Category Archives: State News

Local Lawmakers Windhorst and Jacobs Sign on to Legislative Package Aimed at Reducing Energy Costs and Ending Blackout Threats

Local Lawmakers Windhorst and Jacobs Sign on to Legislative Package Aimed at Reducing Energy Costs and Ending Blackout Threats

State Rep. Patrick Windhorst (R-Metropolis) and State Rep. Paul Jacobs (R-Pomona) announced this week that they have signed on to a comprehensive package of energy-focused legislation that claims it would restore Southern Illinois’ coal-fired power plant industry, ease the pain being felt by downstate energy customers due to recent massive spikes in costs, and eliminate…Read more…

Downstate Solar Farm to Power Over 400 Large Chicago Buildings

Downstate Solar Farm to Power Over 400 Large Chicago Buildings

CHICAGO – Electricity set to be generated by a downstate solar farm will power more than 425 large city-owned buildings and facilities in Chicago by 2025 under a deal worth $422.2 million announced Monday by Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Gov. J.B. Pritzker. A bill signed into law last year sets a goal of 2045 for Illinois to…Read more…

Record Year Announced for Illinois I-Cash Program

Record Year Announced for Illinois I-Cash Program

(IOCI RADIO) – It was another record year for Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerich’s I-Cash program. $280 million in unclaimed property was paid out to taxpayers during the past fiscal year. More than 362,000 claims were filed, also a record. Frerichs urged the public to see if they have any old life insurance policies or bank…Read more…

June Primary Voter Turnout Second-Lowest in Last 40 Years

June Primary Voter Turnout Second-Lowest in Last 40 Years

(IOCI RADIO) – Voter turnout was low for the June primary election in Illinois. Just under 22% of registered voters cast a ballot in the June 28 election, the second-lowest turnout for a primary in Illinois in the last 40 years, Illinois State Board of Elections Spokesperson Matt Dietrich said. Dietrich said about 16% of…Read more…

IEMA: Be Alert and Prepared for Heavy Rains This Week

IEMA: Be Alert and Prepared for Heavy Rains This Week

(IOCI RADIO) – The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) urged the public Tuesday to remain aware and prepared for further heavy rains and flash flooding. Several significant storms may impact Illinois this week, bringing a potential for rapid flooding and storm damage. IEMA Spokesperson Kevin Sur stressed the need to stay alert during the threat…Read more…

Pritzker Declares Public Health Emergency Regarding Monkeypox Spread

Pritzker Declares Public Health Emergency Regarding Monkeypox Spread

CHICAGO – Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a proclamation Monday declaring the monkeypox virus a public health emergency and declaring the state of Illinois a disaster area regarding the disease. The declaration, which applies to the entire state, will allow the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to utilize resources for coordinating logistics across state agencies, quickly and…Read more…

Tourism Grants Totaling $15M Announced Friday

Tourism Grants Totaling $15M Announced Friday

(IOCI RADIO) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker Friday announced $15 million in tourism grants. $10 million has already been awarded through a new state program to support exhibits, festivals and attractions around the state with the John R. and Eleanor Mitchell Foundation receiving $182,000 for capital improvements at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Mt. Vernon,…Read more…

Illinois DCFS Audit Reveals Home Inspection Issues, Missing Records

Illinois DCFS Audit Reveals Home Inspection Issues, Missing Records

(IRN) – Officials from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) were in the hot seat Tuesday during a hearing on the latest audit of the embattled agency. The Illinois Auditor General’s review of DCFS, which covered the 2020 calendar year, found failures to conduct home safety checks before children are returned to their parents.…Read more…