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The Steve Dahl Show – May 29, 2018 – Sample

The guys had a terrific memorial day weekend! Steve recaps how he spent his evening, which included lots of TV! A new addition to the Dahl family is coming soon! Dag and Brendan share wedding stories from over the weekend! Plus your emails!

UPDATE: Nearly 2M to travel in Illinois over stormy Memorial Day weekend

(CHICAGO) Nearly two million people are expected to travel in Illinois over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, despite long security lines at airports and a stormy weather forecast.

The bad news for travelers and barbecue-goers over the holiday—most of the weekend is expected to be hot and humid, with several chances for showers and thunderstorms.

Friday is expected to see a high of 83 degrees with a 50 percent chance of showers and storms, the National Weather Service forecasts. Friday night, showers are likely and a thunderstorm is also possible.

Saturday is expected to be about 80 degrees with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms; and Sunday will be partly sunny with a high near 82 and another chance for storms.

Memorial Day will be mostly sunny with a high near 79, according to the weather service, and there will be a slight chance for storms again Tuesday.

Despite the inclement forecast, AAA projects that 1.9 million people will travel in Illinois between Thursday and Monday, a slight increase from last year. About 1.7 million of those people will be driving.

“Millions of Americans are eager to kick off the unofficial start of the summer travel season by taking a Memorial Day getaway,” AAA President Joe Richardson said in a statement.

“We are forecasting an increase in holiday travelers for the second consecutive year, and the most in 11 years, largely due to low gas prices, a growing labor market, and rising personal incomes. If these factors continue, the travel industry should enjoy a booming summer season,” Richardson said.

Gas prices in Illinois are averaging $2.36 per gallon, down from $2.78 last year, according to AAA. In Indiana, gas prices are even lower, at $2.28 per gallon.

The Illinois Tollway expects to see nearly 7.6 million vehicles criss-crossing its system between Friday and Tuesday, with the busiest day expected to be Friday.

To help keep traffic flowing, non-emergency road work and construction will be put on hold from 3 p.m. Friday through midnight into Tuesday, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

IDOT warns all those drivers to be safe over the holiday weekend. An increased number of patrols will be cracking down on seat belt law violators and impaired drivers 24/7, with a focus on late-night hours. Last year over the Memorial Day weekend, 13 people died in 12 crashes in Illinois.

“Although we’ve seen a decline in the number of traffic fatalities in Illinois over the Memorial Day weekend, one death is one too many,” Secretary of State Jesse White said in a statement. “Let’s keep the roads safe by not drinking and driving.”

In Chicago, CTA bus riders should be on the lookout for additional service and detours around Memorial Day weekend events.

There will be extra service on the No. 130 Museum Campus and No. 144 Inner Drive/Michigan Express routes about an hour after the Beyoncé concerts at Soldier Field on Friday and Saturday, according to the CTA. People can also take the Red, Orange and Green line trains from Roosevelt station, a few blocks west of the stadium.

Starting in the morning on Saturday, State Street and all of its cross street between Wacker Drive and Van Buren Street will be closed for the Memorial Day Parade until the afternoon. Bus routes on and around State will be rerouted to adjacent streets, according to the CTA.

Museum Campus Drive will be closed from Waldron to McFetridge and Solidarity Drive from the early morning until the afternoon on Saturday for the Fleet Feet Sports Soldier Field 10 Mile Race. Bus routes No. 130 Museum Campus and No. 146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express will be rerouted to adjacent streets, according to the CTA.

On Sunday, Lake Shore Drive between Bryn Mawr and 57th Street will be closed from 5 a.m. until 11 a.m. for the annual Bike The Drive event, according to the CTA and the Office of Emergency Management and Communications. Detours will direct motorists to and from the Stevenson Expressway and buses along Lake Shore Drive will be rerouted.

Many other travelers—about 95,000 Illinoisans—will be flying to their holiday destination, according to AAA. Travelers should arrive at the airport at least two or three hours before their flight due to expected long security lines.

