SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
A tip of the hat to some very hard-working folks

Tuesday, Jan 7, 2014

* My connecting flight to St. Louis was cancelled Sunday night and I was told I probably couldn’t get on another plane until Wednesday. So, I rented a car and drove home from Atlanta yesterday, with side trips to pick up Oscar the Puppy and our luggage at the STL airport. I rolled into my driveway about 11:30 last night.

Interstate 64 down in Southern Illinois was relatively clean by the time I arrived, but there were tons of cars in the ditches. I saw a dozen or more off the road in one half-mile stretch alone. All those unfortunate souls had to literally be rescued because the temperatures were so low. This was a life and death matter for them.

My hat is off to everyone who has been working on the roads for the past few days, particularly the rescuers. From a press release…

Stories of heroism by rescuers continue to emerge as emergency responders work around the clock to assist those impacted by the extreme weather.

Personnel from the Illinois National Guard field maintenance shop in Mattoon coordinated with Illinois State Police troopers and Illinois Department of Transportation snow plow crews to assist motorists in approximately 375 vehicles backed up on I-70 and I-57 north of Effingham Sunday evening. The backup was the result of several vehicles and semi-trucks that were stuck in snow drifts, making it impossible for snow plows to clear the route for the cars to proceed. Illinois National Guard personnel used a wrecker to pull the stranded vehicles and trucks from the road, which allowed IDOT crews to clear the road and rescue hundreds of passengers.

“The men and women of the Illinois National Guard are again demonstrating their commitment to the safety and security of Illinois citizens,” Brig. Gen. Daniel M. Krumrei, the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard, said. “We train extensively throughout the year to be ready and on the scene to help our neighbors at a moment’s notice. Within two hours of activation, our Soldiers navigated dangerous road conditions in sub-zero temperatures to rescue stranded motorists.”

Conservation Police Officer Trent Reeves rescued seven people and two pets that were trapped by snow drifts along Route 47 north of Mahomet. Emergency vehicles could not reach the people, so Officer Reeves traveled by snowmobile and on foot to rescue the stranded individuals and deliver them to nearby emergency vehicles. All of those rescued, including the pets, are fine. Officer Jim Mayes assisted with the rescue, and himself used his truck to rescue six individuals who were stranded on Interstate 74 in east central Illinois.

Your experiences with Polar Vortex Snowmageddon 2014?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Bruce Rauner - Tuesday, Jan 7, 14 @ 11:42 am:

    The champaigne in my limo froze last night.

  2. - MOD - Tuesday, Jan 7, 14 @ 11:45 am:

    Big thanks to IDOT; they’ve had more than 3,000 people and nearly 1,700 vehicles running around the clock (in some places since the snow last Tuesday) and there’s more weather coming soon. Incredible effort to accomplish everything they’re doing

  3. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 7, 14 @ 11:48 am:

    I now know just how lucky my son was to have been able to get back to CA on 1/2/14. He had a flight out of O’Hare early that morning - so many other flights were cancelled but his got off only 90 minutes late. I’m sure he would not have been AWOL but he could have ended up in the Midwest even until today what with the backlog of flights being caught up. He would have been very upset to have missed any of his training. Ms dupage dan and I stayed warm and cozy over the weekend. She got her call to stay home on Sunday nite (Cook Cty has a proper phone tree). I don’t work on Mondays so missed out on the whole SNAFU that some of my co-workers experienced.

  4. - Former Merit Comp Slave - Tuesday, Jan 7, 14 @ 11:50 am:

    This was my first winter in 30 years of law enforcement that I didn’t have to deal with it after retiring recently. I haven’t left the house since Saturday and encouraged people to stay off the roads. I have family and friends who had to work in those extreme conditions and they have my utmost respect and gratitude.

  5. - dupage dan - Tuesday, Jan 7, 14 @ 11:55 am:

    post @ 11:48 am was mine.

  6. - Rauner's inner mono - Tuesday, Jan 7, 14 @ 11:59 am:

    oh puhleeze…these overpaid tax eaters sit around all day waiting for some hardworking taxpayer to need help, counting their cadilllac pension and health benefits. better to privatize those rescuer functions at $7.25 an hour

  7. - Sunshine - Tuesday, Jan 7, 14 @ 12:09 pm:

    dd when you mentioned “…Ms dupage dan….” we vaguely, sort of, perhaps, maybe thought it just might be you!

