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.
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.
Human remains found in Middle Fork River prompts search
Champaign and Ford County authorities are teaming up to investigate the discovery of human remains found near the counties border, in northeast Champaign County.
A human skull and at least one human bone were found by visitors in the Middle Fork Forest Preserve. Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh issued a press release stating a skull and bone were found in the river earlier this month. Additional bones were found since then by authorities from his office, the coroner's office and the Ford County Sheriff's Office. A search covered about seven miles of the Middle Fork River and its banks.
Walsh said the skeletal remains are being examined by a forensic anthropologist, and later DNA will be forwarded to the state police crime lab.
Walsh said it's hard to say at this point if the skeletal remains could belong to a missing person or a victim of foul play.