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Illinois Office of Communication and Information (IOCI) Radio (formerly IIS Radio) provides stories, audio and public service announcements to news organizations all over Illinois and the public, promoting events and issues related to state agencies, the Illinois Legislature and education. Live audio and video streams are often offered of major press conferences, the Governor's State of the State and Budget Address and other events.

It's fall harvest season and the U of I Extension Office has some advice about farm safety.
09/14/2023

It's fall harvest season and the U of I Extension Office has some advice about farm safety.

URBANA, Ill. — Harvest season is beginning across the state, and for farmers, this means early mornings, long days, and the potential for exhaustion that can lead to accidents.

The IL Department of Public Health is urging people to get the new COVID-19 vaccine that covers the strains of the virus...
09/14/2023

The IL Department of Public Health is urging people to get the new COVID-19 vaccine that covers the strains of the virus currently circulating. It's also time to get your annual flu shot and there is an RSV vaccine for seniors and an RSV preventative for babies.

Guidance is Issued as Data Indicates an Uptick in COVID-19 Hospitalizations in Recent Weeks in Illinois and the U.S. CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today endorsed the recommendation by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for the newly FDA-appr...

There is still a little time left to get cool-weather veggies in the ground.
09/08/2023

There is still a little time left to get cool-weather veggies in the ground.

Here's a final call for planting cool-season vegetables!

If the weather cooperates, you select suitable varieties of cool-season vegetables and employ proper planting and care techniques, there may still be time to enjoy a bountiful harvest from fall to early winter if planted now.

Consider leafy and Asian greens like lettuce, spinach, and bok choy or maybe root vegetables including carrots, radishes, or beets as a final crop for this year's garden.

Find more cool-season crops and tips to consider for your Illinois garden by visiting Flowers, Fruits, and Frass at extension.illinois.edu/blogs/flowers-fruits-and-frass/2023-08-25-fill-fall-vegetable-garden-variety-cold-hardy-choices-may

09/06/2023

Need help paying your mortgage? The deadline to apply for the IL Homeowner Assistance Fund is October 31st.

ISAC reminds that federal student loan payments resume in October.  There are options for those expecting to struggle ma...
09/05/2023

ISAC reminds that federal student loan payments resume in October. There are options for those expecting to struggle making those payments.

Federal student loan repayment resumes this fall. Are you prepared? ! Learn about the steps you can take to prepare for repayment at our upcoming webinar, “Preparing for Federal Student Loan Repayments to Resume” on Sept. 7 from 9 – 10 am, Sept. 13 from 12 – 1 pm, or Sept. 22 from 10 – 11 am. Visit https://www.isac.org/ReturnToRepayment to register.

State Climatologist Trent Ford says despite the late heat wave, August weather ended up about average in IL.
09/05/2023

State Climatologist Trent Ford says despite the late heat wave, August weather ended up about average in IL.

Posted on September 1, 2023 by Trent FordAugust Wraps up a Mild and Drier Summer The preliminary statewide average August temperature was 73.5 degrees, 0.1 degree above the 1991–2020 average and tied for the 63rd coolest on record going back to 1895. The preliminary statewide average total August ...

09/05/2023
Applications will be accepted for help paying for home energy bills on October 2nd.
09/05/2023

Applications will be accepted for help paying for home energy bills on October 2nd.

Applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program will open October 2.

The expanded program year, and tiered application process will prioritize families most in need of assistance with utility costs.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/44Gd6GR

The IL Environmental Protection Agency is announcing six hazardous household waste collection events.  The one-day colle...
08/23/2023

The IL Environmental Protection Agency is announcing six hazardous household waste collection events. The one-day collections will be held in Dekalb, Normal, Springfield, East Moline, Quincy and Orland Park. Check out IEPA's website for exact dates and times.

As summer winds down, are you looking to dispose of old chemicals, cleaners, and more? Illinois EPA has announced six one-day Household Hazardous Waste collection events for this Fall! Find the one-day & long-term locations, and links for pre-registration at http://bit.ly/3E8A1Qo.

IDPH announces the first West Nile Virus related-death in IL this year.
08/23/2023

IDPH announces the first West Nile Virus related-death in IL this year.

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced the first Illinois human West Nile virus (WNV)-related death in 2023. Testing by CDC confirmed the case was WNV-related. The individual, who was in their 90’s and lived in suburban Cook County, had an onset of symptoms of WNV in...

The DuQuoin State Fair kicks of Friday but officials have announced  that the parade has been cancelled because of the h...
08/23/2023

The DuQuoin State Fair kicks of Friday but officials have announced that the parade has been cancelled because of the heat.

