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Summer Crime in Whiteside County

Data reported to the FBI between 2010 and 2012 suggest that on average, monthly crime for seven major offense types increased nearly 10 percent between June and August from the rest of the year.  Whiteside County is seeing an increase in vehicle break-ins, according to Whiteside County sheriff John Booker, who spoke with our Tammy Nehrkorn and Andrew Paxton…..



The Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department is an emergency cooling center.



IDOT Announces Road Close on Illinois 172

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that a total road closure will be installed in Whiteside County. The road closure will be on IL 172 located one half mile south of Tampico beginning Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 7:00 AM and conclude Monday, August 5, 2019 by 3:30 PM. Please follow marked detour.  Workers will be performing culvert repairs.  Please slow down and use extreme caution while driving through all work zones.  For IDOT District 2 updates, follow us on Twitter at @IDOTDistrict2 or view area construction details on IDOT’s traveler information map on


IDOT Announces Lane Closure on I-88 in Whiteside County

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that an overnight lane closure will be installed in Whiteside County. The lane closure will be on I-88 over the Hennepin Canal in the east bound ramp lane to IL 40 near Rock Falls beginning Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 9:00 AM and conclude Thursday, July18, 2019 by 9:00 AM. A second overnight lane closure will be installed in the east bound driving lane beginning Thursday, July18, 2019 at 9:00 AM and conclude Friday, July19, 2019 by 9:00 AM. IDOT workers will be performing bridge joint repairs. Please slow down and use extreme caution while driving through all work zones. For IDOT District 2 updates, follow us on Twitter at @IDOTDistrict2 or view area construction details on IDOT’s traveler information map on


Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society Hosted Ice Cream Social

The first ice cream social was held in 1744 when Maryland Governor, Thomas Blanden, served ice cream at a dinner party.  The Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society hosted their Annual Ice Cream Social on Sunday at the Lincoln Learning Center in Sterling.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Gene Jacoby of the Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society…..




For more information you can check them our on Facebook or call (815) 622-6215




Illinois Department of Transportation

DIXON -- The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that an overnight lane closure will be installed in Whiteside County. The lane closure will be on I-88 over the Hennepin Canal in the east bound ramp lane to IL 40 near Rock Falls beginning Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 9:00 AM and conclude Thursday, July18, 2019 by 9:00 AM.


A second overnight lane closure will be installed in the east bound driving lane beginning Thursday, July18, 2019 at 9:00 AM and conclude Friday, July19, 2019 by 9:00 AM. IDOT workers will be performing bridge joint repairs.


Please slow down and use extreme caution while driving through all work zones.


For IDOT District 2 updates, follow us on Twitter at @IDOTDistrict2 or view area construction details on IDOT’s traveler information map on 


News from State Senator Brian Stewart




State Senator Brian Stewart (R-Freeport) will be hosting a free Mobile Driver Services Facility event July 23 in Stockton.

            The event is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Stockton Township Public Library, 140 W. Benton St. in Stockton.

            Admission and refreshments are free.

            Services provided by representatives from the Illinois Secretary of State’s office at the Mobile Driver Services Facility include: renewal/correction of driver’s licenses, obtaining a state ID, purchasing license plate stickers, motor voter registration, and organ donor registration.

Representatives from the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs will also be on hand to help veterans get their Illinois Driver’s License Designation.

Proper identification will be needed for all services.

Senior citizens ages 65 and older can receive a free state ID.  Senior citizens ages 75 and older will need to visit a permanent Department of Motor Vehicles facility to renew their driver’s licenses.

            For more information, contact Sen. Stewart’s office at 815-284-0045.


Sauk Valley Area Chamber Update

Kris Noble from The Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce was in studio this morning new business information,

and some important dates coming up as well. Thursday July 25th is Network & Socialize, 35th Annual Steak Fry is 

Thursday August 1st. More in August, Business After Hours on the 15th and a few other items.


For all the details listen here.




A Chat with Mayor Lee

Sterling Mayor Skip Lee and city manager Scott Schumard stopped in this morning to talk about the Monday city

council meeting, plus some other issues the city is looking at.



Listen to that conversation here from WSDR this morning.




