30th annual Bridal Expo.

Marriage applications in Shelby County filed from January 9, 2019:

SPRINGFIELD – A series of significant winter storms are expected to move into the state later this week, bringing a potential for flash flooding and accumulating snow. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) encouraged people to stay aware of local forecasts and be prepared for the c…

The Shelbyville Daily Union is seeking someone who is handy with a computer to compile a weekly list of the property transfers in Shelby County. You’ll use a website called Tapestry to collect the information. Then you’ll put it in a format we can use and email the list every week to the edi…

Shelby County Board Chairman Dave Cruitt retired from his term a year early in December. At the January meeting on Wednesday, the board elected Vice-Chairman Bruce Cannon (R-District 2) as the chairman to serve out Cruitt’s term.

EFFINGHAM — It was standing room only at Effingham City Hall on Tuesday, where people implored the city council to keep a cross in a mural on city property despite opposition from a group that wants it removed.

As he enters his last year in office, Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) will be wrapping up a number of traditions. One of the most prominent is his Valentines for Heroes program, which he is kicking off for the 13th and final time.


ALTAMONT — Young Ryker Miller smiles as he maneuvers his walker like a NASCAR driver, buzzing around the living room of his family’s Altamont home. He deftly dodges toys and siblings, including twin brother Carter and older sister McKenzy.

EFFINGHAM — A Mode man has been charged with arson in connection with a fire on Friday in Shumway.

As 2020 arrives, the Illinois crop planting season won’t be far behind, and there are plenty of tools and updates to help farmers plan and prepare for a successful season. Upcoming Agribusiness Seminars are scheduled across the state to assist farmers on a variety of topics, including Federa…

Elderly and persons with disabilities unable to vote in person in the upcoming General Primary Election to be held on March 17, 2020, may request an application to vote by mail until Thursday, March 12, 2020, by sending an electronic request, mailing a request, or by telephoning the office of:


Deven A. Barger, 25, who is charged with a double homicide, appeared in Shelby County Court on Monday for a pre-trial hearing.

A routine traffic stop on Dec. 27 resulted in Cowden police confiscating 11 pounds of marijuana and charging two Centralia men with possession with intent to deliver cannabis (2,000-5,000 grams.)


Missy Dunaway, a country music artist who lives in Cowden, closed out 2019 with the release of her first music-video featuring “Is It Okay to Cry Now,” written by Tony Lane and Jess Brown. Dunaway’s “Honkytonks ….and Heartaches” CD was released in July of last year.

This Week's Circulars


Robert L. Taylor, 81, of rural Beecher City, IL passed away at 2:25 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, 2020 in Heritage Health, Pana, IL. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville, IL.

Patricia A. Shallenberger, 87, of Mission, TX, formerly of Shelbyville, IL passed away at 12:19 p.m. Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville, IL.