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Heat Advisory Extended Through Tuesday

IL (AP) -- Heat advisory remains in effect until 7:00pm CDT Tuesday. Dangerous heat index values will peak between noon and 6:00pm today and Tuesday. The heat index today will range from 105 to 110 degrees in the afternoon hours with locally higher values. Tuesday afternoon, the heat index should be around 105.

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke may come on quickly with any exertion. The very young, the elderly, those without air conditioning and those participating in strenuous outdoor activities will be the most susceptible. Also car interiors will reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes. Beat the heat, check the backseat! Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle.
Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency. Call 9-1-1.
A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, and stay out of the sun. And check up on relatives and neighbors.

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Quinn Continues Push for Paid Sick Days

Updated: Thursday, February 13 2014, 10:43 AM CST
Gov. Pat Quinn is continuing his push to make a requirement that all Illinois workers have access to paid sick days.
Quinn first talked about the idea during his State of the State address in January. According to his office, 43 percent of all workers in Illinois, which is a little more than 2.5 million people, don't get earned sick days.
The governor said he's currently working on the bill, which would give workers two sick days per year. It's not done yet, but apparently it wouldn't matter if the employee is full- or part-time. The sick days would be earned based on hours work.
"I really feel we have to be a lot more humane, and our proposal of sick days, two earned sick days per year for folks who work hard, I think that's pretty reasonable," Quinn said. "And I think that's really in the interest of all to have a healthy society, and it's important I think that we move that bill forward."
Quinn has kept fairly mum on what he will include in his budget address in March. The biggest issue with the budget may be what to do about the income tax rates. We asked Quinn today if he would be pushing for a switch to a progressive tax this spring. The governor told us he believes in taxes being based on ability to pay, and that he will talk about that next month, when he has his budget.
Quinn's budget address had been scheduled for February 19, but he asked lawmakers to delay it until March 26 to give him more time to put together a five-year budget forecast.
The new date also happens to be after the March primary election.
Quinn Continues Push for Paid Sick Days

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