information gathered from Johns Hopkins University by HiGeorge; information gathered from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the SSMMA COVID dashboard by Melanie Jongsma
LANSING, Ill. (April 12, 2021) – This post includes data for the village of Lansing and data visuals for the states of Illinois and Indiana.
The South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association has created a COVID dashboard aggregating data from villages throughout the south suburbs. Highlights from Lansing are listed below:
Cumulative total of COVID-19 cases: 3,197 (Previous reported total: 3,181)
Cumulative total of COVID-19 deaths: 19 (Previous day’s total: 19)
Seven-day positivity rate: 7.16% (reported April 9, 2021)
The graphs below are created by HiGeorge and are “live,” so they are continually updated as new data are released from official sources.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 2,433 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 18 additional deaths.
The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from April 5-11, 2021, is 4.4%. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from April 5-11, 2021, is 4.9%.
The total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses for Illinois is 9,001,105. A total of 7,243,383 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of last midnight. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 132,188 doses. Yesterday, 64,772 doses were reported administered in Illinois. The Illinois National Guard has administered more than one million doses of COVID-19 vaccines at state-supported vaccination sites around the state.
Lake County (the Indiana county that borders Lansing)
Rain doesn’t extinguish generous spirit as food drive benefits hundreds of local residents
By Noah Johnson
LANSING, Ill. (April 12, 2021) – Mt. Zion UFL Ministries in Lansing held the first of two food drives slated for this month on April 10.
At the drive-thru event, cars wrapped along 177th Street as volunteers worked to distribute 1,400 boxes of food, each containing $40 worth of produce, meat, dairy, and other products. The food drive was part of a partnership with the USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box program. The program aims to provide access to fresh and wholesome food during the pandemic, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“Compelled by compassion”
Mt. Zion pastor J. Raphael Leon said he and the ministry have been “compelled by compassion” to help those in need during the pandemic.
“It started off with seeing a few homeless people that needed help and then it escalated, escalated, escalated,” he said. “[This was] something that we didn’t plan and it’s something that simply occurred based upon the need.”
More than a pantry
And the need for events like the food drive is great, Leon added. Prior to the event, a step the ministry took to help was upgrading its micro pantry to include refrigerated items and other necessities.
The ministry’s units are available on a 24-hour emergency basis and consist of food, perishable items, clothes, blankets and personal items, according to Betty Burley, church secretary. She said about 500 people are helped each month and about an estimated $2,000 to $3,000 in groceries go into the pantry each week.
But after continuing to notice many people who have fallen on hard times, Leon said he and the ministry wanted to do more.
“Several people have lost their jobs, they don’t have any food, they’re being evicted. So we said we have to do something more than just be here and look pretty,” he said.
The ministry will distribute another 1,000 boxes of food on April 24. No ID is required and all are welcome to take part in the food giveaway at the Mt. Zion UFL center, which is located at 2340 177th Street, Lansing IL.
Those interested in donating to the ministry’s “24hr Mall Pantry” can put items directly into the units outside of the center. Burley said larger donations can be left beside the door after hours.
Audrey L. Dilley, age 92, of Lansing, Illinois passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 10, 2021. She is survived by her loving children, Debbie (Dale) Hoekstra and Denise (Don) Johnson. Cherished grandmother of eight and great grandmother of twenty. Fond aunt to many nieces and nephews. Audrey was preceded in death by her beloved husband James Aaron Dilley, loving parents Orville and Laura (nee Von Behren) Bauer and one great grandson.
Funeral services for Audrey will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 18, 2021, at the Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing, Illinois with Pastor Leroy Childress officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 2:00 PM until time of service. A private burial for Audrey will be held on Monday, April 19, 2021, at Oak Glen Lutheran Cemetery, Lansing, Illinois.
Audrey was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, and friend. She worked at Tri-State Nursing Home in Lansing, IL for many years. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Audrey truly enjoyed and loved spending time with her grandchildren. She was loved by many and she will be truly missed.
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SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (April 12, 2021) – The South Suburban College men’s basketball team defeated Bryant & Stratton College by a score of 82-71 on Friday to win the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region-IV Championship.
The Bulldogs were led by sophomore guard Deshawndre Washington’s 31 points and 13 rebounds. Sophomore forward Chance Love chipped in 21 points and 12 rebounds, and sophomore forward Tyronn Mosley scored 13 for the Bulldogs. Washington was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, and Love was also named to the All-Tournament Team. Head Coach John Pigatti was named Region-IV Coach of the Year — marking the 11th time Pigatti has earned the award in 15 seasons at SSC.
