Be aware of electricity hazards on the farm

ILLINOIS (RFD) — A key hazard on the farm can be electricity. And even indirect contact can be a danger says Ann Augspurger with Safe Electricity. Augspurger says everyone in the operation should be educated on potential electrical hazards on the farm including both direct and indirect contact with an overhead power line or pole.Read more…

Cold front moving through Illinois

ILLINOIS (RFD) — A push of fall like weather. That’s how DTN agriculture meteorologist John Baranick describes this week in Illinois. Climatological fall began on Sept. 1, but astronomical fall begins on Wednesday.Read more…

Social Security Administration Talks Rise in Scams and Young People

ILLINOIS (RFD) —- Scams are not going away and continue to come at us in nearly every direction. This September, Social Security is once again taking time to raise awareness about scams for not just the often most vulnerable in our communities – seniors – but younger populations. Jack Myers with Social Security says youth…Read more…

JCAR to question ISBE’s mask mandate authority today at hearing

CHICAGO, IL — Illinois state lawmakers on the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules are expecting to hear from Illinois State Board of Education representatives about the agency’s authority to punish schools for not following the governor’s mask mandate for schools. Since the governor announced a statewide mask mandate for K-12 schools, 62 schools made masks…Read more…

Watch out for flood-damaged cars

ILLINOIS (RFD) — The Better Business Bureau wants you to beware of flood and hurricane-damaged cars. If you’re looking for a car, know that cars that have been flooded may be entering the market, especially from areas hit hard by Hurricane Ida. It is common after major floods for scam artists to try and pawn…Read more…

Lawmaker urges vote for limits on executive orders

SPRINGFIELD, IL — After a year and a half of executive orders from Gov. J.B. Pritzker dealing with the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a state lawmaker is pleading to have his measure curbing that authority to be called for a vote On the Illinois House floor Tuesday, state Rep. Dan Ugaste, R-Geneva, urged…Read more…

ISBE issues new guidance to schools for remote learning

SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Illinois State Board of Education is preparing schools for the possibility of closures due to COVID-19 outbreaks and high quarantine numbers The Board of Education has issued guidance for remote learning after the state health department identified more two dozen schools with COVID-19 outbreaks. According to the ISBE, school districts that decide to…Read more…

Republicans ask Pritzker to veto legislative maps

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois Republicans want Gov. J.B. Pritzker to veto the legislative maps Democrats passed this week. Maps drafted in May were passed by majority Democrats at the statehouse. Despite calls from civic groups asking that lawmakers wait until the final Census data was released, Gov. J.B. Pritzker enacted the maps. Republicans criticized the…Read more…