  8. - Wensicia - Tuesday, Jan 7, 14 @ 12:22 pm:

    I would like to thank Karen Lewis for reminding CPS children should not be outside, walking to school, during extremely dangerous wind chills.

  9. - Irish - Tuesday, Jan 7, 14 @ 12:23 pm:

    Rauner’s inner mono@ 11:59 am - Put your username on your bumper so the overpaid tax eaters can pass you by to help someone worth saving.

  10. - G'Kar - Tuesday, Jan 7, 14 @ 12:37 pm:

    My college had the good sense to close, so I was able to stay home. A colleague of my, like Rich, rented a car (in Orlando) to drive back home. They reached I-57 in Southern Illinois and made 40 miles in four hours and ended up staying in a hotel in Effingham. Apparently the N-S interstates were much worse than the E-W ones.

  11. - Give Me A Break - Tuesday, Jan 7, 14 @ 1:12 pm:

    Props to the DHS staff at the local offices who came in to open them as warming centers.

  12. - langhorne - Tuesday, Jan 7, 14 @ 1:17 pm:

    my long driveway looked kinda hopeless, til a neighbor helped w a snow blower the size of a VW. good karma from the years i did his driveways.

    we had to get out to get medicine for the dogs. (poor planning, i know). drove around thru downtown. clear but almost completely empty.

    fortunately we didnt lose power. hats off to everyone who had to work w the ice. including bartenders.

    rauner’s inner mono–so silly you are almost funny

  13. - DuPage - Tuesday, Jan 7, 14 @ 1:31 pm:

    11:48- That was funny! I was drinking a cup of coffee at the time and inhaled a little. I better stop coffee drinking while reading!

  14. - Joan P. - Tuesday, Jan 7, 14 @ 1:57 pm:

    My thanks to everyone who was out doing their jobs in the snow and cold.

    Special thanks to:

    the guys who shovel our parking area - it’s not their fault that an hour after they finished on Sunday morning it looked untouched!

    the maintenance guy from the building across the way who offered to help dig my car out Sunday afternoon

    the stove repair man who just fixed my burners

    the Trib’s delivery guy who gets my paper here bright and early despite the weather.

    I’m one of the lucky ones. Retirement means I get to stay inside with a pot of tea and my new kitties (they arrived on Saturday, before the storm).

  15. - Huh? - Tuesday, Jan 7, 14 @ 3:11 pm:

    OMG - I just read about a disaster in the making - A Velveeta Cheese shortage!!!

    Ok a little off subject, but I couldn’t resist.

    The IDOT District 3 and Woodford County Highway Department should be commended on how well they fought the snow. The roads I have driven on the past few days have been by and large clear of snow and very passable.

  16. - Chavez-respecting Obamist - Tuesday, Jan 7, 14 @ 4:36 pm:

    They kept the Lincoln Park polar bear inside because it was too cold:

    We’ve been closed for 2 days but are open tomorrow. I watched all of Whitechapel from the BBC and my kitchen and bathroom have probably never been cleaner.

  17. - Jake From Elwood - Tuesday, Jan 7, 14 @ 5:26 pm:

    Each of my children is genuinely happy to be returning to school tomorrow. They have had enough play and want to return to learn.
    That was a pleasant surprise.

  18. - Just The Way It Is One - Wednesday, Jan 8, 14 @ 12:12 am:

    Practically constant snow removal it’s felt like–shovel and snow-blow, repeat, repeat, repeat. Car parts breaking down-fix in subzero temps. and get fixed, Vehicles not starting. Missing time at work. Transportation delays. Facing a bit of baby toe frostbite after spending a LOT of time trying to get 2 vehicles started with 39 below Zero Wind-Chill temps. blowing around outside–and fixing brakes…just a healthy slice of the crusty, old “pie” from my end in helping kick off some of the festivities over the last few days in the middle of my neck of the woods hunkerin’ down in the swirling, snow-drifting, ultra sub-zero Vortex of “Snowmageddon 2014″…!

