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Christian County Board Meets; Discusses Jail Ballot Issues In April

The January Christian County Board Meeting was held on Tuesday evening. Mike Specha, Bev Graham, Dave Puccetti were sworn in to replace Clark Pearce, Mike McClure, and a resigning Donna Hibbits. The main topic of the board meeting concerned the Christian County Jail. 

 

At the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020, the board had discussed and approved putting in the ballot a vote on possibly raising taxes in the county to pay for a much-needed jail overhaul. Cecil Polley, Jail Administrator, says that remodeling or building a new jail is way overdue after an inspection came back that showed there were some serious issues. Polley says that some of the conditions of the jail could cause lawsuits in the future.

 

 

Polley says that they’ve already gotten help with the jail doors from the Warren Buffet foundation as the doors cost $45,000. While many people may wonder why people in jail need good conditions to live, Polley says it’s all about civil rights.

 

 

The building was built in 1970 to house 15 people, but at times there are 80 people in a small area with people that are locked down almost 24 hours a day. The jail houses more than just prisoners, it also has the Sheriff’s Office and other admin that work there. The discussion continued on the jail and State’s Attorney Mike Havera echoed a lot of the sentiments from Cecil Polley.

 

 

Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp agreed.

 

 

This is set to be on the ballot in April. It does not mean that the decision has been made already to remodel the jail. No action was taken on this. Personnel Policy meetings were moved to the second Monday of the month. 

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Taylorville City Council Meets; Talks Promoting City

The Taylorville City Council met on Tuesday evening. The board discussed renovations and beautifying of the city with the downtown taylorville.org Facebook page.  Steve Craggs spoke about some of the latest efforts including a huge promotional for promoting the city. The organizers of downtowntaylorville.org are working on the website.

 

 

The motion to approve the Class O Liquor License for MG Gaming at 120 North main was approved 4-3 with Bryant, Dorchinecz, Olive, and Budd voting yes. There has been talk about what to do with the road that ends behind the Steak and Shake. Mayor Bruce Barry praised the opening of the industrial park although the actual action was tabled due to a mishap with the paperwork so it will be approved in February.

 

 

Mayor Barry says that the Police Department will continue to perform their duties to the best of their ability despite the newest legislature going through on police reform.

 

 

The board approved equipment purchases for both the Taylorville Police and Fire Departments. The next City Council meeting is set for February 1st, 2021.

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Christian County Coroner Investigating Death In Taylorville

Taylorville Police along with the Christian County Coroner’s Office is investigating a death that took place on Wednesday morning at 9:33. A 9-1-1 call came in for an unresponsive 12-year-old female in Taylorville. Emergency crews responded and contacted the coroner’s office. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday in Bloomington. Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans says that the investigation is ongoing and more information will be available in the coming weeks. 

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Christian County YMCA Offering 24 Hour Access To Members

The Christian County YMCA has recently been able to offer 24 hour access to its members. While it’s a feature they are proud of, Executive Director of the YMCA Chris Weittenhiller says it was a long road to get to this point.

 

 

Since the YMCA began to offer the 24 hour access in late December, Weittenhiller says nearly 200 members have taken advantage of the program. It’s available to any current member at a very low cost.

 

 

As with anything new, a few bugs are expected. Weitenhiller acknowledged fixing an issue with the motion sensors inside the building. However there was also the issue of non-members or members without an access fob entering the facility. The YMCA decided to try and turn that into an opportunity.


 

Weitenhiller explained that their app can be downloaded on both Apple and Android.

 

 

Weitenhiller appeared as a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM morning show.

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Memorial Health System Relaxing Visitor Restrictions

Memorial Health Systems is relaxing restrictions on visitors, as new COVID cases continue to decrease. Restriction easements will go into effect on Wednesday at the five Memorial Health System hospitals, Memorial Medical Center, Abraham Lincoln, Decatur, Passavant, and Taylorville. These hospitals will allow one visitor at a time for adult inpatients between 8 AM and 8 PM. For inpatient obstetrics patients, the hospital will allow one support person and one additional visitor. The two people must be the same for the duration of the stay. 

 

There will still be no visitors allowed for anyone being treated for COVID or patients being evaluated for COVID. All visitors must wear a facemask at all times. 

 

For all other visitor guidelines, emergency department allows one visitor, two visitors are allowed for inpatient end of life, and two parents or guardians are allowed for pediatrics inpatient and outpatient. For surgery or procedure, one visitor is allowed in the waiting room for the duration of the procedure. 

