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Illinois Fully Aligns with New CDC Masking Recommendations

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…

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Triad Return To Learn Plan Passes, Crowd Attends Meeting

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…

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Cross-River Crime Task Force Successfully Completes First Patrol

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…

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

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,…

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

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…

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Dunnette’s Journey to Tokyo

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…

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