(SPRINGFIELD) State Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining a group of seventeen (17) state attorneys general to stop the federal government from arbitrarily blocking immigrants who seek asylum due to domestic violence or gang terrorism in their home countries. In the amicus brief filed in U.S. District Court, Madigan and the other attorneys general argue that the federal government is ignoring decades of federal law and policy designed to protect those persecuted in their home countries. The plaintiffs in the case are predominantly women and children from Central America. The only other Midwestern states involved in the action are Iowa and Minnesota along with other states mostly on the east coast and west coast.
(CHAMPAIGN) The Illinois State Water Survey at the University of Illinois in Champaign has released the weather numbers for September. The Illinois statewide average temperature for September was 70.0 degrees, which was nearly 4 (3.8) degrees above normal, resulting in the 12th warmest September on record. While the state’s hottest temperature last month was 99 degrees on September 5 in Springfield, the coldest reading was 30 degrees on September 29 in Ottawa. The statewide average rainfall last month was 4.97 inches, 1.74 inches above normal, resulting in the 19th wettest September on record in Illinois. The highest monthly rainfall total was 12.43 inches in neighboring Clay County, at Clay City. There were also Richland County areas that unofficially measured over 12 inches of rain as well. The National Weather Service outlook for October shows strong chances for above normal temperatures and rainfall.