Farmers can now sign up for CFAP-2

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Sign up underway for “CFAP-2” or the second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Farmers should contact their local Farm Service Agency office says Illinois Farm Bureau’s Mark Gebhards. The deadline to apply is Dec. 11th.Read more…

GOP forms coalition to oppose Illinois Supreme Court Justice Kilbride

ILLINOIS (IRN) — With early voting fast approaching, one of the more contentious ballot issues this election year is the retention of a member of the Illinois Supreme Court. Judge Thomas Kilbride is seeking another 10-year term on the bench, but a newly formed coalition wants to prevent that from happening. The Illinois Republican Party…Read more…

“Every Farmer Counts” during Farm Safety Week

ILLINOIS (RFD) — This is National Farm Safety and Health Week. A number of businesses and organizations are helping spread the message including GROWMARK, where Kevin Frye is safety manager. This year’s theme is “Every Farmer Counts”. Listen for more information on what each day highlights during our Farm Safety Week segments around 8:20 on…Read more…

BOST APPLAUDS EPA RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD ANNOUNCEMENT

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made the decision to deny “gap year” petitions for small refinery exemptions (SREs) and uphold the intent of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In July, Congressman Mike Bost (IL-12) joined his House Biofuels Caucus colleagues in sending a letter to President Trump urging the rejection…Read more…

WIU shooting suspect now in custody

MACOMB, IL — A Tuesday night shooting at Western Illinois University in Macomb resulted in classes being canceled on Wednesday. The shooting occurred at Thompson Hall with one student being injured says WIU Interim President Martin Abraham. The shooting occurred during a roommate dispute, according to a WIU press release. Police have identified the suspect…Read more…

Weak diesel fuel prices helping trucking industry

ILLINOIS (RFD) — It’s always a busy season in the trucking industry but work really ramps up during harvest season. That’s Don Schaefer with the Springfield based Mid-West Truckers Association, which represents more than 3,700 members across 15 states.Read more…

ROOMMATE SOUGHT IN ILL. COLLEGE SHOOTING, CLASSES CANCELED

MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Classes at Western Illinois University in Macomb have been canceled and all the buildings on campus have been locked as police search for a student who fled after allegedly shooting his roommate. School officials say the shooting happened on Tuesday night in the dormitory room where the suspect and victim lived.…Read more…

Trends in Tropics Suggesting Cold, Wet Winter

ILLINOIS (RFD) — As forecasters begin to think about what the winter months will look like, their attention turns to tropical weather patterns. Chris Miller at the National Weather Service indicates they are seeing the early signs of weather patterns that could bring cold and wet weather this winter. Miller indicates there was only one…Read more…

LIHEAP Assistance Available Early This Fall

ILLINOIS (RFD) — LIHEAP assistance will be available early this fall thanks to the COVID pandemic. Community Action distributes Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program funding, or LIHEAP. Executive Director Alison Rumler-Gomez indicates the CARES Act contained extra funding for the program so they are making it available to make sure all the money gets…Read more…

IDOT Looking for Snowplow Drivers

ILLINOIS (IRN) — If you ever dreamed of driving a snowplow in the dead of winter, the state of Illinois is looking for you. The Illinois Department of Transportation is looking for qualified persons to apply for seasonal positions to help with snow and ice removal on the more than 45,000 miles of road across…Read more…

IDNR announces Outdoor app

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Those that love the outdoors in Illinois are celebrating the arrival of a new app from the Department of Natural Resources. DNR Deputy Director Rachel Torbert indicates the app will have a wealth of information on all things DNR along with digital licenses. In the Apple Store or Google Play, search ‘Outdoor…Read more…

Illinois Utilities Extend Disconnection Moratorium

ILLINOIS (IRN) — Illinoisans facing difficulties paying utility bills as a result of the pandemic are getting a short reprieve. The Illinois Commerce Commission has announced several of Illinois’ state-regulated electric, water, sewer, and natural gas utilities have voluntarily agreed to extend the moratorium on disconnections for residential customers. Nicor Gas, Northshore/Peoples Gas, Illinois American…Read more…