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Earthquake Reported Outside Of Taylorville Thursday Morning

An earthquake hit outside of Taylorville at 3:45 AM Thursday.  The earthquake registered a 2.0 on the Richter scale.  Earthquakes under 2.5 are generally not felt by the public but can be registered on seismic machines.  The earthquake occurred about 3.3 miles east of Taylorville, 25 miles southwest of Decatur, 26 miles east southeast of Chatham, 28 miles southeast of Springfield, and 42 miles south of Lincoln.  The depth was 5 km and location was 39.544N 89.233W.


If you were awake at 3:45 Thursday morning and felt something, click here.

Fire Destroys Trailer In Litchfield

Two cats were killed in a fire in Litchfield on February 25th. The fire occurred at 11:57 PM on the 800 block of South Franklin Street.  Montgomery County 9-1-1 received a call saying that the side of a house trailer was on fire.  When first responders arrived, a residential trailer with moderate smoke and flames was coming from a window air conditioning unit on the south side of the house. 


Once the fire was out, a primary search was conducted to discover the loss of two feline victims. The fire was brought under control around 12:20 AM and an investigation was initiated by LFD investigators.  The fire was believed to be electrical, but the case remains open until a determination is found. 

TMH Announces February Colleague Of The Month

Taylorville Memorial Hospital announced its Colleague of the Month for February. Jody Ruddock, a health information management specialist, was chosen for the month. Ruddock ensures patients have access to their health information and for those who don’t use the patient portal, Ruddock helps with the continuity of care and patient satisfaction.  


One of Ruddock’s nominators wrote that requests can be urgent and people are anxious if their records aren’t at TMH, she must do detective work to help the caller know what to do next or who they need to call. The nominator says that Ruddock makes a great effort to ensure she has met patient needs in the area.


Ruddock also helps providers when they need medical records.  Recently, she received a request from an insurance company for medical records for 300+ patients with a deadline of two weeks.  She had a plan in place and met their request. 


Ruddock has worked at TMH since 2000. 

Owl Prowl at Friends Creek Nature Center this Weekend

Nature lovers will have an opportunity this weekend to see owls in their natural habitat and during mating season at the Macon County Conservation's Owl Prowl. This Saturday, March 2nd,  at Friends Creek Conservation Area, starting at 8:00 p.m.


Alysia Callison, Director of Program Services for the Macon County Conservation District says the Owl Prowl is strategically placed during this time of year to give the attendees the best chance to see some owls in action.



Callison says to dress for the weather, in past years the trail conditions have been rocky and wet on certain days. 



Friends Creek Conservation Area is located at 3734 Friends Creek Park Road in Cisco. Further information and registration information can be found at www.maconcountyconservation.org/events/owl-prowl.


Alysia Callison appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Bettering Financial Education with the Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration is heavily involved in the processes and safety of retirement savings. One professional is questioning the financial education on retirement savings among citizens. A poll based on retirement savings was completed during the pandemic by the National Endowment for Financial Education and revealed that 31% of respondents had concerns about having enough saved for retirement.

Jack Myers, Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration says citizens who struggle to grasp their finances in terms of retirement are not alone. The data indicates that 85% of respondents described some aspect of their finances that gives them stress.


Myers was surprised by the percentage of respondents who wished financial education and retirement savings were taught during their schooling years.


The Social Security Administration is here to help citizens take control of their stress related to retirement savings by visiting www.ssa.gov and navigating to the “prepare” tab.


Myers urges citizens to visit www.ssa.gov to find out more about their financial history and future.

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

State of the State and Budget Breakdown with Political Science Professor

Illinois State Governor J.B. Pritzker gave his State of the State and Budget Address at the Illinois Capitol one week ago. In this address, the governor set spending plans and revenue projects that will run from July 1st,  2024 to June 30th,  2025. Education was a focal point as 400 million dollars have been added to the fund, the process of handling asylum seekers entering Illinois, and eliminating the 1% grocery tax in the state.

Illinois is in a better financial position than in the Rauner years says Dr. Kent Redfield, Professor Emeritus of Political Science for the University of Illinois. Illinois continues to play catch-up while introducing a new factor such as the elimination of the grocery tax, a move the Redfield says will come with consequences.


Dr. Redfield says the tax relief from groceries will ultimately apply pressure to local governments.


The decision will affect education, children and family services and more government-funded programs budgets, explained Redfield.


Governor Pritzker’s $53 billion budget has mixed reviews from both sides of the aisle but Dr. Redfield believes the state is moving in the right direction overall. Dr. Redfield states that in 2015 the state owed over 16 billion dollars in bills at the end of the year and in 2024 Illinois is down to 23 million dollars owed.

Dr. Kent Redfield appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Christian County Health Department to Hold Food Safety Workshop

The Christian County Health Department is hosting their Second Annual Food Safety Workshop. The informative event will be held on Wednesday, March 27th at the Christian County Extension Office, located at 1120 North Webster Street in Taylorville. To serve all citizens looking to receive useful information and skills,  two different sessions have been set for the day, the first session will last from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and the second will run from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Dr. Chad Anderson, Public Health Administrator for the Christian County Health Department says speakers from the CC Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health will share words at the food safety workshop.


Joe Torres, Director of Environmental Health, says common issues he sees while visiting restaurants are broken thermometers in food storage areas, signage, and basic floor refuse. Torres says that even simple infractions will keep the health department coming back until changes are made.


In an effort to save the time and money of local restaurants in the county, the professionals with the Christian County Health Department invite workers in the food service industry to their food safety workshops.

Information, dates, and times can be found on the website, cchdil.org.

To register for the food safety workshop, The Christian County Health Department is accepting calls at 217-824-4113.

Christian County YMCA To Launch Public Capital Campaign For Renovations

The Christian County YMCA is working on getting a facelift. The building, which was completed in 1980 has been looking for an upgrade to its facilities in a while and the public campaign for the outreach is set to start tomorrow. Executive Director of the YMCA Bruce Blanshan says that for its over 3,000-person membership, the upgrade is long overdue. 



The total cost is going to be $1.4 million but Co-Chair Adam Vocks says that the silent campaign is going very well. 



Co-Chair Jeff Robinson says that the YMCA is an important part of the community and means a lot to him. 



Co-Chair Mary Del Valle says the goal was originally a little higher but has gotten better.  Next up will be putting in updated equipment. 



The money will be separated into different projects including renovating the athletic center, modernizing the wellness center, enhancing the family aquatic center, and revitalizing the facility structure.  Blanshan encourages everyone to help reach the YMCA’s goal.  



To donate, call 217-287-7271, fill out a pledge card, and drop it off at the YMCA, or send it through the mail. You can also find out more information about the campaign by visiting the YMCA’s website at https://www.ccymca.org/.

Rodney Atkins to Headline Christian County Ag Fair Country Concert

Christian County Ag Fair President Craig Paulek stopped by the WMKR 90’s at 9 request show on Tuesday morning to make a special announcement.

ACM award-winning artist Rodney Atkins was announced as the headliner with Allie Colleen as the opening act. 

Paulek mentions you can get your hands on tickets for the July 19th concert at christiancountyfair.com starting March 1st. 

Paulek also spoke about other things he and the Christian County Ag Fair Board have prepared for the 100th Anniversary of the fair.

For more information, you can visit Christiancountyfair.com.

Taylorville Kiwanis Hears From Local Ag Entrepreneur at Tuesday Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard a local agriculture entrepreneur at their weekly meeting on Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.  


Program speaker was Mel Repscher, owner of Big “M” Farms outside of Taylorville.   Repscher told Kiwanis members that his business began in 1985 to diversify his farm, with the name derived from all the children’s first names starting with the Letter M.


He added that he’s the fifth generation farmer on the Sesquicentennial farm. His great grandfather was a Blacksmith in Clarksdale.


Repscher told the Kiwanis Club that Big “M” Farms grows a variety of vegetables that are sold at his location each year, including asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries, sweet corn, tomatoes, and much more.   The farm employs between 12 and 20 local youth to weed and pick the crops each summer.


He also said they recently added a 30-by-96-foot greenhouse, and that Big “M” Farms is a mainstay and original member of the Farmers Market each Saturday on the Taylorville square.


Repscher shared that another part of diversifying his farm is doing custom baling of up to 500 acres of hay each year, and a fall pumpkin patch that includes hayrack rides.


Repscher began a manufacturing division in 1995, making the “A-MAZE-ING Heat” cornburner furnace.   He even has a wind turbine erected in 2001 that produces 600-dollars a month.

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.

WTIM & PBT Announce Taylorville High School Students Of The Month For February

WTIM and People’s Bank and Trust in Taylorville have announced their students of the month for February. The program recognizes one outstanding student from each of the four classes. Students of the Month for February are Laila Hancock, Mia Lyons, Tanner Smith, and Ireland Hicks. We here at Regional Radio News Salute all of our Students of the Month.





Blood Drive Coming Soon to Pana

ImpactLife and the Pana Community are combining forces to hold a community blood drive on Wednesday, March 13th from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Pana’s First United Methodist Church.

To be eligible to donate at the blood drive participants must be at least 17 years of age and weigh more than 110 pounds. A photo ID is required and patients who last gave blood on or before January 17th, 2024 will be available to donate again.

According to ImpactLife, blood donation procedures are simple and safe, taking about 45 minutes to one hour. Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as donors.

To donate contact Melissa Rybolt, call 217-562-5401. Donors may also visit www.bloodcenter.org, and use code 60036 to locate the drive and book an appointment. Making an appointment is requested.  

Memorial Health Offering Free Colon Cancer Test Kits at Upcoming Event

Taylorville Memorial Hospital is set to distribute free take-home screening tests for colon cancer on Thursday, March 14, from 8 to 11 a.m. at their drive-thru located at 201 E. Pleasant St in Taylorville. This initiative is part of the Regional Cancer Partnership's efforts, comprising Memorial Health, SIU School of Medicine, Springfield Clinic, and HSHS St. John's Hospital.


Tia Rapps, the Community Cancer Education Coordinator for the Regional Cancer Center, highlighted the significance of the event, especially during Colorectal Awareness Month. She encouraged individuals to take the opportunity for a complimentary screening, emphasizing the availability of kits while supplies last.


Motorists are advised to adhere to directional signage and stay in their vehicles during the distribution. Once completed, the screening kits should be promptly returned via mail using the provided, pre-addressed envelope within 10 days of pickup. Participants will subsequently receive notification of their results via mail.


The initiative targets individuals aged 45 and above, as well as those with specific risk factors such as a history of colorectal polyps, inflammatory bowel disease, high intake of processed foods or red meat, smoking habits, obesity, or heavy alcohol consumption. For individuals aged 76 years and older, decisions regarding screening should be made considering personal preferences, life expectancy, overall health, and past screening experiences.


The event aims to increase awareness and accessibility to early detection methods, contributing to the prevention and early treatment of colorectal cancer within the community.


For those seeking further details about the kit distribution, questions can be directed to 217-707-5258.


New Specialists Welcomed to Pana Community Hospital

Pana Community Hospital has added specialists to their care staff who provide more comprehensive treatments and coverage for patients. Melissa Rybolt, Director of Marketing for Pana Community Hospital says that a shortage of healthcare professionals nationwide is evident, adding that more doctors and nurses have been seeking out medical locations in rural areas.


Some of the new medical professionals being welcomed to PCH include urologists, gynecologists, and gastroenterologists.


Rybolt says she hears community input on what new specialists are needed at PCH like dermatologists, but constant effort is made to create an atmosphere of complete care at many hospitals. Rybolt says the medical professional shortages are being addressed.


For information or appointments on services offered by Pana Community Hospital, contact 217-562-2131, or visit https://panahospital.com.

Melissa Rybolt appeared as a guest on the WTIM morning Show, live from the lobby of Peoples Bank and Trust in downtown Pana.

Raidercon Coming Back to Central A&M High School

Central A&M High School’s Raidercon will be making its way back to campus for the third time on Saturday, March 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Raiders want the community to join them in their high school gymnasium to see comics, cards, and collectibles, meet and interact with artists, participate in cosplay, and more.

Justin Smith, an Art Educator at Central A&M High School began this initiative in 2019 when students expressed interest in creating a superhero club, where students could read and talk comics. Since then the group has evolved and now presents a fully formed Raidercon where they expect 23 different vendors this year.

Smith 1                     Key                     LENGT: 39

In Smith’s bid to bring big city Comic-con to Central Illinois various local comic artists will be in attendance at Raidercon.

Smith 2                     KEY                     LENGT: 42

The food truck Joni’s Express will be on the grounds at Central A&M High School for lunch. Admission is free for students and children and $5 for those 18 and older.


Central A&M is located at 229 East Pine Stree in Moweaqua. 

Questions regarding Raidercon can be directed to Justin Smith by email at jsmith@camraiders.com or by following them on Facebook at Raidercon.

Taylorville Park Board Meets For Lengthy Monthly Meeting

The Taylorville Park Board met on Monday evening for a lengthy meeting, among the topics were the Ameren remediation site, Red Bland Little League, and budget talks. All members were present except for Roy Monasco. 


The board spoke about the Ameren Remediation site located near Manners Park, Taylorville Park Board President Marlene Miller was frustrated after meeting with representatives from the Illinois EPA and Ameren as well as State Senator Steve McClure and State Representative Brad Halbrook. The board has contracted its own air quality reports as well as looking at what Ameren is providing. It was stated that the private air quality reports would be available in approximately 2 months. The board stated it is continuing to gather information to ensure the safety of Taylorville residents There was discussion by the board over concern that the baseball fields being stirred up for practices could be of concern for contamination. 



The board stated they would continue operations as normal but with more caution.

Representatives from Red Bland Little League were present; they looked to gain approval to do minor improvements on Jayne’s Park and Don Bragg Sports Complex as the Red Bland Little League has decided to change where games are played this year. Those were approved. 

February 29th is the deadline for the Budget and was brought up tonight. The board had disagreements over salaries for Park district employees. The board will hold a special meeting on the 29th in hopes of finalizing a budget. 

The board then heard from recreation director Bailey Hancock. 



The board approved minutes and the treasurer's report. 

The next park board meeting is set for March 25th 

Nokomis FFA Holds Ag in the Classroom During FFA Week

During FFA week the Nokomis FFA Chapter put the vision of youth education into action as they ventured to Nokomis Elementary School for Agriculture in the Classroom. A main focus for FFA Chapters across the state is educating incoming FFA members early and often, planting the seed in young learners' minds that agriculture can be a lifelong career.

Grace King, Reporter for the Nokomis FFA gave some insight into an Ag in the Classroom program and some of what the students took away that day.


Nokomis FFA President, Cydney Bertolino, says making decisions as a group on programming and events comes easy as discussion and opinions are always welcomed among the officers.


Vice President of Nokomis FFA, Levi German, spoke on the skills he and his fellow officers have gained, like public speaking, just by being involved in FFA.