Dixon Kiwanis Club Work on the Dixon Habitat 2019 Construction Project

The Dixon Kiwanis Club sent a crew to work with Dixon Habitat on their 2019 construction project.  Pictured above are Kiwanians Rick Erdman, Evan Giblin, Jim Giblin, Margarete Tyne, and Matt Drennan.  Not pictured were Ed Bushman, Larry Weinrich and Brad Hunsberger.


Very busy at Heritage Woods

Deb Janssen from Heritage Woods came in to talk about the full calendar of events coming up at the community,

plus many other things going on all over the area. The rest of July is busy and Deb also  brought up August and September goings on.


Listen to all details below.




SENATE WEEK IN REVIEW: July 8-12, 2019

News from State Senator Brian Stewart


SPRINGFIELD – Recent strong earthquakes in California are prompting calls for earthquake awareness from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), which is also focusing this month on young people learning how to prepare for all emergency situations.


In other action, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is reminding citizens that 120 state facilities serve as cooling centers, and the Illinois State Police (ISP) is stepping up efforts to recruit new troopers through a Fast Track Program that offers job opportunities for local police officers.


Illinois’ Earthquake Zones


The recent 7.1 magnitude earthquake in California and its thousands of aftershocks led IEMA to recently issue a call on its Facebook page for earthquake awareness and preparedness in Illinois:


“The recent earthquakes in southern California serve as a stark reminder that earthquakes can happen anywhere in the world and at any time of day!  Teach your family and co-workers the importance of learning how to ‘Drop, Cover and Hold On.’”


The agency suggests a number of tips for earthquake preparedness, including assessing your home for safety and being prepared for self-sufficiency for 14 days.  More information can be found at  IEMA also created a number of helpful videos, which can be found at


Southern Illinois is bordered by the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone on the east and the New Madrid Seismic Zone on the west and south.  The agency says more than 3,000 earthquakes have been recorded in the New Madrid Seismic Zone since 1974, most of which were so small as to go unnoticed.  The New Madrid Seismic Zone is the more active of the two, according to a Northwestern University study published in 2010.  The largest quakes ever recorded in the continental United States occurred along the New Madrid Seismic Zone during the winter of 1811-1812.  Three major quakes ranged from 6.8 to 8.8 magnitude.


Disaster Planning Involving Youth


IEMA is focusing on preparing young people for emergencies, individually and as part of the family, as a way to instill confidence at a time when panic can easily rise.


The agency suggests the following tips:

  • Involve children in the development of a family emergency plan;
  • Use real-world events to teach about emergency situations and disasters;
  • Use media coverage of current disasters (floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, power outages), talk to children about how your family would respond if this happened to you; and
  • Discuss where to go, what to do and how you will ensure their safety during an emergency.


For more information about youth preparedness, visit


Summer Heat Hits Hard


Citizens who need to escape the high heat and humidity can get relief by visiting one of the 120 state facilities.  Cooling centers are located at IDHS offices throughout the state and the seven Illinois Tollway Oases in Chicago.  They will be open to the public during regular business hours.


Citizens can search for the nearest cooling center at  Additional information about the state’s cooling centers is available by calling the IDHS toll-free hotline at 1-800-843-6154.


State Police Recruitment


Seeking to increase the number of Illinois State Troopers, the Illinois State Police are reinstituting a Fast Track Program for current certified police officers.


The Fast Track Program is an accelerated 13-week training program for current police officers, as opposed to the typical 26-week class for new cadets.  To qualify for the Fast Track Program, applicants must be a current certified police officer, a graduate from an accredited law enforcement academy and have at least two years of experience while employed full-time.


According to ISP, individuals interested in applying for a future Fast Track Cadet Class must complete the online application on the ISP Merit Board’s website at  The Fast Track Program Cadet Class is expected to begin in the spring of 2020


Bustos Spends July 4th with U.S. Troops Deployed in the Middle East

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the powerful House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, has returned from a Congressional Mission to the Middle East that included stops in Qatar and Israel. Congresswoman Bustos visited as part of a delegation led by Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa and International Terrorism, and was joined by Members of Congress from both parties. During this trip, Congresswoman Bustos, spent the Fourth of July with active duty troops from Illinois. In addition to the Middle East, Congresswoman Bustos visited Souda Bay Naval Support Activity, a key military asset in Greece, and met with political and security leaders in Switzerland and Cyprus.


