SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois legislative leaders have decided to cancel this week’s session as a major storm bears down on the state.

Both the House speaker and the Senate president said Monday they are canceling legislative business this week. The General Assembly will postpone its session until Feb. 8.

Forecasters say a major storm is headed for the Midwest. It is expected to produce freezing rain, heavy snow and high winds.

That would create dangerous travel conditions for lawmakers trying to reach the state Capitol from across Illinois.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press


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