 

For more information please contact Taylorville Memorial Hospital or the Memorial Health System.  

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Pana Community Hospital Supporting COVID Vaccines

Vaccines are the talk of January for COVID-19, as the virus has been at the forefront of the headlines for nearly a year now. As the vaccinations start to roll out, hospitals continue to be at the forefront of not only handling the virus, but also handling the vaccinations. Pana Community Hospital Marketing Manager Melissa Rybolt says that PCH has already been vaccinating its front line workers.

 

 

All of PCH employees that wanted a vaccine received one. Rybolt, who had already received the vaccination talked about some of the mild side effects.

 

 

Rybolt maintains that she did not have any side effects from the vaccine and feels that the risks are low.

 

 

Rybolt believes that we will start to see more popup sites for COVID vaccinations.

 

 

Melissa Rybolt appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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Vaccine Drive-Thru Massive Success

Nobody anticipated the COVID-19 vaccine drive-thru in Taylorville to be as successful as it was on Tuesday morning. The event had people camping out the night before desperate for a spot in the first come first serve vaccine line. Kevin Schott, Spokesperson for the Chris-Mont Emergency Management Agency, says that he was shocked at how many people showed up.

 

 

Taylorville Police who were on hand to help guide traffic, and make sure nobody cut in line, said that at some points the line up of cars extended past Shumway on Franklin Street. It then came up two blocks to Webster and Main Cross before extending all the way to the Christian County Fairgrounds, where the vaccines were actually given. Schott was thrilled that they had more vaccines on hand than they thought they were going to receive.

 

 

If you are getting the vaccine in the future, Schott says it’s a pretty straight forward process.

 

 

Since this is a double dose vaccine, instructions have been given for those who got the vaccine today to receive the next dose. If you are interested in getting the vaccine, stay tuned to Regional Radio News, and the Chris-Mont EMA for more information on the next drive-thru clinic.

 

 

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the Chris-Mont EMA Facebook page and as always stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more.

 

 

 

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Amelia And Oliver Lead Central Illinois In Baby Names In 2020

With January comes the release of the top baby names in 2020 and Amelia and Oliver remain the top for boy’s names. Amelia and Oliver were at the top in 2019 as well. At HSHS St. John’s Hospital and Memorial Medical Center, there were a total of 32 baby girls named Amelia while 28 baby boys were given the name Oliver. 

 

Rounding out the top ten for girls names are Emma, Ava, Charlotte, Sophia, Olivia, Harper, Everly, Ella, and Isabella. For boys, the top ten were Benjamin, Noah, Asher, Liam, Henry, Hudson, Jack, William, and Lincoln. 

 

Susan McCarty, one of the nurse managers of Family Maternity Suites, which is the maternity unit at Memorial Medical Center is excited for getting things back to normal in the baby ward, “While last year presented a very unique challenge as COVID-19 restrictions prevented grandparents, siblings, and friends from visiting, our new parents had more time to themselves to bond with their new babies. We look forward to when we can safely lift our visitor restrictions.”

 

Nationally, Sophia and Liam held top spots in their respective categories.

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State Rep Sue Scherer Comments On New General Assembly; Plans For 2021

State Representative Sue Scherer says that she is looking forward to working hard for the new assembly. Representative Scherer says that she remains committed to ensuring that the state’s response to COVID-19 protects vulnerable residents while giving relief to families and small businesses that have been hit hard by the pandemic.

 

Scherer released a press release saying, “I will continue my fight to ensure that all families in our district have equitable opportunities for quality education, good-paying jobs, and quality healthcare. No matter where you come from, or what you look like, families in our community deserve the opportunity to thrive and I will continue to put working families in Central Illinois first.”

 

Scherer is confident that the State will be able to work through fiscal problems caused by the pandemic and is encouraged to work not as democrats or republicans, but as Illinoisans. “It has been my greatest honor to serve our community and I look forward to continuing my work fighting for central-Illinois families.”

 

For more information and to reach out to Representative Scherer, call 217-877-9636.

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Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry Looking Forward To 2021

There are plenty of things to be excited about in 2021 and Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry says that 2021 is going to bring great things to Taylorville. Mayor Barry says that one great thing that’s coming is the COVID-19 vaccine. 

