• March is Severe Weather Preparedness Month

    Severe Weather Preparedness Month

    March is Severe Weather Preparedness Month. Illinois is no stranger to severe weather, so whether it be tornadoes, flooding or thunderstorms, make sure you are prepared for the worst.

    What severe weather can happen in my area?
    The first step to preparedness is knowing what kind of severe weather can happen in your area. Severe weather in Illinois can take on a wide variety of forms. Visit to see severe weather alerts in your county.

    Tornado preparedness

    • Identify a safe location such as a crawl space, basement or a small, interior room with no windows
    • Keep your head covered
    • Use a battery powered radio to listen for updates

    Flood preparedness

    • Evacuate immediately if told, and keep emergency supplies together in an easily accessible place
    • Food, bottled water, flashlight, blankets, medications, pet supplies
    • NEVER drive in flood waters
    • Only one foot of water can sweep your car away and you can never tell how deep the water really is
    • Know a way to get to the highest point in a building
    • Do NOT take refuge in a closed attic, as you may be trapped by rising water

    Severe thunderstorm preparedness

    • Stay indoors when you can hear thunder or see lightning
    • Use a battery powered radio to listen for updates
    • Secure outdoor furniture
    • Unplug all electronic devices and appliances

    You can find more severe weather preparedness tips at

  • Munoz: Remember to respect school bus stop signs

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  • Measure to expand school bus safety passes Senate

    manar bus stopSPRINGFIELD- State Senator Andy Manar’s (D-Bunker Hill) plan to require vehicles to stop for stopped school buses on public highways located on public school grounds passed the Senate on Thursday.

    “We have had numerous instances in Bunker Hill where cars fail to stop before passing a school bus, which poses a serious danger,” said Manar. “In the end, this plan centers on providing for the safety of our students and motorists alike.”

  • 16 for 16: New laws for a New Year

    16 fpr 16: New laws for a New Year

    Much of the General Assembly’s work in 2015 was focused on the Illinois budget stalemate, but a variety of new laws are set to go into effect Jan. 1.

    Check out our list of 16 new laws that may affect you in 2016 – on the road, at school, in your home and around your neighborhood.

    Read a full list with descriptions of more new laws here.