Deadly Start to Illinois Harvest Season, Two Fatals Last Week

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Even though it’s been a few weeks since National Farm Safety and Health Week, Illinois Department of Agriculture director John Sullivan hopes the message to heed cautiously during harvest season has not been lost. It’s been a deadly start in Illinois with two fatalities last week, one involving a grain bin and…Read more…

IRS Extension Deadline Looming

A deadline is looming for Illinois residents who filed for an extension on their Income Tax in April of 2019. Those who filed for an extension have until October 15th to file their taxes according to Michael Devine from the IRS. Penalties for not filing taxes can add up to either paying well more than…Read more…

Obesity Rates Continuing to Rise in Illinois, Across Country

ILLINOIS (IRN) — More Illinois adults are obese than ever before, mirroring a national trend. That’s according to a new report released by Trust for America’s Health, which found 30.8-percent of adults in the country were obese in 2017. The rate among Illinois adults is slightly higher, at 31.8-percent. That’s up four points from 2012.…Read more…

Schnucks to End Tobacco Sales

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS (RFD) — As of January 1, 2020, Schnucks Markets will no longer sell tobacco products. Those products include cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, chewing tobacco and snuff. There are 115 Schnucks stores in five midwestern states: Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Indiana. Company spokesman Paul Simon says that by doing this, they are putting health…Read more…

New Research Shows the Top Halloween Candy in Illinois

ILLINOIS (IRN) — Illinois’ favorite Halloween candy isn’t made of chocolate, according to research from a Chicago-based marketing firm. The digital marketing agency Digital Third Coast found that the nation’s favorite Halloween candy was chocolate M&M’s. The candy that was the favorite in the greatest number of states was Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, which took…Read more…

Former Chair of Impeachment Process Says Nothing Good Will Come of It

WASHINGTON, D.C. (RFD) — 21 years ago the Republican Chairman of the impeachment proceedings inside the US House of Representatives was Ray LaHood. With an insider’s view of the process the Republican says because the Senate likely won’t convict the President the proceedings will only lead to hard feelings and inaction in Congress. LaHood was…Read more…

Big Savings With New Smoke Alarms

ILLINOIS (RFD) — October is National Prevention Month. And with it comes encouragement to update your smoke detectors to those that come with a ten year battery. Fire Safety Alliance Director Phil Zaleski says the benefits start with avoiding buying nine volt batteries twice a year. In a few years it will be a state…Read more…

State Officials Ramp Up Haunted House Inspections Ahead of Halloween

ILLINOIS (IRN) — It’s a busy time of year for haunted houses across Illinois, which means it’s also a busy time for the state’s safety inspectors. Inspectors with the Illinois Fire Marshal’s office along with the Illinois Department of Labor are out throughout the state making sure haunted houses meet fire and other safety codes.…Read more…

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS LEGISLATORS NAMED TO HOUSE FIREARMS AWARENESS TASK FORCE

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Three Republican members of Southern Illinois’ legislative delegation have been named to the Illinois House Firearm Public Awareness Task Force. The 24-member bipartisan task force is charged with producing an omnibus, or all-inclusive, piece of legislation that would overhaul the state’s gun laws. State Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro), State Rep. Dave Severin…Read more…

IDHS Launches Video Campaign to Create Awareness for Opioid Addiction Helpline

State officials have launched a new online video campaign aimed to promote help for residents struggling with drug addiction issues. The five videos feature firsthand stories from Illinois residents dealing with addiction and recovery. The videos were produced and are being promoted by the Illinois Department of Human Services. Illinois Department of Human Services Director…Read more…

IDPH Looking for Reasons To Vaping Illness

ILLINOIS (RFD) — As vaping continues to grab headlines across the nation the Director of the Illinois Department of Health says that they are working hard to spread the message about the dangers of vaping. But as hospitalizations increase in connection to vaping Dr. Ngozi Ezike says 75 to 80 percent of the illnesses are…Read more…

BBB Talks Business Scams

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS (RFD) — An in-depth investigative study by Better Business Bureau has found that business email compromise scams are skyrocketing in frequency and have cost businesses and other organizations more than $3 billion since 2016. Business email compromise fraud is an email phishing scam that typically targets people who pay bills in businesses, government…Read more…