Vandalia Correctional Center Lifts Lockdown

08/27/14 08:57 AM
A low level lockdown at the Vandalia Correctional Center has been lifted. Tom Shaer with the Illinois Department of Corrections says the Level 4, or low level, lockdown came off Tuesday morning.

AG Warns Illinois Businesses About Data Breaches

08/27/14 08:39 AM
Attorney General Lisa Madigan is making businesses and others in the state aware that the federal government reports that more than one-thousand businesses have been hit by hackers. 

Rauner Continues Shake Up Express Bus Tour

08/26/14 09:24 PM
Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner is back on the road today. He's starting the next leg of his Shake Up Express Bus tour, and will stop in 26 counties between today and Sunday. 

Shumway Firefighters Assist Norris Electric With Restoring Power Tuesday

08/26/14 08:54 PM
Firefighters were out assisting Norris Electric Crews with restoring power to several parts of the Lake Sara area until 3am Tuesday. 

Cavaletto Sponsored Fire Prevention Safety Funds Bill Signed by Governor

08/26/14 08:12 PM
Governor Quinn has signed the bill to allow school districts to use‭ ‬their‭ “‬Fire Prevention Safety Funds‭” ‬for their fire safety review.

Charges Filed in Armed Robbery of Effingham Hotel

08/26/14 05:40 PM
Formal charges of Armed Robbery have been filed against 24-year-old Nicholas Jackson of Toledo for the robbery of the Econolodge Hotel in Effingham. 



IDNR Receives Grant to Expand Recreational Access for Youth and Families

08/26/14 12:23 PM
A federal grant will allow the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to provide additional hunting, fishing, boating, and birding opportunities for youth and families by expanding the Illinois Recreational Access Program (IRAP). 

Effingham Police Investigating Theft From Roy Schmidt Honda Construction Site

08/26/14 11:59 AM
The Effingham City Police Department is investigating a theft that occurred from the construction site for the Roy Schmidt Honda facility.

Excessive Heat Warning Remains in Effect Untill 7PM

08/25/14 11:40 PM
The excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect for Effingham and surrounding counties until 7pm tonight. With a heat index expected to be as high as 110 degrees today State health officials are urging people to take precautions to stay safe. With conditions as expected heat stroke and heat exhaustion are a risk, especially if working outside. People are urged

City Commissioners Talk to Unit 40 Board About Construction Trades Program

08/25/14 10:24 PM
Effingham City Commissioners Brian Milleville and Don Althoff spoke Monday night to the Effingham Unit 40 Board of Education about the creation of a construction trades program that will be available to all

Neoga Teachers Agree to One Year Contract Extension

08/25/14 04:48 PM
The Neoga Board of Education and the Neoga Teacher’s Association have agreed to and ratified a one year extension to their existing contract. The agreement freezes the annual increases in teacher salaries that are on schedule for the current school year.


Ameren Begins Natural Gas Upgrades in Illinois

08/25/14 12:29 PM
Ameren Illinois is starting work on a upgrade to the state's natural gas distribution system.

Excessive Heat Warning Through Tuesday Evening; Cooling Centers Open Sunday

08/24/14 11:32 AM
An excessive heat warning is in effect for the area until 7:00pm Tuesday. The area is likely to see high temperatures in the 90’s and a heat index ranging from 103 to 108 degrees.

Lake Land College in Top 100 in National Community College Ranking

08/22/14 04:35 PM
The national higher education publication, Community College Week has released its 2014 Top 100 Charts. In the annual college rankings, Lake Land College was well represented, with four top 100 rankings amongst the national lists . Details of the rankings are as follows

State Supreme Court Says No to Term Limits Referendum on Ballot

08/22/14 04:25 PM
Republican candidate for Governor Bruce Rauner has his answer from the Illinois Supreme Court regarding his efforts to have a term limits referendum placed on the November ballot. The answer though is not the one he wanted.

AUDIO: Helen Matthes Library Moves Past Half-Way Point in Fundraising Campaign

08/22/14 11:43 AM
The Helen Matthes Library Fundraising Committee has raised $1.1 million dollars towards the construction costs of their new library building, taking their $2 million fundraising campaign past the half-way point. 

