WBEZ | heat wave http://www.wbez.org/tags/heat-wave Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago runners keep going despite 'unrelenting' heat http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-runners-keep-going-despite-unrelenting-heat-100645 <p><p>Meteorologists are calling this week&rsquo;s 90 degree temperatures an &ldquo;unrelenting heat wave.&rdquo;</p><p>But some relent<em>less</em> Chicago runners are unfazed.</p><p>Marge Garcia was training for the Chicago triathlon this week along the Lakeshore Drive path. WBEZ talked to her in the middle of a run at 1 p.m.</p><p>&ldquo;A lot of people here are training seriously,&quot; Garcia said. &quot;If you&rsquo;ve been doing it a bit, you know to just listen to your body.&rdquo;</p><p>Garcia says she learned that lesson the hard way.</p><p>&ldquo;I did a twenty miler, and I ended up in the hospital,&quot; Garcia said. &quot;I ended up needing three bags of IV&rsquo;s because I didn&rsquo;t have proper hydration.&rdquo;</p><p>Endurance athletes like Garcia say electrolytes, sodium tablets and plenty of water are critical to preventing dehydration.</p><p>But Meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste warns that exercise enthusiasts should head outside earlier in the morning to avoid heat-related illnesses.</p><p>&quot;For those who are running in the late morning through the mid to late afternoon hours, you&#39;re really putting a lot of stress on your body,&quot; Sebenste said. &quot;Even if you&#39;re in great physical condition that doesn&#39;t mean that you&#39;re not hurting your body by running in such weather.&quot;</p><p>The term &quot;unrelenting heat wave&quot; refers to the high temperature and humidiy that put stress on our bodies and continue through the night, Sebenste said.&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 17:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-runners-keep-going-despite-unrelenting-heat-100645 Heat wave now blamed for 12 Chicago-area deaths http://www.wbez.org/story/heat-wave-now-blamed-12-chicago-area-deaths-89622 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-25/AP110720032892.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The recent heat wave in the Chicago area has now claimed 12 lives.</p><p>Autopsy reports released Monday by the Cook County medical examiner's office show heat stress was a secondary factor in the death of a 78-year-old woman. The primary cause of her death was heart disease.</p><p>Prior to Monday the death toll was 11. Authorities say most people killed by the heat have pre-existing conditions that are made worse by high temperatures. The last similar heat wave in the region in 1995 resulted in more than 750 deaths over a five-day period.</p><p>The Chicago area has since developed a heat response plan that includes more cooling centers and well-being checks to the elderly.</p><p>The National Weather Service is predicting highs in the upper 80s for Tuesday.</p></p> Mon, 25 Jul 2011 21:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/heat-wave-now-blamed-12-chicago-area-deaths-89622 Park Hyatt strikers decry outsourcing; hotel turns on heaters http://www.wbez.org/story/hyatt-employees-hold-one-day-picket-89447 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-21/2011-07-21_07-30-06_733.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The main entrance of an upscale hotel in downtown Chicago was sweltering Thursday morning — and not just because of the rising sun and the week’s heat wave. As pickets marched under the Park Hyatt’s glass awning, the inn switched on 10 heat lamps installed to warm guests in the dead of winter.<br><br>The picketing began a daylong strike in which dozens of Park Hyatt employees walked off their jobs at 7 a.m.<br><br>Their union, UNITE HERE, is trying to put pressure on Hyatt Hotels Corp. during negotiations to replace Chicago-area contracts that expired almost two years ago. The union represents about 1,800 workers at the Park Hyatt, Hyatt Regency Chicago, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place and Hyatt Regency O’Hare.<br><br>The company has agreed to match wages and benefits spelled out in four-year contracts that UNITE HERE reached this year for Chicago employees of two other hotel chains, Hilton Worldwide and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc.<br><br>UNITE HERE says the Hyatt negotiations are stuck on the company’s ability to outsource work to nonunion firms.<br><br>“If they replace me, it doesn’t matter how good the benefits are because I’ll be out of a job,” says Park Hyatt restaurant server Gabriel Carrasquillo, a picket captain. “I’m HIV-positive so I have a lot of medical expenses. Without these health benefits, I wouldn’t be able to have the care that I have today.”<br><br>UNITE HERE says another contentious point is Hyatt’s housekeeping workloads, which the union calls hazardous. The union funded a peer-reviewed study, published last year in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, that placed Hyatt fourth among the top five U.S. hotel chains for workplace safety.<br><br>Hyatt responded by commissioning a critique from an occupational health expert who concluded that the study’s authors “have not disrupted the conventional wisdom that housekeeping tasks are not inherently hazardous.”<br><br>Hyatt accuses UNITE HERE of holding up the Chicago talks to pressure the company to recognize the union at hotels in four other cities. “Instead of acting in the best interests of its members, the union is using them to grow its membership,” says Farley Kern, Hyatt’s vice president of corporate communications.