    All I can say at this point is, that if the REST of 2014 is gonna be even SOMEwhat like how it’s started off, this New Year is gonna be a “Doozy”!!!

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* Sign of the times?
* Question of the day
* Exelon Just Received A $1.7 Billion Rate Increase Through The Market-Based Capacity Auction
* Today's number: 60
* No imminent power shut-offs
* Chamber all-in on impasse
* COGFA: State receipts down almost a billion dollars in first quarter
* Two racetracks will likely close
* "How many babies have to die?"
* Report: "A billion-dollar giveaway rife with failure"
* Frerichs warns of impasse consequences
* Quinn touring the state
* Yesterday's blog posts

Visit our advertisers...







Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

    * iPhone 6s, Samsung Gear S2, Nexus 6P comments & more – Pocketnow Daily Recap
    * Jetpack Joyride brings you Back to the Future theme for October
    * Viber: “heart” messages, more characters, forward public chats
    * Samsung Galaxy Active Neo coming to Japan
    * Top 5 Android games of September 2015
    * Escape from the dark in Dim Light, now out on Android
    * Bounce the ball around shapes in Geometry Bounce

    * Garcia gives White Sox walk-off win vs. Tigers
    * Albers holds scoreless streak as free agency nears
    * Alexei takes in possible final games with Sox
    * There's nothing the White Sox can say about Robin Ventura
    * Sale sets franchise single-season mark for strikeouts
    * White Sox edge Tigers on Sale's record night
    * Sale sets franchise single-season mark for strikeouts


    Main Menu
    Pundit rankings
    Subscriber Content
    Blagojevich Trial
    Updated Posts

    October 2015
    September 2015
    August 2015
    July 2015
    June 2015
    May 2015
    April 2015
    March 2015
    February 2015
    January 2015
    December 2014
    November 2014
    October 2014
    September 2014
    August 2014
    July 2014
    June 2014
    May 2014
    April 2014
    March 2014
    February 2014
    January 2014
    December 2013
    November 2013
    October 2013
    September 2013
    August 2013
    July 2013
    June 2013
    May 2013
    April 2013
    March 2013
    February 2013
    January 2013
    December 2012
    November 2012
    October 2012
    September 2012
    August 2012
    July 2012
    June 2012
    May 2012
    April 2012
    March 2012
    February 2012
    January 2012
    December 2011
    November 2011
    October 2011
    September 2011
    August 2011
    July 2011
    June 2011
    May 2011
    April 2011
    March 2011
    February 2011
    January 2011
    December 2010
    November 2010
    October 2010
    September 2010
    August 2010
    July 2010
    June 2010
    May 2010
    April 2010
    March 2010
    February 2010
    January 2010
    December 2009
    November 2009
    October 2009
    September 2009
    August 2009
    July 2009
    June 2009
    May 2009
    April 2009
    March 2009
    February 2009
    January 2009
    December 2008
    November 2008
    October 2008
    September 2008
    August 2008
    July 2008
    June 2008
    May 2008
    April 2008
    March 2008
    February 2008
    January 2008
    December 2007
    November 2007
    October 2007
    September 2007
    August 2007
    July 2007
    June 2007
    May 2007
    April 2007
    March 2007
    February 2007
    January 2007
    December 2006
    November 2006
    October 2006
    September 2006
    August 2006
    July 2006
    June 2006
    May 2006
    April 2006
    March 2006
    February 2006
    January 2006
    December 2005
    April 2005
    March 2005
    February 2005
    January 2005
    December 2004
    November 2004
    October 2004

    Blog*Spot Archives
    November 2005
    October 2005
    September 2005
    August 2005
    July 2005
    June 2005
    May 2005


    RSS Feed 2.0
    Comments RSS 2.0


    * Number of Chicago heroin overdoses hits 74 in 3 days
    * Car crashes into northern Illinois church, injuring 6
    * University of Illinois opens center for wounded veterans
    * Opponents upset Chief Illiniwek merchandise available online
    * Chicago man charged in 20-month-old's death acquitted
    * Health officials in Lake County encourage flu shots
    * Alleged improprieties force out 2 parole board members
    * Suburban officer accused of using excessive force sentenced
    * Illinois tax break deals yield uncertain results for state
    * Rauner: Illinois budget standoff 'could go on for a while'

