Lansing’s “other township” highlights programs, services, and events on Bloom Township Day
by Melanie Jongsma
CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. (September 21, 2017) – Most of Lansing is in Thornton Township, and as Illinois’ largest township, Thornton is very active and visible. But Lansing residents south of 186th Street are part of Bloom Township, and Supervisor TJ Somer wants people to “get a better understanding of all of the programs, services, and events your township has to offer.” Somer and Bloom Township staff put together an event as part of Illinois Township Day, so that residents in Lansing and the other 11 villages Bloom Township serves could “learn how Bloom Township Government works for you.”
Sheryl Ford, Senior Director for Bloom Township, explained, “A few of our programs are just for Bloom residents, but a lot of our programs are open to anybody who would like to participate.” Ford explained that all the townships work together to serve residents and make resources available regardless of a resident’s address.
The Bloom Township Center is located in Chicago Heights at 425 S. Halsted Street. Bloom Township offers Senior Services, Youth and Family Services, Food Pantry, General Assistance, Disabled Services, an Assessor’s Office, and a Clerk’s office. The Center is an authorized provider for the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago, and they serve as a cooling center for people who need access to air conditioning.