Monday, March 19, 2018

Cook County Situation Report


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Even a short drive can turn into a dangerous one, especially during severe weather. The Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) advises residents to take extra precautions when driving during storms and to also keep an emergency kit in each of their vehicles in case they break down or get stuck during a storm.

A basic safety kit should include the following items:

  • Shove
  • Windshield scraper and small broom
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Battery powered radio
  • Water
  • Snack food, including energy bars
  • Matches and small candles
  • Extra hats, socks and mittens
  • First aid kit with pocket knife
  • Necessary medications
  • Blankets or sleeping bag
  • Tow chain or rope
  • Road salt, sand or cat litter for traction
  • Jumper cables
  • Emergency flares and reflectors
  • Fluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attention
  • Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter



Kit tips:

  • Reverse batteries in flashlights to avoid accidentally switching them on and running down the battery.
  • Store items in the passenger compartment in case the trunk is jammed or frozen shut.


Other tips:

  • Gas tanks should be kept at least half full.
  • Travelers should always tell someone where they’re going and the route they‘ll take.
  • Stranded drivers should stay with their vehicles; walking in a storm can be very dangerous. Other vehicles may not see you or you may become lost or exhausted.
  • Always check conditions in and around your vehicle; snow can plug a vehicle's exhaust system and cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to enter the car.
  • If stranded for a prolonged period, only run the engine for 10 minutes an hour to conserve gas and make sure the exhaust pipe is free of snow.
  • Keeping a window open a crack while running the engine, is also a good idea to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.



February 01, 2018 (Illinois)
Lawsuit: Firefighters Were Told Hazardous Chemical Was Vegetable Oil
BARRINGTON, Ill. — Barrington officials are suing a Canadian trucking company over the cleanup of a chemical spill last year, alleging firefighters unwittingly handled a hazardous chemical that damaged their equipment after being told the material was vegetable oil. The spill happened shortly after 11:30 p.m. March 7, when a semitrailer belonging to Xan Systems Inc. slammed into the back end of a pickup truck while the truck was moving forward after sitting at a traffic light that had just turned green along Route 14, near Hart Road, in Barrington, authorities have said. The spill, which covered a grassy area nearby, closed both westbound lanes on Route 14 until March 10, causing traffic delays while crews worked to clean up the material. In a recent lawsuit that initially was filed in Lake County, attorneys representing Barrington said the village is suing Xan Systems and Stanislaw Kacki, who operated the semitrailer, seeking to recoup costs to replace firefighting gear and equipment that was "rendered unusable and without value" because of the material that spilled from the semitrailer. In the initial complaint, attorneys for Barrington said Kacki first told firefighters he was transporting vegetable oil, but firefighters who responded to the scene and were not wearing protective gear at the time later learned the material was a hazardous chemical called methylene diphenyl diisocyanate.


February 01, 2018 (Illinois)
Finding Impartial Jurors Could Delay Trial In Facebook Video Torture Case
Video of four black people abusing a white teenager in a Chicago apartment— and jeering “f— white people” and “f— Donald Trump”— became the subject of national news coverage and public outrage in early 2017. That could make it hard to find impartial jurors if one or more of the defendants accused of starring in the viral Facebook video goes to trial, a Cook County judge said Thursday. But Jordan Hill, who prosecutors said had befriended the 18-year-old victim, is likely to take his chances in front of a jury, Judge William Hooks said during a hearing at a the Leighton Criminal Court Building. Hooks said he will want an extra-large jury pool of 200 to 300 people in hopes of finding people who haven’t made up their minds about a case about which millions of people have stated an opinion. The four each were charged with as many as 50 counts, including aggravated battery, kidnapping and committing a hate crime.


January 31, 2018 (Illinois)
After More Than 7 Years, Judge Drops Elgin’s Gang Lawsuit Against 4 Men
Members of the Latin Kings street gang have a motto: “Once a King, Always a King.” But after almost eight years of litigation, four reputed members of the gang say they’ve proven to a Kane County judge that the motto doesn’t apply to them. A five-day trial for the four men was held in January 2017. An Elgin police officer testified that the men were placed in the city’s gang database in July 2010 because they attended the funeral of a slain Latin Kings member. About three years later, their names were purged from the Elgin gang database when police deemed they were no longer active in the Latin Kings, the officer testified. But the judge ruled the Juarez and Sanchez brothers weren’t even members of the gang in 2010 when the lawsuit was filed. Dozens of suspected Latin Kings were sued by Elgin in 2010, but the four men were the only ones to have their cases dismissed, officials said. “In September of 2010 our office sued 81 members of the Elgin Latin Kings street gang seeking to stop them from continuing to harm the city of Elgin with their violent gang activity,” said Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon, whose office represented Elgin in the cases. “Since the suit was filed we have been successful either in obtaining agreements with the individuals to end their relationships with the gang or through the court in ordering the individuals to end their gang activity. We were successful against 77 of the 81 individuals. As a result Elgin is a safer community today,” McMahon said in a statement.


February 02, 2018 (Illinois)
Flu Outbreak Closes British International School In Lincoln Park
CHICAGO (CBS) — A private school in Lincoln Park was closed on Friday, after an outbreak of flu left 20 percent of students and staff sick. Officials will spend the day cleaning and disinfecting the Lincoln Park campus of the British International School of Chicago, after students and staff came down with both influenza and stomach flu. The British International School expected classes to resume at the Lincoln Park campus on Monday. The school’s South Loop campus was still open on Friday.



February 02: Groundhog Day
February 04: Super Bowl XLVIII
February 08: 2018 Winter Olympics Begin
February 09: 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies
February 25: 2018 Winter Olympics End
February 10 - 19: Chicago Auto Show
February 12: Lincoln's Birthday Day
February 13: Mardi Gras
February 14: Ash Wednesday
February 14: Valentine's Day
February 16: Chinese New Year
Febraury 19: Presidents' Day
February 20: Washington's Birthday


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