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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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Property Tax Bill for Businesses Awaits Governor's Signature

Updated: Friday, June 6 2014, 04:51 PM CDT
GIFFORD -- State Representative Chad Hays says there is already a law to help home owners with property taxes after a disaster but nothing to do the same for small businesses.

That is why he sponsored a bill that would help companies rebuild after tornadoes tore through the town of Gifford.

A new building usually means increased property value and increased property taxes.

According to Hays the bill would allow owners to gradually pay more in taxes; no more than four percent a year over fifteen years.

The bill cleared both the house and senate before the end of the spring session.

This was a bipartisan bill passing the house one-hundred and fourteen votes to zero.

Now it awaits a signature by Governor Pat Quinn.

Representative Hays sponsored the bill after seeing the need in Gifford after the November tornadoes but the measure would apply to any natural disaster throughout the state.Property Tax Bill for Businesses Awaits Governor's Signature

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