FFA week has concluded and the chapter begins to unwind from its week of themed school days, educational activities, and fellowship among their partners in agriculture.

The Nokomis FFA Chapter appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville Park Board Set to Meet on Monday

The Taylorville Park Board is set to meet Monday at 7 PM at the Manners Park Dining Hall in Taylorville. They will adopt the budget for fiscal year 2024/2025, as well as hear from the Maintenance Superintendent and the Recreation Director. 


There will also be an approval of minutes, as well as the treasurer's report. Stay tuned to regional radio news following the conclusion of tonight's meeting.

Taylorville Fire Release End Of Year Report

Taylorville Fire Department and Fire Chief Matt Adermann have released their end-of-the-year report. Chief Adermann says the department has strived to maintain a high level of service as well as work to improve upon their skills.  In the report, they release information on their members, Taylorville Fire Protection District, an OSHA Inspection, Conditions of the firehouse, run statistics, ambulance runs, mutual aid, response times, ESDA, and training. 


This last year saw three new members added and one member leave for another fire department. Currently, the Taylorville Fire Department has 5 members assigned to two shifts and four members assigned to the other.  Drew Carls left in December of 2022 and was replaced by Zach Delong, Daniel Tatge left to Colin Ayers was hired to replace him. Austin Hoehn was hired to replace Andy Goodall after his retirement.  Drew Watson spent seven months deployed, returning in November. 


Chief Adermann says that due to past turnover, the department has young members and low seniority years.  Training members are helping to fill the gap left by inexperience. Chief Adermann is also concerned that volunteer numbers are down across the country and the Fire Department has plans to address it. The current roster of volunteers is down to 11 members after losing four due to age, time requirements, and lack of interest.  


During an OSHA inspection, the department had minimal violations which is an area that TFD has worked hard on improving since 2020.  TFD ended with five citations including dirty PPE, unsecured cascade bottles, bench grinder guard out of limits, junction box cover open, and an extension cord on the floor, which was immediately corrected and reflected as corrected in the report.  OSHA has also advised TFD not to use the 2nd floor of the training facility until it can be evaluated for its structural stability. This is an issue the TFD is looking to address in 2024.


TFD responded the most to emergency medical service incidents (1,547) 50 electrical wiring problems (50), system malfunctions (48),  and structure fires (39).  Two statistics almost mirrored last year with the most alarms and double calls.  The most alarms handled in a shift was 17 alarms which happened on two separate occasions in 2023.  Over 23% of calls in 2023 happened within 20 minutes of each other.  The busiest day of the week was Monday and the busiest time of the day was between 4 and 5 PM. 2023 saw a decrease in ambulance runs compared to 2022. 


TFD is under the national average in response times.  TFD has an apparatus on the scene of an emergency within 6 minutes of a 9-1-1 call 90% of the time.  The National average turnout time (time from an alarm to crews leaving the stations is 1 minute.  TFD’s time is 54 seconds.  The National Average response time is 4 minutes TFD’s response time is 3:40 seconds.  Every 30 seconds a fire burns unchecked it doubles in size.  


For a full view of the report, click here.

PS Printing Moves to New Location

PS Printing, a Taylorville institution serving the community since 1978 is relocating and expanding their business space to 405 West Main Cross Street in Taylorville, also widely known as the former Milling Millwork Building.

Kirby Hames, Owner of PS Printing, is pleased with the new building, being in a high-traffic area with a clear view inside.


Hames said a fire caused them to move from their original location in Downtown Taylorville seven years ago, bringing them to their current location which they have outgrown.


The new PS Printing location at 405 West Main Cross Street in Taylorville looks to be open this Monday, February 26th.

Shelbyville Announces Easter Eggstravaganza

The Shelbyville area has announced its “Easter Eggstravaganza” for the community to participate in on Saturday, March 16th. Starting at 11:00 a.m. in Downtown Shelbyville, the Easter Bunny will be present for pictures, and following that the kiddos will have an opportunity to hunt down some toys during the Easter Egg Walk.

Schryll Bernson, Proprietor of Simply Yours in Shelbyville explains that the Easter Egg Walk will take the egg hunters, age 12 and under, through various Shelbyville businesses. This year children will be held to one egg at each location.


Bernson gives many thanks to the Shelbyville High School students who crafted trinkets to store inside the eggs.


Simply Yours is located at 119 East Main Cross Street in Shelbyville.

Schryll Bernson appeared as a guest on the WTIM morning Show, live from our downtown studios in Shelbyville.

Local Judge Receives Recommended In Recent Poll

A new poll has given fourth Judicial Circuit Judge Douglas Gruenke, a recommended rating in the Illinois State Bar Association Judicial Advisory Poll.  The purpose of the ISBA Judicial Advisory Poll is to solicit information from members of the bar that possess knowledge of a judicial candidate’s professional qualifications as to whether a judicial candidate is qualified for judicial office.  


Judge Gruenke is qualified and says that he is humbled by the results of the ISBA poll.  Judge Gruenke stated that he has built his legal career on his reputation and is proud to see so many responses from the legal community affirming his qualifications. 


The Primary Election is set for March 19th and early voting has already begun. The Illinois Fourth Judicial Circuit is comprised of Christian, Clay, Clinton, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Marion, Montgomery, and Shelby Counties.   

Sparklight Holds "Dream Bigger" Contest

Sparklight, a leading broadband communications provider, invites schools and organizations serving K-12 students to enter its 6th annual “Dream Bigger” contest for the opportunity to win $2,500 for their science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) project or club.


K-12 schools and organizations in communities throughout the 21 states Sparklight serves are eligible to participate. Entries can be made at sparklight.com/contest by sending a photo and written summary outlining how the funds will be used for a technology project or group and how it will benefit students. Six winners will each receive a $2,500 donation.


Trish Niemann, Vice President of Communications Strategy says that STEM education helps students develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed for academic and career success. She says that the annual Dream Bigger contest helps fund STEM-based initiatives that encourage students to develop skills and find their passion within this rapidly growing career field. 


Entries will be accepted from February 22 through March 12, 2024, at sparklight.com/contest. Twelve finalists will be selected by Sparklight, and the six winners will be determined by public online voting from March 14 through March 21 at the same site. The finalists and winning schools and organizations will be highlighted on Sparklight’s Facebook, Instagram and X (formerly Twitter) pages.


For more information or to enter, visit sparklight.com/contest.

Christian County Landowner Honored By Illinois Department of Natural Resources

A Christian County landowner has been honored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.


Chuck Martin, a lifelong upland bird hunter, conservation advocate and local author, is the Illinois Recreational Access Program's (IRAP) 2023 Landowner of the Year.


The Landowner of the Year award is presented to a landowner enrolled in IRAP who has demonstrated outstanding habitat improvement and conservation practices while allowing public access on their private property through the IRAP initiative.


Martin first enrolled in the program in 2016 and now allows youth hunting, third- and fourth-season turkey hunting, archery deer hunting, and pond fishing on his IRAP-leased property in Christian County.


He said his decision to become a land steward was heavily influenced by the time he spent quail and pheasant hunting with his father. At the time they hunted together, neither of them owned land that provided access to hunting. This meant they relied upon the generosity of other landowners who granted them permission to hunt their property.


Since he has been enrolled in IRAP, Martin has conducted prairie restoration and native forb plantings, prescribed burns, and vegetation management and stocking of his pond through the guidance of his IRAP coordinator.


Martin was one of seven nominees recognized by IRAP staff for their conservation efforts and stewardship of Illinois’ natural resources, as well as their willingness to allow public access to their land for recreational opportunities.

Lake Land College to Hold Broadcast Communication Open House

Lake Land College is inviting area students interested in the broadcasting field to join them at their Broadcast Communication Open House. Attendees will be able to venture inside the broadcast studio on Friday, March 22 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. followed by hands-on activities and a light lunch.


Registration for the open house can be found at LakeLandCollege.edu/visit.


More information can be found by contacting Greg Powers, Speech Communication and Broadcast Instructor at 217-234-5335 or by email at gpowers@lakelandcollege.edu.

Learning the Importance of CT Scans for Heart Health

In line with Heart Health Awareness Month this February, HSHS St. Mary's Hospital and Prairie Cardiovascular are urging individuals to prioritize their heart health by scheduling a heart scan. These heart screenings, conducted swiftly and without pain on a CT scanner, are instrumental in identifying early signs of coronary artery buildup, a precursor to heart disease.


Sheri Barnett, DNP, APRN, And a representative from Prairie Cardiovascular, emphasized the critical role of early detection in managing heart disease, saying the best way to treat heart disease is by detecting it early so that citizens can make lifestyle changes or get further testing or treatment to prevent more serious issues.


Individuals with specific risk factors, including a family history of heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, being overweight, or being a smoker, are particularly encouraged to consider undergoing a heart scan.


A noteworthy piece of information is that no physician order is necessary for this screening, which is available at an affordable rate of $42. 


For further details about HSHS St. Mary's Hospital, visit their website at stmarysdecatur.com. Notably, Prairie Cardiovascular recognized nationally and comprising the largest group of cardiologists in the tri-state region, operates as an affiliate of the Hospital Sisters Health System. To learn more about the medical professionals at Prairie Cardiovascular, individuals can visit prairieheart.org. Those interested can easily schedule a heart scan by calling 217-464-2976, with appointments typically available within three weeks.

Pana FFA Chapter Celebrates FFA Week

In honor of FFA week area high school chapters have made their way to WTIM studios to share their events, programs, and career development that they have found in their Future Farmers of America career. Members of the Pana FFA Chapter, Blyane Pope, Zoie Wemple, and, Izzy Reed broke down the year's activities and their roles within the FFA.

Community service has been a focal point for the Pana FFA as they participated in food drives, trash cleanup, and youth events to get the word out about the FFA.


Marketing events are an area where FFA members are tested with real-life skills. The members talked about what it took to make their initiatives stand out and become well-attended.


As with so many FFA members across the United States, these Pana FFA Officers will look to continue their agriculture focus as they head off to college.


The members praised the Future Farmers of America Group for strengthening their passion for agriculture, guiding them toward the next chapter of their lives with prior experience and relevant life skills.

Blyane Pope, Zoie Wemple, and Izzy Reed appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Response To State Of The State Address

Multiple politicians and organizations have responded to the State of the State address issued by Illinois Governor JB Pritzker on Wednesday.  The Governor outlined his plan for $53 billion in spending, $2.29 billion more than last year. The governor focused heavily on education, immigration, and taxes. 


State Senator Doris Turner says that she wants to see continued strides in agriculture and education.  She says that education is the foundation on which we build community and that parents want to see politicians do the right thing when it comes to the state budget. She stressed that agriculture drives the state’s economy and she hopes to see continued investments in the ag industry. 


The Illinois Education Association is encouraged by the budget as IEA President Al Llorens says that educating students earlier helps students succeed in both school and life.  The IEA says they appreciate the governor praising teachers as an investment that we make in schools.   Llorens says the additional $30 million proposed for higher education is a step in the right direction to cut down on student debt and make education more accessible for all Illinoisans, though they acknowledge that much more is needed to shore up Illinois’s long-underfunded higher ed systems.


State Senator Steve McClure says despite declining state revenues, the Governor proposed the biggest budget in state history and says it’s disappointing.



State Representative Brad Halbrook says that Governor Pritzker’s views do not reflect the overall priorities of Illinois taxpayers. 



House Republican Leader Tony McCombie says that priorities include no tax increases and fix agency dysfunction. 



Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton says she is pleased with the budget calling it a historic day in Illinois.  She says she is proud of the work they've accomplished for the Fiscal Year 2024 budget which she believes will build on their commitment to empower communities to be healthy and safe in Illinois. 

Blue Mound Resident Appointed First Ever Midwest Sales Manager for Huma

Agricultural humic solutions leader, Huma, Inc., has made a significant move in the industry by acquiring the global granular fertilizer company, Gro-Power, Inc. The deal is set effective immediately and comes after a longstanding partnership between the two companies, with Huma supplying high-quality humates for Gro-Power's humus-based fertilizer and soil conditioner products. While the terms of the agreement were not disclosed, Huma CEO Lyndon Smith expressed respect for Gro-Power's established partnerships and commitment to maintaining the company's reputation for excellence.


Leading the sales team for the newly formed unit is Cory Ritter of Blue Mound IL. Ritter is a lifelong Illinois corn and soybean farmer and will serve as the Midwest Sales Manager. Ritter will work closely with retailers and growers to improve soil and plant health, improved yields, and returns on investment through sustainable solutions. 


The acquisition expands Huma's portfolio to include a suite of granular, humic-based fertilizers and soil conditioners, alongside its existing line of liquid nutrients, plant protection, and growth managers. This move allows Huma to enter the granular fertilizer market and better serve growers' needs with advanced products. Fred Nichols, Huma's Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, highlighted the company's dedication to product advancements and enhanced services for both growers and retail partners.


In addition to launching the established granular fertilizer lineup, Huma plans to increase its presence in regional markets by deploying more representatives. These local resources will focus on addressing regenerative agriculture and soil health issues, providing customized field solutions to improve yields, lower input costs, and increase return on investment. This move positions Huma as a key player in the agricultural industry, poised to meet the evolving needs of growers while promoting sustainability and soil health.

WTIM Morning Show Speaks with Taylorville FFA During FFA Week

The Future Farmers of America have a busy week as FFA chapters across the nation celebrate and recognize the events, programs, and skills developed through the largest youth-led organization in the U.S.

The Taylorville FFA Chapter has had a particularly successful 2023-2024 campaign as they traveled to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis and secured the top spot in the category of Strengthening Agriculture.

Co-Presidents Drew Mickey and Abby Norris describe their experience.


FFA Week has members planning the themed school days about a month prior. Wednesday was “bring your tractor to school day.”


Both Mickey and Norris plan to continue on the agriculture route in their upcoming years as they head off to college. Abby Norris will attend Murray State University to study horticulture, while Drew Mickey will attend Kansas State University to major in animal science with a minor in agriculture communications.


WTIM will host FFA Chapters from Pana, Edinburg, and Nokomis for Thursday of FFA Week.

Drew Mickey and Abby Norris appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville Police Department Releases 2023 Final Report

The Taylorville Police Department released their 2023 annual police report and Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler praised his department for the work they did this last year. Wheeler says that he acknowledges work needs to be done but is ecstatic with the progress and the direction the department is advancing.  The report breaks down internal affairs, calls for service, investigations, new hires, retirements, awards, programs & community events, traffic citations, calls reported, and goals for 2024. 


Under internal investigations, four officers were investigated following complaints. Three complaints were unfounded and one written warning was issued.  Under calls for service, numbers were way down this year and have continued to fall over the last four years.  In 2020, there were 16,427 calls for service.  In 2021 there were 11,104, in 2022 there were 9108, and last year there were 8,192 calls for service.  


