Illinois Schools to Take Part in 2020 Census

ILLINOIS (IRN) — The 2020 Census will soon come to an Illinois classroom near you. The state of Illinois is dedicated to counting everyone in the state. Billions of dollars in federal funding are on the line. And that means students, from kindergarten to high school, will get a lesson in the next school year…Read more…

Illinois State Medical Society prez talks health care issues

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Ask Dr. Paul Pedersen about the biggest issues facing Illinois in his role as president of the Illinois State Medical Society, and he has a pretty good size list. He says prevention is key as well and he recommends such procedures as colonoscopies, prostate cancer screenings and mammograms that lead to early…Read more…

Pest activity starting to pick up

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Activity is starting to pick up for the State Agriculture Pest Survey Coordinator. Kelly Estes provides an update from her office in Champaign. Estes staff includes six interns this summer.Read more…

Illinois is Already Behind on Its New Gambling Law

ILLINOIS (IRN) — Illinois’ new gambling expansion is barely two weeks old, but the state is already behind schedule. Illinois lawmakers intentionally set the state on a fast track to open casinos in Chicago, Rockford, Waukegan, the south suburbs, Danville, and in southern Illinois. But the state is not keeping up the pace. The state…Read more…

Pritzker Doesn’t Hold Back on Flap Tied to Scrapped Confederate RR Concert

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s decision to cancel the performance of a country band at the DuQuoin State Fair has put Illinois politics in the spotlight. Pritzker canceled the scheduled performance of Confederate Railroad, a country band from Georgia, over the group’s use of the Confederate flag. Opponents have said the governor is playing…Read more…

Shelbyville Man Accused of Murdering Mother of His 3-Year-Old Daughter

SHELBY COUNTY — A 24-year-old Shelbyville man was charged Wednesday morning in Shelby County court with murdering the mother of his 3-year-old daughter, who was also pregnant. Deven Barger is accused of shooting to death 22-year-old Samantha Cushing Monday morning and then taking law enforcement on a high-speed pursuit across multiple jurisdictions with his young daughter in the vehicle.…Read more…

Illinois, OSHA Look to Start Conversation About Workplace Violence

ILLINOIS (IRN) — What would your office do if there was a fight? If someone started punching, or worse? The Illinois Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration want to get bosses to think about workplace violence. Illinois Labor Director Ben Noven said workplace violence can run the gamut. “Illinois OHSA defines workplace violence as…Read more…

Group Touts Illinois’ Manufacturing Industry

ILLINOIS (IRN) — From increasing the state’s gas tax and minimum wage to carving out tax credits for some businesses, associations representing different sectors of Illinois’ economy have different takes on how new measures passed during the last legislative session will affect businesses. During a stop at Mel-O-Cream Donuts International in Springfield, Illinois Manufacturers’ Association…Read more…

Changes To Tobacco Buying Underway

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Maybe lost in the mix at the start of the month was the increase of taxes on cigarettes and the change that you now need to be 21 to buy them. The changes were approved by a bi-partisan group of lawmakers and signed by Democrat Governor JB Pritzker. Supporters of the changes…Read more…