Girl Critically Hurt In Apartment Fire
(Chicago, IL) -- A harrowing scene unfolds in Chicago as three children are hurt in a South Side apartment fire. Authorities say one girl is being treated in critical condition after flames reportedly erupted in a child's bedroom in an apartment on West 76th Street last night. Two other children are in good condition. One report said a ten-year-old boy ran for help screaming that his sister was "on fire."
CPS Says It Can Perform School Closures
(Chicago, IL) -- Officials with Chicago Public Schools say they're confident they have the resources needed to pull-off upcoming school closings. C-P-S Chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett has written a study how the district can handle the many issues associated with closing schools around the city. But C-P-S won't say for certain how many schools are closing until its list is released March 31st. C-P-S says they have to shutter some schools in light of a billion dollar deficit.
Elgin City Council OKs Security Boost
(Elgin, IL) -- Elgin City Councilors are going the extra mile to protect themselves from any imminent danger. Councilors voted yesterday to pay 75-thousand dollars to boost their building's security system. The safety equipment to be installed in the 45-year-old building will include individual panic buttons for each councilor.
Transit Operators Have Avoided Icy Problems
(Chicago, IL) -- Chicago-area transit agencies say they've so far avoided any major problems normally associated with bitterly-cold temperatures. The "Tribune" says the deep freeze sweeping over Chicagoland this week hasn't caused any delays thanks to newer buses and trains operating around the city. Metra says it has also succeeded in keeping its aging equipment from freezing up.