 

 

If you need a form to fill out for the vaccine, Mayor Barry has some available in his office. Mayor Barry says that Chief Dwayne Wheeler and the Taylorville Police are working through the latest police reform bill.

 

 

Mayor Barry praised Senator Andy Manar, who is moving into an administration position with Governor JB Pritzker, for his hard work on schools and the help for tornado relief.

 

 

Another exciting thing about 2021 is the industrial park and downtown area refurbishing in Taylorville.

 

 

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry appeared as a guest on the NewsTalk WTIM morning show.

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Region 3 To Move Ahead To Phase 4; Region 6 To Move To Tier 1

With hospital staffing on the increase, the Illinois Department of Public Health is starting to open back up again. Regions 8,9,10, and 11 will move from Tier 3 to Tier 2. Regions 1 and 6 will move to Tier 1, and Regions 3 and 5 will return to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan.

 

Hospital leaders and local health departments have been working with IDPH to bring in additional staffing and add staffing contracts to address shortages from battling COVID-19. IDPH feels that mitigation tiers will allow more regions to advance as healthcare workers feel more in control if hospital numbers do in fact start to rise again. 

 

In order to move to phase 4 a region must have a test positivity rate less than 6.5% for three consecutive days, a 20% available staffed ICU hospital beds for 3 days, and no sustained increase in the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 for 7 out of 10 days. 

 

Under phase 4, bars and restaurants can open with limited capacity, theaters can open with limited capacity, gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed, and all outdoor recreation is allowed. The next phase for Region 3 would be phase 5 which would be completely opening everything. 

 

Region 6 which is in tier 1 allows all the things as phase 1 except for only 25% capacity for restaurants and indoor service is suspended if there is no food served. Gatherings can only be 25 people or less. 

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Representative Davis Says DC Ready For Inauguration

With the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden taking place on Wednesday, Washington DC has extra security set in place, just in case anything may happen. US Representative Rodney Davis says that security on Wednesday will send a message to those who may want to attack our Government so that we don’t have a repeat of January 6th.

 

 

Security measures have gotten better and Representative Davis says that January 6th taught us some valuable lessons about safety. 

 

 

Rodney Davis is happy that the National Guard is there to provide that extra layer of security.

 

 

Rodney Davis appeared as a guest on the NewsTalk WTIM morning show. 

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Christian County Board To Meet Tuesday Evening

The Christian County Board will meet on Tuesday evening at 6:30 PM at the Christian County Courthouse for a virtual meeting due to COVID-19 mitigations. To get the log-in information for the meeting, please see below. New County Board members will be sworn in. Board member Donna Hibbits announced that she is resigning her position with the board. Mike Specha will replace Clark Pearce, Bev Graham will replace Mike McClure, and Dave Puccetti will replace Donna Hibbits. 

 

Greg Nimmo will give an update on COVID-19. Discussion will continue on the supplemental beacon speed limit sign in Assumption. The Christian County Hazard Mitigation plan will be reviewed. There will be a discussion of changing the time of the regular meeting nights. Vince Harris will be appointed as flood plain manager. 

 

For more on this story, stay tuned to Regional Radio News and see below for a full agenda.

 

CHRISTIAN COUNTY BOARD MEETING

AT

Christian County Courthouse

Taylorville, Illinois

Tuesday, January 19, 2021-- 6:30 p.m.

 

In accordance with EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-07 issued by Governor Pritzker, this meeting will be conducted via remote participation and the

new region 3 COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigations does allow us to social distance and to limit the number of people in a room.  There are 20 seats in the county board room and 22 in courtroom C. These meetings will continue to be done by freeconferencecall.com as well.  Seats are given preference to members and requested quests.

 

Dial-in number (US): (701) 802-5367

Access code: 7943957#

Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/christiancounty 

 

Agenda:

1.                   Call to order

2.                   Pledge of Allegiance 

3.                   Reading letter of resignation-Donna Hibbetts

4.                   Swearing in new county board members-

*District 3-Mike Specha replacing Clark Pearce

*District 3-Bev Graham replacing Mike McClure

*District 2-Dave Puccetti replacing Donna Hibbetts

5.                   Roll Call

6.                   Approve minutes from the regular County Board meeting of the

December 15, 2020 as printed with any corrections or amendments to them.

7.                   Public Comments

8.                   EDSA Update: Greg Nimmo

9.                   Present in writing petitions, resolutions/or ordinances, proclamations to be addressed in committees.

