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Pumpkin Farms Adapt to Improve Soil, Lower Emissions

Pumpkin Farms Adapt to Improve Soil, Lower Emissions

ATLANTA, Ill. (AP) – This Thanksgiving, your pumpkin pie might have a lower carbon footprint.

Farmers in central Illinois who supply 85% of the world’s canned pumpkin are adopting regenerative techniques to reduce emissions, attract bees and other pollinators and improve soil health.

The effort is backed by Libby’s, which is owned by Nestle. It’s one of several big companies that have started regenerative farming programs in the last few years, including General Mills, PepsiCo and Walmart.

Arohi Sharma, who studies regenerative farming for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said companies see drought and other impacts from climate change and “know they must act.”

Early Voting Begins Thursday Throughout Most of Illinois

Early Voting Begins Thursday Throughout Most of Illinois

(IOCI RADIO) – Early voting for the November election begins Thursday in most areas in Illinois. “The election isn’t until November 8, but if you’re hoping to avoid potential lines at the polls, you can get your vote in early,” Illinois State Board of Elections spokesperson Matt Dietrich said. Early voting begins October 7 in…Continue Reading

Illinois Paying $450M Towards COVID-19 $1.8B Federal Loan

Illinois Paying $450M Towards COVID-19 $1.8B Federal Loan

(IOCI RADIO) – Illinois is making more headway in paying down Illinois’ unemployment insurance loan. Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Tuesday a significant payment of $450 million will be put towards the remaining $1.8 billion borrowed from the federal government. The loan was taken out to help meet the demand for unemployment benefits during the COVID-19…Continue Reading

IODI: Life Policy Locator Can Find Relatives’ Lost/Missing Life Insurance

IODI: Life Policy Locator Can Find Relatives’ Lost/Missing Life Insurance

(WRXX) – If you believe that you’re the beneficiary of a deceased relative’s lost or missing life insurance policy, but you don’t know where to start your search, the Illinois Department of Insurance (IODI) said Tuesday they can help. This year, IDOI said they have helped consumers find and collect more than $7.9 million from…Continue Reading

State Sen. Emil Jones III Pleads Not Guilty to Federal Bribery Charges

State Sen. Emil Jones III Pleads Not Guilty to Federal Bribery Charges

CHICAGO (AP) – State Senator Emil Jones III pleaded not guilty in federal court Friday afternoon. Jones said Thursday he isn’t leaving office despite facing federal bribery charges and despite Gov. JB Pritzker asking for him to resign. The Chicago Democrat did resign from his committee and party leadership positions Wednesday, a day after federal prosecutors accused him of taking…Continue Reading

White Country State’s Attorney Announces His Joining of Bipartisan Lawsuit Against SAFE-T Act

White Country State’s Attorney Announces His Joining of Bipartisan Lawsuit Against SAFE-T Act

WHITE COUNTY – White County State’s Attorney Denton Aud announced Friday he has joined with other state’s attorneys – both Republican and Democrat – in Illinois in filing a lawsuit seeking a declaratory judgment that the SAFE-T Act be declared unconstitutional both in substance and in the procedure in which it was passed by the Illinois General…Continue Reading

Emil Jones III, Facing Federal Bribery Charges, Not Leaving Office

Emil Jones III, Facing Federal Bribery Charges, Not Leaving Office

CHICAGO (WRXX) – State Senator Emil Jones III isn’t leaving office despite facing federal bribery charges. The Chicago Democrat resigned from his committee and party leadership positions Wednesday, a day after federal prosecutors accused him of taking money from a red-light camera company executive to kill legislation requiring traffic studies for automated camera systems. Jones has…Continue Reading

Federal Funding of About $40M to Build High-Speed Internet Networks in Rural Missouri, Illinois

Federal Funding of About $40M to Build High-Speed Internet Networks in Rural Missouri, Illinois

(WRXX) – Nearly $40 million in federal money will flow to rural counties in Missouri and Illinois to build high-speed internet networks, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Thursday. Most of the funding comes in the form of low-interest loans from the Department of Agriculture; some is part of a grant from the ReConnect program, established…Continue Reading

Over Two Dozen Charged in Illinois for Pandemic Relief Fraud

Over Two Dozen Charged in Illinois for Pandemic Relief Fraud

JOLIET (AP) – More than two dozen people have been charged in Illinois with fraudulently obtaining pandemic relief money, with authorities alleging some of them were behind bars when they used their relief money to post bond and free themselves from jail. Joliet Police Chief William Evans said 25 people have been charged in the…Continue Reading

Chicago State Sen. Indicted for Federal Bribery Resigns From Leadership Positions

Chicago State Sen. Indicted for Federal Bribery Resigns From Leadership Positions

(WRXX) – A Chicago state senator who was indicted Tuesday on federal bribery charges and for allegedly lying to the FBI has resigned from committee chair and leadership positions within the General Assembly. Prosecutors said Tuesday that Sen. Emil Jones III, told an individual with an interest in the red light camera system operator SafeSpeed that he would protect…Continue Reading

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