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  • A heat advisory goes into effect Wednesday at noon and will last until late Saturday which has resulted in DeWitt County safety officials activating its cooling centers for the second straight week.
     
    The DeWitt County Emergency Management Agency Office has announced cooling centers will be available at the Warner Library and DeWitt County Friendship Center.
     
    The Friendship Center is open from 8 am to 3 pm Wednesday through Friday at 410 East Main Street.
     
    The Warner Library is open from 9 am to 9 pm Wednesday and Thursday, 9 am to 5pm Friday and from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday at 310 North Quincy Street.
     
    The library does not allow drinks or snacks. 
     
    Increasing heat and humidity are forecasted, with temperatures over 90 degrees and high humidity. This mix of heat and humidity will push Heat Indexes to 100 to 110 degrees from Wednesday to Saturday. 

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  • Bringing the community together to support the fight against substance abuse is the goal of a Saturday event on the downtown Square in Clinton.
     
    The DeWitt County Coalition is helping host Sober Jai, Jamie Smith, a recovering addict from Champaign, and the event Clinton Cares. Pam Schwartz with the Coalition explains the day starts at 11 am with narcan training at the Warner Library and that is open to the public.
     
     
    The days features various musical performances on the square and special guest speakers. Schwartz indicates they will have food and drinks available and there are going to be several kids activities.
     
     
    Schwartz indicates the narcan training is a great opportunity for anyone that works with the public. She notes you never know when you might need it.
     
     
    To get registered for the narcan training at 11 am Saturday at the Warner Public Library, contact Schwartz at the DeWitt County Sheriff's Office at 217-935-9507. 
     
    Clinton Cares then opens on the square at noon and goes until 7 pm. 

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  • The new Clinton Chamber of Commerce website is up and running.
     
    While not quite perfected yet, Executive Director Marian Brisard indicates they have a new format that is going to be very user friendly for their members and the community.
     
     
    According to Brisard, members will be able to update their own information and make payments there. She adds it was a much needed update in a cyber-driven world.
     
     
    Brisard is excited about the community calendar feature. She explains a business can add an event they are having for anyone in the community to see.
     
     
    The URL is the same for the website. Brisard says visit clintonilchamber.com to see the new layout and check out what is happening in the community. 

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  • There are about 700 Community Foundations across the nation, Illinois alone boasts 40. The Illinois Prairie Community Foundation (IPCF) serves McLean, DeWitt, Livingston, and Logan counties.
     
    According to Cathy Davis, the IPCF's goal is to carve a space for the future and the non-profit sector to continue to do the work that keeps our communities viable.
     
     
    Davis adds that there are five categories for grants, but the most accessible are the Arts and Culture and General grants. There is also a program within the IPCF called Youth Engaged in Philanthropy which gave to Read Across Clinton this year.
     
     
    To learn more about apply for the grant programs, visit their website at www.ilprairiecf.org, call them at (309) 662-4477, or email Michelle Evans at mevans@ilprairiecf.org.

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  • There are plenty of young teachers out looking for jobs this summer and now landing a teaching gig might be a little easier.
     
    The State Board of Education says that there are one thousand open teaching jobs and a new law to streamline the licensing requirements for those jobs should help fill some of them. 
     
    ISBE’s Emily Fox says that the new law will lower the minimum age to apply for an educator license and remove a coursework requirement for existing teachers looking to renew provisional career and technical education licenses. Fox says this should help out some specific areas of the state. 
     
     
    Districts around the state also say they are often faced with shortages of substitute teachers.

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  • As farmers follow the numbers on the Chicago Board of Trade this summer, a trading expert advises them to be patient, especially those with old crop in storage. 
     
    Doug Werling with Bower Trading says there’s been much volatility already this week, but…….
     
     
    Bower says that was evident Tuesday, the market was “bullish” in the morning and then by midday it was cooler and wetter and there was a sell off. He calls it a “trader’s market” right now. 

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  • U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is fighting the nomination of John Bush to serve a lifetime appointment on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. 
     
    Durbin told colleagues Mr. Bush has made dozens of provocative comments during his legal career that call into question his temperament and judgment.
     
     
    Durbin says he's getting little evidence that Bush can be a fair and impartial judge.
     
     
    Bush is an attorney based in Louisville.

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