The most frequent calls of 2023 were traffic stops (1,557), lockouts (490), traffic crashes (418), and welfare checks (313). There were approximately 425 FOIA requests in 2023.  Some new hires for the Taylorville Police Department include Officers Troy Kissel and Lindsey Coy. Dispatch hires included Kendra Fisher and Kaci Devore, who joined Andrew Borders, Jack Greene, and Caitlyn Klein.  The Taylorville Police Department recognized Detective Evert Nation who retired this year and praised Officers Hannah Coleman and Rachel Priddy and Dispatcher Andrew Borders and Kayleigh Boston as officers of the quarter.  Officer Priddy was named Officer of the Year. 


Under traffic citations, citation numbers are down in 2023 from 828 in 2022 to 724 in 2023.  The numbers had been steadily increasing from 2020-2022 but were down this year to their lowest since 2020. Under the number of calls, the most calls were for suspicious people/vehicles and traffic crashes.  Domestics, juvenile problems, and sex offenders were the 3rd through 5th amount of calls. 


To see the full report, click here

Governor Gives State Of The State Address

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker met in front of the Illinois General Assembly in Springfield on Wednesday to deliver his 6th State of the State address. The Governor focused on education, healthcare, and the immigration crisis. Gov. Pritzker described his budget ahead of the start of the fiscal year on July 1st as “focused and disciplined.” The budget proposed would see roughly a 2% raise in spending. 



Last year Governor Pritzker introduced a new multi-year plan called Smart Start that was started as a way to invest into preschool and child care. He says that the program is doing better than what was expected.



Governor Pritzker is asking to increase funding for Smart Start by 150 million dollars heading into year 2 of that plan.  He also invested 45 Million dollars into the teacher pipeline grant program last year and is looking to continue with that investment with 45 million more dollars this year. According to the governor, that program brought 5,384 new teachers into the field, reaching more than 730,000 students in 170 districts with the highest need. 


There was also discussion about public higher education facilities. Governor Pritzker is looking to add more than 30 million dollars in the proposed budget plan to help support public higher education institutions. 


The Healthcare Consumer Access and Protection Act was also introduced. This act is a 3 part act and Governor Pritzker says it “will curb predatory insurance practices putting power back into the hands of patients and their doctors”. 



Governor Pritzker then spoke about the migrant crisis in Illinois, voicing his frustrations over the federal immigration bill, and stating that the crisis will eventually come to an end. He also stated that they are still working on the migrant crisis and asked for $181.7 million to help support the city of Chicago and Cook County. 


Governor Pritzker is looking to cut the grocery tax in its entirety in Illinois to help Illinois families. 



The budget also includes relief coming for Illinoisans in medical debt, a plan for 10 million dollars in funding is a part of the governor's budget plan 



Listen to the whole speech here. 

Pana Community Hospital Provides Transport for Patients

Pana Community Hospital wants the community to know about their transport service that is taking over the roles that the Faith in Action Transport Service once controlled. PCH Transport has eliminated scheduling and operational mishaps by introducing hired drivers to take patients to and from appointments or procedures.

Carol Chandler, Director of Business Development for Pana Community Hospital, talks about the fleet of three vehicles and the new drivers, Chandler reminds the community that the transport service is for only Pana Community Hospital patients.


Trips to and from PCH can be altered based on the needs of the patient and the times they will need to be present. Chandler says PCH Transport is a free service for PCH patients.


Chandler says the range for transportation services is extensive.


To learn more about Pana Community Hospital Transport visit panahospital.com/patient-transportation-services.

Carol Chandler appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show, live from the lobby of Peoples Bank and Trust in downtown Pana.

Pana School Board President Speaks on New Pana Elementary School

Operations continue to construct a new elementary school in Pana, replacing Washington and Lincoln Elementary Schools which has served students for over 100 years. Kyle Anderson, President of the Pana School Board says the incoming building will have state-of-the-art technology and updated facilities for the young learners.

Grades K-5 will attend the new school and Anderson says the new campus will eliminate the multiple campus confusion in the near future.


As with any large undertaking, Anderson says growing pains are to be expected.


Anderson explains that the rebuild was the best use of the funds as renovating the existing building would have taken about $10 million.


Anderson is pleased and grateful for the educators and staff of the Pana School District and is ready for learning to begin in a new and improved location.

Kyle Anderson appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show live from the lobby of Peoples Bank and Trust in downtown Pana.

Leap Into Foster Care Event at Kemmerer Village

Leap into Foster Care is a new initiative presented by Kemmerer Village to bring education to families and parents who might be open to but apprehensive about fostering a child. The event will take place on Thursday, February 29th at 6:00 p.m.

Schales Nagle and Jeannie Karbach of Kemmerer Village say many parents are interested in the foster care route but often think twice when questions arise, the Leap into Foster Care Event looks to answer those questions and give peace of mind to future foster parents.


Nagle and Karbach say the staff at Kemmerer Village are prepared and happy to provide information to attendees at the event.


Kemmerer Village is located at 941 N 2500 East Road in Assumption and for more information contact Kemmerer Village at (217) 226-4451.

Schales Nagle and Jeannie Karbach appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show live from the lobby of Peoples Bank and Trust in downtown Pana.

Christian County Board Meets Tuesday Evening

The Christian County Board met Tuesday evening for their regular scheduled monthly meeting.  The Board heard from Christian County Health Director Dr. Chad Anderson.  Anderson spoke about an up and coming food class that will teach those wishing to start either a restaurant or food truck what steps need to be taken to do that. 



Dr. Anderson also gave an update on what the health department has been doing and says that they are adapting to the new building and enjoy it. 


During committee reports, the board approved the car cruise, farmers market, fourth of july parade and luncheon,  and a Small Town Taylorville Halloween event to be held. Some flood lights for animal control were approved along with some safety equipment from the safety grant funding. 


 Chairman Bryan Sharp says that the County is working hard on fixing some of the safety issues going on at the courthouse and in government buildings.



Under new business, the board heard from Dan McNeely from Dimond Bros who discussed cybersecurity insurance.  The board approved a $500,000 plan to cover the county in case of a system hack. 


The next county board meeting is Wednesday, March 20th, 2024.  

Taylorville Police Officers Honored at City Council Meeting

The Taylorville City Council met last night at 6:00 and recognized Taylorville Police Officers who were injured in the line of duty. The meeting began with the recognition of the Taylorville Girls Bowling Team who have made it to the state finals for the first time as a team in 20 years, the girls finished 11-0 in the regular season. 


Taylorville Police Chief Wheeler described the scene on the day of the Roy Bates arrest, as Chief Wheeler stated the subject created multiple opportunities for his officers to deploy lethal force which they had refrained from. The officers were awarded with bravery certificates and were honored by the board.



Minutes from past regular city council meetings on February 5th,8th, and 15th were approved unanimously along with the easement for drainage improvements at White Oaks Drive. 


Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry gave his update concerning home construction.



A motion to approve an additional $10,700 for the fireworks fund and $10,000 for Chilifest to be paid out of the Business Development District funds was approved unanimously. Another motion that was passed was a four-way stop sign to be posted at West Vine Street and North Powers with only Alderman Megan Bryant voting no.


The meeting went into a closed session and the next Taylorville City Council meeting is set for Monday, March 4th.


Taylorville Kiwanis Club Hears From Christian County Board Chair at Tuesday Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the chair of the Christian County Board, at their weekly meeting on Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.  


Bryan Sharp is a 3rd generation Christian County farmer, and was elected to the Christian County Board 3 years ago.   He later was elected Chairman, and has presided over monthly county board meetings, being part of board committees, and many other duties.


Sharp’s ongoing goals as county board chair, include helping county board members see the “big picture” of county government; helping to make the zoning office and process more transparent; and working more with the Solid Waste Office and Animal Control Departments.


Sharp is proud of the county office holders and Courthouse staff, saying they provide excellent accountability to taxpayers.


During the question and answer session, Sharp told Kiwanis members the Christian County Board is looking at hiring a county manager.



Sharp said state mandates are another problem.



And, Sharp told Kiwanis members the lack of accountability on the Ameren Taylorville clean-up project, which is in the county, by the Illinois State E-P-A has been challenging.



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.

MICA Scholarship To Offer $1000 To Communication Studies

The Mid-Illinois Communications Association or MICA is currently accepting applications for the 2024 MICA Scholarship.  This scholarship aims to support students majoring in communications, journalism, public relations, or related fields such as marketing, design, videography, and photography. 


The scholarship program looks to foster talent and excellence in the communications industry and recognize the importance of investing in the educational pursuits of future professionals.  Brandy Renfro, President of MICA, says that the scholarship not only provides financial assistance but also acknowledges the dedication and potential of students committed to pursuing careers in communications. 


Eligible candidates for the scholarship include rising Juniors, Seniors, or graduate students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to a professional career in communications through educational work and extracurricular or job activities.  Submission requirements must include two references, an essay not exceeding 500 words, at least three work examples, and an official college transcript. One scholarship will be granted in the amount of $1,000.


To apply for the 2024 MICA Scholarship visit midilcommunications.org where you can find more information.  Applications are due by March 1st.  

Christian County Board Set To Meet This Evening

Christian County Board is set to meet this evening at 6:30 on the second floor of the Christian County Courthouse to discuss business, review committee reports, and hear from the public. The board will hear from the public, along with some representatives from HOPETrust, and a report from the Health Department. 


The Board will hear from the committees.  Some of the discussions will include an ARPA Funding Consideration for Assumption Community Child Care, staffing the treasurer department, the Central Illinois Public Transit Program Intergovernmental Agreement and Ordinance, and a change in how Stipend Pay is received for Elected Officials. 


There is nothing listed under new business, but cybersecurity insurance will be discussed and the board will hear from the public and Regional Radio News will have a full wrap up following the conclusion of this event. 

Non-Profit Grant Program from Illinois State Treasurer

The Illinois State Treasures Office has announced the opening of the non-profit business grant program titled the Charitable Trust Grant. Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs says upon his entrance to the treasurer position this small business grant initiative was in existence but was not utilized until now.

The grant can be for a number of non-profit categories such as food and job skills says Frerichs.


The Treasurer’s office has garnered extensive funds for non-profits, an aspect that Frerichs sees as enacting action among volunteer and community-based groups.


Treasurer Frerichs says that funding these non-profit ventures will bring positive progress to issues across Illinois.


Information about the Charitable Trust Grant initiative can be found at www.illinoistreasurer.gov/Office_of_the_Treasurer/Charitable_Trust.

Treasurer Michael Frerichs appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.


HSHS Holds "Cram the Car" Food Drive

In recognition of February being National Canned Food Month, HSHS Home Care is holding its annual “Cram the Car” food drive this month for the First United Methodist Church food pantry to help those struggling with food insecurity. Community members are invited to “cram” a Home Care car by donating non-perishable items. On Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a HSHS Home Care branded car will be parked outside HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital’s patient entrance on the west side of the hospital accepting donations of items or monetary contributions.


Valerie Engelbart, volunteer/bereavement services supervisor for HSHS Home Care, says that the HSHS Mission is to reveal Christ’s healing love for all people through the health care ministry.  She says that the hospital is privileged that patient's families trust them with their care and the care of their loved ones. 


Some non-perishable items that the food pantry could use are boxed meals, pancake mix and syrup, jelly, canned fruit, pasta sauce, cereal, granola, sugar-free canned fruit, low-salt canned vegetables, large boxes of oatmeal, as well as any other non-perishable items. When donating, please check the expiration date of items and avoid donating expired goods.


For more information about the drive, contact Valerie Engelbart, volunteer/bereavement services supervisor for HSHS Home Care, at 217-685-0702 or email Valerie.Engelbart@hshs.org. To find out more about services offered by HSHS Home Care, visit

Saturday Deadline for Memorial Health's Community Health Needs Assessment Survey

There is still time for local community members to share their thoughts and opinions concerning the health needs in Taylorville and Christian County by filling out the Community Health Needs Assessment Survey. The survey is distributed at all Memorial Health locations and every three years professionals with Memorial Health compile this data from the community and provide services to aid in the newly recognized deficiencies.

Jay Boulanger, Community Health Coordinator for Memorial Health spoke on the need for this assessment and said that the community has until Saturday, February 24th to complete the survey.


Boulanger breaks down the three main takeaways from last year's survey that gave Memorial Health a direction on how to help citizens.


Initiatives are sparked because of the health needs assessment like the community garden behind Taylorville Memorial Hospital and anti-vaping programming for junior high students.


The Community Health Needs Assessment Survey can be found at memorial.health/community-health-needs-assessment-a-survey.

Jay Boulanger appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Taylorville City Council To Meet This Evening

Taylorville City Council is set to meet tonight at 7 PM to discuss business, review ordinances, and hear from city officials. The Council will recognize the THS Girls bowling team, some officers who were injured in the line of duty, and two Taylorville Police Sergeants will be promoted. 


Under ordinance, the council will look to amend some Taylorville City Code, accept an easement for White Oaks Drive Drainage improvements, and work on some authorizations for the City Hall Parking Improvement project.  


Under committee reports, the council will discuss the treasurer’s report, money for the fireworks fund, and Chillifest. The Council will also talk about a four-way stop sign at West Vine and North Powers, and more discussion concerning Ordinance 4210 removing the words: “cigarettes, tobacco, and tobacco products” from the ordinance. Under water/environmental, the council will look at a remote control mower and some PVC pipe that is needed.


The council will hear from the city attorney and Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry.  Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more following the conclusion of the event. 

All About Agriculture at the Dudley Smith Farm Field Day

The Dudley Smith Farm Field Day went underway on Friday at the Christian County University of Illinois Extension Office. Despite heavy snowfall in Taylorville, program speakers and attendees sought education in the agriculture economy, current trends, and ideas.

Ed Ballard has managed Dudley Smith Farm since 1995 and was pleased with the lineup of events for the field day.


Kurt Rinker, Program Speaker focused on how to make operations more economical for producers.


The event was well attended and the next Dudley Smith Farm Field Day will be held in June.

Protecting the Investment with M&J Home Inspections

One of the most significant investments that citizens can make is the purchasing of a home. Protecting that investment means getting professionals involved when dealing with the needs of the home that are not common knowledge to the community members.

Home inspections are imperative when considering laying down a hefty financial sum because those inspectors will scan for safety concerns, electrical system issues, plumbing work and more. All to ensure the investment will be worth the buyer's while.

Mike Laurenzana is a Certified Professional Inspector for M&J Home Inspections, Mike serves Christian and Sangamon Counties and preaches the importance of having all bases covered before it's too late.


Laurenzana has 30 years in the industry and has worn many hats, working as an HVAC technician, plumber, and other trades, Laurenzana says that experience makes inspections more comprehensive and trusted.


M&J Home Inspections offers a buy-back program. Laurenzana explains that if an issue arises from the home inspection he completes, a buyback can be in order to help the buyers get back on their feet.


Those interested in home inspection services offered by M&J Home Inspections, visit their website at www.safe2guard.me, or call 217-693-9530.