Mattoon Man Arrested After Lengthy Foot Chase

08/21/14 09:37 PM
A Mattoon man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after a lengthy search and foot chase as he attempted to evade police on the Northwest side of Mattoon. 22-year-old James Todd Shafer was arrested by Mattoon Police after he allegedly stole merchandise from the Rural King and was followed by an employee to whom he indicated that he was armed, after which he fled. 



Monday Deadline for Input on IDOT Accessible Transportation Transition Plan

08/21/14 09:26 PM
There is a Monday deadline to provide input on the Illinois Department of Transportation’s 2014 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan. Input from Illinois’ residents helps to ensure the department meets the needs of individuals with disabilities. 


Effingham Park District Accepts Bid for Workman Sports Complex

08/21/14 08:12 PM
The Effingham Park District will move forward with the creation of the Richard E. Workman Sports and Wellness Complex. The Park Board met Thursday for a special meeting where they authorized proceeding

Area Counties Show Unemployment Improvement in July Compared to 2013

08/21/14 06:22 PM
During the month of July Illinois' unemployment rate fell to 6.8%, it's lowest since August of 2008. The national average though was 6.2%.

South Central School Board Approves Tentative Budget

08/21/14 12:33 PM
The South Central Board of Education has approved the district’s tentative budget for the 2015 Fiscal Year. With the approval of the budget, it will now be posted for public review.‭ ‬The budget will be on display for‭ ‬30‭ ‬days in the District office.‭ 


Effingham Fire Dept. "Fill the Boot" for Muscular Dystrophy Event this Weekend

08/21/14 11:11 AM
The annual Effingham Fire Department “Fill the Boot “ for Muscular Dystrophy event will be held August 22 and 23. Effingham Fire Fighters will be located at 3rd and Jefferson, Banker and Jefferson, and Maple and Jefferson on Friday from 7:00am till noon and Saturday from 8:00am till noon.

Matt Poss Band

08/21/14 05:46 AM
Matt Poss visits 95.7 WCRC Friday Morning listen!

Lake Land College Completes Successful Federal Grant Project

08/20/14 05:33 PM
At Lake Land College’s Board of Trustees meeting held earlier this month a summary report was given on the college’s Community-Based Jobs Training Grant (CBJT), funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.


Mayor Gillenwater Designates United Way Week

08/20/14 05:09 PM
Effingham Mayor Merv Gillenwater has signed a proclamation to designate August 31st thru September 6th as United Way Week. The proclamation acknowledges the United Way’s 54 years of service to Effingham County.

Police Investigating as Businesses are Tagged with Window Paint

08/20/14 04:44 PM
The Effingham City Police Department is investigating five cases of Criminal Damage to Property that occurred between 6:00pm Tuesday and 10:16am Wednesday. 

Devoe Trial Date Pushed Back as Talks Continue

08/20/14 11:32 AM
The Shumway resident facing felony methamphetamine charges as the result of the execution of a warrant in April appeared in court Wednesday for a pretrial hearing where her September 2 trial was vacated for a later date. 

Newton City Council Borrows Money to Pay Off Bond

08/19/14 11:20 PM
The Newton City Council met on Tuesday, August 19.

Republican Candidate for Governor Bruce Rauner Makes Stop in Effingham

08/19/14 10:46 PM
Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner was in Effingham Tuesday.  The stop was part of Rauner’s Shake Up Express campaign tour, which included stops in 38 counties beginning last Friday and ending today.

Effingham City Council Responds to Financial Requests

08/19/14 09:55 PM
The Council awarded a grant to the Effingham Park District in the amount of $500,000 to support the Richard E. Workman Sports and Wellness Complex. The grant amount will be paid over two years, with Dr. Workman also matching the grant amount.

Coles County Bank Robbed Tuesday Afternoon

08/19/14 05:48 PM
The Coles County Sheriff's Office and the Charleston Police Department are investigating a bank robbery that occurred Tuesday afternoon in Coles County. The robbery took place at the First Farmers Bank and Trust in Oakland around 2:00pm.

Jasper County School District Finalizes IASB Membership

08/19/14 05:41 PM
The Jasper County Board of Education has finalized its membership with Illinois Association of School Boards for the 2014-2015 school year. This Board works with districts across Illinois in an effort to help the state’s school districts improve and operate as efficiently as possible

Midland States Bank Breaks Ground on New Downtown Effingham Banking Center

08/19/14 02:54 PM
Midland States Bank has officially broke ground on its new full-service banking center in downtown Effingham. A ceremony was held for the ground breaking with bank and city officials in attendance. 


