Awesome week ahead-severe weather possible on Friday


It is going to be sunny today with a high temperature in the lower 70’s

Tonight there is a 70% chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight with the lows in the middle 50’s

Tomorrow there is a 40% chance of rain with highs in the upper 60’s, lows in the upper 40’s

Wednesday and Thursday will be partly sunny with highs in the lower 70’s lows in the mid to upper 50’s.

Friday might be interesting around here.  The Storm Prediction Center has everything basically east of I 57 in a fifteen percent chance of seeing severe weather.  I know that sounds low, but it is equivalent for being under a slight risk.  (See graphic above)

When the SPC has an area highlighted five days in advance, the confidence is pretty high.

Here is the hazardous weather outlook from the National Weather Service in Paducah, KY

.DAY ONE…Today and Tonight A small chance of thunderstorms will spread eastward across southeast Missouri into southern Illinois and the Purchase Area of west Kentucky tonight, mainly after midnight. A brief heavy downpour and a few lightning strikes will be the primary concerns. .

DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Tuesday through Sunday Chances of thunderstorms are forecast for all or a portion of the region Thursday afternoon through Friday. The best chances will be east of the Mississippi River Friday afternoon, when a few severe storms with damaging winds cannot be ruled out. Otherwise, locally heavy rainfall and lightning will be the primary concerns.

It will be much cooler for the weekend with highs in the upper 40’s to lower 50’s.

There will be more information to pass along to you on Friday.



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Durbin Statement On Reports Of National Guard Deportation Force

Press Release from Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D) Springfield

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee, released the following statement after a leaked pre-decisional memo outlining a Trump Administration plan to mobilize 100,000 National Guard troops to arrest and detain unauthorized immigrants. The reports are being denied by the White House and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


From Senator Durbin's website

From Senator Durbin’s website

“The reported Trump Administration plan to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to arrest and detain unauthorized immigrants would be a frightening exercise of police state tactics.

“Trump executive orders have re-defined criminal activity so as to make undocumented immigrants with traffic offenses priorities for deportation. The same order calls for increasing the number of ICE agents to enforce the order from 5,000 to 15,000.

“Now, this plan which would add 100,000 Guardsmen to the effort shows the extreme measures the Trump Administration would take to break up families and deport people who have lived in this country peaceably for decades.

“We cannot rein in the hateful anti-immigrant agenda of the Administration unless the American people stand in solidarity against it.

“This is not a bizarre tweet. This is a brazen, heavy-handed assault on innocent people.”

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Press release from Congressman Mike Bost’s office (R- Murphysboro)

Mike_Bost_official_photoWASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Representatives Mike Bost (R-IL), a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, today unveiled bipartisan legislation, the VA Health Center Management Stability and Improvement Act, to address the growing problem of VA medical centers operating without permanent directors. Rep. Bost introduced the bill along with Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA), Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI).

“No business or organization can successfully operate under a revolving door of short-term leaders – especially not one tasked with caring for America’s heroes,” said Rep. Bost.  “At a time when restoring accountability and leadership at the VA is a primary focus, we can’t afford to continue operating in this haphazard way.  As a veteran myself, it’s my duty to do my part in providing the stability necessary to ensure our veterans receive the care they deserve.”

“It’s ridiculous that we have more than 20 VA medical centers without a permanent director across the country, including James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center in Altoona,” said Congressman Bill Shuster. “It makes it difficult for these facilities to succeed when there is no permanent leadership, and I strongly support legislative efforts to require the VA to address this problem.”

More than 20 VA medical centers nationwide currently lack a permanent director. Some of these facilities have not been staffed by a permanent director in almost two years. In lieu of a permanent director, these facilities have been managed by interim directors who may only serve in that capacity for an average tenure of 120 days. Rep. Bost’s legislation would require the Secretary of the VA to report to Congress with a plan for addressing the shortage of permanent directors, a shortage that could hinder the ability to engage in long-term planning and other functions necessary to improve service delivery to our veterans.

The VA Health Center Management Stability and Improvement Act:

  • Requires the Secretary of the VA to develop and submit to Congress a plan to hire highly-qualified medical directors for each medical center that lacks a permanent director within 120 days of enactment;
  • Identifies possible impediments to staffing facilities with permanent directors; and
  • Assesses the possibility of promoting and training qualified candidates from within the VA for promotion to Senior Executive Service positions.




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Severin Responds to St. Clair Judge Denying AG Madigan’s motion to block paychecks to state employees as a result of the budget impasse

Statement from State Represenative Dave Severin (R) Benton’s website,

Dave Severin (middle) on the floor of the General Assembly

Dave Severin (middle right) on the floor of the General Assembly

Thursday, the St. Clair County Circuit Court made a responsible decision to deny the Attorney General’s request to block paychecks to state workers amidst the current budget impasse. From the beginning I felt this was a political stunt. It is a waste of time and tax payer money to create these legal battles that distract everyone from our root problems.

Now it’s up to the General Assembly and the Governor to come together pass a balanced budget. However, to avoid future threats to state employees, I am supporting a bipartisan effort that would keep them from being used as political pawn permanently by guaranteeing their pay checks even in the absence of a budget.”

ISP District 13 press release on the wreck in Washington County

The wreck on I-64 between Okawville and Nashville was talked about extensively on Social Media.  Here is the press release.


Arial picture of the tie up on East Bound route 64.  WSIL photo.

Arial picture of the tie up on East Bound route 64. WSIL photo.

The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police District 13

WHAT: Three Motorcycle Personal Injury Traffic Crash

WHERE: I64 East Bound at Mile Post 45.5, Washington County

WHEN: Friday, February 17, 2017 at 11:05 A.M.

VEHICLES: 2005 Harley Davidson FLH motorcycle, 2006 Harley Davidson FLT motorcycle, and 2015 Harley Davidson FLH motorcycle

RIDERS: 2005 – Arron G. Chaney, a 30 year old male of Junction City, KS – Transported via ambulance to a local hospital.
2006 – Mikhail A. Williams, a 24 year old male of Columbia, MO – Uninjured.
2015 – Brandon R. Harrison, a 33 year old male of Columbia, MO – Major Life Threatening Injuries – Flown from the scene via medical helicopter to a regional hospital.

PRELIMINARY: Preliminary investigative details indicate a group of motorcyclists were traveling on I64 East Bound at mile post 45.5. The vehicle in front of them slowed for an unknown reason. The motorcyclists who were riding too closely to each other within the group, were not able to react in time due to the short distances between vehicles. Three of the motorcycles within the group struck each other in a chain reaction type crash. This caused them to lose control, their respective riders to be ejected, and the motorcycles to come to rest in the median and left edge of the roadway. All involved riders were wearing helmets.

All east bound traffic on I64 was diverted off at the Okawville (Exit 41) exit while ISP Traffic Crash Reconstructionists investigated the crash. The traffic diversion lasted from shortly after the crash until approximately 3:30 P.M. when all lanes were reopened. The crash investigation continues, however no additional information will be released at this time.

CHARGES: Chaney was charged with Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid a Crash.

All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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