2019 Illinois State Fair brought in record $6.5M-plus

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The state says the 2019 Illinois State Fair had record estimated revenue of more than $6.5 million. Fair officials said Thursday this year’s total surpassed the previous record of $6.4 million set in 2013 and was about $750,000 higher than last year’s total. They say the data represents conservative estimates. Final figures…Read more…

Bustos on USMCA

WASHINGTON, D.C. (RFD) — As pressure builds to get the USMCA trade deal done, Democrats are still holding out for changes related to prescription drugs, labor and the environment. That according to Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. She is praising trade ambassador Robert Lighthizer, but says there are some aspects of the deal that Democrats…Read more…

Illinois Spends More Than $140,000 Per Mile on Roads, Federal Data Shows

ILLINOIS (IRN) — As Illinois gears up to send out more than $45 billion in infrastructure spending, a new report found the state spent far more per mile of roadway than most other states in the nation. Illinois spent $143,606, on average, per mile of roadway in 2016. That’s according to the Reason Foundation’s analysis of…Read more…

Illinois Among First States to Offer Driving Records Online

ILLINOIS (IRN) — In an effort to eliminate some of the more time-intensive requests at the DMV and reduce wait times, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is making Illinois one of the first states in America to buy a copy of driving records. “On average, more than 18,000 driving records are purchased monthly at…Read more…

Pritzker Lauds Illinois China Business Relationship

ILLINOIS (RFD) — As the trade war drags on between the United States and China a large gathering of business interests from that country were in Chicago this week. The China General Chamber of Commerce – USA celebrated 40 years of working between the counties. Governor JB Pritzker said at the event that Illinois business…Read more…

Illinois Department of Revenue Announces Tax Amnesty Program

ILLINOIS (IRN) — State officials announced a tax amnesty program for delinquent taxpayers that could help the state collect $175 million in unpaid taxes. Illinois Department of Revenue spokesman Sam Salustro said the program is open to anyone who has unpaid tax liabilities from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2018. People with unpaid tax…Read more…

BBB Warning About Sextortion Email Scam

ILLINOIS (RFD) — The Better Business Bureau is warning you of a new scam going around. These scammers are sending out emails claiming that they have evidence of you looking up pornographic sites, and threaten to share them with family, friends, and co-workers. They try to use these emails as blackmail and scare individuals into…Read more…

WalletHub Analysis Ranks Illinois 24th on List of Nation’s ‘Happiest’ States

ILLINOIS (IRN) — Illinois ranked in the top half of the nation’s “happiest states,” according to an analysis by consumer finance website Wallethub Illinois ranked 24th in the nation. The Land of Lincoln did “particularly well when it comes to emotional and physical well-being,” WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez said. Gonzalez said researchers looked to answer one main…Read more…

Durbin Glad FDA Moves to Ban Flavored Vapes

WASHINGTON, D.C. (RFD) — After calling for stronger controls over vaping products this week US Senator Dick Durbin is gratified that the FDA finally acted to ban all flavored e-cigarettes. The ban comes as hospitalizations are spiking after the use of vaping products. Durbin says kids were clearly being targeted by e-cig companies. The vape…Read more…

If You Want the Highest ROI on Your Home Sale, Buy Near These Grocery Stores

ILLINOIS (IRN) — Homebuyers who want to get the most from their real estate investment should buy near specific grocery stores, according to a new study on home resale values. A study by Attom Data Solutions took current average home values, price growth from 2019 compared to 2014, current home equity, seller profits, and flipping rates in more…Read more…

State Officials Emphasize Fire Safety On and Off Campus as Students Return to School

ILLINOIS (IRN) — With students returning to campus throughout Illinois, state officials are reminding everyone to remember fire safety basics. Illinois Gov J.B. Pritzker has proclaimed September “Campus Fire Safety Month.” And The Illinois Fire Marshal has asked college students and their parents to take fire safety seriously. Students should remember to check to smoke…Read more…