Illinois Groundhog Woodstock Willie Predicts Early Spring

Illinois Groundhog Woodstock Willie Predicts Early Spring

WOODSTOCK – The groundhog in the Illinois community where Bill Murray made the critter a movie star has predicted an early spring.

Groundhog dignitaries in Woodstock announced Tuesday morning that Woodstock Willie made the call after failing to see its shadow.

Willie’s prediction placed the Illinois groundhog in conflict with Punxsutawney Phil, in Pennsylvania, who forecast six more weeks of winter after spotting its shadow.

The Illinois community where Murray filmed the 1993 movie, “Groundhog Day,” had a different look to usual as Willie appeared to be the only one on stage who wasn’t wearing a mask to protect against COVID-19.

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