IDOL offering tips to prevent workplace violence

ILLINOIS RADIO NETWORK — The Illinois Department of Labor offering tips for employers to prevent workplace violence. The agency’s Jason Keller says recognizing the signs of stress is key. The Department of Justice and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health estimate victims of workplace violence miss 1.8 million days of work each year,…Read more…

Bailey kicks off bus tour in gubernatorial campaign

NORMAL, IL — A downstate lawmaker has kicked off his bus tour as he campaigns for Illinois governor. Republican State Senator Darren Bailey made the first stop at Rader Family Farms in Normal. Around 200 people attended the event. Bailey will face several challengers in the 2022 primary election, which has been moved back from…Read more…

Child tax credit may not benefit everyone

ILLINOIS (IRN) — This month, many families with children began to receive money as part of the child tax credit plan, but an Illinois professor says it may not be beneficial for everyone. For 2021, the credit increases to $3,000 from $2,000 per child under the age of 17 and gives an additional $600 benefit…Read more…

Ameren Illinois promoting natural gas safety

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Even during the summer, Ameren Illinois promotes natural gas safety. Ameren Illinois’ Eric Kozak says you should also call 811 before you embark on any project that involves digging or excavating. 811 locates underground utilities.Read more…

Much of Illinois can expect drier weather this week

ILLINOIS (RFD) — It looks like a mostly dry weather pattern for much of Illinois this week. David Cousins is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in the Quad Cities. There will be scattered shower opportunities in portions of northern Illinois this week, but mainly dry in central and southern Illinois with some rain…Read more…

Pritzker announces plans to run for re-election in 2022

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Monday that he plans to seek re-election. In March, the billionaire Chicago Democrat donated more than $35 million to his campaign fund, so Monday’s announcement wasn’t a surprise. Pritzker’s announcement was met with criticism from Republicans seeking to unseat him in 2022. “We’ve been through a lot, and…Read more…

Illinois ranks 8th in distracted driving

ILLINOIS (RFD) — The State of Illinois ranks 8th in a study of the most dangerous states for distracted driving. Leo Waldenback is a researcher for Zutobi, the driver’s safety company that conducted the study… Numbers for the study were culled from state reporting of accidents to the National Highway Transportation Bureau among other sources.Read more…

Pritzker: Mask issue up to local schools

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Illinois is sticking with the CDC when it comes to mask requirements. Democrat Governor JB Pritzker’s administration continues to back the CDC’s ideas on mask wearing and vaccination status. Pritzker says that goes for schools – but as the first day of class draws near local districts are going to be able…Read more…

New criminal justice laws, including interrogating a minor

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois has become the first state to ban law enforcement officers from lying to juveniles during interrogations. The law was part of a package of criminal justice reform measures put forth by the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker Thursday. Senate Bill 2122, which prohibits the use of deceptive…Read more…

Pritzker says Biden open to sending federal help to stem violence in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, IL — With continued violence in Chicago spilling out into other communities, minority statehouse Republicans are urging the Democratic majority to take a different approach to criminal justice reform. Gov. J.B. Pritzker met with President Joe Biden Wednesday about infrastructure. On Thursday, Pritzker said he also discussed the issue of violence and how state…Read more…

Ameren Illinois wants to expand ev charging stations in Illinois

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Ameren Illinois has negotiated a tariff agreement with the Illinois Commerce Commission to expand access for electric vehicle charging stations across Ameren’s electric grid in the state. Mike Abba is a spokesman for Ameren Illinois and explains what the tariff entails… The agreement between Ameren and the state of Illinois will expand…Read more…