Mundelein Fire Chief Tim Sashko was among a collection of officials from across the state Tuesday voicing a concern about the harsh winter causing a drop in blood donations.
"Trauma and all the different things we need blood for don't take a holiday and don't care about whether it's cold outside," he said.
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Donors, though, have been affected by the cold and fewer are donating.
The Chicago area needs more than 1,000 units of blood a day. A unit of blood is just under a pint.
Sashko made the request at a Springfield news conference with Republican state Reps. Sandra Pihos of Glen Ellyn and Kay Hatcher of Yorkville, as well as blood center officials from across the state.