For nearly three weeks, 11 apartments in a senior living housing complex have been without air conditioning. Management said the building was struck by lightning, which fried electrical components of the commercial air conditioning units - affecting 11 apartments.
"My mom is uncomfortable and she's taking medication. My mother is 73 and come to find out she's not the only one," said Debra Arnold.
The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning that is expected to remain in effect until 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Heat index values will exceed 110 degrees on Monday evening.
New Northside Apartments are owned by Volunteers of America, a national not-for-profit group that benefits from donations, tax-exempt status, and government funds.
One bedroom apartments at New Northside are subsidized for senior citizens.
Nancy Hughes Moyer, Chief Executive Officer of Volunteers of America of Illinois said the building was affected by a lightning strike on June 23rd. Moyer said there was a delay in buying new air conditioning units for the affected apartments, but that the units were now ordered. She said she expected it would take another 7 to 10 days before the units were delivered.
In the meantime, Moyer said residents could cool off in common rooms of the apartment building. Moyer said local management planned to purchase electric fans for residents, Monday evening.
Debra Arnold said she's disappointed about the delays to repairs.
"I don't just feel sorry for my mom, but there's other elderly people in here (who are) probably older than my mom and no one is probably speaking up for them," said Arnold.