State climatologist Jim Angel says it's shaping up to be a cooler than normal August. Angel said in the first week of the month, the statewide average temperature was 72 degrees. That's 1.5 degrees below normal. This follows a July where Angel said the state was two degrees below average.
Angel said it'll be tough, though, to reach the coolest August on record. That was in 1915 when the average temperature was 67.2 degrees.
Investment to Create Jobs and Improve Local Health Care; Includes $641,000 to Two Urbana Hospitals for Emergency Room Expansions
URBANA – Governor Pat Quinn today announced $4.7 million in investments to hospitals in central and eastern Illinois, part of $24.3 million in the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program to address the critical needs of downstate health care institutions. The investments will create jobs and include $641,307 to Presence Covenant Medical Center and Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana for emergency room expansions. Today's announcement follows Governor Quinn's recent signing of a law that enacted the largest increase in health insurance coverage in state history, one of the Governor's 2013 legislative priorities.
"It is crucial that hospitals have the most modern facilities and equipment to serve the health care needs of Illinois residents," Governor Quinn said. "These investments will create good construction jobs while helping central and eastern Illinois hospitals provide better service and treatment to their patients."
SPRINGFIELD – Students soon will be heading back to school and parents across Illinois are busy getting their children ready for the new school year. As part of School Preparedness Month during August, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) encourages parents to include emergency preparedness in those back-to-school plans.
"For many parents, back-to-school planning usually means picking up notebooks, pencils, crayons and other school supplies," said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken. "But the new school year is also a good time to make sure you know your school's plans for keeping kids safe during an emergency and for providing your current emergency contact information to school officials."
Monken said no one likes to think about an emergency happening while children are in school or at daycare. However, the tornado that struck two schools in Moore, Okla., in May serves as a reminder that emergency situations can arise during the school day.
Back-to-school planning tips include: • Know your child's school or day care emergency plan. • Find out where children will be taken in the event of an evacuation during school hours. • Ensure your emergency contact information is up-to-date at your child's school. • Pre-authorize a friend or relative to pick up your children in an emergency and make sure the school knows who that designated person is. • Have a family communications plan and review the plan periodically with your child. The plan should include contact information for an out-of-area family member or friend, since local telephone networks may not work during a major disaster.
Many college campuses offer email and text messages to alert students of potential dangers, such as severe weather and other threats. Encourage your college student to sign-up for such alerts. Some colleges also provide alert messages for parents so they also are aware of potential dangers at their child's school.
Additional preparedness information is available on the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.
Alec Anderson, the Kankakee High School head football coach from 1987-96, was found dead Wednesday night at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, where he was serving as athletic director.
Anderson, 54, was found next to a treadmill at the school, according to the Northwest Indiana Times. He still resided in Kankakee at the time of his death. An autopsy is scheduled for today.
Anderson was arguably the most successful coach in Kankakee history. He led the Kays to eight Illinois High School Association playoff appearances in his 10-year tenure, and the 1995 team reached the quarterfinals of the Class 4A playoffs, the furthest advancement in school history at the time.
He had a 68-35 career record at Kankakee, and his .660 winning percentage is the highest among men who coached more than one season at the school.
He left Kankakee in 1997 to take a job as assistant principal and athletic director at Urbana High School.