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March 16 update: local impacts of COVID-19

As of 3:00pm on Monday, March 16

compiled by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (March 16, 2020) – The list below contains information gathered from a variety of sources. Events are listed in general chronological order.

Continued services

Lansing Food Pantry—OPEN TUESDAY

The Lansing Food Pantry Board decided in its meeting today (Monday) to continue its normal Tuesday distribution schedule. The Food Pantry will serve clients during its usual hours:

  • Tuesday, March 17, 11:00am–1:00pm

In line with recent coronavirus safety guidelines, a maximum of three Food Pantry clients will be allowed inside the pickup area at one time. For more details please contact Bob Barnes, Food Pantry Co-Director, at 708-935-1695.

Election Day—POLLS OPEN

Election workers have been instructed to increase cleaning measures at their assigned voting locations, and supplies of cleaning wipes and hand sanitizer have been delivered. Polls will be open from 6:00am to 7:00pm.

To find your polling place by address, visit the Find Your Polling Place page of the Cook County Clerk’s website. As updates happen, they are posted here.

Election judges are still needed. All training requirements are being waived, and judges will be paid $150 for working on Election Day. The online application is available here.

Newly reported cancellations

Lan-Oak Park Board meetings—cancelled

The Board and Committee of the Whole meetings that were scheduled for tonight (Monday) have been cancelled.

Senior Luncheon—cancelled

The lunch that was to be hosted at the Eisenhower Center on Tuesday has been cancelled. Because no RSVPs are required for this luncheon, there is no list of people who were planning to attend. The Park Board requests that Lansing Journal readers help spread the word of this cancellation.

Eisenhower Center—various events cancelled

View the continually updated list of Eisenhower Center cancellations at

Trinity Lutheran Church Community Meal—cancelled

The monthly meal that Trinity cooks for the community is cancelled for March 23.

TF South Career Day—cancelled

Participants were officially informed today that TF South will no longer be having a Career Fair on Wednesday, March 25, due to the recent developments.

Previously reported cancellations

St. Ann Church—formal liturgies suspended

St. Ann Church and all churches in the Archdiocese of Chicago have suspended formal liturgies. St. Ann Church will be open for private prayer during regularly scheduled Mass times:

  • Monday–Friday at 7:30am
  • Saturday at 4:00pm
  • Sunday at 8:30 and 10:30am

Personal devotions, such as Friday Stations of the Cross and Wednesday evening Rosary, may proceed uninterrupted, but should involve no physical contact. Confessions will be heard behind the screen at 3:00pm on Saturdays as usual.

St. Ann School—closed

Effective Monday, St. Ann students will engage in e-learning activities from home. The weekly Religious Education program will also be suspended, and the upcoming Confirmation retreat rescheduled.

District 215—classes converted to e-learning

An “E-Learning Day Today” link is available at Log-in instructions were provided in an email on Sunday evening. E-learning will begin in full on Tuesday, March 17, and will continue through Friday, March 27. The district’s regularly scheduled Spring Break will run from March 30 through April 3.

Students can pick up grab-and-go meals at their nearest District 215 location between 10:30am and 12:30pm, Monday–Friday, March 16–March 27. These meals will include both breakfast and lunch.

District 158—closed for students through March 30

See the March 13 release, which includes information from Superintendent Nathan Schilling.

District 171—closed for students through March 30

The District is activating an eLearning Plan effective Tuesday. In addition, Spring Break starts immediately thereafter, so school will resume for students on Monday, April 6, 2020. The District Office is available at 708-895-0750. Information about the eLearning Plan is available at the District website:

Patti Leach Youth Center—closed

The Youth Center will be closed for the rest of March, and staff will use the time for a deep cleaning of the entire Center.

Lansing Christian School—closed, starting Tuesday, March 17

Classes at the school have been cancelled, as has the Cultural Fair that was scheduled for the evening of March 17. Sports games, tournaments, and band and choir concerts have been cancelled through the end of March.

Lansing Public Library—closed Wednesday until further notice

The Lansing Public Library will close on Wednesday until further notice, and events scheduled there will be cancelled or rescheduled.

Chamber Business Expo—rescheduled

“Due to the outbreak of the Corona Virus we are postponing our 3rd annual Business Expo,” wrote Chamber Director Amy Todd in an email to participants. “The health and safety of our community is our first concern. We will announce a new date very soon. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.” The event had been scheduled for Wednesday, March 18.

Human Relations Commission meeting—cancelled

The meeting that was scheduled for Thursday evening, March 19, has been cancelled.

South Suburban College—extending Spring Break

South Suburban College (SSC) is extending its Spring Break for students through March 22, 2020 as a precaution related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The college is also implementing a Spring Break for all Adult Education classes next week. Students with a clinical rotation will be contacted with more details. SSC will remain open and maintain standard operating hours. All employees will continue working through the extended break. Classes will resume on March 23 to keep the Spring 2020 Semester on schedule. The college is working to ensure all credit classes may be offered in an online format, if necessary. All campus events scheduled through March 22 are postponed. The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Men’s Basketball National Tournament—which was scheduled for next week in Danville, Illinois—has also been postponed. Currently, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 at SSC. Visit for ongoing updates.

LARC Annual Appreciation Dinner—rescheduled

LARC posted the following information on their Facebook page: “LARC shares a very strong sense of responsibility to its clients, staff, families, donors, volunteers and the community at large. As a result, we will be rescheduling our Appreciation Dinner, which was to be held on Friday, April 24. …Those who have already made their reservations may contact us for an immediate refund, or may do so following the announcement of our new date, should they not be available.” LARC is still accepting ad book sponsorships and in-kind donations for the Silent Auction that is a traditional part of the Annual Appreciation Dinner. LARC is located at 19043 Wentworth Avenue. Questions can be directed to the Development Office: 708-474-1540 or [email protected].

South Holland Master Chorale—rehearsals and concerts cancelled

Director Albert Jackson consulted with the Chorale’s Board president, and together they agreed to suspend rehearsals effective immediately and, as a result, cancel the June concerts. “This may come as a relief to some and as an aggravation to others,” Jackson wrote, “but given the number of worldwide unknowns at this point in time, there is no other sensible course remaining to me. In my 40+ years of ‘swinging the stick,’ I cannot ever remember cancelling a concert, so I did not arrive at this decision lightly.”

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Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.