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  • A driver became stuck on Higgins Road near Hoffman Estates on Thursday.

       A driver became stuck on Higgins Road near Hoffman Estates on Thursday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Mail carrier Mike Diesing trudges through deep snow on Belmont Avenue while delivering the mail in Arlington Heights. His route consists of around 160 homes and 80 condos and he has been on it since 1990.

       Mail carrier Mike Diesing trudges through deep snow on Belmont Avenue while delivering the mail in Arlington Heights. His route consists of around 160 homes and 80 condos and he has been on it since 1990.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • Kyle Walter,13, left, helps his friend Steven Tellano, 12, dig out on Wilke Road Thursday.

       Kyle Walter,13, left, helps his friend Steven Tellano, 12, dig out on Wilke Road Thursday.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • Juan Gonzalez continues to cut paths to the stores on Highland Avenue and Campbell Street.

       Juan Gonzalez continues to cut paths to the stores on Highland Avenue and Campbell Street.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • Eight-year-old Peter Kurek takes advantage of the day off from school to try out the sledding hill in Meineke Park in Schaumburg.

       Eight-year-old Peter Kurek takes advantage of the day off from school to try out the sledding hill in Meineke Park in Schaumburg.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Michele Ludvigsen braves the cold as she returns shopping carts to the Dominicks in Town Square in Schaumburg.

       Michele Ludvigsen braves the cold as she returns shopping carts to the Dominicks in Town Square in Schaumburg.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Angela Mancuso shovels out the remnants of the blizzard from her driveway in Schaumburg.

       Angela Mancuso shovels out the remnants of the blizzard from her driveway in Schaumburg.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Passengers wait in line at the Terminal One ticket counter at O'Hare International Airport Wednesday.

       Passengers wait in line at the Terminal One ticket counter at O'Hare International Airport Wednesday.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Traffic is moving slowly on northbound Arlington Heights Road between Elk Grove Village and Arlington Heights partially due to the fact that not all lanes of the roadway have been plowed.

       Traffic is moving slowly on northbound Arlington Heights Road between Elk Grove Village and Arlington Heights partially due to the fact that not all lanes of the roadway have been plowed.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Traffic is moving slowly on northbound Arlington Heights Road between Elk Grove Village and Arlington Heights partially due to the fact that not all lanes of the roadway have been plowed.

       Traffic is moving slowly on northbound Arlington Heights Road between Elk Grove Village and Arlington Heights partially due to the fact that not all lanes of the roadway have been plowed.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Most United flights are listed for "On Time" departures during the early afternoon at O'Hare International Airport Wednesday.

       Most United flights are listed for "On Time" departures during the early afternoon at O'Hare International Airport Wednesday.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Crews clear out snow from downtown Glen Ellyn.

       Crews clear out snow from downtown Glen Ellyn.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Roosevelt Road in Wheaton on Thursday, which was one lane each way due to snow.

       Roosevelt Road in Wheaton on Thursday, which was one lane each way due to snow.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Ron Alexander, bottom, and Jim Albrecht carve out a path of snow in front of D&M Corvette Specialists in Downers Grove.

       Ron Alexander, bottom, and Jim Albrecht carve out a path of snow in front of D&M Corvette Specialists in Downers Grove.
    DANIEL WHITE | Staff Photographer

  • Ron Alexander, bottom and Jim Albrecht, right, rest after shoveling a snow path in front of D&M Corvette Specialists in Downers Grove.

       Ron Alexander, bottom and Jim Albrecht, right, rest after shoveling a snow path in front of D&M Corvette Specialists in Downers Grove.
    DANIEL WHITE | Staff Photographer

  • Ron Alexander piles some high snow in front of D&M Corvette Specialists in Downers Grove.

       Ron Alexander piles some high snow in front of D&M Corvette Specialists in Downers Grove.
    DANIEL WHITE | Staff Photographer

  • Ogden Avenue is down to one westbound lane in front of D&M Corvette Specialists in Downers Grove.

       Ogden Avenue is down to one westbound lane in front of D&M Corvette Specialists in Downers Grove.
    DANIEL WHITE | Staff Photographer

  • Ron Alexander, bottom and Jim Albrecht, top, carve out a path snow in front of D&M Corvette Specialists in Downers Grove.

       Ron Alexander, bottom and Jim Albrecht, top, carve out a path snow in front of D&M Corvette Specialists in Downers Grove.
    DANIEL WHITE | Staff Photographer

  • Jim Albrecht piles ihigh snow in front of D&M Corvette Specialists in Downers Grove.

       Jim Albrecht piles ihigh snow in front of D&M Corvette Specialists in Downers Grove.
    DANIEL WHITE | Staff Photographer

  • Part of the garden center roof at K-Mart in Naperville collapsed.

       Part of the garden center roof at K-Mart in Naperville collapsed.
    PAUL MICHNA | Staff Photographer

  • Part of the garden center roof at K-Mart in Naperville collapsed. This is the garden center.

       Part of the garden center roof at K-Mart in Naperville collapsed. This is the garden center.
    PAUL MICHNA | Staff Photographer

  • Cold air moves in Thursday morning following the blizzard.

       Cold air moves in Thursday morning following the blizzard.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Piles of snow are removed from the Dominick's grocery store in Mundelein Thursday morning.

       Piles of snow are removed from the Dominick's grocery store in Mundelein Thursday morning.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • A motorist hit the ditch early Thursday morning due to an icy Route 176 just west of Island Lake.

       A motorist hit the ditch early Thursday morning due to an icy Route 176 just west of Island Lake.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Libertyville resident Bill Pozdro snow blows his driveway as people dig out from the blizzard.

