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Severe cold weather forces closings across Illinois

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CHICAGO — As temps reaching -23 approach the state, governments and organizations are preparing for the worst.

TPAN, the HIV/AIDS service agency in Chicago, said on their Facebook page that they would be closed for Wednesday and Thursday.

The LGBT Resource Center at the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana will be closing at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Western Illinois University announced that their Macomb and Quad City campuses would be closed until Thursday morning with all classes and events cancelled.

The Pride Center in St. Louis will remain open as a warming center.

WEEK-TV in Springfield reported that Gov. J.B. Prtizker has already issued an disaster proclamation for the extreme cold.

From WEEK-TV:

The State Emergency Operations Center will coordinate with state agencies and local emergency management as the cold moves in.

“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.”

For conditions around the state, go to http://www.gettingaroundillinois.com/.

We’ll add more closures as we hear about them.

UPDATE, 1/29/19, 3:39 p.m.:

The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District said on their Facebook page that they will be giving free rides on their buses on Wednesday.

UPDATE, 3:51 p.m.

The Chicago Park District is opening 62 fieldhouses as warming centers.

All warming centers will be open under normal Chicago Park District operating hours, unless otherwise notified. Operating hours for each park location can be obtained by visiting the individual park website or by calling the park.

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