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Qdoba planned for Decatur

East Central Illinois Region

Qdoba planned for Decatur

DECATUR -- Decatur will soon have another option for quick-service Tex-Mex cuisine. A Qdoba Mexican Grill restaurant has been planned to open at 3116 Water St. in the Brettwood Village shopping center, according to building permit records. The owner, North Fork Fresh Mex LLC, took out the building permits valued at nearly $500,000. Qdoba was founded in 1995 by Anthony Miller and Robert Hauser in Denver, Colo. The restaurant was […]

Charleston Sonic to open in August

Coles County

Charleston Sonic to open in August

CHARLESTON — The highly-anticipated Sonic restaurant at 107 W. Lincoln Ave. in Charleston will be open at the beginning of August, according to a company spokesperson. The location will be operated by Guernsey Holdings, which operates the recently opened Sonic location in Taylorville. The restaurant will be open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to midnight. The new store will create approximately 60 to 80 new jobs. Sonic currently […]

Emerald Acres construction well underway

Coles County

Emerald Acres construction well underway

MATTOON — Construction continues on the Emerald Acres sports complex and shopping center near Interstate 57 in Mattoon. The nearly $100 million development, led by Goodman Real Estate of Cleveland, Ohio, broke ground in spring 2023. The sports complex will have eight outdoor softball fields, eight soccer fields, and a 135,000-square-foot field house with eight basketball courts and 16 volleyball courts. The new development will be aimed at hosting youth […]

Forsyth Starbucks now open

East Central Illinois Region

Forsyth Starbucks now open

FORSYTH — A slow but steady stream of customers partook in the grand opening of the new Starbucks location in Forsyth at the southeast corner of U.S. 51 and Marion Avenue on Monday, July 1. The store was first announced in early 2023 with construction not beginning until earlier this year. Starbucks initially planned for a fall 2023 opening but faced delays that were not addressed. This will be the […]

Interstate 57 interchange project to advertise bids this winter

Coles County

Interstate 57 interchange project to advertise bids this winter

MATTOON — The highly-anticipated reconstruction of the Interstate 57 interchange at Illinois Route 16 in Mattoon will be advertised for bids as soon as this winter, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). IDOT confirmed the news via email. The $72 million project will see the interstate exit completely rebuilt and reconfigured to what is known as a “raindrop diamond” interchange. Construction is expected to last approximately three years. […]

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Nokomis

Illinois

Nokomis Public Library caps off June activities

NOKOMIS -- The first month of the summer reading program at Nokomis Public Library is nearing an end, and the fun hasn't stopped. Fred and His Feathered Friends were at the library on June 18. Attendees learned about birds of the Amazon that Fred and Kitty Mooney took in and rehabilitated over time before releasing back into the wild. A story time and craft session was held on June 28, […]

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Gillespie Police

Illinois

Gillespie police blotter: June 9-22

GILLESPIE — The following has been reported by the Gillespie Police Department for the period of June 9-22, 2024 and are as follows: SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2024 An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a couple in reference to a civil issue. An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department and spoke with a female in reference to a civil issue. An officer was dispatched to the 300 block […]

todayJune 30, 2024 2

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Christian County

South Fork Township to hold blood drive Monday

KINCAID — South Fork Township will host a blood drive with ImpactLife, the provider of blood components for local hospitals, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, July 1 at 124 Central Avenue, inside the Senior Citizens Center. To donate, contact Dennis Foli at (217) 237-4327 or visit www.bloodcenter.org and use code 61415 to locate the drive. You may also call ImpactLife to schedule at (800) 747-5401. Appointments are […]

todayJune 29, 2024 1

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Obituaries

Douglas Egbert, 67, Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE -- Douglas Dwight Egbert, 67, of Jacksonville passed away Thursday, April 11, 2024, at his home. He was born November 13, 1956, in Garden City, Kan., the son of Gilbert and Phyllis Snyder Egbert. He was raised in Dighton, Kan. He met Mary Tobin on September 28, 1989, and they were married at their home on November 19, 2005. Mary was the love of his life, friend, fellow sports […]