“I am just very happy for the players — they have gone through so much this year,” said Coach Pigatti. “First, managing practice and games with COVID-19 restrictions. We were also proud to give up our home court so that SSC could provide the community with a mass vaccination site in our Gymnasium, but playing at a rec center was a big hurdle. I am happy this team has been rewarded with a Regional Championship. Now let’s see what happens at the National Championship Tournament!”
The Bulldogs now head to the NJCAA Division II National Championship Tournament which will be held April 20-24, 2021, with all basketball games to be played at Danville Area Community College. The Bulldogs enter the tournament as the #3 seed and will play #14 Henry Ford (MI) College on Tuesday April 20 at 11 a.m. The Bulldogs qualified for the national tournament last year but were not able to participate due to the pandemic.
Locations to allow visitors starting in April and May after over a year of isolation from loved ones
Information provided by the Illinois Department of Corrections
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (April 12, 2021) – The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) is resuming in-person visitation at its correctional facilities, affording incarcerated people the opportunity to see their loved ones for the first time in more than a year. With most people in IDOC custody now vaccinated, the Department’s Office of Health Services and Operations Unit worked closely with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to develop a multi-phase plan for resuming in-person visits in the safest manner possible. To prevent the potential for COVID-19 infection spread, IDOC, after consultation with IDPH, suspended visitation on March 14, 2020.
Visitation start dates
April 12, 2021: East Moline Correctional Center
April 19, 2021: Graham, Taylorville, Jacksonville, Dixon, Centralia, and Stateville Correctional Centers; Stateville Northern Reception Center; Fox Valley, Crossroads and North Lawndale ATCs; Elgin Treatment Center
April 26, 2021: Pinckneyville, Sheridan, Big Muddy River, Pontiac, Shawnee, Vienna, Hill, Lawrence, Illinois River, Robinson, and Vandalia Correctional Centers; Joliet Treatment Center; Peoria ATC; Kewanee and Murphysboro Life Skills Re-Entry Centers
May 3, 2021: Southwestern Illinois, Decatur, Logan, Lincoln, Western Illinois, Danville, and Menard Correctional Centers
Resuming visitation, with protocols
“Maintaining family connection is a vital component of an incarcerated person’s mental and emotional well-being,” said IDOC Acting Director Rob Jeffreys. “Because of the aggressive measures the Department has taken to mitigate COVID-19 within our facilities, IDOC is one of the few correctional systems in the nation now reopening to visitors.”
Everyone who enters an IDOC correctional facility is symptom screened, temperature checked, and provided a surgical mask. Plexi-glass barriers have been installed on visiting tables, which are spaced apart to allow for proper social distancing. Visiting rooms and restrooms are deep cleaned between visits. IDOC is utilizing an online system to schedule visits and limit the number of visitors permitted at one time. More information on the resumption of in-person visitation is available on the Department’s website.
Display debuted on Lansing Fallen Heroes Memorial Day, honors Officer Kenneth Novak and LCPL Philip Martini
By Quinton Arthur
LANSING, Ill. (April 10, 2021) – The Lansing Historical Society debuted the Fallen Heroes display in the basement of the Lansing Library on Thursday in honor of Lansing Fallen Heroes Memorial Day.
In a proclamation in late March, Lansing Mayor Patty Eidam named April 8, 2021, as Lansing Fallen Heroes Memorial Day. According to the proclamation, this day is “to recognize and remember the sacrifices of Officer Kenneth Novak, Jr., LCPL Philip J. Martini and all those lost in the line of duty protecting the citizens of Lansing and of our country.”
Fallen Heroes display
The Fallen Heroes display at the Lansing Historical Society has memorabilia from each man’s life, donated from family and other sources. Some of the items in the interactive exhibit include scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, and video and audio components. It tells the story of each of the men’s lives from childhood to their final call of duty. The two men died exactly 14 years apart.
Officer Kenneth Novak
On April 8, 1992, Officer Kenneth Richard Novak was fatally shot while on assignment. He worked as a full time police dispatcher, paramedic, and part-time police officer.
To honor Officer Novak, Pat Novak — Novak’s mother — and Kathy Faucault — Novak’s sister — attended the debut. According to Pat, Novak’s aspirations to be a police officer were evident since his youth. Influenced by his uncle, Chicago police officer Erwin Klimaszewksi, Novak’s path to the academy was clear.
