Agricultural coalition launches Buy Fresh Buy Local Illinois

ILLINOIS (IRN) — With the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc on the food supply chain, a coalition of Illinois farm groups is encouraging more farmers and consumers to use technology to connect. It is not a secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the agriculture industry across the country, and Illinois is no exception. That is…Read more…

State Holiday For November Election Other Changes Could Be Coming

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Voting might look different in November. Democrats are looking to expand vote by mail options for the upcoming election. The effort is geared to looking ahead to what a major statewide election would like if COVID-19 is still circulating in the state and people are worried about in-person voting or working at…Read more…

Farmers can begin CFAP application process next week

ILLLINOIS (RFD) — Applications will soon be accepted for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program or CFAP. Livestock, row crop and specialty crop producers can apply for the direct payment help through their local FSA office says Illinois Farm Bureau’s Mark Gebhards. Applications will be accepted May 26th through August 28th.Read more…

Phase Three Will Include Some Restaurant and Bar Reopening

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Modifications are coming to the phase three reopening of the Illinois economy. Governor JB Pritzker announced Wednesday that some restaurants and bars won’t have to wait until the end of June to begin serving. The option to reopen comes with a catch though, the seating and serving needs to be outside. The…Read more…

Gov/IDPH Misdemeanor Rule Is Withdrawn

SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Governor’s office has withdrawn a controversial rule that could have imposed a misdemeanor to Illinois businesses that open in defiance of the stay at home order. The move was seen as a way to avoid a confrontation with the state’s Republicans and some Democrats who were upset over the executive decision.…Read more…

House Votes To Remove Members From Floor Who Won’t Wear Face Covering

SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Illinois House established rules that all members would be required to wear a mask or face covering on the floor of the house this week. But not every member was willing to abide by the rules. Republican State Rep. Darren Bailey refused. That’s Democratic Representative Chris Welch. His motion passed 81-27…Read more…

HEAVY RAIN THIS WEEK COULD BRING STORMS

ILLINOIS (RFD) – Warmer temps expected this week for much of Illinois, but some heavy rains are also in the forecast. Freese-Notis Weather meteorologist Dan Hicks says there could be some strong storms too. So far this month Hicks says temps are running about four to eight degrees below normal across most of the Midwest.Read more…

IL Gets 1st Shipment Of Possible COVID Treatment

ILLINOIS (RFD) — There is one drug that has received a go ahead as a possible treatment for COVID-19. Remdesivir has been seen in early studies to help patients recover from coronavirus. IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike says Illinois received a shipment of the drug from the federal government and those cases of Remdesivir have…Read more…

Farmers await direction on CFAP program

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Farmers continue to wait for the final rules on direct payments under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program or CFAP. And Illinois Farm Bureau’s Mark Gebhards says it could take up to a month for the U.S. Senate and House to reach a compromise on the next Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security…Read more…