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IL (AP) -- Heat advisory remains in effect until 7:00pm CDT Tuesday. Dangerous heat index values will peak between noon and 6:00pm today and Tuesday. The heat index today will range from 105 to 110 degrees in the afternoon hours with locally higher values. Tuesday afternoon, the heat index should be around 105.

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke may come on quickly with any exertion. 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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What Changed? Council Approves One Halfway Home, Blocks Another

Updated: Thursday, June 19 2014, 11:47 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD -- Newschannel at Nine's Garrett Brnger brings us the tale of two halfway houses in Springfield with two very different endings.

Which home's program could pass, and if one may not have the chance.

"Motion passes 7-3."

And with that, the city council gave Calvin Jones and his Adulthood Transition Center (ATC) a break, whereas not 5 months ago, they turned down House of Rainbow.

"I think there's a big difference."

In their discussions last night, aldermen cited a lack of problems with the  ATC compared to House of Rainbow, whose troubles started after one of its parolees was arrested for the murder of a woman in a nearby house.

According to Alderman Gail Simpson, Jones, who has a location on 11th Street and one on E. Jackson, runs a tight ship.

"Those who don't follow the rules are immediately sent back. There's no questions about it."

Aldermen Jobe and Cahnman vote "yes" Tuesday night instead of "no" as they had with House of Rainbow convinced in part by the backing of the sites' aldermen.

"I talked with both aldermen. Ald. Gail Simpson, ald, Doris Turner. They were supportive of the project."

And the public.

"11 pages of signatures here. These are the petitions, signed by people, signed by people right in that neighborhood saying they want this."

House of Rainbow didn't have either of those.

But not everyone is happy about the ruling for ATC.

"Yeah, it's an ongoing problem to be honest."

George Sinclair owns much of the block directly next to one of the ATC's two locations.
He's concerned about the ATC being so close to so many kid-friendly spots.
He was one of two objectors to the plan, but he says he and other neighbors plan to fight back.

"We would appeal to the mayor to not sign that."

There are doubters on the council, too.

Ald. Frank Edwards was a "no", saying he didn't want to be inconsistent and all it will take is one incident for it to be a bad decision.

"Once you've given the variance, the city can't go back in and say 'oh we want to take that away.'"

What Changed? Council Approves One Halfway Home, Blocks Another


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