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June 14th hottest on record in Illinois

Weather was generally much cooler than usual around Illinois for the Fourth of July Weekend.

But if you thought it was much warmer than normal for June you were right. The state's average temperature was nearly three degrees higher than normal and it will go down as the 14th warmest June on the books.

State Climatologist Jim Angel adds though, "That doesn't tell the whole story. Western and southern Illinois were much drier with many location reports less than an inch."
Angel noted Pittsfield recorded .13 inches of rain in June.

"Eastern and northern Illinois were much wetter with amounts of 3 to 5 inches very common across that area," Angel said.

Streator had the most rainfall in June at 9.71 inches.

WGFA's official NWS report for June was 4.34.

The lower half of the state picked up much needed rains this past weekend, washing out some firework shows but boosting the states' agriculture business.

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Frankfort Postmaster facing felony grooming charges

A 48-year-old Peotone man has been charged with two counts of felony grooming. Samuel Burks was arrested Friday by the Will County Sheriff's Department. Bond was set at $100,000.

Burks is also listed on the Peotone Junior High School website as a contact person for the Girl's basketball team.

Burks is currently employed as a Postmaster at the United States Postal Service facility in Frankfort.

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New judge to be sworn-in July 22

Kankakee County's newest judge will take the oath of office later this month. J. Imani Drew is scheduled to to take her oath Friday, July 22 at 4 pm. The event will take place in Courtroom 300.

Drew will be the first African-American woman judge to be appointed to the bench in the 21st Circuit.

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Fishing Derby underway on Kankakee River

It's 33-years strong and the popularity of the Kankakee River Fishing Derby isn't letting up. The annual derby started today (Friday), runs for 10 days, and a seven-pounder already reeled in.

Cash prizes and a lot of enjoyment are included.

Excellent weather conditions and the river conditions, for a change, just perfect....according to Fishing Derby Co-Chairman Ken Munjoy "fish were tagged and released Wednesday, 96 tagged fish are available for cash prizes."

" A seven-pound Northern was already caught. Prize amounts vary depending on the sponsor," Munjoy said.

The grand prize this year is a boat, motor and trailer sponsored by Local 176 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the National Electrical Contractors Association.

And a big thanks to the many sponsors.

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Weather may mess up July 4 holiday

Heavy rain is possible this weekend. That could play with plans for the long July 4th holiday period. Moderate to heavy rainfall is likely in parts of central-Illinois.

The National Weather Service issued a Special Weather Statement. A storm system will center over the Central Plains this weekend, with a near stationary front extending east into Central and Southern Illinois. The rain is possible by midday Saturday. The NWS says 2-4 inches is possible in some areas.

There's the potential for flash flooding and water levels to rise.

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