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Warming Centers Aid Winter-Weary Chicagoans

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Another day of frigid temperatures has pushed more Chicagoans into city warming centers.

The busiest is the Garfield Human Services Center. On Monday there, a classroom-size space was full of homeless people, seniors and some families who’d lost their heat. The center’s executive director is Benjamin Alonzo.

ALONZO: Generally when it gets below 32 degrees, we average about 50 to 75 persons. Today we have 111.

Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications activated a Joint Operation Center on Sunday to coordinate city responses to the extreme weather.

Officials say people are also free to warm up in police stations, libraries and park fieldhouses. The city is urging anyone with weather-related problems to call 311.

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