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Archive for July 18th, 2016

Sunday Storms Spun Tornado in Kankakee County, Funnel Clouds in Putnam

Posted by wlpo on July 18, 2016

Sunday night’s storms led to a tornado touchdown in Kankakee County, in addition to some funnel clouds that touched down in northern Livingston County.

The National Weather Service office in Romeoville said the tornado had winds of 100 miles-per-hour, was 200 yards wide, and travelled for about 2.2 miles near the village of Cabery. Crews were also out looking to see if a tornado had touched down in Putnam County.

A fire chief set a warning off after reporting a brief tornado southwest of Hennepin Sunday night. Five minutes later, a funnel cloud briefly went up and down in Putnam County near Florid.

The storms blew strong through the Illinois Valley on Sunday. Ottawa Police also reported limbs, trees, and power lines had been downed.

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Governor Rauner Signs Bill Banning “Bath Salts” on Monday

Posted by wlpo on July 18, 2016

Governor Rauner took aim at bath salts Monday in a move that actually has nothing to do with your tub.

The governor signed a bill in a town just outside of Springfield which would ban the so-called “bath salts,” chemicals which mimic the effects of other powerful drugs. According to Rauner the “epidemic” has been on the rise in rural communities throughout the state.

The bill makes it illegal for anyone in the state to sell the chemicals. If caught, retailers could face a fine of up to $150,000. Most states have already passed similar legislation.

The recently-signed bill will take effect in January of next year.

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