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Photos: Another week in quarantine

April 19–25 in Lansing, Illinois

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (April 25, 2020) – Lansing residents found ways to announce birthdays and other life milestones, Lansing businesses continued to make adjustments, and Lansing schools reconnected with students through neighborhood parades. Plus, on Thursday, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced the stay-at-home order would be extended.

Tulips along a front walkway promise the return of spring. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Sunshine and budding trees along Ridge Road help lift quarantine doldrums. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
A home in south Lansing displays a yard sign encouraging people to take the 2020 Census. Many of the financial aid programs rolled out during the pandemic emergency are determined by population counts, so Lansing needs everyone to participate and be counted: (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Joe and Judy celebrate a 60-year anniversary, and passersby are encouraged to honk in celebration. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
The family of a TF South senior honors his achievement with a window poster and a yard sign. Minuteman Press (708-895-0505) is printing yard signs for all Lansing schools. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Right next door, the family of a Memorial Junior High graduate honors his achievement with a yard sign. Minuteman Press (708-895-0505) is printing yard signs for schools in Lansing and beyond. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Some quarantine home projects are bigger than others. This Lansing house is getting a new foundation. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Brightly painted signs announce a Happy Birthday to Julie. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
A cheerful front-door poster wishes Zeke a Happy Birthday. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
In the Lansing Walmart, floor signs encourage one-way foot traffic in the aisles as a way of minimizing contact with other shoppers. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
A door sign at Waters Edge (18418 Wentworth Ave) explains, “We are deemed an Essential Business. We are open.” Waters Ede provides pond maintenance services and aerator installation in addition to their retail business. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Beggars Pizza (3524 Ridge Road) set up designated spots for customers who order their pizza for pick-up. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
The Ridge Road Subway (3513 Ridge Road) encourages drivers to stop and Eat Local. Clicking the photo will open the Subway menu for placing a carry-out order.
Picnic tables in the Cook County Forest Preserves are stacked to prevent use. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Trails are still open for walking—and reminders are posted about observing six feet of social distance. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
On Thursday, Bloom Township launched a Free Milk program. Read the full story here. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
At his Thursday, April 23, press briefing, Governor Pritzker announced that the stay-at-home order would be extended through May. Read the full story here.
Kids along Wentworth Avenue spent time outside drawing on the sidewalks, leaving their chalk nearby upon finishing. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
From left: Unity Christian Academy Director of Operations and Finance Mike Nylen, South Holland Village Trustee Cindy Nylen, teacher Sara Wallace, teacher Noah Friesen, Head of School Loukisha Smart-Pennix, teacher Amy Veldboom and her daughter Izzy, Academic Dean Neil Okuley and his son Duncan, and teacher Charis Bootsma say hello to UCA students in Lansing and surrounding areas. Unity Christian Academy is located at 16341 South Park Avenue in South Holland, Illinois. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
School District 171 teachers and staff decorate their vehicles and receive a police escort through neighborhoods in Lansing and Lynwood as a way to reconnect with their students. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
District 171 families had been notified about the teacher parade, and they lined the route, eager for a glimpse of their teachers. This family is one of many expressing gratitude and love. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

A full story about the District 171 parade is still in progress and will be posted soon. Sign up to receive the email when the story is posted:

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.