A new weather system moving in to the listening-area could bring several inches of wet, heavy snow. The National Weather Service says to expect quiet conditions with slightly milder temperatures today and Friday.
The next weather system is expected to produce precipitation later Friday night into Saturday. Confidence is increasing on a swath of significant wet snow, possibly 6″ or more with this system, which is currently favored to occur in a fairly narrow corridor from near Sterling, IL to Rensselaer, IN.
There are a few important items of note. The first is that there will likely be a sharp cutoff either side of the heaviest snow swath where snow accumulations drop off quickly. The second is that the heaviest snow swath could shift south or north from the current forecast.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 49. Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 28. Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 47. Friday Night: A chance of rain late becoming all snow after midnight. Low around 32. Saturday: Snow likely..... High near 35. Chance for 2-4″ early before ending by noon.
Investigators in Grundy County think a fire in the kitchen spread and gutted a home in Dwight. Two people died in the fire just after midnight yesterday, while two other people were able to make it out alive. The home's owner said the house is a total loss. Nearly a dozen local fire departments helped fight the fire.
The top two candidates for Illinois governor spent their primary election nights differently. Democrat J.B. Pritzker cruised to a win over a crowded field of other candidates.
But Republican Bruce Rauner spent the night nursing a four percentage point lead over conservative challenger Jeanne Ives. Rauner says he's heard the message that Republican voters sent in the close race. Rauner and Pritzker will face off in November.
>>Voter Turnout Likely Just One In Three
Most Illinois voters who could cast a ballot, didn't cast a ballot. Election officials across the state say it looks like voter turnout for yesterday's primary will end-up being right around 30 percent. That's about the same turnout as four years ago. It looks like more Democratic voters turned out than Republicans. Over one million people voted in the Democratic race for governor, while just over 670 thousand cast a ballot in the Republican race.
Illinois will get its second African-American attorney general in state history this fall. State Senator Kwame Raoul and former Miss America Erika Harold will face off in November.
Race will be perhaps one of the few things that Republican Harold and Democrat Raoul have in common.
Both are African American, but they have vastly different views of the state of Illinois and the country in general. Raoul used his victory speech in the Democratic race for attorney general to attack President Donald Trump, Harold's alleged past comments about gay parents, and her ties to the unpopular Governor Bruce Rauner.
He then said he hopes to run a more dignified race this fall.
Raoul narrowly defeated former Governor Pat Quinn by about three percentage points.
Harold easily beat her Republican challenger Gary Grasso by about 20 percentage points.