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Governor Quinn Seeks More Drought Help

Gov. Pat Quinn has asked the U.S. secretary of agriculture to issue a disaster declaration for an additional 69 Illinois counties. That means the state has now asked the USDA to declare all 102 Illinois counties as disaster areas under USDA rules because of the drought.

In his letter to the secretary, Quinn says farmers are “experiencing significant losses due to a persistent, unprecedented, statewide heat and drought.”

Under USDA rules, a county automatically qualifies for a disaster designation once it is categorized by the U.S. Drought Monitor as being in a severe drought for eight or more consecutive weeks during the growing season. Farmers in USDA disaster-designated areas can seek assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA), including emergency loans. Those in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for assistance.

Last week Quinn toured a family farm in Waltonville where, as in much of the state, the corn crop has been hit hard by the drought.

Twenty-six counties have already been declared disaster areas by the USDA. Those include: Alexander, Clark, Clay, Crawford, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saline, Union, Wabash, Wayne, White and Williamson.

http://www.drought.illinois.gov/

 

IRN / 94.1 FM, WGFA

 

 

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Newton County 4-H’er Raise Thousands for Friend with Cancer

KENTLAND, Ind.   – The Newton County, Indiana Punkin’ Vine Fair auction was pretty special Saturday evening.

4-H members raised nearly $12,000 for their friend, who was recently diagnosed with a form of  Hodgkins Lymphoma.

Ten year old Austin Weiglos (Well - goes) couldn't attend the fair this year because of his diagnosis, which came earlier this month.

Austin is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments at Riley Hospital at IU Health in Indianapolis. His friends say they wanted to help him during his recovery, and they chose to do it at the fair Austin loves.

The fundraiser organizer, Amanda Berenda, said "We thought, 'How could 4-Hers help?',"  "The easiest and quickest  way was through the 4-H auction."

In all, 25 4-H members gave a percentage of their auction earnings to a fund that will go towards Austin's recovery. Two members gave 100 percent of their earnings.

The idea of making donations at the auction was the work of the Berenda and Warne families. Berenda said in the end it was a community effort.

Fundraising doesn't stop at the fair. Donations can be made to a fund for Austin's recovery at Community State Bank in Brook. Community members are also selling t-shirts.

 

94.1 FM, WGFA

 

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Iroquois Livestock Superintendent Brassard Hopes for Buyers’ Support, Again

Iroquois County’s annual livestock sale today (Mon) brings the 2012 County Fair to a close.  And the 4-H and FFA livestock sale, it’s hoped, will find the usual buyers lined up and ready to support the many projects displayed by area youth.

Sale Superintendent John Brassard says despite the hot weather, there’s was some relief and he’s encouraged the sale results will be positive…….

                                                      (good shows) :18                    # 35

The livestock sale will find the number of goats UP; other categories are about average………

                                                      (tomorrow)  :37                      # 36

At today’s start time, 1:30 pm, those numbers will be known.

And Brassard, who’s a bit more partial to the hogs, finds the interest is still there………

                                                      (more animals)  :17                # 37

 

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Rezin, Barickman Continue Push to Keep Dwight Correctional Center Open

Both support override of the Governor’s budget vetoes

 

Dwight, IL…Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris) and Representative Jason Barickman (R-Champaign) hosted a town hall meeting in Dwight on Monday to discuss the continued impact of Governor Quinn’s call to close Dwight Correctional Center (DCC).

Both the Senator and Representative discussed the effects of the closure, how they plan to continue the fight to keep the facility open, and other alternatives to keep the prison operating and the workers in their jobs.

“I want to thank everybody that attended Monday’s meeting and all those who have stood by the good people of Dwight for the past half of year fighting for this facility.  Your efforts have not gone unnoticed and we will continue to do everything in our power to keep DCC open and the men and women employed at the prison in their jobs,” said Rep. Barickman.

“A number of legislators who are facing similar closures proposed by Quinn have committed to overriding the Governor’s budget vetoes.  We believe the funds allocated in the budget for facilities like Dwight and Tamms should be used for these institutions, and not for the Governor’s new spending initiatives.  Public safety is a budget priority, and Quinn is ignoring the potential dangers created by his actions to shutter these correctional facilities,” Barickman said.

Sen. Rezin echoed Rep. Barickman’s comments and said that there is no reason to close these facilities when the General Assembly appropriated money for them to remain open.

“This is an unfortunate situation all-around,” Sen. Rezin said.  “We can override the Governor’s budget vetoes, but we cannot force him to spend the money.  This seems to be just another budget game where we wastefully spend money instead of spending money on keeping facilities open.  Gov. Quinn needs to reexamine what kind of a huge impact this is going to have on the Dwight community.  We will continue to advocate for it to remain open until the last possible moment.” 

Monday’s town hall drew an estimated crowd of 200.  Rezin and Barickman were pleased with the turnout and the continued support for the community of Dwight and the over 350 employees of the prison.

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More than 350 yachts sail in Mackinac Island race

CHICAGO (AP) -- The crews of more than 350 yachts have set sail in this year's Chicago-to-Mackinac Island race, a Lake Michigan tradition that's more than a century old.

Teams sailed throughout the day and overnight into Sunday on the 333 statute-mile course.

Last year's race was marred by the deaths of two crew members when their Kiwi 35-foot sport boat capsized during a storm.

An investigation by the governing body U.S. Sailing found the vessel's sails were too large for its weight under the conditions of a long overnight competition in an area known to have frequent violent thunderstorms.

Saturday's forecast called for sunny skies and modest south-southwest winds.

Beginning in 1898, Mackinac is the oldest annual freshwater distance race in the world. It takes about 24 hours to complete.