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Photos: A soggy week in quarantine

April 27–May 1 in Lansing, Illinois

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (May 1, 2020) – In a week that included rain showers at least part of most days—and cooler than average temperatures—Lansing residents somewhat gladly stayed indoors, in spite of a growing sense of quarantine-induced cabin fever. The biggest change came at the end of the week, May 1, when Governor Pritzker’s “mask mandate” officially went into effect, making face coverings a requirement for residents out in public.

Days of heavy rain flooded Lan-Oak Park. All Lansing parks have been closed since mid-March. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Low spots caused intermittent flooding along the Pennsy Greenway walking path. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Blooming tulips did their best to brighten five days of rainstorms. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Lansing homes shared encouraging messages to passersby: “Stay Home, Save Lives! Thank you healthcare and essential workers.” (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
“Everything will be OK! We got this!” shouted one sign, while the other offered three axioms: “Faith not fear;” “This too shall pass;” and “We will rise up.”
The Lansing Journal decided not to print a May issue of the newspaper, focusing instead on digital news and digital advertising opportunities as a lower-cost way of publishing. Click the photo to read the full story. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Rain energized spring growth, but left lawns too wet to mow for much of the week. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
When the sun broke through on Friday morning, the sound of mowers could be heard across the land. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
In anticipation of May 1 as “Mask Day,” the Village posted information about the mask requirement on the Village of Lansing Facebook page.
Some local businesses, such as Waters Edge (18418 Wentworth, Lansing), have been requiring masks throughout the quarantine, even before May 1, in an effort to prevent workers from getting sick. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Three Roosters Grocery Store (3224 171st Street, Lansing) is using a friendly reminder to encourage people to follow the mandate and be considerate of their fellow shoppers. (Photo: Daisy Herrera, store manager)
“Big George” Vincent, owner of Unlimited Service Auto (3210 Ridge Road, Lansing), believes that Lansing will get through these unprecedented times. “This is a good town,” he said. He’s doing what he can to patronize local businesses while also keeping his auto repair service in business. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

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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.


  1. Actively Waiting
    Linger’s air, breath’s divide; hovers without will.
    Silent waits, a swell reserved; groaning mutters still.
    Watchful souls, a presence felt; times of manners fill.
    Glory sight, a miracle rests; answers patient thrill.
    Soften’s heart, surrender’s voice; questions none eternal.

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