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Six Sam's Clubs Closing In Chicagoland

Six Sam's Club locations in Chicagoland are among the dozens closing around the country. Walmart announced yesterday that it was shutting down over 60 stores, leaving thousands of workers out of a job. The closures include stores in Batavia, Matteson, Naperville, Romeoville, Streamwood and Wheeling. The big-box retailer said the closures are part of an effort to better align its locations with its strategy.

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Temperature dives, Winter returns

Spring on Thursday, winter (today) on Friday. That's how forecasters are describing the temperature swing that is, once again, leaving Illinois in the ice box.

Most folks across the state saw near record warmth to close out Wednesday and start the day Thursday. By the end of the day today (Friday), the state will see temperatures 20 degrees below normal.

National Weather Service meteorologist Chuck Schaffer says pretty much the entire state will drop from highs in the 50s and 60s.

The Weather Service says eastern and southeastern Illinois could see the worst of the snow.
Schaffer says the quick return to winter will mean a bit of ice or slush or snow for the rest of the state.

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Kankakee, Tri-Point High Schools engage in AP pilot program

Lt. Governor unveils program to help rural high school students prepare for college

Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti (Thursday) unveiled a new Advanced Placement (AP) pilot program that will give students at rural Illinois high schools access to online AP classes to better prepare them for college.

A new initiative of the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council (GRAC) that Sanguinetti chairs, the AP pilot program kicks off today with classes for 75 students at 10 high schools in rural areas across the state. Sanguinetti held news conferences at Altamont High School in Altamont and Central A&M High School in Moweaqua to announce the program.

“AP classes help prepare students for college and can even make college more affordable, but unfortunately access to AP classes is extremely limited in rural areas,” Sanguinetti said. “This pilot program will test the feasibility of expanding AP classes through distance education so that students in rural Illinois will get the same opportunities to learn as their counterparts in the urban areas of our state.”

Participating schools in the pilot program include: Kankakee High School, Altamont High School, Knoxville High School, Illini Central High School, Tri-Point High School, Pope County High School, Orangeville High School, Quincy High School, Central A&M High School, and Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School.

“Concern exists that small rural schools have greater difficulty preparing students with the skills necessary for successful college careers because of the lack of AP or specialized coursework,” said Dr. Bobbi Mattingly, Superintendent of Regional Office of Education #11. “Distance education has the potential to provide more choices which in turn better prepares rural youth to attend college.”

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Flu death confirmed in Indiana

The White County, IN Health Department has confirmed one death in the county due to the flu.

A 91-year-old man from Reynolds, Indiana has died because of the virus. State health officials say the number of flu-related deaths in Indiana is now at 25, since October. A report from the state health department shows 16 of the deaths occurred among people age 65 or older and seven other deaths in the 50 to 64 age group.

The flu season is abnormal, according to health officials.

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Dense fog advisory for Illiana

...DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL at least 4 pm THIS AFTERNOON... .Warm, moist air spreading north over the snow covered ground is helping to develop dense fog across much of northern Illinois and Northwestern Indiana. ...DENSE FOG ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM THIS EVENING... *

VISIBILITY...One quarter mile or less. * IMPACTS...Low visibility will make for hazardous travel across the area into this evening.

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