At 9 years old, L.J. started missing school. His parents said they would homeschool him. It took two years — during which he was beaten and denied food — for anyone to notice he wasn’t learning.

A National Weather Service forecast shows overnight snowfall could accumulate to 5 inches in most areas of northern Illinois. At the height of the storm, a light fluffy snow will fall at a rate of an inch per hour, which could leave roads snow covered and reduce visibility for motorists.