Expected temperatures elicit disaster declaration

Illinois Capitol News
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Morning commuters face a tough slog on Wacker Drive in Chicago, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. (Rich Hein/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Governor Pritzker issued a disaster proclamation for the entire state ahead of the impending severe winter storm.

“This storm poses a serious threat to the well-being of people around the state, and we will use every tool at our disposal to keep our residents safe,” said Pritzker. “This disaster proclamation ensures that the state of Illinois has the flexibility to effectively and efficiently respond to the needs of local governments during this extreme weather event.”

The disaster declaration makes available a wide variety of state resouces to affected communities to respond and recover from the storms. Pritzker also activated the State Emergency Operation Center to support local governments preparing for extreme weather conditions.

Current forecast models indicate arctic air will move into Illinois Tuesday evening and last through Thursday. The National Weather Service indicates wind chills could reach -55 in northern Illinois, -35 in central Illinois and -25 in parts of southern Illinois.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) compiled a list of warming centers by county.

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