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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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Colleges Say Less Students Are Majoring In Education

Updated: Wednesday, June 11 2014, 11:19 PM CDT
The Bureau of Labor Statistics says there will be a need for more teachers in the coming years. That may be surprising to hear considering schools across Illinois have made drastic teaching cuts over the last year.

Some professors believe that has scared some future educators away.

Getting more teachers in the classroom. That's the outlook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics which projects a 6% to 19% job growth over the next 8 years, but filling those positions with qualified candidates could be a challenge.

"At the university level we are seeing fewer students enter the teaching field," said Dr. William Phillips, Associate Professor at UIS.

Dr. Phillips has been an educator for more than 40 years. Now he is a professor at UIS.

He says the loss of interest to become a teacher is because of state lawmakers who have cut funding, which is forcing schools to cut jobs.

"I have never seen funding as bad as it is now. Never ever have I seen funding consistently bad and unknown," said Dr. Phillips.

But money isn't the only problem, teachers have been forced to change curriculum to adhere to common core standards.

"I think the American Educational System is second to none and a lot of people are tinkering with the system with the assumption they are going to improve it and I think it can stand on its own merits," said Dr. Phillips.

"The reality is the profession is changing. They are alot of demands these days. There is a lot of accountability," said Chris Koch, the Illinois Superintendent of Education.

Koch says the changing field shouldn't scare future educators away. Despite struggles, he believes there will always be a need.

"We need good people. We need people in the sciences and math in particular and certain disciplines," said Koch.

College professors have advice for those wanting to become teachers. They say stick with it, and be flexible. Moving out of state could be an opportunity for a first job.Colleges Say Less Students Are Majoring In Education


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