Out of an abundance of caution and to ensure safety of parade participants and spectators, the Du Quoin State Fair Parade is canceled for Friday evening, August 25. The decision was reached after consultation with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and working with forecasts from the National Weather Service. The ribbon cutting ceremony will continue as scheduled at 5:30pm.

08/17/2023

Tickets are still available for Sunday's Character Brunch at the IL State Fair. Saturday's brunch is sold out. Characters expected Sunday include Madrigel Miracle, Cinderella, Widow Hero and more. Below is video from last Sunday's Character Brunch by IOCI Video. More details available here: https://statefair.illinois.gov/entertainment/character-brunches.html

IL Treasurer Mike Frerichs' Office is holding its annual live unclaimed property auction at the IL State Fair this Satur...
08/17/2023

IL Treasurer Mike Frerichs' Office is holding its annual live unclaimed property auction at the IL State Fair this Saturday.

Our live auction is a few days away! Head to the Illinois State Fair (Lincoln Stage) where 250 lots including collectible basketball cards featuring seven Hall of Famers, will be auctioned off starting at 11 a.m.

This page contains a link to the items up for auction:
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Attention deer hunters:
08/16/2023

Attention deer hunters:

IDNR reminds deer hunters the third and final permit lottery for firearm and muzzleloader-only seasons closes Friday, Aug. 18. Go to https://www.exploremoreil.com/ to apply now.

08/15/2023

Another exciting act at the IL State Fair this year is: Jump! The Ultimate Dog Show. 10 dogs, all rescues, perform high jumps, handstands and more. Video from IOCI Video.

08/15/2023

Cycle Circus Live holds three shows a day at the IL State Fair at 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. and is described as the largest FMX freestyle show of its kind. The IL State Fair runs through Sunday, August 20th. Video by IOCI Video.

08/13/2023

The IL State Fair Mullet Competition was held this weekend. It's a Live Qualifying Event for the USA Mullet Championships. Video by IOCI Video.

08/11/2023

Here's a look at a few of the new food vendors at the IL State Fair this year.

The IL Supreme Court upheld the state's ban on assault weapons law 4-3.
08/11/2023

The IL Supreme Court upheld the state's ban on assault weapons law 4-3.

Governor JB Pritzker unveiled the 2023 IL State Fair Butter Cow today, and even helped squeegee the windows of the displ...
08/09/2023

Governor JB Pritzker unveiled the 2023 IL State Fair Butter Cow today, and even helped squeegee the windows of the display case which kept fogging up from humidity. Audio from today's unveiling is available on our webpage: www.illinois.gov/iisradio
Video is here: www.illinois.gov/iisvideo

Check out harness racing on what's known as one of the fastest dirt tracks in the world at the IL State Fair.
08/08/2023

Check out harness racing on what's known as one of the fastest dirt tracks in the world at the IL State Fair.

👀Check out our Harness Racing Giveaways during the 2023 Illinois State Fair! Post Times are at 11am at the Grandstand!

08/03/2023

The IL State Fair kicks off next Thursday. Here's a preview:

08/01/2023

IL Treasurer Mike Frerichs is launching the new First Steps college savings program, which provides $50 in seed money to get an account set up.

Squirrel hunting time...
08/01/2023

Squirrel hunting time...

Public squirrel hunting opportunities are available Aug. 1 through Sept. 15 at more than 30 private land hunting sites enrolled in the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' popular Illinois Recreational Access Program.

Because of IRAP, more than 17,000 acres of habitat improvements have been implemented on private land, and thousands of outdoor recreationalists have had the chance to enjoy the outdoors. Learn more at https://dnr.illinois.gov/press-release.26775.html

IL State Police announces that single vehicle accidents with no injuries on interstates, IL routes and U.S. routes can n...
08/01/2023

IL State Police announces that single vehicle accidents with no injuries on interstates, IL routes and U.S. routes can now be reported online:

Each driver involved in an Illinois traffic crash must file a crash report if the crash caused a death, bodily injury, or more than $1,500 of property damage when all drivers are insured. If any driver does not have insurance, the threshold is $500. If a police officer does not appear on the scene,....

IL Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias is launching the new "Skip the Line" programs, where facilities will be open lon...
07/27/2023

IL Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias is launching the new "Skip the Line" programs, where facilities will be open longer and appointments will be required at 44 of the busiest DMV's in the state.

07/27/2023

Governor JB Pritzkeris participating in a talk on gun violence prevention.

The IL Department of Corrections is holding several jobs fairs around the state...
07/26/2023

The IL Department of Corrections is holding several jobs fairs around the state...

New dates added!

