The NWS has a wind chill advisory in place until 12 Noon today. Records could be broken if the forecasters are correct. Today's high temps only around 5-7 degrees. That would be the coldest high temp for February 19th on record. Low temps could reach -12. That would break the record -9 set on this date in 1936.
The bitter cold and wind chill has area schools cancelling activities today (Thurs). The postings are online at www.wgfaradio.com Click on the cancellation link.
Manteno, Momence, Grant Park, St. Anne, Pembroke, Peotone schools are closed. North and South Newton Corporations in Indiana are closed. Benton County schools are on a 2-hour delay. Roselawn and Goodland Head-Start are cancelled. Olivert Nazarene University is closed. So is Kankakee Trinity Academy. Also closed is Kankakee School District #111 and Aquinas Catholic Academy.
Iroquois County's Unit Nine School district is closer to naming a new principal for the Glenn Raymond Middle School in Watseka.
Two finalists from a field of 30 applicants will be interviewed by the school board Thursday. The agenda lists a 6 pm meeting at the Unit Office.
Current four-year principal Ryan McGuckin tendered his resignation, having accepted a superintendent's job at Streator-Woodland in LaSalle County. McGuckin will serve out the remainder of the school year until June 30th.
The sub-zero degree temperature reading greeted search and rescue officials in Kankakee this (Wed) morning. Whether the cold weather will factor into day three of the search effort for Jessica Hinojosa is up in the air. But the frigid conditions won't make it easy.
Kankakee Fire Chief Ron Young said safety is always on the minds of those involved, but the family needs closure too. Young said rescue workers will work the river as long as the water doesn't freeze up.
There's no certainty that the body of the 25-year-old Kankakee woman is in the river, but her car was pulled from the water Monday afternoon. Hinojosa was last seen late Saturday night. Her family and friends reported her missing Sunday.
"It's All Up in the Air ... Ag. Drones, Weather and More!"
That's this year's theme for the annual Ag Day event at Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley. The full-day event is sponsored by the Ford-Iroquois Extension Service through the University of Illinois.
Larry Haigh, Ag in the Classroom Coordinator, says the winter program gets you out of the cold and updated on ag issues.
The day kicks off at 8 a.m. with registration, coffee and rolls, and an opportunity to visit the 2015 Ford-Iroquois Extension/Agribusiness partner displays.
Dennis Bowman, a University of Illinois Extension crops systems educator, will kick off the day's talks with one entitled "Are ag Drones in Your Farm's Future?" Ford-Iroquois Master Gardener Mary Dickinson of Loda will simultaneously be presenting "Edi-mentals: Gardening with Edible Landscapes."
Jim Angel, Illinois state climatologist, will talk about that always-questionable weather pattern that may/may not affect the spring planting season. Before the complimentary lunch break, Patrick Doggett, field representative for U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, will deliver a Washington, D.C., update.
Afternoon sessions beginning at 1 pm finds Charlene Neukomm of the Ford County Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Tammy Hubert of the Iroquois County FSA speaking on "2014 Farm Bill Decisions."
Shelby Kaufman of Ehler Bros. Seed in Thomasboro will issue the "Illinois Soybean Associate 100-Bushel Challenge."
Young FFA members will offer an "FFA Update." Section 17 President Kade Hill, FFA Section 10 President Sydney Miller and FFA Section 10 Secretary Hayden Schaumburg are part of the program.
Door prizes will be presented too.
Ford-Iroquois Ag Day is free and open to the public. However, reservations are required and should be completed by today (Feb. 18) by calling the University of Illinois Extension office in Onarga at 815-268-4051. You can also register online at web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv.
U.S. Representative Adam Kinzinger predicts a Bush vs. Clinton rematch in 2016. And the Republican Kinzinger is throwing his support behind Jeb Bush.
Kinzinger, who's the Congressional voice for central-Illinois, including the Iroquois, Ford, Kankakee County area, plans to endorse Bush publicly in the near future.
Kinzinger said he supports the former Florida Governor because he continues to present himself as a moderate Republican despite a tendency by presidential candidates to play hard to their party bases before primary elections.
Kinzinger told the Bloomington Pantagraph editorial board that strategy could help him among moderate voters in the general election.
He added that concerns about Bush's lineage — he is the son of President George H.W. Bush, whom Bill Clinton defeated in 1992, and brother of President George W. Bush — are overblown.
Kinzinger said he anticipates Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic presidential nomination but could lose momentum before the election.
"She'd be the oldest president" at the time of taking office, he said.
Kinzinger added "even if it's Hillary (as president), it will be much better than what we have now, in my view, especially on foreign policy."
Kinzinger said on the Sunday edition of ABC's "This Week" that President Barack Obama has put Congress into an inappropriate position by making members approve ground operations to fight the Islamic State, also know as ISIS.