SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois transportation officials are warning drivers throughout the state to watch for road blowouts during the intense heat. Transportation Secretary Omer Osman says the "potential for pavement failures will increase" this week as the heat index likely tops 100. High temperatures can cause roads to expand and blow out. State crews will be monitoring the conditions and can make repairs as quickly as possible.


(Springfield--ba)  -- As temperatures soar…the Illinois State Fire Marshall’s office is reminding families about pool safety. Drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages one to four nationwide…and six kids under 15 died from drowning last summer in Illinois. Fire Marshall spokesperson JC Fultz has these safety tips.



Fire Marshall spokesperson JC Fultz


(Crescent City--jc)  -- The newly crowned queen of the Iroquois County Fair is Brianne Miller on Martinton. She was also selected as Miss Congeniality. The first runner up was Taylor Hasselbring of Cissna Park. WPXN’s Becky Puetz will be broadcasting live over the noon hour today from the Iroquois County Fair. The WPXN charity ice cream booth will also be in operation today and through Sunday at the fair.


(Paxton--jc)  -- The Ford County E-M-A is hosting a training event on July 27 from  9am to noon . The subject is “HazMat Awareness”; this is an open invitation to anyone working in emergency services to join in  for this event. Those interested may call 217-379-9415.



CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois State Rifle Association is challenging a law requiring more oversight for firearms dealers. The advocacy group said Wednesday that the complaint filed in Sangamon County Circuit Court seeks to keep the law from taking effect. The ISRA alleges it puts "undue burdens" on dealers and the state hasn't outlined how the law must be implemented.



(Springfield--ba)-What do you do if you see a child or pet locked up in a hot car? The Illinois state police offers some guidance. ISP Trooper Mindy Carroll says the first thing you should do is call

9-1-1. Give them your location and description of the vehicle, and then wait at the car until help arrives.



ISP Trooper Mindy Carroll 


(Springfield--jc)  -- A task force of lawmakers could soon come together to address Illinois’ second-highest-in-the-nation property taxes, but one Republican said he's worried the task force will be used to drive support for a proposed progressive income tax.One of the many bills passed in the Spring session was a measure to create a Property Tax Relief Task Force. While Gov. J.B. Pritzker hasn't yet signed the bill, Illinois House Republicans announced its members. Among others, Republican House leadership appointed state Rep. Tim Butler, R-Springfield, to be part of the group.Butler said there are already ideas that can be fine-tuned such as relieving state mandates on local governments that drive up costs for taxpayers.



(Springfield--ba)-What are two of the top priorities of those in the livestock and meat business? USDA’s Gary Crawford reports.




(Springfield--ba)  --As state officials prepare rules for Illinois to begin legal sales of adult-use cannabis starting January First, municipalities across the state are taking different approaches when it comes to allowing recreational marijuana sales – some want it, others don't. Consuming cannabis in public will still be illegal in Illinois, but adults will be able to buy it. Just where adults will be able to buy it for recreational use is still up in the air as municipalities evaluate how the new law works for their communities.The law gives local governments the authority to regulate the sale of cannabis through zoning. Municipalities can't ban recreational marijuana use, but officials can dictate where a dispensary can set up shop, if at all.


(Urbana--jc)  With the Brendt Christensen trial in the hands of the jury, another high profile trial will begin in federal court in Urbana in the middle of September. A judge has decided that the trial of 48 year old Michael Hari of Clarence will start on September 17th in Urbana The charges include the attempted bombing of a women’s health care center in Urbana and the bombing of a mosque in Minnesota. Hari’s trial in Minnesota is expected to begin following the case in Illinois. A Status hearing in the case takes place next Tuesday in federal court in Urbana. 



(Paxton--jc)  -- Charges are pending against a Paxton couple arrested on Wednesday concerning a marijuana manufacturing charge. Authorities say 30 year old Angela Moss and 29 year old Cal Rowan were arrested on a manufacturing, delivery and possession charges Wednesday morning. No bond was set and charges are expected later today.



(Chicago--jc)  --Planned Parenthood of Illinois isn’t getting any more federal tax money, but it has received millions of tax dollars from Illinois in the past decade.A federal appeals court last month upheld President Donald Trump's new rule prohibiting federal dollars from going to family planning centers that promote abortion.Planned Parenthood of Illinois President and CEO Jennifer Welch said the organization isn't taking any more federal dollars because of it, but that its “doors remain open.”


(Urbana--jc)   A Rantoul resident was sentenced to 5 years in prison on an unlawful use of weapons by a felon charge. 29 year old Aamarlon Parker of Rnatoul was sentenced on Wednesday in Champaign County court.


(Crescent City--jc)  -- Today at the Iroquois County Fair near Crescent City along Route 49 the Pork Premiere Classes, Swine, Dairy  and Goat contests begin at 8. General projects for 4-H will be judged at 9. Entertainment includes the Rhinestone Girls at 2pm 5pm and 7pm. The annual Demolition Derby is at 7-30 tonight. WPXN’s Becky Puetz will be broadcasting live at the Fair over the noon hour today. The WPXN ice cream booth will be opening this afternoon.


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