According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there will be lane closures with width restrictions on eastbound and westbound I-70 at the Illinois Rt. 127 exit in Bond County.  The closures are necessary to complete bridge approach repairs over Beaver Creek.  Work begins Monday, July 25 and should be completed this fall.  At least one of the two lanes will remain open at all times. Please watch for stopped vehicles and allow extra time when traveling through the work zone.  Signing and traffic control devices will be provided to aid motorists through the work zones. 


The Kaskaskia College Artists and Speakers Series line-up for the 2011-2012 season includes a nice assortment of bluegrass music, comedy, stage acts, and Broadway show tunes.  The season kicks off September 17 with “OD TAPO IMI Steel Drums & More.”  “Team Rootberry,” a blend of comic timing, world-class technical juggling, and inspired teamwork performs October 15 and the Grammy nominated bluegrass band “The Grascals” are in concert December 11.  The 2012 portion of the season begins with the musical, “Seussical, the Musical,” a delightful romp through Dr. Seuss classics.  Comedian Chonda Pierce is in the Jane Knight Auditorium March 31 and concluding the season April 20 will be “The Lowe Family,” a musical, theatrical and dance performance.  Tickets are available by calling 618-545-3223.



The Illinois Department of Transportation is providing a second $100 million capital investment to address local transportation needs and put people to work throughout Illinois. The $100 million in Illinois Jobs Now! funding will be distributed to local officials to repair municipal, township and county infrastructure, and improve public safety. The  funds are part of  the six-year, $31 billion "Illinois Jobs Now!" program and represents the second of five $100 million annual investments to fund municipal, township, and county projects statewide. Projects will be selected and managed locally with the Illinois Department of Transportation providing oversight. The types of projects include street and bridge maintenance, upgraded traffic signals, new storm sewers and bike baths, sidewalk replacement, and pothole repairs. Funds are based on a motor fuel tax formula and are equal to the amount distributed last year. The distributions are as follows:



Governor Pat Quinn today encouraged Illinoisans to take preventive action during this extremely hot weather to stay safe, cool, and avoid heat-related illnesses.  Governor Quinn urged Illinoisans to take advantage of services available from the Department of Public Health, the Department of Human Services, and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. Check on those most vulnerable to the high temperatures, including the elderly and children. Governor Quinn said, “High heat and humidity can lead to serious health problems, particularly for the elderly and young children. It is extremely important for people to recognize the signs of heat-related illness and take action to prevent becoming sick from the heat. I encourage Illinoisans to take advantage of numerous services statewide to keep them cool and safe.” The Illinois Department of Human Services has established more than 120 cooling centers to provide cool and comfortable locations during hot summer days. Cooling centers are open during normal business hours from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Call the Illinois Department of Human Services hotline at (800) 843-6154 or check locations at:  www.illinois.gov/KeepCool/Pages/coolingcenters.aspx


Eldon "Smitty" W. Smith

Eldon "Smitty" W. Smith, age 87, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, July 20 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home.  Funeral services for 87 year old Eldon "Smitty" W. Smith will be Saturday at 2:00 pm at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be at Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the VFW Post in Greenville or Fair Oaks Activity Department.


Excessive heat warning remains in effect until 7:00 p.m. Sunday. Expect heat index values between 105 and 115 degrees through Sunday.

SATURDAY - mostly sunny, high 95, low 75, heat index values as high as 107

SUNDAY - mostly sunny, high 94, low 74, 30% chance of thunderstorms in afternoon



Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the noon Bond County area news.  Tom’s guest this week is Brian McElroy with Challenger Baseball in Bond County.  Challenger Baseball helps kids and adults with development disabilities of all ranges to learn and play the game of baseball.  Find out how you can help this Sunday following the noon Bond County area news on Public Affairs. 


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