Rescues Outweighed Plowing In Elk Grove Village

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. (CBS/WBBM) — Several Elk Grove Village residents believe officials did a great job with snow removal, but some admit it appears officials are now playing catch up.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports, the northwest suburb’s mayor, Craig Johnson, says there are a couple of reasons.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports

At the height of the snowstorm, more than 100 vehicles got stuck on Busse Road.

“What happened was a lot of our companies let their second shift out early, stayed and got into the road,” Johnson said.

Thus, Johnson says he was forced to take the trucks off plowing duty, in order to rescue the stranded motorists.

In addition, he says the village had more than two dozen emergency calls, which meant assigning the plow trucks to ambulances in order to get those in need the medical care that was warranted.

Dave Hendrickson, who has been a resident for decades, says he didn’t notice any delays.

“No problems here, no,” Hendrickson said. “There’s a lot of snow to dig out, though. It was a big one. It was a big snow.”

Elk Grove Village was hit with a total of 22 inches of snow in the blizzard, 1.8 inches more than the official total for the city of Chicago.

  • sam

    craig will do whatever it takes to get the heat off of him! some of the main roads and most of the side streets are still snow covered, one lane open only. and the industrial park? craig’s BREAD AND BUTTER? very, very dangerous.

  • tammy

    Apparently they forgot they have a west side to Elk Grove too. I’m sure the happy residents are the ones that live next to King Craig

  • Arlington Sam

    King Craig sounds like he runs everything in are town the public works makes the calls along with the police and the mayor let’s them do there job . This guy must be full of himself Vote him out .

  • angel754

    Are you kidding me?! Elk Grove has done NOTHING! Busse Hwy is terrible. Down to one lane North bound at Thorndale, and a virtual wagon trail at Greenleaf South bound. Looks as though they were drunk as they did it! Come on! Its a straight run but someone was having their fun! The rest of the streets are in no better condition, some are literally tunnels with no salt anywhere not even on the major streets.
    Elk Grove you have a major industrial park here that supplies you with major Tax Revenue….Clean up your act!

  • EGV for Burns


  • EGV for BURNS

    I got three votes and one is going to Tim Burns,

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