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IDNR Urges Boaters to Use Caution at Boat Ramps Due to Low Water Levels

Drought conditions could mean accessibility and navigation issues on rivers, lakes and streams

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is urging boaters to use extra caution at public boat launches throughout the state due to low water levels as a result of ongoing drought conditions.

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Governor Quinn Expands Drought Relief Effort

Offers Ongoing Assistance to Affected Farmers and Communities

MT. VERNON – July 16, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced state assistance available to farmers and residents in drought impacted areas after meeting with farmers and viewing crop damage resulting from persistent, widespread drought conditions in Southern Illinois. Joined by Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Bob Flider, Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Acting Director David Vaught and Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller, the governor called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to grant a disaster designation to a total of 33 Illinois counties, up from the 26 determined eligible for emergency support by the USDA last week.

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Illinois Drought Response Task Force Convenes

Governor Directs Agencies to Help Minimize Harm Caused by Dry Conditions

SPRINGFIELD – The state agencies that make up the Drought Response Task Force in Illinois met today to provide recommendations and assistance in dealing with persistent dry weather in the state. At the direction of Governor Quinn, the task force met to discuss the need for actions to ensure public safety and support the economic engines such as agriculture, wildlife and natural areas, as well as preserving drinking water supplies.

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News Coverage

2012 Was Warmest and Second Most Extreme Year on Record for the Contiguous U.S.

January 8, 2012 | NOAA | Full Story

Gov. Quinn: This Drought Makes Us All ‘Tom Joad’

August 15, 2012 | CNBC | Full Story

USDA Buys Meat to Help Drought-Stricken Farmers

August 13, 2012 | AP | Full Story

Our Opinion: City Plan for Drought is Sensible

August 12, 2012 | The State Journal-Register | Full Story

Report: Drought Worsens in Key Farm States

August 9, 2012 | AP | Full Story

Decatur, Springfield Driest of the Dry in Drought

August 8, 2012 | The State Journal-Register | Full Story

Illinois State Fair Opens Friday Amid Historic Drought That’s Hurting Farmers

August 8, 2012 | Chicago Sun-Times | Full Story

Drought Drains Illinois Rivers of Recreational Potential

August 7, 2012 | Chicago Tribune | Full Story

Struggling in the Drought: Organic Farmers Plead for Help

August 5, 2012 | Chicago Sun-Times | Full Story

Decatur Lawmaker Seeks Help for Livestock Producers Pinched by Drought

August 4, 2012 | Herald Review | Full Story

No Illinois Drought Relief in Sight Until Fall: Reports

August 2, 2012 | NBC Chicago | Full Story

Drought Leaves Illinois a State of Disaster

August 2, 2012 | Chicago Tribune | Full Story

Drought Putting Heat on Landscape Businesses' Bottom Line

August 2, 2012 | Herald Review | Full Story

Most of Drought-stricken Illinois Declared a Disaster Area

August 1, 2012 | Peoria Journal Star | Full Story

Nearly All of State Now Eligible for Drought Assistance

August 1, 2012 | NBC Chicago | Full Story

Drought-related SBA Disaster Loans Available in Illinois, Missouri Counties

July 30, 2012 | Quincy Herald-Whig | Full Story

Drought-stricken Corn Poised to Undercut Food Chain

July 28, 2012 | News Tribune | Full Story

Soybeans Next Crop Victim of Drought

July 28, 2012 | The Southern Illinoisan | Full Story

Worsening Illinois Drought Points to Increasingly Ominous Signs for Crops

July 27, 2012 | Chicago Tribune | Full Story

No Drought Relief in Sight in Central Illinois

July 26, 2012 | The State Journal-Register | Full Story

More than 70% of Illinois Land Suffering Extreme Drought

July 26, 2012 | Chicago Tribune | Full Story

Crop Insurance Leaves Illinois Taxpayers with Bill for Lingering Drought

July 26, 2012 | FOX Illinois | Full Story

Drought Leads Decatur to Restrict Water Use

July 23, 2012 | The State Journal-Register | Full Story

Quinn seeks disaster designation for rain-starved Illinois counties

July 22, 2012 | Chicago Tribune | Full Story

Area farmers struggle with drought

July 21, 2012 | Freeport Journal-Standard | Full Story

Most of state now in severe to extreme drought

July 19, 2012 | The State Journal-Register | Full Story

Drought won’t break, but farmers aren’t giving up yet

July 19, 2012 | Quad-City Times | Full Story

State Puts Focus on Low-Interest Loan Help with Drought

July 18, 2012 | WSIL-TV | Full Story

Restructured debt, loans ahead for Illinois' drought-hit farmers

July 16, 2012 | Rockford Register Star | Full Story