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Air quality alert issued for Monday

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has issued an air quality alert through Monday, July 17, as smoke from Canadian wildfires returns to the area.

As of 8 a.m., the Air Quality Index was at 154, which is in the red, or “unhealthy” zone.

An Air Pollution Action Day is declared when weather conditions are
such that widespread ozone and or particulate levels are expected to
be at or above the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups category of the
air quality index, according to the IEPA announcement.

Active children and adults, especially people with pulmonary or
respiratory disease such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor
activity.

The Chronicle has an air quality monitor posted at hfchronicle.com.

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