SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) All of Illinois is now officially in a drought, and Gov. Pat Quinn plans a trip to southern Illinois on Monday to discuss the state's plans for responding to dry conditions.
Officials at the National Drought Mitigation Center in Nebraska say Cook County is fully in a moderate drought for the first time this year. But that isn't the worst of it. Far southern Illinois is designated as being in an exceptional drought, which is the most serious classification.
State Climatologist Jim Angel says Illinois needs several good-sized rains to turn things around.
Quinn on Thursday urged Illinoisans to pray for rain. And a Quinn spokeswoman says the governor's office is working on a variety of plans to provide relief to farmers and Illinois communities.