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News Minute: Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Illinois farmers are behind schedule with the corn harvest because of cool and wet conditions over the past week. The Department of Agriculture says farmers have taken in two percent of their crop as of Sunday. That's better than last year at this time but behind the average for the last five years. About half of the Illinois corn crop is rated as good while 31 percent is considered excellent.

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois man accused of putting sewing needles into meat at grocery stores is again seeking bond. A federal judge has already denied bond for 68-year-old Ronald Ayers of Belleville, who is charged with product tampering. Another hearing in his case is set for Wednesday.

MARION, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Supreme Court has censured the former Williamson County state's attorney for racial comments he made during the 2011 murder trial of a black man. Charles Garnati stepped down this month after more than 30 years in office and says it was for health reasons, not because of the allegations that caused an appellate court to overturn Marcus Marshall's conviction. Garnati is going into private practice in Marion.

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise says the school needs to fix its hiring process and the board of trustees will be asked to sign off on hires much earlier in the process. Wise says she regrets the uproar over the decision not to hire Steve Salaita, who posted a series of angry Twitter messages about Israel's military operations in Gaza. Salaita says he plans to sue.

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