Electric Car Start Up Shows Off In Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (RFD) — Name recognition of automaker Rivian might be a little low for now but the start-up has been making big news over the past few months. Amazon recently announced they plan to buy 100,000 Rivian electric delivery trucks. Those trucks are going to be built in Bloomington Normal at the site of…Read more…

Illinois Drives Awareness of Cyber Protection During Cyber Security Month

ILLINOIS (IRN) — Having a strong password is the first step to protecting online accounts, the state’s Chief Information Security Officer said. October is National Cyber Security Month. To coincide, Gov. J.B. Pritzker has proclaimed October Cyber Security Month in Illinois. Illinois Chief Information Security Officer Adam Ford  said online passwords should be difficult to crack, but…Read more…

Governor Now Backs Insulin Cap

SPRINGFIELD (RFD) — The push to cap insulin prices at no more than $100 a month is picking up steam. Over the past few weeks State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) has been building support for a bill to be called during the fall veto session. And now the Governor, JB Pritzker, is backing the…Read more…

State Officials Urge Drivers to Watch Out for Deer During Mating Season

State officials are asking drivers to be extra vigilant while driving in rural areas as deer become more active in the coming months. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois State Police said deer are more active and less attentive during mating season and hunting season. Illinois Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Rachel Torbert…Read more…

Illinois Farmers Expected to Pull Less Crop From Fields This Year

ILLINOIS (IRN) — As the fight for trade deals continues in Washington, Illinois farmers are expected to harvest less than last year. The United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released its latest Illinois crop production estimates on Thursday. The expected yields for corn dropped further. “NASS forecasts the 2019 corn yield to…Read more…

Illinois Lawmaker to Introduce CBD Bill

SPRINGFIELD (RFD) — There are currently no regulations in the state of Illinois for products containing or claiming to contain CBD. State Representative Bob Morgan is set to introduce a bill to change that. Representative Morgan says the Federal government and the FDA have dropped the ball and the bill he hopes to pass this…Read more…

Downstate Police and Fire Pension Could be Missing Out on Millions

SPRINGFIELD (RFD) — A pension taskforce says that Illinois downstate police and fire pensions are leaving millions of dollars of lost returns on the table and the 649 individual funds should be consolidated into just two. Democrat Governor JB Pritzker announced the task forces’ findings today and says now is the time to stop small…Read more…

Republican Lawmaker Wants Redo on Capitol Bill

SPRINGFIELD (RFD) — A Republican lawmaker is calling for the state’s capitol bill to be scrapped. Allen Skillicorn says the $45 billion capitol bill won’t give tax payers any assurances that billions in new tax money will be spent responsibly. Skillicorn says no meaningful reforms came with tax increases and now the Democratic Chairman of…Read more…

Duckworth Worried About US Leaving Kurdish Troops in Syria

WASHINGTON, D.C. (RFD) — US Senator Tammy Duckworth is worried about the President’s decision to pull US troops away from the Syrian and Turkish border. The move by Donald Trump leaves a Kurdish force to now engage in battle with Turkey and still try to defend dentition camps filled with ISIS fighters. Before the decision…Read more…

International Dairy Tour Wraps Up

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Illinois welcomed international visitors from around the globe this past week for a tour of the dairy industry. The participants were from Mexico, Central America and Thailand. A number of dairy farmers made the trip including Jose Mariucci from Guatemala where he and other farmers started a cooperative similar to Prairie Farms.…Read more…