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Illinois EPA Meets With Public Over Concerns With Remediation Project

Illinois EPA and Ameren sought public comments on Thursday evening at Taylorville Junior High School. No representative from Ameren was in attendance. Approximately 50 community members were present, and many of them spoke during the meeting. The Illinois EPA initiated the session with a presentation detailing the site's history and outlining their future plans. They highlighted a stop order on the project, clarifying that the Illinois EPA will not proceed until they are sure the site is safe. However, they indicated that if the air monitoring results demonstrate safety, they will consider moving forward.


A public Q&A session ensued. The first speaker, Brenda Gillenwater, known for actively mobilizing volunteers through the Facebook group "My Community, My Family," raised concerns about missing documents and the authenticity of those provided by Ameren to the EPA. The EPA acknowledged requesting incorrect documents from Ameren initially, leading to some of the issues raised.


Furthermore, the EPA expressed regret over inadequate communication with the public regarding the initial June meeting. They affirmed their belief that soil contamination remains contained within the site and that the presently exposed soil is safe. Soil removed from the site and deposited at Five Oaks Landfill in Taylorville was also deemed safe.


The Illinois EPA is awaiting the review of the presented air quality reports, with no set timeline for the next update. Several community members left the meeting still seeking further clarification.

TPD Have Busy Monday, Arrest Two; One On The Loose

A Taylorville woman has been arrested and a man is at large following a search warrant on November 29th.  42-year-old Amber Fixsal of Taylorville was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.  41-year-old Damery L. Binkley of Taylorville is currently at large. Police say they have seen the subject but lost sight of him.  Police encourage anyone who sees him to get in touch with TPD. 


Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler says the CAT Team conducted a search warrant on the 500 block of West Second Street.  The CAT Team has been investigating the house and both Fixsal and Binkley and Chief Wheeler says that the residence is unsuitable for living conditions and the city is working to seize the property and eventually tear down the residence. 


Also arrested on Monday separately, was 34-year-old Michael T. Morrissey of Taylorville, for unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.  TPD recovered several shotgun shells during a search warrant at an apartment complex on Pauline Street.  Morrissey is facing multiple charges.


TPD thanked State’s Attorney John McWard for approving all the charges.


Damery L. Binkley


Amber Fixsal



Michael T. Morrissey

First Firearm Deer hunt Weekend Statistics

In a successful start to the Illinois firearm deer season, hunters across the state achieved a preliminary harvest of 53,348 deer during the first weekend from November 17th to 19th. This marks a notable increase compared to the 2022 figures, where hunters took 52,354 deer during the same period.


The state's seven-day firearm deer season is set to conclude between November 30th and December 3rd, offering additional opportunities for hunters to contribute to the overall harvest. Following this, various other deer hunting seasons are scheduled, including the muzzleloader-only deer season from Dec. 8-10, the late-winter antlerless-only, and chronic wasting disease deer seasons (in select counties only) from December 28-31, and January 12-14. Additionally, archery deer season will continue until Jan. 14, though it will be temporarily closed from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3 in counties open for firearm deer season.


Christian County saw an increase in deer harvest from 2022, going from 403 to 417. Effingham saw an increase from 653 to 696. A busy Fayette area was down slightly from 2022, with 1184 lowered to 1166. Macon and Macoupin counties both saw a decrease in deer harvest by a measure of less than 100 deer. Finally, Sangamon and Shelby Counties saw increases in their deer harvest.


Hunters and outdoor enthusiasts can find more information about deer hunting, open counties, and specific regulations on the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' website. The success of the opening weekend sets an optimistic tone for the ongoing season, highlighting the enthusiasm and skill of the state's hunting community.

Kemmerer Village Donation Events For Christmas and Incoming Daycare Facility

Kemmerer Village has announced their events to garner funds for their newly developing daycare center and Christmas events for the children of Kemmerer Village. Brianna Horton has been named the Director of the Daycare coming to Kemmerer Village. Funds have been gathered for over one year and now for the Christmas Season Kemmerer Village has opportunities for the community to show their support.

Schales Nagle, Executive Director of Kemmerer Village spoke on the upcoming Queen of Hearts Drawing this Sunday and Breakfast with Santa on December 16th. 

Nagle explains the operations that the funds will promote and more about the new Director of the Kemmerer Village Daycare.


Breakfast with Santa will be held at the Methodist Church in Assumption from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Nagle expands on what to expect during Breakfast with Santa.


The Queen of Hearts Drawing will be held at the Knotty Pine Bar and Grill where drawings will be done on Sundays. With a few different aspects to be aware of, Nagle directs those interested to the Knotty Pine Bar and Grill Facebook page where posts explain the weekly rules.

Kemmerer Village works hard to provide Christmas Gifts for their kids every year. This year there are many ways to donate presents. One way is stopping by the West Side Tavern in Taylorville where a donation box will be open for unwrapped presents.


Information about the Queen of Hearts Drawing at www.facebook.com/p/Knotty-Pine-Bar-Grill-LLC and for a full list of gifts to purchase for the kids of Kemmerer Village at their website at www.kemmerervillage.org/.

Schales Nagle appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Ameren Remediation Site Public Meeting This Evening

There will be an informational meeting for an update on the status of the Ameren Taylorville MGP Site at 917 South Webster Street in Taylorville.  The meeting will take place at the Taylorville Junior High School this evening at 6 PM at 120 East Bidwell Street. If you haven’t already done so, you need to contact Sarah Brubaker, Office of Community Relations Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, to reserve an opportunity to speak.  You can reach her at 217-786-0790 or at sarah.brubaker@illinois.gov.  


During the meeting, you will learn about the site history, current nature and extent of residual impact, remedial technologies considered for a change of the remediation approach, and an update on the site status. 


The Illinois EPA along with Ameren are both expected to be at the meeting to address community questions and concerns.  A group called My Community My Family will be speaking and asking questions concerning August air monitoring reports, an open pit near the construction, no trespassing signs, and that the community should be involved with the decision-making for the site. 


Stay tuned to Regional Radio News following the meeting for a recap of the event if you are unable to attend. 

Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals Meets

The Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals met last night at 6:00 p.m. at the Christian County Courthouse. All board members were in attendance. A motion to approve minutes from the October 24th meeting was approved unanimously.


The first motion on the agenda concerned zoning for a special use application from Sangchris Energy Center, LLC. The approval of construction of the standalone energy storage is slated to be located at County Road 1400 North and County Road 150 East in South Fork Township. The battery energy storage was explained to be a potential essential part of the power grid and would store power that would be readily available in times of emergency. The storage is used to boost the power grid to prevent blackouts and to provide up to 4 hours of power during times of rare total blackouts.


One public comment inquired if there were any other examples of storage sites throughout the state or if Illinois was the first to house the battery-stored energy.


Will Frost, Project Developer with East Point Energy and speaking for Sangchris Energy Center, spoke on the timeline of the project, stating that the project would start in 2027-2028 and the application is for 45 acres while the developers plan to only use 30 acres. The question of how many storage facilities have been constructed was that there are many lithium battery storages across the U.S. There was a concern of fire safety concerning the lithium aspect of the batteries which was followed by safety precautions and a fire safety plan created by Sangchris Energy.


The motion for Sangchris Energy was approved with conditions for the board to receive drainage and geotechnical reports before construction within a year or Sangchris Energy would need to reapply. The motion will move to the Christian County Board for further approval.


The second motion also concerned zoning for a special use application from North Pana Solar, LLC. William Shay, an Attorney from Peoria spoke for the project. The concerns for this project were that neighboring landowners had not been notified of the construction and the extent of the solar project. Christian County requires notification to surrounding property owners which had not been done by North Pana Solar. The ZBA board members also had worries that developers from North Solar Pana were not at the meeting to answer questions.


The motion was tabled until a representative was present to make the development processes more clear.

Social Security Administration With Tips For Small Business Owners

Small business owners are known to wear many hats in order to keep their business afloat but the Social Security Administration is reminding these entrepreneurs to not forget about retirement. Jack Myers, Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration says that it is not certain the business will sustain a retirement, and that is why paying into Social Security early will help.

Myers explains how minimizing taxable income can hurt Social Security Benefits in the Future.


Myers says that he hears too frequently from small business owners that they are not prepared for retirement.


The Social Security Administration understands the tough world of business and how saving for retirement takes a back seat, but many do not consider aspects such as that business owner becoming disabled or passing away.


Resources made to help those navigate the Social Security services can be found at www.sse.gov/prepare/plan-retirement or www.ssa.gov/pubs.

Jack Myers appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

TCCU Scholarship Voting Starts For Tenth Year

Taylorville Community Credit Union has announced that voting to determine the winners of their eight $1000 awards has begun and continues through February 29th, 2024.  Two seniors from Taylorville High School who registered for this year’s “Stop.Shop.Vote” campaign will receive $1000 awards toward their continuing education.  Winners are determined by the number of votes cast by area shoppers in the participating businesses. 


Eight high school seniors, two from Taylorville, Hillsboro, Litchfield, and Pana High Schools, will receive awards.  TCCU President Will Perkins says this is the tenth year for the program and that each year it has received more support and recognition as a valuable resource to graduating high school seniors who plan to go on to trade school, two-year community college, or four-year university programs. 


TCCU’s scholarship program will also help local businesses as shoppers can cast one vote for every ten dollars they spend in participating local businesses.  Among businesses that are participating include Amenities on Main, Anderson Jewelers, Angelo’s, Audrey’s Boutique and Luxuries, Battery Specialists, Bundles & Bliss, Country Kitchen, Florinda’s, Fur Love, Glik’s Hair Studio, Happy Baked Goods, Hello Beautiful, JMA Pawn Jewelry & Loan, Karma, Kompliments, Little Luxuries, Lock Up Gym, Nesties, Powderkeg Outfitters, Shadow Box, Shoe Sensation, Southern Belle Florist, Suessie’s Resale, Sydney Lynn’s Little Book Shop & Vinyl, The Upper Cut, Uprooted, Vintage Dresser, The Wooden Flower, Wright Furniture, and Zone Nutrition. 


Perkins says there is no limit to how many of the participating stores residents can shop in, or how many times they visit them between now and February 29th, 2024.  All businesses will display large posters in their windows and have ballots and ballot boxes available for all votes cast.  Awards will be presented in May.


For more information about TCCU, visit www.TCCU.org.  Membership is open to everyone who works or lives in the tri-county area of Shelby, Christian, and Montgomery Counties. 

Christmas Events Set For Small Town Taylorville

Small Town Taylorville has released their events, dates, and times for the upcoming Christmas celebrations. The Christmas Market Pop-Up Shop opens On Friday, December 1st, and runs through the weekend, this event will be located indoors at 114 South Main Street on the Taylorville Square. The Twilight Christmas Parade will take place Saturday, December 2nd, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the Taylorville Square with The Taylorville FFA leading the parade then Santa and his elves to conclude.

Steve Craggs and Lee Skinner, Co-Chairs for Small Town Taylorville promote and prepare for these events to get many different communities involved. They say this is the third annual Twilight Christmas Parade and has been very successful in recent years.


Craggs expands on the upcoming Christmas Market. He notes that the Charles Dickens Carolers will be out singing Christmas tunes.


Country Living Magazine has recently contacted Small Town Taylorville to understand and promote the efforts Small Town Taylorville has gone to in order to produce events like these, bringing new citizens to Taylorville.

Lee Skinner explains what this means to the founders of Small Town Taylorville and the city's future.


All the information on Christmas events from Small Town Taylorville can be found under the “Events” tab at smalltowntaylorville.com.

Lee Skinner and Steve Craggs appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Christian County Zoning Board Of Appeals Set To Meet This Evening

The Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals is set to meet on Wednesday, November 29th, for a public hearing.  The meeting will take place in the County Board Meeting Room, on the second floor of the Christian County Courthouse.  


The ZBA will approve or deny a zoning special use application from Sangchris Energy Center for the approval of construction of a stand-alone battery energy storage system at the corner of County Road 1400 North and County Road 150 East in South Fork Township.  The ZBA will also hear from North Pana Solar LLC, to construct a 35-acre commercial solar energy facility for the purpose of generating electric power from the sun on a 37-acre tract of land in Pana Township. 


All rezoning, variance requests, special use applications, and text amendments to the Christian County Zoning Code are available for inspection upon request in the Christian County Zoning Office located at 214 Market Street, Taylorville.  

Taylorville Kiwanis Club Hears From New Economic Development Head at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the new Executive Director of the Christian County Economic Development Corporation at their weekly meeting on Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.


Taylorville native Matt Hart was named to the position September 25th and has hit the ground running.   Hart told the Kiwanis Club about his upbringing in Taylorville, and added it’s an exciting time to be in business and economic development in the county.


Hart said the C-C-E-D-C’s goals are twofold:   To grow the existing job base thru local employers, and to attract new industries and jobs to the county.  He added that there are over a hundred Economic Development organizations statewide and all are competing for industries and jobs.  Hart is upbeat on the county’s prospects for economic growth.



The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.  Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.  For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.   

IDOT Receives Federal Grant

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today it has received a $4.5 million Federal Highway Administration grant to develop a new digital system that will improve efficiencies and safety as well as modernize the administration of future construction projects. The grant is one of 10 awarded to 35 states that applied.


The funding will enable IDOT to establish a digital network to share information on upcoming projects, which will reduce the use of paper reports, allow for 3D modeling and aerial surveying to improve accuracy, and increase efficiency of data collection for other state and local agencies to access electronically. Other benefits include reducing worker exposure by decreasing surveying activity in work zones and environmentally sensitive areas.


The department is in the midst of delivering Gov. JB Pritzker’s historic and bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital plan. Passed in 2019, Rebuild Illinois is investing a total of $33.2 billion over six years into the state's aging transportation system, creating jobs and promoting economic growth. It’s not only the largest capital program in state history, but also the first that touches all modes of transportation: roads and bridges, transit, waterways, freight and passenger rail, aviation, and bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.


Over the next six years, IDOT is planning to improve more than 3,000 miles of highway and nearly 10 million square feet of bridge deck as part of the Rebuild Illinois.


For more information on IDOT projects, click here. For more IDOT updates, follow us on Twitter and Facebook or view area construction details on IDOT’s traveler information map on GettingAroundIllinois.com.

Taylorville Memorial Hospital Seeking Donations For Year-End Appeal

Taylorville Memorial Hospital is nearing its end-of-year holiday appeal donation opportunity to expand the growing services and technology TMH uses to care for the community. These funds are used for special purposes that go beyond the typical patient services such as mammography services for uninsured or under-insured women, investment in children through nicotine vape education and how to curb the use of nicotine for children, and the community garden that provided the Taylorville Food Pantry with over one hundred pounds of fresh produce.

Kim Bourne, the President and CEO of Taylorville Memorial Hospital explains how these services allow access to help for all ages of the community.


Tackling the rise in nicotine use for children, Taylorville Memorial Hospital has teamed up with Taylorville schools to help kids understand the unknown health effects and the damage that is currently being seen.


The community garden was successful this year at TMH as nurses and staff tended to the garden when their time allowed, making for a plentiful harvest for the Taylorville Food Pantry.


Taylorville Memorial Hospital is asking the community for their support during the end-of-season appeal donation time to enhance and add to these helpful programs.

Kim Bourne appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Ameren Encourages Illinoisans To Be Aware Of Gas Leaks

Ameren Illinois wants natural gas customers to remember a short and simple phrase as they switch on their furnace--- ”Smell Gas? Leave Fast.”  Natural gas is safe and efficient when used properly, but it is important to understand the hazards.  If you suspect you smell natural gas, which also smells like rotten eggs follow these critical safety precautions. Immediately leave your home or business, taking all people and pets with you.  Call Ameren at 1-800-755-5000.  


Do not turn lights on or off, operate thermostats, garage door openers, appliances, or any device that could cause a spark. Even the smallest spark in the presence of natural gas can lead to a fire or explosion.  Do not use a phone or light a match or use anything with a flame inside or near the building. Do not open windows or doors to ventilate the building.  Do not reenter the property for any reason until Ameren gives the all-clear and that it is safe to enter.


In addition to natural gas leaks, Ameren Illinois wants customers to be aware of carbon monoxide risks and follow proper safety precautions.  CO poisoning can occur when fossil fuels and other materials are burned without proper ventilation.  CO detectors should be placed within 15 feet of every room used for sleeping and tested monthly.  If anyone is in your home and they are ill with flu-like symptoms and you suspect CO poisoning, immediately go outside and call 9-1-1.  You can also call the poison control center at 800-222-1222.  


For more information visit https://ameren.com/safety. 

