I'm sure that Cincinnati is a nice city. However, I was hoping to go all the way from Washington-Dulles to Cincinnati to Chicago-O'Hare to Bloomington with no problems. It's through O'Hare in the winter in busy season, so I'm neither surprised nor upset that part of the chain is broken. United -- whose people have been nice -- say to expect to leave here to Chicago at 11:30 instead of 7:30... That nixes any flights to central Illinois today.
The issue is, still: how do I get where I'm going? Peoria, Bloomington, or Springfield would all be good -- or drive overnight from Chicago? How long is the drive from Cincy to Springfield?