“Our servicemembers defend the freedoms we all hold dear, which is why it was such an honor to travel to the Middle East and celebrate Independence Day with men and women in uniform,” said Congresswoman Bustos, a member of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee. “On this Congressional Mission, I saw firsthand some of our critical military assets in the Middle East – as well as visited with key partners to defend Israel and deter Iranian aggression in the region. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I’ll work tirelessly to bolster our national security and ensure our military has the resources it needs to keep Illinoisans safe.”


“I was proud to lead such a prominent delegation of my colleagues to countries with strategic ties to the United States,” saidCongressman Deutch, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa and International Terrorism. “As Members of Congress, we have a responsibility to engage with our global partners on issues of mutual interest, including new economic pursuits, global security threats, and promoting democratic principles. We heard from American officials and servicemembers stationed abroad and met with foreign leaders, elected officials, and civil society groups. This trip will inform our work in Congress protecting American interests, bolstering our national security, and strengthening our relationships with key partners.”


As part of the Congressional Mission, Congresswoman Bustos visited Israel, where she met with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; members of the Knesset, which is Israel’s legislative body; the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman; Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh; and the U.S. Security Coordinator Lieutenant General, Eric Wendt. As a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, Congresswoman Bustos’ visit allowed for an in-depth discussion regarding the United States’ strong support of Israel – our greatest ally in the region – and how diplomatic relations can be improved to move towards a peaceful two-state solution. She also attended a reception at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and an Independence Day event thrown by the U.S. Embassy.


In Qatar, Congresswoman Bustos toured the Combined Air Operations Center at Al Udeid Air Base – which is vital to the U.S. Air Force’s Central Command Region and supporting air power in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. Finally, Congresswoman Bustos spent the Fourth of July with servicemembers stationed at the Air Force Base, including many from Illinois.


During the Congressional Mission’s visit to Greece, Congresswoman Bustos visited the U.S. Naval Support Activity (NSA) Souda Bay. With a strategic location in the region, NSA Souda Bay is positioned to carry out its vital mission of extending rapid response fighting capability through Operational Support to U.S., Allied and Coalition Forces deployed within the U.S. European Command (EUCOM), U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) and U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). Given ongoing regional instability in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Northern Africa, NSA Souda Bay is an invaluable resource in providing combat readiness and the security of our nation’s and allies’ ships, aircraft and personnel.


Gavin Jensen Wins Al Morrison Home Run Championship

Gavin Jensen, age 14 of Dixon, won the Al Morrison Home Run Championship on Saturday July 6, 2019 in Dixon.   The Al Morrison Memorial Baseball program is a not-for-profit that promotes safety, good sportsmanship and citizenship.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Gavin about winning the Home Run Championship……




Gavin is the son of Allan Jensen and Jennifer Madden. 


First Student School Supply Drive

The people who drive the kids to school everyday were also helping them get school supplies on Saturday.   First Student Bus Company hosted a fun event at Sinnissippi Park on Saturday to gather school supplies and have some fun too.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Melissa Katam of First Student on Saturday…..




Again, that address is 1901 1st Avenue in Rock Falls located across the street from the Rock Falls Wal-Mart. 




Annual Rock Falls Antique Tractor and Engine Show Held in Rock Falls

The grounds of the Butcher Shop in Rock Falls were dotted with all types of farm equipment and engines from a bygone era for the Rock Falls Antique Tractor and Engine show.  On Saturday this annual event drew a large crowd of people who came to look and show all types of agricultural machines and equipment. Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Dave Shaw, Chris Fink, and Gerald Foskitt at this event…..




Technology continues to evolve in the agricultural industry with crop yield  monitors and GPS field navigation …not to mention the use of drone in agriculture. 


Bustos Again Urges USDA to Issue Disaster Declaration

On Friday, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, met with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Assistant Secretary Ken Barbic in her Capitol Hill office, where she again urged the USDA to issue a disaster declaration for Illinois’ 17th Congressional District. This meeting follows a conversation Congresswoman Bustos had with USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue where she first called on him to issue a disaster declaration.


