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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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Jacksonville City Council Marijuana Ordinance Vote

Updated: Tuesday, June 10 2014, 03:34 PM CDT

JACKSONVILLE --  In the city of Jacksonville, possession of a small amount of marijuana will now only result in a fine. That's after the city council approved an ordinance that would decriminalize its use Monday night.

According to our news partner WLDS radio, the vote was a close one as aldermen approved the ordinance with a 5-4 vote. That's the same spread when the proposal was voted on in first reading last month.

The ordinance lessens the penalties for someone caught with two and a half grams of marijuana or less.
 
Offenders will now only have to pay a fine, and could be subject to community service. Repeat offenders could still face criminal charges.

"The younger population we have in Jacksonville and they thought that well if in fact that anybody caught with a small amount that it was going to ruin their chances for college and possibly getting financial aid and a number of other things," said Tony Williams, Jacksonville Alderman Ward 2.

Another issue on Monday night's agenda is an amended ordinance regarding video gaming. Aldermen are looking to approve a $65 fee increase for installing the terminals.

Jacksonville City Council Marijuana Ordinance Vote


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