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Soybeans progress, Illinois Crop Report

There are almost twice as many soybeans planted than there were last week.

Almost 80 percent of the soybeans in Illinois have been planted. That’s well ahead of the five-year average, which is 37 percent. Corn had similar success. Nearly all the corn has been planted and 88 percent has emerged, according to this week’s USDA crop progress report.

USDA crop statistician Brad Schwab says farmers could start harvesting corn by August, and there’s a similar opportunity for soybeans as well.

“I would say that opportunity exists depending on how the rains play out for the rest of the year,” Schwab says. “They certainly can.”

However, he says the chances of an early harvest for soybeans still aren’t as likely as corn. Schwab says the impressive week was due to nearly seven full days of suitable fieldwork conditions.

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Emergency Medical Services Week in Illinois

                    -- Grand Ridge Volunteer Fire Department Gets Award—


CHICAGO – It’s Emergency Medical Services Week in Illinois.

Gov. Pat Quinn proclaimed the week to honor more than 18,000 first responders in the state and those who support them.

To coincide with the week, the Illinois Departmentof Public Health has announced that the Grand Ridge Volunteer Fire Department in LaSalle County is the winnerof the department’s annual Emergency Medical Services Award.

Illinoisofficials say that during the massive 2011 blizzard in Illinois volunteers at the department put together multiple rescue teams. Some went out on snowmobiles, plows and trucks to assist people trapped in the snow.

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck congratulated the Grand Ridge Volunteer Fire members for acting swiftly and selflessly by offering assistance and compassion to people faced with life-threatening situations.

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Chicago braces for final day of NATO protests

CHICAGO (AP) -- Demonstrators prepared Monday to launch another day of major protests in Chicago as world leaders met at the NATO summit, while commuters heading into the city found themselves navigating extra security and revised train and bus routes designed to dodge the summit zone.

Many downtown businesses told their employees to stay home during the second and final day of the summit - where world leaders are discussing the war in Afghanistan, European missile defense and other security issues - because of traffic snarls and the possibility of more protests.

The weekend's protests drew thousands and called attention to everything from foreign policy to the economy, but were mainly peaceful. The biggest conflict came late Sunday, when a group of protesters clashed with police at the end of a march.


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A St. Anne man was handed an eight-year prison term in Kankakee Circuit Court for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance – with intent to Deliver.   Heural Griffith was also ordered by Judge Clark Erickson to serve an additional year in the department of Corrections for an unrelated Class X felony.

Judge Kathy Bradshaw-Elliott imposed a one-year prison term to Sabas Hernandez of Bradley for a Class 4 felony of Domestic Battery – causing bodily harm.  Hernandez entered a guilty plea.

Judge Elliott also handed a Chicago woman a three-year prison term.  Mariah Herns was also ordered to pay court fees for Receiving and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. She plead guilty.

Judge Elliott imposed a four-year prison term for Residential Burglary.  Brent Houston of Kankakee was ordered to also pay court fees following a plea of guilty.

Davet Moore of Kankakee entered guilty plea to Unlawful Possession of Cannabis – with intent to Deliver.  Judge Erickson imposed a sentence of four and a-half years.  Moore was also sentenced to five years in prison for another class 3 felony for a total of nine and a-half years.


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45 arrested, 4 officers hurt in NATO protests

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says the protests of the NATO Summit resulted in 45 people being arrested and four officers suffering injuries - one from a stab wound in the leg.

McCarthy talked about the arrests and injuries at a press briefing Sunday night, hours after officers and protesters clashed near McCormick Place, the site of the summit.

No details on the arrests were immediately available, but it appeared from the clashes that played out in front of television cameras that many of those arrested were taken into custody after refusing a police order to disperse.

Several exhausted officers could be seen pouring water over their heads, but it was also not immediately clear if any of the injuries were related to what was a blistering hot day.