Trooper reminds of Scott’s Law

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Penalties for Illinoisans who don’t slow down and move over will be tougher starting in January. Illinois Governor JB Pritzker recently signed two new laws to make penalties harsher for violating Scott’s Law also known as the Move Over Law which requires motorists to shift over a lane to give first responders…Read more…

Warmer Than Average Temperatures Until End of the Month

ILLINOIS (RFD) — After a cool weekend in Illinois, warmer than average temperatures should dominate to the end of the month. Ed Shimon at the National Weather Service says we will return to a warmer than average and dry pattern. He says outlooks are showing the warm, dry trend should carry us to the end…Read more…

Illinois nurses challenge COVID-19 vaccine mandate in lawsuit

KANKAKEE, IL — Six nurses employed by Riverside Healthcare in Kankakee have filed a lawsuit against the hospital over their right to refuse the COVID-19 vaccine, citing the state’s Health Care Right of Conscience Act. The Liberty Justice Center, a national nonprofit law firm, is representing the nurses. The nurses have religious beliefs they say…Read more…

Another group challenges Illinois’ legislative maps

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Another group is protesting the Democratic-drawn legislative maps in Illinois. The Illinois African Americans for Equitable Redistricting (IAAFER) has filed a complaint with the Department of Justice to ensure that the maps optimize opportunities for minority voters to elect candidates of their choice. IAAFER also shared concerns regarding prison gerrymandering and how…Read more…

Emergency need for blood & platelets

ILLINOIS (RFD) — The American Red Cross is putting out an emergency call for blood and platelet donors, as the recent surge in COVID-19 has apparently played a part in limiting the donations received in recent weeks. Agency organizers are asking you to find a blood drive near you and roll up your sleeve. Joe…Read more…

Still be alert for motorcycles

With the continued mild weather, there are more motorcycles on the roadways that we might be used to seeing this time of year. A trooper with the Illinois State Police says motorcycles and vehicles must share the road, so it is important for everyone on the highways to pay attention to their surroundings and be…Read more…

Archery deer season opens today

ILLINOIS (RFD) — The archery deer season opens Friday in Illinois. IDNR’s Tim Schweizer says the two weekend firearm deer hunting seasons in Illinois are Nov. 19-21 and Dec. 2-5.Read more…

More expect attempt to change Health Care Right of Conscience Act

SPRINGFIELD, IL — It’s unclear what, if anything, state lawmakers or Gov. J.B. Pritzker plan to do about the conflict between the governor’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate and a 1998 state law, The Health Care Right of Conscience Act. Pritzker mandated vaccines or regular testing for health care workers, educators and college students. If not, they’re…Read more…

Audit: ISP not following law in processing ID for legal gun buyers

ILLINOIS (IRN) — An Auditor General review of the Illinois State Police’s handling of Firearm Owner’s Identification Card and Concealed Carry License applications shows ISP is not following the law. The audit was for 2018 and 2019. Even before the pandemic, there were delays in applications being processed in the timeframe allowed by law. Delays…Read more…

School raises liability concerns over ‘realistic’ vaccine mandate challenges

ILLINOIS (IRN) — The consequences of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate or weekly testing requirement for school employees is playing out differently across the state. Some are looking for possible legal liability to be on the state, not on local taxpayers. Others are complying and excluding staff. A spokesperson for Springfield District 186 said…Read more…