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Heat Advisory Extended Through Monday

IL (AP) -- Heat advisory remains in effect from 1:00pm this afternoon to 7:00pm CDT Monday. Dangerous levels of heat and humidity will occur from this afternoon through Monday afternoon. Heat index values will peak from 100 to 107 degrees in the afternoon hours with high temperatures in the low to mid 90s and dew points in the 70s.
The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will lead to an increased risk of heat-related stress and illness. 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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Tornado Recovery: Quinn Visits Washington

Updated: Thursday, January 2 2014, 11:45 AM CST

Tuesday, Gov. Pat Quinn stopped in Washington, one of the local areas hardest hit in the November 17 tornadoes.

Some folks there are growing frustrated with the recovery process. The governor is trying to offer some reassurance to them. His office says more than $1 million in federal grants and more than $5 million in low-interest loans have been approved. Thousands have applied for that assistance following the November twisters.

"We're going to be talking as long as it's necessary; the way I look at the world. You know, this is a tough blow for everyone to lose your home and to lose your possessions. This is very, very important that we recover from this traumatic event," Quinn said to the audience.

While he was there, Quinn also signed into law a bill that allows the matching of state to federal dollars for victims who lost property in flooding earlier this year. The state's portion of that comes to nearly $6 million.

As soon as he opened the floor to questions, Quinn got hit with some big ones from tornado victims struggling to put their lives back together. They told the governor they weren't getting the help they really need and asked about people denied aid by FEMA.

"We do not have enough money. We are scraping pennies into piles for these families. We are--the safety nets that we all thought were in place aren't there. Red Cross wasn't the answer, insurance wasn't the answer, FEMA isn't the answer. We are back to our churches," community organizer April Crotts said.

Essentially, Quinn took notes from those victims, telling them his chief of staff will work with them on the specifics.

The deadline to apply for emergency assistance is January 27 if you'd still like to apply. It`s administered by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). You can apply by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY). Registration also can be done online at www.disasterassistance.gov or m.fema.gov.

Tornado Recovery: Quinn Visits Washington


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