The state is digging deeper into its pockets to help Illinois farmers.
Gov. Blagojevich is offering more money to farmers who give up animals exhibiting symptoms of mad cow disease. It's in an effort to prevent the spread of the deadly disease.
Now, farmers will get $300 for each animal compared to $100 before. The state is also going to pay farmers for the cost of hauling the cattle to state laboratories in Centralia and Galesburg.
Blagojevich says the money is coming from a $103,000 federal grant to monitor the disease.