BBB warns of birth certificate scam

The Better Business Bureau wants to let you know about a scam involving birth certificates. Some sites purport to provide copies of your birth certificate for a fee. The only problem is they do not actually follow through with giving you one. Not all sites offering copies of the records are scams, but the BBB’s…Read more…

Illinois Pastor Unpaid for FBI, Police Tips Made 2 Years Ago

GOLCONDA, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois pastor says he still hasn’t received reward money for a tip he gave two years ago to the FBI and police about a man accused of shooting an officer. Sulphur Springs Baptist Church Pastor John Kunath told authorities in 2016 that he believed Dracy Pendleton broke into his…Read more…

Schock’s trial set

A Jan. 28 trial date has been set for former Illinois Republican Congressman Aaron Schock’s trial on corruption charges, including that he illegally sought reimbursement for a $5,000 chandelier. U.S. District Judge Colin Bruce set the trial date Friday, according to a two-page order filed in court Friday. Bruce denied Schock’s request to stay all…Read more…

IHSA Needs More Refs

It’s not a crisis, but the Illinois High School Association is experiencing a shortage of officials throughout the state. Jim Taylor reports.Read more…

Gun Sanctuary Counties Causing Debate

A gun control group says the growing number of counties in Illinois passing gun sanctuary resolutions is about politics. A gun-rights group says it’s about fed up gun owners. Greg Bishop reports.  Read more…

Corn Crop is Looking Good

The corn crop is racing along in Illinois. Farmers are seeing tassels and silks – indicating that that all of those ears are filling with kernels. State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener says the crop is way ahead of normal and it looks to be in good shape too. The state’s soybean crop is also doing…Read more…

Ag Teacher Shortage Continues in Illinois

There’s still a shortage in ag teachers around the state, but gains are being made. That’s former ag teacher Megan Coy of Champaign. She now serves as a program adviser for Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education or FCAE.Read more…

Rain Chances Better Next Week in Illinois

There won’t be many rain chances in Illinois for the remainder of the week, but what about the 6-to-10 day and 8-to-14 day outlook? Meteorologist Dan Hicks with Freese-Notis Weather says things look better. 72-percent of the Illinois soybean crop is rated as good to excellent in the latest crop report with 81-percent of the…Read more…

IL Treasurer office returns it’s 6th Purple Heart

Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs’ office is returning another lost purple heart to a veteran’s loved ones. The medal was awarded to Army vet Phillip Morris of Harvey, left in his sister’s safe deposit box, and eventually turned over to the treasurer’s office. He’s since passed away but Frerichs says they tracked down Morris’s daughter and…Read more…