Chances of significant moisture not as great in Illinois, decrease further south.
Less than 10 percent of Illinois topsoil now considered short on moisture, compared with 40 percent a month ago.
Hurricane expected to stall sunny weather pattern over Illinois for the next week.
Substantial rain likely through the weekend.
Long fall, mild winter possible in Illinois, state climatologist predicts.
Cold front to provide rain, relief from the heat before temperatures bounce back.