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Chicago Workers Looking Out for People in Cold

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Severe temperatures in the region Thursday could drop to 29-below zero with wind chill. City workers in Chicago are out on the streets looking for anyone who might need help.

People from the city’s Department of Family and Support Services have been out all week trying to get homeless people indoors. Mary Ellen Caron is the department’s acting commissioner.

CARON: We have more human service workers on the streets today, even than we did yesterday. The police are working with us, the health department, everybody is focused on making sure that we get as many people inside as possible.

Caron says as of noon today, more than a hundred people took advantage of one of the city’s six warming centers. She also says there are five-thousand beds available at homeless shelters across the city tonight. The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning for the region until noon Friday.

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