With the official welcome of fall on September 23rd, many households are already putting up their Halloween decorations. Typically, that means a lot of pumpkins, and luckily the Land of Lincoln continues to lead the nation in pumpkin production.   According to the USDA, in 2021 Illinois harvested more […]
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will soon start incentivizing the purchase of electric vehicles with cash.   Starting November 1st, state residents can earn up to a $4,000 rebate for the purchase of an all-electric vehicle or a $1,500 rebate for the purchase of an all-electric motorcycle.   […]
Members of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee met in Chicago this week to discuss rising crime in the Windy City.   The committee, hosted by the Fraternal Order of Police, brought congressional members in to hear testimony from crime victims and retired officers including, retired Chicago Police […]
A new report released Tuesday by the Auditor General shows problems within the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) still persist despite several calls from Senate Republicans to overhaul and reform the broken agency.   The audit, released on September 26th, revealed that the department repeatedly failed to […]
The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal announced the application period for the Small Equipment Grant Program is now open to eligible fire departments, fire protection districts, township fire departments, and not-for-profit ambulance services. In an effort to address the financial hardships many fire departments […]
Low-income Illinois families can soon begin to apply to receive financial assistance for natural gas, propane, and electricity bills through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The application period begins Monday, October 2, 2023, under a tiered system, allowing priority groups the first chance to […]
Illinois Senate Republican Leader John Curran (R-Downers Grove) released the following statement in response to multiple media reports that Esmeralda Aguilar was released to the public under the new cashless bail implementation despite four felony charges of aggravated battery to a peace officer. “Reports that on the very first day […]
According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, the 2023 Illinois State Fair in Springfield saw more than 700,000 attendees during the 11-day event, which the Department says sets the new record. The Department also announced the Fair had the second highest number of Grandstand tickets sold […]
National Farm Safety and Health Week begins September 17, and the Illinois State Police (ISP) is reminding motorists and farmers about traffic safety during the fall harvest season, which typically begins in early September and can last into November. As farmers are traveling between fields, ISP […]
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) wants to know more about outstanding educators, administrators, or school professionals. ISBE will be accepting applications until Oct. 15 for the 2024 Those Who Excel & Teacher of the Year Awards. Awards are presented in seven categories: classroom teachers, early […]