Several area school districts are implementing early dismissals today and some, for the remainder of the week, as the heat takes its toll. Temps are expected in the mid 90s with a heat index near 100. Check your local school district websites for details on early dismissals.
The Iroquois County Republican Women's Club sponsored Ed Hubert on a recent Honor Flight August 7, 2013, to view the World War II memorial in Washington DC. Ed's son Jim accompanied Ed as his guardian for the day.
On the flight back to Midway Airport during "Mail Call", Ed received many letters from several Iroquois County grade school students, American Legion Auxiliary Illini Girls' State participants and family members thanking him for his military service. Legionnaires from the Gilman American Legion Post 499, as well as several family members were on hand to greet Ed when he landed. Family and veterans from Gilman welcoming Mr. Hubert home described the celebration with one word, "Wow!" When Mr. Hubert was asked what he enjoyed the most about the trip his comment was the welcome home celebration. He stated, "I've never seen anything like it in my life; this beats all!" As the crowd waited for the plane to arrive, they were entertained by a brass band fanfare. The Patriot Guard lined up and various Boy and Girl Scout troups carried signs announcing the arrival time of the 91 veterans. The crowd consisted of family members, area veterans and Honor Flight volunteers to name a few. Upon arrival the World War II veterans were escorted through the assembled line by servicemen from the Great Lakes Navel Academy.
The World War II Memorial was dedicated in May of 2004. Due to the advancing age of the "Greatest Generation", many of the 16 million men and women who served during World War II never had the opportunity to see their memorial. Honor Flight was formed in order to see that as many World War II veterans would have the opportunity to see their memorial as possible. Thanks to the many volunteers and contributors, Honor Flight is able to fly the veterans to Washington DC for a full day of touring not only the World War II memorial but several of the other war memorials located on the National Mall.
The American veteran is one of our greatest treasures... those men and women who answered our nation's call, especially at times of our greatest need. The Iroquois County Republican Women were proud to sponsor Ed and Jim Hubert on the Honor Flight. As a grateful country it is our job to honor and thank our veterans for their service and sacrifice.
Barickman, Harms Meth Legislation Signed by Governor
Legislation to protect buyers of trailer homes from purchasing former methamphetamine labs, sponosored by State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington), and Representative Josh Harms (R-Watseka) has been signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn.
Barickman introduced Senate Bill 2101 after a family from Normal came to him after buying a trailer home that had previously been used to produce meth. The meth lab use was not disclosed to the family by the park owner before purchase. It is expected that cleanup of the home will cost thousands of dollars more than the purchase price.
"This new law demonstrates that even in the minority, we can still make meaningful improvements to people's lives. This won't cost the government any money, had the support of the business community, and protects consumers," said Senator Barickman. "We need to make sure families, and especially young children, don't live in toxic, hazardous environments. I'm hopeful this new law will help keep people safe."
Rep. Harms sponsored the measure in the Illinois House. The law will require record-keeping to protect consumers.
Under the legislation, if the operator of a trailer park who fails to disclose that a trailer was used as a meth lab could face a $2,000 fine.
The National Weather Service reports that an extended period of hot weather is expected in central Illinois this week.
A large area of high pressure over the central United States is expected to bring an extended period of hot weather over central and southeast Illinois.
Expect highs in the 90s each day, with Tuesday and Wednesday being the hottest this week. Highs in the mid- to upper 90s and heat-index values of 100 to 105 degrees are expected on those days.
The agency warned that there is a risk for heat-related illnesses this week, especially for people in poor health or those who have to spend a lot of time exposed to the heat.
Emergency Management Agency officials are asking community leaders to make cooling centers available for those citizens who may need relief from the heat. Government offices, churches, senior citizen facilities are asked to inform EMA officials and the media that cooling centers are open.
To avoid being overcome by heat exhaustion or heat stroke, people are advised to take plenty of breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments, wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing and drink plenty of water.