- Associated Press - Monday, January 28, 2019

CHICAGO (AP) - The head of Chicago Public Schools says she won’t “hesitate to cancel classes” in the nation’s third-largest school district as subzero temperatures enter Illinois.

CPS CEO Janice Jackson said Monday that the district is monitoring this week’s frigid forecast and will announce by 12 p.m. Tuesday whether classes will be in session Wednesday and Thursday. The National Weather Service says the forecast high of minus 14 on Wednesday in Chicago could beat the record coldest high of minus 11.

Cancellations and closings already are coming in for Wednesday and Thursday. The Brookfield Zoo in suburban Chicago says it’s closing those days “to ensure the safety of our animals and staff.” In Chicago some federal judges have told lawyers not to bother attending hearings scheduled Wednesday and Thursday.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel urged Chicagoans to check on their neighbors and take safety and security precautions.

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