SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) would like to warn of a potentially dangerous line of storms moving through the Midwest that could impact much of the state Wednesday evening and especially Northern Illinois counties.
The storms are expected to bring heavy rains, large hail and strong winds until midnight. Flash flood watches are in place throughout portions of the state, with flooding possible in low-lying areas, river streams and viaducts.
IDOT is receiving regular updates from the National Weather Service (NWS) and is preparing all districts throughout the state for the possibility of severe weather. IDOT will continue to coordinate with the NWS and other entities to provide information on pre-storm information as well as post storm response.
Motorists are urged to take precautions on the roads, as storms could potentially impact driving conditions.
Severe Weather Driving Tips:
· Do not drive through flooded areas
- Be aware of vehicles around you
- High winds are most problematic for drivers of trucks, buses, recreational vehicles, campers, and drivers who are towing trailers
- Turn on your headlights (low beams) and slow down
- Allow extra distance for braking
For a list of road closures, please visit http://www.dot.il.gov/road/roadClosures.htm. For real-time updates on today's storms, please visithttp://Ready.Illinois.gov /.
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Washington, D.C. –Senator Joe Donnelly released the following statement after voting in the full Senate Armed Services Committee National Defense Authorization Act mark-up on the issue of sexual assault prevention in the military. Senator Donnelly voted against Chairman Levin’s amendment that removed and replaced existing language sponsored by Senator Gillibrand regarding the chain of command. Chairman Levin’s amendment passed the Committee, 17 to 9.
“Two weeks ago, I attended a Clothesline Project event at the AmVets in Indianapolis, where dozens of Hoosier survivors of military sexual assault ‘aired’ their stories on t-shirts strung around the room. Hearing and reading their stories of violent assault, of a lack of justice served, or the retaliation they faced from fellow soldiers was heartbreaking.
“I have concluded that only a significant, serious change to the status quo will lead to a truly ‘zero tolerance’ policy. Survivors of sexual assault need to regain trust in the United States Armed Forces.
“I am thankful for Chairman Levin’s work on this issue, and I think his proposal is strong and moves us significantly in the right direction. It goes a long way toward dramatically improving the current system. Our military and its leaders are working hard to end this scourge against our servicemembers. However, in light of the seriousness and size of this problem, I supported Senator Gillibrand’s proposal in the mark. I think this is the right way to go as we seek to enact a zero tolerance policy for sexual assault in the Armed Forces.”
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(Photo Courtesy of obitsforlife.com)
The body of a 20 year old Army Specialist who was killed Friday in a crash while serving at Fort Campbell in Kentucky will be returned to Northwest Indiana tomorrow. Alan Jon (AJ) Roach Jr. of Nashville, Tennessee, formerly of Crown Point, is scheduled to arrive at Chicago's O'Hare Aiport around 8:30am. The Indiana Patriot Guard will then pick up the escort with Geisen's Funeral Home at 61st Avenue and Broadway, scheduled around 10am, but the actual time of arrival could vary due to traffic. Geisen's Funeral Home says visitation for Roach will take place Thursday, from 2pm-8pm, with the funeral service scheduled for 10am Friday, at the funeral home in Crown Point. Interment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery in Crown Point.
In memory of A.J., memorial donations may be given to: Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.
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The National Storm Prediction Center says there is a high risk for severe weather in northern Indiana tonight, while the rest of the state is under a moderate or slight risk. The “high risk” designation is not used often, and means patterns are developing which could cause extreme weather. The National Weather Service says these storms may bring widespread damaging winds, large hail, dangerous lightning, tornadoes, and torrential rainfall producing flash flooding.
Hoosiers should remain aware of changing weather conditions, and assess the need to travel while severe weather is in the area. Consider bringing any outdoor furniture or items inside.
With weather systems like this, it's not uncommon to see widespread power outages. While utility companies will be working to quickly repair any outages, storms of this size and magnitude often make it very difficult to restore power immediately.
Take the time now to charge cell phones, laptops and other devices, so that if power goes out, electronic devices will have a maximum charge.
Essential supplies to gather ahead of time in case utilities are disrupted:
- Food and water for three days (includes a minimum of one gallon of water per person, per day)
- Battery operated or hand crank all hazards radio
- Extra batteries for radio and flashlight
- Special items (baby formula, insulin, medications)
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In Gary, police are investigating a double homicide. Gary Police Corporal Gabrielle King says two cousins were found shot to death inside a home in Glen Park early this morning in the 49 hundred block of Washington Street. King says officers were dispatched to the scene around 5:30 this morning, for a call of shots fired, and found 18 year old Fredrick Stubbs and 19 year old Dontrell Wilson unresponsive in the bedroom of the residence. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Gary Police Detective James Bond at (219) 881-7300 Ext 3018.
