Communities open cooling centers to combat heat

Jun 15, 2012

Predicted temperatures in the 90s have prompted some local communities to open cooling sites for local residents.

The National Weather Service is predicting a high near 90 degrees today, 92 on Saturday and 86 on Sunday.

Cooling sites offer air-conditioned relief during periods of excessive heat or when an excessive heat advisory or warning is issued by the National Weather Service.

Residents are encouraged to check on elderly neighbors and family members to ensure they are safe and as comfortable as possible

Emergency Medical Services should be contacted immediately if anyone needs urgent medical treatment.

For more information about how to stay cool, healthy and safe this summer, go to The purpose of Keep Cool Illinois is to inform Illinois residents, especially the elderly, families with small children and persons with disabilities, how to prevent heat-related health problems, reduce their utility bills and participate in summer activities safely.

Most local State of Illinois facilities are available as cooling centers. Call the Illinois Dept. of Human Services hotline at 800-843-6154 for more information.

Those seeking a temporary respite from the heat should go to a cooling center or call the DeKalb County Communications Center at 815-895-2123 for more information.

Locations announced as cooling centers in area communities include:


  • Salvation Army 422 S. Main St., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Keen Age Center, 2141 Henry Luckow Lane, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday


  • DeKalb Oasis, Interstate 88, open 24 hours
  • DeKalb City Hall, 200 S. Fourth St. in DeKalb, open 24 hours
  • DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St. in DeKalb, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday
  • The Senior Center, 330 Grove St. in DeKalb, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday


  • The Carpenter’s Place, 1149 Railroad Ave., 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday
  • Salvation Army, 1706 18th Ave., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week
  • Jubilee Center, Park Ave. and N. Court St., 9 a.m. to Noon and 1 to 3 p.m, Monday through Friday
  • Liberty Baptist Church, 3500 Preston St.  9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday
  • Rockford Rescue Mission Men’s Crisis Center 715 W. State St. Rockton Ave. Entrance, 24 hours, seven days a week
  • Rockford Rescue Mission Women’s Crisis Center, 809 Cedar St., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week
  • Public Safety Building Lobby, 420 W. State St., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week
  • Winnebago County Justice Center Lobby, 650 W. State St., 24 hours, seven days a week


  • Sycamore Police Department, 535 DeKalb Ave. in Sycamore, open 24 hours
  • Sycamore Public Library, 103 E. State St. in Sycamore, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Saturday
  • The Illinois Department of Human Services – Family Community Resource Center, 1629 Afton Road in Sycamore, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.