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Drought drains Illinois rivers of recreational potential

CHICAGO (MCT) — In an old garage along the Vermilion River, 300 life jackets and 300 paddles have been stacked neatly, collecting dust since May. Normally the equipment would be riding the whitewater with thrill-seekers, but a hot and extremely dry summer has reduced rushing rapids to pools of water among rock beds that are cracked and baking in the summer sun.

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