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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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Champaign: 3rd Fastest Growing City In Illiniois

Updated: Wednesday, July 9 2014, 03:26 PM CDT

City officials say it's absolutely incredible to be included on this list where 475 cities were reviewed.  

Nerd Wallet Finance determined rankings based on income, employment and population growth from 2009 to 2012.

Champaign's median income grew by 32% between those years, employment increased by nearly 2 percent and the working-age population grew by 4 percent according to the report,

Staff at Visit Champaign say it's evident to residents that Champaign/Urbana is booming.

"We offer a lot of things for people to do, a lot of arts and culture, a lot of great restaurants, a lot of festivals and events that are happening and those are things that people really consider when they're thinking about when moving for a job. They wanna know that it's gonna be a great place to live for them and for their family and that they're gonna have stuff to do when they're done with the nine to five", says Terri Reifsteck of Visit Champaign County.

Reifsteck also says they receive feedback all the time from people that visit the area. People assume small town with not much to do, but Reifsteck says they end up surprised by all the amenities.   

Visit Champaign County also says although 3rd place is good...they're sure this will push city workers, residents and everyone else to get an even higher ranking next time around.

The report ranked Chicago Heights number one and Melrose Park number two as the fastest growing cities in Illinois.

Champaign: 3rd Fastest Growing City In Illiniois

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