Woman Identified In Route 104 Fatal Crash

The 53-year-old woman who died at the Sangamon County/Christian County line in a car crash has been identified.  Toni Cleeton of Kincaid was pronounced deceased at HSHS St. John’s Hospital’s emergency room at 10:20 PM.  The crash happened on November 24th.  According to the Illinois State Police, the woman was driving a GMC Terrain and traveling south on Cardinal Hill Road when she ran a stop sign and struck the driver of a Chevrolet Silverado that was traveling west on Illinois 104 near the Sangamon County-Christian County line. The death remains under investigation by the Sangamon County Coroner and the Illinois State Police.

HSHS Expands Success of Mission Outreach

In a recent development, Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) has generously contributed 129 hospital beds to Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach. The donation is part of a larger initiative to standardize beds across the health system, with a total of 190 beds slated to be donated from five hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin.


The donation comes as a game-changer for Mission Outreach, as hospital beds emerge as the most requested item by their international partners. Erica Smith, Executive Director of Mission Outreach, highlights the critical impact, stating that beds are already on their way to hospitals in Tanzania, Nigeria, and Lebanon. The beds will address a dire need, as Smith recounts her recent visit to a hospital in Uganda where children in the pediatric ward were recovering on the floor due to a lack of beds.


This substantial donation is a testament to the success of efficient donation processing, allowing the beds to reach international partners swiftly. Ratish Kumar, a Biomedical Engineer with Mission Outreach, emphasizes the significance of this unprecedented situation, noting that they can now fulfill their recipients' needs for an entire year. Mission Outreach's unique affiliation with a health system, HSHS, further strengthens their ability to efficiently serve overseas recipients.


Damond Boatwright, President and CEO of HSHS, expresses pride in the collaboration, emphasizing the global impact of sharing resources. The bed project, as described by Erica Smith, embodies the mission of the Sisters and the health system, providing tangible improvements to healthcare facilities worldwide.


The successful shipment of beds marks a significant milestone in the joining between HSHS and Mission Outreach. As the beds find new homes across the globe, they become more than just furniture—they represent a shared commitment to healing, transcending borders, and bringing hope to those in need.

IDVA Looking For Christmas Cards For Veterans

The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs launched the 2023 campaign, “Operation Rising Spirit.”  This campaign encourages all service organizations, schools, communities, and individuals to write letters of appreciation and support to veterans residing at state veteran homes in Anna, Chicago, LaSalle, Manteno, and Quincy.


Director Terry Prince of the IDVA says that over 5,000 letters were distributed last year to veterans. He encourages volunteer groups, families, and schools to participate in a gesture of gratitude to Illinois veterans.   In order to participate, notes may be sent directly to the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.  Letters will be sent equally to all five homes.  


Letters can be addressed to: Crystal Womack, The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Central Office, 833 South Spring Street, Springfield, IL 62794-9432. Notes may also be sent directly through the IDVA website. Operation Rising Spirit was launched in 2020 during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic to support residents who were unable to visit with family and friends.  The successful campaign encouraged veterans and facilitated their connection with the community. 

Taylorville Park Board Meets on Monday Night

The Taylorville Park Board met this evening at the Manners Park Dining Hall for their monthly meeting. They began by approving minutes and the treasurer's report, making slight adjustments to the budget.


The board locked in the 2024 meeting schedule for the 4th Monday of each month, except December, which has shifted to January 6th, 2025, accommodating Christmas in the Park and New Year's Eve festivities. Consequently, this year's December meeting will be on January 2nd, 2024. Additionally, the board greenlit the employee Christmas bonus and party, alongside approving the concrete bid for the skate park.


Attention then turned to the impending spring opening of the dog park, this brought up discussions over who was going to pay park district employees who had worked overtime on this project, given it was a privately funded project.  This topic was tabled for the next meeting.


Regarding the Ameren issue, the board discussed ongoing private investigations into the nearby remediation project adjacent to Manners Park. They emphasized the significance of the impending Ameren and Illinois EPA meeting at Taylorville Junior High School. 



Following this, reports were delivered by the Maintenance Superintendent and the Recreation Director, Bailey Hancock, who provided updates on upcoming events, notably Christmas in the Park.



The next scheduled park board meeting is scheduled for January 2nd. 

Sidcor Engraving Looks To Expand and Employ

A local engraving business has set out to employ disabled veterans, teaching them new skills and providing them with a new and enhanced job opportunity. Wallace Dandridge, Owner of Sidcor Engraving is operating out of his home and produces unique and personalized engraved items. The next move for Dandridge and Sidcor Engraving is expanding to a location fit for the growing business and hiring disabled veterans looking to get back into the workforce.

To aid in this process Dandridge has set up a GoFundMe titled “Helping Us Veterans”, where all of the proceeds will go directly toward the expansion of Sidcor Engraving.

Dandridge is a disabled veteran who has taken his passion for the engraving art and looks to help provide an environment for veterans to learn from failure and develop useful physical and technical training.

Dandridge discusses the process of setting up the GoFundMe and how it was difficult at first, adding that these funds look to enhance his business while changing the lives of disabled veterans.

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For Dandridge, perfection is the standard for the products he creates.

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Dandridge explains the process of accepting an order. Dandridge says a one-on-one conversation takes place with every customer to get a full view of what that person wants.

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For the first weekend of December, Dandridge’s Sidcor Engraving will offer free shipping.

Sidcor Engraving can be found online by visiting sidcorlaserengraving.com/. Call Dandridge at 217-638-9159, or email at info@sidcorlaserengraving.com.

Wallace Dandridge appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville Park Board Set to Meet on Monday Night

The Taylorville Park Board is scheduled to meet on Monday evening at 7 p.m. at the Manners Park Dining Hall in Taylorville. The agenda includes a review of minutes and the treasurer’s report, alongside discussions on both new and ongoing matters.

Under new business, the board will look into the budget, along with a Christmas party and bonuses for employees. Continuing, the board plans to approve meeting dates for 2024 and approve a concrete bid for the skate park.

Additionally, in old business, the board aims to provide an update on the dog park and Ameren MPG.

Following this, the Maintenance Superintendent, Secretary, and Recreation Director will give their reports.

For updates, tune in to regional radio news after the meeting.

ICC Disallows Ameren Rate Hike

The Illinois Commerce Commission disallowed $36.34 million to Ameren Illinois’ rate request for gas delivery.  The decision is 50.8 percent lower than Ameren’s initial request for a $71.57 million increase and approves a 9.44 percent return on equity. 


The ICC issued its decision after closely scrutinizing Ameren’s rate case filings and additional materials submitted by the utility, Commision Staff, and various interveners over an 11-month legal proceeding.  ICC Chariman Doug Scott says that as the state embarks towards a 100% clean energy economy, gas systems operations will not continue to exist in its current form.  


The decision also establishes a new low-income discount rate for eligible customers whose incomes are up to 300% of the Federal Povery Level, offering a 5.75% monthly total bill credit for qualifying customers beginning in October, 2024. In December, the ICC found the implementation of low-income discount rates to be appropriate for Illinois’ electric and natural gas residential customers. Customers already enrolled in the state’s LIHEAP program will automatically qualify for the new rate. 


Ameren Illinois delivers natural gas to 800,000 residential, public sector, and business customers in more than 1,200 communities throughout central and southern Illinois.  Find out more information on the commission by following them on social media. 

Kincaid Woman Dies In Vehicle Accident On Route 104

A Kincaid woman is dead following a vehicle crash on Route 104.  Sangamon County Coroner Jim Allmon confirmed the death of a 53-year-old female from Kincaid who was transported by EMS from the scene of a vehicle crash near the Sangamon County/Christian County line Friday evening.  The individual was taken to HSHS St. John’s ER, where she was pronounced deceased at 10:20 PM.


Identification is being withheld pending next of kin notification and an autopsy has been scheduled. According to the Illinois State Police, the woman was driving a GMC Terrain and traveling south on Cardinal Hill Road when she ran a stop sign and struck the driver of a Chevrolet Silverado that was traveling west on Illinois 104 near the Sangamon County-Christian County line.

Winter Driving Safety Tips

The calendar may say November but it’s never too early to prep for winter weather and the Illinois Department of Transportation wants you ready to go just in case. The new theme from the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police, and the Illinois Tollway is “Winter Weather—Get it Together.”  


Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman says that preparing for winter is a year-long endeavor for IDOT and says the team at IDOT is ready to take on snow and ice.  IDOT encourages you to plan ahead, reduce speed, increase stopping distance between vehicles, and keep your eyes on the road.  


IDOT offers some other tips towards increasing your safety during winter driving. Practice now your basic winter driving skills and preparing for routine trips to take a little longer to complete. Bookmark https://gettingaroundillinois.com to check travel conditions before heading out, don’t travel during bad weather unless absolutely necessary, give yourself plenty of time, and watch out for black ice. Roads may seem clear but be treacherous.  Be careful around intersections, on ramps, and bridges that may be prone to icing.  Don’t crowd the plow.  Just because you see them doesn’t mean they see you.  Prepare an emergency kit with jumper cables, flares, windshield washer fluid, ice scraper, traction material, blankets, non-perishable food, and a first aid kid.  Always wear your seatbelt, and don’t text and drive.   


IDOT will have more than 1,800 trucks avaialble for deployment as there are more than 17,000 miles of roads statewide.  That is the equivalent of driving back and forth between New York City and Los Angeles three times.  More than 318,600 tons of salt were spread statewide last year.  IDOT is also experiencing a shortage of workers with a CDL.  For more information on available jobs, visit https://illinois.jobs2web.com. 


For more information on driver safety and winter tips, visit this story at www.taylorvilledailynews.com. 

Taylorville Angel Tree Registration Dates

The Taylorville Fire Department is looking for help with donations toward the Angel Tree Program that brings joy and happiness to children during the holiday season.  Registration days for those who need it have been set as November 29th from 2-6 PM and December 3rd from 1-5 PM.  The program is set up for the Taylorville Firefighters to help raise money for kids and their families who have financial difficulties to celebrate Christmas. 


A photo ID with your address will be required to register.  Participants must reside in Taylorville Fire Protection District.  Age limits are 0-14 years old.  If you have any questions, please contact Nicholas Zepin and Cody Rogers at the firehouse at 824-2295. 

Crash Near Pawnee Shuts Down Highway 104

ISP Troop 6 is currently investigating a motor vehicle crash on IL 104 near the Sangamon County / Christian County line east of Pawnee, IL.  Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route of travel while this investigation is being conducted.

State Representative To Host Second Amendment Rights Event

State Representative Chris Miller of Hindsboro and John Boch, Executive Director at Guns Save Life, are set to host a special event addressing Second Amendment rights in the aftermath of Illinois Governor Pritzker's signing of a controversial gun ban into law earlier this year. The event will focus on the impact of the firearm ban and efforts by Republican legislators to protect constitutional rights.


The event aims to provide transparency to constituents and an opportunity for the public to engage with Representative Miller and Second Amendment advocates. According to Rep. Miller, the goal of this gathering is to provide the public with a chance to listen to Rep. Miller and fellow advocates of the Second Amendment. They aim to discuss strategies for resisting political overreach. It is crucial for constituents to receive openness from their legislators, wanting those who attend to feel empowered to express their opinions during this event."


The law, HB5471, signed by Governor Pritzker, requires law-abiding citizens to register specific firearms, magazines, and attachments with the Illinois State Police. Opponents argue that the law violates constitutional rights. Dan Caulkins a Representative from Decatur has taken the fight to the U.S. Supreme Court, petitioning for a review of the Illinois Supreme Court's decision on the weapons ban law, citing concerns about due process, equal protection, and Second Amendment grounds.


Guns Save Life, a gun rights advocacy group affiliated with the National Rifle Association and the Illinois State Rifle Association, is dedicated to defending people's right to self-defense. Rep. Miller emphasized the importance of protecting the Second Amendment and expressed enthusiasm about engaging with the public.


For more information about the event, contact Rep. Miller's office at 217-508-4108 or visit his website at repemiller.com.

Christian County Sheriff's Department Tips On Protecting Christmas Packages

 In the online world we live in today Christmas shopping has heavily transitioned to shopping on websites. This fact has led to stolen packages from front porches. The Christian County Sheriff's Office has some tips for keeping that present safe until you return home.


Chief Deputy Jim Baker of the Christian County Sheriff's Office indicated that the sheriff's office has received calls concerning stolen packages. Chief Deputy Baker has tips for this holiday shopping season.



Chief Deputy Baker says a simple tote bag will divert attention away from a front porch. Picking up packages from an eligible store is another option.



Staying vigilant online during the holiday season is also important. In a study from Norton, a consumer Cyber Safety brand, 36% of Americans have fallen victim to online shopping scams. Make sure the seller is a reputable source or buy directly from the store website.

Christian County Health Department To Do Car Seat Safety Checks

The Christian County Health Department is hosting a free car seat safety check from 8:30 AM until 3 PM on Monday, November 27th, 2023. The safety check will be held at 902 West Springfield Road in Taylorville. The Health Department’s Emergency Response Coordinator, Bryan Delendik Jr. is a Certified National Child Passenger Seat Technician and has been educated on how to make sure child car seats are installed correctly, and educate parents and caregivers how to use and install a car seat on their own. 


A one-on-one safety check takes about 30 minutes depending on your car seat and type of vehicle. During the appointment, Bryan will go over ensuring you have the proper car seat for your child.  He will also check for recalls, damage, and an expiration date for the car seat. He will also go over the next steps as to when your child may be ready for the next type of car seat and answer any questions.


To have your car seat checked, contact the Health Department at 217-824-4113 to schedule an appointment.  Bring the child who will be riding in the seat, the vehicle owner’s manual, and the car seat instruction manual, if possible.  If the child is not available for the appointment, you will need to provide height and weight. When you arrive for your appointment, there will be a designated area marked off with cones to pull into to wait until a staff member comes to your car. 


The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration states car seats and boosters provide protection for infants and children in a crash, yet car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1-13.  That is why it is so important to choose, install and use the right car seat every time your child is in the car. Any questions, please contact the Christian County Health Department at 217-824-4113. 

Safe Black Friday Shopping

Ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Attorney General Kwame Raoul is reminding Illinois residents to exercise caution when shopping online. In particular, Raoul is urging shoppers to do research before taking advantage of “buy now, pay later” offers, using services to split the cost of a purchase into several payments, or accepting offers of loans.


Some businesses and retailers offer “buy now, pay later” plans that allow shoppers to make a purchase right away, but defer payment over a period of weeks or months, sometimes with the claim of paying zero interest. However, some of these offers include interest and additional fees, which can spike if there is a missed payment.


Attorney General Raoul recommends that people using “buy now, pay later” services be aware of any interest charges or fees, whether the service will report the consumer’s payment history to credit bureaus, and whether a credit check is done prior to approval for a plan. Read the fine print on the service’s privacy policy to find out what personal information is being collected and how that information will be used. Individuals should also understand the risks in advance, including what happens if they miss a payment.


Additionally, Attorney General Raoul encourages people to consider the following recommendations before shopping online this holiday season: Avoid fake websites. Fraudulent websites may look like the real thing and may even have a similar website address. Double check to ensure you have typed in the right website address.  Read reviews if you are shopping on an unfamiliar website.  Be careful when clicking on links that were sent to your phone or email from suspicious or unfamiliar sources.


Never give out private information – such as your Social Security number, payment information, usernames or passwords in an email, text message or a pop-up chat box.  Always pay with a credit card. Transactions paid with a credit card generally limit your liability for fraudulent charges. Paying by debit card, prepaid cards, gift cards and cash do not offer the same safeguards.  Be wary if an online retailer or website does not accept credit card payments and requires that you pay by wire transfer, money order, gift card or cryptocurrency.


Be extremely careful when sending peer-to-peer payments through apps such as Zelle, PayPal, Venmo and Cash App. Most peer-to-peer apps are designed so you can pay people or businesses you know, not people or businesses you are unfamiliar with.  Use multifactor authentication or two-step verification when possible.  Read the fine print to make sure there aren’t hidden costs or obligations that could sign you up for recurring charges, like a subscription or a membership. Ensure you receive a delivery date. If a seller doesn’t promise a ship time in their ad, they must ship your order within 30 days of receiving your name, address and payment, unless they explain delays and give you the option to cancel and receive a refund.


Attorney General Raoul encourages those who believe they have been victims of a scam to file a complaint on the Attorney General’s website or by calling the Attorney General’s Consumer Fraud Hotlines: 1-800-243-0618 (Springfield) 

Specialized Hearing Solutions Again Giving "The Ultimate Gift of Better Hearing" This Holiday Season

An area hearing aid business is again giving what they're calling "The Ultimate Gift of Better Hearing" to one deserving person this holiday.


