Big cities get COVID-19 relief while smaller cities wait on Pritzker

SPRINGFIELD, IL — While Illinois’ 45 largest cities are making decisions about their share of federal tax dollars for COVID relief, more than 1,250 cities across the state are still waiting for the first half of a combined $742 million.   The Pritzker administration has Illinois as one of eleven states in the nation that…Read more…

Some urge parents push for end of mask mandates

SPRINGFIELD, IL — District officials across Illinois are determining what COVID-19 mitigations to put in place after the CDC updated its guidance for schools. The CDC guidance says unvaccinated students should wear masks. To reflect that, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education updated guidance. “All our students deserve…Read more…

With FOID bill on Pritzker’s desk, opponents raise concerns about what’s next

SPRINGFIELD, IL — A measure now up to the governor that proponents have said will modernize the state’s system for issuing Firearm Owner’s Identification Cards, Concealed Carry License and firearm transfers worries opponents. Last month, after the House passed House Bill 562, House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, said the measure will help address serious…Read more…

Signs point to alternative-fuel options for Illinois drivers

ILLINOIS (IRN) — As Illinoisans hit the road for summer travel, they can except to see more signs indicating options for alternative-fuel stations.  “Some of them are blue, some are different colors, depending on the logo and what they’re for,” said Paul Wappel, an information officer with the Illinois Department of Transportation. Signs indicate options…Read more…

Dairy outreach programs resume

ST. LOUIS, MO (WBC/DANA COMM.) —- A St. Louis-based non-profit is taking away several positives out of the COVID pandemic as its programming resumes across Illinois. The St. Louis District Dairy Council is beginning to return to normal programming, including in-person experiences. The past year has forced the council to step outside its comfort zone…Read more…

Illinoisans invade nearby states for fireworks

ILLINOIS (IRN) — Although most fireworks are illegal in this state, it is not stopping Illinoisans from crossing over state lines to load up for the July 4th holiday weekend. Illinois remains one of the four most restrictive states in the country on residents’ ability to buy and ignite fireworks this Independence Day. Along with…Read more…

Caution using online banking & cryptocurrency

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Electronic financial transactions have become commonplace in recent years, even to the point of some banking institutions going completely online. Combined with the rising popularity of cryptocurrency, there are many options in which to invest online, but an investigator advises caution before making any moves. Better Business Bureau Investigator Don O’Brien says…Read more…

Illinois gas taxes to increase again next week

ILLINOIS (IRN) — Illinois has some of the highest fuel gas prices in the country, and next week, taxes on fuel will increase. On July 1st, the tax will increase about a half-cent per gallon, depending on the blend. Gasoline prices are the highest they’ve been since July 2019, when the state gas tax doubled…Read more…

Gov. announces “All In For The Win” campaign

ILLINOIS (RFD) — As the rate of COVID-19 vaccinations slows in Illinois, the state is upping the game when it comes to encouraging people to get their shot. It’s called All In for the Win. Governor JB Pritzker says a free shot will qualify you for portions of a $10 million prize pool. People 18…Read more…

Some question Pritzker’s balanced budget claims

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Gov. J.B. Pritzker is touting Illinois’ $42.3 billion state budget as a responsible spending plan that is balanced and pays down the state’s debts, but some beg to differ. During a news conference Thursday, the governor said Illinois is making a major comeback and doing so with a level of fiscal prudence…Read more…

Energy plan stalls over deadline to shutter coal plants

SPRINGFIELD, IL — A potential energy deal lawmakers were expected to take up in the Illinois Senate Tuesday has stalled. The Senate was called into session to take up an energy deal Gov. J.B. Pritzker wanted to subsidize nuclear energy and lay out a path toward more renewables over the next few decades. During a…Read more…

ISP continues to struggle with processing FOID applications

ILLINOIS (RFD — The Illinois State Police are struggling to keep up with processing applications for FOID cards in a timely manner. ISP Director Brendan Kelly says over the past 10 years applications are way up and funding remains flat. He says whatever becomes of possible legislative changes to the FOID system, lawmakers need to…Read more…