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Judge won’t rule on parents’ challenge to mask mandates before next Friday

Judge won’t rule on parents’ challenge to mask mandates before next Friday

SPRINGFIELD, IL — A Sangamon County judge has taken under advisement a case more than 700 parents brought against 145 schools over mask and exclusion mandates. Earlier in the week, Naperville student Addison George used sarcasm in front of the school board to highlight her concerns. “Thank you for teaching students that our own mental…read more

Education Committee hears legislation aimed at fixing teacher shortage

Education Committee hears legislation aimed at fixing teacher shortage

ILLINOIS (IRN) — The Illinois House and Secondary Education Committee this week heard ideas on how to address staffing shortages at Illinois schools. State Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, introduced multiple teacher reimbursement bills during the hearing, all of which seek to address the statewide teacher shortage Illinois schools are facing. Scherer said not enough attention…read more

Bill would give county clerks power to cancel voter registration

Bill would give county clerks power to cancel voter registration

SPRINGFIELD, IL — A bill filed by state Rep. Charles Meier aims to combat voter fraud by allowing a county clerk the ability to cancel a voter registration if they do not think the person is a qualified voter. House Bill 4310 was filed in December by state Rep. Charles Meier, R-Highland. The bill seeks to…read more

Illinois officials still mum on pandemic unemployment fraud totals

Illinois officials still mum on pandemic unemployment fraud totals

ILLINOIS (IRN) — While other states have revealed how much fraud there’s been in their unemployment system since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Illinois officials have yet to reveal such information to taxpayers. But some available data indicates its at least $430 million. Following Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s months long stay-at-home order in the spring…read more

Bill to fund micro-stamped firearms for police advancing at Illinois statehouse

Bill to fund micro-stamped firearms for police advancing at Illinois statehouse

SPRINGFIELD, IL — A bill filed last year that would create grants  for microstamping law enforcement firearms has been scheduled for a second reading in the Illinois House. The Microstamping Funding Program Act was originally filed by state Rep. Denyse Wang Stoneback, D-Skokie, and would create a grant program for law enforcement officers to be…read more

Survey shows why some Illinoisans won’t get vaccinated

Survey shows why some Illinoisans won’t get vaccinated

ILLINOIS (IRN) — As the state continues to see new coronavirus cases by the thousands, a survey reveals why some Illinoisans still won’t get vaccinated. QuoteWizard looked at the latest data on vaccine hesitancy and found that concerns over side effects was on the minds of Illinoisans. “What we found specifically in Illinois is that 58% of…read more

Illinois farmers report record crop yields for 2021

Illinois farmers report record crop yields for 2021

ILLINOIS (IRN) — Last year was a banner year for Illinois farmers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2021 Illinois Crop Production summary shows that it was an excellent year for soybeans, corn and wheat. The state remains the top producer of soybeans with an estimated yield of 64 bushels per acre, a 9% increase from…read more

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidates sound off on vaccine mandates

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidates sound off on vaccine mandates

SPRINGFIELD, IL — After the mixed rulings on vaccine mandates with the U.S. Supreme Court decisions last week, Republican gubernatorial candidates are sounding off. Before Thursday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court blocking President Joe Biden’s vaccine or testing mandate for employers of 100 or more employees, Gov. J.B. Pritzker Wednesday said Illinois’ rule for…read more

Dietician says set goals not resolutions

Dietician says set goals not resolutions

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Registered Dietitian Sara Umphleet has some advice for the New Year: Forget resolutions… Sara says setting modest achievable goals like stepping up activity levels and eating more fruit and vegetables are goals that encourage better health habits while failing at a resolution can tend to discourage people from getting healthy.read more

Illinois reduces quarantine time for schools

Illinois reduces quarantine time for schools

ILLINOIS (IRN) — As Illinois goes through another surge in COVID-19 cases, state officials are cutting the recommended quarantine time for teachers and students in half. The Illinois State Board of Education said effective immediately, the state will follow the Center for Disease Control’s guidance on shortening isolation and quarantine periods from 10 to 5…read more

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POSTPONED – Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets at Stifel Theatre

POSTPONED – Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets at Stifel Theatre

ON SALE • NOWPRICE • $59, $69, $89, $109 Click HERE to purchase tickets Jan 2 – It is with great regret that due to the uncertainty surrounding the Covid pandemic, it has been decided to postpone the North American tour until later in the year. Apologies for any inconvenience or disappointment due to this. We are…

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