As ice and snow cover northern Illinois, some small businesses are starting to feel their bottom lines fall along with the temperature.
In the decades she’s owned her business, Cindy Abel, of Canine & Abel Dog Grooming and Daycare in Rockford, has never had to close because of the weather. That is, until record-breaking wind chills blew through the region at the end of January. That was a first.
“I’ve been doing this for over 45 years, and this has been the worst year of all,” she said.