“I’ve met with hardworking family farmers across our state, listened to their concerns and seen their flooded fields firsthand,”Congresswoman Bustos, a member of the House Agriculture Committee said. “I thank Assistant Secretary Barbic for taking the time to meet with me today and hear more about the challenges facing Illinois farmers. It’s clear we cannot wait any longer to issue a disaster declaration, which would provide our agricultural producers with the tools they need to overcome these challenging times. I’ll continue to stand up for our farmers as they battle the unpredictability of Mother Nature and a reckless trade war.”


During the meeting, Congresswoman Bustos stressed the need to issue a Secretarial disaster declaration for Illinois’ 17th Congressional District so growers can be eligible for disaster funds from the Market Facilitation Payments and increased prevent plant crop insurance coverage. She also invited Secretary Perdue to visit her Congressional District to see the extent of the flooding damage himself and asked how else she can be helpful to facilitate an emergency declaration. Additionally, she expressed concern about inaccuracies in the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s June, 2019 Acreage Report and thanked Assistant Secretary Barbic for extending the crops-reporting deadline for Illinois to from July 15 to July 22.




Congresswoman Bustos has held discussions with farmers across the district – including Whiteside County, Henry County, Mercer County, Rock Island County and with the Illinois Farm Bureau. During those conversations, farmers have expressed to Congresswoman Bustos that conditions are the worst they have ever seen. As a result, many are being forced to take a prevent plant crop insurance payment – which may not even cover their expenses. Today’s meeting also comes after Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker joined Congresswoman Bustos and urged Secretary Perdue to issue a disaster declaration. In addition to extreme weather conditions, farmers continue to face uncertainty due to the president’s reckless trade war. Since being elected to Congress, Congresswoman Bustos has used her position on the House Agriculture Committee to advocate tirelessly for protecting and opening markets for Illinois farmers.



Whiteside County Health Dept Radio Program

Evironmental Director Jeff Deets from the Whiteside County Health Department was in studio Friday morning. 

Two summer topics were discussed that involve all of us. Food Safety and West Nile Virus.


We are all in great summer form firing up The Qs for grilling, or perhaps stocking the meat smoker. A few simple things could prevent unforeseen problems.


And it may seem we are combating mosquitos now, however, the ones that can carry West Nile Virus are

later in the season for their arrival.


Listen below for advice on both of these issues below.





Animal Mortality Composting Workshop – August 6 – Jordan Township Building, Sterling


University of Illinois Extension is offering a unique workshop for livestock producers who use or are considering mortality composting. “This workshop gives livestock producers the opportunity to visit a demonstration composting site and talk with a variety of experts on mortality composting,” said Nesli Akdeniz, a clinical assistant professor with the Department of Agriculture and Biological Engineering at Illinois and a member of the Illinois Extension Livestock Facilities and Manure Management team.


The morning session will include several presentations on different aspects of mortality composting, including new technologies available to help producers. The afternoon session will include a session on mortality management in the event of a major livestock disease outbreak, or significant animal lost due to natural disaster. Following the presentations, the group will move to an active composting site for discussions and demonstrations.


Topics will include moisture control, selection and mixing of a carbon source, and measuring temperature in the compost. “We will conclude the day by turning a compost pile that has already gone through a full heat cycle so that producers can see when they should turn a pile and what it should look like, “ according to Stanley Solomon, U of I Extension educator.


This workshop will be held August 5 from 9:30 – 3:00, the fee for the program is $25 for the first registrant and $10 for any additional persons from the same farm. Registration includes lunch. Please register by July 31 at or by calling Mary Nelson at 815/632-3611.


Industrial Hemp Meeting August 26, 9 – Noon, Rock Falls Community Building


The signing of the Illinois hemp bill has provided opportunities for the cultivation, distribution and processing of hemp for fiber, grain and CBD. This versatile cash crop has the potential to empower small farmers and revitalize the farming communities.


Join Phillip Alberti, Extension Commercial Educator on Monday, August 26 for a Intro the Basics and Update on the Industrial Hemp Process. Topics will include; Types of Hemp, Production Systems, Licensing rules and regulations, Value added product and an Update on Hemp in Illinois.


