SPRINGFIELD - Illinois corn and soybean crops are off to a good start according to the USDA's weekly crop progress and condition report, released on Monday by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
The corn crop is fully emerged and 76 percent of the corn is rated good or excellent this week.
Ninety-four percent of the Illinois soybean crop is now in the ground, compared to 92 percent last week and ahead of the five-year average, which is 89 percent. This year's pace is also ahead of last year, when just 86 percent of the soybean crop was planted in Illinois.
Eighty-nine percent of the state's soybeans have emerged, which is also well ahead of the 75 percent five-year average. The soybean crop is healthy, with 72 percent in the good or excellent category this week.
A Kankakee Community College student has been elected as one of five Illinois regional officers for Phi Theta Kappa international honor society.
Kayla Duffy of Watseka will be vice president for the central region of the state. Other regional vice presidents are from the northeastern, southern and northern portions of the state. A statewide president also was elected. The officers were sworn in on June 7 in Elgin.
The statewide officers set and achieve goals for the region, coordinate with chapters and members in their respective districts, and act as liaisons with international Phi Theta Kappa officers.
Phi Theta Kappa is an international academic honor society for community college students. To be eligible to join Phi Theta Kappa, students must have a 3.5 grade point average or better on a 4.0 scale. In Illinois, there are 55 Phi Theta Kappa chapters. KCC currently has 200 members of the honor society.
Duffy has been a member of Phi Theta Kappa since October, 2012 and has served as a vice president of the KCC Alpha Delta Eta chapter for two years. She is an early childhood education major who will graduate from KCC in May 2015.
The Kankakee County Sheriff's Office is still trying to determine what caused an ATV to crash Sunday morning, killing one man and injuring another.
24-year-old Donald E. Brozek was killed and his passenger, 23-year-old Tyler J. Deany was injured after the ATV they were riding west of Herscher crashed into a culvert. Both men were not wearing helmets.
The ATV left the road around 3:15 am on 15000W Road near 5000S Road.
County Coroner Bob Gessner said Brozek left the roadway and appears to have hit a telephone pole.
Deany was airlifted to a hospital. His condition was not reported this morning.
A 41-year-old Kankakee man was listed in critical condition after a Sunday morning shooting in the 300-block of S. Rosewood Avenue in Kankakee. Lucien Sherrod was shot several times, according to police. Police reported a black male approached Sherrod and fired at him with a pistol and then fled in a black SUV.
Police responded to the shooting report at 11:37 am. Anyone with info is asked to contact investigators or call Crime Stoppers at 815-93CRIME.