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WNIJ's summary of news items around our state.

Illinois Warming Centers Open During Cold Snap

More than 100 warming centers are open across Illinois to provide respite from the bitter cold.

State-authorized warming centers are located at Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) offices throughout the state. IDHS warming centers are open to the public during each facility's regular business hours, Monday through Friday.

Find A Warming Center

The Illinois Tollway Oases in the Chicago area are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

There are additional warming center locations in Northern Illinois:

Boone County

Belvidere Public Safety Building

615 N. Main St. Belvidere

24 hrs/7 days a week

Salvation Army

422 S. Main St. Belvidere

Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

DeKalb County

Sycamore Police Department

535 DeKalb Avenue

Sycamore, Il  60178

Open 24 hours- every day

Sycamore Public Library

103 E. State Street

Sycamore, IL  60178

9:00 a.m. through 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday

9:00 a.m. through 6 p.m., Friday

9:00 a.m. through 5 p.m., Saturday

1:00 p.m. through 5 p.m., Sunday

(Library is closed December 24, 25, 31 and January 1.)

Winnebago County

Men’s Crisis Center of the Rockford Rescue Mission

715 W. State St. Rockford

7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. /7 days a week

Meals served 3 times per day at 7:00 a.m. - Noon - 5:30 p.m.

Pecatonica Village Hall

405 Main St. Pecatonica

Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Carpenter’s Place

1149 Railroad Ave. Rockford

Mon-Fri 8:15 a.m. – 3:00p.m.

Village of Machesney Park

300 Roosevelt Rd. Machesney Park

Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Winnebago County Justice Center

650 W. State St. Rockford

Lobby open 24 hrs/7 days a week

Women’s Crisis Center of the Rockford Rescue Mission

809 Cedar St. Rockford

Women and Children Only

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m./7 days a week

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