Category Archives: State News

State’s electronic verification system catches thousands of drivers without insurance

State’s electronic verification system catches thousands of drivers without insurance

SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Illinois Secretary of State’s Office is going after uninsured drivers with a new system of random checks. Nearly 2,700 Illinois license plates have been suspended in the past two months since the program went into effect. The state’s new system, called the Illinois Insurance Verification System, automatically verifies a vehicle owner’s…read more

JCAR to question ISBE’s mask mandate authority today at hearing

JCAR to question ISBE’s mask mandate authority today at hearing

CHICAGO, IL — Illinois state lawmakers on the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules are expecting to hear from Illinois State Board of Education representatives about the agency’s authority to punish schools for not following the governor’s mask mandate for schools. Since the governor announced a statewide mask mandate for K-12 schools, 62 schools made masks…read more

Pritzker expected to sign sweeping energy legislation some say increases costs

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois has new energy bill and plan to “green” the electricity used in the state over the coming decades. The Senate approved – with Democrat and Republican votes – a bill that would send hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to nuclear plants in northern Illinois and possibly close coal plants by…read more

Watch out for flood-damaged cars

Watch out for flood-damaged cars

ILLINOIS (RFD) — The Better Business Bureau wants you to beware of flood and hurricane-damaged cars. If you’re looking for a car, know that cars that have been flooded may be entering the market, especially from areas hit hard by Hurricane Ida. It is common after major floods for scam artists to try and pawn…read more

Lawmaker urges vote for limits on executive orders

Lawmaker urges vote for limits on executive orders

SPRINGFIELD, IL — After a year and a half of executive orders from Gov. J.B. Pritzker dealing with the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a state lawmaker is pleading to have his measure curbing that authority to be called for a vote On the Illinois House floor Tuesday, state Rep. Dan Ugaste, R-Geneva, urged…read more

ISBE issues new guidance to schools for remote learning

ISBE issues new guidance to schools for remote learning

SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Illinois State Board of Education is preparing schools for the possibility of closures due to COVID-19 outbreaks and high quarantine numbers The Board of Education has issued guidance for remote learning after the state health department identified more two dozen schools with COVID-19 outbreaks. According to the ISBE, school districts that decide to…read more

Republicans ask Pritzker to veto legislative maps

Republicans ask Pritzker to veto legislative maps

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois Republicans want Gov. J.B. Pritzker to veto the legislative maps Democrats passed this week. Maps drafted in May were passed by majority Democrats at the statehouse. Despite calls from civic groups asking that lawmakers wait until the final Census data was released, Gov. J.B. Pritzker enacted the maps. Republicans criticized the…read more

Future of sweeping energy legislation uncertain after another stall

Future of sweeping energy legislation uncertain after another stall

SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Illinois Senate President hopes to pass changes to the state’s energy policies for the next quarter of a century before any “deadlines are fatally tripped.” From investing in wind and solar projects to subsidizing nuclear plants, the Illinois Senate passed a bill that would affect all areas of the state’s energy…read more

September is disaster preparedness month

September is disaster preparedness month

ILLINOIS —- The University of Illinois Extension reminding everyone that September is Disaster Preparedness Month. Disasters come in many forms from natural disasters to home disasters such as house fires. Carrie McKillip with the University of Illinois Extension says that while there are many unpredictable disasters there are ways to be prepared for a disaster.…read more

Early September weather outlook

Early September weather outlook

ILLINOIS (RFD) — The calendar turned to September on Wednesday and Freese-Notis Meteorologist Dan Hicks is starting to think about fall harvest weather. Hicks says for the most part any long stretch of excessively high temperatures should be behind us.read more

Concert Calendar

The Ozark Mountain Daredevils @ River City Casino

The Ozark Mountain Daredevils @ River City Casino

The Ozark Mountain Daredevils has been RESCHEDULED to September 18, 2021 ALL tickets will be honored for the new date, and/or refunds can be obtained through ticketmaster.com ON SALE • $29.50, $39.50, $44.50, $49.50 TIME • Show 8:00 pm

Judas Priest 50 Heavy Metal Years @ Saint Louis Music Park

Judas Priest 50 Heavy Metal Years @ Saint Louis Music Park

September 25, 2021 @ 7:00 pm @ Saint Louis Music Park ON SALE •  PRICES • $30.50, $46.50, $60.50, $93.00 One of heavy metal’s all-time greats, Judas Priest will be celebrating their 50th anniversary this year with a world tour coming to the US in the fall. The 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour will also feature Sabaton…

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