Cooling Centers are Safe Havens From the Heat

6/25/2009

With temperatures soaring this week, Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is urging Illinoisans to take advantage of more than 120 state facilities that serve as cooling centers. The cooling centers provide Illinoisans a place to stay cool and comfortable during the scorching hot days of summer. The cooling centers are located at IDHS offices throughout the state and the seven Illinois Tollway Oases in Chicago. They will be open to the public during regular business hours so anyone seeking refuge from the heat has a cool place to go when the temperature climbs.

"As the temperatures climb into the 90s this week, many low-income Illinoisans have no air conditioning in their homes or no other cool place to go to escape the heat," (IDHS) Secretary Carol L. Adams Ph.D. "The cooling centers offer a welcoming and safe environment to cool off during the hottest part of the day."

More information on the state's cooling centers is available by calling the IDHS toll-free hotline (800-843-6154).

Seniors are also at risk during extremely hot weather and the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) provides Summer Tips to seniors statewide through its network of Area Agencies on Aging. Working with its partners in the Aging Network, IDoA provides materials outlining dangers associated with the summer weather, performs well-being checks on vulnerable seniors, provides cooling centers at senior centers, adult day service centers and nutrition sites as well as extended hours and transportation as requested.

Seniors are at an increased risk especially if they take certain medications, drink alcohol, lack proper nutrition or who have conditions such as arthritis, stroke, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. During heat emergencies, seniors are urged to contact their local Area Agencies on Aging or the Senior HelpLine (800-252-8966) for assistance with locating senior centers, adult day service sites and other familiar buildings that serve as cooling centers.

"I encourage everyone to check on older adults to make sure they are cool and comfortable, because the heat and humidity can be very dangerous for the aging population," said Charles D. Johnson, Director of the Illinois Department on Aging.

IDHS offices used as cooling centers are local family resources centers, tollway oases and rehabilitation services offices:

Local Family Community Resource Center offices

Office Name Office Address City
Cook County - Austin 408 North Laramie Avenue Chicago
Cook County - Calumet Park 831 West 119th Street Chicago
Cook County - Englewood 5323 South Western Avenue Chicago
 Cook County - Garfield 500 North Pulaski Road Chicago
Cook County - Humboldt Park 2753 West North Avenue Chicago
Cook County - Lower North 2650 West Fulton Street Chicago
 Cook County - Michigan 70 East 21st Street Chicago
Cook County - Northwest 4105 West Chicago Avenue Chicago
Cook County - Oakland 610 West Root Street Chicago
Cook County - Park Manor 1642 West 59th Street Chicago
Cook County - Roseland 11203 S. Ellis Street Chicago
Cook County - South Suburban 3301 Wireton Blue Island
Cook County - Southeast 8001 South Cottage Grove Avenue Chicago
Cook County - Western 3910 West Ogden Chicago
Cook County - Wicker Park 1279 North Milwaukee Chicago
Cook County - Woodlawn 915 East 63rd Street Chicago
Cook County - West Suburban 2701 West Lake Street Melrose Park
Cook County - Northern 8020 St. Louis Avenue Skokie
Adams County 300 Maine Street Quincy
Alexander County 1401 Washington Avenue Cairo
Boone County 2090 Pearl Street Belvidere
Calhoun County 807 West Main Street Hardin
Carroll County 820 South Mill Road Mt. Carroll
Cass County 300 East Second Street Beardstown
Champaign County 801 North Walnut Street Champaign
Christian County 1100 North Cheney Taylorville
Clark County 315 South 14th Street Marshall
Clay County 850 Bryant Street Louisville
Clinton County 1130 12th Street Carlyle
Coles County 119 West State Street Charleston
Cumberland County 200 South Indiana Toledo
Crawford County 1110 North Allen Street Robinson
Dekalb County 1629 Afton Road Sycamore
Dewitt County 1275 Route 54E Clinton
Douglas County 207 East Ficklin Tuscola
DuPage County 146 W. Roosevelt Road Villa Park
Edgar County 11773 Illinois Highway 1 Paris
Effingham County 925 East Fayette Ave. Effingham
Greene County 145 Walnut Street Carrollton
Fayette County 228 West Johnson Street Vandalia
Franklin County 1602 North Main Street Benton
Fulton County 1329 North Main Street Lewiston
Gallatin County 9525 Gold Hill Road Shawneetown
Hamilton County Route 14 East McLeansboro
Hancock County 2005 East US Highway 136 Carthage
Jackson County 342 North Street Murphysboro
Jasper County 910 South Van Buren Street Newton
Jefferson County 333 Potomac Boulevard Mt. Vernon
Jersey County 110 North Jefferson Street Jerseyville
JoDaviess County 708 South West Street Galena
Kane County 361 Old Indian Trail Aurora
Kane County 600 South State Street Elgin
Kankakee County 285 N. Schuyler Avenue Kankakee
Kendall County 1304 Game Farm Road Yorkville
Knox County 477 East Main Street Galesburg
Lake County 3235 West Belvidere Park City
LaSalle County 700 Centennial Drive Ottawa
Lawrence County R.R. 1, Box 418 Lawrenceville
Logan County 1550 Fourth Ave. Lincoln
Macon County 707 East Wood Street Decatur
Macoupin County 340 East Wilson Carlinville
Madison County 608 West St. Louis Avenue East Alton
Madison County 1925 Madison Avenue Granite City
Marion County 800 South Locust Street Centralia
Massac County 2301 Metropolis Street Metroplis
McHenry County 2215 Lake Shore Drive Woodstock
McLean County 501 West Washington Bloomington
Montgomery County 210 East Fairground Ave. Hillsboro
Morgan County 45-47 S. Central Park Plaza Jacksonville
Moultrie County 625 South Hamilton Street Sullivan
Ogle County 106 North Second Street Oregon
Peoria County 2301 N.E. Adams Street Peoria
Perry County 314 North Maple Street DuQuoin
Piatt County 4012 Bear Lane Monticello
Pike County 201 North Mississippi Pittsfield
Pope County 106 North Market Street Golconda
Pulaski County 422 South Blanche Street Mounds
Randolph Street 870 Lehmen Drive Chester
Richland County 1406 Martin Street Olney
Rock Island County 2821 Fifth Street Rock Island
Saline County 320 East Raymond Street Harrisburg
Sangamon County 100 S. Martin Luther King Drive Springfield
Schuyler County 111 East Washington Street Rushville
Shelby County 610 West Main Street Shelbyville
St. Clair County 1220 Centreville Avenue Belleville
St. Clair County 225 North 9th Street East St. Louis
Stephenson County 1631 South Galena Avenue Freeport
Tazewell County 200 South Second Street Pekin
Vermilion County 220 South Bowman Avenue Danville
Wabash County 229 West 2nd Street Mt. Carmel
Wayne County 215 S.E. 3rd Street Fairfield
White County 1112 Oak Street Carmi
Whiteside County 2605 Woodlawn Road Sterling
Will County 45 E. Webster Street Joliet
Williamson County 1107 West DeYoung Marion
Winnebago County 1111 North Avon Street Rockford

