Illinois is opening cooling centers around the state to help people beat the heat. Parts of Illinois are experiencing some of the warmest temperatures of the year with a heat index exceeding 100 degrees. Department of Human Services spokesperson Januari Smith says there are places to go if you don't have an air conditioner.
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Smith says if you have to be outside, take plenty of breaks and make sure you drink a lot of water. There are DHS offices in East Alton, Jerseyville, Granite City and Carlinville. The United Way has cooling centers set up at even more locations, including Alton Square Mall, the Salvation Army in Alton, Senior Services Plus, the Bethalto Village Hall, the Brighton Library, the Godfrey Village Hall and Wood River Round House. To find a list of United Way cooling centers, click the link: