All of Illinois is in a drought, and Governor Pat Quinn plans a trip to southern Illinois on Monday to discuss the state's plans for responding to dry conditions:
"It is serious, particularly in the southern part of our state. Earlier I mentioned the power of prayer -- pray for rain. That's a good thing to do."
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. A Quinn spokeswoman says the governor's office is working on a variety of plans to provide relief to farmers and Illinois communities.
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