10.               Reading of Communications:

11.               Agenda items:

 

Highway/Building/Grounds/Environmental/ Zoning/ Welfare—1/12/2021

1.      Highway business:

o   Request for Supplemental Beacon on Speed Limit Sign, Village of Assumption

o   Petition to Remove from Plat, an Alley in Block 7, Rosamond Original Town Subdivision

2.      Discuss request for new/used truck for animal control/zoning.

3.      ZBA update: Fee schedule for solar/wind personal property energy systems.

4.      Request to amend Animal Control Ordinance as a separate appendix for kennel and hobby breeders/licenses.

Any other matters that properly come before the committee and/or comments from the public

 

 

Executive/Personnel/Liquor/Legislative—1/11/2021

1.       County Board Rules review/changes.

2.       Review and recommend approval of the Five Year Christian County Hazard Mitigation Plan.

3.       Review approved Resolution 2019CB029 “Proposition to be placed on the ballot for the consolidated election on April 6, 2021 which was approved December 2019.

4.       Discuss personnel proposed policy to continue paid time for COVID illnesses.

5.       Determine duties of the position of the Assistant to the Board/HR.

6.       Discuss change of this committee’s regular meeting night.

7.       Personnel issues and/or personnel/other county policies/procedures, personnel or labor updates or any other matters or referrals that properly come before the committee and/or comments from the public and/or executive session for any personnel issue.

 

Audit/Finance/Purchasing/Budget—1/13/2021

1.      Approve claims as presented for January.

2.      Review website contract.

3.      Discuss final financial status from Illinois County Insurance Trust 2001 and 2009 [from former liability carrier]

4.      Remove Assistant to Board/HR starting salary from current policy.

5.      Assign salary to the upcoming Assistant to Board/HR position.

6.       Referrals from any other committee, any other matters that are properly brought before the Committee and/or comments from the public.

                   

12.               NEW BUSINESS/OLD BUSINESS/OTHER:

a.       Extend the Emergency Declaration Proclamation.

b.       Authorize Board Chairman to hire Asst/HR applicant

c.       Secondary committee reports:

911 Board-Ken Franklin

CEFS-Gene Price

WIB-Linda Curtin

 

13.               Mileage and Per Diem Report:

 

14.               Appointments/terms: Vince Harris-Flood Plain Manager

 

15.               Adjourn meeting until Tuesday, February 16, 2021

 

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Programs Aplenty At Shelbyville School District

Early childhood development can make a huge difference towards learning and towards taking those extra steps to transitioning to Preschool. Shelbyville School District Early Childhood Coordinator, Shannon Shallenberger talked about her program called baby steps.

 

 

There are openings in the program. If you have an interest give the Shelbyville School District a call at 774-4731. Another program is the Stars Preschool.

 

 

Shallenberger says that with extra funding from the state, it has created home learning kits.

 

 

There will be developmental screenings held in March. 

 

 

For more information contact the school. Shannon Shallenberger appeared as a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM morning show live from our downtown studios in Shelbyville. 

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Taylorville City Council To Meet Tuesday Evening

The Taylorville City Council will meet on Tuesday evening for their regular scheduled bi-monthly board meeting. During the meeting, there will be an update on www.downtowntaylorville.org. There will be ordinance updates on some agreements between the city and CTI. There is also a look at approving a class O liquor license for MG Gaming at 120 North Main. There will also be a discussion on training for jiu-jitsu for Police. 

 

Under committee reports, Night vision goggles for police will be discussed along with portable alcohol breath testers and an evidence technician trailer. Fire Chief Matt Adermann is looking at purchasing some turnout gear and a few chainsaws. The Lake Department and Water Collection Office will be hiring. Low bids will be approved for the water environmental committee and there will be changes made to Lake Lot and Campground Leases including a lottery system and for the removal of fish from Lake Taylorville.

 

As always bills will be ratified and there will be city attorney and Mayoral updates as well. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more on this story and click here for a complete look at the agenda.

 

 

EDIT: This article originally said the meeting was taking place Monday evening, it's actually taking place Tuesday night.

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11th Annual Candelight Walk In Shelbyville Confirmed For February

The Shelbyville luminary or candlelight walk has been going on for ten years now and coordinator Bob Niestradt is excited for what this year brings. The walk this year will be held on February 20th. 

 

 

There is a lot of work that goes into coordinating everything, but Niestradt looks forward to it every year. The walk is being held later than usual due to COVID. Niestradt says a lot of it couldn’t be done without the dive team.

