Lightfoot Says City Is Prepared For Heat Wave

Craig Dellimore
July 17, 2019 - 6:00 am

WBBM Newsradio/Steve Miller


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- With a heat wave expected here in Chicago over the next few days, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is making sure the City benefits from lessons learned during the tragic summer nearly a quarter century ago.

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports from City Hall.

Temperatures — and heat indexes — are expected around the 100-degree mark. Lightfoot on Tuesday said the city will be putting out heat advisories and using updated protocols.

She said she’s aware of the documentary out now called “Cooked” that chronicles the horrifying Chicago heatwave of 1995, when more than 700 people died. The mayor also said she’s read all of the task force reports related to that catastrophe.

She also urges people to look out for their neighbors, especially shut-ins.

Lightfoot was in New York and talked with Chicago reporters by phone.