Krystal Baker, owner of Specialized Hearing Solutions in Taylorville and Shelbyville, is gifting a pair of premium hearing aids and hearing care to someone in need.   Baker tells Regional Radio News nominations are being accepted from December First thru December 31st.



Baker says she partnered with one of her hearing aid providers to come up with the gifting idea.



Baker began gifting one pair of premium hearing aids to a deserving person during the holidays, last year.

New Winter Programs For The Macon County Conservation District

The Macon County Conservation District is gearing up for outdoor programs that look to get new and exciting nature aspects in front of the kiddos’ eyes. On December 16th, the Raccoon Candy Cane Kids Hike will take place at 10:00 a.m., then the Preschool Bird Watching program will take place the next day, December 17th at 2:00 p.m.

Both programs will be held at the Rock Springs Nature Center Located at 3939 Nearing Lane in Decatur. Registration for both the hike and the bird watching are required and can be found at the Macon County Conservation District Website.

Jerry Culp, Executive Director for the Macon County Conservation District, says these events are fun for the kids and even if no raccoons are spotted, there will still be treats to pick up along the way.


There are still many species of birds to watch and learn about during this season. The Preschool Bird Watching Program looks to educate the youth on the local and seasonal birds and their patterns.


Registration for these outdoor programs can be found at www.maconcountyconservation.org/nature-camps-for-kids/registering-for-camps/.

Jerry Culp appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Illinois State Treasurer's Office Returns Life Insurance Money

The Illinois State Treasures Office works diligently to return unclaimed property to citizens of Illinois, but also recently joined unsuspecting people with funds from life insurance policies from a family member that they did not even know existed. 

Illinois State Treasurer, Mike Frerichs and his office have helped return nearly $800 million to those who have lost family members with these policies, creating new state legislation that combats life insurance companies that are not returning funds and making money off the interest.

Auditors were sent to life insurance companies from the Illinois State Treasurer's Office to look into the non-allocated funds, some companies were less than open with their operations.


The conversation of a life insurance policy between the purchaser and the beneficiary may not happen before the owner passes away. Treasurer Frerichs describes the problem with the lack of knowledge of a life insurance policy.


State Treasurer Frerichs describes a scenario involving churches not receiving the funds they were entitled to.


Great sums of money have been returned to their rightful owners and the delay causes many to think what could have been if they knew about the life insurance policy, Frerichs mentions. Mike Frerichs and the Illinois State Treasures Office will continue their efforts to join people with the money that they have a right to.

For more information about life insurance policies visit the Treasures website at, idoi.illinois.gov/consumers/consumerinsurance/lifeannuities/faq-individual-life-insurance.html.

Illinois State Treasurer Mike Frerichs appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Last Minute Thanksgiving Food Safety Tips

Thanksgiving is here! The Illinois Department of Public Health is issuing a reminder to Illinoisans to prioritize safety during family feasts amidst the dual threats of food-borne illnesses and the resurgence of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19 and RSV. IDPH Director, Sameer Vohra emphasizes the importance of following food safety protocols and taking precautions against respiratory viruses to ensure a festive and healthy Thanksgiving holiday weekend.


The IDPH stresses the significance of thawing turkeys in the refrigerator, taking approximately 24 hours for every five pounds of turkey. Alternative methods include using a sink of cold water (changing water every 30 minutes) or a microwave. It is crucial not to leave the turkey out on the counter for thawing.


Ensure the turkey and stuffing reach a safe internal temperature of 165°F. Use a food thermometer in three places—the thickest part of the breast, the innermost part of the thigh, and the innermost part of the wing. For stuffing, make sure its center also reaches 165°F.


The IDPH recommends proper hand hygiene, including washing hands with soap and water before, during, and after preparing food. Additionally, use separate cutting boards for raw turkey and other foods, and sanitize utensils and surfaces after handling raw turkey.


Leftovers should be refrigerated or frozen promptly and reheated to at least 165°F before serving or eating. IDPH advises against leaving foods at room temperature for more than two hours.


Hosts are encouraged to provide good indoor ventilation during large gatherings to reduce the risk of respiratory virus transmission. Dr. Vohra emphasizes the importance of good hand hygiene, encouraging guests to cover coughs and sneezes, and getting tested for respiratory viruses if symptoms arise. Individuals feeling unwell are advised to stay home.


In wishing a happy and safe Thanksgiving, Dr. Vohra emphasizes the power of preventative measures in avoiding unhappy holiday outcomes. By adhering to food safety guidelines, practicing proper hygiene, and remaining vigilant against respiratory viruses, Illinoisans can celebrate Thanksgiving with peace of mind.


For more information and updates, visit IDPH.

TMH Names November Colleague Of The Month

Taylorville Memorial Hospital has announced their November Colleague of the Month. Karen Christian, housekeeping aide with Environmental Services, is the nonprofit hospital’s colleague of the month. Patients appreciate The hospital says that Christian’s friendly demeanor when she cleans rooms and taking the time to talk with and assist those who need it is what separates her from others. Her nominator says that Karen cares about the work she does and always tries to do the best job she can.  Christian has worked for TMH since 2013. 

Staying Healthy During The Holiday Season

With hospitalizations for COVID-19 rising in the state ahead of the Thanksgiving Holiday, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is urging Illinoisans to stay informed about conditions in their area and to take steps to get fully protected from the range of seasonal viruses as cases. Twenty counties in Illinois are listed at a medium level for hospitalizations according to the CDC’s national COVID Data Tracker as of the week ending November 11. Across the state, 740 hospitalizations were recorded, a 17% increase from the previous week. The uptick in COVID-19 hospitalizations comes as hospital data is also showing increases in flu and RSV.


IDPH Director Dr. Sameer Vohra. stresses that holiday hosts should enhance the safety of guests by providing proper indoor ventilation, encouraging good hand hygiene, and reminding guests to cover coughs and sneezes. If someone is feeling symptoms of a respiratory virus – such as coughing, sneezing, sore throat, a runny nose or fever - it’s best to get tested and stay home if sick.”


IDPH is also encouraging all healthcare settings to consider masking in patient care areas especially if caring for those with weakened immune systems as both RSV and Covid-19 are rising. Per CDC recommendations: Universal masking should be considered facility-wide or, based on a facility risk assessment, targeted toward higher risk areas (e.g., emergency departments, urgent care) or patient populations (e.g., when caring for patients with moderate to severe immunocompromise) during periods of higher levels of community COVID-19 or other respiratory virus transmission.


It is easy to track data by county on a new national respiratory virus dashboard launched by the CDC this fall that allows the public to view weekly updates on the levels of COVID-19, flu and RSV. In addition, the federal government announced that as of November 20, every household in the U.S. is eligible to receive four free at-home tests through the COVID.gov website. For those who are uninsured or under-insured, the CDC this summer launched the Bridge Access Program that will cover the cost of COVID-19 vaccines this fall. The Vaccines for Children Program will cover vaccines for eligible children.  


On September 22, ACIP recommended seasonal administration of one dose of RSV vaccine during weeks 32 through 36 of pregnancy, to maximize protection for babies after birth. Given limited availability of nirsevimab to protect newborns, those who are pregnant are encouraged to get this vaccine from now through January if they expect to deliver during RSV season. For treatment of COVID-19, Illinoisans who experience symptoms can access no cost-share telehealth services through the SIU School of Medicine Covid Test to Treat services or call (217) 545-5100. U.S. government supplied courses of antivirals will continue to be provided free of charge to those with Medicare, Medicaid and the uninsured until supplies run out. Paxlovid and Lagevrio are now commercially available as well. 


The federal government has established a website that provides an all-purpose toolkit with information on how to obtain masks, treatment, vaccines and testing resources for all areas of the country at: https://www.covid.gov/.

Taylorville Man Arrested For Meth Delivery

A Taylorville man has been arrested following a search warrant for meth.  34 year old Derick W. Steck of Taylorville was arrested on Wednesday morning after a search warrant was executed at 515 Shawnee in an apartment complex.  Steck was arrested on charges including delivery of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.  The Community Action Team recovered baggies, scales, and other items to distribute meth. The CAT team was able to gather further information and discovered that Steck has three more cases before the courts including meth charges in Fayette, Shelby, and Christian.  



State Senator Speaks On Ameren Remediation Project

Much work is being done behind the scenes regarding the safety of the Ameren Remediation Project. The city had worked to create a stopgap that would allow third-party air testing to be done, ensuring safe levels of air quality.

Illinois State Senator Steve McClure of the 54th Senate District looks to put minds at ease as he has been in contact with community officials and Ameren. Senator McClure says he is monitoring the situation and ensures that he and his office are on top of things, making for a safe environment for all.


Senator McClure urges those with concerns to contact his office at 217-7828-206.

Staying Safe While Shopping Online

As the holiday season approaches, the Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) joins forces with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Office of Homeland Security (IEMA-OHS) to caution citizens about the escalating risks of cyber threats during festive online activities.


While it may be the most wonderful time of the year, a single cyber-attack on your bank account or credit card could quickly turn festivities into financial chaos, warned Sanjay Gupta, Acting Secretary and State CIO of the Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology. Encouraging citizens to fortify their digital defenses by Black Friday on November 24, Gupta emphasized the importance of smart digital practices to protect financial well-being.


IEMA-OHS Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau underscored the need for proactive measures, stating, "A few simple steps now can save so much frustration later." She advised consumers to exercise caution regarding texts, ads, and emails offering enticing purchases, recommending that individuals visit the company's official website, check reviews, and verify its physical location and customer service information.


Key recommendations from the state departments include avoiding fake websites. Double-check URLs and look for 'https://' and a padlock symbol. Stick with trusted retailers and be wary of unsolicited emails. Phishing email awareness, exercise caution with phishing emails. Avoid suspicious links and verify senders. Creating strong passwords, use unique passwords with a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols for each retailer. Consider utilizing a password manager for added security.


Skepticism towards unrealistic deals, stay skeptical of deals that seem too good to be true. Stick to reputable retailers to avoid falling into digital traps. Wi-Fi Security: avoid public Wi-Fi networks. Use secure connections like home Wi-Fi or cellular data and consider using a VPN for added protection.


As citizens gear up for holiday shopping sprees and charitable contributions, the collaborative efforts of state agencies aim to empower them with the knowledge and tools needed to safeguard their financial transactions in the digital realm.

Taylorville's Safe Passage Program Spreading Sobriety

The Safe Passage Program here in Taylorville is making efforts to expand their comprehensive services to more cities and spreading sobriety to people in need. Countless community members have been shown the light through Safe Passage and one community member gave his story, divulging honest, personal information that many struggling with addiction could relate to.

Fred Delahunt, a Taylorville resident and a strong advocate of the Safe Passage Program, provided some history of initially struggling with addiction. Delahunt speaks on the current state of social behaviors and the male population, saying that seeking out help was the first hurdle to clear.


The journey to sobriety is different for each person. For Delahunt, his motivation to end using came from within, an aspect that he repeated, the person struggling must want to change. Now Delahunt uses his experience to help those in the Safe Passage Program.


Delahunt explains the beginning process of those looking to find sobriety through Safe Passage. The graduates of Safe Passage call the program “designed for living.”


After years of working the steps and staying consistent, Delahunt regained his relationship with his wife and kids, gained employment with the city, and is a beacon of hope for those dealing with addiction.


The Safe Passage Program is an extension of the Taylorville Police Department and is located at 108 West Vine Street in Taylorville. Coordinator, Denise Evans can be contacted at 217-777-0080.

Regional Radio News thanks Fred Delahunt for his honesty as his story looks to motivate others struggling with similar situations.

State Rep. Halbrook Addresses Migrant Crisis

State Representative Brad Halbrook called for an investigation into state spending on illegal aliens, exposing a staggering total of over $708 million since August 2022. The report highlights funds spent across various state agencies, including the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Department of Housing, Department of Human Services, and Department of Healthcare and Family Services.


Governor Pritzker's recent commitment of an additional $160 million to Chicago for migrant support has raised eyebrows, with an additional $115 million set aside for the city and over $54 million allocated to asylee healthcare. The report details a complex slate of funding sources, including the redirection of $35 million from the TANF block grant cash to cover part of the $160 million commitment.


This revelation follows earlier instances where Governor Pritzker diverted funds meant for rent assistance for Illinois citizens to address migrant needs. State Rep. Halbrook expressed deep concern, stating, that the numbers that have come out are alarming and that democrats and republicans alike should be advocating for a closed border and for illegal immigrants to be deported.


As the debate on immigration spending intensifies, Halbrook's call for a reevaluation of priorities and financial allocations has added fuel to the ongoing political discourse surrounding immigration policies in the state.


The report also indicates that the nearly $700 million figure does not encompass non-citizen healthcare costs, which are projected to exceed $831 million—$300 million more than initially budgeted. Halbrook emphasized the human toll of illegal immigration, pointing to payments to cartels for passage, sex trafficking, and forced servitude in off-the-book jobs.


To view the full report visit, rephalbrook.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/33/2023/11/Asylum-Seeker-Assistance-FY23-and-FY24-2.pdf

Ameren Remediation Meeting To Take Place November 30th

There will be a meeting concerning the Ameren Remediation project on November 30th at 6 PM at the Taylorville Junior High Gymnasium.  Ameren and the EPA are expected to be there.  Christian County Board President Bryan Sharp says that he hopes everyone attends. 


All the public is invited to attend.

Christian County Board Meets; Recognizes FFA

The Christian County Board met on Tuesday evening for their regular monthly November meeting.  The board recognized November 22nd as FFA day in Christian County. Gary Merker stepped down from the ZBA.  Len Corzine was appointed to replace him. An amendment was made to the special use permit for Skyline Solar. 



After much discussion, the board voted to pass the motion. A closed session was held that lasted nearly an hour concerning discipline. The board reconvened and discussed ordinances. The board heard from Venise McWard concerning a CTI Contract which was given a 30-day extension and then tabled to discuss it more. 


The 2024 County Board dates were set.  The third Tuesday of every month was approved and the only change is Wednesday, March 20th, 2024.  This date was changed from the 19th due to the March primary. 


There will be a meeting concerning the Ameren Remediation project on November 30th at 6 PM at the Taylorville Junior High Gymnasium.  Ameren and the EPA are expected to be there. 



The board went back into a closed session. The next board meeting is set for December 19th. 

Several Christian County CEO Students Visit Taylorville Kiwanis Club Tuesday


The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from a host of Christian County CEO students at their weekly meeting on Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.


“C-E-O” stands for “Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities”.   The Christian County C-E-O program was founded 9 years ago to help county high school seniors learn business skills outside a school setting.


A host of Taylorville C-E-O students attended Tuesday’s Kiwanis Club meeting, and several spoke about their experiences so far this year.



Jay Bliler outlined the culture of the class.




Mylie Sims talked about their recent fund-raiser at Chillifest.  




Olivia Woodward shared about their personality testing called “DISC”.




Chloe Grant discussed the many business tours the class has had so far this year.




Drew Mickey shared with Kiwanis members their experience of a trip to Chicago to visit Taylorville natives the Barry Brothers.



Find out more on the Christian County C-E-O class HERE.


The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.  Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.  For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.     

City Of Taylorville Grapples With Nicotine Sales To Minors

The growing popularity of electronic nicotine vaporizers has led to the selling of vape products to minors in the community. A new Taylorville City Council ordinance will look to increase the yearly Tobacco and Nicotine licenses from $100 per year to $3,000 per year. In further ordinances concerning the sale of nicotine vapes, first-time offenders of selling nicotine products to minors will receive a $750 fine, a second-time offense will cause a suspension of license for 90 days, and a third-time offense will result in a loss of licensure for the remainder of the year.

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry and the Taylorville City Council are taking swift action to end the sale of these nicotine products to people under the age of 21 in Taylorville.


Mayor Barry says he and the Taylorville City Council can not legislate morality but keeping the children's best interest in mind is what they can do.


The Taylorville City Council will also review an ordinance that concerns the digital displays that vape stores in Taylorville use to market products.

WTIM To Air Special On 60th Anniversary of JFK Assassination Wednesday

Wednesday is the 60th anniversary of the assassination of U-S President John F. Kennedy.  WTIM will present a look back at the events of that date 60 years ago in a news special to air at 9:10 Wednesday morning called "The End of Camelot—The Assassination of John F. Kennedy."  The program will feature a lot of the live coverage from that day as well as the funeral when the country said its final farewell to the slain president on November 25th.  