 

 

Niestradt confirmed there will be ice globes and hanging luminaries in the trees but there will be some changes this year due to COVID-19. 

 

The event will be held on February 20th at General Dacey Trail Head in Forest Park from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Bob Niestradt appeared as a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM morning show live from our downtown studios in Shelbyville. 

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Dr's Say Vaccine Benefits Outweigh Negatives

The COVID-19 vaccine is giving a ray of hope for a nation that has seen over 390,000 people across the US killed from the virus. The FDA has authorized through emergency use two vaccines and they have both been rolled out and are being distributed. Side effects for the drugs include reactions, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, and fever. 

 

Dr. Victor Chan, an Emergency Department physician says that the benefits outweigh the negatives despite feeling the side effects himself.

 

 

According to the CDC more serious side effects to the vaccine are extremely rare. The risk of a severe allergic reaction is also extremely low. Of the 1.89 million people to receive the shot between December 14th and the 23rd, 99.99% did not have a allergic reaction. Dr. Chan says there is a lot of misinformation floating on the internet.

 

 

Just because the vaccine was fast-tracked, Dr. Chan says that it doesn’t mean it’s not safe. According to the CDC and the FDA, The US has the safest vaccine supply in history. There are clinical trials, monitoring, and extended monitoring to make sure vaccines are distributed as safe as possible.

 

 

Dr. Chan reminds everyone that by taking the vaccine, you are looking out for others.

 

 

For more information visit osfhealthcare.org, visit the IDPH, FDA, and CDC website. 

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Winter Reading Challenge At Shelbyville Public Library

Reading is still an integral part of learning, studying, and relaxing. During times of COVID-19, when more people are at home, reading is something that can be done to help combat the stay at home blues.

 

Monica Cameron, Director of Shelbyville Public Library, announced a new winter reading program for different age groups.

 

 

Cameron says the gift bag also comes with popcorn, soda, a blanket, and much more for a great night to stay home. This isn’t a competition to see who can read the most.

 

 

Getting books and getting registered is very easy. Cameron encourages you to go online to get registered for the program.

 

 

The Shelbyville Library is still doing curbside service.

 

 

For more information on the Shelbyville Public Library, you can call 774-4432. Monica Cameron appeared as a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM morning show live from our downtown studios in Shelbyville. 

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Illinois Starting To Open Back Up

The state of Illinois is starting to open back up again. That is the message from Governor JB Pritzker on Friday who announced regions are now starting to see COVID restrictions lifted, however, indoor dining is still not there yet.  Regions 1, 2, and 5 (north, north-central, and southern Illinois) are dropping from tier three mitigations.  

 

 

The state’s other regions are believed to be moving out of tier three relatively soon. The Governor saying, that when areas move to tier one, there will be limited indoor dining allowed. 

 

 

All this comes as Director of Public Health, Dr Ngozi Ezike, says that the new variant of COVID-19 has arrived in Illinois and while it isn’t more dangerous, it does spread easier.

 

 

For regions to drop down to tier one, test positivity rates, hospitalizations, and ICU bed availability will dictate how quickly these regions can move down. Region 3 and Region 6 are still in tier three which has the strictest mitigation rules. For more information visit https://www.dph.illinois.gov/restore.

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The Business Development District Is Extremely Important For The City Of Taylorville

The Business Development District (BDD), accoding to Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce CEO Patty Hornbuckle, is extremely important for the City of Taylorville.

 

 

The BDD can cover a variety of different things for businesses within the district, according to Hornbuckle.

 

 

The BDD is funded, according to Hornbuckle, by a 1% tax within the district.  

 

 

Patty Hornbuckle was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show. 

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State Representatives Highlight Agendas For 2021

State Republicans highlighted their wishlist for 2021 as the new General Assembly was sworn in on Wednesday. The Representatives took the oath of office in front of Appellate Judge Mary K. O’Brien of the Illinois Third District.  State Representative Avery Bourne pushed for transparency in 2021. 


 

State Representative Brad Halbrook says that changes have to come to the Illinois unemployment issues and FOID issues.

 

 

January 13th was the Inauguration Day for the 102nd Illinois General Assembly. The House and Senate just finished a 5 day grueling lame-duck session.

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Volunteer Firefighters Are Needed In Findlay

Findlay Assistant Fire Chief Jason Fleshner has been a volunteer firefighter for twenty years and he got involved partially because of his father-in-law.

