Two periodical cicada broods known for their exceptional size are beginning to emerge in Illinois, and experts said it’s the first time the two broods have emerged together since Thomas Jefferson was president. Northern Illinois could begin to see some by next week.

Sunny skies greeted the crowd at the Hazelhurst Spring Consignment Auction on Saturday, April 6, 2024. A couple thousand potential buyers – and some onlookers – gathered at the 30-acre sale site between Polo and Milledgeville all day to bid on farm machinery and a lot of other “odds and ends”. Mother Nature provided the sunshine and hundreds of items for sale drew the crowd as area farmers came to sell and buy.