(SPRINGFIELD) The FBI is investigating the death of an Illinois prison inmate. The Illinois Department of Corrections has announced the incident occurred back on May 17 at the Western Illinois Correctional Center in Mt. Sterling. The inmate was airlifted to a regional hospital, placed in intensive care, and then later died. No other information about the inmate is being provided at this time. Officials report several staff members at the facility have been placed on administrative leave. The FBI made no comments at all.
(DU QUOIN) Two country music acts will round out the grandstand music for this year’s Du Quoin State Fair. Both Phil Vassar with the group Love and Theft will be performing on Saturday, September 1. Other acts for Illinois’ second state fair include Brothers Osborne, Kendell Marvel, Cheap Trick, Blackberry Smoke, Bishop Gunn, the Dueling Pianos, and many more. Tickets are currently on sale via Ticketmaster or by contacting the Du Quoin State Fair box office. For more, logon at www.duquoinstatefair.net.
(SPRINGFIELD) In Monday’s USDA Crop Report, there were 5 days on average suitable for fieldwork in Illinois last week. The statewide average temperature last week was 76.7 degrees, just over 1 degree above normal. Last week’s precipitation averaged nearly seven tenths of an inch (0.69), which was 0.16 inches below normal. While both the state’s topsoil and subsoil moisture supplies are still over 80% adequate to surplus, most all of the statewide corn and soybean crops are over 70% in good to excellent condition. As of this past Sunday, 76% of Illinois’ corn was silking, 64% of the state’s beans were blooming, and 4% of the sorghum crop had headed : farmers in our ten area counties report much the same, although many areas are stressed due to the lack of moisture. Area farmers are reminded to think “safety first” while working.