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Lawmakers talk vaccine with Columbia Chamber

State Sen. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) and state Rep. David Friess (R-Red Bud) spoke at a virtual Columbia Chamber of Commerce meeting last Friday, mainly...

Illinois budget relies on federal aid

Gov. JB Pritzker delivered a combination State of the State and budget address last Wednesday in a pre-recorded speech filmed at the Illinois State...

Virus cases continue to slow

Monroe County recently crossed a milestone in cases, as there have now been 4,052 COVID-19 cases here since the pandemic began.  There was just one...

Vaccine inequity examined

Monroe County residents who want to get vaccinated to protect themselves from the novel coronavirus should not expect to get the shot here in...

Local high school students on impeachment

The second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump concluded Saturday, with Trump once again being acquitted of the charges leveled against him.  The House...

Early voting begins Feb. 25

Election day for the 2021 municipal election is less than two months away, but the voting process starts next Thursday when early voting begins.  Monroe...

Schimpf running for governor

Former state Sen. Paul Schimpf of Waterloo formally announced Monday morning that he is running for Illinois governor in 2022.  “This is a decision I...

County mulls 911 system change

In the wake of last week’s temporary failure of the 911 call system, Monroe County Public Safety Director Kevin Scheibe sought approval from commissioners...

More steps toward new water plant

The Waterloo City Council approved more steps in the city’s plan to build its own water plant Monday night.  First, the council OK’d the purchase...

COVID death toll at 80 in Monroe County

The death toll from COVID-19 in Monroe County rose to 80 on Monday with the deaths of a man and woman, both in their...

County updates wind, solar energy codes

Updates to zoning codes for wind and solar energy conversion systems were approved by the Monroe County Board during its Jan. 19 meeting.  The updates...

Schimpf decision pending

Former state Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) told the Republic-Times that he plans to decide next month whether he will run for governor of Illinois...
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