Another quick overnight weather system is expected to bring a wintry mix to Central Illinois.
The National Weather Service in Lincoln has issued a winter weather advisory, running from 9 p.m. Wednesday through 9 a.m. Thursday. NWS forecasters say a brief period of freezing rain will leave a light glaze and that will be followed by about an inch of snow.
Like Tuesday morning, motorists should expect slippery road conditions Thursday morning, and are advised to take precautions during their commute.
The system will arrive in central-Illinois after 9 p.m., forecasters say. The overnight low will be around 30 degrees and bridges and untreated surfaces will be the first to be affected.
Other area counties under the advisory include Champaign, DeWitt, Logan, Macon, Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford.
On Thursday, there will be snow showers with a high near 34 degrees. Friday should be partly sunny with a high near 29 degrees, but more snow is expected to arrive late Friday night or early Saturday morning.
There is no mention of snow on Sunday, but temperatures will be much colder. Sunday’s high is expected to be only 11 degrees.
State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) will once again take on extra responsibilities as a part of the Senate Republican leadership team. He was appointed to the role of Assistant Republican Leader.
“It’s an honor to not only serve in the Senate, but to have the opportunity to play a bigger role in the legislative process,” said Sen. Barickman. “I would like to thank Leader Bill Brady for having the confidence and faith in my work to appoint me to his leadership team.”
Barickman has served in the Illinois Senate since 2013, after serving one term in the House. He was previously appointed to the Republican leadership team by former Leader Christine Radogno in 2017.
“Jason Barickman is a dedicated public servant and a proven leader who brings vital experience to the leadership team,” said Senate Republican leader Bill Brady. “As we begin working on the issues due to come before the General Assembly, I’m proud to serve with Jason.”
Barickman has also served in a number of leadership roles on committees, including as Republican Spokesperson for the Senate Judiciary Committee, and as the Co-Chair of the bicameral, bipartisan Legislative Audit Commission. Committee assignments for the 101st General Assembly are expected to be released soon.
“Our biggest task moving forward is to work with the new administration to find bipartisan agreement on a number of important issues,” said Barickman. “I believe we have the team in place to do just that.”
Senator Barickman resides in Bloomington with his wife, Kristin, and three young children.
Congresswoman Robin Kelly has nominated high school students from the 2nd Congressional District for admission to the three United States military academies.
“It’s with immense pride that I nominate these outstanding young men and women, knowing they will represent the 2nd Congressional District and our nation with honor and distinction,” Congresswoman Kelly said. “Through hard work, commitment and discipline, each has earned the opportunity to attend our nation’s finest military academies. I look forward to seeing them enter into the next generation of military leaders.”
Among the area nominees Rep. Kelly nominated for admission to the Class of 2023:
U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York:
Nicholas Castleberry of Bourbonnais
U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado:
Andrew Grzeskowiak of Peotone
U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland:
Chase LaRoche of Kankakee
Vaughn Studer of Kankakee
Keeley Schwada of Bourbonnais
Nehemiah Arriaga of Richton Park
Andrew Grzeskowiak of Peotone
Each academy will review the list of students nominated by the Congresswoman and select the finalists for admission as cadets.
A credit union in Bradley (IL) is warning residents and businesses about fake currency floating around the area. It looks strikingly real except for a couple key tipoffs that show the paper is prop money used in movies after a rash of similar incidents throughout the state.
Over the last couple weeks, Fieldstone Credit Union has received three fake bills. President Mark Baron said the fake cash looks realistic.
“For the most part, it looks like normal currency,” he said. “The photos of the president, the numbers at three corners, the serial numbers.”
Prop money that’s used in cinema is easily available online but carries a prison sentence of up to 20 years in prison if it’s used as real currency.
Baron said to look for a bill that feels odd. That’s one of the easiest ways to notice that you may have a phony note.