Community donates $29,840 at JJ Kelley’s St. Baldrick’s fundraiser

“We all did it together,” says newly shaved Laurie Crosby By Ernst Lamothe Jr. LANSING, Ill. (March 16, 2019) – Laurie Crosby had promised to go bald if $25,000 was raised for the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser hosted by JJ Kelley’s. By 3:11pm, the total was already at $26,441, according to Jennifer Polley, who was collecting … Read more

‘Arrive alive on St. Pat’s Day,’ say Illinois State Police

Ramped up enforcement already in place information provided by Illinois State Police SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (March 16, 2019) — The Illinois State Police and nearly 200 local police agencies will ramp up enforcement of impaired driving penalties, seat belt usage, and speeding and distracted driving laws from Thursday, March 14, through the early hours of Monday, … Read more

IEMA highlights Flood Safety Awareness Week: March 11-15, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (March 11, 2019) – As part of Severe Weather Preparedness Month, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management officials are reminding residents that good preparation and knowing what to do in a flood can increase chances of survival when flooding occurs. “Now is the time for all homeowners to prepare … Read more

Crosby Clippers will Rock the Bald at JJ Kelley’s St. Baldrick’s fundraiser

For $25,000 in donations, Laurie Crosby will go bald By Ernst Lamothe Jr. LANSING, Ill. (March 2, 2019) – The numbers are staggering. Each year, the parents of about 15,300 kids will hear the words “Your child has cancer,” according to the Childhood Cancer Statistics. Laurie Crosby was one of those parents. Twelve years ago, … Read more

Free self defense class offered to Thornton Township women

Saturday, March 16, 8:30am–12:00pm by Melanie Jongsma RIVERDALE, Ill. (March 9, 2019) – Thornton Township and One Light Self Defense are partnering to offer a class for women throughout Thornton Township: Empowerment through Self Defense. The class will be held at 14323 S. Halsted in Riverdale, Illinois. Participants will learn simple and proven techniques for: … Read more

Monday, March 11, is hoped-for start of Quiet Zones

Extra caution requested once routine train horns cease by Melanie Jongsma LANSING, Ill. (March 7, 2019) – “I’m pleased to announce we’re nearing the end of the Quiet Zone process,” said Robinson Engineering’s Jeff Pintar at the March 5 Committee of the Whole meeting. Pintar serves as Village Engineer for Lansing, and he has spent … Read more

IDHS launches for individuals with gambling disorder

Website expands access to treatment and recovery resources information provided by the Illinois Department of Human Resources CHICAGO, Ill. (March 4, 2019) – The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) today announced the launch of a statewide website to provide access to treatment and recovery for those impacted by gambling disorder. The website,, will … Read more

March is Severe Weather Preparedness Month

information provided by Illinois Emergency Management Agency SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (March 4, 2019) – As a record number of tornado outbreaks in December clearly demonstrated, severe weather can happen at any time of the year. To help people better prepare for weather emergencies, IEMA and local emergency management agencies will be promoting Severe Weather Preparedness Month … Read more

Governor Pritzker appointed to Council of Governors

information provided by the Office of the Governor WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 25, 2019) — Governor JB Pritzker was appointed to the Council of Governors, a 10-member bipartisan panel that advises the federal government on matters of national security, homeland security, disaster response, and the National Guard. “As the largest state in the Midwest, and as … Read more