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Governor declares statewide harvest emergency

Governor declares statewide harvest emergency

Governor Bruce Rauner declares a statewide harvest emergency to help farmers hit by rain-delays.

The declaration goes into effect for 45 days starting on Sunday.

It allows drivers carrying things like grain to get a free permit to exceed vehicle limits.

“This proclamation basically says during a 45-day period any farmer that wants to can get a permit, the permits are free,” Rauner said, “and that permit allows them to put 10% more weight in their truck shipping the crops.”

The president of the Illinois Farm Bureau says the declaration will help improve the transportation of crops.

Rauner's office says federal statistics show Illinois’ corn harvest at the end of October was 17% behind last year.

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