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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.

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Construction work slows traffic; caution advised

Summer road construction continues. Motorists are advised to be alert, slow down, and use alternate routes when possible.

Jackson Street in Watseka remains under construction and is closed to thru traffic.

Traffic is slowed by ongoing construction on I-57 in Kankakee County.

In Vermilion County, work begins today (Mon 8/26) on North Vermilion Street in Danville. Improvements are being made for the entrance routes for Meijer and Lowes.

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More hot weather likely this week: NWS

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.

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Swearing in ceremony set for new state lawmaker

The newest member of the Illinois General Assembly is set to the take the oath of office later today.

John Anthony was chosen by Republican officials to replace resigning state Rep. Pam Roth of Morris in the 75th House district. The 37-year-old Anthony is a Kendall County sheriff's deputy. He'll be the first black Republican lawmaker in the state Legislature since the early 1980s.

The swearing in is set for 6 p.m. Monday at the Grundy County Courthouse in Morris.

Anthony has been a sheriff's deputy since 2008 and has also worked as police officer in Champaign. He and his wife founded a nonprofit organization for children. Their group is called the YARN Foundation and offers afterschool programs, among other things.

Roth says she's moving to Texas where her husband's job was transferred.

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DENSE FOG ADVISORY IS CANCELLED.

THE NATL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHICAGO HAS CANCELLED THE DENSE FOG ADVISORY.

THE FOG HAD DISSIPATED.THERE FORE THE DENSE FOG ADVISORY HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

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