Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford used in this report.
Illinois is asking for broad input on homeland security planning.
Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director Jonathon Monken says he wants to engage the whole statewide community, not just those whose job it is to make sure Illinois is prepared. In the past, the state took comments primarily from first responders and public health officials. But Monken says this time, his agency wants to also hear from businesses, faith based groups and individual residents.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is given a tour of the Black River Coliseum by Red Cross volunteers in Poplar Bluff, Missouri on April 26, 2011. A levee on the Black River protecting the area from major flooding breached in several places.
Governor Jay Nixon says he remains committed to seeing levees along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers rebuilt. He told reporters during a press event at a Callaway County farm along the Missouri that farmlands damaged by both high water releases and levee demolition must be restored:
The Ill. Dept. of Transportation (IDOT) and Ill. State Police want drivers to be prepared for winter weather. Both agencies have launched the annual "Ice and Snow-Take it Slow" campaign.
Joe Monroe, operation engineer with IDOT, says during a winter storm drivers should use common sense and postpone trips that aren't necessary. If you do have to get out, allow plenty of time to get to your destination and stay behind plows.
Illinois hunters harvested more than 66,500 deer during the state's opening firearm season.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says the preliminary total includes deer harvest from Friday through Sunday.
It is about 1,500 fewer deer than were taken during the first weekend harvest in 2010. Pike County had the most deer taken with 1,917. Adams County came in second, followed in order by Fulton, JoDaviess and Jefferson counties.
On this day before Thanksgiving, a constant, steady flow of passengers are making their way through Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
Airport officials say about 23,000 passengers are going through checkpoints today.
Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge says so far the busy travel day has gone smoothly. She says one reason why is because children under 12 years old do not have to remove their shoes when they go through airport security.