Tune in Wednesday morning at 9:10 on all of WTIM's platforms—AM, FM, and on-line for our news special entitled "The End of Camelot—The Assassination of John F. Kennedy."

Taylorville City Council Meets; Praises FFA, Raises Penalties For Businesses That Sells Tobacco To Minors

Taylorville City Council met on Monday evening and recognized the FFA, approved ordinances and discussed old and new business.  Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry praised the FFA for their work at Nationals proclaiming November 20th as FFA day. 



The number of liquor licenses being limited was approved.  Aldermen Jim Olive and Megan Bryant voted no on the motion. An ordinance to increase the fee for cigarette and tobacco dealer’s licenses was discussed. The motion was changed to read that fees were increased to just $500 and not $3000.  The motion was unanimously approved. A motion was also approved that any organization found selling to minors would receive a first offense $750 fine, 2nd offense of $750 plus the remainder of the license year unless there are only 30 days left on the license, then it is 30 or 90 days whichever is longer, and 3rd offense is $750 plus a lifetime ban. The motion passed unanimously. 


A motion was also approved to restrict advertisements, banners, and signage for licensed premises of cigarette and tobacco licenses.  Stop signs were approved for Knute Rockne Drive and Western Avenue and BDD agreements were approved as well. 


Also under ordinances, materials were approved along with airport project services for the Taylorville airport. Under committee reports, the council approved a purchase for a riding lawn mower, a workers comp policy renewal, a levy that has to be filed every year, and motions approving ordinances for remote meetings attendance and city building codes. 


The council went into closed session to discuss salary negotiations. 

The next City Council meeting is set for December 4th. 

U-Haul Bandit Caught

A woman known as the "U-Haul Bandit" has been arrested in Macon County following a string of thefts involving a U-Haul. 41 year old Lindy J. Miller  was arrested on Sunday in Decatur and she is facing multiple charges including violation of parole/mandatory supervised release, aggravated fleeing police/21 mph over, two counts of theft, and five counts of burglary among other charges.  Miller was involved in a high speed chase last week that went by the elementary schools in Taylorville. She has a hearing set for Tuesday.


Wolf Carbon Solutions Withdraws CO2 Pipeline Application to ADM; Re-filing Expected Early Next Year

Wolf Carbon Solutions, the company proposing a carbon dioxide pipeline to run from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to an existing sequestration reservoir at the Archer Daniels Midland plant at Decatur, has voluntarily submitted a motion to withdraw its current application with the Illinois Commerce Commission.   The announcement was made by Wolf on Monday.

In its statement, Wolf did state it intends to update and refile an application with the I-C-C early next year.   Wolf added the withdrawal doesn't impact its commitment to the project and its stakeholders, saying they've receive significant support from a host of labor, business leaders, landowners, and local officials that see economic and environmental benefits from the project.

State Senator Gathering Holiday Cards

State Senator Doris Turner is hosting a holiday card drive for seniors in an effort to spread holiday cheer. Senator Turner says that because we get so busy during the holidays we often forget what it’s about and that’s spreading joy.  Senator Turner is collecting store-bought and handmade cards for local seniors this holiday season.  People are encouraged to write kind notes and drop them off or mail them to her Springfield Office, located at 725 North Grand Avenue E.  Springfield, Illinois 62702, or in Decatur at 1210 South Jasper Street, Decatur, Illinois 62321.  She is collecting cards until December 15th and will deliver them to local long-term care facilities.  


The State Senator encourages teachers and students to participate in this seasonal event and she says it’s a good way to make a difference in someone’s life, even if you don’t know them personally.  Anyone with questions is encouraged to reach out to Senator Turner’s Office at 782-0228.  

Illinois State Treasurer Host Online Auction For Unclaimed Property

Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs has announced an exciting opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts, as the Treasurer's Office prepares to auction a diverse number of unclaimed property items online. From November 27 through December 1, a selection of unique treasures, including collectible coins, jewelry, and basketball-related memorabilia, will be up for grabs.


The online auction, hosted on ibid.illinois.gov, has an extensive collection of items, ranging from an American Eagle gold coin proof set to Carson City Morgan silver dollars, a Hamilton 992B 21-jewel pocket watch, and a 1900 Lafayette commemorative dollar coin. Sports fans can also find Michael Jordan comic books and basketball cards featuring NBA legends like Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Charles Barkley among the offerings.


With a total of 100 lots to be auctioned, each consisting of a single item or multiple items, Treasurer Frerichs emphasizes the convenience of the online platform, allowing bidders to participate from the comfort of their homes or anywhere they choose. Prospective bidders must register with iBid at ibid.illinois.gov to be eligible for the auction.


The Treasurer's Office, the custodian of unclaimed property such as lost bank accounts, insurance policy proceeds, and safe deposit boxes, conducts online auctions periodically due to space constraints. Items considered for auction typically have not been touched by their owners for a decade. The office also holds an annual, in-person auction during the Illinois State Fair in August.


Highlighting the significance of the initiative, Treasurer Frerichs states that the auction proceeds will be held for the rightful owners, irrespective of the time it takes to locate them. The office aims to return unclaimed property to its owners and encourages Illinois residents to check for any missing funds on the state's unclaimed property website, known as Cash, at www.illinoistreasurer.gov/ICASH. An estimated one in four adults in Illinois discovers missing money when searching the website, with the average claim amounting to $1,000.


For further information and to view the auction items, interested individuals can visit ibid.illinois.gov and follow the instructions under the "Storefronts" tab. Questions about the auction can be directed to 217-557-8567.

Kemmerer Village Seeks Donations for Youth This Holiday Season

Kemmerer Village in Assumption has been serving youth since 1914 in Shelby, Moultrie, and Christian Counties. Natalie Storm with Kemmerer Village says there are currently 175 children currently in care in different local foster homes with over 150 successful adoptions.

There are many ways to get involved with Kemmerer Village like becoming a volunteer to help with many processes on the grounds and, a larger undertaking, becoming a foster parent.


Donations are accepted at Kemmerer Village year-round but donations of toys, school supplies, and even monetary donations will be appreciated at Kemmerer Village, says Storm.


Storm says one of the main goals for Kemmerer Village is keeping families together as much as possible.


For more information about the services of Kemmerer Village, visit their website at www.kemmerervillage.org/.

Natalie Storm appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown studios in Shelbyville.

Effingham Man Sentenced For Bank Robbery

An Effingham man has been sentenced to 4 years in prison for robbing a bank.  22-year-old Dillon Rensner of Effingham, was indicted in May and pleaded guilty that month to the crime.  Rensner will receive 48 months in prison, 3 years supervised release, restitution in the amount of $1,476 and a $200 special assessment fee. 

US District Judge Colleen R. Lawless sat over the proceedings.  Judge Lawless found that Rensner entered the Regions Bank at 111 South Durkin Drive in Springfield, carrying what appeared to be a firearm and demanded money from bank employees.  During the robbery, Rensner pointed the firearm at various people inside the bank and threatened them.  Judge Lawless also stated that although the firearm was a blank gun, the fear and terror that the victims of Rensner’s crime felt, was very real and traumatic. 


The statutory penalties for bank robbery are up to 25 years in prison, up to $250,000 fine, and up to three years of supervised release.  The case was investigated by the FBI, Springfield Field Office, with assistance from the Springfield Police Department, ISP, Indiana State Police, and the Terre Haute Police. 


The case against Rensner is part of a program called Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve. This is an effort to reduce violent crime and gun violence.  The department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN on May 26th, 2021 fostering trust and legitimacy in communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring results.  

Taylorville City Council Set To Meet Monday Evening

Taylorville City Council will meet tonight for their last regular meeting in November. The FFA will be recognized for their outstanding performances at Nationals.  After review of omnibus minutes, the council will review ordinances.  Among the ordinances discussed will be limiting the number of liquor licenses, increasing fees for cigarette and tobacco dealer’s licenses, adding stop signs at Knute Rockne Drive and Western Avenue, and approving some BDD agreements.  The council will look at a resolution adding a new vehicle to Exhibit A of a Master Lease Agreement with the Taylorville Fire Department.


There will be some low bids for materials brought to the council and a motion for some professional services for the Airport Project.  The council will hear from the City Attorney and Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry. 


Under committee reports, the council will look to approve the purchase of a riding lawn mower for the cemetery, approve insurance coverage and some worker's compensation policies, and ordinance for remote meetings attendance for city council members.  The council will finish by hearing from the public and holding a closed session for negotiating between the city and local fire and police employees. 


Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more following the conclusion of this meeting. 

Taylorville Park District Preparing Manners Park for Annual "Christmas In the Park"

The Taylorville Park District staff is busy turning the park and its Manners Park Dining Hall, into a Winter Wonderland as the 34th year of "Christmas in the Park" kicks off December 8th.



Mainteance crews are busy installing thousands of lights on various trees thru-out the park, as well as setting up displays from local businesses and non-profits.



Recreation Director Bailey Hancock and her staff are turning the Dining Hall into headquarters for the many events connected to Christmas in the Park.  Hancock tells Regional Radio News it takes at least a week to turning the building into a Winter Wonderland.




Hancock says the staff puts up some 40 trees in the building each year.



Outside work has been blessed with good weather in the last week.



And Hancock says Christmas in the Park opens to the public December 6th with the Jingle Bell Walk.



See the complete schedule by clicking HERE.

Finding LIHEAP Services Through CEFS

The Low Income Energy Assistance Program is here to help those struggling to keep their utilities on throughout the year. Brenda Barringer with CEFS says that eligibility will depend on monthly income and other related factors.


Barringer says that in order to find out your eligibility you must come to the appointment with your monthly income of every member of the household.


Other personal identification modes like a social security card will also be necessary.


LIHEAP appointments are being taken now, find more information at www.cefseoc.org/liheap.

Brenda Barringer appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show Live from our Downtown studios in Shelbyville.

Antibiotic Awareness Week Combating Antimicrobial Resistance

In preparation for U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week for November 18th to the 24th the Illinois Department of Public Health is gearing up for an expansive campaign aimed at increasing public awareness about the critical issue of antimicrobial resistance. The dynamic effort encompasses strategic public outreach and uses social media platforms to distribute key information.


IDPH Director Dr. Sameer Vohra describes the importance of careful antibiotic use, emphasizing that while antibiotics play a crucial role in combating infections, their misuse can lead to unintended consequences, including the appearance of drug-resistant illnesses. Dr. Vohra urges the public to utilize antibiotics only when necessary and to adhere diligently to prescribed instructions.


The Centers for Disease Control has created a chart to explain the proper uses of antibiotic treatment for respiratory infections. There are five common infections that do not require antibiotics: The common cold or runny nose, sore throat that is not strep throat, Covid-19, the flu, and bronchitis or chest cold in individuals who are otherwise healthy. Viruses or bacteria that fall into the “maybe” category for antibiotics include a middle ear infection and a sinus infection. And for types of bacteria that require antibiotics, strep throat and whooping cough need extra attention.


In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), healthcare professionals are encouraged to prescribe antibiotics thoughtfully. The focus is on engaging patients in meaningful conversations about the limited effectiveness of antibiotics in treating viral respiratory infections and guiding them toward alternative approaches for improved well-being.


U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week also advocates for the integration of proper hygiene practices as a pivotal element in reducing infections and preventing antimicrobial resistance. Recommendations include regular hand-washing with soap and water, use of hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol, practicing proper cough and sneeze etiquette, staying home when sick, and ensuring receipt of recommended vaccines, such as flu and COVID shots.


Supporting these initiatives is IDPH's unwavering commitment to collaborative action, as outlined in the 2024-2029 Illinois Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance. This comprehensive plan targets the improvement of antibiotic prescribing practices across all healthcare settings and aims to heighten public awareness of appropriate antibiotic use.


IDPH will continue its strong support for antimicrobial stewardship by providing a spectrum of resources and technical assistance to healthcare facilities and prescribers. This includes a series of regional workshops, webinars, toolkits, and collaborative initiatives designed to empower healthcare professionals with the necessary knowledge and tools. 


For those interested in learning more about these efforts, a wealth of information is available on the IDPH Antimicrobial Stewardship resource page at dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/prevention-wellness/patient-safety-quality/antimicrobial-stewardship.html.


Driving Up Donations With The American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is again reminding eligible donors that the need for donations during the holiday season is rising and there are opportunities to donate with the Red Cross. The South Central Chapter of the Red Cross serves 31 counties and over 1 million people, donation locations are available at 769 South Durkin Drive in Springfield and 2674 North Main Street in Decatur.

Zach Elmore with the American Red Cross says Type O Positive is the most versatile of the donated blood.


The Red Cross is making blood donations a holiday tradition this season, celebrating two decades since the release of the movie “Elf.” Donors will have an opportunity to take home a pair of Elf and Red Cross-themed socks.


But the Red Cross is not stopping there. For the month of December, those who give blood from December 18th to January 5th will receive a Red Cross long-sleeve T-shirt.


Information about the American Red Cross or donation locations can be found at www.redcross.org/local/illinois/about-us/locations/south-central-illinois.html.

TPD Goes On High Speed Chase For U-Haul

Taylorville Police were in hot pursuit of a subject driving a U-Haul yesterday afternoon through Taylorville.  The U-Haul has Arizona plates #AK11717.  If you see this vehicle, please call 9-1-1.  Police are asking you not to approach the subject.  Police have identified the subject and they have a history of Armed Robberies, Kidnapping, Burglary, and fleeing the police.  The subject currently has warrants.  

Taylorville Police on Social Media identified a subject connected with the incident as Lindy Miller.  The police terminated the pursuit after this due to the high speeds taken by the U-Haul and the dangerous conditions they presented. 



The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Announces Holiday Events

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce has set their holiday events, dates, and times that the community will not want to miss. Getting us into the holiday spirit will be a Gingerbread House Contest for the kiddos, The drop off for entries is November 20th at the Real Estate Group located at 119 West Main Cross in Taylorville. Judging and ribbon placing will be held on November 30th and the delectable domiciles will be on display until December 2nd.

The Festival of Trees will have decorated wreaths and trees on display in the Milling Building located at 405 West Main Cross in Taylorville from November 20th to December 2nd, then a live auction for those arrangements on December 1st from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. And even an appearance from the Grinch to snap a few photos.

The final event, incorporating many local players is the Christmas Business After Hours on December 6th, in the decorated West Side Tavern located at 109 South Washington Street on the Taylorville Square. The after-hours event will be hosted by the West Side Tavern and Design By Detail, with food catered by Carrlie’s Charcuterie and featuring a Giving Tree for Kemmerer Village.

Linda Allen, Executive Director of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce, and Cindy Frisina, President and CEO of the Heartland Development partners began these plans back in August and are excited for the upcoming months of events.


Allen expands on the Giving Tree process and Kemmerer Villages' involvement. Two trees will be on display at the West Side Tavern and a box for donations of unwrapped presents will be on hand.


This year's Festival of Trees event will have trees and wreaths provided by the chamber for families or organizations to decorate.


All information and more can be found on the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TaylorvilleChamber.

Linda Allen and Cindy Frisina appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Scovill Zoo Announces New Exhibit

The Decatur Park District Board of Commissioners gave the green light on Wednesday, November 15th, for the construction of an innovative Mountain Lion Exhibit and Camel Holding Building at Scovill Zoo. The expansive two-thousand-square-foot outdoor exhibit promises an immersive experience, featuring rock outcroppings, ponds, caves, and a special glass viewing area for patrons. Notably, an interactive zone will allow zookeepers to engage with the mountain lions through feeding and training sessions.


Expressing enthusiasm for the expansion is Scovill Zoo Director, Ken Frye he said that the Scovill Zoo is thrilled to contribute to the ongoing expansion of the zoo by introducing a new Mountain Lion Exhibit. The Scovill Zoo team is grateful for this opportunity and eagerly anticipates showcasing the exhibit to Decatur and Central Illinois.


The majestic mountain lion, known by various names such as puma, cougar, and panther, is set to be a star attraction. With the ability to reach up to seven feet in length and weigh 150 pounds, these cats are known for their remarkable agility, capable of leaping 18 feet into trees and displaying impressive sprinting abilities over short distances.


As part of the project, a new animal holding building will be constructed to provide a comfortable off-exhibit space for the mountain lions. Additionally, the existing camels, Jack and Fin, at Scovill Zoo will benefit from a new indoor holding space.


Funding for this project comes from private donations, showcasing strong community support for the zoo's expansion. Construction is slated for completion by August 2024, promising a thrilling new experience for zoo visitors and a state-of-the-art facility for the featured animals.