“He would ride his bike and chase kids and say, ‘You’re speeding, you have to slow down,’” reminisced Pat.
Faucault remembers that shortly after Officer Novak died, a man came to their door and explained that Novak saved his life when he was paramedic on a heart attack call. Faucault also remembered when Novak was on call and saved his former mail carrier.
“It’s a small world. It’s just it’s neat to see how many lives he has touched outside of just our family,” says Faucault.
LCPL Philip Martini
On April 8, 2006, LCPL Philip John Martini was killed in action while on patrol during Operation Iraqi Freedom after enlisting in the Marine Corps in 2003. In a statement to The Associated Press, Anthony Martini — Philip’s brother — said Philip spent a few months on a tsunami relief assignment in southeast Asia before serving in Iraq for five months.
President Woodrow Wilson coined the term “Gold Star Mother” to recognize mothers who have lost children serving their country. In 1936, Gold Star Mothers’ Day became an official holiday on the last Sunday of September. Laura Martini — LCPL Martini’s mother — is respected with the honor. In 2015, actor and musician Gary Sinese made a $15,000 donation on behalf of the Gary Sinese Foundation to the Lansing Veterans Memorial at the Lansing Municipal Airport and embraced Martini.
“Telling their stories”
The display was curated by Barbara Dust, member of the Lansing Historical Society. Some of her other duties include caring for the artifacts and cataloguing the items.
Dust’s roots in the historical society started in her youth, with her dad being the president and mother serving as the secretary. Her love for history extends to her personal life as her husband Rich taught history at TF South. After serving as president for one year, Dust decided that wasn’t her passion, but exhibit curation was. For the past decade, she has curated displays on various items and exhibits, such as holiday trees from around the world and wedding dresses.
For the Fallen Heroes display, the exhibit was more personal for Dust. Both Officer Novak and LCPL Martini attended Nathan Hale Elementary school where Dust was a teacher. She was close acquaintances with Pat Novak who was a librarian at the school. LCPL Martini was also in the same class as Dust’s daughter.
“To me, this is the way we best remember them is by telling their stories, not just how they died,” says Dust.
As more items are donated, Dust is appreciative of the space of the Lansing Library and wants to continue letting people know about the Lansing Historical Society. On April 26, the Lansing Historical Society will host a Zoom event with the Illinois Humanities Rhodes Scholars speaker Bureau. It will focus on family heirloom recipes from the Illinois State Fair. The event will include an online shareable cookbook.
“We want to make our presence known in the community and share Lansing’s history. It’s not just in the distant past, even for all the newcomers that have come to Lansing, you are now part of the story,” Dust said.
Though both men met the end of their service, the legacy they left continues to impact the community of Lansing.
The Lansing Historical Society is located in the lower level of the Library Library at 2750 Indiana Avenue. The Fallen Heroes display will be available during open hours during the next month, on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
AUTHORIZE ADVERTISING FOR BIDS FOR FORD HANGAR STABILIZATION
POLICE & FIRE – TRUSTEE ZELDENRUST
RESOLUTION # 1223, APPROVING & AUTHORIZING THE AGREEMENT WITH MINER ELECTRONICS INC., RELATED TO THE PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF A NEW MICROWAVE RADIO SYSTEM AND SERVICE AGREEMENT FOR THE VILLAGE OF LANSING
RESOLUTION # 1224, APPROVING & AUTHORIZING THE PURCHASE QUOTE WITH MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, RELATED TO THE PURCHASE OF NEW PORTABLE RADIOS FOR THE LANSING POLICE & FIRE DEPARTMENTS
BUILDINGS & PUBLIC WORKS – TRUSTEE HARDY
ORDINANCE # 21-015, AUTHORIZING A PLAT OF DEDICATION FOR VILLAGE PROPERTY FOR USE AS A PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & LNN & ADA – TRUSTEE VALENCIA
YOUTH CENTER & INSURANCE – TRUSTEE GRADY-PEROVICH
Committee of the Whole meeting agenda (following the Board meeting)
These are new items brought to the Board for discussion. Prior to the meeting, Board members receive a Board packet that contains documents and background information relevant to the items on this agenda. They review the Board packet in order to be able to discuss the agenda items.
