Swimmers plunge into 2020 Posted in: Lifestyle On the first Saturday of the year, dozens of people celebrated the beginning of 2020 by braving the chilly waters of Morris Memorial Pool. This year, at least 36 people participated in the annual Polar Bear Plunge, tripling the attendance from last year. The temperature in Elgin at 9:51 a.m., right before the Polar Bear Plunge began, was 54 degrees, according to TimeAndDate.com. Photos by Julianne Hodges ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!