First Illinois Human Case Of West Nile Virus Found

08/19/14 12:46 PM
The Illinois Department of Public Health says the first human case of West Nile Virus for this year has been reported.  A woman in the Chicago area in her 70s that became ill in July. Last year there were 117 human cases of West Nile Virus, 

Effingham Unit 40 Board of Education Approves Tentative Budget

08/18/14 09:27 PM
The Effingham Unit 40 Board of Education met Monday for a special meeting. The Board approved a tentative budget for Fiscal Year 2015. With the approval, the budget will now be available for public inspection at the Board of Education Office from August 19th until September 22nd. 

Effingham County Board Approves Contribution to Manufacturing Day

08/18/14 09:18 PM
The Effingham County Board met Monday for their monthly meeting where they approved a request from the Effingham Chamber of Commerce and Chamber President Norma Lansing for a financial contribution to Effingham County Manufacturing Day.

Illinois Concealed Carry Permit Gains Out of State Recognition

08/18/14 08:38 PM
Illinois residents with a concealed-carry license can now legally carry in 22 other states. The state's carry license is now recognized by all states bordering Illinois as well as most of the Midwest and parts of the West and South.

Effingham Police Investigating "Purge Event" Related Vandalism

08/18/14 07:30 PM
The Effingham Police Department is investigating a number of incidences of vandalism that occurred in Effingham between the late evening hours Sunday and early Monday morning.

Scam Calls Targeting People in Illinois

08/18/14 12:02 PM
Attorney General Lisa Madigan says Illinois residents are being targeted by scammers that claim to be from Microsoft or other tech support services. Madigan says the scammers call and say they've detected viruses or other computer problems and trick people to gain access to their computers and get them to pay for unnecessary software. 


$40,000 in Parts Stolen From Semi

08/18/14 11:31 AM
The Effingham Police Department is investigating a motor vehicle theft that occurred over the weekend. A semi owned my Diamond Surface Inc., of Rogers Minnesota was stolen while parked at 1204 Avenue of Mid America between 10:15pm on Saturday and 5:48am Sunday.

Illinois Colleges Will Become Smoke Free In 2015

08/18/14 10:43 AM
Starting next summer smoking will not be allowed on state-run college and university campuses. The ban begins July 1, 2015 and covers indoor and outdoor spaces on campuses. Governor Quinn signed the bill on Sunday.

Police Partnering With Schools to Communicate Back to School Safety

08/15/14 04:21 PM
Students are headed back to school and the Illinois State Police are reminding the citizens of Illinois to take necessary safety precautions while driving through school communities.

Police Seeking Assistance in Marshall Bank Robbery

08/15/14 03:35 PM
The Clark County Sheriff’s office and Marshall Police Department are investigating the Robbery of the First Financial Bank in Marshall.

Midland States Bank Promotes Cindy Doehring to Commercial Relationship Manager

08/15/14 12:24 PM
Midland States Bank has announced the promotion of Cindy Doehring to Commercial Relationship Manager.


Toledo Man Charged for Resisting Officer During DUI Stop in Effingham

08/15/14 11:08 AM
A Toledo man is facing a number of charges after driving under the influence just before midnight Thursday.


Tax and Finance Committee Updated on Manufacturing Day

08/14/14 05:46 PM
Effingham County Chamber of Commerce President Norma Lansing spoke to the County Tax and Finance Committee Thursday. Lansing gave the committee an update on the upcoming Effingham County Manufacturing Day. 

Donations Made to the Richard E. Workman Sports & Wellness Complex

08/14/14 01:03 PM
The Effingham Park District and the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation continue to work to raise funds to support the proposed Richard E. Workman Sports and Wellness Complex.

Suspects in Armed Robbery Cases Charged with Home Invasion

08/14/14 11:28 AM
The Toledo residents arrested on armed robbery charges in the robbery of Casey’s General Store in Mattoon have now been charged with home invasion.

Attorney Commission Recommends 3-Year Suspension of Local Lawyer's Law License

08/13/14 08:07 PM
The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission has recommended a three year suspension of the law license of an Effingham attorney.


TREC Board Updates Phase 3 Trail Progress

08/13/14 05:10 PM
Effingham’s TREC Trail will continue to grow in the coming months. At Wednesday’s Trail Recreation of Effingham County (TREC) Board of Directors meeting an update was given on the trails progress with expansion.