Mike Laurenzana appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Lake Land To Hold STEM Open House

Lake Land College will be holding a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) exploration Day through its math and science division. The event will allow high school juniors and seniors to learn more about Lake Land’s math and science academic programs as well as career opportunities in STEM fields.  


The STEM Exploration Day will begin in Lake Land’s Foundation and Alumni Center, where attendees will be separated into five groups.  Current students at Lake Land will serve as group leaders to guide the groups through campus and provide a student perspective.  Each group will attend five sessions to tour Lake Land’s labs, talk to faculty, and participate in hands-on demonstrations related to physics, chemistry, biology, math, and geographic information systems (GIS). 


All attendees will experience real-world and workplace applications associated with fast-growing occupations in STEM fields. Division Chair of Math and Science instructor Mike Rudibaugh says that they encourage all students interested in math or science to attend the open house.  The event will conclude with a faculty Q/A panel and a small group discussion for students to ask questions.  Lunch will also be provided during this segment. 


Parents or guardians of high school students, as well as anyone interested in pursuing a math or science degree, are welcome to attend. Registration is open now and you can sign up at lakelandcollege.edu/visit.  TO learn more contact Laurie Rincker, at 217-234-5237. 

Bundles and Bliss Moving to the Taylorville Square

Bundles and Bliss, a clothing boutique and gently used consignment store will be relocating to the Taylorville Square to 103 South Washington Street. A new location celebration will be held on Thursday, February 29th, to explore the new space and meet the owners and the grand opening will be Friday, March 1st.

Abby Barlow, owner of Bundles and Bliss started the business in 2021 and as sales and retail items grew, the location is now growing along with it. Krystal Baker speaks on the opening.


Baker says that Barlow understands the value of a good deal, as shopping for children in their early years can hurt financially when clothes need to be replaced every few months.


The new location celebration will not only give local community members a chance to chat but also get entered into deals with Bundles and Bliss.


Bundles and Bliss operate on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Krystal Baker appeared for Abby Barlow as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Former State Senator Pleads Guilty To Nine Counts Including Wire Fraud And Tax Evasion

A former Illinois State Senator has pleaded guilty to nine counts of indictment including seven counts of wire fraud, one count of money laundering, and one count of tax evasion concerning alleged misuse of campaign funds for personal expenses.  According to the US Department of Justice, William Samuel McCann Jr.’s bench trial was held before US District Judge Colleen Lawless.  


It was revealed during the trial, that Senator McCann admitted that from about May 2015 to June 2020, McCann engaged in a scheme to convert more than $200,000 and potentially more than $500,000 in contributions and donations made to his campaign committees to pay himself and make personal purchases and that he concealed his fraud from donors, the public, the Illinois State Board of Elections, and law enforcement authorities. 


Following a plea hearing, McCann requested that he be released to home confinement pending sentencing, and the Court scheduled a detention hearing for Friday. During the detention hearing, it was revealed that in a video that McCann had recorded just prior to his detainment on February 9th, McCann referenced the government’s conspiracy against him and other accusations.  Judge Lawless noted that the video raised her concern regarding McCann potentially harming himself and his truthfulness with the court, and thus ordered McCann detained pending sentencing. 


A sentencing hearing is set for June 20th, 2024 at 10 AM.  The penalty for each of the seven counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering is up to 20 years in prison.  For tax evasion, the statutory penalty is up to 5 years in prison.  McCann served as a senator for the 49th district from 2011-2013 and for the redrawn 50th district from 2013 to 2019.  McCann previously lived in Carlinville and owned and operated two construction businesses.  He also unsuccessfully ran for governor.  The charges are the result of an investigation by the FBI and IRS Criminal Investigation.


Assistant US Attorney Timothy A. Bass represents the government in the prosecution.  

New Bill Would Allow Media To Access Police Scanners

Illinois is looking at new legislation that would require any law enforcement agency in Illinois that encrypts police scanner transmissions to provide real-time access to those transmissions to all accredited media in the state.


A new bill, HB 4339 being proposed by State Representative LaShawn Ford, amends the Public Records Act to require that any law enforcement agency that encrypts radio transmissions provide access to those transmissions to FCC-licensed broadcasters and accredited newspapers.


Representative Ford says he understands the desire to prevent members of the public from using scanners to commit crimes or to evade law enforcement, however, he says the media must report on events promptly, and getting information from scanners is essential. Ford continued by stressing that blocking media from real-time access is counter to governmental transparency and doesn’t support the original stated purpose of the program. 


Ford says that his proposed legislation would apply to jurisdictions across Illinois.  Several downstate law enforcement departments have instituted encryption programs including Christian County.

Street Work Being Done In Effingham Starting Monday

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces the closure for the reconstruction of Henrietta Street from Fayette Avenue to Edgar Avenue in Effingham on Monday, Feb. 19. A marked detour will utilize Outer Belt West and Fayette Avenue. Motorists wanting to access destinations, including Sacred Heart Catholic Church and School located south of the closure can use Raney Street and Grove Avenue. 


The intersection of Henrietta Street and Fayette Avenue will remain open to traffic, but no traffic will be able to turn south onto Henrietta. East/west traffic on Fayette Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction at the intersection. Henrietta Street will reopen when this portion of the project is completed, which is scheduled for early April.


Motorists can expect delays and allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices and be alert for workers and equipment.


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 capital program, which is investing $33.2 billion into all modes of transportation. Accomplishments through Year Four of Rebuild Illinois included approximately $12.1 billion of improvements statewide on 5,339 miles of highway, 533 bridges and 762 additional safety improvements.


For road updates from Getting Around Illinois, visit www.taylorvilledailynews.com. 

Discussing Tree Health with a Horticulture Expert

As Central Illinois nears planting and growing seasons, one horticulture professional wants the public to be aware of their planning and upkeep of trees. Andrew Holsinger, a Horticulture Educator for the University of Illinois Extension says that having the end size of the new tree in mind when planting will eliminate the chance of needing to scrap the full-grown tree when it starts to push against a home.


Holsinger adds that reshaping a tree to fit the needs of a property for logistic or aesthetic reasons will damage the tree and often will result in the termination of that tree.


Planters must be aware of drought conditions and watering levels of their species of tree, more aspects that will save one planting a tree the time and hassle of having to replant in the future.


To contact Andrew Holsinger for more information he can be reached by email at aholsing@illinois.edu.

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


CCSO Internet Safety to Combat Child Grooming

A growing issue that has been seen in Central Illinois and Nationwide is the prevalence of child and adolescent grooming happening on online platforms which sometimes turn into real-life meetings. Chief Deputy Jim Baker of the Christian County Sheriff's Office says that national numbers show that one in five children will be sexually exploited by an adult stranger online.

Chief Deputy Baker says this growth was sparked by increased technology use in the Covid-19 era. He continued by saying parents and their children must have open and honest communication concerning technology use and how contact with a stranger can be made online through multiple different channels.


Chief Deputy Baker provides proactive tips for parents to safeguard their children from strangers online. One of his main messages for parents is that for children, the cellphone is a privilege, not a right, and the activity on the device should be monitored by guardians.


Recognizing the warning signs is an important piece to protecting a child from being sexually exploited online says Chief Deputy Baker. He reminds parents to be watchful of suspicious apps, gaming chat rooms, and secret phone usage behavior.


Chief Deputy Baker and the Christian County Sheriff’s Office remind the public to always report any cases of child or adolescent grooming to law enforcement. Chief Deputy Baker says a digital curfew on cell phones will help eliminate secretive communications and further protect the vulnerable population of the youth.

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

Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Announce Sonic Drive-In Coming Soon

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce has announced that Sonic Drive-In will be opening soon here in Taylorville. The opening date is still to be announced but operations are beginning to construct, staff, and open the building.

Linda Allen, Executive Director of the GTCC says the chamber is happy to be welcoming yet another member to aid in marketing and staffing.


Allen expects the new Sonic to be open from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and says that means employment opportunities are on the way. The GTCC will be hosting a job fair with Sonic to begin employment with the new establishment.


Linda Allen and the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce are excited to be welcoming Sonic back to Taylorville and remind the community that dates and times for job fair opportunities and the official opening of Sonic have not been set yet.

Visit the GTCC on Facebook or at taylorvillechamber.com to stay updated on the details.

Linda Allen appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

CCSO Arrest Local Substitute Teacher for Grooming

On February 10, 2024, the Christian County Sheriff’s Office became aware of a substitute teacher within Christian County who had provided cellular devices to minor students without their parents’ permission. 


The safety and security of the youth population in Christian County is extremely important to the sheriff’s office and they, along with all of the school districts, strive to protect their well-being at all times. 


The Christian County Sheriff’s Office began investigating this situation and on February 13, 2024, Edward P. Misiorek, 62 years of age, was arrested by the Christian County Sheriff’s Office and charged with grooming. Misiorek is still in custody at the Christian County Jail.

Lake Land College Sees Student Body Growth

Lake Land College has announced a significant upturn in enrollment for the Spring 2024 semester, with the 10th-day enrollment report showing impressive growth. The report reveals a near 4% increase in total headcount compared to the previous year, marking the highest full-time equivalency enrollment since 2021.


According to the report, the total headcount for the Spring 2024 semester stands at 3,817, reflecting a rise of more than 130 students from Spring 2023. Moreover, there has been a 0.13% increase in FTE, reaching a three-year high of 2,455.1. The college welcomed 252 new students for the current semester, a notable increase of over 100 students compared to the previous year.


The number of international students has grown by more than 50%, while dual-credit enrollment has grown by nearly 5%. Lake Land College President Josh Bullock expressed his excitement at the continued preference for the college among students, attributing it to the institution's commitment to providing high-quality instruction and affordable education.


Bullock emphasized Lake Land College's dedication to offering accessible pathways to rewarding futures, citing its low tuition rates and innovative programs. Among these programs is the Pipeline for the Advancement of Healthcare Workforce Program Grant, which supports students in nursing and other healthcare programs through various forms of assistance, including tuition reimbursement and tutoring services.


Additionally, a new program called the Recruitment and Advancement of the Next Generation of Engineers (RANGE) is set to launch in Fall 2024, aimed at supporting low-income, rural high school, and alternative education engineering students. This initiative seeks to address the demand for local engineering positions by providing students with a structured cohort class experience and essential wraparound services.


Prospective students can enroll for the Summer and Fall 2024 semesters starting March 1 by visiting the Lake Land College website.

American Red Cross Of Illinois Welcomes New Communications Manager

The American Red Cross of Illinois announced that Jayce Eustice has joined the organization as a new Communications Manager. Eustice will be focusing predominantly on communications and media relations for the Red Cross in Illinois including Red Cross chapters in Peoria/Bloomington, Champaign, Decatur, Springfield, Quincy, and the Quad Cities areas.


Eustice brings communications, media, and journalistic experience to the Illinois Red Cross. He joins the Illinois Red Cross from Shaw Media, a news organization headquartered in Crystal Lake, IL, where he served as the News Editor of the Bureau County Republican and the Putnam County Record. He previously served as a News Reporter in La Salle and Peru for the News Tribune and has also spent multiple summers with the Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp, a Prospect League collegiate baseball team, as a color commentator.


Joy Squier, Director of Communications for the American Red Cross of Illinois says that Eustice is a terrific addition and brings enthusiasm coupled with storytelling and social media skills that will enhance the team’s work and presence in the Central Illinois area.  


Feel free to follow the activity of the Illinois Red Cross via Facebook, Instagram and X (Twitter) @RedCrossIL or LinkedIn at the American Red Cross of Illinois.

South Fork To Hold Blood Drive

South Fork Township will host a Community Blood Drive with ImpactLife from 1 PM to 4 PM Monday, February 26th at 124 Central Avenue, inside the Senior Citizens Center, Kincaid. Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age and weigh more than 110 lbs.  A photo I.D. is required to donate.


ImpactLife is the provider of blood and blood components to more than 125 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin.  ImpactLife is the exclusive provider to Pana Community Hospital and Taylorville Memorial Hospital.  All donors can receive a voucher for an E-Gift Card. 


To donate, please contact Dennis Foli at 237-4327 or visit www.bloodcenter.org and use code 61415 to locate the drive. You may also call ImpactLife to schedule at 800-747-5401.  

Taylorville School Board Interim Superintendent Resigns

The Taylorville School Board of Education selected a new Interim superintendent, as former Interim Superintendent Deborah Philpot announced her resignation on Tuesday, February 13th.


The Taylorville School Board selected Kenneth Schwengel as the new Interim Superintendent for the remainder of the 2023-2024 school year. Schwengel will take over the roles following the resignation of Philpot. Schwengel's Interim term will begin on March 18th and carry to June 30th, 2024. 


Schwengel has received a Bachelor of Science in Education degree, a Master of Science in Education Administration Degree, and an Education Specialist Degree In Education from Eastern Illinois University. 


The school board says Schwengel brings many years of experience in the field of education, with 19 of those years as a superintendent. 

Taylorville Family Reeling After Fire Devastates Home; Donations Being Accepted At Tonight's Game

A Taylorville family lost everything after a fire swept through their house Tuesday evening.  Lisa Smith, whose children are very active in the community, and through Taylorville High School, lost their home.  Everyone is safe and no one was hurt, but the loss of the home has hurt the family immensely.  THS Sports boosters will be collecting money for the family at tonight's basketball game and Taylorville High School will donate all of tonight's gate money from the game directly to the family. There will be a donation chest marked on the gate table for donations. 

Upcoming Open House at Lincoln Land Community College

Lincoln Land Community College will be holding an open house for prospective students on Monday, February 19th, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for Taylorville Litchfield, Springfield, and Jacksonville campuses. These open house tours allow new college students to see the facilities, learn about LLCC services, and find out about training programs for a student's future endeavors.

Dee Krueger, Director of Lincoln Land Community College in Taylorville says the day will take the incoming students from the beginning to the end of their enrollment process and much more.


Dates have changed for announcements concerning financial aid, now Students find themselves in a time crunch during college decision day as they do not know how much money they will be receiving from FASFA, another aspect that can be inquired about during the open house.


It is not uncommon for a new college student to enter their first years as an undeclared major says Krueger. LLCC has surveys and programs for finding the correct fit for each student's future.


Registration for the Lincoln Land Community College open house can be found at www.llcc.edu/recruitment/llcc-open-house.

Dee Krueger appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Illinois Judges Association Reads to Local Schools

In honor of Abraham Lincoln's life and legacy during the month of February, Judge Douglas Gruenke, alongside numerous Illinois judges, brought the world of law and history to grade school students through a special reading program. The initiative, organized by the Illinois Judges Association, saw Judge Gruenke delivering sessions based on Martha Brenner's popular children's book, "Abe Lincoln's Hat," to ten classes across Effingham and Taylorville.


