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  • Geoff Deigan

    Grayslake’s Prairie Crossing Charter School ends subzero recess Jan 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Students at Prairie Crossing Charter School in Grayslake no longer will have a shortened outdoor recess in subzero weather, under an amended policy enacted Wednesday.

  • Michael Kowalski of Lisle

    Metra commuters share their dream tripJan 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    As the potential Powerball and Mega-Millions winnings climb higher and temperatures seem to get lower, we asked commuters at the Lisle Metra Station a simple question: “If you win the lottery, where would you wish to ride the train?” Here's what they said on video.

  •  Public works crews in Barrington have been busy thanks to an unusually cold and snowy winter. The village already has overspent its budget for snow removal costs, but officials hope a contingency fund will cover the remainder of the season.

    “Two winters in one” means snow costs well over budget in BarringtonJan 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    The abnormally brutal winter has forced the village of Barrington to spend more money on snow and ice removal already than it had planned for the whole season, and, as residents know all too well, spring is still likely far away. “We’re having two winters in one, basically,” Director of Public Works Mark Werksman told the village board.

  • More suburban schools call off Tuesday classes Jan 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Some of the suburban school districts that took a wait-and-see approach on whether to cancel classes for a second day this week because of the dangerously cold weather have seen enough of tomorrow's forecast to make up their minds.

  • Nearly everyone will agree with what Aquascape in St. Charles has to say on its sign.

    Worst temperatures over; wind chill warning remainsJan 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Unfortunately, this is one time meteorologists didn't get their predictions wrong. As expected, dangerously cold temperatures settled in Tuesday, as temperatures reached 15 below overnight with wind chills hovering around 27 degrees below zero.

  • Suburban schools begin announcing Monday, Tuesday closings Jan 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    With another blast of dangerously cold weather expected to descend upon the region overnight, some suburban school districts already are announcing that they’ll be closed Monday and, in at least one instance, Tuesday. Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 announced early this afternoon it would cancel classes both Monday and Tuesday because of the frigid forecast. Carpentersville-based Community Unit District 300 also called off classes Monday and Tuesday.

  • Wind chills and blowing snow make going outside on foot or on bike dangerous tonight into Thursday morning.

    Wind chill warning in effect especially north through noon Jan 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    The National Weather Service's Chicago office issued a wind chill warning for some suburbs, especially west and north, overnight through late this morning, as well as a winter advisory overnight warning of blowing snow.

  •  Officer Chris Bauman redirects traffic due to closed roads in Sioux Falls, S.D., Thursday. Temperatures plunged below zero in North Dakota and northern Minnesota on Monday morning. The cold front was expected to sweep south into Iowa and and Illinois.

    Frigid air settling in Dakotas, moving eastward Jan 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Another band of arctic air began creeping into the northern U.S. on Monday, bringing a wave of frigid temperatures that could linger for most of the week across the upper Midwest and New England.

  • Only harsh wind chills, not more snow, are expected here tonight in Carpentersville, but there’s a risk of big snow closer to Lake Michigan.

    More cold coming, big snow in some places Jan 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Forecasters say Illinois is poised to see more frigid weather. And lake-effect snow will hit some of the Chicago area hard. Wind chills are forecast at between 15 and 25 degrees below zero with winds of up to 20 mph. A wind chill advisory is in effect between 3 and 10 a.m. Tuesday for Lake, Kane and McHenry counties. “Frost bite and hypothermia can occur in a matter of minutes,” the weather service says.

  • Cold delays 70 mph sign installation Jan 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    State transportation officials say last week’s frigid and snowy weather has delayed crews who were putting up signs along interstates increasing the speed limit to 70 mph.

  • The Soapbox Jan 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Daily Herald editors have much to say about the cold weather, the upcoming football weekend and a birthday surprise at one village's meeting, among other topics.

  • Quinn: FEMA appeal will focus on frigid weather Jan 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Gov. Pat Quinn says his appeal over denied federal disaster aid will focus on cleanup difficulties during the recent bitter cold. The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied Thursday Illinois’ request for $6.1 million in assistance to local governments recovering from deadly tornadoes in November.

  • Cold weather claims 2 more victims in Illinois Jan 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Cook County medical examiner’s office reported Friday that a 57-year-old woman died of hypothermia and cold exposure with alcohol consumption as a contributing factor. And in southern Illinois, a 46-year-old man likely died from the extreme cold earlier this week.

  •  Plumber Nate Petersen prepares a pump to shoot water into the incoming city water line that had been frozen Thursday at a south Minneapolis home. Roto Rooter was been “inundated” with calls since the cold snap and regular work has been put on hold because of burst pipes and even frozen sewer lines according to plumbing manager Paul Teale.

    Deep freeze may have cost economy about $5 billion Jan 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Hunkering down at home rather than going to work, canceling thousands of flights and repairing burst pipes from the Midwest to the Southeast has its price. By one estimate, about $5 billion.

  • FEMA denies aid after tornadoes Jan 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday that Illinois would appeal the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s denial of the state’s request for $6.1 million in aid to local governments after deadly tornadoes in November.

  • 30 National Guard mechanics activated due to weather Jan 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Illinois Army National Guard says more than 30 of its mechanics were activated to help during this week’s subzero temperatures and snowfall.

  •  Des Plaines School District 62 Superintendent Jane Westerhold points to where a sprinkler system pipe burst earlier Wednesday at Iroquois Community School, forcing the abrupt cancellation of classes for the remainder of the day as well as Thursday. Officials blamed the pipe break on the recent spell of frigid weather.

    Burst pipe closes Des Plaines school at least through Thursday Jan 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Wednesday was a short-lived first day back for students at Iroquois Community School in Des Plaines following winter break and two additional off days because of cold weather. A half-hour into the school day, a sprinkler system pipe burst in the school’s front vestibule entrance, flooding hallways and forcing school officials to cancel classes for the rest of the day, as well as Thursday.

  •  Thom Lange, Amy English, Carol Lange deliver gifts to Washington, Ill.

    Northwest suburbs continue to aid tornado-ravaged Washington, Ill.Jan 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    While this week suburban residents focused their efforts on fighting severe cold and helping their neighbors cope, up through the holiday reports continued to emerge of the work local residents and governments did to help in the wake of the Nov. 17 tornado that ravaged Washington, Ill. The destruction throughout the area was massive. What follows are reports on some of the activities it engendered locally.

  •  John Masi with Schaumburg Public Works Department pounds the street to break through to a broken water main at Algonquin and Meacham Roads on Tuesday in Schaumburg.

    Main break snarls traffic in Schaumburg, Arlington Hts. Jan 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Schaumburg public works crews are on the scene today of a water main break that’s causing significant traffic delays along eastbound Algonquin Road. As of noon, it appeared fixing it would take hours yet because of the need to work around utility cables near the main break. In Arlington Heights, Euclid Avenue at Drury Lane was closed for about three hours this morning by a break.

  •  The Spirit of Detroit statue is shown covered in snow in Detroit, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. Michigan residents are preparing for diving temperatures as they dig out from more than 15 inches of snow in places.

    Polar freeze settles over US South, East Jan 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Brutal, record-breaking cold descended on the East and South, sending the mercury plummeting Tuesday into the single digits and teens from Boston and New York to Atlanta, Nashville and Birmingham — places where many people know almost nothing about freezing weather.

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