dry weather http://northernpublicradio.org en Dry conditions threaten fireworks displays http://northernpublicradio.org/post/dry-conditions-threaten-fireworks-displays <p>The fear of drought-driven fires isn&rsquo;t stopping most Illinois communities from putting on their annual Independence Day celebrations. Last week, several towns, including Plainfield, canceled their municipal fireworks shows because of the hot, dry conditions. Tue, 03 Jul 2012 12:31:11 +0000 Mike Moen & Susan Stephens 14386 at http://northernpublicradio.org It's not a drought, but northern Illinois needs rain http://northernpublicradio.org/post/its-not-drought-northern-illinois-needs-rain <p>Dry weather has been the norm for the region. Forecasters say the precipitation expected next week might not be enough to reach truly healthy levels. Thu, 14 Jun 2012 11:39:07 +0000 Mike Moen 13325 at http://northernpublicradio.org