High School Football Still Uncertain in Illinois for This Fall

ILLINOIS (IRN) — Fourth of July parties may have hurt the chances for high school football and other contact sports this fall. After the Independence Day holiday, a few schools reported an uptick in COVID-19 cases among students. “It had nothing to do with football and the activities that our schools were doing. It was…Read more…

Pritzker defends mandatory face coverings in schools

ILLINOIS (IRN) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker is defending a lawsuit he filed to ensure school children wear face coverings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus when schools reopen. The action filed in Sangamon County Circuit Court by the state attorney general seeks a judge’s approval of Pritzker’s order that school children, teachers, and staff…Read more…

Illinois lawmakers call for Madigan to resign

ILLINOIS (IRN) – In light of utility company ComEd’s admissions about a broad scheme to advance its initiatives in Springfield by allegedly trading favors with House Speaker Michael Madigan, a growing chorus of lawmakers is demanding the Chicago Democrat’s resignation. Madigan has yet to face any charges formally. However, U.S. Attorney John Lausch Jr. released…Read more…

Pritzker on ISBE Guidance for Reopening Schools

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Schools are working out plans right now as to what a mid-August restart will look like. Governor JB Pritzker says the guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education will lead schools to the right decision for each building and district in the state. But education may look different for some students…Read more…

Ag meteorologist talks outlook for second half of summer

ILLINOIS (RFD) — June-through-August puts us at the halfway point in the meteorological summer. Freese-Notis meteorologist Dan Hicks on what he’s looking for in the second half of July. The latest Illinois crop report has 61-percent of the state’s corn crop in good to excellent condition with 59-percent of the soybean crop in either good…Read more…

IHSA being sued over return to play guidelines

ILLINOIS (RFD) — The lawyer who worked on behalf of state Representative Darren Bailey is now suing the Illinois High School Association. Attorney Thomas DeVore says his lawsuit comes after the IHSA offered revised return to play rules limiting physical contact between athletes and could require participants to wear masks. DeVore says the IHSA is…Read more…

COVID-19 cases in Illinois increase amid reopening, ‘quarantine fatigue’

ILLINOIS (IRN) — The number of COVID-19 cases in Illinois is increasing as the state reopens, more people return to work and quarantine fatigue sets in – a confluence of events that has led some public health officials to remind people about the importance of personal responsibility. The increase in Illinois is not like the resurgence that some other…Read more…

Farm Safety Effort Being Promoted

ILLINOIS (RFD) — It’s growing season in Illinois, but that doesn’t mean farm safety isn’t any less important. Megan Schossow (shaw-so) is with the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH). UMASH is promoting a safety initiative called “Stop-Think-Act” while working on the farm.Read more…

Pritzker Seeks Federal Funding to Cover State, Local Government Revenue Losses

ILLINOIS (IRN) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker criticized the Trump administration’s handling of COVID-19 Wednesday and said it can do better moving forward, including passing a measure to provide billions of dollars to cover lost revenue for states and local governments. U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, supported Congressional Democrats’ $3 trillion bill. “The HEROES Act that…Read more…

Durbin Wants More in Next Stimulus Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. (RFD) — US Senator Dick Durbin says Washington needs to step up and pass another stimulus bill to support the economy around the country. But Durbin wants more than checks going to citizens again. This time he says more needs to be done to stabilize governments who have seen revenues fall with tax…Read more…

Restore, Reinvest and Renew Grant Money Available for Illinois Communities

ILLINOIS — Illinois communities can still apply for grant money through the state’s Restore, Reinvest and Renew program, or R3. A portion of the tax revenue generated by the sale of recreational marijuana goes toward the program, which provides funds to communities hit hard with drug problems. Quinn Rallins, director of the Justice, Equity and…Read more…