Businesses come and go all the time, but the number of restaurants in particular in Illinois that have already closed this year are staggering. The current count that I can find confirms that at least 20 have put "We are Closed" signs on their doors in 2024 with no plans to reopen.
It will forever be remembered as the day when the sky tried to pound Missouri into the ground. The worst hailstorm in history that began in the Kansas City area continued across Missouri until it relented just past St. Louis nearly 23 years ago.
Well, you can likely say goodbye to really cold weather in Illinois. No, this is not an official forecast from the National Weather Service, but it's an indication from nature as the first bee of 2024 has already been spotted in the central part of the Land of Lincoln.