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Temporary End of the Heat Era in Sight

Posted: 08/07/2012 - Some of the coolest air of Summer, 2012 is to arrive shortly, promising perhaps the coolest week of the season to date!

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USDA: Corn, Soy Crops Grow Slightly Worse

Posted: 08/06/2012 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the condition of country's corn and soybean crops hasn't gotten much worse in the past week but large portions remain in poor shape amid widespread drought.

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Horses Struggling to Survive the Drought

Updated: 08/03/2012 - Spring and summer are when horses graze in pasture, filling up on healthy green grass. But this year, the pastures are brown and dry.

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Tips for a Healthy Garden During a Drought

Posted: 07/27/2012 - Vegetables cannot go dormant in times of drought like your lawn will, says Extension Horticulture Educator, Candice Miller. Therefore additional watering is necessary to keep a healthy vegetable garden during this year’s drought. In the vegetable garden, there are certain times in the growth cycle where having moisture is especially important. As a rule of thumb, water is most critical during the first few weeks of development, immediately after transplanting, and during flowering and fruit production.

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Rockford Power Outage Update

Posted: 07/24/2012 - As of 8:00 p.m. ComEd is reporting 2,700 homes and businesses are still in the dark.

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Illinois to Offer Farmers Drought Aid

Updated: 07/16/2012 - Gov. Pat Quinn says the state will offer an array of debt restructuring and loan programs to farmers and ranchers affected by the drought.

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Quinn Plans to Unveil Drought Plan

Updated: 07/13/2012 - The governor's office is working on a variety of plans to provide relief to farmers and Illinois communities.

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Drought Picture Continues to Worsen

Posted: 07/12/2012 - Many Stateline areas have been upgraded from Moderate to Severe Drought in the latest US Drought Monitor!

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A Silver Lining to the Drought

Posted: 07/11/2012 - Though rain is so desperately needed here and across a good chunk of the nation, there's one very positive thing that's come out of this drought... the lack of tornadoes!

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LIHEAP Summer Cooling Program to Begin

Posted: 07/10/2012 - In response to high summer temperatures, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Summer Cooling Program will be offered for a limited time to help Winnebago and Boone County households with their electric bill.

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Record Heat Fires Up Ice Sales

Updated: 07/09/2012 - Stateliners are staying out of the heat by keeping cool inside with the AC, but some Stateline families are still going about their summer plans.

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Record Heat Brings in Record Pizza Sales

Posted: 07/06/2012 - Families are getting out of the kitchen cause they can't take the heat, and Stateline restaurants are booming with take-out orders.

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