The program is designed for students in kindergarten through fourth grade to foster a love for reading while learning valuable lessons in history and the legal system. Dressed in their judicial robes, the judges engaged with students by reading the book and discussing its connection to Lincoln's life and the law. Each classroom received a copy of the book for their library, courtesy of the judges.


Judge Mary Schostok, a justice in the Appellate Court, Second District, and former President of the Illinois Judges Association, spoke on the importance of addressing reading deficiencies among school children. Citing surveys by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Schostok highlighted the impact of reading proficiency on academic success and future prospects, particularly for students from low-income families.


Schostok says, Abe Lincoln's Hat is a whimsical portrayal of the 16th President's adventures, it offered insights into Lincoln's character and his unique memory aids, such as storing letters and legal documents in his iconic top hat.


This reading initiative is part of the Illinois Judges Association's greater commitment to community engagement, which includes programs like "Page It Forward" reading and tutoring, "Courtroom in the Classroom" celebrating the U.S. Constitution, and educational sessions addressing issues like substance abuse, cyberbullying, and legal literacy.


For more information on these programs, those interested can visit the Illinois Judges Association's website ija.memberclicks.net/in-school-programs.

Taylorville School Board Meets for February Meeting

The Taylorville School Board of Education met for a regular meeting on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. where Dr. Ron Mizer pushed for a new plan concerning the high school construction project. After the consent agenda was approved, consideration and any action was made for a proposal by Dr. Ron Mizer. Dr. Mizer presented a rendering of a new build plan that he created that included an auditorium with over 500 seats and a gymnasium, along with choir and band rooms.

Action had been taken to continue with Option A Phase One of the building project in the previous meeting and Lori Wemple inquired about the logistics of restarting the bidding process. Dr. Mizer received no further questions regarding his plans.


Tom Finks, a Board Member, suggested that the board call a special meeting to reexamine options for the building project to financially support an auditorium.


Tom Finks and Dr. Ron Mizer voted yes in support of the special meeting, Lori Wemple, Carla Mikey, Ann Chandler, and Brenda Patrick voted no, and the proposal for a special open meeting failed.

Under new business, the Capital Area Career Center gave a presentation with two representatives describing the advantages of students sharpening their technical and professional skills with CACC.

Members of the Christian County C.E.O. Program gave a presentation on adding a third business to their operations. They plan to host a wedding-themed murder mystery banquet at the Pillars Event Center in Taylorville. Emma Althoff, Mylie Sims, and Ella Moreland broke down the event's details, including ticket selling, location, and sponsorship opportunities.


The selling of the Building Trades House for 194,000 was approved unanimously along with the FY2025 school calendar.

Interim Superintendent Deborah Philpot gave her superintendent's report.


The meeting concluded with an executive session and the next Taylorville School Board meeting is set for Tuesday, March 12th at 6:00 p.m.

Taylorville Kiwanis Hears from Sheriff's Office Investigator at Tuesday Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from an investigator with the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, at their weekly meeting on Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.  


Amy Cole was the program speaker, telling Kiwanis members she started her law enforcement career in Effingham as a dispatcher.   Cole added her first job as an officer was in Tuscola, and more recently she’s spent the last 4 years with the Christian County Sheriff’s Office.  


Cole said she initially worked at the local Sheriff’s Office on the midnight shift as an officer, but now works as an investigator on major cases including burglary, fraud, sexual assault, and death.   She’s also the evidence technician for the Sheriff’s Office.


Cole also oversees sex offender compliance, handles the Sheriff’s Office social media, and teaches DARE classes in the county.   She added she enjoys working with children in the DARE program as well as assisting those who are in trouble.


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.

A Rundown of the Taylorville Memorial Foundation Scholarships

Taylorville Memorial Hospital has several 2024 scholarships available and awarded through the Taylorville Memorial Foundation. These scholarships concern graduates looking to pursue a degree in nursing or a medical field.

Kim Bourne, President and CEO of Taylorville Memorial Hospital says there is a need for nurses here in Taylorville and nationwide.

The Carolyn M. Butterflied Trust Nursing Scholarship awards $1,000 to a student who has finished one year in a nursing program and must be applied to by February 15th.

The John H. Butterflied Agriscience and Nutrition Scholarship awards $1,000 to an agriscience or nutrition major who has completed one year or is enrolled in one of those fields. This scholarship must also be applied to by February 15th.
Two $2,500 scholarships are awarded to Taylorville High School students who are enrolled in any healthcare field and are designated to seniors only. This application deadline is April 1st.

While all of these scholarship opportunities are in remembrance or legacy of community members, the Katie McCarty Nursing Excellence CNA Scholarship remembers and continues the name of Katie by awarding funds that can cover books, tuition, and fees.

Pam Roseberry established the Katie McCarty Scholarship and speaks on the extra miles Katie would go to prove herself as a professional in the field at a young age.


Applications for the Katie McCarty Scholarship are accepted year-round.
For information about Taylorville Memorial Foundation scholarships visit memorial.health.TMF or call 217-707-5250.

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

Taylorville Commercial and Industrial Park Picking up Steam

The Taylorville Commercial and Industrial Park on Route 29 is picking up traction and can contribute the attraction to having the big three, being in the Enterprise Zone, Business Development District, and the Tax Increment Financing District.

The interested businesses that look to move or relocate to the Taylorville Commercial and Industrial Park have not yet been announced. Matt Hart, Executive Director for the Christian County Economic Development Corporation says businesses looking to break ground could save hundreds of thousands of dollars in building costs.


The heavy lifting is done in terms of utilities, roads, and even sidewalks. Hart expands on the incentives that can be placed on businesses just for being in the Taylorville Industrial Park.


Hart gives a breakdown of a recent interested business and what their savings would look like if they were to build in the commercial and industrial park, Hart says the savings are real dollars that can go towards other aspects of the business.


To learn more about the incentives for Taylorville businesses or about the Taylorville Industrial Park call Matt Hart at 217-565-2280.

Matt Hart appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Ameren Illinois Talks Remediation Project

A project that was initially set to help the public, has been halted with no signs of moving forward after public outcry shut it down. Ameren Illinois sat down with Regional Radio News on Monday to discuss the CIPS Site, the community frustrations, and their plans moving forward.  Dave Palmer, Manager of remediation projects, Dan Wilkins, partner External relations, along with Brian Bretch, Ameren Illinois spokesman spoke on the project that was originally supposed to be a four-month winter project to clear up the site for potential resident use. 


Palmer spoke a lot about the background of the project and that originally it was going to take more than 100 years for the ground and pump system. Palmer says that there should have been an easier way. 



A pilot study was started to make sure that everything was good and that Ameren could get the best results. There is a lot of thought that things that are at the site are the same as what they were 30-40 years ago.  Ameren says that’s not the case. The hope was that the project would get done during the winter but after some concerns from the public over smells the site was shut down. 



After sitting for too long, the plans were scrapped because Ameren said they didn’t want to work on the project in the spring. Palmer says he doesn’t believe there are issues with the site as far as health concerns. 



Ameren says they have a good relationship with the EPA and the IEPA. He says the EPA is understaffed and that led to issues.



Ameren says a lot of the concerns that the public has on the project are public records. Ameren says that there is a public record of all the work being done at the CIPS site by visiting the public library or contacting Brian Bretsch at Ameren at 618-343-8087 or at bbretsch@ameren.com.  To hear the full version of this interview, click here

Taylorville School Board set to Meet Tonight

 The Taylorville School Board of Education is set to meet tonight at 6:00 p.m. for a regular meeting at the district office located at 1100 North Sportsman Drive in Taylorville. The consent agenda will start the meeting with an approval of minutes from previous meetings and the treasurer’s report. An overnight trip will also look for consideration and action.


Under new business, the Taylorville School Board will give a CEO winter banquet update and discuss and look to approve the FY2025 school calendar. The board will look to approve the selling of the Building Trades house for $194,000.

Interim Superintendent Deborah Philpot will give her Superintendent report and the meeting will enter an executive session.


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

Laker Visit Day Fast Approaching

Lake Land College will host Laker Visit Day on Feb. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Luther Student Center. The event is designed for prospective students to learn about Lake Land College and how the Laker Advantage can guide them on the path to success.


Attendees will tour campus with a student ambassador, who will share information from a student perspective. Participants will also meet with faculty to learn more about specific programs.


Representatives from many services, including Counseling Services, Career Services, Student Accommodations, Student Wellness, TRIO Student Support Services and more will be available to provide information and answer attendees’ questions.


Attendees are also welcome to bring their parents or guardians to the event. A parent/guardian session will be offered to provide information relevant to parents or guardians of future Lakers.


For more information or to register, visit the Lake Land College visit page at lakelandcollege.edu/visit. 

Positive Effects of a Good Night's Sleep

A good night's sleep remains one of the most important things a citizen can do for their health and quality of life. Aside from waking up well-rested, getting at least eight hours of quality sleep can improve cognitive function, weight management, and better stress management.

Alex Wright, Vice President of Wright’s Furniture, says that using technology up to an hour before you sleep can have effects on the quality of rest.


Getting the full eight hours could take some scheduling says Wright.


Wright thought the most surprising positive aspect of sleep was the improvement of metabolic function and weight management.


Wright’s Furniture has locations in Dietrich, Robinson, and Taylorville.

Alex Wright was a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Poverty Simulation with the University of Illinois Extension

The University of Illinois Extension presents a program that looks to join social aspects and the economy, to give participants an opportunity to understand the challenges of living with limited resources and an abundance of stress. It’s called a Poverty Simulation, which gives a breakdown of current stereotypes by taking participants through real-life situations.

Valerie Belusko, a Community and Economic Development Coordinator for the University of Illinois Extension, says this program can put many realistic life aspects in perspective.


The definition of poverty given by the United States Government in 1969 is, “determining the amount of money needed to buy the lowest cost nutritionally adequate diet identified by the USDA and multiplying it by three.” Belusko says this definition is outdated and has not advanced with society and growing costs of living.


Belusko refers to a common example that could be used during a poverty simulation that could send a citizen into a financial spiral, something as simple as popping a tire.


For services offered by the University of Illinois Extension, visit their website at, extension.illinois.edu/cjmm, or call 217-287-7246.

Valerie Belusko appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Uprooted Relocating Across the Taylorville Square

Uprooted in Taylorville is making a short-distance relocation across the Taylorville Square, now to be located at 119 West Main Cross Street. Carli Hanlon, Manager of Uprooted, says the move was necessary to add extra space for their expanding retail products. The move will be taking place on Saturday and looks to have the new spot up and running by Tuesday, February 13th at 10:00 a.m.

The store has been processing and sending out products for their online store which the new location will also provide space for. Hanlon announces a line of products that she is excited to bring to the community.


Hanlon says additions are also coming to the bracelet and charm bar, where shoppers can build their own collections of jewelry.


Uprooted has all retail items on their online store that can also be found at 119 West Main Cross.


Hanlon and Uprooted are happy to be expanding their items and space at their new location opening at 119 West Main Cross Street in Taylorville.

Carli Hanlon appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Digital Literacy Classes Joins LLCC Programming

Lincoln Land Community College has joined hands with AT&T in An effort to address the digital literacy gap among older adults. Through this partnership, free digital literacy training classes will be offered throughout 2024. The program aims to empower older individuals with the skills needed to navigate the increasingly digital world.


Dr. Laurel Bretz, LLCC's Assistant Vice President for continuing, corporate, and professional education, spoke on the importance of the program, stating that the shift toward digital services has left many older adults feeling isolated and excluded. The initiative will look to bridge this gap by providing access to essential digital skills.


The spring curriculum comprises seven initial courses, including Computer Basics (Windows 10), Cybersecurity Basics, Email Basics, Internet Basics, Mobile Devices-Android, Mobile Devices-iPhone, and Video Conferencing. Participants have the flexibility to enroll in one or all of the courses offered.


Classes will be conducted at LLCC's downtown Springfield Center, specifically at LLCC-Medical District, located at 130 W. Mason St. Free parking is available in a dedicated lot opposite the entrance to the facility. 


Those interested in registering for the courses can find detailed information regarding class dates, times, and registration procedures on LLCC's website at www.Ilcc.edu/digital-literacy. Additionally, organizations serving older adults can inquire about arranging classes by calling 217-786-2432.

New Legislation To Expand Criminal Stalking To Include Electronic Tracking

State Senator Steve Stadelman advanced legislation through the Senate Judiciary Committee that he says will keep victims and survivors safe from their abusers by expanding the definition of stalking to include electronic tracking systems.


With advances in technology, people are using electronic devices to keep track of their luggage, wallets, and other personal belongings. However, people are also using them to stalk others.


Through Senate Bill 2683, Stadelman is working to change the Stalking No Contact Order Act to be consistent with the criminal definition of stalking. The new legislation would change the definition of the “course of conduct” of stalking to include the use of an electronic tracking system to determine a person’s location, movement, or travel patterns. The legislation would also allow judges to prohibit respondents from using electronic tracking systems and acquiring tracking information in a court order.



According to studies, nearly one in three women and one in six men have experienced stalking. An estimated 13.5 million people are stalked a year in the United States. Law enforcement reports more than twice as many victims of stalking have been followed with technology than without.


Senate Bill 2683 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday and heads to the floor for further deliberation.

"Sundays Kind of Country" Joins WMKR Programming Lineup This Sunday

Country Christian Music with a positive message comes to WMKR Genuine Country 94.3 Radio in Taylorville this and every Sunday morning from 6 til 9 starting this weekend.   The Miller Media Group, owners of WMKR, will begin airing the show “Sundays Kind of Country” with host Robby Lynn.


Lynn began the show in 1995, and it’s now syndicated on radio stations all over the country.   Lynn also produces videos with the same kind of content, that’s posted on his web site you can access by clicking the show’s icon HERE.


Lynn is a national award-winning radio personality, and has been honored at both the local and national levels for this contributions to the radio industry. Lynn won numerous "National Radio Personality of the Year" awards presented by the Inspirational Country Music Association 4 different times.


WMKR president Randal J. Miller said the addition of “Sundays Kind of Country” is a great way for listeners to start their Sunday morning and their week, with a positive message.  

Taylorville Community Credit Union Named In Newsweek's Top 250 U.S. Credit Unions

Taylorville Community Credit Union (TCCU) has been named one of the nation’s Top 250 regional credit unions by Newsweek magazine. In partnership with market data research firm Plant-A Insights Group, Newsweek analyzed all regional banks and credit unions in the United States (approx. 9440 institutions), to determine the Top 250 in each category.
TCCU is one of only 12 credit unions in Illinois to make the list.
TCCU President Will Perkins says they are proud to receive that recognition and is a testament to all the hard work employees put in.  Perkins says it’s an honor to be recognized for the commitment to members and local communities. 

