Currently in Chicago — August 17th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Sunscreen & shades needed for now

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

1. Sunscreen & Shades Needed For Now

2. Near Or A Bit Below Average

3. Bad Timing For The Weekend

Slap on more sunscreen and keep the sunglasses handy through Friday with plenty of sunshine expected. Highs will be near or just above 80°F but could be a bit cooler lakeside with some middle to upper 70s there. The next decent chance of rain arrives Friday night with a few scattered showers. Timing isn’t good for rainfall this weekend with scattered showers and thunderstorms under mostly cloudy skies both Saturday and Sunday. Some dry hours too but overall, Saturday will be a bit wetter than Sunday.

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What you need to know, currently.

Biden signs the Inflation Reduction Act into law
President Biden signed the IRA into law today, the administration’s most aggressive attempt to combat climate change thus far. This is historic, as it is the most significant climate bill in U.S. history.

President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) into law today — the administration’s most aggressive attempt to combat climate change thus far. This is historic, as it is the most significant climate bill in U.S. history.

“For a while people doubted whether any of that was going to happen, but we are in a season of substance,” Biden told the assembled audience. Sure!

The bill is significantly smaller than what the Biden Administration initially envisioned, but it’s still forecast to reduce emissions 40 percent by the end of the decade — a meaningful victory for climate activists in an otherwise grim legislative environment.

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