       Libertyville resident Bill Pozdro snow blows his driveway as people dig out from the blizzard.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Postman Lamar Allred heads down Ames Street in Libertyville .

       Postman Lamar Allred heads down Ames Street in Libertyville .
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Postman Lamar Allred traverses a snow bank on Ames Street in Libertyville.

       Postman Lamar Allred traverses a snow bank on Ames Street in Libertyville.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Libertyville resident Katie Lenzie clears her driveway as people continue to dig out from the blizzard.

       Libertyville resident Katie Lenzie clears her driveway as people continue to dig out from the blizzard.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Huge snow piles like this one on Butterfield Rd. in Libertyville are what remain after the blizzard.

       Huge snow piles like this one on Butterfield Rd. in Libertyville are what remain after the blizzard.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Park Street Restaurant employee Vincente Sanchez shovels out a path to the Mundelein business.

       Park Street Restaurant employee Vincente Sanchez shovels out a path to the Mundelein business.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Ben Zinser, 12, and friend Salm Atac build a snow fort in front of their Batavia homes as kids in the area enjoy a second straight snow day following the blizzard.

       Ben Zinser, 12, and friend Salm Atac build a snow fort in front of their Batavia homes as kids in the area enjoy a second straight snow day following the blizzard.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Oscar Acosta, left, and Alberto Lagos of Azteca Towing dig out a path Thursday so they can tow a car that ended up in a ditch on the east side of Randall Road just south of Silver Glen Road during Tuesday night's blizzard. The driver of the car, who preferred not to be identified, said he was driving southbound along the unplowed road when he hit the brakes to avoid another car that had lost control. He ended up slowly sliding off the road and into the ditch.

       Oscar Acosta, left, and Alberto Lagos of Azteca Towing dig out a path Thursday so they can tow a car that ended up in a ditch on the east side of Randall Road just south of Silver Glen Road during Tuesday night's blizzard. The driver of the car, who preferred not to be identified, said he was driving southbound along the unplowed road when he hit the brakes to avoid another car that had lost control. He ended up slowly sliding off the road and into the ditch.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Home of Mary Damisch on Big Timber near unicorporated Rutland Township has snow plowed up close to 10 feet in one spot in her driveway. A city truck plowed the entrance to her driveway, but she still needs snow cleared so she can get her car out of the garage further up the hill.

       Home of Mary Damisch on Big Timber near unicorporated Rutland Township has snow plowed up close to 10 feet in one spot in her driveway. A city truck plowed the entrance to her driveway, but she still needs snow cleared so she can get her car out of the garage further up the hill.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Snowplows work in tandem as one plows and the second drops sand along westbound Plank Road near Plato Township.

       Snowplows work in tandem as one plows and the second drops sand along westbound Plank Road near Plato Township.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Both lanes of eastbound Route 20 at Route 47 in Pingree Grove were closed on Thursday morning.

       Both lanes of eastbound Route 20 at Route 47 in Pingree Grove were closed on Thursday morning.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Teamwork helps clear the lot at Lily Lake Grade School on Route 47 . Dale Gommel of the Campton Township Highway Department, left, and Gordon Conro with Burlington School District 301 team up to speed the process. The township department has never teamed up to do this before as they are separate entities, but they share a common lot and Conro's snow pusher was limited in what it could do. Conro said the school district was working on clearing nine school lots.

       Teamwork helps clear the lot at Lily Lake Grade School on Route 47 . Dale Gommel of the Campton Township Highway Department, left, and Gordon Conro with Burlington School District 301 team up to speed the process. The township department has never teamed up to do this before as they are separate entities, but they share a common lot and Conro's snow pusher was limited in what it could do. Conro said the school district was working on clearing nine school lots.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • The eastbound lane of Route 20 at the intersection with Route 47 in Pingree Grove remained blocked Thursday around noon while crews continued to clean up Route 20. The road was mainly cleared for two lanes of traffic, but crews were working on the shoulders where snow had piled up.

       The eastbound lane of Route 20 at the intersection with Route 47 in Pingree Grove remained blocked Thursday around noon while crews continued to clean up Route 20. The road was mainly cleared for two lanes of traffic, but crews were working on the shoulders where snow had piled up.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Gordon Conro with Burlington School Dist. 301 works on getting the lot cleared at Lily Lake Grade School so the buses can get out and faculty can park at the school on Route 47.

       Gordon Conro with Burlington School Dist. 301 works on getting the lot cleared at Lily Lake Grade School so the buses can get out and faculty can park at the school on Route 47.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • A pickup truck with a plow sits up against a guardrail on Big Timber Road east of Route 47 on Thursday.

       A pickup truck with a plow sits up against a guardrail on Big Timber Road east of Route 47 on Thursday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Clean up by a bobcat is completed on Grove Avenue in Hampshire on Thursday afternoon.

       Clean up by a bobcat is completed on Grove Avenue in Hampshire on Thursday afternoon.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • The westbound lane of Route 72 at Route 47 in Pingree Grove was closed on Thursday morning.

       The westbound lane of Route 72 at Route 47 in Pingree Grove was closed on Thursday morning.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Plows clean the taxi areas at the DuPage Airport.

       Plows clean the taxi areas at the DuPage Airport.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Workers clear Stadium Drive leading into St. Charles East High School.

       Workers clear Stadium Drive leading into St. Charles East High School.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Workers clear Stadium Drive leading into St. Charles East High School.

       Workers clear Stadium Drive leading into St. Charles East High School.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Plows clean the taxi areas at the DuPage Airport.

       Plows clean the taxi areas at the DuPage Airport.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 

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