The meeting will be held at the Rock Falls Community Building at 601 W 10th Street from 9AM – Noon. There is a $10.00 fee. Register by August 23 at For more information, call Mary Nelson at 815/632-3611.


Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014 Steam Locomotive will then cross in Dixon & Rock Falls and Sterling, IL on July 30, 2019

Mark your calendars, because something BIG & Historic is going to cross the Rock River in WI and IL! 

The Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014 Steam Locomotive will cross the Rock River on Thursday, July 25 near Ashipun, WI as part of the “Great Race across the Midwest” tour to celebrate the 150th anniversary Of The Transcontinental Railroad’s completion. It will then cross in Dixon & Rock Falls and Sterling, IL on July 30, offering multiple places for excellent viewing and photos!

Links and maps can be found on our website if you want to help people plan a biking, paddling or driving route to see this historic train.


This is a really big deal as people from all over the nation are driving just to see this historic train in action! 

The full tour is an homage to the Great Race to Promontory — during which the Central Pacific Railroad of California and the Union Pacific Railroad Company built rail east and west respectively to eventually meet and form a continuous line across the United States. The tracks met at Promontory Summit, Utah.

The Big Boy’s return to the rails is the product of more than two years of meticulous restoration work by the Union Pacific Steam Team. No. 4014 is the world’s only operating Big Boy locomotive and has the longest engine body of any reciprocating steam locomotive, longer than two buses. It was likely the heaviest steam locomotive ever built: the 772,250-lb engine and 436,500-lb tender together outweighed a Boeing 747!  




Rock Falls Rotary

Wedenesday morning Tom  Myers and Dave Chavira were in studio at WSDR with some info on Rotary in

the area. The best was bringing with them 2 amazing young people who have a firm grasp of life now, and a

fantastic future ahead of them.


Flavien Dupont, an exchange student from France has been living with sponsor 

families in Rock Falls since last August and will be returning home in a few weeks.


And Kimzey Spreeman a sophomore at Sterling High School, will be spending her 2019 - 2020 school year in Indonesia, thanks to the Rotary Exchange program ?and the support of Rock Falls Rotary Club?.


Listen below and be inspired by the conversation with these outstanding students.



2019 Crop Reporting Deadlines Date Change

The crop reporting date for USDA’s Farm Service Agency has been extended from Monday, July 15, 2019 to Monday, July 22, 2019 for Illinois and several other states due to the detrimental weather conditions this spring.


Acreage reports are required for program eligibility and mandatory for producers who participate in the FSA programs such as the new Price Loss Coverage Program (PLC) and the Agricultural Risk Coverage Program (ARC), Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Market Assist or Commodity Loans (MAL), Loan Deficiency Payments (LDP), Farm Storage Facility Loan Program (FSFL), Non-insured Assistance Program (NAP), Livestock Forage Program (LFP), Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), Market Facilitation Program (MFP), and a few other programs offered by the Farm Service Agency.


The deadline to report spring–seeded crops is July 22, 2019 for Corn, Grain Sorghum, Green Peas, Hybrid Seed Corn, Spring Oats, Popcorn, Processing Beans, Pumpkins, Soybeans, Sweet Corn, Perennial Forage and Hay, and all other spring seeded crops. The acreage reporting deadline for the fall-seeded 2020 (crop year) crops is December 16, 2019 for Fall Wheat, Fall Barley and all other Fall-Seeded Small Grains.


Once the final reporting deadline passes, producers will be charged a late filing fee of $46 per farm in order to file a crop report. Acreage reports may be revised at any time without a late filing charge as long as the revision can be filed before the final reporting date.


After that date, a filing fee of $46 per farm will be assessed and require a field visit to confirm the changes. The Lee County FSA Office has established the following hours for producers to come in and file an acreage report; 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Monday through Friday and is located at 319 South Mason Ave, Amboy, Illinois.


The Dixon Police Department Press Release

The Dixon Police Department announces the arrest of Jennifer A. Janus Yeager, age 49, of Dixon, Illinois on 7/9/19 at approximately 3:07 p.m. The Dixon Police Department received a complaint from a concerned citizen about an Audi passenger car driving north on the Peoria Avenue Bridge with children inside of a pool, on the roof of the vehicle.


