• River Flood Warning for Epworth - Click for Details
    Effective: March 02, 2021 @ 11:08am
    Expires: December 31, 2049 @ 6:00pm
    PRECAUTIONARY
    Motorists should not attempt to drive around barricades or drive cars through flooded areas. Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Additional information is available at www.weather.gov. The next statement will be issued Monday evening at 1100 PM CST.
    LOCATION

    FORECAST
    The river is expected to rise above flood stage early Tuesday afternoon and continue rising to a crest of 18.3 feet Monday, March 08.
    DURATION
    From Tuesday morning until further notice.
    INFO1
    At 8:30 PM CST Sunday the stage was 11.4 feet.
    INFO2
    Flood stage is 15.0 feet.
    INFO3
    Minor flooding is forecast.
    INFO4
    Impact...At 19.0 feet, Harmonie State Park is closed. Surrounding bottomland is flooded.
  • River Flood Warning for Epworth - Click for Details
    Effective: March 01, 2021 @ 12:32pm
    Expires: December 31, 2049 @ 6:00pm
    PRECAUTIONARY
    N/A
    LOCATION
    The Flood Warning continues for the Wabash River at Mount Carmel.
    FORECAST
    The river is expected to rise above flood stage this afternoon and continue rising to a crest of 24.5 feet Sunday morning.
    DURATION
    From this afternoon until further notice.
    INFO1
    At 5:45 AM CST Monday /6:45 AM EST Monday/ the stage was 17.0 feet.
    INFO2
    Flood stage is 19.0 feet.
    INFO3
    Minor flooding is forecast.
    INFO4
    Flood History...This crest compares to a previous crest of 24.5 feet on 05/01/1970.
  • River Flood Warning for Epworth - Click for Details
    Expires: December 31, 2049 @ 6:00pm
    PRECAUTIONARY
    Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Additional information is available at www.weather.gov. The next statement will be issued Monday evening at 1045 PM CST.
    LOCATION

    FORECAST
    The river is expected to rise above flood stage early tomorrow afternoon and continue rising to a crest of 29.0 feet early Friday afternoon.
    DURATION
    From Monday morning until further notice.
    INFO1
    At 7:30 PM CST Sunday the stage was 25.2 feet.
    INFO2
    Flood stage is 27.0 feet.
    INFO3
    Minor flooding is forecast.
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McCarter: Extended unemployment benefits for Granite City Steel shortchanges workers and U.I. Trust Fund

Senate Bill 1941, approved by the General Assembly on the final day of the fall Veto Session, is a poor response to the plight of unemployed Granite City Steel workers and abuses the principles behind the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, according to State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-O’Fallon).

“I feel for the workers at Granite City Steel, but extending unemployment benefits is a second-class handout when working families want opportunities,” said McCarter. “Ironically, the legislation was sponsored by the same people who have been AWOL for years on real reforms to improve Illinois’ business/jobs climate. The same Senator representing Granite City consistently opposed or failed to support reforms to lower Workers’ Compensation and Unemployment Insurance rates and reduce other business regulations that hurt competitiveness and prevent job creation.”

Under SB1941, out-of-work Granite City Steel employees will receive an additional 26 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits when they exhaust their current 26 weeks. This plan is estimated to cost around $16 million. The additional benefits will be paid from the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, to which all Illinois employers contribute.

“The money in the Trust Fund is not the Legislature’s money to be giving out,” said McCarter. “Employers across this state have been paying higher Unemployment Insurance rates for years. And yes, there is $1.5 billion in the account, but that excess should lead to lower rates for employers. The U.I. Trust Fund is not a personal piggybank for lawmakers, but it appears it’s easy to give away other peoples’ money.”

McCarter said the story of Granite City Steel and other Illinois manufacturers who’ve closed their doors tells him it’s long past time for economic and government reform.

“The status quo of high unemployment and job and business losses of the past decade must end,” said McCarter. “If we’re going to return Illinois to prosperity and opportunity, the General Assembly should pass reforms that can turn around our struggling state economy,” said McCarter.