All calls to require dialing area code in Illinois

All calls to require dialing area code in Illinois

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Starting Sunday, anyone making a local call in Illinois will have to dial the area code first, even for local calls. Your phone number will not change, but if you try to dial local without the area code first, you will be informed your call cannot be completed as dialed.

Citizens’ Utility Board spokesman Jim Chilsen says the big phone companies claim they need this.

Area code 618 has telephone numbers assigned for the central office code 988. 988 has been designated nationwide as a dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which creates a conflict for exchanges that permit seven-digit dialing. This area code is therefore scheduled to transition to ten-digit dialing, mandatory after October 24, 2021.[2] This will also break seven-digit dialing in Illinois; area codes 309 and 708, the only other area codes in the state that have not been overlaid, will also switch to ten-digit dialing for the same reason.

While he says it’s “not the end of the world,” it is still an annoyance that could have been avoided. You will still be able to dial three-digit numbers such as 911, 411, or 211 without dialing an area code first.

Concert Calendar

Santana and Earth, Wind & Fire @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Santana and Earth, Wind & Fire @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

July 1, 2022 @ 7:00 pm https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0600584EA5DB9CBA From Team Santana: The Santana and Earth, Wind & Fire “Miraculous Supernatural Tour” will now start in June of 2022. Your tickets will be honored for the rescheduled shows. Refunds are available at the original point of purchase for 30 days. We truly can’t wait to see you…

Motley Crue & Def Leppard @ Busch Stadium

Motley Crue & Def Leppard @ Busch Stadium

RESCHEDULED  JULY 5, 2022 @ 4:00 PM Motley Crüe and Def Leppard have announced that they are rescheduling their 2021 stadium tour to 2022. The new date for STL will be July 5, 2022 All tickets will be honored for the new date. Click HERE for more ticket info

El Monstero & Living Colour

El Monstero & Living Colour

El Monstero & Living Colour at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre on Saturday, July 9th ON SALE • NOWSPECIAL • Lawn and Select Reserved tickets just $19.95 + fees first week of sales Click HERE to purchase tickets

Local Weather