The Chicago Department of Aviation anticipates about 1.7 million total travelers heading through Midway and O’Hare between Thursday and Tuesday.

The CDA expects 1.3 million people to pass through O’Hare, about the same volume as last year, with its busiest day on Tuesday with nearly 250,000 passengers projected to head through the airport, the CDA said in a statement.

Midway is expected to see a four percent increase in passengers with a projected 393,000 people headed to the airport. Its busiest day will likely be Friday with more than 74,000 passengers, the CDA said.

Travelers at both airports can expect to see live entertainment Friday between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., the CDA said.

Flying out of Chicago? Arrive 3 hours before your flight

By Kathryn Vasel, CNN
If you’re flying out of Chicago’s airports this summer, plan to arrive really early.
Chicago’s two major airports — O’Hare and Midway — tweeted Tuesday morning that security line wait times are longer than average, and customers should arrive at least three hours before their domestic and international flights.
The TSA had previously been suggesting passengers arrive two hours early to avoid missing a flight.
Airport security lines have been growing across the country recently thanks to an influx of passengers, and the TSA has struggled to keep up with the demand.
Low airfare prices and a recovering economy have pushed more people toward air travel. While that’s good news for the economy, it puts a strain on TSA resources.
In 2013, the TSA had more than 47,000 full-time workers serving 643 million travelers. This year, the agency reported having around 42,500 workers handling an estimated 740 million fliers.
Last week, the TSA announced a plan to help reduce checkpoint wait times, which includes the hiring of 768 officers and more overtime and part-time hours.
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin’s office announced Tuesday that O’Hare will receive 58 of the additional TSA officers and four bomb-sniffing dogs. No firm date has been set for when the additional screeners will start, but the canines will be on patrol this week.
But local lawmakers want more action.
On Wednesday, four alderman called for the city to apply for the TSA’s screening partnership program that allows airports to use private officers.
Airports in Atlanta, New York and New Jersey have made similar threats. Even when private contractors are used at airports, they are still overseen by the government.
O’Hare’s arrival time recommendation to travelers comes on the heels of a messy travel weekend at the airport.
On Sunday, the wait time at one security check point exceeded two hours, according to American Airlines spokesperson Leslie Scott.
The congestion caused 450 of the airline’s passengers to miss their flights on Sunday. Some fliers who were booked on the last flight of the day had to spend the night in the airport.
The airline also decided to delay 30 flights because of the long waits.
“That is a tough decision for us,” said Scott. “It has a lot of repercussions.” She explained that a plane can fly nine flights in a day, so a 20 minute postponement in the morning can grow to become a two-hour delay by the end of the day.
Since February, 4,500 American Airlines passengers have missed their flights at O’Hare because they were stuck in security lines.
“We’ve been dealing with this problem for a couple months now, and it’s reached a bit of a point of urgency,” said Scott.

 

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Nearly 2M to travel in Illinois over stormy Memorial Day weekend

(CHICAGO) Nearly two million people are expected to travel in Illinois over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, despite long security lines at airports and a stormy weather forecast.

The bad news for travelers and barbecue-goers over the holiday—most of the weekend is expected to be hot and humid, with several chances for showers and thunderstorms.

For the updated forecast from Ray Stagich, listen here:

Friday is expected to see a high of 83 degrees with a 50 percent chance of showers and storms, the National Weather Service forecasts. Friday night, showers are likely and a thunderstorm is also possible.

Saturday is expected to be about 80 degrees with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms; and Sunday will be partly sunny with a high near 82 and another chance for storms.

Memorial Day will be mostly sunny with a high near 79, according to the weather service, and there will be a slight chance for storms again Tuesday.

Despite the inclement forecast, AAA projects that 1.9 million people will travel in Illinois between Thursday and Monday, a slight increase from last year. About 1.7 million of those people will be driving.

