CHICAGO -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the heads of other Chicago agencies spoke at a news conference Sunday about how the city is handling the snow.
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"The streets will stay plowed and passable, and people will be safe and secure," Emanuel said. He also encouraged Chicagoans to check on the elderly and those who are disabled.
"While we're always 'the city of big shoulders,' part of our character is also making sure those who need help know we're all here from public health all the way to Streets and Sanitation, and every other department that's between," he said.
In response to the heavy snowfall, the city of Chicago said it has added 30 "quick-hitch" snowplows to a full complement of snow plows and salt spreaders that had been deployed since Saturday night. More than 350 snow removal vehicles are out, focusing on main streets before moving to neighborhoods.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.