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Herrin City Hall to Close Thursday Due to Rise in COVID-19 Cases

HERRIN – Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in Williamson County and the surrounding area, Herrin City Hall will be closed to walk-in traffic beginning Thursday until further notice. Each office will be available by appointment, so please call the appropriate department to schedule an appointment. Payments may be made using the drop box

Carbondale Police Find that Possible Ameren Scam was Unfounded

CARBONDALE – Carbondale Police Monday received information about suspicious activity involving an unidentified man claiming to be an Ameren Illinois employee.   Officers learned the man contacted residents at their home saying he worked for Ameren. The man said he needed access to the bathroom in relation to work going on in the area. When

Benton City Hall Closing to the Public Thursday

BENTON – Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases and mitigation requirements, Benton City Hall will close to the public Thursday and will be closed until further notice. According to City Clerk Brook Craig, you will still be able to pay your water bills in the drop box at City Hall, through the mail at

IDPH Reported Over 3,700 New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Illinois Tuesday

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Tuesday reported 3,714 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 41 additional deaths. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 350,875 cases, including 9,277 deaths in Illinois. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from Oct. 13–19

City of Carbondale Updates Trick-or-Treat Safety Guidelines

CARBONDALE – Due to Governor Pritzker’s announcement Monday that additional COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will be applied to Region 5 effective October 22, the City of Carbondale is now discouraging door-to-door trick-or-treating. Our region has exceeded the Illinois Department of Public Health’s criteria for added restrictions by sustaining a positivity rate above 8% for three consecutive

Franklin County Board Meets Tonight

BENTON – The Franklin County Board will meet tonight at 6 at the Campbell Building on the Benton Square. If you plan to attend in person, you must wear a mask and observe all social distancing guidelines. You can find information on how to listen or call into the meeting at At tonight’s meeting,

Hamilton County Board Meets Tonight

MCLEANSBORO – The Hamilton County Board has a lite agenda for tonight’s meeting at 6 at the courthouse in McLeansboro. The board is expected to hear an update from Clark Griffith representing the Hamilton/Wayne County Board of Health regarding COVID-19 in Hamilton County, discuss with Sheriff Tracy Lakin and possibly act on the approval of

Area State Lawmakers Issue Statements Regarding Gov. JB Pritzker’s Mitigation Announcement for Southern Illinois

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – House Republican legislators State Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro), Dave Severin (R-Benton), and Patrick Windhorst (R-Metropolis) issued the following joint statement on Monday following Governor JB Pritzker’s visit to Murphysboro to announce increased state-imposed mitigation to be implemented in Region 5 based on three consecutive days of an eight percent or greater positivity