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Changes Coming Statewide to WIC Nutrition Program

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS — The Illinois Department of Human Services will soon offer state-wide use of EBT for the Women, Infants & Children’s (WIC) Nutrition Program. Shawnna Rhine with the Southern Seven Health Department says the change will make it easier for participants and stores to use the program. The new eWIC cards are expected to…read more

Early June heat should benefit Illinois crops

Early June heat should benefit Illinois crops

ILLINOIS (RFD) — The early June heat should be good for Illinois’ emerging crops says DTN Chief Agriculture Meteorologist Bryce Anderson. Anderson sees much of June progressing with stretches of heat followed by periods of rainfall, which will provide quality growing conditions for producers throughout much of Illinois.read more

GOP lawmakers call on state watchdog to audit IDES

GOP lawmakers call on state watchdog to audit IDES

SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Illinois House Republican caucus sent a letter to Governor J.B. Pritzker, demanding answers and explanations regarding the possible massive data breach involving the personal information of tens of thousands of Illinoisans on the Illinois Department of Employment Security’s (IDES) PUA web portal.  In light of that, a number of House Republicans are…read more

Illinois Comptroller says no raises for state’s legislators

Illinois Comptroller says no raises for state’s legislators

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza says the state’s legislators will not be getting raises in the next budget year, which begins July 1. Mendoza made her decision known in a video she released Wednesday. The issue of a pay raise for legislators came up as they debated budget details in the early-morning hours Sunday. Republican legislators…read more

Facing Supreme Court scrutiny, Pritzker backs off of church limitations

Facing Supreme Court scrutiny, Pritzker backs off of church limitations

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Just hours before his administration was to respond to a challenge to his authority in the U.S. Supreme Court, Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office has announced guidance for places of worship to reopen, signaling he’s lifting his restrictions. Pritzker has been under fire from churches that filed a handful of lawsuits, including one before the…read more

Fowler Reacts to 2021 State Budget

Fowler Reacts to 2021 State Budget

SPRINGFIELD — Lawmakers are continuing to react to the 2021 Illinois fiscal budget passed over the weekend in Springfield. 59th district State Senator Dale Fowler opposed the approved budget. He says the state can’t be relying on borrowing federal dollars that haven’t been authorized in Washington yet. Fowler says he is happy to see that…read more

Trump warns of potential for ‘tremendous fraud’ as states expand vote by mail

Trump warns of potential for ‘tremendous fraud’ as states expand vote by mail

ILLINOIS (IRN) — Illinois’ looming expansion of vote by mail for the coming General Election is likely to draw the ire of President Donald Trump, who says there’s a potential for “tremendous fraud” in such programs.   State lawmakers passed expanded mail-in voting during their pandemic special session.   State Rep. Kelly Burke, D-Evergreen Park,…read more

IEMA and Other Fight Floods In Age of COIVD

IEMA and Other Fight Floods In Age of COIVD

ILLINOIS (RFD) — River towns across Illinois have recently been sandbagging to prevent floods. Some of that work was done in Meredosia, a town along the Illinois river. A levee was raised five feet to protect against a possible 30-foot river. But this year sandbagging had to be done while trying to observe social distancing…read more

Report looks at corn and soybean production costs in Illinois

Report looks at corn and soybean production costs in Illinois

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Data released on the cost of producing corn and soybeans in Illinois in 2019 and the numbers are compared to the 2018 crop year. The report looks at both per-bushel and a per-acre cost says Brad Zwilling with Illinois Farm Business Farm Management. You can access the report at “farmdocdaily.illinois.edu”.read more

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