📣 Join our team! Meet with IDOC recruiters at these events in later this month and in August! 📣

IEPA is urging Illinoisans to sign up for air quality updates.  See the different resources below:
07/26/2023

IEPA is urging Illinoisans to sign up for air quality updates. See the different resources below:

What's up with the air quality?🌬️Illinois EPA & Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) have expanded our messaging to keep you aware of your local air quality. The Air Pollution Action Day program is now Statewide to help protect your health! See http://bit.ly/3rPDKzl for more & get alerts at http://enviroflash.info

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Illinois Department of Agriculture Announces Details for Junior Livestock Expo and Junior Horse Show

SPRINGFIELD, IL –The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) today released entry forms for the Junior Livestock Expo and Junior Horse Show taking place on the Illinois State and Du Quoin State Fairgrounds. The forms must be submitted via mail and are available on the IDOA website at www2.illinois.gov/sites/agr.

The Junior Livestock Expo will take place in Springfield over two weekends in September. Session one participants, which features beef, sheep, dairy goats, pygmy goats, rabbits and poultry must have their entry forms postmarked by August 10th, session two participants showing swine, dairy cattle and meat goats must have their entry forms postmarked by August 17th.
The Junior Horse Show will be held on the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds over two weekends. Entry forms for both the English and Western Shows must be postmarked by August 10th. Overnight camping will be available in Du Quoin at a rate of $25 per night.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) will be awarding ribbons to Champions, Reserve Champions, Grand Champions and Reserve Grands in each species, and will be also be paying out premiums based on total entry monies received in a “Jackpot” style format. As a reminder, the Junior Shows are open to Illinois residents only, ages 8-21.
IDOA’s top priority remains safety. The Junior Livestock Expo will be held in the “Show and Go” format, discouraging overnight camping and the stalling/penning of any species. Species with the ability to show off trailers will be asked to do so. In addition, all exhibitors, family members and general public at both locations must adhere to the six feet apart social distancing guidelines and will be required to wear a protective face covering at all times while on the Illinois and Du Quoin State Fairgrounds.
The Junior Livestock Expo will take place September 11th-13 and September 18th-20th. The Junior Horse Show will be held August 29th-30th and September 5th-6th. For a complete list of rules and regulations, as well as to view the premium book please visit, www2.illinois.gov/sites/agr.
Phase 4 guidelines for businesses just released.
Gov. Pritzker Adds Five Counties to State Disaster Proclamation:

Disaster Proclamation Will Help Enable Direct State Support as Local Authorities Respond to Ongoing Protests



Springfield, IL – Governor JB Pritzker is adding five counties to the existing disaster proclamation to aid local jurisdictions in efforts to keep communities safe. The following counties are being added: Lake, Peoria, Rock Island, Williamson and Stephenson. These counties represent 1) a threat for looting or destruction through planned protests, 2) home to critical infrastructure, or 3) where the state has received requests for state assistance or resources. To date, 15 counties are included in the current disaster proclamation.



On Sunday, the Governor activated 375 Illinois National Guard soldiers for State Active Duty to assist the Chicago Police Department in protecting the City of Chicago and its residents. The Guard’s role will be supporting the Illinois State Police and local authorities in enforcing street closures around the city.



An additional 250 soldiers were activated on Monday to join the state’s civil disturbance response efforts to address the needs of various jurisdictions throughout the state. These soldiers will represent a Quick Reactionary Force (QRF), staged at various Guard facilities throughout the state to await instructions from the Illinois State Police to help meet the needs of our local communities. These QRF teams will be staging in Chicago, Kewanee, Mt. Vernon, Peoria, Springfield and Scott Air Force Base.



In addition to the soldiers from the Illinois National Guard, personnel from the Illinois State Police, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and various mutual aid networks are aiding the requests of local governments. The State Emergency Operations Center is monitoring operations throughout the state and fulfilling requests from local governments. All personnel deployed for operations will be outfitted with personal protective equipment, such as face shields and masks, to address the threats of our current COVID environment.



On Tuesday, IEMA Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau announced ten of the 11 state-managed Community Based Testing Sites would resume COVID-19 testing operations. Additional security has been brought in to replace personnel that had been reassigned due to ongoing civil unrest throughout the state.
l The IOCI Radio Service has shared video footage from today's Black History Month Celebration in the Capitol. Watch it again on demand here.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1: Grace Lutheran Church 1458 HWY 121 Lincoln IL is honoring WWII and Korean War veterans! Come meet and hear WWII Screaming Eagle and Battle of the Bulge veteran, speaker and author, Vince Speranza. Vince will also be making available and autographing his book "Nuts!". This is a FREE event, but please RSVP at gracelutheranlincoln.com by clicking "RSVP" so that we can get an idea of how many to prepare for.
Thanks to our friends at IOCI Media Services-Radio you can listen to today's press conference with credit union leaders.
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