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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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Trucker Jobs Most Listed Job Online

Updated: Monday, June 9 2014, 10:16 AM CDT
So many new job openings in Illinois this month, but which field is most likely to get you hired?

The Department of Employment Security says truck driving.

Over 11,000 driver positions were posted online in May. That's almost double the next most advertised jobs, registered nurses.

While there is a national growth trend in transportation, Illinois is especially poised to benefit.

"Illinois is what they consider a crossroads of the nation whenever it comes to the trucking industry," *********, said. "If you look at the interstate systems that come across Illinois, along with the largest inland port up in Joliet, we have a huge flow of trucks that move in and out that move freight in and out of Illinois."

Most truck drivers make more than $20 an hour. The job requires special training and certification, which includes passing random drug and alcohol tests. A typical job means being on the road for several days at a time, followed by a few days at home.

Many schools in Illinois offer truck driving programs, which may grow with this demand. In Springfield, that includes Lincoln Land Community College and Midwest Technical Institute. Trucker Jobs Most Listed Job Online

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