WINTER WEATHER MAY EFFECT YOUR HOME AND VEHICLE
While the official start of winter is still almost a month away, history shows that treacherous winter weather in Illinois often starts in November. November 16-22 is Winter Storm Preparedness Week and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service are offering several tips to help you prepare for dangerous winter weather.
A basic home preparedness kit should include a three-day supply of non-perishable, high-energy food and a gallon of bottled water per family member, per day, for three days. Your kit should also include a radio and extra batteries, flashlight and batteries, first aid kit, and extra medications and special items for babies, the disabled and the elderly.
Now is also the time to put together a survival kit for your car. Your car kit should have a cell phone and charger, first aid kit, water and non-perishable food, boots and extra clothing, and a blanket. Keep a sack of sand or cat litter, shovel, windshield scraper and brush, toolbox, towrope, booster cables, a compass, and road maps.
For more on winter preparedness, check the Winter Storm Preparedness Guide on the IEMA website.
SHIMKUS SALUTES CLINTON COUNTY PARISHES
Congressman John Shimkus recognized the 150th anniversaries of St. Dominic's in Breese and St. Mary's in Trenton by entering statements into the permanent Congressional Record of the United States House of Representatives on November 20. The statement about St. Dominic's Parish included historical information that the original parish began with 70 Catholic families and today has grown to 867. One of St. Dominic's greatest accomplishments was the establishment of Mater Dei High School. Shimkus sent congratulations to the faithful people of Clinton County.
MONEY RESTORED TO BUDGET MAY KEEP SITES OPEN
The end of the month does not look to be the end for state parks and a number of social service agencies and their programs. Governor Blagojevich has restored about 175-million dollars to the state budget, to avoid deep cuts he threatened earlier in the year. The specifics are still being worked out, but the Governor's office says the money should spare the dozen or so state parks targeted to close at the end of the month. Another dozen or so state historic sites do not look to be so lucky. The administration warns there are still "possibilities" that could put the parks back in danger. The Governor says in a release explaining his sudden change of heart, "While difficult decisions still need to be made, they also need to ensure that they continue to provide core services to Illinoisans." Lawmakers swept about 230 million dollars for the Governor to avoid all of the threatened cuts, but Blagojevich says he still has "concerns" about using all the money.