A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from August 2012.
During the month, State Senator John Sullivan of Rushville announced he would take a brief leave to be treated for a rare form of cancer, voters went to the polls in Burlington and in northeast Missouri, and Bushnell's mayor announced he would not run for another term.
Illinois Public Radio's Rachel Otwell interviewing USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack
All counties in Illinois have been designated as “primary disaster areas” due to drought.
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said the designations came at the request of Governor Pat Quinn and because of a national drought monitor that shows lack of rain plaguing the entire state. All counties have been affected by drought for at least the past eight weeks.
The designations mean all Illinois farmers are eligible for emergency loans from the federal government.