<br><br>The strike was the fourth work stoppage to hit a Chicago-area Hyatt since May 2010. Park Hyatt’s reservations desk said the hotel’s 198 rooms were booked solid Thursday morning. Kern insisted the strike would not affect guests because managers were filling in.<br><br>The company's next bargaining session with UNITE HERE is Monday.</p></p> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 12:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/hyatt-employees-hold-one-day-picket-89447 Chicago braces for extreme heat http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-20/chicago-braces-extreme-heat-89392 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-20/5814650331_55dd8c887e_b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Over the past couple of weeks, Chicago endured plenty of sweltering days. Many Chicagoans count on air conditioning at work to offer a small reprieve. But what about those who pay their electricity bills by working outside?<em> Eight Forty-Eight</em> asked people who work outside how they beat the heat on the job.</p><p>Then <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> revisited a conversation with Eric Klinenberg, author of<em><a href="http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/H/bo3641018.html" target="_blank"> Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago</a></em>, examining the 1995 Chicago heat wave, when tempuratures soared to 106 and left over 700 people dead. The book conducts a "social autopsy," to examine how and why so many died in the city.</p><p><em>Music Button: The Mercury Program, "Egypt" from the release A Data Learn the Language (Tiger Style)</em></p></p> Wed, 20 Jul 2011 13:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-20/chicago-braces-extreme-heat-89392 Dangerous heat wave starts this weekend http://www.wbez.org/story/dangerous-heat-wave-starts-weekend-89228 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-01/Homer&#039;s.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It's going to be a scorcher outside this weekend through Thursday. Temperatures will be in the 90s but the heat index will make it feel more like 100 plus degrees.</p><p>Dr. Bechara Choucair is the commissioner for the Chicago Department of Public Health. At a press conference Friday afternoon he said extreme heat and humidity are more than an inconvenience - "they are dangerous and can be deadly."</p><p>He cautioned Chicagoans to stay hydrated, stay indoors with air conditioning, and be sure to check on neighbors and the elderly. If you have to venture outside, loose-fitting, lightly colored clothing is recommended as well as wearing sunsreen and a hat with a brim.</p><p>Chicagoans who don't have air conditioning are encouraged to head to cooling centers, libraries, city park facilities or even police stations. If hanging out at the police station doesn't sound fun, cooler options include movie theaters and shopping centers.</p><p>Commonwealth Edison is keeping extra crews around for heat-related power outages. As of Friday afternoon, 30,000 Chicago area residents are still without power after Monday's storm. A ComEd spokesman said power should be restored to those residents by Friday evening.</p><p>For residents who wish to receive alerts from Chicago's <span class="st">Office of Emergency Management and Communications, visit <a href="http://www.alertchicago.com%20">www.alertchicago.com </a>and click on the "Notify Chicago" link. </span></p></p> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 20:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/dangerous-heat-wave-starts-weekend-89228 Heat wave continues, but cooldown coming tonight http://www.wbez.org/story/heat-wave-continues-cooldown-coming-tonight-87562 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-08/Woman at Beach_Getty_Tim Boyle.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicagoans can expect another scorcher, though a front is expected to bring cooler temperatures and thunderstorms to the region Wednesday evening.</p><p>Rose Sengenberger, with the National Weather Service in Romeoville, said temperatures on Wednesday will climb into the mid-90s, with heat index readings above 100 degrees.</p><p>"We still have the same airmass in place that we had [Tuesday] that was causing such high temperatures," Sengenberger said. "That's why it's so hot and so humid, [because] we have the heat from down south and also the moisture from the Gulf of Mexico."</p><p>The Weather Service reports that Kankakee and Peotone saw 99-degree highs on Tuesday, while the mercury topped out at 97 on Chicago's lakefront.</p><p>A cold front is forecast to move into the region Wednesday night, bringing thunderstorms and temperatures in the 60s. More seasonal highs in the 60s and 70s are forecast to return starting Thursday.</p><p>The City of Chicago has opened six cooling centers. The city says residents can call 311 to find the nearest location, or they can stop by public buildings - such as libraries and police stations - to find reprieve from the heat.</p><p>Outside the city, people who need to escape the heat can visit more than 120 state government offices across Illinois. Cooling centers are being opened at all Department of Human Services offices and at seven Illinois Tollway oases in the Chicago area.</p><p>The Department on Aging is encouraging people to make daily visits or calls to senior citizens living alone. With temperatures and humidity so high, seniors and people with chronic health conditions can suffer from dehydration and other health risks. The Public Health Department encourages people of all ages to drink plenty of fluids; avoid caffeine, alcohol and sugar; wear appropriate clothing and stay in air-conditioned rooms whenever<br> possible.</p></p> Wed, 08 Jun 2011 12:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/heat-wave-continues-cooldown-coming-tonight-87562