Ameren Illinois Warning Public About Utility Scammers

ILLINOIS — This week is National Utility Scam Awareness Week and Ameren Illinois is educating the public on how to not fall victim to a scammer. Arleen Williams is with Ameren Illinois. She says residents should watch or listen for one main red flag of most utility scams. Williams says scammers often tell victims to…Read more…

Record Low Unemployment Continues in Illinois

ILLINOIS (IRN) — The State of Illinois’ record-low unemployment rate continued into October, according to a new state report. The Illinois Department of Employment Security released the October unemployment and jobs numbers for the state. Statewide unemployment remained at a record low of 3.9 percent. The Illinois unemployment is 0.3 percentage points higher than the…Read more…

State Savings Program Being Used By Thousands

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Tens’ of thousands of workers in Illinois are now using a retirement savings program that was started just a year ago. State Treasurer Mike Frerichs says that more than 32,000 are using the Secure Choice program to help their retirement savings. Frerichs says there is a looming crisis when it comes to…Read more…

Social Media Coupon Scam Returns

ILLINOIS (RFD) — If you have seen the recent social media coupon offers for Costco, Bud Light, or Marlboro, don’t click on the link. That’s the word from the Better Business Bureau. Social media scams are easy to create and can target thousands of people at once due to how users interact with pages, post,…Read more…

Congressman Bost Discusses Possible Federal Benefits of Gas Tax

CARBONDALE, IL — The state of Illinois doubled their gas tax in July from 19 cents a gallon to 38 cents. The increase went hand-in-hand with several bills Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law including a $45 billion capital plan, an expansion of gaming across the state and a revenue package that includes additional tax…Read more…

House passes insulin prescription price cap bill

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Legislation aimed at capping the out-of-pocket costs of prescription insulin for those with state-regulated health care plans passed a House committee Tuesday with bipartisan support and a 13-2 favorable roll call. Senate Bill 667 now awaits a vote from the full House of Representatives. If it passes, it will head to the…Read more…

Ethylene Oxide Ban Attempt Fails, Sponsor Plans to Try Again Next Year

SPRINGFIELD (IRN) — A measure that would have phased out the use of ethylene oxide failed to advance Wednesday, but sponsors of the legislation to ban the use of the cancer-causing chemical plan start fresh in 2020. House Bill 3888 would have phased out the use of ethylene oxide in sterilization facilities by 2021 and in…Read more…

Senate Says OK Proposal To Stop Rolling Clocks Back and Forth

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Will rolling the clocks back be a thing of the past? The Illinois Senate voted 44-2 (2 abstained), to stop moving clocks back and forth for Daylight Saving Time. The vote would keep the state on permanent Daylight Saving Time. Republican Senator Dave Syverson says he’s all for a change but being…Read more…

November is Diabetes Prevention Month

ILLINOIS (WITHERS BROADCASTING) — The month of November may be a time for cooler weather and fall flavors. However, November is also Diabetes Prevention Month. Jill Williams is a Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Educator with the St. Louis Dairy Council. She says there are three main types of diabetes that are prevalent in over 30…Read more…

Social Security talks wounded warrior benefits

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Social Security reminding Veterans of Wounded Warriors Benefits. The agency’s Jack Myers says veterans will receive expedited attention to their disability claims. He indicates the location where the injury took place while on active duty is not relevant in the claims process but it did have to happen in a certain time…Read more…

Ameren Illinois Gives Goats Right-of-Way to Clear Vegetation

HILLVIEW, IL — Ameren Illinois is experimenting with an environmental-friendly way to remove invasive vegetation in difficult-to-reach areas across its service territory. Dave Schenck with Ameren says the company is piloting the use of 50 goats along a steep and rocky plot of land in Hillview, Illinois. Tree trimmers with chainsaws could be called in…Read more…

How To Use Leaves To Help Yard, Gardens

ILLINOIS (RFD) — If blowing and raking leaves into piles to have your city service pick up or have them taken out to a local landfill is too much of a hassle, a local University of Illinois horticulture expert has a few tips on how to deal with the fallen leaves. Master Gardner Candice Hart…Read more…