Western Illinois may be getting the worst of the winter weather this weekend. The Quad Cities may be in store for a mix of rain and sleet. The National Weather Service reports the same system is expected to bring snow to almost all of central Illinois.
The better news is that moderate amounts of rain between now and Saturday night are not expected to have any major impact on river levels. Colder air is headed this way, bringing below-zero wind-chill readings for Sunday and Monday. The high temps will only reach the mid-twenties.
Health officials advise people outdoors to dress in layers of light, warm clothing, mittens or gloves, scarves. Motorists should be aware of changing road conditions.
- Governor Bruce Rauner today announced that the State will waive penalties and interest for taxpayers who cannot file or pay on time as a result of the December 2015 and January 2016 floods. The waiver applies to taxpayers in the 23 disaster declared counties for payments or returns due between December 23, 2015 and June 30, 2016.
"Right now, our impacted communities are dealing with catastrophic damage as a result of the flooding," said Governor Rauner. "Now is the time to focus on healing and recuperation, not deadlines. Once these affected families and businesses have had the opportunity to recuperate, they can gather the essential paperwork to file their returns and pay taxes."
Taxpayers who opt to mail their deferred returns and payments should write Flood – December 2015 on the outside of the envelope in red ink and on the top of each page of the tax filing, so the account can be updated and handled appropriately. Filers using MyTax Illinois or electronic filing methods are instructed to refer to the Illinois Department of Revenue's website: Tax.Illinois.Gov.
A worldwide slowdown of manufacturing has lowered steel prices so much, the River Valley Recycling location on Route 24, west of Watseka, closed temporarily Monday.
The shut down is until at least the end of March. A sharp drop of recyclable steel, aluminum cans and copper coming into the facility has slowed business considerably.
River Valley recycling owner Kyle Bruno said everyone dealing with recyclables has been hurt.
Bruno said the company's location at 550 N. Hobbie Ave., Kankakee, remains open for business from 8 am 'til $;30 pm Monday thru Friday and Saturdays 8 am. to 12:30 pm.
The plunging price of steel is "something we have to get through," says Greg Baise, president of the Illinois Manufacturers Association.
Baise said this slowdown began to grab hold in late 2014 to early 2015. Since then, Illinois-based manufacturing heavyweights Caterpillar, John Deere and Granite City Steel have cut workforces.
The price for scrap steel has plunged by four times and in December stood at $35 per ton. Aluminum cans have fallen about half and now are at 40 cents per pound. Copper has dropped by about 70 cents per pound.
The former Vermilion County Clerk is being remembered following her weekend death. Lynn Foster served as County Clerk for 24 years before she was defeated in the 2014 General Election. She died Saturday after a brief battle with cancer.