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One dead after accident in Illinois

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ill. (WTHI) - One person is dead in Lawrence County, Illinois after an accident. Illinois State Police say it happened near the intersection of Billet Lane and 700 North in Lawrenceville Friday night.


Plenty of traffic infractions in Flora PD activity report

FLORA, Ill. - Traffic accidents and citations on every level ruled the day last week, in this Flora Police Department activity report covering April 7 to 13, 2019. On Sunday April 7, 2019 at 9:57 am, Flora Police investigated a single vehicle traffic crash on U.S. Route 45/50 between N. State St. an


Sentences Handed Out in Area Court Cases

Sentences have been imposed in a number of area court cases. Alma resident Rollie Rozkiewicz has been sentenced to five years in prison following his earlier guilty plea to entering his ex-wife's home and firing a weapon.


Big Clay County Sheriff’s Department report for first part of April

CLAY CO., Ill. - Perhaps the pleasant weather has made a lot more people a lot more active...but whatever is going on in Clay County, Sheriff Andy Myers and the deputies have had their work cut out for them from April 3rd to the 10th. Here's the report.


04-19-19 Effingham County Jail bookings

The Effingham County Jail reported the following bookings. • Effingham County deputies arrested Stephanie L. M. Boyd, 27, Olney, April 18 on an Effingham County warrant for failure to appear in court on an original charge of theft of property valued under $500. Boyd posted $375 and was released.


Illinois residents feeling the pinch on property tax bills

For the first time, every metropolitan area in the state of Illinois is reporting a loss in population. Although it may be too soon to tell, with the 2020 census right around the corner, officials estimate Adams County could see a loss of almost 400 people.


UPDATE: Suspects in 2017 murder have pre-trial hearing

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Update: 4/9/2019. Trial for Kenneth McCoy, Jr., and Jessica Roberts, suspects in the murder of Penni Jo Curtiss in December, 2017, is now scheduled for May 28 in Wood County Circuit Court.


TX man sells semi-automatic guns to Illinois ATF agents

JOLIET, IL (KFVS) - A Texas man was jailed after selling semi-automatic guns and ammunition to ATF agents in Joliet, Illinois. On March 24, the Joliet Metropolitan Area Narcotics Squad and ATF agents from Chicago negotiated the purchase of four guns and one semi-automatic rifle from Allen Estrada, 2


WATCH: Illinois police rescue donkey in middle of interstate

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (KMOX/AP) - A Cook County Sheriff's police sergeant made a different sort of rescue on the Jane Addams Tollway Wednesday morning. Sgt. Bonnie Busching came upon a donkey needing assistance on eastbound I-90, just east of Arlington Heights Road. Her body camera recorded her ne


Top 10 campaign contribution recipients in Illinois Valley for the week of 2019-04-01

The following political organizations received the most campaign contributions in Illinois Valley during the week of 2019-04-01. Top 10 campaign contributions for the week of 2019-04-01 in Illinois Valley.


Gov. Pritzker signs legislation allowing more wind energy production in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTVO) - Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a bill Friday that hopes will put the state on a path to 100% clean and renewable energy. The newly signed legislation allows only counties and municipalities to establish standards for developing wind farms.


Developer eyes former Boos property for apartments

There will be more apartment housing opportunities in Effingham after the city signed a contract agreement with a developer this week. Effingham City Council handled two items of business that will lead to more residential development in the city. Developer Doedtman & Moreton approached the city abo


Illinois health officials seek to build vaccine stockpile to combat measles

SPRINGFIELD – The U.S. is on pace to shatter the record of measles cases in any year since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000. While the nation’s worst outbreak is occurring in New York City, Illinois is not immune, with seven recorded cases of measles this year.


Watson United Methodist Church Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt at the Watson United Methodist Church in Watson on Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 10 to 11:30. Please join us for crafts, games, snacks, songs, and lots of eggs to hunt.


Drivers prepare for road work across Central Illinois

It’s the season of pesky pot holes and lots of construction. Those across Central Illinois will see a lot of orange cones as road crews get to work after a tough winter on the roads.


2018 County Population Figures Released

Effingham County had an estimated population of 34,208 as of July 1, 2018. The US Census Bureau said the county's population as of the 2010 census was 34,242, so the 2018 estimate is a decline of 34 people.


Illinois State Board Of Education Looks At Costs To Become A Teacher

Anyone who wants to be a teacher in Illinois is looking at 400 dollars in tests just to apply. The Illinois State Board of Education earlier this week said it wants to see if the cost to become a teacher is too high. In addition to the testing requirement, wanna-be teachers must get fingerprinted an


Stand-up comedy show to benefit Effingham County Animal Shelter

On Saturday, April 20, Effingham Comedy will be hosting a stand-up comedy show at Tuscan Hills Winery to benefit the Effingham County Animal Shelter. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased by visiting Effingham Comedy on Facebook or calling the win


Wilhour Endorses County Board Votes on State Separation, FOID Card Registration

The Effingham County Board voted this week to give voters an opportunity to vote to separate from the City of Chicago and voted for a resolution opposing Illinois’ FOID card, actions State Representative Blaine Wilhour (R-Beecher City) hopes other counties duplicate.


Area residents cheer and jeer Mueller report

Supporters of President Trump from across the Effingham region cheered Thursday's release of the much-anticipated, redacted report on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, saying it exonerates a president who has been unfairly targe