    * Legal marijuana stirs hope in southern Illinois town
    * Statehouse Insider: We have a problem. Is anyone there?
    * AP Exclusive: Legal marijuana stirs hope in southern Illinois town
    * Gov. Rauner: Illinois budget standoff 'could go on for a while'
    * State revenues down by nearly $1 billion in first quarter
    * Former Gov. Quinn makes speech in Champaign, says he has no plans to run for office
    * Supporters of sexual assault, domestic violence programs warn of cuts due to budget impasse
    * University presidents urge end to Illinois budget stalemate
    * Illinois attorney general seeks details from Volkswagen
    * Home day care workers seek repayment of union dues

    * Property tax hike adds up to 'a lot of hot dogs'
    * This tech company is 'ugly and boring'—and booming
    * South Side hospital may reverse years of losses
    * Big boys to change Chicago's skyline
    * Big blunders by Rauner, Madigan leading to Springfield stalemate

    * Police warn West Side residents of burglaries, robberies
    * 4 wounded in separate shootings on South, West sides
    * Missing Aurora man found in Chicago
    * Cops ask for help finding driver who hit, seriously injured woman on SW Side
    * Protesters rally to raise awareness of 'brutality of police'
    * Woman faces reckless homicide, DUI charges in Chicago Ridge officer's death
    * Famous Naperville Halloween house goes dark
    * Harvest of medical marijuana begins in Illinois
    * Woman crashes into church during food drive, injuring 5
    * Wisconsin airman among 11 dead in Afghanistan plane crash

    * Legal marijuana stirs hope in southern Illinois town
    * Bernard Schoenburg: An added loss for workers at Illinois State Museum
    * Angie Muhs: Comics, the 'Power of the Press' and more
    * Bernard Schoenburg: An added loss for workers at Illinois State Museum
    * Statehouse Insider: We have a problem. Is anyone there?
    * Statehouse Insider: We have a problem. Is anyone there?
    * Jim Bordeaux-White: Help give lung cancer patients hope for a cure
    * Charles Krauthammer: Obama's Syria debacle
    * Gov. Rauner: Illinois budget standoff 'could go on for a while'
    * State revenues down by nearly $1 billion in first quarter

    * UI roundup: Volleyball ousted in five sets
    * Football pick em week six – Iowa
    * Tate: Rough start, miracle finish for Illini
    * Plays of the Game - Nebraska
    * In the grand scheme of things ... Illinois should keep Cubit
    * High school football 10-02-15
    * Illini grade vs. Nebraska: A
    * PODCAST: Fasterners Etc. Postgame Show -- Nebraska
    * Emotional win for Illinois
    * Notes: Turner answers call

    * Report: Des Plaines shrine rector removed from ministry for 'inappropriate relationship'
    * Now it gets interesting: Cubs still alive to host WC playoff
    * Sharp, Oduya come home
    * 'True fan' of 80+ years just misses Cubs' playoff season
    * South Alabama holds on to 24-18 win over Troy

    * House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
    * Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
    * The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
    * Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
    * Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
    * CBD Oil, and politics
    * Simon considering state Senate bid
    * Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
    * Shutdown? State may not notice
    * Rep. Bob Dold

    * Durbin cites health benefits in push to ra......

    * Senator Kirk Statement on the Dedication o......

    * You’re Invited – Illinois REbarcamp Powered by YPN!
    * Next 10 general admission registrants for Vertex 15 Conference get extras
    * Chicago chapter of NAREB collaborates to serve consumers
    * 6 things you need to remember about TRID before Oct. 3
    * Watch for Illinois REALTOR® story about Kinney scholarships
    * NAR honors Goodwin and four other Good Neighbor winners
    * Morning Minute: Signs show housing is shifting to a buyer’s market
    * Two Illinois REALTORS® to be honored with SRES Outstanding Service Award
    * New book offers REALTOR® safety tips for discount
    * Will you join the fun at REbarcamp?

      Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller