Some Illinois farmers have started planting corn

ILLINOIS — Farmers started planting corn and soybeans last week with the warm weather. Illinois Corn Growers Association executive director Rodney Weinzierl says some farmers were busy, especially south of I-70. According to this week’s USDA crop report, five percent of Illinois corn acres have now been planted, which is ahead of last year and…Read more…

IDNR reminding of boating safety

ILLINOIS (RFD) — The boating season is nearly upon us and after a spike in interest last year, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is promoting safety. Rachel Torbert notes the spike in interest last year very well may continue into the 2021 boating season and to that end, there are lots of safety measures…Read more…

DNR Deputy Director Highlights New Land Management Information Guide

ILLINOIS (RFD) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is touting a new program, CICADA – not the invasive bug whose shell is left behind on trees and other hard surfaces, but rather a program aimed at better land and wildlife management. DNR Deputy Director Rachel Torbert says the online resource engages the public and…Read more…

Illinois to open COVID-19 vaccinations to everyone 16 and older

As COVID-19 case numbers continue to rise in Illinois, the state will soon expand eligibility to allow more people to make appointments to get vaccinated. Starting Monday, people 16 and older are now eligible to get a shot. Chicago will wait until April 19 to expand eligibility. Gov. J.B. Pritzker said if vaccination totals go…Read more…

Illinois’ economy among most affected by pandemic

ILLINOIS (IRN) — Illinois’ economy was among the most adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic decimated state economies after restrictions were placed on businesses, but some states were in a better position to deal with the crisis than others. According to the financial website WalletHub, Illinois ranked 15th in state economies most affected by…Read more…

DNR Deputy Director Highlights New Land Management Information Guide

ILLINOIS (RFD) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources touting a new program, CICADA – not the invasive bug whose shell is left behind on trees and other hard surfaces, but rather a program aimed a better land and wildlife management. DNR Deputy Director Rachel Torbert says the online resource aims to engage the public…Read more…

Pritzker downplays chief of staff comments about fully reopening this summer

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Gov. J.B. Pritzker clarified statements from his chief of staff on Wednesday, a day after she said the state was headed for a full reopening this summer. Illinois has been in Phase 4 of the governor’s 5-phased reopening plan for months. Restrictions include capacity limits for restaurants and sporting events. On Tuesday, Anne…Read more…

U of I Extension expert talks well testing

ILLINOIS (RFD) — If you have a well on your property, this is the time of year to think about water testing. Duane Friend is a University of Illinois Extension Educator in Energy and Environmental Stewardship. The Illinois State Water Survey public service lab number is 217-300-7420.Read more…

Pritzker downplays chief of staff comments about fully reopening this summer

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Gov. J.B. Pritzker clarified statements from his chief of staff on Wednesday, a day after she said the state was headed for a full reopening this summer. Illinois has been in Phase 4 of the governor’s 5-phased reopening plan for months. Restrictions include capacity limits for restaurants and sporting events. On Tuesday, Anne…Read more…