Frigid, single-digit temperatures will be around through at least mid-week. The winter season's first cold snap took hold Sunday. The NWS says temps may reach the mid 30s by the end of the week.
Health officials and the Red Cross advising pople to be ready and dress proper for the cold. Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent the loss of body heat. Know the signs of hythothermia, including confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering. Watch for signs of frostbite. Bring pets indoors, if possible.
Fire officials also warn about heating devices. Never use a stove or oven to heat your home. Carbon monoxide may result which could be fatal. And be careful using space heaters.
Dashton Edwards is the first newborn of 2016 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. He was born at 10:30 pm Thursday, January 7. Dashton weighed in at 8 lbs 10 oz and was 19 1/2 inches long. His parents are Shallen Sower, Gilman and Jordan Edwards, Kentland.
A number of gifts from the hospital and several items from the IMH Auxiliary Gift Shop were presented to the proud parents. Staff from the Iroquois Women's Health also presented a number of items for the baby boy.
Presence St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee welcomed its first baby of 2016 on Sunday, January 3rd. A baby girl ... Linneah Camryn .... was born at 10:46 am. Her parents, Shawnn and Jessica, welcomed their daughter who check in at 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was 20-inches long. A welcome basket of items was presented to the family.
Keenan Shontice Sykes Jr. was the first baby of 2016 to arrive at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. He was born at 12:31 am Monday (Jan 4th). Keenan weighed in at 6 pounds, 11 ounces and was 19 and a-half inches long. His parents are Crystal Jean Smith and Keenan Shontice Sykes Sr. of Kankakee.
Keenan and his family received a basket of goodies from the Riverside family and a gift card from a local retailer.
Western Illinois may be getting the worst of the winter weather this weekend. The Quad Cities may be in store for a mix of rain and sleet. The National Weather Service reports the same system is expected to bring snow to almost all of central Illinois.
The better news is that moderate amounts of rain between now and Saturday night are not expected to have any major impact on river levels. Colder air is headed this way, bringing below-zero wind-chill readings for Sunday and Monday. The high temps will only reach the mid-twenties.
Health officials advise people outdoors to dress in layers of light, warm clothing, mittens or gloves, scarves. Motorists should be aware of changing road conditions.
- Governor Bruce Rauner today announced that the State will waive penalties and interest for taxpayers who cannot file or pay on time as a result of the December 2015 and January 2016 floods. The waiver applies to taxpayers in the 23 disaster declared counties for payments or returns due between December 23, 2015 and June 30, 2016.
"Right now, our impacted communities are dealing with catastrophic damage as a result of the flooding," said Governor Rauner. "Now is the time to focus on healing and recuperation, not deadlines. Once these affected families and businesses have had the opportunity to recuperate, they can gather the essential paperwork to file their returns and pay taxes."
Taxpayers who opt to mail their deferred returns and payments should write Flood – December 2015 on the outside of the envelope in red ink and on the top of each page of the tax filing, so the account can be updated and handled appropriately. Filers using MyTax Illinois or electronic filing methods are instructed to refer to the Illinois Department of Revenue's website: Tax.Illinois.Gov.