Wednesday, June 19, 2024

On a very hot day many Chicago cooling centers are closed because of Juneteenth

A few days ago, as a heat wave was about to hit Chicago, municipal officials touted the many cooling centers available to the vulnerable population. 

Today is Juneteenth, a federal, state, and municipal holiday.

I'm working today, but they's another story. Also not taking today off is the aforementioned heat wave. 

Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-90s. And many of these cooling centers are close because of Juneteenth. 

From the Chicago Sun-Times:
“It’s extremely alarming that we are shrinking our cooling centers in the middle of a heat wave,” said state Rep. Lindsey LaPointe, who represents Chicago’s Northwest Side and advocates for the homeless and other vulnerable populations.
This week, the city established six cooling centers for those who need to escape the dangerous temperatures because they don’t have air conditioning and are susceptible to heat-induced illness.
On Wednesday, only one of those centers, the Garfield Community Service Center at 10 S. Kedzie Ave., will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. despite another forecast for an extremely hot day.
City officials have also advised people to seek shelter at Chicago’s more than 80 public libraries this week, but all those locations will be closed for the day as well.

Happy Juneteenth! Fortunately, Chicago Park District buildings will be open.

Oh, why are Chicago's public libraries closed on holidays? On--sorry if you are woke--minor holidays like Juneteenth, Chicago's libraries should be open.


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