Illinois farmers are getting nervous that the long, cold and wet spring will delay the planting season.

Illinois' state climatologist says January weather was colder and drier than normal in the state without much snow.

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The Peoria City/County Health Department is urging people who feel sick or have a fever to stay home. Peoria Health Department Officials say there is widespread flu activity in the Peoria Region. A statement from the agency says local hospital emergency departments and the emergency 911 system are responding to a higher number of people seeking care for flu-like symptoms including fever, sore throat, muscle and body aches, headache, fatigue, and a runny or stuffy nose.

Illinois climate experts say this February was the seventh coldest on record in the state.  Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel says the statewide average temperature last month was 18.6 degrees. 

Peoria Police say a murder from eight years ago was connected to a chain of retaliation murders.  Police arrested three people this week in connection to the shooting death of Robbin Underwood in 2006.  Police say Underwood was shot in a vehicle as a bystander during a shooting.  Renee Turner is Underwood’s daughter-in-law. She says the arrests help bring some closure after several years: