Drought

2012 Year in Review

Dec 31, 2012

The Illinois Radio Network has compiled its list of Top Stories for 2012. While some are statewide or even national issues, others hit close to home. Here are the stories:

1: Harrisburg Tornado

2: 2012 Drought

3: Facility Closures

4: Pensions

5: Congress

6: Corruption

Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were in Alton Friday as part of their annual low-water inspection.

The Corps has stepped up emergency scouring and dredging operations in response to the unprecedented low water levels in the Mississippi River Basin.

WSIU Radio

It still not too late for some of Illinois' summer crops.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has the morning's news and weather.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller reports the morning's news and weather.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has the morning's local news and weather.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has the morning's news and weather.

USDA

A southern Illinois farmer and rancher says his 300 acres of corn are a bust and he's eager to hear the governor's plan for dealing with drought.

Gov. Pat Quinn is set to visit 71-year-old James Laird's farm near Waltonville today. It's about 80 miles east of St. Louis. Quinn isn't releasing his plans ahead of the scheduled visit.

Laird says he'll likely mow down all his corn, chop it up and feed it to his cattle. Almost a third of the nation's corn crop has been damaged by heat and drought.

Laird hopes his 300 acres of soybeans pull through.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has the morning's news and weather.