IFB Statement Regarding House Passage of the 2018 Farm Bill

The following is a statement from Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding the House passage of the 2018 farm bill. “Our members are pleased to see the House’s action today on the 2018 farm bill. Illinois farmers face daunting challenges in a declining farm economy and a dim outlook when it comes to…Read more…

IDNR Seeking Applicants for Illinois Conservation Police Positions

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is seeking applicants for the position of Conservation Police Officer Trainee.  The Department is beginning the selection process with the written exam to be administered July 1, 2018 to August 30, 2018, with the intent to hire up to 20 officers in 2019. Interested applicants should complete a…Read more…

New Poster Series on Illinois Mining Available from IDNR

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is now offering a wider selection of educational posters that highlight the minerals and rocks that are mined in Illinois – providing a glimpse at the vast array of underground resources available in the state, and the products those resources help create. The IDNR Office of Mines and…Read more…

Unemployment Rate Continues Falling in All Metro Areas

Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in May in all of Illinois’s metropolitan areas, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Data also show nonfarm jobs increased in eleven of the metropolitan areas. “For the third consecutive month, the unemployment rate is…Read more…

Chairman Fratianni selected for national workers’ comp leadership role

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) is pleased to announce that Chairman Joann Fratianni was recently selected to serve a one-year term as President of the Central States Association of the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC). In her role as President, Chairman Fratianni will be tasked with conducting the Central States…Read more…

ISP Trooper honored by the FBI

Trooper Nathan Schnarre pictured with FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jay Greenberg. In May, Illinois State Police (ISP) District 12 Trooper, Nathan Schnarre, was commended by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for his work in a case involving violent gang members and the distribution of heroin and weapons trafficking in six states. The…Read more…

ISP District 19 conducts Roadside Safety Check in Gallatin County

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 19 Commander, Captain Cory Ristvedt, announces the results of a Roadside Safety Check (RSC) held in Gallatin County from late night 06/15/2018 to early morning 06/16/2018. The RSC was conducted at Illinois Route 1 and Illinois Route 13, by District 19 officers. Violations Enforcement Activity: Driving Under the Influence (DUI)…Read more…

Illinois Department of Human Rights Honors the “Dream”

The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR), in partnership with Western Illinois University and the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council Leaders, is recognizing those who go above the call of duty to improve the quality of life for immigrants in the Quad Cities area. During a ceremony at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center…Read more…

Gov. Rauner issues Executive Order to eliminate backlog of human rights cases

Gov. Bruce Rauner today issued an executive order mandating that steps be taken to eliminate the backlog of over 1,000 cases at the Illinois Human Rights Commission (IHRC) dealing with anti-discrimination and equal opportunity complaints. Executive Order 18-08 will streamline government services to provide due process for Illinois residents. In addition to the executive order,…Read more…

First Human Case of West Nile Virus In Illinois For 2018

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the first confirmed human case of West Nile virus in Illinois for 2018. A Chicago resident in her 60s became ill in mid-May. “Because the case occurred earlier in the season than we typically see human cases of West Nile virus in Illinois, IDPH requested additional…Read more…

Governor’s nominees to join landmark gathering of state and federal STEM education leaders at the White House

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s nominees – Julie Mueller, Campus President of Universal Technical Institute; Dr. Jose Torres, President of Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA); and Sean McCarthy, Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) – will be attending the first-of-its-kind State-Federal Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education Summit hosted by…Read more…

All systems ‘Go’ for Discovery Partners Institute

Flanked by members of the Illinois General Assembly and leaders from the University of Illinois System, Gov. Bruce Rauner today revealed key advancements in the plan to turn Illinois into the “next coast” for technology and enterprise creation. The progress report was occasioned by news earlier this month that the project was appropriated $500 million…Read more…

New Illinois 104 Bridge Opens in Meredosia

The Illinois Department of Transportation was joined by local officials and community leaders today in Meredosia to celebrate the completion and opening of the new Illinois 104 bridge over the Illinois River. “The new Meredosia bridge will improve safety, better connect communities and strengthen opportunities for commerce,” said Gov. Bruce Rauner. “This project is a…Read more…

IL Department on Aging Recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Month

June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Month in Illinois, and the state’s Department on Aging (IDoA) is encouraging “Building Strong Support for Elders.” That’s the theme of this year’s recognition, which emphasizes the importance of strengthening our communities and preventing elder abuse. “This is the very least we can do. We see and hear about…Read more…