As he toured flood damage in the western and northwestern suburbs, Gov. Pat Quinn declared a state of emergency, and said residents of northeastern Illinois must be prepared for flooding throughout the state over the next few days.
Thursday’s spring storm, which brought lightning strikes, high winds, heavy rain and flooding, knocked out power to thousands of ComEd customers throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.
Chicagoans could wake up Friday morning to the largest snow accumulation of the winter — a paltry three inches.
Since Saturday’s storms knocked out power to homes and businesses throughout the area more than 200,000 ComEd customers have had power restored, but those in areas hardest hit by the storm may have to wait until Tuesday before their lights come back on.
Six downstate residents were killed, and more than 100 others were injured, in a powerful storm with an EF4 tornado slammed southern Illinois early Wednesday.
A fast moving thunderstorm with lightning and hail is expected to move into the Chicago area Tuesday night.
A standing-room-only crowd filled a Highland Park Country Club ballroom on Tuesday as ComEd officials tried to explain the response to this summer’s storms, and how the utility hopes to improve performance in the future.
Emergency crews rescued a 70-year-old woman from a car when it became stuck in water in west suburban Aurora during this morning’s storm. Several others storm-related incidents were also reported and no one was injured.
Dozens of residents of the Lakeview neighborhood lost power Thursday morning, when a transformer blew out.
The power crisis from the storms on Monday have caused immense frustration for hundreds of thousands of people in the Chicago area, but could a heat wave coming this weekend mean a whole new round of outages?
Patience is wearing thin, as more than 100,000 customers in Chicago and the suburbs remain without power now four days after the brief, but violent, storm that caused their condition.
A Metra train from the north suburbs that should have taken less than two hours to reach Chicago took more like seven hours, thanks to the fallout from Monday’s storms.
A large weeping willow tree was brought down by the storm Monday morning in Des Plaines, crashed into a home and the owners are happy to be alive.
A pizzeria in Niles is being criticized for its alleged treatment of two women and the five children they had with them at the height of Tuesday night’s storm.
Commonwealth Edison says nearly all of its customers who had power knocked out by Tuesday night’s storm, including 189,000 still without power late Wednesday afternoon, “could” have electricity restored by late Thursday.
The Chicago area will experience cold and powerful winds tonight, but no severe thunderstorms or tornadoes are expected, according to the National Weather Service.
A lightning strike resulted in a fire on the roof and in the attic of a home on Sunday night, with damage estimated at $50,000.
To get a clearer picture of what happened in the wee hours, several enterprising photographers put together some time-lapse videos as the storm blasted their neighborhoods.
Strong winds blew the entire roof off a Navy Pier stage Saturday afternoon. Nobody was injured.
Bears fans tailgated as the winter storm was passing over. You could hear the soft sound of propane heaters as cold Bears fans warmed themselves and their tailgating fare.
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- Teen Hurt In Little Village ShootingA 14-year-old boy was shot in the arm Saturday afternoon in the Southwest Side Little Village neighborhood.86
- Man Charged With Videotaping Women In Hospital WashroomA poorly secured cell phone in a west suburban hospital washroom that a man had allegedly set up to secretly videotape women in the toilet area was discovered by a woman when the phone fell to the washroom floor on Friday. She alerted police, who then arrested and charged a 49-year-old Franklin Park man with unlawful videotaping.156
- Young Man Shot Outside Old Orchard Shopping CenterA young man was wounded in a shooting in north suburban Skokie Friday night, outside the Old Orchard Shopping Center.227
- 3 Dead, 8 Shot In Citywide ViolenceThree men were killed and at least eight other people were wounded in violence around the city since Friday night.167
- Orange Line Service Resumes After Train-Pedestrian IncidentCTA commuters were temporarily stymied on the Orange Line during the Friday rush hour after a train fatally struck a man on the tracks.401
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