Illinois Fully Aligns with New CDC Masking Recommendations

July 27, 2021

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced today it is fully adopting updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) masking recommendations to protect against COVID-19 and the Delta variant.  CDC recommends that everyone, including fully vaccinated individuals, wear a mask in public indoor setting in areas with substantial and high transmission.  CDC is…

Triad Return To Learn Plan Passes, Crowd Attends Meeting

July 27, 2021

By Charlie Feldman [email protected] A sizeable crowd watched the  Triad School Board approve the district’s Return to Learn Health and Wellness Plan at its Monday, July 26 meeting.  And some left looking dissatisfied at the result. The meeting place was changed from the central office building to Silver Creek Elementary School to accommodate a larger…

Resolution Encouraging Personal Choice Passes Madison County Board Of Health

July 25, 2021

By Stephanie Malench [email protected] The Madison County Board of Health, which is made up of all the members of the County board members but is a separate governing body, held a special meeting before its regular meeting on July 21 to pass a resolution encouraging personal choice relating to masks in schools. Mike Walters (R-Godfrey)…

Masks and Vaccines Strongly Encouraged, But Not Required At Triad Schools

July 23, 2021

By Charlie Feldman [email protected] Triad’s Return to Learn plan will promote strategies to reduce the risk and likelihood of COVID-19 spread in our schools. It’s being developed after consultation with many stakeholder groups.  When completed, it will be located on the District’s web site and the public will be given the opportunity to comment on…

Masks Recommended In Unit 10 Schools To Start School Year

July 23, 2021

By Stephanie Malench [email protected] The Collinsville School District released its 2021-22 Return to Learn Plan on the district website on July 23. The Plan is a requirement of the American Rescue Plan Act and was “developed in accordance with the ARP Act and the Illinois State Superintendent of Education declaration of July 9, 2021; is…

Cross-River Crime Task Force Successfully Completes First Patrol

July 23, 2021

Major Jeff Connor, Madison County Deputy Sheriff and Commander of the Cross-River Crime Force, announced that the task force successfully deployed its first detail last week. On Friday, July 16, 29 police officers from 12 Madison County law enforcement agencies responded to this detail. Over the six hours of this deployment, task force officers and…

Department of Justice Announces Launch of Firearms Trafficking Strike Forces to Crack Down on Sources of Crime Guns

July 23, 2021

The U.S. Department of Justice today launched five cross-jurisdictional strike forces to help reduce gun violence by disrupting illegal firearms trafficking in key regions across the country. Leveraging existing resources, the regional strike forces will better ensure sustained and focused coordination across jurisdictions and help stem the supply of illegally trafficked firearms from source cities,…

Madison County Circuit Clerk Applies For Grant To Help Self-Represented Litigants

July 22, 2021

Residents who represent themselves in legal proceedings could soon receive assistance from the Madison County Circuit Clerk’s Office. “The court system can be very intimidating and time consuming, especially for those who choose to represent themselves rather than retaining a lawyer,” Circuit Clerk Tom McRae said. “Recently grant money became available to assist self-represented litigants…

Dunnette’s Journey to Tokyo

July 20, 2021

By Mark Jurgena Many local viewers will be watching 2008 Collinsville High School graduate Michelle Bartsch-Hackley and her teammates as they go for the gold in women’s volleyball at the Tokyo Olympic Games. But she will not be the only Kahok alumnus to be part of the Olympic spectacle. 2013 CHS grad Travis Dunnette will…

Unit 10 Holds First Public Hearing On Caseyville Elementary School

July 20, 2021

By Stephanie Malench [email protected] The Collinsville Unit 10 School Board held its first public hearing at Caseyville Elementary School in requirement of applying ESSER III funds for the construction of a new Caseyville Elementary School. Caseyville Elementary School, built in 1935, is the second oldest elementary school in the district and has been expanded three…

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