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Wildlife experts in suburban Chicago say coyote sightings should increase as young animals leave their parents to find mates and their own territory.

Dan Thompson is an ecologist with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. He says young coyotes move around a lot because so much space is already occupied.

People see more coyotes in winter because there's less vegetation to hide them and snow makes them easier to spot. This doesn't necessarily mean there's a rise in population.

Preventing Injuries From Exposure To Cold Weather

Jan 8, 2015
Larry Stephens

Harsh winter weather has swept across most of northern Illinois this week and is a reminder to bundle up or stay inside. Frostbite and hypothermia are risks to those who cannot or will not take the proper precautions to prevent its deadly symptoms.

Since 1997, 163 people have died from over exposure to cold temperatures in Illinois. Jerry Wiltfang, who is director of emergency operations at the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department urges the homeless and elderly to find suitable shelter from the cold.

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Add DeKalb to the growing list of cities cutting back on salting roads.

Larry Stephens

Updated at 2:00 am Monday


Northern Illinois University has cancelled all classes Monday and Tuesday. All campuses are closed both days as well, with only essential employees required to report.

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Forecast highs of around 15 below zero have led to a flurry of school cancelations for Monday, January 6th. The National  Weather Service has classified the deep-freeze expected over the  next few days as "life-threatening cold." The following schools are closed Monday: check back for updates.