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The Illinois crop report for the week ending Sunday shows 77% of the soybeans are blooming and 38% setting pods.  The report shows 64% of the cop is rated good to excellent condition. As for corn, 91 percent of the crop is...

A team led by an Illinois scientist has discovered a way to boost crop yield and make plants more resistant to drought. University of Chicago professor Chuan He said his team manipulated rice and potato plant genes, boosting...

Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger has been added to the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol. Congressman Kinzinger said in a statement-“Today I was asked by the Speaker to...

Another heat wave will cook much of the country this week, with temperatures five to ten degrees above normal. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says its because of a heat dome, an event caused by a change in...

A Saturday night thunderstorm left the east side of Watseka in the dark. Power was eliminated, tree damage in several parts of the city and power lines came down -- a lightning and T-storm show moved across Iroquois County. Two...

In Livingston County Court --- 34-year-old Roy Howard pled guilty to a new charge of the unlawful delivery of meth and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. He was given credit for serving 212 days in the Livingston County Jail...

District Congressman Adam Kinzinger and a few other lawmakers are introducing legislation meant to cut back on the backlog of passport applications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Passport Backlog Elimination Act seeks to...

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has awarded over $1.4 million in FY21 School District Library Grant Program awards to 649 public school districts. More than 1.5 million Illinois students served by school...

Community cooling centers could be a very welcome setting for many people who may not have air-conditioning. In fact, checking on your neighbor, especially the elderly, is good advice as we usher in more hot, humid weather this...

The City of Watseka has a boil order in place this (Thursday) morning.  The Order is the north side of East Walnut Street .. extending from North 10th Street east to the City limits. The Boil Order is until further...