Due to a grant from the Illinois state Library, thousands of Illinois residents are able to use the Radio Information Services (RIS) each day to listen to broadcasts of local news. These programs are broadcast on a special radio called a sideband receiver. The receivers are distributed at no cost to qualified recipients. Many informational service programs are broadcast daily and include hours of local programming. Local newspapers are read and usually include pieces of news that may not generally be heard on the television news broadcasts. A variety of topics are available including comics, grocery ads and obituaries. RIS also produces public affairs programs and listener call-in shows. You may use this map to locate your local Illinois Radio Information Service.