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- Visitors who feel sick or have a runny nose, sore throat or fever should refrain from visiting a hospitalized patient or from accompanying a patient to a clinic visit
- Visitors younger than 18 years old will not be permitted to visit patients in the hospital. The exception is parents younger than 18 who have children in the hospital.
- Only two visitors per patient will be allowed at one time.
- Cover their noses and mouths when they cough or sneeze
- Use a mask if the patient they are visiting has a respiratory illness
- Wash their hands often, especially after coughing or sneezing
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers before and after a visit
- Pregnant women
- Young children
- Those with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease
- People who are already under a doctor’s care for serious illness
- Adults 65 and older
The Illinois Tollway is scheduled to begin work on the $33.4 million Illinois Route 23 Interchange Project on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) in Marengo this week. The project will create a new, full-access interchange with local road improvements, including construction of roundabouts.
The Illinois Route 23 Interchange will be the first interstate connection in McHenry County. The Tollway is building four ramps as part of a partial cloverleaf interchange on the east side of Illinois Route 23 that will provide full access between Illinois Route 23 and I-90. The interchange is scheduled to be complete this fall.
Weather permitting, beginning overnight on Friday, March 15, traffic on I-90 in both directions is scheduled to shift to the inside lanes to provide a work zone for ramp pavement construction. Eastbound lanes are scheduled to shift first, followed by westbound lanes. Traffic is scheduled to remain in this configuration for two months.
Electronic message signs and construction signage will be put in place in advance to alert drivers. The new traffic pattern and ramp closures are necessary to provide a work zone and safely accommodate traffic during bridge reconstruction.
Once work on I-90 is done, traffic on Illinois Route 23 is scheduled to be reduced and shifted. At times during the project, traffic on Illinois Route 23 may be reduced to one lane during off-peak hours for construction. At those times, traffic will be maintained in both directions with flaggers. In addition, on Harmony Road, a closure and detour between Illinois Route 23 and Maple Street will also be needed to complete work on the project.
The Illinois Route 23 Interchange is being designed with roundabouts or traffic circles to provide efficient and safe traffic flow for the new interchange ramp connections with Illinois Route 23. With roundabouts, traffic is permitted to flow in only one direction around a central island, and priority is given to traffic already traveling in the circle. Traffic projections estimate the new interchange will serve a total of about 4,800 vehicles daily.
As part of the project, a portion of Illinois Route 23 will be widened and reconstructed between Coon Creek Road and Harmony Road. The Illinois Route 23 Bridge carrying traffic over I-90 was rebuilt in 2017 in anticipation of the new interchange.
In addition, the project will also provide for local road improvements including improving a portion of Harmony Road and rebuilding the intersection of Illinois Route 23 and Harmony Road to include a roundabout with a pedestrian crossing with 10-foot wide sidewalks to ensure safe pedestrian crossings.
The Illinois Route 23 Interchange Project will create opportunity for continued economic development along Illinois Route 23 and will open up access between the Tollway and the northwest suburbs. This will be the first direct interstate connection to I-90 constructed in McHenry County.
The Illinois Route 23 Interchange Project is funded in part by Illinois Tollway’s 15-year, $14 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future. Consistent with the Tollway’s Interchange and Roadway Cost-Sharing Policy requiring local communities to cover the remaining cost of interchange improvements, the local share will be split: IDOT will contribute approximately 25 percent and the remainder will be funded by Marengo and McHenry County.
Maps, construction and detour information about the Illinois Route 23 Interchange Project is available on the Tollway’s website at illinoistollway.com via the Interactive Tollway Map and under “Projects Overview” in the Explore Projects section.
The Hooved Animal Humane Society (HAHS) assisted local animal control departments on several impounds, rescuing a total of 11 freezing animals during the polar vortex. At the coldest hours of the deep freeze, HAHS received several calls to assist with the investigation of complaints of hooved animal neglect. Local temperatures had reached a low of -25 degrees, with windchills reaching an unbelievable -52 degrees and animal control officials needed assistance investigating the condition of the animals to determine if emergency impoundment and care were needed.
HAHS sent its Animal Care Assistants and licensed Approved Humane/Equine Investigators to the scenes of alleged neglect. It was then determined, with animal control, that the animals should be impounded, and the owners should receive citations for violations of the Humane Care for Animals Act, 510 ILCS 70/1, et seq, for failure to provide proper food, water, shelter and humane treatment. A total of 11 horses and 1 pig were rescued from various locations. Several animals required immediate veterinary attention for exposure and were placed on an intense refeeding program for emaciation and malnutrition. HAHS is currently providing temporary feed, housing, and care for the animals during their rehabilitation, while their owners’ cases are decided by the proper administrative and judicial authorities.
Today, Congressman Bill Foster announced that he has invited Marilyn Weisner to join him as his guest at the State of the Union address. Marilyn Weisner is the Executive Director of the Aurora Food Pantry in Aurora, Illinois. It is one of the largest food pantries in the northern Illinois area and provides food to an estimated 19,000 individuals throughout the year.
“I am honored to have Marilyn Weisner join me as my guest for the State of the Union this year,” Congressman Foster said. “Her work as Executive Director of the Aurora Food Pantry is so important to our community and makes sure hardworking families do not go hungry. No one should have to choose between paying rent, purchasing life-saving medication, and putting food on the table. Her late husband Tom Weisner was a dedicated mayor of Aurora who was an exemplary public servant and made Aurora a better place in which to live, work, and play. Aurora is a thriving community thanks to their commitment to everyone who calls Aurora home.”
“I am very excited to be attending the 2019 Presidential State of the Union address,” Ms. Weisner said. “This is an important tradition in our country, and each one is an historic event, giving us insight into the expectations for the coming year. I greatly appreciate Congressman Bill Foster’s invitation to join him in the House Chamber to attend in person.”
Food pantries are essential for individuals and families who struggle with food insecurity. The Aurora Food Pantry distributes over one hundred dollars to every family who comes to the pantry. They distribute items that can be too expensive to purchase, including fresh fruits and vegetables, milk and dairy products, eggs, meat, and fish.
Lake County Rising 2019 will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at the Round Lake Beach Civic Center, 2007 North Civic Center Way in Round Lake Beach. The doors open at 6:30 for a resource fair. The program begins at 7 p.m.
Lake County Rising is an awareness event, a public demand to end violence against and oppression of women. It is Lake County’s version of One Billion Rising, a global movement to end rape and sexual violence against women. Recognizing that it takes everyone to make societal changes, the 2019 Lake County Rising committee strongly urges men and youth to lend their support by attending this event. “I can’t underscore the importance of these community awareness events,” stated Lake County State’s Attorney Michael G. Nerheim. “Crimes of violence often leave victims feeling alone and isolated. Public demonstrations such as Lake County Rising can let victims know that they are not alone, and can be an important step towards empowerment and healing,” Nerheim said.
Students from Round Lake High School’s Ghostlight Readers Theatre will perform vignettes from Seven, depicting various forms of oppression experienced by women. The winner of Lake County Rising’s essay contest will be announced and he or she will share the winning essay.
The event is free and open to the public. It is hosted by Lake County State’s Attorney Michael G. Nerheim in partnership with Nicasa Behavioral Health Services and support from Z Center, A Safe Place, and YWCA Lake County. Round Lake Beach community activist Judy Armstrong brought the Rising events to Lake County in 2012 and has had an integral role since its inception.
For more information, please contact Sandra Bankston at [email protected]. Nonprofit organizations serving women and children who are interested in having a resource table may contact Debi Leer at [email protected].