todayApril 18, 2024 2

King

Obituaries

Melvin King, 77, Carlinville

CARLINVILLE -- Melvin Dale King, 77, of Carlinville died Thursday, April 11, 2024 at Lakeside Rehab, Carlinville. He was born September 20, 1946 in Carlinville, the son of the late Melvin Dale and Vivian Pearl Qualls King. He married Doris Lee Smith and later married Judy Lee Armstrong, who both preceded him in death. Surviving is brother Jeffery Kent King of Hettick, nephews Kevin Witt of Pleasant Plains, Bob (Janet) […]

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Daugherty

Obituaries

Jack Daugherty, 82, Farmersville

FARMERSVILLE -- Jack R. Daugherty, 82, of Farmersville passed away Wednesday afternoon, April 10, 2024, at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield. Jack was born on February 5, 1942, to Clarence and Alice (Nagel) Daugherty in Honey Bend. Jack graduated from Lanphier High School with the class of 1960. In 1961, Jack married Kay (Combs) Long, and they later divorced, and then in 1980, he married Peggy (Lafferty) Giles, and they later […]

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Interstate 57 interchange Mattoon Illinois

Coles County

Interstate 57 interchange project to advertise bids this winter

MATTOON — The highly-anticipated reconstruction of the Interstate 57 interchange at Illinois Route 16 in Mattoon will be advertised for bids as soon as this winter, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). IDOT confirmed the news via email. The $72 million project will see the interstate exit completely rebuilt and reconfigured to what is known as a “raindrop diamond” interchange. Construction is expected to last approximately three years. […]

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East Central Illinois Region

Forsyth Starbucks now open

FORSYTH — A slow but steady stream of customers partook in the grand opening of the new Starbucks location in Forsyth at the southeast corner of U.S. 51 and Marion Avenue on Monday, July 1. The store was first announced in early 2023 with construction not beginning until earlier this year. Starbucks initially planned for a fall 2023 opening but faced delays that were not addressed. This will be the […]

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Capital Area Region

Tenative multiplier set for 11 Illinois counties

SPRINGFIELD — Eleven counties in Illinois have been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factors (PAEF), according to David Harris, director of the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR). The PAEFs for these counties are the following: Cass County: 1.0000 Christian County: 1.0000 Douglas County: 1.0202 Fayette County: 1.0000 Franklin County: 1.0000 Greene County: 1.0000 Marion County: 1.0000 Peoria County: 1.0000 Piatt County: 1.0000 Sangamon County: 1.0000 St. Clair County: 1.0000 The […]

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Adams County

Tenative multiplier set for 14 Illinois counties

SPRINGFIELD -- Fourteen counties in Illinois have been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factors (PAEF), according to David Harris, director of the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR). The PAEFs for these counties are the following: Adams County: 1.0000 Bond County: 0.9238 Brown County: 1.0000 Cass County: 1.0000 Champaign County: 1.0000 DeWitt County: 1.0000 Jersey County: 1.0000 Logan County: 1.0000 McLean County: 1.0000 Morgan County: 0.9797 Moultrie County: 1.0000 Sangamon […]

todayMarch 10, 2024 1

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Quincy Police Department

Adams County

Quincy police blotter: June 11-24

QUINCY — The following has been reported by the Quincy Police Department for the period of June 11-24, 2024 and are as follows: Jennifer Ketcham, 61, of Quincy for Battery and Criminal Trespassing to Residence. NTA 151Joseph Meyer, 38, of Quincy for Attempted Criminal Trespass to Residence and Disorderly Conduct. Lodged 148Rolland D. Luckett, 39, 815 South 9th for aggravated domestic battery and aggravated assault. Lodged 120Tanner Cannady, 22, of Quincy for Failure […]