Christian County Sheriff's Department With Deer Season Information

The fall season is upon us bringing deer hunting season and an increase of deer populating the roadways. The Christian County Sheriff's Department has reminders for those who will be on the roads and up in deer stands during the upcoming months. Chief Deputy Jim Baker of the Christian County Sheriffs Department says that in a report from the last 45 days, 25 deer-related accidents have been reported.

The Christian County Sheriff's Department is also working with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources on cases concerning injured deer on the side of the road, deer processing when a citizen wants to take the deer from the roadway, and trespassing complications during the hunting season.

Chief Deputy Jim Baker has tips for driving while the deer are active during this season.


It is not abnormal for someone In an accident involving a deer to want to take that animal home for the freezer. Chief Deputy Baker states that these deer must be registered with the IDNR. This is another situation where a call to the Christian County Sheriff's Department will help sort out the details.


Regarding the hunting season, Chief Deputy Baker says firearm hunting season begins this weekend and to expect an uptick in wooded hunting grounds and private properties. Chief Deputy Baker says that in the past, disputes over trespassing have been common.


The Christian County Sheriff's Department reminds those going out solo to hunt to have their phone location turned on and even shared with a family member or friend to help in the case of an emergency.

If a citizen is looking to keep a deer that has been hit on the roadway call 217-782-6431. The Christian County Sheriff's Department will be available during the busy deer hunting season for issues that could relate to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Chief Deputy Jim Baker appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Illinois Senator Steve McClure Speaks on Veto Session

As the fall veto session comes to a close there are pieces of legislation that could use some clearing up. The Invest In Kids Scholarship Program has been ended, legislation on firearms in Illinois has been changed and cleaner energy solutions have been passed.

Illinois State Senator, Steve McClure, had voted to continue the Invest In Kids Program and though it was not passed during the fall veto session, Senator McClure says this will be an area he will be revisiting in the spring session.


As a result of the Illinois Assault weapons ban, Senator McClure says that law-abiding gun owners are being targeted in the state of Illinois for the type of gun they own.


With wind and solar becoming a growing issue across Central Illinois, nuclear energy has been another contested topic that moved successfully through the veto session, ending the moratorium on nuclear energy in Illinois.


Senator Steve McClure represents the 54th Senate District and says he is constantly talking with constituents from Christian and surrounding counties on issues like wind, solar, and the recent Ameren remediation project.

Senator Steve McClure appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Thanksgiving Costs Slightly Down In 2023

Food prices are getting higher and higher, but according to an American Farm Bureau Thanksgiving Cost Survey, the average cost of a traditional Thanksgiving meal is actually down slightly compared to 2022. IFB volunteer shoppers reported to a state-wide average price of $63.87 for a classic holiday feast for 10, or around $6.39 per person.  This reflects a 2.5% decrease over last year’s average of $65.53.


AFBF or American Farm Bureau Federation reported a national average of $61.17 or less than $6.20 per person, for a classic holiday feast for 10 which is a 4.5% decrease from last year’s record of $64.05.  Thanksgiving meals are still 25% higher than it was in 2019, highlighting how much high supply costs and inflation have touched the market. 


As far as turkey’s go, the national average price for a 16 pound turkey is $27.35 which is down 5.6% from last year.  Farm Bureau volunteer shoppers included turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a veggie tray, and pumpkin pie with whipped cream along with leftovers for a group of 10.  


In recognition of changes to Thanksgiving dinner traditions, the Farm Bureau price survey also includes boneless ham, Russet potatoes, and frozen green beans in an expanded menu.  Adding these foods to a classic Thanksgiving menu increased the cost by $23.58 to $84.75.  245 surveys were completed with pricing data from all 50 states and Puerto Rico for the national average cost.  The midwest was the cheapest, followed by the south, the west, and the northeast. 

Individual Prices

  •     16-pound turkey: $27.35 or $1.71 per pound (down 5.6%)
  •     14-ounces of cubed stuffing mix: $3.77 (down 2.8%)
  •     2 frozen pie crusts: $3.50 (down 4.9%)
  •     Half pint of whipping cream: $1.73 (down 22.8%)
  •     1 pound of frozen peas: $1.88 (down 1.1%)
  •     1 dozen dinner rolls: $3.84 (up 2.9%)
  •     Misc. ingredients to prepare the meal: $3..95 (down 4.4%)
  •     30-ounce can of pumpkin pie mix: $4.44 (up 3.7%)
  •     1 gallon of whole milk: $3.74 (down 2.6%)
  •     3 pounds of sweet potatoes: $3.97 (up .3%)
  •     1-pound veggie tray (carrots & celery): $.90 (up 2.3%)
  •     12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries: $2.10 (down 18.3%)

Illinois AG Files Federal Comments In Support Of Agriculture Workers

Attorney General Kwame Raoul, along with 10 attorneys general, filed comments in support of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) regarding changes to the H-2A program. The H-2A program allows agricultural employers who anticipate a shortage of domestic workers to bring nonimmigrant foreign workers to the U.S. to perform temporary agricultural work. The proposed regulations would strengthen worker protection measures for H-2A agricultural workers and the DOL’s capability to monitor compliance and take enforcement actions.


AG Raoul says that individuals who come to the US fill critical shortages and they deserve to be protected from abuse and unsafe workplaces.  This new rule will help protect vulnerable workers as it enhances the nation’s economy.


The H-2A program, and agricultural work more generally, experience high rates of workplace violations and worker exploitation. The proposed rule is intended to address concerns regarding the DOL’s ability to enforce regulations related to foreign labor recruitment, to improve accountability for employers who use various methods to attempt to evade the law and regulatory requirements and to enhance worker protections for a marginalized workforce.


The comment letter Raoul and the coalition filed highlights three specific areas that promote access to information and accountability: Broader protections for workers’ efforts to form and join labor organizations, Protection from arbitrary or retaliatory termination, and transparency regarding foreign recruiters.


Attorney General Raoul was joined in filing the comments by the attorneys general of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Washington.

Quad County Home Health Placed In Top Service Programs

Quad County Home Health, Hospice, and Durable Medical Equipment out of Pana Community Hospital have been awarded two honors that are a testament to the personalized care and service the professionals provide each year. The Home Health Team has been given the title of “Superior Performance Award” placing the group in the top 20% of service providers in the nation.

The second honor received went to the Hospice Program, being named a “Premier Performance” Team, placing the hospice program in the top 5% of programs in the nation.

Tom Culberson is the Executive Director of Quad County Home Health, Hospice, and DME services and could not be more proud of his team of professionals.


Culberson speaks on the highly respected premier performance hospice team.


As the Executive Director, Culberson says this high standard of care is recognized but also expected as these services are important to older individuals' independence and daily life.


To find out more about Quad County Home Health, Hospice, and DME, find them online at panahospital.com/services/quad-county-home-health.

Tom Culberson appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Helping Veterans All Year Long

While Veteran’s Day has passed, it is never too late to talk about ways that veterans need help.  One way that Illinois is connecting veterans with services they need is through something called Operation Connect a Vet.  People are asked to contact Illinois Joining Forces or IJF, a nonprofit organization launched in 2012 through the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and Military Affairs.  Contacting IJF will help connect veterans with other veterans to do wellness checks to make sure they are doing ok.  Often times vets don’t need to be having a crisis, it’s just good to connect those with others.  


Veterans can face multiple crises including financial problems and other needs.  Rent, mortgage, life issues, and getting meds, are all issues that can crop up during phone calls.  Michael Pedroza, a veteran care coordinator specialist for IJF and a Navy Veteran from 1989-1993, says that often veterans are reluctant to ask for help even when they need it.  


IJF is a statewide public/private network of military and veterans-serving organizations that work together to improve services for veterans, service members, and their families.  According to the website, IJF helps navigate through a “sea of goodwill” to find the support they need when they need it.  


Requests can be made by calling the IJF Care Coordination Center at 833-463-6453, sending an email to callcenter@illinoisjoiningforces.org, or filling out a Connect a Vet form on the IJF website, illinoisjoiningforces.org.  

Taylorville School Board of Education Meets for November Meeting

The Taylorville School Board of Education met for their regular monthly board meeting last night at 6:00 p.m. All members of the board were present and there were no comments from the public.

The discussion for IASB resolutions presented at the October meeting was passed and Brenda Patrick provided monthly liaison information.

Under new business, the Christian County CEO Program provided the background and recent events the group has participated in. The CEO program was seeking approval for their FY2024 CEO contract and President Bill Beyers began with his comments praising the program for its positive outcomes for students.

Drew Mickey spoke on the CEO student's recent trip to successful businesses in Chicago.


The Christian County CEO contract was approved unanimously by the board.
Anita Brown presented the Illinois District Report Cards and the approval of an offer for the Building Trades house of $199,000 was approved.

Discussion and approval of the amendment to the professional services agreement with Architechnics Inc. to move forward with Option A Phase 1- completing an expandable gymnasium first and the performing arts center second, was approved with Dr. Ron Mizer and Tom Finks abstaining. Interim Superintendent Deborah Philpot added that augmentations could be made during the next meeting with the architects.

Dr. Ron Mizer has been outspoken over the building project since the beginning, adding that he believes the funds are present to create a facility that fits all needs.


The amendment to the professional services with the architects was approved.
Deborah Philpot, Interim Superintendent gave her report, praising the school's many current successful programs like the National Champion FFA team and the Taylorville Cross Country team on sending a team to the state championships.

The next school board meeting is set for December 12th.

Taylorville Kiwanis Club Hears from WTIM Morning Show Host at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the host of the WTIM Morning Show at their weekly meeting on Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.


Naperville native Tim Zalabak joined the Miller Media Group staff just over 6 months ago, and hosts the WTIM Morning Show weekday mornings among his many duties.   Zalabak told Kiwanis members that picking his ultimate career choice was a journey that started playing college baseball, then being a sports management major, then a public relations major, and finally broadcasting.   He’s a graduate of Illinois State University, and his position in Taylorville is the first in his broadcast career.


Zalabak said he’s honored to host a program where local officials, civic groups and non-profits tell their story, and bring that to WTIM listeners every day.  



He added that after hosting the WTIM Morning Show, he’s now set his ultimate goal to be a national news reporter interviewing people to tell their story. 


The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.  Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.  For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.     

South Fork Student Passes Away Unexpectedly

A student from South Fork High School has passed away.  According to a message from South Fork School District, the student passed away unexpectedly Monday.  The message was posted on social media and said words can’t adequately address the hurt, sorrow, and sadness the family is feeling.  South Fork says that they are there with counselors for students seeking support and that bereavement is different for everyone.  They stressed that they will continue to give support to all students and staff as they find their own way to process the loss.  


Dear South Fork Family,
It is with a heavy heart that I am corresponding with all of you.  South Fork School District was informed late last night that one of its High School students unexpectedly passed away.  Words cannot adequately address the hurt, sorrow, and sadness I am sure the family is feeling.  The loss of a person is devastating to so many people.
We at South Fork want to share with you that we are here for all who are affected by this tragic passing.  We will have counselors available during school today for any student seeking support of any kind.  The bereavement period can be different for everyone.  We will continue to give support to all students as they find their own way to process the loss.

Taylorville Memorial Hospital Announces Colleague Of The Month

In a heartwarming acknowledgment of dedicated service, Taylorville Memorial Hospital has named Penny Clark, a Housekeeping Aide with Environmental Services, as the Colleague of the Month for October. Clark's exceptional commitment and positive demeanor have not only left a lasting impact on her colleagues but have also made a significant difference in the lives of patients and their families.


Clark's recognition stems from her consistently pleasant attitude and her constant willingness to lend a helping hand whenever needed. According to her nominator, a fellow hospital staff member, Clark's remarkable compassion came to the forefront in a situation involving an elderly visitor struggling to use his cell phone to communicate with family members about his wife.


The nominator described the experience, speaking on Clark's extraordinary efforts to assist the elderly visitor saying, Penny took time to explain and provide help through the process of making the important phone call, wrote the nominator. Despite the need for repeated explanations, Clark displayed great patience and empathy, providing crucial support to the anxious elderly visitor during a challenging time.


Penny Clark has been a valuable member of the Taylorville Memorial Hospital team since 2022, consistently embodying the hospital's commitment to compassionate care. Her Colleague of the Month recognition is a testament to her outstanding contributions and the positive impact she has had on both her colleagues and the individuals the hospital serves.

Avoiding Jet Lag With Travel

With more and more people traveling again, the time for flights and long trips are also getting popular.  Unfortunately, with long travel comes something that also plagues travelers, jet lag. Jet lag is a condition which is called circadian rhythm disruption. Circadian Rhythm is based on sleep cycle, day and night, and other factors.  The body tends to rest when the sun is down and be more active when the sun is up.  If you are flying from the US eastward like to Europe or Asia, you lose time.  Most flights from the US heading east take off at night when the sun is odwn, that way when you arrive it’s almost daytime.  


Dr. Nadeem Ahmed, a pulmonologist from OSF Healthcare says that jet lag can be a sleep disruptor. Dr. Ahmed says a lot of people don’t sleep on the plane so when they arrive at their destination, they are often tired from being six to eight hours ahead and the body is trying to catch up.  Dr. Ahmed offers some tips for avoiding jet lag including staying hydrated.



Sleep aid can help during long travel but Dr. Ahmed says to take sleep aid with caution and avoid prescription sleep medication while traveling as other options are usually more beneficial.



The direction you travel can also impact potential jet lag.  It’s tougher for the body when you fly west as opposed to flying east. 



Dr. Ahmed also says that napping on long flights is acceptable but not something you need to have. 



Find out more information by clicking here. 

Fallen Foliage Leafing Behind Trouble

As the autumn leaves fall and fill up the lawns of citizens across Central Illinois, the University of Illinois Extension’s Master Gardeners have some tips to prevent lawn disease and roadway disorder. Gwen Podeschi, a Master Gardener says that those fallen leaves make for great, natural mulch. She continued by explaining that leaving the fallen leaves for the incoming snow can produce negative outcomes for any citizen's yard.

Podeschi explains some of the uses for those fallen leaves and problems the Master Gardeners have heard recently.


Turning those leaves into mulch is easy says Podeschi, and it will save money when going to purchase new mulch for your next grow.


For more tips or more information on the Master Gardeners visit their site at extension.illinois.edu/mg.

Gwen Podeschi appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville School Board of Education Set To Meet

The Taylorville School Board of Education is set to meet this evening at 6:00 p.m. at the District Office located at 1100 North Sportsman Drive in Taylorville. The meeting will begin with an approval of minutes from last month's meeting on the 10th of October. The board will look to approve claims, the treasurer's report, consideration of personnel, and consideration for the overnight trip request for the girl's bowling team.

Under old business, a discussion will take place over the Illinois Association of School Boards presentation during the October board meeting. Following that, Brenda Patrick will provide the monthly IASB liaison information.

Under new business, the Christian County CEO Program will present and seek approval for their FY2024 CEO contract. Anita Brown will preview the Illinois District Report Cards. Consideration and action of workers' compensation insurance renewal will follow. Next, an approval of an offer regarding the sale of the Building Trades house will be considered. Following this, a review of the proposed Tax Levy will look to be approved, and the meeting will close with an executive session.

Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more information following the conclusion of the board meeting.


Lake Land Community College Celebrates Veterans

Lake Land College held a Veterans Day celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 8, to honor and express gratitude to the brave men and women who have served in the military. The event kicked off with a  Laying of the Wreath Ceremony at the Veterans Wall in Podesta Park, located on Lake Land's campus. Justin Onigkeit, Transportation Training Coordinator and Marine Corps Veteran, served as the emcee, guiding the proceedings and introducing Mattoon High School Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets for the wreath-laying ceremony.


Following the outdoor tribute, the commemoration continued indoors at the Luther Student Center, where the Lake Land College Student Activity Board provided refreshments for attendees. One highlight of the event was the opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to express their gratitude by signing thank you cards for Veterans within the Lake Land community.


Dustha Wahls, the Director of Human Resources, expressed the college's deep appreciation, saying, honoring the Veterans through a dedicated ceremony and event is a profoundly humbling experience. The students express gratitude for the sacrifices they have made for the nation and acknowledge the valuable contributions they bring to the Lake Land College community.

This Veterans Ceremony is part of Lake Land's ongoing commitment to supporting and showing appreciation for the Veterans within its community. In addition to the ceremony, this semester marked the opening of a new Veterans lounge in the campus library, providing a dedicated space for Veterans to connect and relax.


For more information about the various services Lake Land offers to Veterans and active duty military personnel, interested individuals can visit www.lakelandcollege.edu/financialaid/. The college remains dedicated to fostering a supportive environment for those who have served or are currently serving in the military.

