Quinn to Address Illinois' Drought Problems

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WALTONVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- According to the Illinois Farm Bureau, the state is in the midst of its sixth driest year on record.

As a result, Governor Pat Quinn is planning to release details of a plan to address Illinois' drought.

He's scheduled to visit the farm of James Laird in the southern Illinois community of Waltonville on Monday.

Drought is affecting much of the Midwest, where almost a third of the nation's corn crop has been damaged by heat and drought so severe that some farmers have cut down crops midway through the growing season.

Farm officials say southern Illinois is getting the worst of it.

Quinn is expected to detail what government relief may be available.

 

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