Preckwinkle Declares State Of Emergency

CHICAGO (CBS) — Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has declared a state of emergency as the great Blizzard of 2011 clobbers the area.

Essential government functions for the county will continue, but most employees under the direction of the board president have been directed to stay home.

The Highway Department, the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and the Department of Facilities Management will remain in operation Wednesday, but most other county departments will not. All non-essential offices will be closed, and will reopen Thursday.

Preckwinkle told CBS 2 she realized the sheer severity of the blizzard when she went outside to walk her dog. There was no traffic on the street, and the snow reached her knees.

β€œIt was quite clear to me that it was going to be very, very difficult for anyone to get around today,” Preckwinkle said, adding that drivers who did attempt to go to work ran the risk of getting stalled and impeding salt trucks and emergency vehicle drivers.

Preckwinkle encourages everyone to stay home if possible.

  • sharon thompson

    It would be nice to stay at home, and be safe if your employer wasn’t AT&T. They are open for business and is expecting it’s employees to be there as well.

  • Joe

    Same goes for Target. Store is practically empty. The few people that actually buy something probably won’t even make up for the money they have to spend just to operate the store for the day. They lose money today either way.

  • Carol

    Some people risk their lives by NOT going out. My father is 87 years old and on dialysis three times a week, third shift. He missed Tuesday and I am very worried that he may not be able to get out Thursday. This is not a choice for him. If the poisons build up he will go into a coma and die. So where the heck are the plows????

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