Illinois, especially Chicago, got a big sigh of relief in that the storm came later than expected. I haven't gone outside yet to look but I will tomorrow. Anyway, the Illinois Department of Transportation humbly asks that you stay home on Friday. Watch that DVD you've been wanting to watch for a while now.
State transportation officials are warning drivers to stay off the roads and, if possible, take public transportation or just stay home Friday morning.In political news, Lisa Madigan handed it to Rod Blagojevich. He can pay his own bills!
winter storm warning went into effect at 7 p.m. for the entire Chicago area and runs through noon Friday.
The National Weather Service expects the storm to drop up to 14 inches of snow in parts of northern Illinois Thursday night and Friday. A combination of snow and sleet is forecast for the Chicago area, with about a foot possible overnight.
NBC Chicago's Brant Miller said that the heaviest band of snow will be along the Illinois-Wisconsin border. The ice will hit the Kankakee area and south. In between, there will be a mix of ice and snow, but it won't arrive until late this evening.
"It is absurd to suggest that taxpayers must finance the defense of a criminal action against Governor Blagojevich who is accused of corruptly betraying the public trust for personal and financial gain," a release from Madigan's office said.
In a letter to attorney Ed Genson, the Attorney General said that her job is to prosecute "criminal matters on behalf of the people of Illinois," and that she has "no constitutional or statuatory duty to defend any individual in a criminal case."