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The Lansing Journal publishes news releases from state, county, and local officials who provide information that impacts local community life. The particular contributor of each post is indicated in the byline.

COVID antivirals arriving in coming weeks, says IDPH

Two new antivirals will be by prescription only and can help prevent severe illness Information provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (January 6, 2022) – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is announcing two new COVID-19 oral antivirals, Paxlovid (Pfizer) and Molnupiravir (Merck), will be available...

Half-staff flags: Honoring former U.S. Senator Harry M. Reid Jr.

United States and State flags at half-staff on January 8 The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor JB Pritzker that all person or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff in honor and remembrance of: former United States...

District 205 plans for seven days of remote learning

Information provided by District 205 SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (January 6, 2022) – Thornton Township High School District 205 is committed to ensuring the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff while providing high-quality education. As COVID-19 cases surge, District 205 will shift to remote learning (also known as Adaptive...

IDPH adopts CDC recommendations for booster doses for ages 12-15

Information provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (January 6, 2022) – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is adopting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation for those aged 12-15 years to get a booster dose five months after receiving the second dose...

IDPH adopts CDC recommendations for Pfizer booster at five months

Information provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (January 4, 2022) – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is adopting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation to shorten the interval from six months to five months for when people who have received the...

Honoring Illinois’ fallen: Half-staff flags for Sergeant Marlene R. Rittmanic

United States and State flags at half-staff January 5–7 The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor JB Pritzker that all person or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff in honor and remembrance of: Sergeant Marlene R. Rittmanic...

Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana presents check to Sojourner Truth House in Gary

Information provided by Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana GARY, Ind. (January 1, 2022) – Last week, Matt Schuffert, President of Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana, visited the Sojourner Truth House in Gary to present Angela Curtis, Executive Director of the Sojourner Truth House with a check for $25,000 to fund...

Obituary: Darrell M. Clark

January 6, 1936 - December 26, 2021 information provided by the family Darrell Clark, 85, of Mackinaw, Illinois, passed away on December 26. He was born January 6, 1936, at his family home in Charleston, Illinois. He was the youngest of four children born to Dennie Reason Clark and Vivian Beatrice...

IDPH adopts CDC’s five-day COVID isolation guidelines for asymptomatic individuals

Information provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (December 30, 2021) – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is adopting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation to reduce the number of days for isolation and quarantine for the general public. Testing positive, no symptoms The...

Illinois ‘Vax Verify’ system now offers downloadable vaccination card

Information provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (December 29, 2021) – New updates to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Vax Verify immunization portal now includes use of the SMART Health Card. The SMART Health Card allows users to download a QR code, which individuals...