CALL TO ORDER
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF C.O.W. ON MARCH 16, 2021
VILLAGE ADMINISTRATOR REPORT
VILLAGE ATTORNEY REPORT
TRU BY HILTON PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION AMENDMENT
FINANCE & HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION – TRUSTEE ABBASY
AIRPORT & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – TRUSTEE FISH
POLICE & FIRE – TRUSTEE ZELDENRUST
RECOMMENDED PURCHASE OF PARAMEDIC EQUIPMENT FROM ZOLL – CARDIAC MONITOR & AUTO PULSE UNIT
BUILDINGS & PUBLIC WORKS – TRUSTEE HARDY
NATIONAL POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM (NPDES) – PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT & PARTICIPATION
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & LNN & ADA – TRUSTEE VALENCIA
YOUTH CENTER & INSURANCE – TRUSTEE GRADY-PEROVICH
YOUTH CENTER REOPENING PLAN
PUBLIC COMMENT – REGARDING ITEMS ON THIS AGENDA
Lansing Village Board meetings usually begin at 7:00pm on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the Police and Court Complex (Lansing Police Department), 2710 170th Street, Lansing. The April 13 meeting is being held on the second Tuesday of the month to make up for the April 6 meeting, which was not held due to Election Day.
COVID-19 safety considerations
Under Phase 4 mitigations, the Village has said it will limit in-person attendance and has expressed the importance of in-person meetings when it comes to the Village Board. The public is welcome to attend, as long as social distancing and facial covering regulations are observed.
The meeting will be live streamed on YouTube, with the link accessible on the Village’s website 24-48 hours before the start of the meeting.
“The administration sees this format of in-person and remote meeting attendance as essential to maximizing the efficiency of this board while minimizing the level of disruption to normal operations and still providing a COVID-safe environment for those who choose to attend in person,” Village Communications Director Ken Reynolds said during the Village Board’s December 1 Committee of the Whole Meeting.
Open Meetings Act
The Open Meetings Act requires that “An agenda for each regular meeting shall be posted at the principal office of the public body and at the location where the meeting is to be held at least 48 hours in advance of the holding of the meeting.” The Village of Lansing posts agendas and minutes from public meetings in the “Documents” section of their website, and copies are usually emailed to The Lansing Journal as well.
Lansing Journal subscribers receive an email each morning with links to Lansing headlines, so they stay informed about items being discussed at Lansing Village Board meetings, as well as news that happens between meetings.
LANSING, Ill. (April 10, 2021) – There are some new events and projects cooking at the Lansing Historical Society this month, as the organization will host a Zoom presentation titled “Family Heirloom Recipes from the Illinois State Fair” with culinary expert Catherine Lambrecht. The event will launch the Historical Society’s “Recipes from our Roots” campaign which invites the community to submit recipes and stories for display at the Historical Society.
Zoom presentation – April 26, 6:30 p.m.
The April 26 Zoom presentation will take place at 6:30 p.m. and will feature Catherine Lambrecht, a veteran culinary expert and judge at both the Lake County and Illinois State Fairs. Her presentation will focus on recipes from the Illinois State Fair that are at least 50 years old and are accompanied by the history and stories of the family members who shared them.
She has edited a book with the same title as her Zoom presentation: “Family Heirloom Recipes from the Illinois State Fair.” Since 2009, Lambrecht has judged Family Heirloom Recipes contests on behalf of Greater Midwest Foodways in Illinois as well as Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Ohio, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
The event will be co-produced by the Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, which invites Illinois authors, artists, and educators to share their expertise with people throughout the state, enabling local nonprofit organizations like the Lansing Historical Society to present cultural programs to their communities.
To sign up for this event, email [email protected] to receive the link to the Zoom presentation. The event is free and open to the public.
“Recipes from our Roots”
“Everyone eats and everyone has family recipes and stories about those dishes and what they meant to their family,” the Lansing Historical Society said in a press release about its new project: “Recipes from our Roots: Lansing Shares Recipes and Stories.”
The Historical Society wants Lansing residents to share their recipes and the stories behind them as a way to bring the community together. Lansing residents are invited to submit a recipe and story to the Lansing Historical Society for display at the museum in the coming months. Recipe-submitters can enter into a raffle to win culinary-related prizes.
“Our goal is to help unite our diverse community by showing how recipes and stories of food preparation in the olden days can be a way of getting to know each other better,” said Barb Dust, member of the Lansing Historical Society.
Residents can share their recipes by emailing [email protected], dropping them off at the Lansing Public Library, or by mailing them to the Lansing Historical Society at P.O Box 1776, Lansing, IL 60438.