 

 

When he started out as a firefighter Fleshner says that he had no idea what he was doing.

 

 

Fleshner says that the Findlay Volunteer Fire Department is taking a variety of different precautions to protect everyone from COVID-19.  

 

 

The Findlay Volunteer Fire Department, according to Fleshner is also in need of additional volunteer firefighters.

   

 

Findlay Assistant Fire Chief Jason Fleshner was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show during the Findlay and Bethany Home Town Tour.

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US Representative Rodney Davis Details Attack On Capitol

US House of Representative Rodney Davis said he was mortified over the events that happened at the US Capital earlier in January when the US Capital was overrun by supporters of President Trump. Representative Davis thought it was going to be a normal day and had no idea things were going to turn out the way that they did with him locked down for over 5 hours.

 

 

Davis said that during the debates over the Electoral College is when things started to break down.

 

 

It was during that time when the members of the house were trying to escape that the Capitol Police really stepped up and saved their lives. 

 

 

Rodney Davis appeared as a guest on the NewsTalk WTIM morning show.

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COVID-19 Has Had A Huge Impact On The Village Of Bethany

COVID-19 has had a huge impact on the economy in the Village of Bethany, according to Mayor John Book.

 

 

Budget cuts from the State of Illinois could potentially have a huge impact on the village, according to Mayor Book.

 

 

Mayor Book has been Mayor of Bethany for approximately two years now.  

 

 

Mayor Book has a variety of different goals for 2021 for the Village of Bethany.    

 

 

Bethany Mayor John Book was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show during the Findlay and Bethany Home Town Tour. 

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Multiple Sides Speak Out For And Against Police Reform Bill

As Legislators wrapped up the lame-duck session and a new General Assembly was sworn in, many questions came in concerning one of the more controversial bills that were passed by both the House and the Senate, the police reform bill. Many police stations went on social media to post their frustration with the bill in what many Law Enforcement agencies are saying will make communities less safe. 

 

The Pana Police Department posted to their Facebook page saying that many of the new rules that will be put in place, the department already does including body cameras and training on the use of force. The bill when introduced into law will be introduced in stages so it will not be an overnight change.  This will allow Departments to catch up and have time to get in compliance. 

 

Patrick Windhorst, a Representative of Metropolis in Southern Illinois says that the bill will decrease public safety. 

 

 

Jack Campbell, Sangamon County Sheriff, did not mince words. In a press release issued on Thursday morning, the Sheriff voiced frustration over what he felt would negatively impact safety. 

 

“By now you have heard of the devastating legislation passed in the middle of the night, that will negatively impact your safety.  Law Enforcement agencies, many legislators and partners across the state, fought this legislation. Unfortunately, many uninformed legislators, after changing the bill number to cause confusion, adding more eviscerating language and leaving no time for review, rushed it to a vote.  The sponsors were unable to answer simple questions about their own bill during testimony.” 

 

State Senator Andy Manar, who voted yes for it said in a statement that he had originally opposed the original bill after talking to multiple state agencies but after talking to the bill sponsors they were able to get some parts of the bill amended.  Manar said the original bill “would have eliminated significant collective bargaining rights for law enforcement employees; 2) the bill would have eliminated qualified immunity for law enforcement employees while exercising their sworn duties; 3) the bill would have financially penalized units of local government that do not implement police body cameras under strict parameters (de-funding police departments); 4) the bill would have implemented sweeping changes for pre-trial services for individuals who have been charged with crimes.”

 

Representative Justin Slaughter spoke during the presentation of the bill. He said that it is time for change.

 

 

After many modifications, Senator Manar says that the bill has been changed from what was previously pushed through, preserving collective bargaining rights, qualified immunity for law enforcement was preserved, funding changes were removed, and de-funding a police department’s ability to purchase body cameras was also removed. Because the bill is being put in through stages, some of the bill won’t even go into effect until January 1st, 2023 to give police departments time to buy body cameras and other equipment that they may need to comply with the new law if Governor Pritzker signs it. 

 

The bill will also support victims of crimes by expanding portions of the Crime Victims Compensation Act. While Governor Pritzker, has not come out fully saying that he will sign the bill verbatim, he did release a statement praising the legislation saying, “I've long held that an essential mark of good governance is a willingness to change the laws that have failed the people of Illinois.” 

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