Comptroller Candidates Talk About How to Deal With Illinois’ Pension Debt

ILLINOIS (IRN) — The three candidates for Illinois comptroller say they’re committed to getting elected, but there are stark differences in what they plan to do thereafter. Voters will have three choices on the ballot for the Office of Illinois Comptroller this November: Incumbent Comptroller Susana Mendoza, a Democrat; Republican candidate Darlene Senger and Libertarian…Read more…

Attorney General Candidates Debate Office’s Role, Conflicts

CHICAGO (IRN) — Illinois voters will get a chance to pick a new attorney general in November for the first time in 12 years and the major party candidates are arguing how far conflicts of interest laws should go. The three candidates, Republican Erika Harold, state Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, and Libertarian Bubba Harsy, appeared…Read more…

Candidates for Illinois Governor duke it out in first TV debate

ILLINOIS (IRN) — Gov. Bruce Rauner clashed with Democrat J.B. Pritzker in the first televised debate of an increasingly expensive Illinois gubernatorial race along with two third-party candidates vying for a chance to get their message out to voters. The state’s candidates for chief executive argued their case Thursday evening on NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago.…Read more…

EHD Prevalent in Illinois Whitetails

ILLINOIS (CMS) — Hunters and landowners are urged to report suspected cases of EHD in white tailed deer to the Illinois department of natural resources. EHDstands for Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease and can cause localized die-offs. Infected animals develop a high fever says DNR spokesperson Ed Cross. Cross says anyone who spots a suspected case is…Read more…

IL Department of AG reminds of harvest safety

ILLINOIS (RFD) — It’s National Farm Safety and Health week and the Illinois Department of Agriculture says that the commitment to be safe shouldn’t be just for farmers. Denise Albert says farm accidents happen between the farm and field. The business of agriculture is the biggest in the state and the most dangerous. Over all…Read more…

ISBE addresses teachers shortage

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Illinois has a teacher shortage. And the state board of education is trying to address it. They found that 90 percent of the state’s vacancies are in districts that are struggling. So State Superintendent Tony Smith says for some it comes down to money. The pressure is also on trying to find…Read more…

Nationwide recall on beef

ILLINOIS (AP) — A nationwide recall has been issued for about 132,606 pounds of ground beef products because of the possibility of E. coli contamination. The beef products are being recalled by Cargill Meat Solutions, which produced and packaged the items on June 21, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture news release. Federal officials…Read more…

Economists Warn of Trouble Over Illinois’ Pension Debt

CHICAGO (IRN)– A conference of economic minds in Chicago warned that states with underfunded pensions like Illinois are more vulnerable to the next economic downturn. The nonprofit Volcker Alliance conference Monday in Chicago examined ways states can avoid a financial crisis similar to the last recession. Most speakers pointed to pension debt as what will…Read more…

2018 Harvest moving fast across the state

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Harvest is underway in almost every part of Illinois. The state’s farmers are making quicker work this year than last when it comes to harvesting soybeans. USDA’s Mark Schleusener says things are coming along nicely as four percent of the crop is out of the field. Farmers will be working for the…Read more…

Looking For a Job? Look Outside of Illinois’ Largest Cities

ILLINOIS (IRN) — The best place in Illinois to find work isn’t Chicago but suburban St. Charles, according to a new analysis. Financial site WalletHub looked at 121 Illinois cities and graded them on 16 key indicators of labor-market health. That includes employment growth, median monthly starting salary, unemployment rate and a host of other factors. The…Read more…