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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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Quinn Announces Relief for Tornado Ravaged Towns

Updated: Tuesday, July 8 2014, 03:35 PM CDT
GIFFORD -- More than six months after tornadoes tore through central Illinois, those communities hardest hit are seeing the first state relief checks.

This after the federal government denied Illinois' application for disaster relief.

Gov. Quinn was in Washington, Ill. today to announce the relief package. Washington alone will see $7.7 million of the $11.6 million plan.

Quinn also touted three bills to be signed into law today designed to help storm victims. One makes it easier to donate to the Red Cross. Another limits the commission rates of insurance adjusters. And the third regulates property taxes on reconstructed homes.

"We decided as a state to come together and use our state resources to help the city of Washington, and all the other communities, many of them here," Quinn said.

In addition to the state laws, Quinn said senators Kirk and Durbin are sponsoring federal legislation to reform the criteria for municipal disaster aid.Quinn Announces Relief for Tornado Ravaged Towns

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