Over 40 percent of Illinois homes contain dangerous levels of radon gas. For less than $10, you can find out if yours is one of them.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Over 40 percent of Illinois homes contain dangerous levels of radon gas. For less than $10, you can find out if your's is one of them.
How much would you pay to protect your family? Radon gas is a silent, odorless threat to over 40 percent of Illinois homeowners, according to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. The EPA reports this naturally-occuring radioactive gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. Luckily, the state is offering an inexpensive solution for residents to test their homes and protect their families. For less than $10, radon test kits are now available to Illinoisians via this website. Cook County also offers radon test kits for $7. Residents can obtain one by mailing a $7 check or money order to: Cook County Dept. of Environmental Control 69 West Washington Street, Suite 1900 Chicago, IL 60602. Inexpensive radon test kits are also…
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Metra officials have removed the Front Street pedestrian crossing. The Mokena Street pedestrian crossing is the only one available.
Metra Metropolitan Rail officials have permanently removed the Front Street pedstrian crossing at the Mokena Train Station on Front Street. If you park in the Front Street or Willowcrest Street lots, make sure to give yourself some additional time to access the downtown station’s south platform and board the train. This week, Metra is permanently removing its pedestrian platform crossing over the tracks directly between the Front Street lot and the downtown station, said Kirk Zoellner, assistant village administrator. Metra will also be installing fencing between the train tracks in the immediate vicinity of the downtown station to discourage commuters and other pedestrians from crossing the tracks at any point other than the gated …
Friday, January 20, 2012
From warming center locations and D159 cancellations to tips on heart-safe shoveling, the perfect snowball and pizza places that deliver, here's your HQ for the snow.
Village Hall can be used as a temporary warming center for residents. To arrange for someone to let you in, call the Mokena Police non-emergency line at 708-479-3911. Whenever snowfall is over two inches (as it looks to be already), Mokena requires residents get their cars off the street so the snowplows can do their jobs. Failure to do this could result in a ticket of up to $750. Questions or comments on this? Call the village at 708-479-3900 during regular business hours on Monday. Patch has teamed with Mapquest to offer live, local traffic maps, updated every five minutes with crashes, closures and danger spots. Follow that link or click on "Traffic & Gas" at the top of this page. You can check out updates from Metra's Rock Island line …
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Exploring the reasons I don't insist my kids wear bicycle helmets.
I took our brand new preschool graduate to the pediatrician for his five-year check up last week, and the doctor said that the main concern at his age is safety. He questioned the child: Doctor: What do we do when we first get in the car? Child: We buckle up! Doctor: Good, that’s correct. Now, what do we do if a stranger asks us to help him find his lost puppy? Child: We go tell an adult! Doctor: Well done! That’s exactly what we do. Now, what do we put on before we get on our bike? Dead silence. The child was stunned. He stared curiously at the doctor, his brows furrowed and then looked pleadingly to mom for the correct answer. And I was embarrassed. He doesn’t even have a bike helmet for me to insist he wear. I am not a bike-helmet mom, …