todayJune 29, 2024 2

Quincy

Adams County

Quincy police blotter: May 23-June 10

QUINCY — The following has been reported by the Quincy Police Department for the period of May 23, 2024 to June 10, 2024 and are as follows: Joshua D. Clowers, 32, 300 Locust St. for Aggravated Assault at 537 N. 6th St. 148Stephen Plesant, 59, Quincy for Trespassing at 600 Maine St. NTA 151Galen M. Richardson, 51, 501 Broadway St. for FTA OV Fighting/Stealing at 530 Broadway St. Lodged 134Eian S. Mull, 29, […]

todayJune 17, 2024 6

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Christian County Coles County Marion County Macon County Moultrie County Shelby County Douglas County Cumberland County Montgomery County property taxes tax Illinois

Capital Area Region

Tenative multiplier set for 11 Illinois counties

SPRINGFIELD — Eleven counties in Illinois have been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factors (PAEF), according to David Harris, director of the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR). The PAEFs for these counties are the following: Cass County: 1.0000 Christian County: 1.0000 Douglas County: 1.0202 Fayette County: 1.0000 Franklin County: 1.0000 Greene County: 1.0000 Marion County: 1.0000 Peoria County: 1.0000 Piatt County: 1.0000 Sangamon County: 1.0000 St. Clair County: 1.0000 The […]

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Baebler Farm Waterloo bird watching

Illinois

Join Illinois Extension at bird watching event

COLLINSVILLE -- Bird enthusiasts of all levels are invited to join the University of Illinois Extension at Baebler Farm near Waterloo on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for an exciting bird-watching event. As spring brings a flurry of activity in the avian world, Baebler Farm offers a prime vantage point to observe migrating birds passing through, as well as our year-long feathered residents. Participants are […]

todayMarch 27, 2024

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Illinois legislators seek to protect children on social media

SPRINGFIELD (The Center Square) – The Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony from advocates for a measure that regulates social media companies to protect children.  Senate Bill 1126 would implement new regulations to protect children from the dangers of social media to avoid predators' hateful speech and create a safer environment for children overall.  State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) explained the goal of the bill.  "Today's discussions are crucial about how […]

todaySeptember 21, 2023 2

Illinois Litchfield

Illinois

Workforce training center opens in Litchfield

LITCHFIELD (The Center Square) – The new South Central Illinois Regional Workforce Training and Innovation Center in Litchfield is open, thanks to $8.6 million in funding from tax and fee increases. State and local officials cut the ribbon on the training facility this week to serve Montgomery and Macoupin counties. Litchfield Mayor Steve Daugherty said the new facility will be instrumental in training the next generation of workers. State and […]

todaySeptember 4, 2023 1

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Illinois child tax credit

Capitol News Illinois

Illinois child tax credit: who gets it, how much is it?

$50M tax credit program will provide up to roughly $300 for low-income families

SPRINGFIELD (Capitol News Illinois) -- In the final hours of their spring legislative session, Illinois lawmakers approved a tax credit of up to about $300 for families with young children.  The credit is available to Illinoisans with children under age 12 who qualify for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC. Although it has exceptions, that credit is generally available to married couples earning up to about $60,000 and […]

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McCann

Capitol News Illinois

Judge denies McCann request for home confinement

Former state senator, third-party governor candidate to be sentenced in June after guilty plea

