Officials Add Kudzu to the List

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With the cold weather in full effect, many of us aren't thinking about keeping up our yards, but Illinois officials are.

A state law that took effect January 1 adds a pesky plant to the list of exotic weeds. It's now illegal to buy, sell or plant kudzu. It grows a foot a day in some parts of the U.S. and is known to cover homes and cars so they can't be recognized.

Illinois’ DNR began researching kudzu in 1997 and found about 40 acres of the weed. Currently a total of about 400 acres contain it, but 80 percent of that has been treated.