Pritzker Says State Has Identified More Than 120,000 Cases of Unemployment Fraud

ILLINOIS (IRN) — In the wake of a massive unemployment fraud scheme in Illinois and around the country, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said state officials are working with the federal investigators to address the problem. Thousands of Illinoisans who did not apply for unemployment benefits have received prepaid unemployment debit cards. Pritzker blamed the Federal Pandemic…Read more…

Stretches of Illinois Need Rain, Others Have Too Much

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Depending on where you’re at in Illinois, you might need a little more rain but you might also be wishing for a long dry stretch. Chris Miller with the National Weather Service in Lincoln indicates from their office in Lincoln to DeWitt County and most of Piatt County, it is still a…Read more…

Gov. Pritzker Urges Use of Face Masks on College Campuses This Fall

CARBONDALE (IRN) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday visited another COVID-19 hot spot in Illinois and said the spread of the coronavirus was worse in Southern Illinois than in Chicago. The governor spoke at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, an area that has seen a spike in coronavirus cases. Jackson County is one of 11…Read more…

Hunter Safety Courses Offered Online

ILLINOIS (RFD) — As the hunting season quickly approaches, DNR officials are reminding hunters that safety courses are available online. Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police Sergeant John Williamson says in-person courses are slowly coming back but adds “dnr.illinois.gov” serves as a great resource. Williamson calls August 1st the official start of the annual hunting…Read more…

Some Faculty Call for Remote Learning for College Students This Fall

ILLINOIS (IRN) — As some unionized faculty and staff push for remote learning this fall at Illinois colleges and universities, there are others who want to get back into the classroom. Faculty and employees represented by 40 unions around the state, including 7 of the 12 public universities, have voiced concerns about returning to campus…Read more…

OSF Healthcare Talks COVID-19 Symptoms

ILLINOIS (RFD) — What are now considered to be symptoms of COVID-19? The list of symptoms has expanded since the pandemic came to Illinois in March. Dr Cliff Martin from OSF Healthcare says that while there are now more symptoms, the most common, and the one doctors look for immediately, remains respiratory issues. Dry cough,…Read more…

Report: More Illinois Service Businesses Shuttering Than Temporarily Closing

ILLINOIS (IRN) — Thousands of businesses in Illinois have closed since Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued stay-at-home orders to reduce the spread of COVID-19, according to a quarterly report from the consumer review website Yelp, which said more of those businesses will remain closed rather than reopen. In its “economic average” report, Yelp found about 5,100 Illinois-based business…Read more…

More Talk About IHSA and Fall Sports

ILLINOIS (RFD) — August 10th is the tentative official start of fall high school sports in Illinois. But will those practices start on time? It’s a question that many have right now. The Executive Director of the Illinois High School Association says a decision needs to be made soon, but it’s not as easy as…Read more…

High Demand Leads to Pool, Hot Tub Shortage

ILLINOIS (IRN) — The COVID-19 pandemic has put many things in short supply, from hand sanitizer to bicycles, but now there is a new one as the temperatures climb into the 90s: Backyard pools. Many municipal and community pools remained closed this summer, prompting some families to find alternative ways to cool down. Sales of…Read more…

Gun group files federal lawsuit to end FOID delays

ILLINOIS (IRN) — The future of Illinois’ Firearm Owners Identification card could be in jeopardy. D’Andre Bradley, a Marine living in Chicago Heights, is the lead plaintiff in a federal lawsuit filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division. At issue is the Illinois State Police’s long delays…Read more…