Division of Rehabilitation Services Cooling Centers

Office Address Office City
1000 N. Main Street, P.O. Box 585 Anna
715 Algonquin Road, Suite A Arlington Heights
888 South Edgelawn Drive, Suite 1771 Aurora
601 S. High Street Belleville
Route 37 North P. O. Box 848 Benton
207 South Prospect Rd Bloomington
309 E. Jackson Carbondale
1307 North Mattis Champaign
8840 South Stony Island Chicago
8600 South Pulaski Chicago
6200 North Hiawatha, Suite 300 Chicago
7600 S. Pulaski Chicago
1151 S. Wood Chicago
10 West 35th Street 4th Floor Chicago
1279 N. Milwaukee Avenue Chicago
743 N. Pulaski Chicago
1010 Dixie Highway 4th Floor Chicago Heights
407 N. Franklin Suite A Danville
1065 West Pershing Decatur
1330 Oakwood Drive Dekalb
2901 Finley Avenue Suite 109 Downers Grove
606 W St. Louis Avenue East Alton
601 James R. Thompson Blvd, Bldg E East St. Louis
#10 Collinsville Avenue, Suite 303 East St. Louis
452 N. Mclean Blvd 2nd Floor Elgin
9730 S. Western Suite 612 Evergreen Park
773 West Lincoln Freeport
256 S. Soangetaha Road, Suite 107 Galesburg
323 S. Maple St P. O. Box 348 Harrisburg
1429 S. Main Street, Suite C Jacksonville
1617 West Jefferson Joliet
285 N. Schulyer Avenue Kankakee
905 Second Street LaSalle
1026 East Jackson Macomb
129 N. 15th Street Mattoon
333 Potomac Blvd, Suite F Mt. Vernon
2970 Court Street Sunset Plaza Pekin
2301 N. E. Adams Street, Suite C Peoria
2435 Broadway Quincy
4711 44th Street Suite 3 Rock Island
615 Longwood Street Rockford
420 Financial Court Rockford
1124 North Walnut Street Springfield
2607 Woodlawn Road, Suite 1 Sterling
2740 W Grand Avenue Waukegan
2215 Enterprise Drive Suite 1502-1503 Westchester

Tollway Oasis Cooling Centers

Tollway Oasis Address
Belvidere Oasis 2510 Pearl Street
De Kalb Oasis 2700 N. Crego Road
Des Plaines Oasis 1960 S. Mount Prospect Road
Hinsdale Oasis 5800 Tri-State Toll Rd
Lake Forest Oasis 13783 West Oasis Service Rd
Lincoln Oasis, South Holland 700 E. Tri State
O'Hare Oasis, Schiller Park 10201 Belle Plaine Avenue