“Millions of Americans are eager to kick off the unofficial start of the summer travel season by taking a Memorial Day getaway,” AAA President Joe Richardson said in a statement.

“We are forecasting an increase in holiday travelers for the second consecutive year, and the most in 11 years, largely due to low gas prices, a growing labor market, and rising personal incomes. If these factors continue, the travel industry should enjoy a booming summer season,” Richardson said.

Gas prices in Illinois are averaging $2.36 per gallon, down from $2.78 last year, according to AAA. In Indiana, gas prices are even lower, at $2.28 per gallon.

The Illinois Tollway expects to see nearly 7.6 million vehicles criss-crossing its system between Friday and Tuesday, with the busiest day expected to be Friday.

IDOT warns all those drivers to be safe over the holiday weekend. An increased number of patrols will be cracking down on seat belt law violators and impaired drivers 24/7, with a focus on late-night hours. Last year over the Memorial Day weekend, 13 people died in 12 crashes in Illinois.

Because of this, an increased number of patrols will be out all three days this weekend, with a focus on late-night hours when unbuckled and impaired driving fatalities are at their highest. The “Click It or Ticket” enforcers will have over 50 safety check stops, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Many other travelers—about 95,000 Illinoisans—will be flying to their holiday destination, according to AAA. Travelers should arrive at the airport at least two or three hours before their flight due to expected long security lines.

What To Do Around Town on Memorial Day

6:30 a.m. — (CHICAGO) Annual Ridge Run 5K, 10K and Fun Run. Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr.

8 a.m. — (NAPERVILLE/JOLIET) Diocese of Joliet celebrates Memorial Day Mass at several cemeteries, including 8 a.m. at Ss. Peter & Paul, 911 North Ave., Naperville; and 9 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Jefferson at Hunter, Joliet.

9:30 a.m. — (MOUNT PROSPECT) Memorial Day Parade begins at Emerson and Busse, then goes south on Emerson to Lincoln to Lions Park for ceremony at Veterans Memorial Band Shell.

9:30 a.m. — (GRAYSLAKE) Memorial Day Parade kicks off at Grayslake Central High School, then goes south on Lake Street to Junior Avenue to Memorial Park for memorial service.

9:30 a.m. — (LIBERTYVILLE) Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony starts at train station and ends at Cook Park for ceremony at 9:45 a.m.

10 a.m. — (HOFFMAN ESTATES/SCHAUMBURG) Joint Memorial Day Service begins at Verernas Memorial (411 W. Higgins Rd., Hoffman Estates); then moves to St. Peter Lutheran Church (202 E. Schaumburg Rd., Schaumburg) for outdoor and indoor ceremonies.

10 a.m. — (WHEATON) Memorial Day parade hosted by American Legion Post 76 begins at Memorial Park (208 W. Union Ave.) and ends at Wheaton Cemetery.

10 a.m. — (ROUND LAKE/ROUND LAKE PARK) Memorial Day Parade starts at 363 N. Cedar Lake Rd. in Round Lake, then goes down Cedar Lake Road to Clarendon for ceremony at American Legion, 111 E. Main St., Round Lake Park.

10 a.m. — (RIVERSIDE) Memorial Day Ceremony in Guthrie Park. Burling Road at East Avenue, Riverside.

10 a.m. — (LAKE ZURICH) Memorial Day Parade starts at Legion Hall (51 Lions Drive) and ends at Veterans Monument (200 Mohawk Trail) with brief service.

10 a.m. — (MUNDELEIN) Memorial Day Parade starts at Village Hall and goes west on Hawley to Greenview to Memorial Park, for Memorial Day ceremony.

10 a.m. — (GARY, Ind.) Memorial Day Parade starts at 13th and Massachusetts in Gary, Ind.

10 a.m. — (BARRINGTON) Memorial Day Parade kicks off at Cook and Main, and ends at Evergreen Cemetery with service to service members who dies in duty.