SPRINGFIELD (Capitol News Illinois) -- After suddenly pleading guilty as his federal corruption trial was wrapping up this week, former state Sen. Sam McCann won’t be released to await sentencing, U.S. District Judge Colleen Lawless ruled Friday. McCann has been held at Macon County Jail since last Friday, when Lawless ordered him detained for disobeying her direct orders after being discharged from a sudden hospitalization. He’s showed up to court […]

todayFebruary 18, 2024 2

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Illinois

Illinois advocates, lawmakers call for ending juvenile court virtual hearings

A 2020 report from the Brennan Center notes that "several stud­ies of remote witness testi­mony by chil­dren found that the chil­dren were perceived as less accur­ate, believ­able, consist­ent, and confid­ent when appear­ing over video." SPRINGFIELD (Public News Service) -- At the beginning of the pandemic, Illinois transitioned most of its court operations online. Now, two years later, advocates and lawmakers are calling for an end to virtual hearings in juvenile court. […]

todayMarch 15, 2022 1

Illinois

Illinois

Advocate: Fair redistricting in Illinois could curb power brokering

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who backed a nonpartisan redistricting process on the campaign trail, last June signed into law new House and Senate maps drafted by lawmakers. CHICAGO (Public News Service) -- Former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is facing 22 charges of bribery and racketeering. The Chicago Democrat led the chamber for decades, and one ethical-government advocate said his control of the redistricting process was one way he maintained […]

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Missouri

Missouri Dems critical of proposed tax cut

JEFFERSON CITY (The Center Square) – As Missouri Republican Gov. Mike Parson began traveling throughout the state on Tuesday to promote a $700 million income tax reduction during a special session in September, Democrats criticized the plan. “The Governor’s Special Session is an election season ploy to change the subject after suddenly discovering that eliminating Missourians’ reproductive rights isn’t the winning issue Republicans thought it would be,” House Minority Leader […]

todayAugust 24, 2022

Missouri cryptocurrency

Financial News

Missouri legislation would shield cryptocurrency from some taxes

JEFFERSON CITY (The Center Square) – Missourians using digital or virtual currencies would be protected from some taxation under a bill introduced in the legislature. House Bill 2672, sponsored by Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R-St. Peters) exempts cryptocurrencies from property tax and securities regulation. The bill defines digital assets in Missouri’s Uniform Commercial Code. It would exempt the sale or use of cryptocurrency from money transmitter licensing requirements. “My goal is […]

todayFebruary 24, 2022 1

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Advantage Solutions to move HQ to St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- A Fortune Top 1000 company will soon call Missouri home. Advantage Solutions, a marketing company based in Irvine, California plans to relocate to St. Louis County in the first quarter of 2024. According to St. Louis Business Journal, Company CEO Dave Peacock expects there to be up to 40 people working at the new location in Clayton. Peacock told KMOX Radio in St. Louis that the area […]

todayOctober 12, 2023 1

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Business News

Gas prices dropping in Missouri

Prices still relatively high

(Missourinet) -- Gas prices in Missouri are heading in the right direction, according to AAA Missouri. The average price for regular-unleaded in the Show-Me State is $3.58 a gallon – that’s nine cents a gallon lower than it was a week ago. But $3.58 is still higher than Missouri’s average price a month ago, $3.51 a gallon, and higher than it was a year ago, $3.36 a gallon. Missouri’s average […]

todaySeptember 27, 2023

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Missouri

Journalists, advocates challenge new redaction rules in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY (Missouri News Service/Public News Service) -- The Missouri Broadcasters Association is among the parties filing a lawsuit, claiming a state law that requires extensive redactions in court documents is unconstitutional. The lawsuit, filed in Jefferson City, challenges a law passed last year that mandates attorneys and judicial officers redact the names of all witnesses and victims in lawsuits and criminal proceedings. Dave Roland, president and CEO of the Freedom Center of […]

todayJune 4, 2024 2

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Heartland Newsfeed Podcast Network

Uncovering America’s methamphetamine history

(Missouri News Service/Public News Service) -- Missouri may, at one time, have had a reputation as the "meth-lab capital of the country" - but a five-part podcast uncovers its true history. "Home Cooked: A Fifty-Year History of Meth in America" delves into the relationship of methamphetamine use with broader drug policies and social and cultural ramifications. Reporter Olivia Weeks with The Daily Yonder, who produced and hosts the podcast, said meth […]

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