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    ...HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM CDT TUESDAY...
    Effective: June 17, 2024 @ 10:00am
    Expires: June 18, 2024 @ 8:00pm
    WHAT
    Peak afternoon heat indices between 95 to around 100 degrees.
    WHERE
    Portions of north central, northwest, and west central Illinois, east central, northeast, and southeast Iowa, and northeast Missouri.
    WHEN
    From 10 AM this morning to 8 PM CDT Tuesday.
    IMPACTS
    Hot temperatures and humid conditions may cause heat illnesses.
    ADDITIONAL DETAILS
    Overnight temperatures in the 70s will provide little relief for those without air conditioning.
    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
    Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Take extra precautions when outside. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing. Try to limit strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Take action when you see symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Illinois quick hits: Mapes reports to prison; Pritzker on trade mission in Canada

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Mapes reports to prison

Former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s chief of staff and House Clerk Tim Mapes reports to prison Tuesday to begin a 2.5 year sentence.

In August 2023, a federal jury found Mapes guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice for lying to a grand jury investigating Madigan and others. Madigan faces trial on 23 counts of racketeering, bribery and official misconduct in a separate case going to trial in October.

Pritzker on trade mission in Canada

Gov. J.B. Pritzker continues his trade mission in Canada his office says is meant to discuss further opportunities for collaboration. Canada is Illinois’ largest trading partner.

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity reports from 2009 to 2022, exports to Canada increased by $37 billion, or 89%, and supported over 800,000 jobs.

Top exports are transportation equipment and petroleum and coal products. Top imports are oil and gas and food.

Report: Illinois worst state in racial equality

Behind only the District of Columbia, Illinois is the worst state in racial equality, according to a new report from consumer finance website WalletHub.

The report shows the Land of Lincoln 50th for unemployment rate and share of unsheltered homeless for minority populations. Neighboring Missouri ranked 26th overall. Kentucky ranked 11th.

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