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Memorial School Students of the Month

TAYLORVILLE — Memorial Elementary School in Taylorville recently announced the Students of the Month. Pictured in the front row from left are: Jaxton Mollet, Brandon Blanchetti, Ryker Stone, Camri Phillips, Harper Allen, Isaiah Sneed. Back row: Jayse Carlile, King Franks, Ezra Dancer, Madison Neighbours, Lillie Ferris, Bella Warren, First National Bank Representative, Stephanie Longden. Submitted…

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Kuntzman wins ISBE’s Those Who Excel and Teacher of the Year award

Karen Kuntzman TAYLORVILLE — Karen Kuntzman, Taylorville CUSD#3 North School Principal has won the 2023 Those Who Excel & Teacher of the Year Award. Since 1970, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has sponsored the Those Who Excel & Teacher of the Year program to honor educators who have made significant contributions to the…

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Information sought in local burglary

TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary and criminal damage that occurred in Taylorville. Sometime between January 27, 2023 and January 28, 2023, person or persons unknown made entry into a residence located at #16 Valleyview Trailer Court. While inside, the unknown subject or subjects turned on every faucet…

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Grandson of Taylorville couple earns Eagle Scout rank

Andrew Alberts Last fall, Andrew Alberts earned the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. Andrew is the second oldest son of John and Kelly Alberts and the grandson of Gary and Mafalda Alberts of Taylorville. Andrew has been involved in scouting since the first grade and is currently a senior at Mead High…

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Editorial: A week’s paid leave? What took Illinois so long?

Chicago Tribune. January 24, 2023. Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he intends to sign a bill, passed by Illinois’ Democratic-controlled General Assembly, that would require employers to offer an hour of paid leave for every 40 hours worked, allowing employees to accrue and bank at least five days a year. The measure would take effect Jan.…

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Editorial: Pritzker’s windmill flip will be a flop in much of Illinois

Champaign News-Gazette. January 29, 2023. Saying one thing and doing another. State officials frequently say they support allowing local officials to make decisions on controversial issues. And they often do, right up to the point where local officials take positions their “betters” do not share. That’s when support for local authority comes to a screeching…

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Grains mostly lower, Livestock mixed

CHICAGO (AP) — Grain futures were mostly lower Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar. was off 5.75 cents at $7.5525 a bushel; Mar. corn fell 10 cents at $6.7575 a bushel; Mar. oats was up .75 cent at $3.9475 a bushel; while Mar. soybeans lost 13.75 cents at…

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Tony Sanders to become state superintendent of education

By Peter Hancock Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education announced Tuesday that Elgin-based School District U-46 Superintendent Tony Sanders will become the next state superintendent of education. Sanders, 53, will succeed Carmen Ayala, who announced in November that she would retire effective Jan. 31. ISBE said Sanders will take…

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Illinois’ COVID-19 disaster proclamation to end in May

By Hannah Meisel Capitol news Illinois hmeisel@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Exactly 38 months after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, Illinois will no longer be under a disaster proclamation as of May 11, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Tuesday. That’s the same day President Joe Biden will end the national public health emergency, which…

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Body of 96-year-old woman found in Chicago garage freezer

CHICAGO (AP) — The body of a 96-year-old woman has been found inside a freezer in a garage behind a northwest Chicago apartment building. The Chicago Sun-Times reports Tuesday that police responded Monday afternoon to the building in the city’s Portage Park neighborhood after receiving a call from a relative who lives in another state.…

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