Donations For Kids, Cops, And Christmas Returns

The Taylorville Police Department will be holding their annual Kids, Cops, and Christmas Program, providing area children a brighter Christmas. This initiative is part of the Illinois Police Benevolent and Protective Association, and TPD is asking the local community to assist with monetary donations for gift-purchasing.

Sergeant Allen Mills of the Taylorville Police Department describes the Kids, Cops, and Christmas Program.


Donations will go toward the kiddos who need some extra Christmas magic, Mills says this is another program that creates a stronger bond between the city of Taylorville and their police department.


The Taylorville Police Department greatly appreciates all donations. Donations can be mailed or dropped off at the Taylorville Police Department, located at 108 West Vine Street in Taylorville. Checks can be made payable to PBPA Unit #16.

Veteran's Ceremony Held At Lake Taylorville

A beautiful Saturday afternoon led to a great Veteran’s Day Ceremony at the Lake Taylorville Veteran’s Memorial.  Jeff and Phyllis Wilson from the Salvage Dawgs were honored. Small Town Taylorville’s Steve Craggs MC’ed the Ceremony and spoke about the hard work that the Salvage Dawgs have taken on. 



Craggs says that over $86,000 has been distributed to veterans and to veteran services. 



Bruce Barry, Taylorville Mayor, recognized the hard work that veterans do for the city of Taylorville including help after the tornado, and other needs throughout the community. The ceremony wrapped up with the 21-gun salute and the playing of Taps, by trumpeter and veteran Leroy Kleimola. 



To see the full video of the ceremony, visit Small Town Taylorville’s Facebook page. 

Jack Flash Truck Shop in Pana Nearing Completion

The Jack Flash Truck Stop in Pana is nearing completion.


There are some remaining concrete aprons in the drive that still need poured.


Officials earlier this year had hoped for a fall opening, but construction delays have pushed that opening back until closer to the end of this year.


The project is the largest building construction in downtown Pana in decades, covering a city block along U. S. Highway 51 and Illinois Route 16.



New Programs At The Shelbyville Public Library

The Shelbyville Public Library wants the community to know that their services and programs are more than just checking in and out reading material. The staff works hard to produce unique activities for community members of all ages to enjoy.

Upcoming programs for the Shelbyville Public Library include a cookie decorating class for adults, on Monday, November 13th, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. A Christmas ornament-making class will appear on December 9th, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for all ages. Lastly, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program is making its way to the Shelbyville Public Library on December 13th at 10:45 a.m.

Monica Cameron, Director of the Shelbyville Public Library is happy to present these programs to the community and begins by diving into the cookie decorating class.


Cameron expands on the upcoming Holiday event.


The Dolly Parton Imagination Library will feature guest readers and an invitation has been sent out to many different groups making the program fit for all ages.


The Shelbyville Public Library is located at 57 West Broadway Street In Shelbyville.

Information about these events can be found on the website titled, www.shelbyvillelibrary.org/.

Monica Cameron appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Veterans Day Ceremony This Saturday

A Veterans Day Ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 11th, at 1:00 p.m. at the Lake Taylorville Veterans Point Memorial. A full program will take place to honor those who have served including the Color Guard, several speakers, and the acknowledgment of Jeff and Phyllis Wilson, who head up the Salvage Dogs, A veteran support group and metal haul away business where the funds go back into organizations who bring aid to Veterans.

Steve Craggs, Co-Chair for Small Town Taylorville says the event is special each year, adding that chairs will be provided on a first come first serve basis.


The Salvage Dogs Veterans Support group will have a biography read off, then gifted a memorial bench for their contributions.


For those unable to attend the Veterans Memorial Ceremony, Small Town Taylorville will be streaming the event live on their website, find it at smalltowntaylorville.com.

Steve Craggs appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

TMH Hosts Hygiene Drive

Taylorville Memorial Hospital Nursing Enrichment team took part in a personal hygiene drive as part of a Halloween Trunk or Treat to benefit clients for Dinner Seasoned with Love. Over one hundred kids and their families came out to the Trunk or Treat and donated items including toothbrushes, toothpaste, face wash, body wash, shampoo/conditioner, razors, deodorant, hair products, and feminine hygiene items. 


Jay Boulanger, Community health coordinator for Memorial Health says that the event was as big hit and that the TMH Nursing Enrichment Team is grateful for all the hygiene donations and for Ron’s Produce providing free pumpkins and fruit for the children.  


Dinner Seasoned with Love nourishes the hungry with a free hot meal on the third Saturday of each month. Anyone can join the table during mealtime with no questions asked. The donated personal hygiene items will be distributed to parents and guardians at the December dinner.

An Update On The Taylorville Square Renovations

The Taylorville Square Downtown development is coming along and staying on schedule, bringing the citizens of Christian County and beyond new and exciting retailers and eateries. What was once Rene's Drug Store will become Jack’s on Main, a two-story restaurant with a diner-style first floor and a second-floor open rooftop bar and patio, overlooking the Christian County Court House. That project looks to be finished in March of 2024. The second large renovation that will be seen even sooner is the new retail and restaurant combination coming to 123 South Washington Street.

Cindy Frisina, President and CEO of Heartland Development Partners, is the person behind the downtown transformation. Frisina has stuck to her mission of utilizing local construction, contractors, and developers to make these plans come to fruition.


Keeping the name of the most upcoming establishment a secret, Frisina speaks on what to expect from the development coming to 123 South Washington Street. Frisina looks to announce the details of what will be sold at the shop regarding retail items and food after Thanksgiving.


Frisina concluded with her and the Heartland Development Partners' efforts, ensuring that the history of Taylorville is preserved and showcased in the new developments.


With new places to shop and eat coming to Taylorville, Frisina, and the Heartland Development Partners look to make Taylorville a destination for travelers in the near future.

Cindy Frisina appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Work Continues On Expired Farm Bill

The current Farm bill is expired but negotiations are expected soon to pass new legislation into this bill. State Representative Wayne Rosenthal (R-Morrisonville) knows the importance of this bill and the impact it has across Illinois and the country.


The Farm bill is a massive piece of legislation that is passed by Congress roughly every five years. This bill has a tremendous impact on farmers and how food is grown. Programs include crop insurance for farmers, healthy food access for families, and farming practices.


The Farm bill is put together by titles and these titles create a package that keeps agriculture strong. It is the foundation of food and farm systems. Representative Rosenthal spoke on Thursday during the Veto Session.

The Healing Tree Massage and Wellness Center Now Open In Taylorville

The Healing Tree Massage and Wellness Center had their grand opening on Thursday, cutting the ribbon and welcoming to Taylorville a new form of relaxation, wellness, and healing treatments. Corrie Mathes, LMT, MMT, and Reflexologist, runs the Healing Tree and is a 15-year resident of Taylorville, spending 25 years specializing in massage therapy.

The Healing Tree offers services like deep tissue massage, Reiki sessions, couples massage, sound and vibrational therapy, and much more. Mathes describes what she hopes to achieve, bringing this alternative care to Taylorville.




Treatments offered by the Healing Tree might be new to some folks. Mathes confirms that every community member has tension and build-up as a result of their busy lives, just 30 minutes of treatment could open one's eyes to new relief.


Mathes describes the payment options and positive insurance aspects.


The Healing Tree is located at 1000 West Spresser Street Suite A in Taylorville.

To schedule an appointment or to find more information call 217-777-8592, or visit their website at thehealingtreellc.massagetherapy.com/

Welcoming The Holiday Season With New Recipes

There are always new and unique ways to work dairy into your daily diet, especially during the holiday season. From hot Christmas lattes to dairy products on Thanksgiving night, Kelsey Bentlage, Nutrition Educator for the St. Louis Dairy Council has many tips for a delicious and healthy holiday season.

Bentlage begins with the warm drinks that will make December mornings a bit easier, She adds that these drinks are not just for the baristas to make at the coffee shop, you can make these at home too.


The St. Louis Dairy Council is not letting anyone show up empty-handed to the holiday feast with the rising popularity of charcuterie boards, but these boards are comprised of different types of homemade butter.


A healthy diet is easily forgotten during the season of good eats and Bentlage provides easy tips for staying on top of your health.


To find the many recipes and information the St. Louis Dairy Council has to offer, visit their website titled stldairycouncil.org, or find them on social media on Facebook and Instagram.

Kelsey Bentlage appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.


Pedestrian Killed In Agriculture Vehicle Crash (WITH UPDATES)

A Pana man was killed in a motor vehicle accident Wednesday evening in Pana.  Pana police along with Pana Fire and Echo Response and EMS, responded to the 800 block of East Jackson Street at 5:52 PM on November 8th.  Upon arrival, it was discovered a motor vehicle accident took place involving agricultural equipment traveling east on IL Route 16 (Jackson Street) and a pedestrian walking west on the south side of the roadway into oncoming traffic. The pedestrian was a 62-year-old male who was found deceased at the scene. 


Illinois State Police were requested to respond to lead the traffic crash investigation, along with the Christian County Coroner’s Office.  


Christian County Deputy Coroner Austin Peters has released the name of the 62 year old male that was involved in the traffic crash on Rt 16 in Pana as Dennis Moore of Pana. The investigation is ongoing by Pana Police, Illinois State Police Traffic Reconstruction and the Christian County Coroners office.

Making Connections To History With The Christian County Genealogical Society

Keeping track of the history here in Christian County is the Christian County Genealogical Society and they have recently held an event to answer many citizens' questions regarding their background. Vice President of the Genealogical Society, Vauna Crowder was right in her element, connecting the community to their past, showing never seen-before family photos, original home addresses, and facts that families would have never known without the detective work.
The Christian County Historical Society had their doors open for the genealogy event and citizens walked the grounds and brought their questions to the experts. Crowder looks back on the day of historical findings.


New Christian County Genealogical Society Member, Ralph Falconbury has an interesting background making him a perfect member of the group. Falconbury runs As Above So Below Cemetery Preservation and Restoration, and goes headstone to headstone, restoring relics of Christian Counties past that will always be useful for genealogical findings.


The Christian County Genealogical Society will soon be holding their annual meeting on Sunday, November 12th at 2:00 p.m., located near Illinois Routes 29 and 48 on Morrison Drive in Taylorville.

Vauna Crowder and Ralph Falconbury appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

IEMA Offers Winter Safety Tips

With the winter months fast approaching, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security are offering readiness tips during Winter Weather Preparedness Week that is occurring this week. Alicia Tate-Nadeau, director of the IEMA-OHS says that winter storms can arrive quickly and without warning and being prepared helps ensure the safety of families throughout the season. 


Readiness for winter is not just for comfort but for safety and resilience.  As temperatures drop, its important that residents be equipped for everything. According to IEMA, each winter nearly 29,0000 vehicles crash in Illinois, producing over 4,500 injuries and 80 fatalities. 


Residents are encouraged to keep a winter storm kit in their vehicles to be prepared with items including chargers for your cell phone, blankets or sleeping bags, extra clothing, jumper cables, flashlight, extra batteries, extra water, and high-calorie, non perishable food. For more information about travel preparedness, visit https://gettingaroundillinois.com.  

Original Gettysburg Address Soon On Display At Lincoln Presidential Library

A significant historical event is set to take place at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) as an original edition of Abraham Lincoln's iconic Gettysburg Address is unveiled for a limited 12-day exhibition from November 17 to November 28. This remarkable handwritten copy is the only one of its kind on regular public display in the United States and will return to secure storage after the exhibition.


To commemorate the 160th anniversary of Lincoln's delivery of the Gettysburg Address on November 19, the museum is offering free admission on that specific day. During the 12-day exhibit, visitors can also opt to pay just $5 to view the document without touring the rest of the museum.


For accessibility, the exhibit features QR codes that enable visitors with visual impairments to listen to a reading of the speech or access an easy-to-read text version, along with explanations of the speech's significance. Additionally, Lincoln Historian Christian McWhirter will engage with visitors on November 20, 21, and 22 at 12:30, discussing the inspiration behind Lincoln's words and the message he intended to convey to the divided nation.


The ALPLM's copy is one of only five handwritten copies of the Gettysburg Address, with the others housed at the White House, Cornell University, and the Library of Congress, rarely displayed to the general public. The ALPLM, however, regularly displays its copy each year around the anniversary of Lincoln's speech.


For those unable to visit in person, the ALPLM offers a dedicated webpage providing an up-close look at the presidential library's copy of the speech, educational resources, a photo gallery, and links to additional information about the Gettysburg Address.


The State of Illinois has owned this edition of the address, known as the Everett Copy, since 1944, thanks to contributions from the state's children. Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863, during the dedication of a national cemetery for Union soldiers who had perished at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Taylorville Food Pantry Prepares For Thanksgiving

The Taylorville Food Pantry and the Central Illinois Food Bank go the extra mile during the holiday months to provide meals for families in need. The Taylorville Food Pantry has been serving over 500 families a month for the past six months and with Thanksgiving around the corner, donations will be making the holidays as special as they should be.

Pam Moses with the Taylorville Food Pantry says the pantry will be teaming up with the Taylorville Police Department. Moses says the donations look to be accepted on November 23rd, the Thursday before Thanksgiving.


Brooke Dunn, Public Relations manager for the Central Illinois Food Bank provided a list to spark inspiration for Thanksgiving donations.


The success of the Taylorville Food Pantry could not be attained without the constant aid from the community, says Moses.


The Taylorville Food Pantry is located at 1429 East Main Cross Street in Taylorville.

Pam Moses and Brooke Dunn appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville FFA Holds Ceremony At High School

The National Champion Future Farmers of America program out of Taylorville won national honors in Indianapolis, Indiana this past weekend and held a champion ceremony on Tuesday in the High School Cafeteria. High School Principal Matt Hutchison led off the festivities by praising the teachers and staff who helped including FFA Advisor Sue Schafer and Charles Dammerman.



Sue Schafer praised the FFA, saying it feels great to be #1. 



Abby Norris and Abby Erlenbush took fifth place, and Norris talked a little about her project and why they put it together.



Co-President Drew Mickey spoke about what an experience it was going to Indy. 



Jay Bliler took individual honors for first place.  Bliler did his project on the rate of iron in his family’s water supply.  The event took place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.  We here at Regional Radio News salute the entire FFA. 





Service Outage Today on WTIM's 870 AM Signal; Other WTIM Platforms Not Affected

WTIM's 870 A-M signal will be off the air for portions of today.   Engineeers and electricians are installing a new emergency generator, along with a complete re-wire of the transmitter building.   All this work is to make WTIM 870's signal more reliable in emergency situations.

This service outage does not affect any of WTIM's FM or on-line platforms.

Taylorville Kiwanis Hears Reports on Club Efforts for Children, Youth at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard committee chairs report on the club’s many activities for local children and youth, at their weekly meeting on Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.


Kiwanis Park committee co-chairs Duane Stock and Larry Kemner reported the Park is officially closed for the winter, with the playground merry-go-round removed for replacement next year.  The park’s entrance sign along Illinois Route 29 will be replaced with cooperation from the City of Taylorville.  And the pair added that Kiwanis Club and High School Kiwanis Key Club members, all pitched in to clean-up the park recently.  The co-chairs are planning a painting day to paint the outside of the park rest rooms next spring.


Kiwanis Student Leadership chair Will Perkins reported that the local Junior High Kiwanis Builders’ Club has some 40 members, and recently raised nearly 9-hundred dollars and some 450 pounds of food, all for the Taylorville Food Pantry.   The High School Kiwanis Key Club has been busy as well, with its 52 members doing Trick or Treating raising funds for UNICEF among their many projects.


Kiwanis Priority One chair Bruce Blanshan is again working with the Taylorville Head Start teachers, for the club to provide coats for children this season as part of its annual “Coats for Kids” program.


The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.  Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.  For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.     

Attorney General Offers Free Webinar To Protect Against Scams

In preparation for Veterans Day, Attorney General Kwame Raoul encourages veterans, service members, and their families to join a free military rights webinar on November 8 at 11:30 a.m. The webinar, titled "What to Know About Veterans Consumer Scams," will provide valuable insights on avoiding scams targeting veterans and how to respond if victimized.


A recent Federal Trade Commission (FTC) report reveals that veterans and military retirees reported over 152,000 cases of fraud and scams in 2022, resulting in $378 million in losses. Attorney General Raoul's webinar will explain why veterans are often targeted, give examples of common scams, and offer prevention tips.


To protect themselves, Attorney General Raoul recommends that veterans verify government contacts through official mailed letters, not phone, email, or text. Avoid making payments via wire transfers or gift cards. Ask questions when contacted by unknown organizations. Refrain from donating to charities that demand upfront payments. Research and avoid hasty donations.


