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Cold weather relief coming by mid-week

The bitter cold temps will continue another day, but relief is likely by Wednesday. The National Weather Service expects Wednesday through Friday high temperatures to climb into the mid-30s.

Monday’s bitter temperatures will continue.

A mix of snow, rain and sleet over the weekend caused traffic problems across the country. East-central Illinois had to deal with several traffic accidents.

Slide-offs were reported in several counties. And several events, including church services and sporting events were cancelled or postponed.

Monday’s forecast calls for mostly sunny, but temperatures are only going to reach to around 15. And wind-chill readings are going to dip to 5 to 15 below zero. (The wind-chill is how cold it feels on exposed skin).
Monday night finds a clearing sky with near steady temperatures around 9 degrees. Wind chills will reach 6 below to 4 above at times.

Tuesday, although the temperature is expected to climb to 30....gusty southwest winds of up to 25 miles per hour will again offer wind-chill readings at around 5 below.

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Candidate filing ends Monday for April Election

Candidates interested in running for seats in April’s Consolidated Election face a 5 pm deadline today (Monday).

The filing period started last Monday. Petitions can be turned into city/village offices. The consolidated election includes seats for school boards, township and library and park districts. School board candidates and multi-township assessor petitions can be submitted at county clerk’s offices.

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Meth Lab: Watseka Police arrest two

Two Watseka residents were jailed in Iroquois County (Friday) after authorities discovered an active meth lab at a local residence.

38-year-old Ryan Inman and 35-year-old Latasha Inman face charges after the Watseka Enforcement Team executed a search warrant in the 300-block of W. Victory Avenue. Police were acting on a tip. Items located inside the residence are commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine, prescription medication, and drug paraphernalia.

Police also seized two-grams of meth.

Both suspects were arrested for Possession of Meth, Possession of meth precursors, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and participation in meth manufacturing.

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Arctic temps grip Illiana area

Wednesday was the start of a brief cold snap. Temperatures plunged overnight and will remain dangerously cold through today (Thursday) until it warms back up on Friday and into the weekend.

Today’s forecast is cloudy and cold. High only at 10-12. Wind chills near -17.

Indiana school districts – North and South Newton and Rensselaer Central – operated on two-hour delays earlier this morning.

A Wind Chill Advisory went into effect Wednesday night due to dangerous wind chill values. The advisory was posted until mid-morning today.

Even though it’s extremely cold, forecasters say it’ll be brief. Friday will begin another warmup as the next system moves in, bringing with it a chance of snow.

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Anthony out at IDOC

Former State Representative John Anthony is no longer employed by the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Just six months after he left his position as State Representative in the 75th District, Anthony is gone from the corrections job. No official word on why ? He was working as an executive assistant to the director of the Illinois Department of Corrections. Records show he was making $10,000 a month. His last day on the job with the DOC was December 7th.

Anthony resigned from the State Legislature on June 17th to accept a position with corrections.

David Welter was appointed to replace Anthony in July and won in the November general election to retain the seat.

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