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Recent Rains Pulling Chicago Area Out Of Drought

The leaves of many trees in Illinois have been left wilting, curling, and turning brown due to the severe drought conditions in most of the state. (Credit: CBS)

The leaves of many trees in Illinois have been left wilting, curling, and turning brown due to the severe drought conditions in most of the state. (Credit: CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Rain the past couple of weeks has begun to pull much of the Chicago area out of drought conditions. And more may be on the way.

The areas closest to the lakefront, particularly in Cook and Lake Counties, have fared the best, WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Roberts reports.

Illinois State Water Survey climatologist Jim Angel said the western suburbs remain notably drier.

He said Hurricane Isaac appears to be tracking more toward central Illinois than the six-county area, but he said this far out, it is difficult to predict.

While Angel said the recent rain should revive lawns and save gardens, it is too late for many downstate farmers, who needed this several weeks ago, although late-fall crops should be helped.

The bottom line: Angel said shoppers can expect to see fresh vegetable prices to keep rising.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Roberts Reports