Weekend Weather, RNC Official Announcement, Airstrikes in Iraq

Today: Mostly sunny and near perfect. High: 80

Tonight: Mostly clear and mild. Low: 60

Saturday: Mostly sunny… for some slight chance of an isolated storm. High: 84

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy. Low: 65

Sunday: Cloudy with increasing humidity and late day thunderstorms possible. High: 81

The Republicans' annual summer meeting is currently underway and in just a few hours they're expected to accept Cleveland as the host of the Republican National Convention. The weeklong political event culminates in the official selection of the GOP's presidential nominee in 2016. Beating out Cincinnati, Columbus, Denver, Dallas, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Dallas; Cleveland was notified that they won the recommendation on July 8.  The RNC Site Selection Committee's recommendation that Cleveland be chosen as the host city will be formally approved around noon by the full RNC membership. A signing ceremony will take place after the vote. 19 Action News Reporter Dan DeRoos is in Chicago and will have live reports starting at 4:00 p.m.

President Barack Obama has authorized airstrikes in Iraq. The U.S. military steps in as the violence continues in Iraq. The president has authorized the action, but he says American combat troops will not be returning to the fight. "I've directed our military to take targeted strikes against ISIL terrorist convoys, should they move towards the city," the president said of Irbil in northern Iraq.  In part to protect hundreds of American military advisers working with Iraqi security forces. "We intend to stay vigilant and take action if these terrorist forces threaten our personnel or facilities anywhere in Iraq," he said. ISIS, also known as ISIL or the Islamic State, has made huge advances in Iraq this year. Their fighters have been ruthless, demanding people to convert to Islam or die. The largest Christian city has been overrun, and thousands of families from the Yazidi religious minority are reportedly trapped in the mountains of northern Iraq without food or water.

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