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To hear our interview with Dr. Bart Wolf this morning, visit News Audio on Demand here at our website.
The National Weather Service says widespread severe weather is expected from the Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic today [ Wednesday ], with primary threats being large hail and damaging wind gusts. In addition to the severe weather, flooding will be possible as heavy rainfall is expected with the storms that develop and move into these areas.
Photo: Multiple cloud-to-ground and cloud-to-cloud lightning strokes during night-time. Observed during night-time thunderstorm.
Image ID: nssl0010, NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) Collection
Photographer: C. Clark
Credit: NOAA Photo Library, NOAA Central Library; OAR/ERL/National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL)
The ceremony will be streamed live on the internet at 11:00a.m. (CDT) Users should visit ustream.tv then type the words “Gary Access Network” in the search box. Gary residents with Comcast Cable service may view the funeral service live on WJPN-TV Channel 4.
“We know that countless Rudy Clay admirers near and far want to pay their respects,” said Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson. “Thanks to the power of technology, we are giving them the opportunity to share in and witness a historic service via television or the internet.”
The funeral for Mayor Clay will take place Wednesday, June 12 at the Genesis Convention Center at 11:00a.m. In addition to Freeman-Wilson, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Judge Greg Mathis are scheduled to give remarks. The eulogy will be delivered by the Reverend Dr. Essie Clark-George, Presiding Elder of Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.
Clay also served as Indiana State Senator, County Recorder, County Councilman, County Commissioner in Lake County before becoming Mayor of Gary in 2006, and winning re-election the next year. Clay left politics two years ago because of prostate cancer. Clay was 77.
The school superintendent of Hammond Schools told the the Times he was lucky to have survived an accident around 11-o'clock Saturday morning that police say showed the district vehicle, a Jeep Grand Cherokee, went through the parking lot of a donut shop at 173rd and Calumet Avenue, then crossed 173rd and struck a brick wall, fence and storage building, before crashing into a wooden playhouse in someone's yard. The report says 66-year-old Walter Watkins received a ticket for unreasonable speed.
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(Photos Courtesy of the Porter County Sheriff's Office)
Members of the Porter County Sheriff's Office over the weekend were in Terre Haute for the Special Olympics. Sgt. Larry LaFlower says he, along with Officer Paul Czupryn, visited the campus of Indiana State University on Saturday to present medals, and found the experience to be both very fun and rewarding.
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HAMMOND, Ind. — Purdue University Calumet is Indiana’s No. 2-ranked college/university for providing a quality education at an affordable price.
The College Database recently released its rankings of top Indiana higher educational institutions based on best financial return on investment. Purdue Calumet is ranked behind Purdue University at West Lafayette.
“Value and affordability comprise the cornerstone of the Purdue education we offer at Purdue Calumet,” Chancellor Thomas L. Keon said. “This recognition verifies that an education built on academic excellence that enables personal and professional success can be both high quality and reasonably priced.”
For its rankings, The College Database used a metric that considers institutions with annual tuition rates of less than $20,000 and new graduates who earn an average annual salary of at least $40,000. The College Database reported that recent Purdue Calumet graduates command an average annual salary of $42,900, while the tuition Purdue Calumet students pay is the lowest among ranked institutions.
“With the cost of college a concern for many families, it’s important for students to find a school that produces successful, well-paid graduates,” Matt Davis, managing director of communication & partnerships for The College Database, said. “We believe it’s equally important to recognize the colleges and universities that offer both quality and affordable post-secondary options.”
Rankings of Indiana institutions
Nine institutions qualified for The College Database Indiana rankings. They are:
1. Purdue University (West Lafayette)
2. Purdue University Calumet
3. Indiana University (Bloomington)
4. IIT Technical Institute (Indianapolis)
5. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
6. Indiana State University
7. Ball State University
8. Indiana University-Purdue University Ft. Wayne (IPFW)
9. University of Southern Indiana
The College Database, according to its web site, uses data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census Bureau and American Fact Finder to develop its rankings. More comprehensive information can be accessed at the College Database website.
Other recent Purdue Calumet recognitions
Purdue Calumet’s ranking by The College Database follows other recent recognitions the university has received, including:
· “Best College/University” -- The Times of NW Indiana Best of the Region 2013 readership survey;
· “Best Adult Educational Institution” – The Times of NW Indiana Best of the Region 2013 readership survey;
· “Best University for Attaining a Technology Degree” – 2013 Best of Northwest Indiana Business magazine readership survey;
· Top 100 status in awarding degrees to minority students – Diverse: Issues in Higher Educationmagazine.
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