Snowstorm Forces Chicago Heights to Close City Hall 

Snowstorm Forces Chicago Heights to Close City Hall

Snowstorm Forces Chicago Heights to Close City Hall  (Chicago Heights, IL) — Snow was on everybody’s mind at Wednesday night’s Chicago Heights City Council meeting. The Chicago area was hit by a major snowstorm, and Chicago Heights had about 10 inches of snow dumped on it Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Patricia Bonk for State Rep

City Hall was closed Wednesday afternoon because of the winter storm, and garbage pickup on Wednesday and Thursday was also postponed.

And students at Chicago Heights School District 163 went to remote learning Wednesday because of the storm.

The mayor’s chief of staff, Karen Zerante, thanked city workers for their efforts. She told the council that city workers had been working round-the-clock to keep city streets open and safe, and would continue to do so throughout the duration of the storm.

Fifth Ward Ald. George Brassea also lauded city workers, saying, “The snowstorm we have experienced in recent days has been terrible, but the City of Chicago Heights Public Works department has done an excellent job in maintaining the roads during the snowstorm. Each and every resident’s request that was submitted to my office was addressed in a quick and efficient fashion.”

Christopher Baikauskas, 4th Ward alderman, added that public works is working diligently, doing a great job cleaning up the streets.

In other business, Zerante said that the city would be hosting its second Illinois Department of Public Health clinic offering vaccinations and booster shots 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Feb. 12 at city hall.

The council also approved an ordinance renewing the city’s employee health insurance policy and premium. The city expects to see premiums remain roughly the same. The city’s benefits and insurance consultant told the council that he was able negotiate lower rates with its insurer, Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO, despite higher prescription drug usage by the 231 employees covered under the policy.

Snowstorm Forces Chicago Heights to Close City Hall

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