ogle county http://northernpublicradio.org en Ogle County Board Chairman to Recommend State's Attorney http://northernpublicradio.org/post/ogle-county-board-chairman-recommend-states-attorney <p>Ogle County Board Chairman Kim P. Gouker announced he will recommend the appointment of M. Thomas Suits to fill the pending vacancy of Ogle County State’s Attorney. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 23:47:06 +0000 Jenna Dooley 22769 at http://northernpublicradio.org Ogle County Board Chairman to Recommend State's Attorney Wind farms advance in Whiteside, Ogle counties http://northernpublicradio.org/post/wind-farms-advance-whiteside-ogle-counties <p>The Whiteside County portion of a proposed wind farm near Deer Grove won approval Tuesday from the county board, while the Ogle County Board okayed a special-use permit for a wind farm near Baileyville.</p><p>Subject to conditions, Ireland-based Mainstream Renewable Power can build seven turbines in far southeastern Whiteside County. The board also approved two others, but officials said those need to get the nod from the Deer Grove village board.</p><p> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 15:05:20 +0000 WNIJ 17160 at http://northernpublicradio.org Drought worsens in Illinois, Wisconsin -- but there's a bright spot http://northernpublicradio.org/post/drought-worsens-illinois-wisconsin-theres-bright-spot <p>The drought in southern Wisconsin has been officially declared severe, and all of Illinois is now officially in a drought &hellip; but there is one crop that seems to be doing fine despite the hot weather.</p><p>Officials at the National Drought Mitigation Center in Nebraska say Cook County is fully in a moderate drought for the first time this year. ... But that isn&#39;t the worst of it.</p><p>Far southern Illinois is designated as being in an exceptional drought, which is the most serious classification.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 19:59:43 +0000 WNIJ 14923 at http://northernpublicradio.org Pilot killed in plane crash near Monroe Center identified http://northernpublicradio.org/post/pilot-killed-plane-crash-near-monroe-center-identified <p>A&nbsp;Will County man&nbsp;&nbsp;who took off from the DeKalb airport en route to Rockford was killed shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday when the single-engine plane he was&nbsp;piloting crashed in a farm field at 19164 Crill Road near Monroe Center.</p><p>UPDATE:&nbsp;As of Tuesday night, the Ogle County Coroner had not released the man&#39;s name, but both&nbsp;the Chicago Tribune&nbsp;and the Chicago Sun-Times&nbsp;cite people close to the pilot&nbsp;who&nbsp;identify him as Tom Plodzien, resident of Meadow Creek Airpark, outside of Monee. Records list Plodzien, 77, as the owner of the plane.<span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>Earlier in the day,&nbsp;WNIJ&#39;s Mike Moen reported from the scene that authorities were preventing onlookers and reporters from getting close to the crash itself, which was obscured by the corn crop. He said a helicopter hovered above the site and an ambulance was near the actual crash, but he was unable to see specifically what was happening.</p><p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 15:04:34 +0000 WNIJ 13970 at http://northernpublicradio.org Pilot killed in plane crash near Monroe Center identified