Public invited to submit stories for IDOT safety campaign

Names, faces of Illinois people sought to show consequences of unsafe driving information provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (January 15, 2019) – The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking real stories from people who have lost loved ones or otherwise been affected by poor choices and driving behaviors. The stories will … Read more

Area blood supply dips to dangerously low levels

information provided by Vitalant ROSEMONT, Ill. (January 14, 2019) — Although January is marked as ‘National Blood Donor Month,’ this weekend’s snowfall, coupled with an already dwindling blood supply at area hospitals, has officials with Vitalant urging Chicagoans to go out and donate as soon as possible. Vitalant (formerly LifeSource) operates 17 donation centers located … Read more

Illinoisans encouraged to prepare for cold, snow this weekend

Central and southwest Illinois expect accumulations of six inches or more information provided by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (January 10, 2019) – With the threat of accumulating snow this weekend, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) has begun coordinating with other state agencies on response capabilities. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued … Read more

A year of firsts

2018 in Lansing, Illinois by Melanie Jongsma LANSING, Ill. (January 2019) – The Lansing Journal published 1,074 articles in 2018, averaging 89.5 stories each month. Our least prolific month (July, for some reason) saw 64 stories published; our busiest month (September) boasted 113. All those articles were “Lansing news” —they were stories that happened in … Read more

January is ‘Radon Awareness Month’ in Illinois

Statewide radon poster and video contests now accepting entries information provided by the Office of the Governor SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (January 3, 2018) – Governor Bruce Rauner has proclaimed January “Radon Awareness Month” in Illinois to increase awareness about the presence of radon. Radon gas is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is recognized as the … Read more

IDNR reminds anglers to be safe when ice fishing this winter

Review life-saving safety measures before heading out on the ice information provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (December 26, 2018) – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) encourages potential ice fishers to review life-saving safety measures before heading out on the ice, drilling a hole, and dropping a line. “Outdoor … Read more

IDNR reminds snowmobilers to focus on safety this winter

(If it ever snows) information provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (December 25, 2018) – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is reminding snowmobile operators and riders to use caution and focus on safety this winter when conditions are right for snowmobile riding. “Every year throughout the state, our officers … Read more

Illinois receives $3.6 million as Lead Hazard Reduction Grant

Funds will remove lead hazards in 200 homes information provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity GALESBURG, Ill. (December 20, 2018) – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has received a $3.6 million grant from HUD’s Office of … Read more

Quiet Zone delineators and signage in place

Final approval still forthcoming BY MELANIE JONGSMA LANSING, Ill. (December 7, 2018) – Lansing Public Works was busy at five Lansing railroad crossings in mid-November. The required flexible delineators were installed at those locations, a next step in making the areas Quiet Zones, which means train horns will not sound at those crossings. Flexible delineators … Read more

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