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Effingham Payless Store is Closing

Payless ShoeSource filed for bankruptcy on Monday, and is in the process of closing its 2,500 US stores. The retailer, founded in 1956 in Topeka, Kansas, expects all stores to remain open until at least the end of March and the majority until May. That will keep many of its stores open through the E


Snoop Dogg and Friends to perform at Illinois State Fair Grandstand

Rap icon Snoop Dogg has been booked to perform on the Grandstand stage at this summer’s Illinois State Fair. Snoop Dogg and Friends will appear Aug. 16, the final Friday of the fair. Tickets will range in price from $25 to $55.


Illinois rescinded 10,000 gun licenses last year. More than 75 percent of holders ignored the notice.

Illinois State Police rescinded more than 10,000 gun licenses last year — and more than 75 percent of the revocation recipients ignored it, according to newly released data. The state agency provided the staggering figures late Thursday, as part of a trove of law-enforcement documents involving Gary


Illinois lawmaker speaks out against Governor Pritzker's state budget

An Illinois lawmaker is speaking out against Governor JB Pritzker’s state budget for 2020. State Representative Darren Bailey says Pritzker’s budget proposes more taxes, expanding gambling to include sports betting and promoting the use of marijuana.


Local Businesses Make SRT Vehicle Possible

Effingham Police Department now has a Special Response Team (SRT) vehicle, a 2018 Dodge RAM ProMaster 3500 van, which has been outfitted to meet the unique needs of the Effingham community. Purchased locally in 2018 from Goeckner Brothers, 600 E. Fayette Avenue, the addition of this resource will al


Analysis: Illinois Valley Central administrators rank 655th in state for average pay

Administrators in Illinois Valley Central Unit School District 321 earn an average of $87,714 per year, ranking 655th out of 864 districts in the state, according to a Peoria Standard analysis of the latest Illinois schools report card.


Businesses donate van to police

EFFINGHAM, Ill. (WCIA) -- The police department has a new special response van thanks to two area businesses. Higgs Welding and Tripower Towing helped get the van ready. They donated time and money to the project.


Library board offers commission to sell building

EFFINGHAM —The Effingham Library Board agreed recently to offer a 2.5 percent commission to the real estate agent or broker who brings a successful bid to closing on the former library building.


House Executive Committee passes bill to make Illinois a sanctuary state

A bill that grants full sanctuary for illegal immigrants has passed the Illinois House Executive Committee. House Bill 1687 also creates the Keep Families Together Act, which would require the state attorney general to offer up new rules within 90 days of the bill’s enactment outlining the limitatio


Gas Tax: How Much More Illinois Residents Pay To Fill Up

ILLINOIS — Crossing state lines could increase or decrease how much you pay for gas. A new report from 24/7 Wall Street looked at which states have the highest and lowest gas taxes and found that drivers in some states end up paying 50-75 percent more than others.


Two Injured in February 14th Crash at Keller and Temple

Two people were injured when vehicles collided February 14th at Keller and Temple. Effingham City Police report a vehicle driven by 29-year-old Marjorie Evans of Effingham struck a vehicle driven by 37-year-old Monica Wilhour of Altamont.


Man arrested for meth gets other charge

MATTOON, Ill. (WCIA) -- A man was caught with meth at the police station. Now they say he is facing another charge. 38-year-old Brian Willenborg walked into the station Tuesday morning. Police say he was talking with them about something else when he tried to throw the meth away. Officers found it a


4th suspect arrested in church vandalism

EFFINGHAM, Ill. (WCIA) -- Police arrested a fourth person in connection to vandalism at a church. Authorities say the suspects were caught on security cameras. Three teens were arrested Friday, February 15; 14-, 16- and 17-year olds. Now, a 19-year old was also arrested.


9 Illinois State Troopers hit when handling roadside incidents

ILLINOIS (WICS/WRSP) -- Scott’s Law, otherwise known as the ‘Move Over’ Law, mandates when approaching a vehicle on the side of the road with flashing lights, you must slow down and move over.


2 injured in Teutopolis crash

A Teutopolis man and a Newton man were injured Tuesday morning when their vehicles collided in Teutopolis, according to the Effingham County Sheriff's Office. Authorities said that Roddnie C. Deters, 18, of Teutopolis was turning westbound off of 1600th Street onto State Highway 33 at 10:55 a.m. in


BREAKING: Juveniles Arrested in St Anthony Church Burglary

Three juveniles were arrested on February 15, 2019 in connection with an incident that occurred on February 9, 2019 between 10:50 P.M. and 11:10 P.M. at St. Anthony Church, 417 N. 3.


Preview: St. Joseph-Ogden vs. Teutoopolis, 7:15 p.m. today

ST. JOSEPH-OGDEN (28-4) Starters. FYI: The Trimble family has had representation in two of the last four IHSA state basketball series, across both genders. Brandon Trimble helped the SJ-O boys to state in 2016 when the Spartans defeated Rockridge for the championship.


New State Data Paints Shocking Picture of Illinois Firearm Laws

Responding to growing questions in the aftermath of last week’s mass shooting at a factory in Aurora, the Illinois State Police released data Thursday evening which paints a shocking picture of the system for firearm regulation in Illinois.


Buckcherry to rock EPC March 16

Buckcherry is back with its newest music in four years and to celebrate the rock band will be in Effingham on March 16 at Effingham Performance Center for its headline Warpaint Tour.


Home Deemed Total Loss Following Fire Near Elliotstown

Effingham Radio)- A home near Elliotstown has been deemed a total loss following a fire that occurred this morning. According to a press release from the Watson Fire Department, the Department was called to a reported structure fire at 17816 E 700th Avenue, Effingham at 8:06am.