January is ‘Radon Awareness Month’ in Illinois
Statewide Radon Poster and Video Contests
Now Accepting Entries - Children ages 9 to 14 eligible
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[February 14, 2019]
Governor Bruce Rauner has proclaimed January
‘Radon Awareness Month’ in Illinois to increase awareness about the
presence of radon. Radon gas is a naturally occurring radioactive
gas that is recognized as the second-leading cause of lung cancer in
the United States. It’s estimated nearly 1,200 people in Illinois
develop radon-related lung cancer each year.
“Radon related health risks are preventable,” said
Governor Rauner. “Radon can be detected with a simple test and fixed
through well-established techniques. With greater awareness we can
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the American
Lung Association in Illinois (ALAIL) are joining forces in January
to increase public awareness of radon risks and ways to reduce radon
exposure. IEMA and ALAIL announced today the continuation of
statewide contest that encourages students to use their creative
talents to promote radon awareness. Starting today, the American
Lung Association will begin accepting submissions for the annual
radon poster and video contests.
The Illinois Radon Poster Contest is open to students ages 9-14.
Entries are due by March 1. Prizes include $200 for first place,
$150 for second place and $100 for third place. For more information
about the poster contest, visit
High school students can also compete for prizes by participating in
the Illinois Radon Video Contest. This contest requires for students
to produce a creative 30-second YouTube video about radon. The video
submission deadline is March 8. Videos can be created by an
individual student, group of students or classroom.
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Student prizes include $1,000 for first place, $750 for second
place, $500 for third place and $250 for seven honorable mention videos. New
this year, the winning video may appear on the big screen in local movie
theaters across the state.
The top 10 videos will also be entered into a ‘most views’
contest to develop students’ marketing and outreach skills. Winners will be
provided a link to share with their friends. The video with the most views will
receive an additional $300. Additionally, the schools of the top three winners
will receive $300, $200 and $100 for first, second and third places,
All videos, entry forms and release forms must be submitted by March 8. Details
about the video contest are available on the American Lung Association in
Illinois (ALAIL) website at
All contest prizes are funded by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency. Both contests are sponsored by IEMA, ALAIL and U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency Region 5.
The top posters and videos from the 2018 contests can be viewed on IEMA’s radon
website at www.radon.illinois.gov. The website also includes information about
radon and lists of licensed measurement and mitigation professionals.
Information is also available through IEMA’s Radon Hotline at 800-325-1245.
[Illinois Emergency Management Agency]