IL Opening Warming Centers Ahead of Frigid Air

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Warming centers are preparing to open across Illinois as sub-zero temperatures are forecast to move into the state.

Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday urged residents to use any of the state's warming centers. There are more than 100 available statewide.

Quinn says he wants Illinoisans to "take special precautions to stay safe during this cold snap." The warming centers are located at Illinois Department of Human Services offices statewide.

Municipalities across Illinois like Chicago, Naperville and Springfield also are opening warming centers. Cities are using libraries, municipal centers, community centers and park district buildings.

The governor also asks Illinois residents to check on senior citizens during the cold weather.

Temperatures are forecast to drop below zero with frigid wind chills over the weekend and early next week.