*** UPDATED 3x *** Winter Weather Closures
Monday, Jan 6, 2014
Posted by Barton Lorimor
* Let’s start a list of state offices that are closed today for bad weather. This list is likely to be updated a few times, so please check back. If your office is closed and not listed here, please add it in comments.
* A spokesman for Gov. Quinn said last night he does not foresee the Governor closing state offices. The Governor has scheduled a press conference for 2 p.m. today to give an update on weather conditions and cleanup efforts.
I’m sure you have heard this at least once, but do be careful today. Supposedly some snow plows are getting stuck in this stuff, too.
* 8:45 a.m. - An email from the Governor’s chief of staff stamped at 7:24 a.m. today advises state government employees to stay home…
* The Governor’s Press Office sent out a press release moments ago. From that announcement…
Hope you weren’t already at work or commuting by the time this all went public…
* 9:30 a.m. - The press release announcing the closure of state offices made it to the media listserv about 15 minutes ago. I have emailed the Governor’s Office asking why it took so long to make the call this morning. I’m still waiting for a response. It will be posted as soon as it’s available.
*11:35 a.m. - I have received a few questions about whether the latest declaration counts as personal time, or a sick day, or an unpaid day off, etc. The truth is I have no idea. I am still waiting to hear back from the Governor’s Office on another issue. My best advice at this time is that it sounds like each agency has its own policy. One might be wise to check with HR when it reopens.
Also - The Governor’s press conference has moved to 1 p.m. in the JRTC Blueroom.