IL State Ag Pest Survey Coordinator: Murder hornets are not in Illinois

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Yes, “murder hornets” are real. But no, they are not in Illinois. It’s a topic State Agricultural Pest Survey Coordinator Kelly Estes is getting plenty of questions about. Estes says Illinois does have a few “lookalikes” including the cicada killer wasp or European hornet. The Asian hornet has received plenty of national…Read more…

IFB TALKS NEXT COVID-19 RELIEF PACKAGE

The Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) got an audience with House Agriculture Committee Chairman Colin Peterson. IFB’s Mark Gebhards says talk this week concerned how ag will fare in the next COVID-19 relief package, specifically the ethanol market and livestock industry. Illinois is represented in the U.S. House Ag Committee by three members of Congress; Cheri…Read more…

NEW LOOK AND FEEL TO FFA CONVENTION

The 92nd Illinois FFA convention is going to look and feel a little different. The FFA Board has decided to move the event to a virtual one. Illinois FFA Executive Director Mindy Bunselmeyer says the convention will spread over a few weeks. But elections and other business will happen virtually between June 9th and 11th.…Read more…

IAWC GIVING TIPS ON PLUMBING DURING RE-OPENING

As buildings start to reopen, businesses, school districts and property management teams will begin the process of restarting building systems that have been dormant for a significant amount of time. Illinois American Water Company is sharing guidance to help get the water flowing again, making sure your plumbing is in safe working order. Company spokesman…Read more…

House Republicans Want Lawmakers Back to Work

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Republican members of the House want to be back to work in Springfield. House Leader Jim Durkin says Speaker of the House Mike Madigan and President of the Illinois Senate, Don Harmon, control when they return to the legislature. But they have been given guidelines from the IDPH how to operate safely…Read more…

In-person 4-H events cancelled through July 5th

ILLINOIS (RFD) — The University of Illinois Extension has announced that all-in person 4-H activities and events will not be held through early July. Lisa Diaz is the director of Illinois 4-H. Diaz says a decision on the remainder of the July schedule will be made June 1st.Read more…

Illinois Golf Courses Open Under Strict Guidelines

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Golf courses across Illinois are reopening today, one of the areas allowed to reopen under the governor’s revised “stay at home” order. There are strict rules courses must follow, like playing only in twosomes, practice greens and driving ranges must remain closed, and tee times must be spaced out every 15 minutes.…Read more…

Senator Schimpf puts regional reopening plan to paper

WATERLOO, IL — Southern Illinois legislators have been pushing for a regional re-opening of the state’s economy leading up to the end of the April 30th stay-at-home order put in place by Governor JB Pritzker due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. Their claim is that because of the smaller population as well as…Read more…

Bost calls for regional reopening of southern Illinois

MURPHYSBORO, IL — Southern Illinois legislators have been pushing for a regional re-opening of the state’s economy leading up to the end of the April 30th stay-at-home order put in place by Governor JB Pritzker due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. Their claim is that because of the smaller population as well as…Read more…

PRITZKER FILES APPEAL OF RULING THAT BLOCKS STAY-AT-HOME EXTENSION

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Governor JB Pritzker filed an appeal Tuesday to overturn Judge Michael McHaney’s block on a stay-at-home order extension. Clay County Circuit Court Judge McHaney ruled Monday against Governor Pritzker’s executive order, granting a restraining order to temporarily block the continued stay-at-home order set for May 1. The block would only apply to…Read more…

$250 MILLION MORE FOR BRIDGE LOANS FROM IL TREASURER

Two hundred fifty million more dollars are being made available from the State Treasurer to lend to Illinois’ small businesses. The bridge loans run through local banks at a low interest rate. Treasurer Mike Frerichs says these dollars are aimed squarely at small businesses in the state and won’t easily wind up in the hands…Read more…

JUDGE GRANTS INJUNCTION BLOCKING PRITZKER STAY-AT-HOME ORDER

CLAY COUNTY, IL — Judge Michael D. McHaney on Monday ruled against the Gov. JB Pritzker administration in a court case filed in Clay County Court calling for an injunction against any further stay-at-home orders including the upcoming extension scheduled to begin May 1. State Representative Darren Bailey’s suit alleges his civil rights were violated…Read more…