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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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SEIU Advocates for Income Tax Hike Extension

Updated: Wednesday, May 28 2014, 12:55 PM CDT
STATEHOUSE -- Keep the current income tax in place. That's the message union leaders are sending to the legislature as budget talks continue at the statehouse.

Union representatives say if the current income tax increase is allowed to expire in January, 13,000 teachers would be laid off, 21,000 seniors would not receive needed healthcare services, and 41,000 fewer children would receive childcare--which, in turn, would prevent parents from working.

"We need a budget for our children, for single mothers, low-income families, for seniors, for adults with disabilities," SEIU Healthcare Executive Vice President April Verrett said.

SEIU says 25,000 adults with disabilities would lose community-based services if the income tax rate drops from 5 percent to 3.75 percent. It's a move supporters say would save taxpayers nearly $2 billion.SEIU Advocates for Income Tax Hike Extension

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