The research partners used a well-defined methodology to determine the Top 250 lists, including such aspects as profitability, financial relevance, risk exposures to financial uncertainties, media monitoring, and overall health and stability of the institutions.
The analysis was followed by a large-scale independent customer survey of 35,000-plus U.S. citizens, to provide insight into 12 categories using 75 items.
According to a release from Newsweek, “credit unions play a role in a community. As financial cooperatives owned by their members, they foster a shared sense of ownership and responsibility. This unique structure translates into a commitment to the financial well-being of its members, often resulting in lower fees, competitive rates, and a more flexible approach to lending. The community engagement of credit unions extends beyond financial transactions. Many credit unions actively contribute to local initiatives, reinforcing their role as integral community partners.
As Perkins points out, TCCU staff and management take considerable pride in their service to the credit union’s members and their greater communities. Perkins says that members appreciate the role the credit union plays in their daily lives. He believes they know through their daily interactions with the staff and their genuine interest in seeing them succeed – that TCCU is there to help in whatever manner we can.
Perkins says they have to thank their more than 7200 members for this recognition and award from Newsweek and TCCU wouldn’t be anywhere without them.


For more information about Taylorville Community Credit Union and its benefits, its field of membership, or how to join, visit www.TCCU.org. Membership is open to everyone who works or lives in the tri-county area of Shelby, Christian and Montgomery Counties. TCCU maintains locations in Taylorville, Hillsboro, Litchfield and Pana.

Valentine's Day Specials Around Taylorville

Valentine's Day is around the corner and with gifts to purchase and reservations to make, local citizens can be at ease as Taylorville has the retailers and restaurants to fit everyone's needs. As shopping local is prioritized many of the Taylorville shops are getting involved in deals and specials that look to make February 14th one to remember.

A full list of Valentine's Day specials for participating retailers can be found at smalltowntaylorville.com. Steve Craggs with Small Town Taylorville, began by noting the basics in gift giving are covered here in Taylorville.


Diane Skinner and Steve Craggs of Small Town Taylorville say many local restaurants are getting in the Valentine's Day spirit too. Heart-shaped pizzas will be available from both Florinda's and Angelo's and many restaurants featuring Super Bowl specials.


It will be difficult to decide just how to spend Valentine's with many opportunities to take advantage of, Skinner has another deal to add to the list as the Taylorville Cinema has new deals for children.


With even more Valentine's Day deals to be aware of throughout the community, visit, smalltowntaylorville.com to not miss out.

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

Vandalia To Host Program Commemorating Lincoln's Birthday On Sunday

The Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site will celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday with a special event on Sunday, Feb. 11.  Randy Duncan, portraying Lincoln, will present the program “Lincoln’s Time and Work in the State Legislature in Vandalia,” with special attention on the future president’s opposition to the state legislature condemning the District of Columbia’s abolition of slavery and the formation of his position on slavery.  


The program begins at 2 p.m. This is a free event, and refreshments will be provided afterward.   This event is sponsored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Old State Capitol Foundation. The Vandalia Statehouse, 315 W. Gallatin St., served as the Illinois capitol building from 1836 to 1839. 


It is open to the public between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.  For more information about the site and its programming, call 618-283-1161 or visit Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site on Facebook. 

TMH Holds Online Community Survey

Taylorville Memorial Hospital is asking residents of Christian County to complete a short survey about health issues in their communities. The survey will be used to guide the hospital’s community health efforts for the next three years.


Nonprofit hospitals like TMH are required by the Affordable Care Act to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment every three years to identify specific health priorities within the county where that hospital is located. The hospitals use that data to develop a Community Health Implementation Plan to address the selected priorities.


President and CEO of TMH, Kim Bourne says each county has unique health needs, and input from local residents is crucial to identifying those needs and how to fix them. She says the survey takes only a few minutes to complete but can have a huge impact on the health of the community. 


During the previous Community Health Needs Assessment in 2021, public input led Taylorville Memorial Hospital to select mental health, obesity, and lung health as priorities for Christian County. That input sparked the creation of initiatives like anti-vaping programming for middle schoolers and a community garden at Taylorville Memorial Hospital that provides fresh produce for local food banks.


The survey is available at memorial.health/chna-feedback/, is an important part of Memorial Health’s Community Health Needs Assessments. People who do not have internet access can complete the survey by contacting TMH community health coordinator Jay Boulanger at 217-707-5258

Plan For Sober Driving On Super Bowl Sunday

With the big game on Sunday, the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police, and law enforcement agencies are encouraging Illinoisans to remember to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click it or Ticket.”  


IDOT’s Director of Highways Project Implementation Steve Travia says that if you are planning on attending parties with friends, plan for a safe ride home so that when the party’s over you have a way to make it home. If you are driving this weekend, safety should be the top priority.  Make sure your designated driver is sober, walking impaired can also be dangerous, so designate a sober friend to walk home with you, if needed.


If you are planning on being the designated driver, refrain from drinking alcohol, using cannabis, or any other impairing substance. Along with being sober while you drive, make sure you follow other traffic laws including putting your phone away and buckling up. 


Some tips you can follow include designating a sober driver ahead of time or using your sober ride program, not letting friends and family members drive impaired, and promptly reporting impaired drivers to law enforcement.


If you are hosting a party make sure all your guests have a sober ride home, serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages, and host your party just like at the game: stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter.  Take keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving impaired.  

ALPLM Celebrating Lincoln's Birthday With Free Entry

Everyone is invited to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum for a free day of fun on February 10th, marking the President’s birthday, honoring his love of reading, and celebrating the ALPLM’s national accreditation.  


You can get into the ALPLM for free all day, starting at 9 AM.  The museum will host a Literacy Jam from 10 AM until 2 PM.  They will also collect donations of children’s books, have some special guests to read stories, and offer music and activities for children.  There will also be a ceremony to mark the ALPLM’s accreditation including cake and an explosion of streamers. 


This year there will be two free days Saturday, February 10th, and Monday, February 12th, Lincoln’s actual birthday. The Lincoln Presidential Library is also teaming up with the Lincoln Library (Springfield’s public library on February 10th to present the Lincolns4Lincoln Literacy Jam including Cast members from the musicals Finding Nemo and Winnie the Pooh reading stories and songs, Tater Tots Rock to share a special brand of music, Author Jenna Snow reading her book and showing off her dog, Jacobsen Woollen from the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Magician Richard Landry. 


There will be a short accreditation ceremony at 2 PM followed by air cannons firing volleys of streamers in the museum plaza.  Only 3.2% of museums are accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.  For more information, visit www.presidentlincoln.illinois.gov.  

Lake Land College To Hold Radio Broadcasting Open House

Lake Land College will be hosting an open house on Friday, March 22nd from 12-2 PM for the Broadcast Communication Department.  The event will take place following Laker Visit Day, and a light lunch will be provided at noon.  Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the Broadcast Communication Program at Lake Land.  They will see and tour the college radio station along with the TV studio and production control room.  Attendees will also have the chance to view professional audio equipment, state-of-the-art cameras and video equipment, and industry-standard digital editing software.


Registration for the event is available on the Lake Land College Visit Page by checking out lakelandcollege.edu/visit. Greg Powers, speech communication/broadcasting instructor and director of broadcast operations, says that the open house is a perfect chance for guests to learn about the many career opportunities in broadcasting and take a look at the equipment and facilities they would use. 


Students in broadcasting can earn an associate degree leading to either immediate employment or transfer to a four-year university.  Students can also choose among three certificate programs.  For more information on the Broadcast Communication Open House or program, contact Greg Powers at gpowers@lakelandcollege.edu or call 234-5335 or register on the Lake Land College Visit Page at lakelandcollege/edu/visit. 

Taylorville Police Department Puts Foot Down on Taylorville Square Littering

With the Taylorville Square becoming a destination spot for travelers and surrounding citizens the Taylorville Police Department has a message for those leaving trash on the Christian County Court House lawn.

Chief Wheeler of the Taylorville Police Department says there are constant efforts being made to beautify and renovate the Taylorville Square. To put an end to the littering on the square a $750 fine can and will be applied to those caught not finding a trash can.


The Taylorville Police Department looks to handle this issue swiftly to continue their operations of keeping the City of Taylorville Safe.

Chief Wheeler appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

Christian County YMCA Little Dribblers Perform at Halftime Show

The Christian County YMCA had one of their programs on display in front of the community during the halftime show at the Taylorville versus Pana game last week. The Little Dribblers took to Dolph Stanley court to show off their newly learned basketball skills.

The Little Dribblers is in its first year as a program for the YMCA and the new Program Coordinator, Tanner Jones lead the effort to secure volunteer coaches and the location for the performance. Bruce Blanshan, Director of the CC YMCA says he looks forward to continuing the three-day basketball camps in the future.


With over 1,000 people attending the Battle of Route 29 game, Blanshan said some of the kiddos were a bit nervous showcasing their skills.


Blanshan was fond of the combination of athletic activity for the kids and engagement with the community through the Little Dribblers Program, which Blanshan and the CC YMCA plan to continue.

For information on programs and events offered by the CC YMCA visit their website at www.ccymca.org, or call them at 217-287-7271.

Bruce Blanshan appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.


Central A&M High School Hosts Memorial Blood Drive

Central A&M High School in Moweaqua will hold a blood drive on February 13th from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The past two years of the blood drive have taken on a deeper meaning to the community and school district. In July of 2022, Keegan Virden and Conner Rowcliff passed away in a car accident. Now the community shows support in keeping those boys' names alive by holding blood drives, toy donations, basketball tournaments, and even a color run during Assumption Fest.

Joni Virden, Keegan's mother, has spent the past years recovering from the loss of her son by leading efforts like blood donations and toy drives. Virden says the tragedy provides an opportunity for her to aid in ways she did not consider before and now contributes to the Red Cross Blood Drive, providing potentially life-saving materials to someone in need.


The participation in events and the constant effort to help others in need has helped in the grieving process says Virden.


Registration for the blood drive is recommended but not required and the details can be found on the Red Cross Blood Donor app.

Central A&M High School is located at 229 East Pine Street in Moweaqua.

Joni Virden appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

U Illinois Extension Office Offering Food Safety Class/Exam

The University of Illinois Extension Office of Christian County is offering a state-mandated Certified Food Protection Managers course and exam. The Illinois Department of Public Health Food Sanitation Code (section 750.540) requires food service establishments to be under the operational supervision of a certified food protection manager during hours of operation.  Certificates need renewal every five years and class attendance is mandatory to sit for the exam. This weekend course is a great opportunity for those who can’t attend during the weekday. 


The weekend course will take place on Saturday, March 2nd through Sunday, March 3rd at Christian County Extension in Taylorville at 1120 North Webster Street.  Saturday will be from 9 AM until 4 PM and Sunday from 1 to 4 PM for review and testing.  Participants must attend both classes and the certification exam will take place on Sunday.  Participants are asked to bring a valid photo ID.  


The class is taught by Lisa Peterson, Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator, and provides the minimum classroom work to prepare for the National Certification Examination.  Topics include foodborne illnesses, safe food handling, cooking and storage, employee health and hygiene, facility safety and maintenance, cleaning, and sanitation. 


The fee for the course is $100 and includes textbooks, class materials, and exams.  You must register by February 21st and can be done online at go.illinois.edu/foodmanagers or call 217-287-7246. 

State Democrats Working On Barrier Removal From Infertility Treatments

Senate Democrats are working on ways to remove barriers to infertility treatments.  Medical treatments are getting expensive and often are difficult to navigate the Senate Democratic Caucus is highlighting legislation they say will make infertility treatments like IVF and preservation services more accessible.  


State-regulated health insurance plans are required to cover standard, evidence-based fertility preservation services when deemed medically necessary.  That makes these treatments largely inaccessible due to high cost.  To make treatments more affordable and accessible, State Senator Natalie Toro is leading a measure to expand insurance coverage for Illinois patients.  Senate Bill 2623 would require insurers to cover expenses for fertility preservation and follow-up services for any interested patient, not only those who have been diagnosed with infertility. 



State Senator Cristina Castro is leading Senate Bill 2572 which would require employers with more than 25 employees to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of infertility in women, along with coverage for injectable medicines that improve glucose levels for those diagnosed with pre-diabetes, diabetes, or obesity.  



State Senator Michael E. Hastings is championing a bill that would remove barriers that may prevent couples in Illinois from receiving coverage for IVF treatment.  The measure would require insurance companies to provide coverage for fertility treatments recommended by a licensed physician approving the covered individual to seek these treatments.  Currently, insurance companies can require a patient to complete other procedures and tests before receiving coverage for IVF, even with a licensed physician’s recommendation.  


The Senators are expected to work over the coming months to get the measures passed. 

New Official Highway Map Released

The Illinois Department of Transportation will be releasing a new Illinois Official Highway Map.  The map will include route updates, detailed sections devoted to cities from Zion and Cairo as well as a feature that shows mileage between towns and marked route junctions to assist travelers as they explore the state. 


Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman says that even in 2024 with tech being what it is, paper maps are still important and remain an important resource and a valuable travel companion to keep in your vehicle.  He says maps are handy for planning purposes, to see the state or larger cities at a glance, and come in handy when you least expect it to serve as a backup if you lose cell service on unfamiliar roads. 


The new map will feature a brick section of Old Route 66 between Auburn and Chatham.  The photograph was the winner of IDOT’s employee map cover contest and was submitted by Jeffrey Emrick, a condemnation engineer. For ease of use, QR codes are now printed on the maps to provide quick access to information on IDOT’s Getting Around Illinois for travel conditions, Amtrak, the Office of Tourism’s Enjoy Illinois campaign as well as IDNR historic sites and parks.  


The Illinois Official Highway Map is paid for with funds from the Federal Highway Administration and published by IDOT every two years on recycled paper.  To request a map contact DOT.maps@illinois.gov.  Free copies are also available at interstate rest areas and other IDOT facilities.  

Morrisonville Schools On "Medium Lockdown" Wednesday Morning; All Clear Now

Morrisonville Schools were on lockdown Wednesday morning. According to a post on social media, the Junior/Senior High School was under a "medium" lockdown while police K-9 units completed a search of the building. There was no danger and Regional Radio News was told it was a routine procedure that is conducted regularly. The operation lasted approximately 20 minutes in totality. There was not a threat to the school.

ICF Scholarships Available

Illinois High School seniors are encouraged to apply by March 3rd for the 2024 Conservation Achievement Scholarship, sponsored by the Illinois Conservation Foundation (ICF). The ICF annually awards scholarships to outstanding seniors who demonstrate effective voluntary, long-term dedication to the preservation, protection, or enhancement of the state’s natural resources. 


Four scholarships of $2,000 each are available for the current school year.  One of the scholarships is earmarked for a qualified applicant who is a dependent of a current employee of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Natalie Phelps Finnie, chair of the ICF Board of Directors and director of the IDNR, says that the ICF Conservation Achievement Scholarship program helps students interested in conservation encouraging them to focus their studies on enhancing and protecting natural resources. 


The ICF Conservation Achievement Scholarships have been awarded since 2005.  Applicants must be an Illinois resident and a senior in an Illinois High School.  Applications must be received by the CIF by March 3rd.  Detailed instructions and the 2024 application form can be accessed through the ICF website at www.ilconservation.org. 


