Asian Carp Rebranded to ‘Copi’ to Make Fish More Palatable

Asian Carp Rebranded to ‘Copi’ to Make Fish More Palatable

Photo by Kate Gardiner/Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0 (IOCI RADIO) – The invasive Asian carp is getting a brand makeover. Asian carp has a new name in Illinois: “Copi.” “That’s short for copious, because that’s exactly what they are,” Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Kevin Irons said. He said they want to reduce the “copi” population…

Ex-Illinois State Senator Gets Prison in Embezzlement Case

Ex-Illinois State Senator Gets Prison in Embezzlement Case

CHICAGO (AP) — A former Illinois state senator was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Teamsters union for a no-show job. Thomas Cullerton, a Democrat from the Chicago suburb of Villa Park, was sentenced Tuesday on a federal embezzlement charge for fraudulently receiving…

New Law Creates Statewide Drug Take-Back Program

New Law Creates Statewide Drug Take-Back Program

(IOCI RADIO) – A new Illinois law creates a statewide drug take-back program. The goal is to keep unused medications out of the hands of kids, those who might abuse prescription drugs and water supplies. The measure was sponsored by Sen. Laura Fine of Glenview. Some counties and pharmacies already offer some sort of take…

COVID-19 Outbreak Reported at Manteno Veterans Home

COVID-19 Outbreak Reported at Manteno Veterans Home

MANTENO, Ill. (AP) – A state agency said a COVID-19 outbreak at a state-run veterans home in northeastern Illinois has spread to 22 residents and staff members. The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs said Wednesday that 16 residents and six staff members at the Illinois Veterans’ Home at Manteno, about 50 miles south of Chicago,…

State Police Convene First Meeting for Firearms Restraining Order Act Commission

State Police Convene First Meeting for Firearms Restraining Order Act Commission

The Illinois State Police (ISP) recently convened the first meeting of the Commission on Implementing the Firearms Restraining Order Act (Commission).   The Commission is charged with developing a policy that will serve as the overall framework for timely relinquishment of firearms whenever a firearms restraining order is issued. It’ll consult with counties and other states with…

Southern Illinois Republican Legislators Call for Hearings into Fraud at IDES

Southern Illinois Republican Legislators Call for Hearings into Fraud at IDES

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – Three members of Southern Illinois’ Republican legislative delegation to the Illinois House called for immediate hearings Monday after a recent audit of the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) revealed more than half of pandemic-related unemployment assistance paid out by the State of Illinois’ Department of Employment Security was paid out fraudulently. “The most…

Sen. Dale Fowler Named ‘Champion of Free Enterprise’ By Illinois Chamber of Commerce

Sen. Dale Fowler Named ‘Champion of Free Enterprise’ By Illinois Chamber of Commerce

SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) has been named a Champion of Free Enterprise by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce for his contributions “to the defense of free enterprise, and the furtherance of economic opportunities for all Illinoisans.” “Being named a ‘Champion of Free Enterprise’ by the Chamber reflects an unwavering belief in the kind…

‘Rebound to Work’ Program Launched for Violent Crime Victims in Illinois

‘Rebound to Work’ Program Launched for Violent Crime Victims in Illinois

(IOCI RADIO) – Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul is launching an employment pilot program for victims of violent crime. The “Rebound to Work” program will include a series of webinars that focus on writing a resumé, interviewing skills, and more. Rauol said it will help survivors of violence “who have been traumatized enough.” The corporate…

Eastern Milksnake Named Official State Snake

Eastern Milksnake Named Official State Snake

(IOCI RADIO) – Illinois now has an officials stat snake. The eastern milksnake has been added to the list of state symbols, based on recommendations from a 7th grader, Gentry Heiple, at Carterville Junior High. During debate, Sen. Dale Fowler of Harrisburg gave his colleagues the history of the particularly variety of reptile. The eastern…

DCFS Adding Training, Resources to Support LGBTQIA+ Youth

DCFS Adding Training, Resources to Support LGBTQIA+ Youth

(IOCI RADIO) – The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is adding training and resources to better serve LGBTQIA+ youth in care. “Studies have shown that about 30% of kids in the system identify as LGBTQIA+,” DCFS Spokesperson Deborah Lopez said. “That’s why it’s important that foster parents understand the need for youth…

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