power outages

Larry Stephens

Northern Illinois is digging out of a winter storm. Travel remains tricky, whether by car, train or airplane. 

DeKalb and Sycamore public schools and Northern Illinois University are closed. WNIJ has an updated list of area school closings here.

Gov. Bruce Rauner advises against travel and put state agencies on alert to help local areas as needed. IDOT snow plows have been clearing roadways since the weekend and will continue overnight today.


Several thousand residents in Stephenson and Jo Daviess Counties remain without power after severe storms that blew through the region overnight late Monday and early Tuesday. 

Late Tuesday Afternoon Update:

Tens of thousands of people in northern Illinois were without electricity hours after a fast-moving thunderstorm downed trees and severed power lines.

The early morning storm knocked out power to about 300,000 homes and businesses in the northern part of the state.

Commonwealth Edison said that by mid-afternoon, 91,000 customers were still without electricity, most of them to the west of Chicago.

Company officials expect power will be restored to most of them by Thursday evening or Friday.