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Minimum wage now $10 an hour in Illinois

Minimum wage now $10 an hour in Illinois

ILLINOIS (RFD) — The state’s minimum wage is now $10 an hour. A 75 cent increase went into effect at midnight Wednesday. Business groups and Republicans were asking Democrat Governor JB Pritzker to hold back on the raise that is mandated by law. Pritzker wouldn’t appear to have the power to block an increase. Pritzker…read more

Pritzker’s COVID-19 orders face court challenge in Clay County court

Pritzker’s COVID-19 orders face court challenge in Clay County court

CLAY COUNTY, IL — A state lawmaker who filed a lawsuit challenging Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s executive authority amid the COVID-19 pandemic returns to state court Thursday, where a judge will hear his motion for summary judgment.  Illinois businesses are still operating under the restrictions Pritzker imposed more than 15 weeks ago. Two phases ago, state…read more

Ag Meteorologist Expects Some Dry Days in July

Ag Meteorologist Expects Some Dry Days in July

ILLINOIS (RFD) — He’s not ready to call it a weather market just yet, but Freese-Notis agriculture meteorologist Dan Hicks expects parts of the Corn Belt to see some dry days in July. The latest USDA crop report has 67-percent of the Illinois corn crop in good to excellent condition. 68-percent of the state’s soybean…read more

Ag meteorologist expects some dry days in July

Ag meteorologist expects some dry days in July

ILLINOIS (RFD) — He’s not ready to call it a weather market just yet, but Freese-Notis agriculture meteorologist Dan Hicks expects parts of the Corn Belt to see some dry days in July. The latest USDA crop report has 67-percent of the corn crop in good to excellent condition. 68-percent of the state’s soybean crop…read more

Farm Progress Show canceled

Farm Progress Show canceled

BOONE, IA — The 2020 Farm Progress Show has now been canceled in Boone, Iowa, but show manager Matt Jungmann says a virtual experience is being organized for Sept. 1-3. Jungmann, who farms in western Illinois, is also show manager for Husker Harvest Days and that event, scheduled for Sept. 15-17 in Nebraska has also…read more

Pritzker won’t delay state’s minimum wage increase

Pritzker won’t delay state’s minimum wage increase

ILLINOIS (IRN) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he won’t delay an increase in the state’s minimum wage, which he pushed for and signed into law during his first year as governor.   That state’s minimum will increase to $10 an hour on Wednesday.   Shortly after taking office in 2019, Pritzker enacted a phased increase…read more

Springfield business rocked by workplace shooting, leaving 3 dead

Springfield business rocked by workplace shooting, leaving 3 dead

SPRINGFIELD, IL — The city of Springfield continues to work through the pain of a workplace shooting that left three people dead along with the suspected shooter. Springfield Police say the shooter opened fire inside a welding area at Bunn-O-Matic, a coffee pot and drink machine manufacturer on Friday. Hy Bunn, President and CEO of…read more

USDA Rural Development promoting infrastructure programs

USDA Rural Development promoting infrastructure programs

ILLINOIS (RFD) — USDA Rural Development continues to promote infrastructure programs for local communities. Doug Wilson is the state director for USDA Rural Development. You can find out about the agency’s many programs at “rd.usda.gov/il.”read more

Phase 4 today in Illinois

Phase 4 today in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, IL (RFD) — The state is moved to phase 4 of Governor JB Pritzker’s reopening plan Friday. It allows inside training at gyms and health clubs as well as for restaurants to seat dine-in customers among other things. But just how long will Illinois be in phase 4? Pritzker’s plan for movement to phase…read more

Representative suing the governor calls Pritzker’s continued orders ‘hollow’

Representative suing the governor calls Pritzker’s continued orders ‘hollow’

ILLINOIS (IRN) — As Illinois enters the next reopening phase with continued COVID-19 restrictions in public places, the state’s public health director said Illinoisans not wanting to wear a mask are risking the lives of everyone else. The governor called businesses not following his orders “scofflaws.” A state representative suing the governor calls the orders…read more

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POSTPONED – The Black Crowes @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

POSTPONED – The Black Crowes @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

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