The webinar is accessible online through Zoom or by phone, with accommodations for those with hearing or speech disabilities. For inquiries about veterans' rights, visit the Attorney General's website or contact the Military and Veterans Rights Helpline at 800-382-3000.


The Military and Veterans Rights Bureau also offers in-person or virtual presentations on service member rights and fraud targeting veterans. Information on training opportunities can be found by emailing mvrb@ilag.gov.

Greater Taylorville Chamber Of Commerce Festival Of Trees Drive-Thru Dinner Fundraiser

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce will be holding their final Drive-Thru Dinner Fundraiser for the Festival of Trees on November 21st. Tickets are $10 a meal and the funds are going back to the Festival of Trees to offset the cost of purchasing a tree. Now families or businesses in Taylorville can decorate a Christmas tree and have it on display here in Taylorville.

Linda Allen, Executive Director for the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce says the chamber says this is the second year running for the Festival of Trees fundraiser and looks to create another beloved tradition here in Taylorville.


Allen explains that this year the Christmas Trees will be on display in a new and improved location.


To purchase your tickets or learn more about the Taylorville Festival of Trees Drive-Thru Fundraiser, visit the chamber website at taylorvillechamber.com/.

Health Grants Awarded To Macoupin And Christian Counties

Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health announced last week that the State of Illinois has awarded $3.5 million in funding to 19 different applicants including Christian County to support post-pandemic child and adolescent health.  The size of grants ranged from $92,000 to $200,000.  Christian County received $200,000.  Macoupin County also received $200,000. 


Of this new round of grants, 41% were rewarded to behavioral health treatment centers, 21% to schools, 21% to healthcare groups, 11% to local health departments and 5% to colleges. Grants are funded by Illinois and are intended to strengthen post-Covid-19 recovery efforts for school-based health needs and for preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences in the post-pandemic era. 


Governor Pritzker says with the last few years being difficult, the state of Illinois is stepping up to help the youth and provide support to school-based programs and local agencies.  The funding opportunity was overseen by the IDPH’s Office of Women’s Health and Family Services.  More than 50% of the applicants for the funding opportunity received funding. 

Illinois Department Of Labor Learning From Tragedy

The Illinois Department of Labor's (IDOL) Division of Occupational Safety and Health (IL OSHA) has unveiled the findings of its comprehensive investigation into the death of a sanitation worker in October 2022. The incident, in which the worker was crushed by a garbage truck, has led to several revelations and recommendations aimed at improving safety in municipal sanitation departments.


The incident occurred when a sanitation worker became pinned and crushed between a garbage truck and a brick fence column. The employer was subsequently cited for violating the Illinois Occupational Safety and Health Act. After addressing the identified hazards, the inspection was officially closed in October 2023. Now the IDOL and IL OSHA are left to use this as a learning experience.


During the investigation, three critical contributing factors to the incident were identified; The garbage truck driver had not received the required training on hand signals, the victim and the driver used audible signals instead of visual ones. the victim and the driver failed to maintain visual contact when the truck was in motion.


IL OSHA Chief Erik Kambarian emphasized the importance of maintaining safety around large moving vehicles, stating, "Working around large, moving vehicles is dangerous and unforgiving. Vehicle drivers must maintain visual contact with anyone working nearby, and, when possible, employers should enhance driver situational awareness by equipping large vehicles with camera systems. At the end of the day, everyone should return home healthy and safe."


To prevent similar tragedies in the future, the sanitation department has been advised to take the following measures: Ensure that employees receive employer-required training for safe operations before being assigned to an operational crew. Provide initial and refresher training on safe operations policies, closely supervise crews, and implement corrective actions when policies are violated. Ensure that drivers and laborers on-foot maintain visual contact during vehicle movement. And enhance driver visibility by using vehicle safety cameras.


The enforcement of occupational safety and health standards in Illinois is a shared responsibility between the U.S. Department of Labor (federal OSHA) and the Illinois Department of Labor (IL OSHA). While federal OSHA covers all private sector workplaces, IL OSHA is responsible for overseeing the safety of all state and local government workplaces.


The release of these investigation results underscores the importance of upholding safety protocols in the workplace to prevent tragic incidents and ensure the well-being of employees in the sanitation industry.

Upcoming Ceremony For Revolutionary War Vet

There will be a ceremony on Friday morning at 8 AM at Donner Cemetery for a Christian County Revolutionary War Soldier. Private Jonathan Hicklin was born in Virginia in 1756.  He fought in Kentucky where he was well acquainted with Daniel Boone and moved to Indiana in 1813. Later in life he moved to Christian County where he died on February 14th, 1858. He is buried at Donner Cemetery, just west of Owaneco. 


On Sunday afternoon, October 10, 1965, at the Donner Cemetery, two miles west of Owaneco, Peter Meyer Chapter DAR dedicated the recently erected monument and bronze DAR plaque at the grave of Jonathan Hicklin, the county's only known soldier of the American Revolution. The dedication service was conducted by Mrs. John Funk, regent, and Mrs. Russell Jellison, chaplain, reading from the DAR ritual and placing a floral tribute at the monument, which bears the following inscription: "Jonathan Hicklin, Kentucky, Pvt. Hall's Regt., Kentucky Cavalry January 22, 1756 - February 14, 1858"

The cemetery is located at N 1500 East Road (County Road 8) Owaneco, Illinois 62555.


Picture courtesy: Vauna Snyder Crowder

Rep Halbrook Announces Trip To Taylorville

State Representative Brad Halbrook is encouraging local families to join him for an upcoming Veto Session Update/Town Hall event in Taylorville.  Rep. Halbrook (R-Shelbyville) will provide an update on the Democrats’ gun ban, the sanctuary state crisis, nuclear energy, the Co2 pipeline, and more.


The event will also be an opportunity for Christian County residents to discuss their concerns and suggestions with Representative Halbrook.  The event will take place November 13th from 7-8:30 PM at the Taylorville City Hall located at 115 North Main Street. 


“Central Illinois families need to know how policies being enacted in Springfield directly impact our lives and livelihoods. I have received great feedback and suggestions from families throughout our district at these face-to-face updates. It’s also a perfect opportunity for constituents to tell me what I can help with…from unemployment benefits to FOID card renewals, and other state agency issues,” Rep. Halbrook said. “I look forward to talking with everyone on Monday.”

Taylorville City Council Meets; Approve Cigarette and Tobacco Changes; Clerk Announces Resignation

The Taylorville City Council met on Monday evening to discuss business, approve ordinance, and review committee reports.  All Aldermen were present except Jeremy Wilson.  After approval of minutes, the council tabled a motion limiting the number of liquor licenses with video gaming as Aldermen Chris Skultety asked to hold until all Aldermen were present. 


All other ordinances were approved including BDD agreements and an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Pana concerning Lincoln Prairie Trail. City Attorney Rocci Romano spoke about the ordinance and suggested some changes.



A motion to approve the request for city hall parking improvements passed 4-3, but failed as it needed six votes.  Aldermen Skultety, Steve Dorchinecz, and Kathy Driskell voted no. During Mayoral Updates, the Mayor praised both the Cross Country team and the Taylorville FFA who were successful at state and national championships. 



Motions concerning ordinances for raising cigarette and tobacco dealer licenses, penalties, and new shop signage all were approved unanimously. Demolition for 506 North Cottage was approved and a stop sign was approved for the corner of Knute Rockne Drive and Western Avenue.


City Clerk Julie Lilly announced her resignation.  Lilly has been the City Clerk since 2017. Mayor Bruce Barry read the resignation letter.



As of this writing, the Council went into closed session to discuss negotiating matters between the city and the respective departments including AFSCME, Fire, and police. An offer was made but Regional Radio News is awaiting confirmation of the details from that meeting should a vote come out from it. 

Shelby County Director of Mental Health Explains Seasonal Affective Disorder

The Holiday season means colder temperatures and shorter days, Thanksgiving is around the corner and Christmas celebrations follow close behind. The season brings many things to be grateful for but it is also the time of year when Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) rises to the surface for individuals.

Ed Lacheta, Mental Health Director for Shelby County Community Services says the the season changing is not creating times of stress and anxiety for no reason, he explains there are physical changes that affect one's mood.


Ed Lacheta explains that these feelings of sadness or being unfulfilled are not the “winter blues”, Lacheta says these are real stress responses, making it difficult for people to function in all aspects of their lives.


There are ways to combat the feelings of Season Effective Disorder. Physical activity releases endorphins to stabilize a person's mood, medication is offered in certain cases, and working with a therapist is a healthy way to cope with depression, says Lacheta.


To reach a mental health professional in an emergency contact the 988 crisis line. For 24/7 access to mental health help contact 866-5672400.

Ed Lacheta appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown studios in Shelbyville.

Christmas Trees Soon To Be For Sale In Shelbyville

No Bad Days Farm in Shelbyville is announcing their dates for Christmas Tree sales. The first day of Tree sales will be November 18th and the lot will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Alex Irvin and Daley Pruemer with No Bad Days Farm say they began selling Christmas trees after the passing of Tucker Schwingel, two years ago.

Now with events coming to the farm like Santa Night and tree sales, the legacy of Tucker is carried on. Alex Irvin, sister of Tucker, spoke on the beginnings of No Bad Days Farm.


Irvin and Pruemer speak on the seasonal events held at No Bad Days Farm.


No Bad Days Farm will be selling pre-cut Fraser Fir Christmas Trees starting November 18th

The Farm is located at 2267 E 1425 North Road, Corner of 2300 E & Lithia Heights Road in Shelbyville.

Alex Irvin and Daley Pruemer appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown studios in Shelbyville.

Two Vehicle Crash Slows Taylorville Traffic Monday Morning

Taylorville Police, Fire, and EMT were on the scene of a traffic accident on Park Street Monday morning.  At least one person was seen being taken to the hospital and traffic was snarled for quite a while for the cleanup. 

Taylorville City Council To Meet Monday Evening

Taylorville City Council is set to meet this evening at 7 PM for what looks to be a fairly busy meeting at the Municipal Building in Taylorville. The council will discuss higher penalties for selling nicotine products to minors. After approval of the minutes, the council will approve a number of ordinances, including BDD agreements and a discussion on limiting the number of liquor licenses, which was tabled last week due to not having a full council. The City Council will also discuss the intergovernmental cooperation agreement with the city of Pana concerning the Lincoln Prairie Trail.


The council will also look at a motion to approve a request for city hall parking improvements, East Poplar Improvements, and Food Center Street Improvements.  The council will discuss approving a motion for applying for the EPA Water Quality Management Grant. 


Under committee reports the council will look to approve a recommendation to direct the Mayor to present a counteroffer favorably discussed by the full Council in September. A motion to raise the cost for a cigarette and tobacco dealer’s license from $100 per year, to $3,000 per year is also on the table.  Along with the discussion for tobacco, the council will discuss amending the city code to add penalties for first-time offense of sale to minors for $750, the second offense to be 90-day suspension of license, and the third penalty to lose license for the remainder of the license year. There is also a motion to change signage for cigarette, tobacco, and vape shops to have similar signage to video gaming parlors. 


The council will discuss continuing with the process of demolition for 506 North Cottage and to draft a letter to accept the Hathaway Homes Project conditionally upon repairing needed areas, and to require a $1 million insurance bond for a minimum of ten years. The Mayor’s office is looking to get new carpeting. The council will look at some work on East Poplar, Taylorville Fod Center Roadway, and work on North Main Street. The Fire Department also needs some new turn-out gear. 


There will be a closed session, and the Mayor and City Attorney will also speak at the meeting. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News to find out more following the conclusion of the event. 

Local Sheriff's Endorse Associate Judge For Upcoming Election

County Sheriffs representing the counties in the Illinois Fourth Judicial Circuit have endorsed Associate Judge Douglas Gruenke in his election bid for At-Large Circuit Judge. The Sheriffs gathered at the Fayette County Courthouse to show their support. The vacancy in the position is a result of Justice Michael McHaney’s election to the Illinois Appellate Court. Judge Gruenke’s legal career has spanned more than 21 years, which includes serving in his current role as Associate Judge, and his former roles as Clinton County State’s Attorney and as an attorney in private practice.


“Judge Gruenke’s dedication to the law, his ethics, and his legal experience as a judge, prosecutor, and private attorney, are exactly what we need as our Circuit Judge. We know that Judge Gruenke will continue to uphold the highest standards when administering justice,” the group said.


“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Sheriffs in our Circuit. They are on the front lines of law enforcement, and I am grateful for the confidence they have shown in me,” Judge Gruenke said.

Pictured from left to right are Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp, Fayette County Sheriff Ronnie Stevens, Shelby County Sheriff Brian McReynolds, Marion County Sheriff Kevin Cripps, Judge Douglas Gruenke, Jasper County Sheriff Brandon Francis, Clinton County Sheriff Dan Travous, and Montgomery County Sheriff Rick Robbins (not pictured: Clay County Sheriff Andy Meyers, Effingham County Sheriff Paul Kuhns).


The Primary Election in March 19, 2024. The Illinois Fourth Judicial Circuit is comprised of Christian, Clay, Clinton, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Marion, Montgomery and Shelby Counties.

Family, Friends Celebrate 90th Birthday of former Taylorville Businesswoman


Family and friends gathered Sunday at the Pillars Event Center in Taylorville to celebrate the 90th birthday of former Taylorville businesswoman Betty Rose.



Rose owned and operated a furniture store in Taylorville for some 32 years, and told Regional Radio News that her daughter Diane Scarpaci pulled off the surprise event.     




Daughter Diane told Regional Radio News it was quite a feat to keep the event a surprise for her mom.




Rose operated from a couple of different downtown Taylorville locations in her 32 years in business.

Taylorville FFA Chapter Wins Big at National FFA Convention

This story courtesy of farmweeknow.com:


The Taylorville F-F-A Chapter and some of its members, were big winners at the National F-F-A Convention in Indianapolis late last week.


The chapter itself won the presigious National Award called "Strengthen Ag."


And, 2 members, Abby Norris and Abby Erlenbush, won the Ag Science Fair Social Science Award.


Chapter member Jay Bliler also won First Place for a project on the rate of iron in his family's water supply.


“Our farm actually has really bad iron in the water, so we wanted to filter that out and see if that would help weight gain and the effects were very positive from that,” Bliler told FarmWeek. “I am excited to see what I can do (with producers) and help others with my research.


Bliler has done other proficiencies in animal systems, including a project testing the effectiveness of enzymes in unzipping macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats to make them more available for calves and decrease deficiency.


Bliler was part of an agriscience fair finalist project with his partner Drew Mickey, examining the impact of egg powder on 160 head of Angus and Holstein bottle calves.


The two said they were inspired to start the project after worrying calves being bought from sale barns might not always receive the necessary amount of colostrum.

“We wanted to make sure that they had the antibodies to fight the diseases that they could get on our farm,” Bliler said. “This powder actually has those antibodies that would be provided through the colostrum and that way we can feed those antibodies to those calves, and we can decrease death loss and increase weight gain and health.”


Mickey said the team hypothesized the egg powder would work but they did not know the extent of improvement.


“Our hypothesis was proven correct, to an even bigger extent than what we might have thought firsthand because the calves that had the egg powder weighed 15 pounds on average per calf than the calves that did not receive egg powder,” Mickey said. “We think it could really be a big thing because health is obviously an important part of raising cattle and it is hard to maintain health during the calf stage.”


Both students expressed how much they enjoyed their project, working with industry professionals and most of all working together for three years.


“I think the number one thing for me is just that I’m thankful for all of the experiences that everybody can provide and everything everyone has done for me … it really does take a community to make good people and I am thankful for the investment of our community into our chapter,” Bliler said.

Successful Youth Deer Hunt In Shelbyville

The United States Army Corps of Engineers recently held the youth deer hunt on October 7th and 8th on the grounds of closed-off recreation areas around Lake Shelbyville. Brock Key, a Park Ranger, says this is the first year that the hunt has yielded a 100% harvest rate, meaning every youth hunter who participated took down a deer.

Key mentions this was many of the youth hunters' first deer and this opportunity was one they were lucky to have. A drawing took place to decide the hunters for the two-day event.


Deer hunting season regulates the quickly populating deer population, Key explains that if the hunting season were not to happen, overpopulation would occur, making for more vehicle accidents and eaten crops.


The youth deer hunt is a yearly event on October 7th and 8th. Registration for the hunt is due about a month before, this year registration was due by September 19th.

For more information contact the Lake Shelbyville Environmental Stewardship Department at 217-774-3951 ext. 7049.

