Illinois lawmaker says House could soon have a new speaker

SPRINGFIELD, IL — According to one Illinois lawmaker, there could soon be a new Speaker of the House of Representatives in Illinois. On Monday, longtime Speaker Michael Madigan said in a statement his announcement to suspend his campaign but said he is “not withdrawing” his name. However, Dan Brady, who represents the 105th District, said…Read more…

​Lawmakers pass huge reform bill to combat inequities in education

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois lawmakers are approving a massive reform bill designed to address inequities in the state’s education system. The legislation approaches the problem from several angles, such as kindergarten readiness and a lack of advanced placement classes in poorer school districts. Senator Kimberly Lightford says they also want to attract and retain more…Read more…

Mild temps for Illinois this week

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Moderate and mild temperatures will be the rule this week in Illinois. Meteorologist Peter Speck says we’ll also see a pretty quiet weather pattern. Speck is with the National Weather Service in the Quad Cities.Read more…

Study shows students more likely to get COVID-19 from family

ILLINOIS (IRN) — As Illinois school districts transition back to in-class instruction, a new study shows that classrooms don’t pose as big of a risk in spreading the virus as previously thought. The University of Mississippi Medical Center study, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control, found that children are more likely to be infected at…Read more…

DNR Officials Discuss Ice Safety

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Whether you’re looking to do some ice-fishing or traveling on untreated roadways, local authorities are reminding all residents of the dangers ice can bring. Conservation Police Captain John Williamson says fisherman looking to get on the ice of area bodies of water need to be very careful this time of the year.…Read more…

Illinois GOP pushes for citizen commission to redraw legislative maps

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois House Republicans are making another effort to take the process of redrawing legislative districts out of the hands of lawmakers and place the duty on an independent 11-person commission. State Reps. Tim Butler of Springfield, Ryan Spain of Peoria and Jackie Haas of Kankakee held a press conference Tuesday to propose…Read more…

Dem. says no tax increase being pushed during lame duck session

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Republican members of the Statehouse are warning that Democrats are ready to come to the upcoming lame duck session to pass a state-wide income tax increase. Democrat State Senator Andy Manar says he doesn’t see any tax increase being voted on. Rather he says it’s time to continue to look at the…Read more…