10 a.m. — (CHICAGO) Paul Revere American Legion Post 623 Memorial Day Parade kicks off at Chicago and Oakley and proceeds west down Chicago to Campbell and Campbell to Grand, where Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs issues the keynote address.

10:30 a.m. — (DES PLAINES) Archbishop Blase Cupich celebrates Memorial Day with a Field Mass at All Saints Cemetery, while similar services will be conducted at 36 other cemeteries around the Archdiocese. 700 N. River Rd., Des Plaines.

10:30 a.m. — (PLAINFIELD) American Legion Post 13 hosts a Memorial Day Parade. Starts at Jones Middle School, 15230 S. Wallin Dr.; then goes east on Ottawa to memorial in Settler’s Park, Van Dyke and Ottawa, Plainfield.

10:30 a.m. — (NAPERVILLE) Annual VFW/American Legion Memorial Day Parade starts at West and Jackson, then goes east on Jackson to Washington, then north to Benton and Central Park; followed by Memorial Day Concert in park. 104 E. Benton Ave., Naperville.

10:30 a.m. — (WAUKEGAN) Memorial Day Parade kicks off at Genesee and Grand, the goes south to Clayton, west to MLK and south at Washington to Veterans Memorial Plaza.

10:55 a.m. — (WHITING, Ind.) Annual Memorial Day Ceremony begins with march from American Legion Post 80 (2003 Indianapolis Blvd.) to 119th and Oliver for formal ceremony and the placing of memorial wreaths.

11 a.m. — (CHICAGO) Iraq Veterans Against the War and Vietnam Veterans Against the War hold a Memorial Day ceremony and press conference. Vietnam War Memorial, Wacker and Wabash (river level).

11 a.m. — (SKOKIE) Village hosts annual Memorial Day observance with local veterans taking part. Veterans Park, Lincoln and Cleveland, Skokie.

11 a.m. — (CHICAGO) The #LetUsBreathe Collective leads Remembering Rekia, a memorial and community celebration. 15th Street and Albany Avenue.

11:30 a.m. — (DES PLAINES) Veterans, religious leaders, the Maine West High School marching band and members of the community gather to remember those who have served their country, dedicated to “Korea: The Forgotten War.” Lake Park Memorial Pavilion, 2200 Lee St., Des Plaines.

11:30 a.m. — (ELWOOD) Gov. Bruce Rauner attends the 16th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony. Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, 20953 W. Hoff Rd., Elwood.

11:45 a.m. — (CHICAGO) Community activists hold a press conference and protest over red light cameras. 2600 S. Kolin Ave.

Noon — (GURNEE) American Legion hosts annual Memorial Day Ceremony. Veterans Memorial Park (in front of Police Dept.), 100 N. O’Plaine Rd., Gurnee.

1 p.m. — (MOUNT PROSPECT) Annual Mount Prospect Jaycees Memorial Day Carnival to benefit Northwest Compass food bank, Clearbrook, and a local school features rides, games, food, entertainment and more. Rand and Central roads, Mount Prospect.

1 p.m. — (OAK FOREST) Irish Fest features music, storytelling, food, contests and more. Chicago Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest.

After a dry start to the weekend, rain increases on Memorial Day

Posted by Weather Channel meteorologist Geoff Maurer

(CHICAGO) After a dry start to the weekend, rain increases on Memorial Day

Today | Partly cloudy. High 78F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight | Increasing clouds. Low near 60F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow | mostly cloudy with isolated afternoon showers. High 73F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow night | Showers in the evening, then cloudy overnight. Low 66F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Monday | Windy, thunderstorms likely early. Highs in the low 80s and lows in the mid 60s.

Tuesday | Scattered thunderstorms possible. Highs in the mid 70s and lows in the mid 60s.

Wednesday | A few thunderstorms possible. Highs in the mid 70s and lows in the upper