about two years ago by Doug Jenkins, WBGZ Radio
With several days of 90-degree-plus heat predicted for much of Illinois, the United Way has opened cooling centers around the state. There are locations in many communities, with a mix of retail businesses and government buildings on that list. The United Way's Erin Smith says if you are homebound or have transportation issues, you can call for assistance.
About one-thousand people have suffered heat related deaths in Illinois over the past 15 years. You can find a cooling center near you by clicking on www.211helps.org.