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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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Preparing for Taste of Downtown Springfield

Updated: Friday, July 11 2014, 10:39 AM CDT

SPRINGFIELD -- Later today, over 14 area restaurants will be showcasing some of the top culinary treats off their menus, and it's all for the public to enjoy.

Preparations for the event have been underway for a few days now.

Specialty pizzas, New Orleans pulled pork, jerk chicken and wrapped shrimp are just a few of the options that will be available.

After sampling a great variety of food choices, attendees can vote for their favorite foods and the most festive booth. The winning restaurant will receive an award later in the evening.

"That's one of the reasons why we do it so that people who haven't been here before have an idea of what we're about."

The Taste kicks off tonight at 5pm on 5th Street between Jefferson and Adams; and on Washington, between 4th and 6th Street

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The Taste of Downtown will showcase 14 food vendors with more than half being brand new businesses in the Springfield area.

Sillie Slices and the Dew Chilli Parlor are just two of about 7 new businesses to come to the city of Springfield within the last year.

This will be the first Taste of Springfield they are participating in, which organizers say is a great way to showcase your new business.

"When you have the opportunity over two days to have potentially 7,000 people or so come by your booth and sample your product, and you can also hand out menus, business cards and things like that so they can actually go out and visit your restaurant."

An estimated 7 to 8 thousand visitors attend the Taste of Downtown, which organizers say continues to grow year by year.

And it's not just about the food. There will also be live music performances throughout the event.

Preparing for Taste of Downtown Springfield


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