Contact the Illinois Conservation Foundation at 217-785-2003 or info@ilconservation.org for more information. 

Taylorville Food Pantry with 2023 Statistics

The Taylorville Food Pantry continues to serve the growing needs of the community as figures show an increase in households served of 53% in 2023. Bringing the total number of monthly individuals served to 1,235.

The needs of the Taylorville Food Pantry range from donations of food to volunteer work. Amy Hagen, Co-Coordinator, gives a breakdown of the food pantries' staggering numbers.


Brooke Dunn, Public Relations Specialist with the Central Illinois Food Bank says this uptick has been seen nationwide but rural communities are seeing even greater activity in their pantries.


Hagen says the community should never wonder if their donation is needed. The Taylorville Food Pantry will accept donations every day.


Days of service at the Taylorville Food Pantry are Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The TFP is located at 1429 East Main Cross Street in Taylorville.

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

LLCC To Host Lincoln Lecture

Lincoln Land Community College is inviting the public to its annual Lincoln Lecture Monday, February 12th.  The presentation will be called “Abraham Lincoln and the Making of the American West” and it will be presented by Jacob K. Friefeld at 9 AM in the Trutter Center on the LLCC campus,  The presentation will also be available via Zoom, which you can find on this story online at www.taylorvilledailynews.com.  


Friefeld will discuss Lincoln and his legacy in the West, along with the Homestead Act of 1862.  He will also explore how the Homestead Act can be seen as one of the most important social policies ever enacted in the US and that it worked in combination with the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th and 14th Amendments.  There is no charge to attend and refreshments will be served.


Friefeld is the director of the Center for Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois Springfield.  His new book, “The First Migrants” tells the story of Black Americans who left the southb etween 1877 and the Great Migration and went west seeking land and freedom.  


LLCC Outreach Centers in Jacksonville, Beardstown, Taylorville, and Litchfield also plan various Lincoln themed activities to commemorate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. 

Taylorville Mayor Speaks on Grant Funds to the City

A recent announcement of grant funds for Illinois regarding local parks and recreation projects included the City of Taylorville and the Taylorville Park District receiving a piece of the $54.9 million towards new developments. The city of Taylorville will receive $140,000 while the park district will take in $600,000 in matching funds.

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry is happy to be using this money to revitalize Lake Taylorville’s facilities.


Mayor Barry says much of his time is spent researching and writing grant proposals for the city.


The Mayor is happy to be focusing attention on the Trestle bike trail Bridge and Lake Taylorville improvements in 2024.

Mayor Barry appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

This Week Marks Court Reporter And Captioners Week

This week marks National Court Reporting and Captioning Week. Chief Judge Douglas L. Jarman and the Fourth Judicial Circuit are acknowledging all courtroom professionals for the week of February 3rd through the tenth.  These courtroom professionals are vital in preparing official written transcripts of all courtroom proceedings. 


The court reporters in the Fourth Circuit are recognized by the court as being valuable members who work diligently to preserve vital court records.  Judge Jarman says they are impartial, reliable, dedicated and outstanding individuals who strive for accuracy and accountability.  


The Fourth Circuit employs 17 court reporters who cover nine counties – Christian, Clay, Clinton, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Marion, Montgomery, and Shelby.

Millman Appears In Court; Detained Until Trial

A Taylorville man is being detained until his trial after probable cause was found. 22 year old Nicholas Millman appeared in court on Tuesday morning with his attorney, Thomas Finks.  Millman is facing three charges including aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim over the age of five, and false impersonation of a police officer.  Taylorville Detective Wood was sworn in and testified.  After the hearing, it was shown there was enough to hold Millman on the petition. 


Millman is being held until further order.  He waived his arraignment, pleaded not guilty, and demanded a jury trial. Jury trial was set for April 1st, Final Pretrial set for March 19th, and the next pretrial is set for February 29th. 

Illinois State Fire Marshall Stresses Home Heating Safety

As temperatures remain low, Illinois residents are turning up their thermostats to keep warm, but with this comes an increased risk of home heating fires and carbon monoxide incidents. The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal is advising residents to take precautions to ensure their safety during the chilly months.


The OSFM speaks on the importance of having furnaces checked, changing furnace filters regularly, and ensuring that carbon monoxide and smoke alarms are in proper working order. Unlike smoke, carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas, making it detectable only by special devices and CO alarms.


Statistics from the National Fire Protection Association reveal that heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths, with an estimated average of 44,210 heating equipment-related fires annually from 2016 to 2020. These fires resulted in an average of 480 civilian deaths per year. Space heaters, in particular, accounted for a significant portion of these incidents, causing one-third of fires and the majority of deaths and injuries.


Illinois State Fire Marshal James A. Rivera stresses the need of regular testing of smoke and CO alarms, noting that quick evacuation is crucial as modern home contents can ignite rapidly, leaving little time to escape.


In 2023, Illinois fire departments responded to 21,165 calls about carbon monoxide, with confirmed leaks at 8,823 locations. Symptoms of CO poisoning, such as headache, fatigue, nausea, and dizziness, can mimic the flu, while signs of CO presence include condensation on walls, sluggish pets, and odors from malfunctioning appliances.


If CO poisoning is suspected, or if a CO alarm sounds, residents are advised to evacuate immediately, opening windows if possible, and calling 9-1-1 from a safe location outside the home.


Residents are reminded to test smoke and CO alarms monthly, replace them according to manufacturer instructions, and never use ovens or ranges to heat homes.


By following these precautions, Illinois residents can reduce the risk of home heating incidents and safeguard their families during the winter months.

Pana Police Chief Speaks on Current Operations

New legislation has altered the way policing is handled in the state of Illinois. Rural areas are feeling the effects differently than the states in more densely populated areas. Daniel Bland, Pana Police Chief, has been working for law enforcement for over 25 years and says legislation recently passed like the SAFETY Act applies added pressure to officers, judges, and state attorneys.

Chief Bland spoke on the adaptations that must be made by rural police departments as cash bail has been eliminated, all in an effort to create more fairness.


Successful operation has continued with the Pana Police Department amid the changes in legislation, says Pana Police Chief Bland. Chief Bland says accountability is emphasized for both the person being arrested and the officer making the arrest.


Chief Bland speaks on the upsides of a tight-knit community that allows the officers and the community to have open communication and trust, ultimately cutting down on re-offenders In the city.


To contact the Pana Police Department, their non-emergency number is 217-562-2141.

Chief Bland appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show, live from the lobby of Peoples Bank and Trust in Downtown Pana.

TJHS Recognizes Junior Tornadoes

Principal Eric Bruder, along with the Taylorville Junior High School, are recognizing students for displaying the January Tornado character trait "optimism"--hopefulness & confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something. Congratulations to these students for their hard work!


Front Row: Lillian Moyer, Avery Pope, Blake Sample, Diamond Bransford, Fletcher Saathoff, Trent Spannagel, Amelia Kerr

Back Row:   Nikyla Lawrence, Trinity Tyler, Ravienne Neville, Marley Beach, Julie Wayman Regan Hoesli, Charlee Ryan, Maecy Richardson

Not Pictured: Payton White

Pana Chamber of Commerce Expanding and Excelling

The Pana Chamber of Commerce has amassed 250 members, representing and helping businesses from Decatur to Pana. Michael Breedlove, Coordinator for the Pana Chamber of Commerce says businesses do not need to reside in Pana in order to be a part of the chamber.

Breedlove explains that this expansion into other communities looks to bring more residents to the City of Pana and to grow their economic tax base.


Joining the chamber as a business member is easy says Breedlove. The chamber aids heavily in marketing as those social media accounts may reach more folks than that of the business owners.


The goal for the chamber is to gain more members and fight towards a common goal says Breedlove.


To get involved with the Pana Chamber of Commerce or to learn more information visit their website at www.panachamber.net, or call 217-820-9663.

Michael Breedlove appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show, live from the lobby of Peoples Bank and Trust in Pana.

PB&T & WTIM Announce TJHS Students Of The Month--January

WTIM and People’s Bank and Trust in Taylorville have announced their junior high students of the month for January. The program recognizes one outstanding student from each of the four classes. Students of the Month for January are Blake Sample, Ian Sneed, Maecy Richardson, and Marley Beach.  Regional Radio News salutes all of our junior high students of the month.



Taylorville Barber Opening New Business This Thursday

A long-time Taylorville barber is going out on her own.   Megan Knepler tells Regional Radio News she’s worked for John’s Barber Shop the past 6 years, and has been a barber since 2012.   She’s going out on her own starting this Thursday, locating her business across from Taylorville City Hall at 120 North Main.

Knepler’s family has a history in the field.  Her grandmother was a long-time cosmetologist.

Taylorville City Council Appoints New Clerk; Dozens Of Agenda Items At Meeting

A very busy Taylorville City Council meeting took place Monday evening that saw several appointments, BDD agreements, and committee updates.  All aldermen were present, however, Aldermen Randy Mitchelson, Megan Bryant, and the city attorney were present via Zoom.  

The council recognized the Illinois Music Education Association All-State Musicians from Taylorville. Four Taylorville HS students were selected for the honor of participating in All-State ensembles. Paige Cunnington and Adrian Gonzalez-Mateos were members of the All-State Jazz Band, while Lillie Jones and Laney Norbeck were members of the All-State Concert Band. The council and Fire Chief Matt Adermann also recognized Dale Adomitis who pulled a burning vehicle away from a building.



Jolynne Richardson was appointed to the Office of City Clerk.  She says she is excited.



Jeff Peabody was also appointed to the BDD Committee. Ordinances approving the purchase of a 2008 Ford F150 pickup truck, along with BDD agreements for Florinda Guerriero, Marilyn Spillman, Taylorville Food Center, 116 W. Market St, 118 W. Market Street and 107 S. Washington Street were approved. 


A motion was approved to accept the contract proposal for the sale/purchase of 803 East Franklin Street and to waive any conflict of interest the City Attorney may have with the contract proposal.  CTI is buying the building.  Regional Director for CTI Bobbie Dean explained that the building would be used for fiber optics.



A motion to approve a $10,700 bill to cover the deposit requirement for the 2024 4th of July Fireworks was approved 7-0 with Alderman Megan Bryant abstaining. The daily meal reimbursement allotment was upped to $60 per day. An ordinance to amend the city code to place a 4-way stop sign at the corner of West Vine Street and North Power Street was tabled 7-1. 20 summer/seasonal help employees were approved and motions to bid and/or advertise for an office level 1 position and full-time dispatcher for the police department were also approved.


Under the planning commission reports, preliminary planning was started for the Salisbury Minor subdivision and the Ridge Minor Subdivision. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more updates as they become available.  The next City Council meeting is set for February 19th.  


Mental Health Professional Speaks on Avoidance

Growing concerns over mental health in communities are making the public more aware of daily emotions and habits that drive people's actions. Ed Lacheta, Clinical Director of Mental Health Services for Shelby County Community Services says that avoidance is a particularly damaging topic as problems and emotions are not being faced head-on.

Lacheta speaks on avoidant behavior and how this is a factor that leads to the incompletion of tasks or responsibilities.


To describe avoidance, Lacheta speaks of “awareness” as a vicious cycle of avoiding responsibility that persists when one will not confront the main issue of recognizing the problem.


Taking action is the best way to combat the complacency of avoidance says Lacheta.


For Shelby County Community Services contact 217-774-5587.

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

Lake Shelbyville 500 Mile Cycling Challenge

Staying active during the summertime will be easy in Shelbyville as the announcement has been made for the Lake Shelbyville 500 Mile Cycling Challenge. Starting on April 1st and rolling until October 31st, cyclists will be able to log their miles at www.challengehound.com starting on April 1st.

Brock Key, Park Ranger for Lake Shelbyville says the miles tracked are on the honor system and the rides give an opportunity to the community to see the great trails and wildlife Shelbyville has to offer.


Upon completing the 500 miles riders will be awarded with prizes. Key explains that there are two different registrations, the MVP fee and the regular fee.


Registration for the Lake Shelbyville 500 Mile Cycling Challenge must be submitted by July 15th, and registration information can be found at www.bikereg.com/500milecyclingchallenge.

For more information call the Lake Shelbyville Project Office at 217-774-3951.

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

Taylorville City Council To Meet This Evening

Taylorville City Council will look to have a new City Clerk and approve several BDD redevelopment agreements at their first meeting in February tonight.  Jolynne Richardson will most likely be sworn in as the new City Clerk.  Jeffrey Peabody is also expected to be appointed to the BDD Committee. Several ordinances involving the business development district will be discussed and approved and a resolution for improvement under the Illinois Highway Code for the Rebuild Illinois Project will be discussed and potentially approved. 803 East Franklin Street will also be discussed concerning contract proposals. 


Under committee reports, the council will review a contribution to the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce concerning fireworks, the employee handbook will be discussed, and the treasurer’s report will be reviewed.  Under ordinances, a four-way stop sign will be discussed for West Vine and North Powers, and two positions for city clerk and the police department along with approval for hiring of 20 summer/seasonal help will be potentially approved.


Finally, a new K9 and training for the K9 will be discussed and a policy that would allow officers to purchase their long rifles for $800 upon retirement will also be discussed.  The meeting will hear from the City Attorney, Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry, and any public that wish to speak. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more following the conclusion of the event. 

Illinois DCEO Celebrates Black History Month

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has kicked off its yearly Black History Month campaign, aiming to recognize and celebrate the contributions of Black Illinoisans, business owners, and leaders. The theme for the initiative is "Knowing the Past Opens Doors for the Future," relating to the rich history and economic impact of Black communities in Illinois.


As part of the month-long festivities, DCEO has introduced a dedicated webpage featuring various events and resources, including support for Black-owned businesses, a social media toolkit, proclamations, and more. Governor JB Pritzker recognizes the significance of Black-owned businesses, describing them as integral to the state's economic and cultural landscape. Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton echoed this sentiment, underlining the importance of supporting Black businesses to foster local community growth.


Recognizing the unique challenges faced by businesses of color in accessing essential resources, DCEO remains committed to promoting equity through targeted initiatives and support programs. Kristin Richards, DCEO Director, focused on the critical role of Black-owned businesses in Illinois' economy, emphasizing the department's dedication to their success.


Matthew J. Simpson, DCEO's African American Business Development Manager, emphasized the importance of celebrating the achievements of the state's 148,000 Black-owned businesses. DCEO's Office of Minority Economic Empowerment leads the Black History Month campaign, aiming to create an inclusive business environment for marginalized communities.


Overall, DCEO's Black History Month campaign serves as a platform to honor the past, celebrate the present, and pave the way for a more equitable and prosperous future for Black entrepreneurs and businesses across Illinois.