Brock Key appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown studios in Shelbyville.


Gardening Tips As Winter Temperatures Approach

A University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator has some words of advice for those with gardens heading into the winter months. Andrew Holsinger, U of I Extension Horticulture Educator says the days to protect your outdoor plants from the cold have gone by. Now the community can look to their indoor options for plants, cultivation, and preparation for next year's grow.

Holsinger speaks on the first few mornings of below 30-degree temps and the unique adaptations that agriculture goes through to survive.


He continued with how plants will be affected by daylight savings coming up along with other weather aspects.


Holsinger adds to the efforts plants go to in order to remain alive.


More information about winter weather affecting plant life across Central Illinois can be found at extension.illinois.edu/mms/horticulture.

Andrew Holsinger appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Pesticide Operator and Applicator Testing Coming Soon

Pesticide applicator and operator testing will be held by the University of Illinois Extension, here in Central Illinois, from January through April. The first testing day will be Monday, January 8th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Christian County Extension Office, located at 1120 North Webster Street in Taylorville. The second stop for testing will be on Thursday, January 18th from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Montgomery County Extension Office, located at 1 Industrial Park Drive in Hillsboro. The final testing date is set for Tuesday, March 12th, or Wednesday, April 3rd, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., located at the Macoupin County Extension office, at 60 Carlinville Plaza in Carlinville.

Andrew Holsinger, Horticulture Educator for the University of Illinois Extension says this is a good opportunity for those looking to stay up to date on their licensure.


Not all pesticides require a license to apply. Restricted-use pesticides contain more toxic chemicals and need more care and professional experience.


Holsinger says these testing days will be good for applicators to familiarize themselves with safety standards and become educated in the standards of the Illinois Department of Agriculture.


Registration for the pesticide applicator and operator tests is required and can be found at go.illinois.edu/cjmmevents.

Andrew Holsinger appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Updates and History Of Taylorville Monogram By Design

Taylorville Monogram By Design is a local business that has been putting personalized touches on a variety of items since 1984. Wendy O’Bryan has been handling operations for the last 13 years and is the woman behind the Chillifest memorabilia this year. Taylorville Monogram is a family business, that creates unique pieces for almost anything a customer can imagine.

Wendy O’Bryan began with some of the history behind Taylorville Monogram By Design.


O’Bryan explains some of the recent creations for Taylorville Monogram.


A custom embroidery makes for great Christmas presents and O’Bryan says that orders must be in to her by December 12th.

Some of O’Bryan’s work will be up for purchase at the new Dandy Lion store, soon to open on the Taylorville Square. O’Bryan speaks on the accomplishment of her products being sold at local stores.


To reach Wendy O’Bryan for your embroidery needs call 217-824-8264, visit her Facebook page titled Taylorville Monogram By Design, or email at monogram@ctifiber.com.

Wendy O’Bryan appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.


Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday at 2AM; Turn Your Clock Back One Hour Saturday Night

Sunday morning at 2 AM, Regional Radio News is reminding our listeners to not forget to turn your clocks back as daylight saving time comes to an end. It’s also a good time to test, inspect, and replace any broken or expired smoke and CO alarms at the same time. Smoke alarms only have a life span of ten years before they need to be replaced and if you alarm was manufactured before October of 2013, you should replace it with a ten-year-sealed battery device. 


The National Fire Protection Association reports that between 2014 and 2018, almost three out of every five home fire deaths in the US resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or non-working smoke alarms.  Deaths per 1,000 reported home fires was twice as high in homes that did not have any working smoke alarms compared to the rate in homes with working smoke alarms.  In homes that had smoke alarms that did not operate, two of every five smoke alarms had missing or disconnected batteries.  Dead batteries cause 26% of the smoke alarm failures.


The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal is offering some tips  help your family prepare or update their home fire escape plan. You should get everyone in your home together and make a home escape plan.  Walk through your home and look for two ways out of every room.  Make sure escape routes are clear of debris and doors and windows open easily.  


Plan an outside meeting place where everyone will meet once they have escaped.  Make sure it’s someplace permanent, like a tree, light pole, or mailbox. Also, make sure someone is assigned to help those who can’t help themselves such as infants, older adults, and family members who have mobility limitations.  If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.  The OSFM says to never go back into a burning building.  If someone is missing, inform the fire department dispatcher when you call so they can assist.


More tips on fire escape planning can be found by visiting https://www.nfpa.org/ 

The Dandy Lion Now Open On The Taylorville Square

A new shop is now open on the Taylorville Square. The Dandy Lion, owned and operated by Jessica Oyler was once known as Down To Earth Sustainability. Oyler started Down to Earth Sustainability when she was 17 and has now expanded and relocated to the East side of the Taylorville Square, at 110 East Main Street in Taylorville. (Left- Jessica Oyler, Right- Laura Oyler)


Oyler says she has a passion for sustainability and is able to showcase many local vendors in her store. Clothing, natural handmade soaps, dry goods, and other earth-friendly products are sold. To add even more to the new store will be the returning sandwich shop, Dollys Deli, a beloved fresh sub, salad, and soup shop that will reside inside the Dandy Lion and the deli looks to open by the end of the month.


Jessica Oyler tells a bit about the history.


As small businesses are being supported through the Dandy Lion, Oyler has her own line of products in the store as well. Vintage clothing is sold by the Mod Shop, owned by Carla Readhead, along with Wendy O’Bryan’s custom embroidery from Taylorville Monogram By Design. 



Oyler tells the community what to expect for the opening weekend.


Shop local here in Taylorville with the new Dandy Lion shop open now on the East side of the Taylorville Square.


DCFS Highlights Adoption Awareness Month

November is Adoption Awareness Month, and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is celebrating families who have opened their homes across the state to children who need a loving family to care for them.  Over the past decade, 17,159 children have been adopted.  


Last fiscal year, 1,939 Illinois children were adopted into permanent homes and today there are 19,835 youth in care waiting for a family and place to call home.  You can learn more about these children by visiting the Heart Gallery of Illinois at greenlightfamilyservices.org/heartgalleryofil/. You can also learn more information about becoming an adoptive parent by visiting dcfs.illinois.gov and clicking on “Loving Homes” and then on “Become a Foster or Adoptive Parent.”


Adoption is a serious and permanent commitment to a child.  DCFS offers a range of supports to adoptive families, including reimbursement for attorney fees and court costs, a monthly subsidy, a medical card and other benefits which assist in defraying expenses associated with raising a child.  Many considering adoption become licensed foster families first, giving them a better understanding of the needs of children from disrupted families before making a life-changing decision.  


Illinois DCFS Director Marc D. Smith says that it is DCFS’ mission to ensure every child in Illinois grows up in a safe and loving home and during Adoption Awareness Month, Illinoisans should look into getting involved and helping those children who need it along with celebrating those who have made that choice to adopt or foster. 

Open Enrollment Open Now For Affordable Care Act Health Insurance

Today marks the commencement of the Open Enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace in Illinois. In a press release, the Illinois Department of Insurance has announced an extended enrollment period, providing Illinoisans with an additional month to enroll in a health plan, which now runs through January 15, 2024.


One of the significant highlights of this year's enrollment is the expansion of health insurance options in Illinois. They revealed that for the 2024 Plan Year, there are now twelve issuers offering Marketplace health plans throughout the state. 

IDOI Director Dana Popish Severinghaus commented on the development, saying, "Just three years ago, there were five carriers offering plans throughout the state, and now that number has more than doubled to twelve." This expansion offers consumers a wider array of choices when it comes to selecting a health insurance plan that suits their needs.


Illinoisans will find a diverse range of coverage options available to them, with a total of 408 different health plans offered for the 2024 Plan Year. However, the availability of these plans may vary depending on the county of residence.


Laura Pellikan, Executive Director for Get Covered Illinois, emphasized that financial assistance is available to help reduce the cost of monthly premiums for consumers. Pellikan urged residents to visit GetCoveredIllinois.gov, which can direct them to the ACA Marketplace, where advanced premium tax credits and Medicaid may be accessible. Pellikan also highlighted the availability of enhanced subsidies from the Inflation Reduction Act, providing more individuals with the opportunity to qualify for financial assistance to purchase ACA Marketplace health plans.


In the previous year's Open Enrollment period, 342,995 ACA Marketplace plans were selected in Illinois, with over 88% of enrollees receiving APTs to lower their monthly premiums. Many consumers could secure a plan for as little as $10 per month, according to HealthCare.gov.


Illinois residents should be aware that to have health insurance coverage starting on January 1, 2024, they must enroll by December 15th. After the January 15th, 2024 deadline for Open Enrollment, consumers can only purchase insurance coverage on the ACA Marketplace if they experience a qualifying life event, such as losing job-based coverage, getting married, having a child, adopting a child, or moving.


Get Covered Illinois, a division of the Illinois Department of Insurance, serves as the official health marketplace for Illinois consumers to purchase quality, affordable health insurance, facilitated by the federal government through the ACA Marketplace.


For more information on the ACA Marketplace Open Enrollment period, visit GetCoveredIllinois.gov.


For additional details on the 2024 Analysis of the Illinois Exchange Plan and Federal CMS enrollment numbers for the AGA Health Insurance Marketplace, visit the Illinois Department of Insurance's official website.

Bell Ringers Return Soon For Red Kettle Campaign

As the holiday season nears the Salvation Army Bell Ringers will be collecting donations for families making it through the tougher winter months. This initiative of collecting donations from Taylorville's Walmart and Kroger is presented by the Red Kettle Campaign. The donations will go to the Ministerial Association funds for programs like emergency assistance and CEFS.

Behind the coordination efforts is Jessica Franks. Franks provides a bit of history about the Red Kettle Campaign.


Franks describes the areas where money will be allocated. In the past, the bell ringers have collected money for the important Taylorville Food Pantry, Franks says the food pantry is no longer in need of the aid as many local grocery stores have stepped up, supplying food. Now, more areas with people in need are able to be served.


Volunteering for the Red Kettle Campaign is easy and needed. Franks says that local organizations have signed up in the past, along with families that make the day an event for themselves. Franks says your local ministry can direct you to the proper channels to volunteer.


To help bring the holiday spirit to all local families, the Red Kettle Campaign is prepared for yet another year of necessary donations.

To contact Jessica Franks call, 217-561-3808. Franks says people looking to volunteer can contact the Taylorville Food Pantry or CEFS.

Taylorville’s Walmart is located at 1530 West Springfield Road, and Kroger is located at 201 East Bidwell Street.

Jessica Franks appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

BREAKING: Route 48 Near Morrisonville Closed For Crash

Illinois State Police Troop 6 and Christian County Sheriff’s Deputies are on the scene of a traffic crash on IL 48 just north of Morrisonville.  IL 48 is closed to traffic at this time and motorists are required to seek an alternate route of travel.



EDIT:  This has been cleaned up. 

Route 29 Bridge Work In Taylorville Complete

Bridge work on Route 29 near Taylorville has been completed by the Illinois Department of Transportation.  The bridge work involved resurfacing and paving for the bridge over the South Fork Sangamon River/ Flat Branch area.  The project started in early March and went through the summer as they worked on both lanes. 


There is still work being done on Route 29 further towards Pana, but the repaving and resurfacing have been completed nearer Taylorville. The original expectation was that roadwork would finish in December.  The 5.6 million dollar project also widens the bridge deck from 36 to 43 feet and increases the longevity of this corridor by replacing the bridge.


Over the next six years, IDOT will improve more than 2,500 miles of highway and 10 million square feet of the bridge deck as part of the Rebuild Illinois capital program.  This year alone, $8.6 billion of improvements will commence statewide on 4,422 miles of highway, 412 bridges, and 621 additional safety improvements.

Spring Trip Announced For Lincoln Land Community College

 Lincoln Land Community College Hospitality and Culinary Arts will host a two-week journey to Italy from May 20 to June 2, 2024, open to students, employees, and the community. An informational meeting is set for November 8 at 5:30 p.m. in Bistro Verde at LLCC's campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.


The trip, organized with Centro Studi Italiani in Urbania, Italy, includes visits to Gradara, the Food Valley of Italy, and a memorable weekend in Rome. Participants will experience classes in Italian language, culture, and culinary traditions and have the opportunity to meet culinary experts, local wine and food producers, and more.


Excursions to the artistic and natural wonders of Italy will provide a well-rounded cultural perspective. Those unable to attend the meeting can contact Sheridan Lane, director of LLCC's culinary program, at 217-786-2494 or sheridan.lane@llcc.edu.


This educational and cultural journey promises an unforgettable experience in the heart of Italy. Join Lincoln Land Community College for an adventure in 2024.

Local Educator Awarded Grant

Gia O'Malley, a dedicated educator at Nokomis Junior High, has been awarded a grant by the Phi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an International Society for Key Woman Educators. The grant will be used to enhance the educational experience of 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students in Nokomis through the purchase of supplementary materials and books for an Anne Frank unit.


O'Malley teaches reading at Nokomis Junior High, is committed to improving the educational opportunities for her students. This grant will play a crucial role in achieving this goal. It will enable her to provide students with a more comprehensive and enriching learning experience, enhancing their understanding of various topics.


Gia O'Malley's journey in education began at Lincoln Land Community College, followed by earning her bachelor's degree in Child, Family Community Services from the University of Illinois at Springfield. After working with the Special Education Cooperative in Sangamon County, she decided to further her education and became a teacher.


Her teaching experience includes substitute teaching in Nokomis, Pana, and Taylorville, as well as teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students at the Alternative School in Morrisonville. She spent 25 years teaching in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades in the Nokomis Community School District #22 before transitioning to her current role at Nokomis Junior High.


The prominent educator is married to Charlie O'Malley, and is a proud mother of two daughters, Ally and Abby. Ally recently graduated from the University of Illinois, while Abby is currently a junior at Nokomis High School.


Expressing her gratitude, Gia O'Malley acknowledges the generous donation from the Phi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. The Phi Chapter's members reside in several local communities, including Nokomis, Pana, Pawnee, Taylorville, Shelbyville, Cowden, Mt. Olive, and Springfield. Their support demonstrates a strong commitment to education and the community.


O'Malley's dedication to her students and her tireless efforts to enhance their learning experience make her a well-deserving recipient of this grant. The entire community looks forward to the positive impact this grant will have on the education of Nokomis Junior High students.

Taylorville Police Chief Talks Safe Passage

There is no question that Safe Passage of Taylorville has caused many positive outcomes for the citizens and the City of Taylorville. Safe Passage resides in the Taylorville Police Department and is an extension of the services offered by TPD. In order for services like these to thrive in cities, the police force must be on board, Taylorville finds itself in this lucky position.

Taylorville Chief of Police Dwayne Wheeler has been an advocate for Safe Passage since its beginnings and he has seen the numbers of sobriety rise. Wheeler calls Safe Passage the best community policing tool around.


The success rate of the Safe Passage program is staggering, according to Chief Wheeler. Taylorville Police Department is treating crimes related to people struggling with addiction like mental health cases, a perspective many police forces have yet to adopt.


Chief Wheeler described his recent conversation with Clinton Chief of Police, Ben Lowers. Chief Wheeler sees Safe Passage of Taylorville as a template for other communities to follow.


To contact Taylorville Police Department call 217-824-2211. To contact Denise Evans call 217-638-3247.

Sparklight Announces Eero Whole Home Connections

Sparklight, a leading broadband communications provider, today announced the launch of Wall-To-Wall WiFi, an advanced whole-home connectivity solution that provides fast, reliable and secure internet throughout the home.


Teaming up with eero, an Amazon company, Sparklight will offer the eero Pro6E to deliver comprehensive WiFi coverage throughout the home - regardless of size or shape, creating a wide-ranging signal that eliminates dead zones. Powered by the latest Wi-Fi 6 technology, Wall-To-Wall WiFi connects and transmits wirelessly up to 1 Gig, while eero’s patented TrueMesh technology learns the layout of a network to intelligently route traffic and help optimize a customer's WiFi.


Every eero device comes with encryption and security protocols, and ongoing security updates to help protect against the latest threats. In addition, eero Secure enhances your eero with services to help keep your connected devices safe and secure with advanced parental control features, active threat protection, and ad blocking. An eero Plus option will be available to customers, providing an additional layer of advanced online security with eero Dynamic DNS, licenses for 1Password, Malwarebytes, and encrypt.me VPN, and more. 


The company’s new Wall-To-Wall WiFi is managed through a convenient and easy-to-use app, which enables customers to view and manage their network – from anywhere, at any time. 


More information about Wall-To-Wall WiFi can be found by visiting www.sparklight.com/wall-to-wall-wifi. 


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