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Record low temperatures recorded in Central Illinois

The National Weather Service reports record low temperatures were recorded in several parts around Central Illinois Saturday night.

WGFA Radio's NWS observation point recorded 47 degrees early Sunday. The record low for the 27th is 46 in 1920. That same year 51 degrees was recorded on July 28th.

Record low temperatures were recorded in Lincoln, (48), breaking the old mark of 50 set in 1920; in Peoria (51), breaking the record of 53, last set in 1994; and in Springfield (48), breaking the previous mark of 53, set in 2004. In Normal, the low hit 51 degrees.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Lincoln believe the unseasonably cool temperatures will continue.

The temperatures will get warmer as the week goes along. Expect the middle 70s on Monday and then by midweek, temps are likely to be around 80 degrees, but it is still not your typical late-July temperatures.

There could be some rain in the forecast as well. Monday night and Tuesday could bring some showers and thunderstorms.

94.1 FM, WGFA

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Kankakee’s Merchant Street Musicfest rousing success

The accolades have been pouring in even before the Merchant Street Musicfest was over. All the numbers were being compiled Sunday while organizers and volunteers cleaned up in-and-around the Depot Park area in Kankakee.

The weekend event attracted thousands and organizers were all smiles Sunday as tents were taken down, left-over inventory was accounted for, and talks already underway for next year.

The 9th annual Musicfest featured music for everyone – including rock bands, blues, country, folk, funk, and jazz. Three stages were set up to accommodate everyone around the Depot and water fountain. Thirty-one different bands had been lined up.

Kankakee's Director of Economic Development, Bill Yohnka, expressed his tanks to the city departments for their cooperation and help in making it all run smoothly.

Kankakee's public works employees, police and fire, and utility companies all contributed during the fest which ran Friday evening through Saturday night.
                                                                                                                               94.1 FM, WGFA

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Watseka Police arrest two in separate incidents >

A 17-year-old juvenile is free on bond after his arrest by Watseka police Thursday night.

Officers responded to a disturbance in the 100-block of W. Walnut Street about 9:45 pm. A short time later, another disturbance was reported in an area of Brown Street and Park Avenue. Police learned it was the same person.

The juvenile was charged with Illegal Consumption of Alcohol by a minor and Disorderly Conduct.

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30-year-old Kimberly Nimz of Watseka was arrested Friday afternoon for reckless driving, criminal damage to property, and battery. Officers were called to a disturbance at Kay Park.

94.1 FM, WGFA

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Zoning Board of Appeals hearing postponed >

Iroquois County's Zoning Board of Appeals public hearing – concerning an application from Crop Production Services – scheduled for Tuesday (July 30) has been postponed.

It marks the 4th time the hearing has been postponed. Legal counsel for Crop Production Services requested the postponement. The county Zoning Office says the hearing is likely to be held in September.

Tuesday's hearing was scheduled for 7 pm at the Administrative Center in Watseka.

Crop Production Services is requesting a zoning change from Agricultural to Manufacturing for the purpose of locating an anhydrous ammonia facility in Sheldon Township. The tract of land is south of Route 24 at County Highway 2800 E.

• Tuesday's (7/30) public hearing is postponed; will be re-scheduled.

94.1 FM, WGFA

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Cloonen Measure Advancing Third Airport Signed Into Law

                       --   Kankakee Legislator's bill could bring thousands of jobs to Kankakee area  --

State Representative Kate Cloonen joined various elected officials at Governors State University (Thursday) for the signing of Senate Bill 20 which allows the state to move forward in the development of the South Suburban Airport with private companies.

Cloonen said the step forward is the result of a lot of cooperation.

Senate Bill 20, co-sponsored by Cloonen, passed both chambers of the state legislature at the end of May with overwhelming bipartisan support.

The law allows the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to enter into public-private agreements to develop, finance, construct, manage, operate and maintain the airport in Will County. According to IDOT's Division of Aeronautics, the airport is estimated to generate 3,000 jobs directly and indirectly during its first year of operation. The airport has the potential to bring 15,000 jobs by its 15th year of operation.

94.1 FM, WGFA