• Flood Advisory for Epworth - Click for Details
    Expires: February 28, 2021 @ 8:15am
    PRECAUTIONARY
    Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding.
    LOCATION
    Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for... Hamilton County in south central Illinois... White County in southeastern Illinois... Posey County in southwestern Indiana... Spencer County in southwestern Indiana... Vanderburgh County in southwestern Indiana... Warrick County in southwestern Indiana... Daviess County in northwestern Kentucky... Henderson County in northwestern Kentucky... Union County in northwestern Kentucky...
    DURATION
    Until 815 AM CST.
  • Flood Watch for Epworth - Click for Details
    Expires: February 28, 2021 @ 12:00pm
    PRECAUTIONARY
    A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. If you live in an area prone to flooding, be prepared to take action should flooding develop. Do not enter or cross flowing water or water of unknown depth, and remember, flood waters are harder to see at night. Never cross a barricaded road.
    LOCATION
    Portions of southern Illinois...southwest Indiana and southeast Missouri, including the following areas, in southern Illinois, Alexander, Franklin, Hamilton, Jackson, Johnson, Pulaski, Saline, Union, White and Williamson. In southwest Indiana, Gibson and Pike. In southeast Missouri, Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Perry MO, Ripley, Scott, Stoddard and Wayne MO.
    DURATION
    Until Noon CST today
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    A consistent signal for locally heavy rain is forecast, especially tonight. Storm total average rainfall is forecast to range from one to two inches in the Watch area and, with thunderstorms forecast, localized higher totals are possible. This amount of cumulative rainfall will be falling on recently soaked grounds from melted snowfall, so the ability to soak in all this expected rainfall will be compromised and likely to cause flood issues.
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Gov. Rauner: It’s time to set Illinois on a path for success

The following is an excerpt op-ed by Governor Rauner that ran in the State Journal-Register outlining why Illinois needs a balanced budget alongside structural reforms:

Illinois has been going down the wrong path for far too many years. Time and again, leaders have failed to make spending reductions and the structural changes necessary to end decades of budget deficits. Instead they have chosen politically expedient quick fixes that have made things worse in the long run. As a result, today our state has about $11 billion in unpaid bills, a $130 billion unfunded pension liability and a shrinking population base. In fact, last year Illinois lost more residents than any other state – nearly 40,000 people.

That is why I have stood strong while some have called on us to just pass another unbalanced budget with a massive tax hike, call it a day and go home.

It is critical that the General Assembly pass a comprehensive balanced budget immediately and end the undue hardship being felt across our state. And in order to truly get Illinois back on track, that budget must be accompanied by bipartisan reforms that will grow jobs, lower property taxes, improve schools and enact term limits.

 

Enough is enough. It is time to make the long-term, structural changes necessary to ensure our state’s fiscal security for years to come.

To fully understand why I feel so strongly about reforms, it is important to know some of what I have put on the table for discussion:

First and foremost, I have looked to change policies in order to grow jobs. When I meet with employers, both in Illinois and across the country, they cite two primary challenges for businesses in our state: we have the highest property tax burden in the nation and an uncompetitive workers’ compensation system. Those costs are particularly harmful to employers with large physical footprints and large workforces. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that while other states, like Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky are growing, Illinois has lost 34 percent of its manufacturing jobs since 2000 alone.

We’re proposing a permanent freeze on property taxes while giving voters in every community more control over how their government spends their tax dollars. Under our proposal, property taxes cannot rise unless local voters decide to raise them at the ballot box.

Workers’ compensation reform, coupled with lower property taxes, will bring down the cost of doing business in Illinois and encourage employers to locate, invest and create new jobs in our state.

Finally, it is critical that we enact term limits on politicians. When elected leaders are entrenched in office, they become less accountable to the taxpayers and more resistant to any change in the status quo. Enactment of term limits would return government to the people. Just as importantly, it would send a signal to job creators across the country that Illinois is serious about changing the way we do business.

Does passing a budget depend upon implementing every item on my reform agenda? Of course not; that would be unreasonable. Similarly, I believe it is unreasonable for the speaker to require that there be absolutely no change in order to agree upon a budget.

With the New Year and new members in the General Assembly, I am optimistic that we can find consensus on a budget and much-needed structural changes, both of which are long overdue. But in order to reach an agreement, all sides need to want an agreement. It is my hope that all parties will come back to Springfield ready to work and negotiate in good faith so that we can set Illinois on a path to success for years to come.