The Cass County man accused in the shooting deaths of Kathleen Wzientek and Brenda Crum now faces the possibility of spending the rest of his life behind bars.    Appearing with Public Defender Denise S. Barr as his counsel, Robert D. Harris, 71, of Virginia sat quietly as Judge T.J. Wessel read…
By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced revisions to his COVID-19 mitigation tiers Friday that would allow earlier indoor dining, but no regions have thus far met the requirements. He also announced that the whole state would move to Phase 1B of vaccination…
By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker has activated 250 members of the Illinois National Guard amid FBI warnings of potential armed protests at the 50 U.S. state capitols in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. Crews could also be seen…
Virginia- The Cass County Health Department  reported five new cases of Covid-19 Friday.  All new cases have been notified and instructed to isolate at home; close contacts have also been notified and instructed to quarantine. Cass County’s overall Covid-19 case count is now at 1755. The active…
By GRACE BARBIC   Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – The statewide seven-day rolling COVID-19 case positivity rate decreased slightly on Thursday to 6.8 percent, remaining below 8 percent for a sixth consecutive day. The rate dropped from 7.3 percent the day prior. The Illinois Department of…
Virginia- The Cass County Health Department reported nine new cases of Covid-19 Thursday.  Eight new cases were reported Wednesday. All new cases have been notified and instructed to isolate at home; close contacts have also been notified and instructed to quarantine. Cass County’s overall Covid-…
By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD  –  Rep. Emanuel "Chris" Welch, D-Hillside, will be the next speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives after days of closed-door meetings with fellow Democrats. Michael Madigan, who has been speaker for all but two years since 1983, issued…
   For the last week, there’s been a difference in “the way we talk around here...” That is if the caller is using a cell phone and happens to be a US Cellular customer.    Wavelengths, a US Cellular authorized agent, officially opened its doors in Beardstown on Jan. 5 at the Junction of Grand…
   JBS, Cass County’s largest employer and tax contributor, intends to file an appeal on its annual real estate tax bill.    Mike Barnett broke the news to Cass County Board members Monday night at their regular monthly meeting. According to Barnett, he was notified in a phone call Saturday of the…
    Potpourri—Tommy Lasorda, Hall of Fame (1997) manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, dead at age 93.  Lasorda compiled a 1,591-1,431 record (1970 -1996), won two World Series (1981/1988), four NL titles, and eight division titles. R.I.P. Tommy.     Illini make cut on four-star wing—One of the top…
By Brian Kenney Beardstown Fire and Police Chaplain     “Keeping our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.” Hebrews 12:2a     Our nation is facing some very troubling and challenging times. 2020 was a physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually exhausting journey for many.…
Virginia- The Cass County Health Department  reported five new cases of Covid-19 Friday.  All new…
   For the last week, there’s been a difference in “the way we talk around here...” That is if the…
    The Central Illinois Food Bank will be distributing free food Saturday, Jan. 16, at the…
   The Cass County man accused in the shooting deaths of Kathleen Wzientek and Brenda Crum now faces the possibility of spending the rest of his life behind bars.


By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker has activated 250 members of the Illinois National Guard amid FBI warnings of potential…
By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD  –  Rep. Emanuel "Chris" Welch, D-Hillside, will be the next speaker of the Illinois House of…
   JBS, Cass County’s largest employer and tax contributor, intends to file an appeal on its annual real estate tax bill.    Mike Barnett broke the news to…
    Potpourri—Tommy Lasorda, Hall of Fame (1997) manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, dead at age 93.  Lasorda compiled a 1,591-1,431 record (1970 -1996), won…
    Potpourri—Illini (8-3, 4-1) moved up in the poll rankings to No. 12 with the 66-58 win over Purdue. It would have been a double-digit margin except the O…
    Potpourri—Who would have “thunk” Northwestern would be leading the Big Ten with a 3-0 mark, followed by Michigan at 2-0, with the Illini at 3-1, and…
    Althea M. Carls, 85, of rural Arenzville died Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, at Heritage Health in Jacksonville.     She was born Sept. 12, 1935, in Beardstown,…
    Lillian Millicent “Millie” Booton, 100, of Beardstown, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at her home.     Private family services will be held with burial in…
    Martha Charlotte Hiles, 93, of Beardstown died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, at Evergreen Place in Beardstown.     She was born June 2, 1927, in Beardstown,…