Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel says the current drought conditions have been slowly developing since the start of the calendar year.
"Every month, this year, has been below normal on precipitation and above normal on temperatures," says Angel. "You get that combination going and we were drying out in March, which is normally the 'budding' month."
Angel says the situation was not helped by a dry winter, which depleted some soil moisture, and less rain last summer and fall.
Non-binding resolution will just ask voters if they believe the Legislature should enact concealed carry Adams County voters in November will see a concealed carry question on their ballots. The Adams County Board Tuesday night voted on a resolution to send the issue to the voters.
A public policy group at the University of Illinois says the State University Retirement System (SURS) needs to be stabilized but not reformed.
The Institute for Government and Public Affairs proposal includes contributions from universities to the fund for the first time. The plan calls for universities to phase-in their contributions until they reach 3% in the third year.