Illinois braces for brutal cold, schools, courts closing

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CHICAGO (AP) - The frigid weather moving across Illinois is prompting officials around the state to prepare for its impact.

The University of Chicago, DePaul and Northwestern Universities will close their campuses from Tuesday until Thursday morning.

The head of Chicago Public Schools, CEO Janice Jackson, said Monday night that all CPS schools will be closed on Wednesday. There will be class Tuesday, but after school activities on Tuesday have been canceled.

  • TUESDAY: Schools will remain open tomorrow, Tuesday, January 29, 2019. All after-school events will be canceled.
  • WEDNESDAY: Classes and after-school activities are canceled on Wednesday, January 30, 2019.
  • THURSDAY: A decision for classes on Thursday, January 31, 2019, will be determined Wednesday afternoon.

In central Illinois, some school districts, like McLean County Unit 5 will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Chicago Public Schools will announce Tuesday whether classes will be canceled.

Illinois State University in Normal announced Monday it will close at 11 p.m. Tuesday and won't reopen until 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

The cold will curtail Amtrak operations. Some scheduled trains between Chicago and St. Louis, Carbondale, Milwaukee and Detroit have been canceled.

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois will be closed Wednesday.

Temperatures began their plunge Monday, with forecasters expecting wind chills to fall to negative 55 degrees in northern Illinois later this week.