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

Winter storm, difficult driving conditions expected Sunday across northern, central Illinois

Heavy snow, reduced visibility to impact travel at end of Thanksgiving holiday weekend information provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation CHICAGO, Ill. (November 24, 2018) – The Illinois Department of Transportation is warning the public that a winter storm with the potential for up to 12 inches of snow in northern Illinois is anticipated … Read more

IDPH offers tips for safe holiday cooking

information provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (November 21, 2018) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 48 million people a year get sick from a foodborne illness, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die. Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D., says a … Read more