Officers searched the area and observed a white Audi Q5 driving westbound on IL Route 2, just west of Palmyra Road with a blue inflatable pool on the roof with two juveniles inside of the pool. Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle on River Lane, just south of IL Route 2 where they made contact with the driver, Yeager.


During the course of the investigation it was learned that Yeager drove into town to inflate the pool at a friends’ house and had her two juvenile daughters ride inside of the empty pool to hold it down on their drive home. Yeager was placed under arrest for two counts of Endangering the Health or Life of a Child and two counts of Reckless Conduct. Yeager was also cited for failure to secure a passenger of the age of 8 and under the age of 16.


Yeager was transported to the Dixon Police Department where she was processed and released after posting bond.


Citizens are reminded to call the Dixon Police Department at (815)288-4411 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-Caught-U. (1-888-228-4488) Callers can remain anonymous and receive rewards of up to $1,000.00 if their information leads to an arrest.


All charges are merely an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty


Morrison Police Investigating Burglary at Five Star Enterprises

The Morrison Police Department is investigating a burglary at Five Star Enterprises, 15649 Lincoln Road, Morrison, IL that occurred on Sunday, July 7, 2019 between 10:10 pm and 10:44 pm.


During the burglary numerous power tools were stolen to include Stihl Chainsaws, Blowers and Trimmers, Generac Portable Generators and other miscellaneous items. There are possibly three (3) black males using possibly two (2) Sport Utility Vehicles (one dark color and one light color) in the burglary. Entry was forced through a window to the back of the building, out of sight of lighting, video surveillance and Lincoln Road (US RT 30).


The Morrison Police Department is seeking your help! If you have information on this or other crimes, you are urged to contact Whiteside County Crime Stoppers (815) 625-7867.


A cash reward of up to $1,000 may be given for information leading to an arrest. You may remain anonymous.



Cooling Tips to Survive Summer Heat

Don’t wait to call your doctor or 9-1-1 if you experience any of these WARNING SIGNS of heat related conditions, such as heat exhaustion or a heat stroke:

Headache Nausea/Vomiting Dim/Blurred Vision, Profuse Sweating, Exhaustion, Dizziness, Hot Dry Skin, Cold Damp Skin, Muscle Cramps, Fainting.


Heat Strokes can be life-threatening and can come on quickly TIPS TO PREVENT heat related symptoms, particularly during power outages.


Drink water: Sip all day; don’t wait until you are thirsty. Avoid alcohol, caffeinated beverages, sugary soft drinks and full-strength fruit juices. 


Limit physical activity and wear a hat outside, preferably with a wide brim. ? Keep shades drawn and blinds closed, but windows should be slightly open.


Open windows to cooling breezes in the evening


Keep electric items turned off, lights low and avoid using your oven or clothes dryer.


Do not just rely on fans; if the temperature is 90 degrees or above, fans alone usually cannot protect against heat-related illness.


Take baths, showers, or find a pool to swim in; bathe in tepid water, use cool towels.


Wear loose-fitting cotton clothing that is light-colored and lightweight.


Use a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher when outside


Eat light foods high in water content: fruits, salads, and soups. 


Don’t wait in or leave infants, pets, elderly or disabled persons unattended in cars or other vehicles for any length of time, even with windows cracked. Within minutes the temperature will become dangerously high and serious injury and/or death will result.


Bring pets indoors or ensure they have shady spots to protect them all day.


Make sure pets have plenty of fresh water that will stay cool all day


Develop a “buddy” system; keep in contact with your family & friends at least twice a day 


Talk to your doctor about medications; you may need to alter medications or dosages, but under no circumstances should you change your medication on your own.


 Use air conditioning & be prepared for power outages - if you don’t have an a/c unit at home or the power is out, go to any air-conditioned building. 


Illinois Department of Transportation

-- The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that a lane closure will be installed in
Whiteside County. The closure will be on I-88, 1 mile west of IL 78 over railroad in the westbound
drive lane beginning Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 9:00 AM and conclude Thursday, July 11, 2019 by
9:00 AM.
IDOT workers will be performing bridge deck repairs.
Please slow down and use extreme caution while driving through all work zones.
For IDOT District 2 updates, follow us on Twitter at @IDOTDistrict2 or view area construction
details on IDOT’s traveler information map on