Murphy, Sam and Jodi Join WRAN Program Schedule on Monday

The nationwide show "Murphy, Sam and Jodi" based on Baton Rouge, Louisiana, will join the programming lineup of Miller Media Group radio station WRAN groovy 97.3 from 3 to 7pm this Monday, February 5th.


Company president Randal J. Miller said the trio, which has been doing their show for over 20 years, will bring relatable, relevent, and current content to WRAN listeners each weekday afternoon. 


Miller added Murphy Sam & Jodi are relatable with Murphy and Jodi being married, and their long running friendship with Sam combines for compelling, meaningful, and connected programming to listeners. 


Murphy Sam and Jodi join the WRAN programming family that includes the Morning Show featuring daily contests weekday mornings from 7 til 8:30, the Saturday Request Show from 10am to 1pm, and Throwback Nation Radio Saturday nights from 6 til 11pm.

Taylorville Man Arrested On Multiple Charges Including Sexual Exploitation & Impersonating A Police Officer

A Taylorville man is in custody on Friday evening, following a slew of charges including sexual exploitation of a child and impersonating a police officer. 22-year-old Nicholas Millman was arrested on February 1st following a huge investigation from the Taylorville Police Department.  TPD’s Detective Division executed a meticulously prepared arrest of Millman.  Millman was charged with criminal sexual assault, grooming, sexual exploitation of a child, harassment, and impersonating a police officer.  


Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler praised the efforts of his detectives saying that it combined cutting-edge technology with traditional police methods.  Millman was taken into custody on Thursday without incident.  During interviews, Detective Woods, Adams, Childers, and Chief Wheeler say they were able to get a confession.  The severity of the case included an impersonation of a police officer.


Chief Wheeler thanked States Attorney John McWard.  He says he hopes the arrest can bring closure to the affected family and the victim can now begin the process of moving forward.  Chief Wheeler says TPD remains committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of the community and will continue to pursue justice for victims of crime. 

Understanding the Social Security Administrations "My Account"

There are many things community members can accomplish by knowing the abilities of their “My Social Security” account. With the start of the new year, the Social Security Administration is inviting citizens to consider engaging with their accounts online at ssa.gov/myaccount.

Jack Myers, a Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration says aspects like application information and even requests for a new social security card can be found at their site.


Important and time-sensitive documents like SSA-1099 forms are also available for a resident through the “My Account” tab.


With scam websites and promotions at an all-time high, Jack Myers reminds anyone searching for their social security details to always ensure the site one is using is ssa.gov.


To find out the power of your social security accounts, visit www.ssa.gov/myaccount to learn more.

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

February is American Heart Month

February marks National Heart Month and today is National Wear Red Day, spreading awareness for the number one cause of death in the United States, heart disease. National Wear Red Day signifies women with heart disease. Lisa Peterson, a Nutrition and Wellness Educator for the University of Illinois Extension says that small changes in diet and lifestyle can have extreme effects over time while combating high cholesterol or high blood pressure.


Peterson begins by explaining the risk factors associated with heart disease and what to be watchful of. Peterson says it's easier said than done, but the amount of salt and sodium in meals staying at the recommended level is imperative to a healthy lifestyle.


Spices like onion powder and garlic powder are two elements that Peterson says will help negate the large amount of salt that is adding the extra flavor.


For more information on heart disease or recipes offered by the University of Illinois Extension visit extension.illinois.edu/cjmm/nutrition-wellness.

Lisa Peterson appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.


THS Students Of The Month For January Announced

WTIM and People’s Bank and Trust in Taylorville have announced their students of the month for January. The program recognizes one outstanding student from each of the four classes. Students of the Month for January are Rogan Reindl, Maya Manasco, Cienna Miller, and Jack Herkert. 



February Is National Earthquake Awareness Month

The worst earthquake in Illinois history occurred on December 17th, 1811.  It was so strong that it rang a church bell in a Cairo church in southern Illinois.  The natural disaster also blew smoke, sand, and coal 30 yards into the air and made the Mississippi River flow backward momentarily.  Alicia Tate Nadeau, director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Office of Homeland Security says that not everyone realizes that Illinois is susceptible to earthquakes because of the New Madrid Seismic Zone on the border with Missouri and the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone on the border of Indiana. 


She encourages everyone to be prepared for a quake whether it affects you and your home or not. IEMA-OHS says to drop, cover, and hold on, as the best way to stay safe with earthquakes.  Drop down on the floor, take cover under a sturdy desk, table, or other furniture, and hold on to that object until the shaking ends.  Find out more at www.shakeout.org/dropcoverholdon/. 


According to the Central United States Earthquake Consortium, there are nearly 2,000 small tremors each year in the area.  CUSEC has several webinars and meetings available to the public during Earthquake Awareness month which can be found at www.cusec.org. 


Find out more information on earthquakes by visiting https://iemaohs.illinois.gov/preparedness/earthquake.html. 

Taylorville Chamber of Commerce to Hold Scholarship Awareness Day

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce will be holding the Scholarship Awareness Day at Taylorville High School on Friday, February 9th from 10:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. The chamber of commerce has held this scholarship day for 10 years and with a multitude of options for students spanning from community college options to trade school funds many students will have the opportunity to find a scholarship that suits them.

Linda Allen, Executive Director for the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce says the funds for students' higher education has only grown through the years.


Allen says this allows graduating students a chance to speak one-on-one with the organizations providing these scholarships and inquire about essay questions and more.


For students who may not be considering a university or community college for their years after high school, scholarship opportunities are available for trades work, says Allen.


Information about Scholarship Awareness Day can be found on the chambers website at taylorvillechamber.com, or on Facebook at Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce.

Linda Allen appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

New 2024 State Maps Available From IDOT

The Illinois Department of Transportation will be releasing a new Illinois Official Highway Map.  The map will include route updates, detailed sections devoted to cities from Zion and Cairo as well as a feature that shows mileage between towns and marked route junctions to assist travelers as they explore the state. 


Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman says that even in 2024 with tech being what it is, that paper maps are still important and remain an important resource and a valuable travel companion to keep in your vehicle.  He says maps are handy for planning purposes, to see the state or larger cities at a glance, and come in handy when you least expect it to serve as a backup if you lose cell service on unfamiliar roads. 


The new map will feature a brick section of Old Route 66 between Auburn and Chatham.  The photograph was the winner of IDOT’s employee map cover contest and was submitted by Jeffrey Emrick, a condemnation engineer. For ease of use, QR codes are now printed on the maps to provide quick access to information on IDOT’s Getting Around Illinois for travel conditions, Amtrak, the Office of Tourism’s Enjoy Illinois campaign as well as IDNR historic sites and parks.  


The Illinois Official Highway Map is paid for with funds from the Federal Highway Administration and published by IDOT every two years on recycled paper.  To request a map contact DOT.maps@illinois.gov.  Free copies are also available at interstate rest areas and other IDOT facilities.  

TCCU's 'Stop. SHOP. VOTE!' Scholarship Deadline Nears

Taylorville Community Credit Union (TCCU) is calling on residents to join the ‘Stop. SHOP. VOTE!’ scholarship program before the February 29 deadline. Eight $1000 scholarships for graduating seniors from Hillsboro, Litchfield, Pana, and Taylorville High Schools are up for grabs, based on votes cast at local businesses. 


The Businesses are Amenities on Main, Anderson Jewelers, Angelo’s, Audrey’s Boutique and Luxuries, Battery Specialists, Bundles & Bliss, Country Kitchen, Florinda’s Pizza, Glik’s, Fur Love, Hair Studio, Happy Baked Goods, Hello Beautiful, JMA Pawn Jewelry & Loan, Karma, Kompliments Salon, Little Luxuries, Lock Up Gym, Nesty’s Burger Joint, Powderkeg Outfitters, Shadow Box, Shoe Sensation, Southern Belle Florist, Suessie’s Resale, Sydney Lynn’s Little Book Shop & Vinyl, The Uppercut, Uprooted by Willow & Birch, Vintage Dresser, The Wooden Flower, Wrights Furniture, Zone Nutrition.

TCCU President, Will Perkins, highlighted the program's success, saying, "Our high school students and business communities look forward to it. The students appreciate the chance to win $1000 toward their education."

Perkins emphasized the mutual benefits for local businesses and the community, stating, "Our local business owners enjoy supporting their communities. The program is a win-win."


The $1000 awards are versatile, and usable for trade schools, two-year community colleges, or four-year universities. Perkins encouraged shopping locally to support small businesses and vote for local students. Residents can cast votes at participating businesses through February 29, with results reported by an external agency and awards presented in May 2024.


For more information about TCCU and membership details, visit www.TCCU.org. Membership is open to those in Shelby, Christian, and Montgomery Counties, inviting the community to actively shape local education and business growth.

February 1st is National Unclaimed Property Day

Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs is urging residents to seize the opportunity presented by National Unclaimed Property Day, RECOGNIZED ON February 1st, by checking the state's I-CASH website for any unclaimed cash or property owed to them. The initiative is part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness about unclaimed assets.


The unclaimed property comprises various items such as rebate checks, uncashed vendor payments, stocks, and contents from safe deposit boxes that, by law, end up with the State Treasurer's Office when companies and banks cannot locate the rightful owners. Frerichs emphasized the economic benefit of returning such funds to individuals rather than allowing them to remain dormant.


Frerichs revealed that in 2023 alone, $276 million in unclaimed property was returned to rightful owners, contributing to a total of $1.9 billion since he took office. The state treasurer's office focused on technological advancements, efficiency improvements, and legislative reforms, and has significantly enhanced the unclaimed property recovery process, leading to a notable increase in successful claims.


Frerichs shared heartfelt stories of individuals and organizations benefiting from the reclaimed funds, which include returning $64,500 to the Salvation Army, and a Chicago man planning to support his late sister's children through college bring reunited with $100,000 of missing finds.


Moreover, Frerichs introduced a Friends and Family "share" feature on the I-CASH website, allowing users to notify acquaintances if their names appear in the database, facilitating a smoother retrieval process.


To learn more about unclaimed property and to find out if missing funds await, visit icash.illinoistreasurer.gov.


New Laboratory for the Christian County Health Department

The Christian County Health Department is enjoying their new building at 730 North Pawnee Street in Taylorville for a number of reasons. One aspect that has improved with the new location is the space and availability of the large laboratory that will be utilized for multiple types of testing, like West Nile Virus testing which was relevant this past summer in Christian County.

Joe Torres, Director of Environmental Health for the Christian County Health Department is pleased to continue the Vector Program which tests for West Nile during the summer months.


Christian County was certainly not alone in finding positive West Nile cases in the county. Torres took the opportunity to educate the public on what to be looking out for to avoid contaminated mosquitoes in the yard, like being aware and dumping out standing water.

The Christian County Health Department offers larvicide services to eradicate West Nile in yards.


For questions regarding West Nile cases or for services offered by the CC Health Department, call 217-824-4113.

Two-Year Anniversary Membership with Lakeshore Golf Course

Area golfers looking to hit the links more often during the year have an opportunity to gain membership with the Lakeshore Golf Course in Taylorville, providing access to three other courses all within south-central Illinois. This program is called the two-year Anniversary Membership, where a one-time fee will enable the golfer to play rounds seven days a week with no green fees to pay for two calendar years, meaning the bulk of the cost is cut out with only cart fees to take care of.

Jason Boldig, General Manager for the Lakeshore Golf Course provides more details about the two-year membership as the initiative will also allow golfers to take to the courses on holidays.


The membership saves golfers money. Boldig gives a breakdown of the figures, saying that the more golf you play the more money you save.


The four courses that golfers with the two-year Anniversary Membership will have access to are Lakeshore Golf Course in Taylorville, the Oaks Golf Course in Springfield, Meadowview Golf Course in Mattoon, and Timberlake Golf Course in Sullivan. Boldig says these courses give a nice range of difficulty for beginners and experts. 


To learn more about the two-year Anniversary Membership visit golflakeshore.com or call 217-824-5521.

Jason Boldig appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

New Members Named To Memorial Health Board

Three new members have been named to the board of directors of Memorial Health. Eric D. Graue, Gussie M. Reed, and Dr. David L. Griffen have been named to the board of directors. Ed Curtis, President and CEO of Memorial Health says that Memorial is excited to have these new members on the board. He says each member brings their own valuable perspective and experience to the work they do. 


Eric Graue is a resident of Lincoln and a Merrill Lynch financial advisor with The Graue Group. He currently serves as chair of the Lincoln Memorial Foundation and is a past president of the Lincoln-Logan Chamber of Commerce.  He has earned a bachelor of science degree in general engineering from the U of Illinois. 

Gussie Reed formerly worked in the utility industry for more than 40 years before she retired.  She also spent time as the Director of Division III for Ameren Illinois.  She serves on the board of directors for multiple entities.  She has also received a bachelor of arts degree in management from the U of Illinois. 

Dr. David Griffen earned his medical degree from Penn State University serving as a resident in emergency medicine at M.S. Hershey Medical Center.  He was on the faculty of SIU School of Medicine for 30 years, where he helped create the Department of Emergency Medicine.  In 2019, Dr. Griffen retired and Memorial Health and SIU established the David L. Griffen, M.D., Ph.D. Endowed Chair of Emergency Medicine as a recognition of his contributions to the field.  

Other officers were also chosen including Chair Michael A. Aiello, First Vice Chair and Treasurer Cheryl S. Martin, Second Vice Chair, Dr. Barbara A. Farley, Secretary Nina Harris, and Immediate Past Chair Todd W. Wise.  These members join board members Reginald H. Benton, Aimee L. Fyke, Randall S. Germeraad, Jennifer E. Gill, Joseph M. Hurwitz, Dr. Jerry E. Kruse, Sergio A. Pecori, Dean E. Robert Jr.  Dr. William D. Putman, Dr. Diane K. Rutledge, and John Waddock. 

Chair Michael A. Aiello

Legislators Farm Bureau Lead Effort To Try And Protect Family Farms

Members of the Illinois General Assembly announced on Wednesday the Family Farm Preservation Act, a bipartisan effort to protect farm families and their land by updating the Illinois Estate Tax code. The measure is being spearheaded by Sen. Dave Koehler, D-Peoria, and Rep. Sharon Chung, D-Bloomington.


Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) President Brian Duncan commented on the legislation, which aims to ensure families may continue passing down their farms to the next generation. More about the Family Farm Preservation Act is available here.


IFB President Brian Duncan says passing on the family farm is not just about continuing the business, it’s about preserving family heritage and a way of life.  He continued by stressing that the current Illinois estate tax often forces families to break up the farm every time the business passes on to the next generation and the death of a loved one shouldn’t be a death sentence for the family farm.


In addition to Kohler and Chung, five other General Assembly members helped announce introduction of the bill, underscoring the bipartisanship effort: Sen. Patrick Joyce, D-Essex, Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, Sen. Tom Bennett, R-Gibson City, Rep. Charlie Meier, R-Okawville, Rep. Norine Hammond, R-Macomb, and Rep. Jason Bunting, R-Emington.


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