THE FORD-IROQUOIS PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS ALERTING RESIDENTS OF A TELEPHONE SCAM INVOLVING RESIDENTS WHO WERE PREVIOUSLY ENROLLED IN THE ILLINOIS CARES RX PROGRAM. OR OTHER HEALTH RELATED SERVICES. SEVERAL CLIENTS OF THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAVE RECEIVED CALLS FROM INDIVIDUALS STATING THAT THEY WILL ASSIST THEM IN SECURING NEEDED SERVICES. THE CALLER ASKS FOR THE PERSON’S SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER AND OTHER IDENTIFYING INFORMATION.
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THESE ARE SCAMS AND UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU PROVIDE SOMEONE WITH YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER OVER THE TELEPHONE.
Triple-digit heat expected to continue in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Scorching summer heat that has seared Illinois with triple-digit temperatures is expected to continue.
The National Weather Service has forecasted highs of more than 100 degrees in parts of central and southeastern Illinois through the end of the week. Highs in Chicago on Thursday are forecasted between 100 and 104 with heat indexes at between 110 and 115. The National Weather Service describes conditions as "intensely hot and humid."
The Fourth of July holiday saw record-breaking weather in at least one Illinois city. The National Weather Service says Rockford reached 102 degrees on Wednesday, breaking the city's previous record of 101 in 1911. Chicago's reading of 102 degrees at O'Hare International Airport matched its record temperature of 102 also set in 1911.
Congressman Jackson dealing with 'more serious' ailments
CHICAGO (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is being treated at an inpatient medical facility for "physical and emotional ailments" that are "more serious" than previously believed and will require extended treatment, according to a statement released by his office Thursday.
The Chicago Democrat, who faces a House ethics investigation over his ties to imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, has been on medical leave for three weeks for exhaustion. His office did not announce the news until last week, when it released a three-sentence statement. But no details about Jackson's whereabouts and condition had been released since then.
A Thursday statement from his office did not disclose his location or provide details of his medical condition. Messages left for his spokesmen were not immediately returned.
...Heat advisory remains in effect until 9 PM CDT /10 PM EDT/ Wednesday...
* temperature...high temperatures today will climb into the
upper 90s to around 100 degrees...with highs 100 to 104 on
* Heat indices...peak heat index readings today and on Wednesday
will be between 100 and 107 degrees.
* Other...if current forecasts hold then additional heat
advisories and warnings will likely be issued for Thursday
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 weather is expected.
High temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids...stay in an air-conditioned room...stay out of the sun...
and check up on relatives and neighbors.
Children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during hot weather when the car interior can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes!