TribLocal - McHenry /mchenry TribLocal – Chicagoland's local news community Tue, 27 Nov 2012 00:06:25 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 101 degrees today? Maybe, maybe not /mchenry/2012/06/28/could-hit-101-today-its-going-to-heat-up-fast/ /mchenry/2012/06/28/could-hit-101-today-its-going-to-heat-up-fast/#comments Thu, 28 Jun 2012 12:07:58 +0000 Heather Leszczewicz /barrington/?p=32163

Even though downtown Chicago baked in 97-degree heat at midday, the National Weather Service said it was looking less likely — but still possible — that the official high today will hit 100 for the first time since 2005.

The official recording station at O’Hare International Airport registered just 93 degrees at noon, but temperatures were still dangerously hot throughout the Chicago area. The humidity made it feel like 99 at O’Hare and 102 Wheeling, Northerly Island and Waukegan.

“It doesn’t look as likely,” said National Weather Servce meteorologist Richard Castro this afternoon when asked about hitting the 100 mark.

But the expected lakefront cooling won’t be very strong and a cold front won’t arrive until late in the afternoon, Castro said. So temperatures could even hit 101, which would tie the record for the date. By 2 p.m., temperatures had climbed to 98 at O’Hare, with a heat index of 107, and 99 at the lakefront, with  heat index of 110.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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Scorcher: Thursday will be hottest day in nearly 7 years /mchenry/2012/06/27/scorcher-thursday-will-be-hottest-day-in-nearly-7-years/ /mchenry/2012/06/27/scorcher-thursday-will-be-hottest-day-in-nearly-7-years/#comments Wed, 27 Jun 2012 15:15:28 +0000 Heather Leszczewicz /barrington/?p=32094 Thursday is shaping up to be the hottest day in nearly seven years, with highs of 100 degrees or more that could set a new record.

The last time we topped 100 degrees at O’Hare International Airport — the city’s official recording station — was back on July 24, 2005 when the mercury climbed to 102 degrees. The record for June 28 is 101 degrees, set in 1971.

We’ll get a running start Wednesday with sunny skies and highs in the mid 90s. On Thursday, sunny again with the temperature likely to hit 101, according to the Chicago Weather Center. The combination of heat and humidity will make it feel more like 105 to 110.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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Heatwave expected to move in by midweek /mchenry/2012/06/25/heatwave-expected-to-move-in-by-midweek/ /mchenry/2012/06/25/heatwave-expected-to-move-in-by-midweek/#comments Mon, 25 Jun 2012 11:58:24 +0000 Heather Leszczewicz /schaumburg/?p=41991 Officials are expecting three-digit temperatures to move into the area Thursday following a brief cold front that may produce scattered thunderstorms tonight.

Meteorologist Paul Dailey said the storms will be “hit or miss” with some locations getting more rain than others.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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Skilling: Pleasant end to the work week /mchenry/2012/06/22/skilling-pleasant-end-to-the-work-week/ /mchenry/2012/06/22/skilling-pleasant-end-to-the-work-week/#comments Fri, 22 Jun 2012 13:14:05 +0000 Kara Silva /barrington/?p=31890

The work week ends with sunshine and warmth but without the humidity that smothered the first half of the week.

Friday is to deliver 85-degree warmth for the 25th time this year in a month running a solid 5 degrees above normal — the ninth consecutive month to produce a temperature surplus here and the warmest June of the past quarter century.

Read more at chicagotribune.com.

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Judge delays retrial of decade-old McHenry County murder case for more DNA tests /mchenry/2012/06/21/judge-delays-retrial-of-decade-old-mchenry-county-murder-case-for-more-dna-tests/ /mchenry/2012/06/21/judge-delays-retrial-of-decade-old-mchenry-county-murder-case-for-more-dna-tests/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2012 19:21:47 +0000 Kara Silva /mchenry/?p=30214 The Illinois State Crime lab is testing evidence in a decade-old case as the defense and prosecutors prepare for the second trial of a man charged in the slaying of a teenage stock-boy at a McHenry County grocery store.

Twelve blood stains, two finger prints and a palm print are being tested for the new jury trial of Mario Casciaro, 29, of Johnsburg, now scheduled for Oct. 22.

Read more at  chicagotribune.com.

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Winners and losers: Chicago-area casinos 20 years later /mchenry/2012/06/21/winners-and-losers-chicago-area-casinos-20-years-later/ /mchenry/2012/06/21/winners-and-losers-chicago-area-casinos-20-years-later/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2012 11:52:42 +0000 Heather Leszczewicz /des-plaines/?p=45493

The first suburban Chicago casino opened 20 years ago this month, bringing with it hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in taxes, but also stories of gambling addiction and hardship for some area residents.

Joliet’s Empress Casino, which was renamed Hollywood Casino Joliet in 2010, welcomed its first customers in June 1992. Over the next two years, casinos opened in Joliet, Aurora and Elgin. Rivers Casino in Des Plaines opened last July, and gambling expansion talks in Springfield could put new casinos in the north and south suburbs and downtown Chicago.

During the past two decades, the fissure between casino supporters and opponents has remained deep.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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Skilling: Warmest June in 25 years, but relief in sight /mchenry/2012/06/20/skilling-warmest-june-in-25-years-but-relief-in-sight/ /mchenry/2012/06/20/skilling-warmest-june-in-25-years-but-relief-in-sight/#comments Wed, 20 Jun 2012 13:48:39 +0000 Heather Leszczewicz /arlington-heights/?p=49943 The Chicago area will swelter through a third straight day of 90s Wednesday, making June the warmest here in 25 years.

But relief is in sight. The highs will simmer down to the low 80s or even upper 70s Thursday, Friday and Saturday, then the middle 70s on Monday and Tuesday.

Wednesday’s high is expected to be around 94, and that means June will have eight 90s on the books when the summer solstice arrives this evening. The average temperature of 71.9 degrees so far this month is 5 degrees above the norm and the warmest June 1-20 period since 1987.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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Lifeguard on duty: Swim at your own risk /mchenry/2012/06/20/lifeguard-on-duty-swim-at-your-own-risk/ /mchenry/2012/06/20/lifeguard-on-duty-swim-at-your-own-risk/#comments Wed, 20 Jun 2012 12:04:01 +0000 Heather Leszczewicz /arlington-heights/?p=49936

Lifeguards at Pioneer Park pool in Arlington Heights always have to be on alert — for swimmers in trouble, but also for the lifeguard certification agency that could show up at any time to videotape them on duty, conduct a simulated drowning or quiz them on proper rescue techniques.

Pool managers also perform unannounced drills. At one drill Tuesday, a pool manager tossed a baby mannequin into the deep end from outside the view of the lifeguard on duty. The guard calmly but quickly stood up, blew her whistle three times, jumped in and fished out the doll in a matter of seconds.

In response to drowning deaths, lawsuits, improved training and rescue techniques and the proliferation of risk managers, lifeguards at public pools and beaches in the Chicago area appear to receive more rigorous training than ever before.

Many area park districts rely on national certification agencies like the American Red Cross and Jeff Ellis & Associates that focus on constant vigilance to prevent drownings. The training regimens may require off-season instruction, weekly refreshers during the summer and the passage of surprise drills and inspections. Park district insurance companies also typically require audits and intense oversight of lifeguards.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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Skilling: We’re on a hot streak not seen since 1977 /mchenry/2012/06/19/skilling-were-on-a-hot-streak-not-seen-since-1977/ /mchenry/2012/06/19/skilling-were-on-a-hot-streak-not-seen-since-1977/#comments Tue, 19 Jun 2012 13:50:30 +0000 Heather Leszczewicz /arlington-heights/?p=49902

A second uncomfortable day lies ahead, potentially hotter than Monday, with highs in the middle to upper 90s.

The reading would mark the 12th time this year that the Chicago area has been visited by a 90-plus temperatures. Only one other year — since official weather records began in 1871 — has logged more 90-degree or higher readings by June 19. The year was 1977 and there were 13 days in the 90s by this date.

The warm air covering the Midwest has discouraged the formation of clouds and rain. The brutally hot and often bone-dry summer of 1988 serves as a benchmark for hot summers in the Chicago area. That year produced more 90 and 100-degree temperatures than any other on the record books here — 47 and 7, respectively.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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Shedd Aquarium offers free admission week for Illinois residents /mchenry/2012/06/18/shedd-aquarium-offers-free-admission-week-for-illinois-residents/ /mchenry/2012/06/18/shedd-aquarium-offers-free-admission-week-for-illinois-residents/#comments Mon, 18 Jun 2012 19:12:29 +0000 Kara Silva /barrington/?p=31784

One of Chicago’s top tourist attractions is offering a free week for Illinois residents.

The Shedd Aquarium has free general admission through Friday (EDITOR’S NOTE — An earlier version of this story said the offer extended through Sunday).

Read more at chicagotribune.com.

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