Rain & Snow in Central Illinois; Massive storm bears down out east
The National Weather Service is calling for a storm system moving across Illinois today (Sunday), bringing rain first, then mixing with snow.
Once turning to all snow, accumulations of about 2 inches, or more are likely in an area north of Interstate 74 by Sunday evening. Lighter accumulations are expected in other parts of the region.
Road crews have been prepping for the slushy and slick conditions.
Weather conditions here however, are nothing compared to what the weather services says will hit the northeast. Coastal regions from New York to Boston are bracing for a whopper of a snowstorm that could bring up to 2 feet of snow.
NWS meteorologists say the storm will start edging into the region overnight Sunday then turn up the coast. In New York City, the massive storm is expected to leave up to a foot of snow by Tuesday, followed by 8 inches or so more before Wednesday.
Red Cross calls for blood donors as unique as the patients they help
In honor of Black History Month this February, and in the spirit of Dr. Charles Drew, an African-American surgeon who was the first medical director of the American Red Cross and a modern blood-banking pioneer, eligible donors as diverse as the patients who need their blood donations are encouraged to give blood to ensure a sufficient blood supply.
Blood from a donor with a similar ethnic background as that of the patient is less likely to cause complications, particularly for those patients whose chronic conditions require repeated transfusions. Sickle cell disease is one such chronic condition affecting as many as 100,000 people in the United States.
Prior to transfusion, blood type and Rh factor are matched between donated blood and the patient in need. In some cases, additional red cell markers in donated blood must be matched, as well. These markers are best found in blood from donors of a similar ethnicity.
With seasonal flu and inclement winter weather preventing many regular donors from giving, the Red Cross urges healthy, eligible donors to make an appointment to donate blood in the coming days and weeks. All blood types are currently needed to help maintain a diverse and sufficient blood supply, especially types O negative, A negative and B negative.
To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities...
Champaign 2/10/2015: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., University of Illinois YMCA, 1001 South Wright Street 2/11/2015: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., University of Illinois Alpha Kappa Lambda, 401 E. Daniel St.
Urbana 2/13/2015: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Champaign/Urbana U of I Townsend Hall, _______________
Iroquois County >
Sheldon 2/2/2015: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Sheldon Community Center, 104 S.Fourth _______________
Kankakee County >
Bourbonnais 2/5/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive 2/12/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive _______________
Livingston County >
Forrest 2/2/2015: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 320 S. Oak _______________
Vermilion County >
Danville 2/2/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Community Church of God, 535 S Bowman Ave _______________
How to donate blood: Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.
Former Fairbury clerk files federal lawsuit over firing
A former records clerk for the Fairbury Police Department has filed a federal lawsuit accusing city officials of firing her after she voiced concerns about alleged illegal activity.
Records with the U.S. District Court for the Central District in Urbana state Kaci Zimmerman worked as records clerk for two years before she was terminated in February 2014 for "asking too many questions."
"Kaci saw and heard Chief (Michael) Frickey and other city employees violate police department policies and procedures, including appropriating for their own use evidence relating to a pending criminal investigation," said the lawsuit, filed by Chicago attorney Stephen R. Miller.
The city and its officials are accused of violating the Illinois Whistleblower Act and conspiring to violate several constitutional rights of the former worker. Named in the lawsuit along with Frickey are Mayor Roger Dameron and city Superintendent Leroy McPherson; Deputy City Clerk Nancy Widlacki; Police Officer Randall Vedder; City Council member Charles Hoselton; and the city.