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Governor Quinn to open more than 100 warming centers

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Governor Pat Quinn announced Friday that he will open more than 100 warming centers across the state of Illinois to provide shelter from the cold.

Gov. Quinn is urging residents to take advantage of these places if they have no other refuge from the cold.

"The state will do everything it can to protect residents during the severe cold that's coming our way," Gov. Quinn said. "We also urge citizens to be aware of the serious health problems that can result from prolonged exposure to the cold, and I urge everyone to take special precautions to stay safe during this cold snap."

Officials said the warming centers are located at Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) offices throughout the state.

IDHS warming centers will be open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Officials said in additional to IDHS centers, Illinois Tollway Oases will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Gov. Quinn is also asking relatives, friends and neighbors to check in on senior citizens or those with illnesses, especially if they live alone, as they are more susceptible to the cold.

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