If there are undecided voters left in Effingham County as we lumber toward Election Day, you’d be hard-pressed to find them.
OLNEY — Four people are facing charges in connection with the shooting death of a 19-year-old last month in southern Illinois, authorities announced Sunday.
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois surpassed 300,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 8,800 virus-related deaths over the weekend as it approached 6 million tests conducted since the pandemic first reached the state.
SPRINGFIELD – Revenues flowing into state coffers from legalized gambling operations plummeted during the fiscal year that ended June 30 as casinos, racetracks and other video gambling venues were forced to close during the COVID-19 pandemic.
SPRINGFIELD – More than 2 million Illinois voters have requested vote-by-mail ballots and more than 26,000 such ballots have already been returned, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections.
Temperatures in the low 80s and a light summer breeze on Saturday was just the right combination for an annual fall shooting competition.
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and Treasurer Michael Frerichs have successfully partnered with National Cash Register (NCR) — the treasurer’s approved payment processor company — to remove the e-check payment processing fee through the year 2020. This is part of an ongoing effort by White to encourage online transactions with the Secretary of State’s office at www.cyberdriveillinois.com.
As we fast approach the advent of the 2020-21 archery deer hunting season, my mind ponders over the vast numbers of hunters that are injured or killed each year in a variety of accidents.
Five members of the Illinois state Health Facilities and Services Review Board will make a definitive decision on whether or not to approve a request from Sarah Bush Lincoln to demolish and replace the SBL Bonutti Clinic in Effingham, according to the board's administrator, Courtney Avery.
SPRINGFIELD – A special investigative committee of the General Assembly will begin meeting at the Capitol next week to decide the fate of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.
SPRINGFIELD – The statewide COVID-19 test positivity rate decreased again Wednesday, the same day added restrictions took effect in two regions of the state that are considered hotspots for the virus.
HSHS St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital has filed an objection with the state board that is reviewing Sarah Bush Lincoln's plan for a new $35 million Bonutti Clinic, saying the facility would duplicate services already performed at the hospital.
SPRINGFIELD — As the state’s rolling COVID-19 test positivity rate increased again Wednesday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker and representatives of the University of Illinois announced a testing breakthrough which they said could eventually allow for greater suppression of new cases of the virus.
CHICAGO – Gov. Pritzker on Tuesday announced the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) has extended the deadline for Illinois renters to apply for aid by one week to noon on Aug. 28 due to those impacted by the storms last Monday. In addition, landlords will be given an additional two days, through Aug. 30, to complete their portion of the application. The Emergency Rental Assistance program provides $5,000 to eligible tenants who have seen their household income decline as a result of the COVID-19.
SPRINGFIELD — A legislative panel that oversees the state’s administrative rulemaking process voted along partisan lines to allow Gov. JB Pritzker’s emergency rule to enforce mask-wearing and other public health orders to move forward.
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker’s COVID-19 disaster proclamation now runs through Aug. 22, Illinois Department of Corrections facilities resumed acceptance of transfers from county jails, and initial deposits into sports betting accounts must once again be made in person, as opposed to online.
NEWTON — A Newton Community High School alumnus this week implored the Jasper County school board to ban the Confederate battle emblem on school grounds.
SPRINGFIELD — Republicans on Friday continued to pressure the Illinois Department of Employment Security to resolve issues stemming from record unemployment claims the same day the state reported another 1,532 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
SPRINGFIELD — Republican state Rep. Darren Bailey asked a judge Wednesday for permission to lodge a fifth complaint in his lawsuit against Gov. J.B. Pritzker: Any further disaster proclamations should not affect Clay County.
SPRINGFIELD — Residents in six central and southern Illinois counties, including the state capital’s home, filed lawsuits Thursday against Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s restrictions on social interaction prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Wednesday it has been affected by a nationwide fraud scheme involving the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.
URBANA, Ill. – From the depths of the Shawnee National Forest to backyards in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois’ biggest trees are branching out. For the first time, the state’s champion trees are now available as an interactive digital map.
SPRINGFIELD – Days after the governor donated $51.5 million of his personal fortune to a committee supporting a graduated income tax constitutional amendment, a new coalition has begun an effort to defeat the measure.
SPRINGFIELD – Hospitalizations for COVID-19 in Illinois declined significantly over the holiday weekend and into Monday, touching their lows since the state began reporting the figures daily in April.
The Illinois Chamber of Commerce has announced that they will be hosting a three-hour seminar at the state Chamber offices in Springfield (215 E. Adams Street). Michael Bantz of Inman & Fitzgibbons Ltd. will present the seminar on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
EFFINGHAM — Jesse Barnes and his roommate, Devin Wolfert, had just arrived home shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday when they heard their neighbor in the apartment below them yell, “Call 911.”
SPRINGFIELD — The U.S. Department of Labor released statistics Thursday showing 705,878 Illinoisans received unemployment insurance for the week ending June 20.
SPRINGFIELD – As Illinois prepares to enter the next phase of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s reopening plan, his administration is launching a number of initiatives to help individuals and families who have been financially impacted from the economic shutdown brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
SPRINGFIELD – Attorney General Kwame Raoul has tested positive for COVID-19, his office announced in a news release Tuesday, and the governor plans to get retested as well.
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Republican Party wants to be excluded from the state’s social gathering restrictions, alleging in a federal lawsuit this week that churches and political demonstrations already enjoy such exclusions.
SPRINGFIELD — New permanent regulations that govern licensed firearms dealers in Illinois have finally been approved 18 months after Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the bill into law.
SPRINGFIELD — Insurance provisions of Illinois’ reproductive health care law violates residents’ religious freedoms, a coalition of Baptist churches and two state businesses allege in a circuit court lawsuit filed Wednesday.
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker signed a state budget for fiscal year 2021 Wednesday, but there is no more financial clarity now than there was when lawmakers passed the measure last month.
The Effingham County Health Department on Friday reported the county’s eighth confirmed case of COVID-19. The individual is a male in his 30s who has had contact with others who have tested positive for coronavirus. He is currently at home following isolation protocol, according to officials.
Two local Certified Nursing Assistants have been fighting on the front lines of Illinois’ battle against the COVID-19 pandemic since the end of March.
EFFINGHAM — A peaceful rally is scheduled for Saturday at the Effingham County Cultural Center and Museum lawn to promote racial equality and inclusion.
SPRINGFIELD — A conference call between U.S. governors and Republican President Donald Trump led to the latest in a series of spats between Illinois’ governor and the president Monday.
SPRINGFIELD — One day after calling up 375 members of the Illinois National Guard in Chicago, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced another 250 guardsmen will be activated as he issued disaster proclamations for nine counties amid ongoing protests and riots across the state.