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

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


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


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


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


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

Amelia And Oliver Lead Central Illinois In Baby Names In 2020

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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry Looking Forward To 2021

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



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



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



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



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

Representative Davis Says DC Ready For Inauguration

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



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



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



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

Christian County Board To Meet Tuesday Evening

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


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


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




Christian County Courthouse

Taylorville, Illinois

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


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

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


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

Access code: 7943957#

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



1.                   Call to order

2.                   Pledge of Allegiance 

3.                   Reading letter of resignation-Donna Hibbetts

4.                   Swearing in new county board members-

*District 3-Mike Specha replacing Clark Pearce

*District 3-Bev Graham replacing Mike McClure

*District 2-Dave Puccetti replacing Donna Hibbetts

5.                   Roll Call

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

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

7.                   Public Comments

8.                   EDSA Update: Greg Nimmo

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

10.               Reading of Communications:

11.               Agenda items:


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

1.      Highway business:

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

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

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

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

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

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




1.       County Board Rules review/changes.

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

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

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

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

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

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



1.      Approve claims as presented for January.

2.      Review website contract.

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

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

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

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



a.       Extend the Emergency Declaration Proclamation.

b.       Authorize Board Chairman to hire Asst/HR applicant

c.       Secondary committee reports:

911 Board-Ken Franklin

CEFS-Gene Price

WIB-Linda Curtin


13.               Mileage and Per Diem Report:


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


15.               Adjourn meeting until Tuesday, February 16, 2021


Programs Aplenty At Shelbyville School District

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



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



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



There will be developmental screenings held in March. 



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

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