Chicago Has Handle On Cold Snap, Mayor Says

Craig Dellimore
January 28, 2019 - 5:34 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Mayor Emanuel on Monday said it’s “all hands on deck” for the city’s response to this week’s heavy snow and blast of bitter cold.

At the City’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications, Emanuel said city crews and service providers are working around the clock to help residents through this challenging week.

Rich Guidice, acting OEMC director, urged people to stay indoors if they can. He said people who can work from home should on the days that bring dangerous cold.

Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson said CPS will decide by noon Tuesday if schools will stay open on Wednesday and Thursday. She said safety is the first concern when it comes to the children

Officials urged Chicago tenants to call 3-1-1 if landlords are not keeping their dwellings at 68 degrees during the day and evening and 66 degrees overnight.

Lisa Morrison Butler, commissioner of Family and Support Services, said the department’s teams are out around the clock trying to get the homeless to come in from the cold. They’re also using some CTA buses as warming shelters.