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Illinois Specific Radon Information: Illinois Radon Poster Contest

Coming Soon: 2016 IL Radon Poster Contest

Check back in January 2016 for more information

The Illinois Poster Contest is held each year to spread awareness of the dangerous gas Radon. Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless radioactive gas that causes lung cancer. It comes from the ground and can enter homes and buildings through foundation openings and build up to dangerous levels. The only way to detect radon is by testing for it.

The Illinois Radon Poster Contest is sponsored by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, the American Lung Association in Illinois, the Ecology Action Center, the Southern Illinois Radon Awareness Task Force, and the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago.

2015 Illinois Radon Poster Contest Calendar

  • Contest launch: January 2015
  • Posters due to IEMA: March 1st, 2015
  • Judging: Middle of March 2015
  • Awards Ceremony/Presentation: TBA

Eligibility Requirements

  • Children ages 9-14
  • Enrolled in public, private, territorial, tribal, DoD, or home school or through a sponsored club like an art, computer, or science club, scouting organization, or 4-H club

Poster Topics

  • Choose one of the following five topics:
    • What is radon?
    • Where does radon come from?
    • How does radon get into our homes?
    • Radon can cause lung cancer.
    • Test your home for radon.

Judging Criteria

  • Content accuracy
  • Visual communication of topic
  • Reproducibility
  • Originality

Artwork Requirements

  • Artwork must meet the following requirements:
    • White paper, size preferred is 12 x 18 or 8.5 x 11.
    • No student names on the front.
    • Include a title on the front.
    • Topic and title must be on the artwork.
    • Attach a submission form found here to the back of each poster.
    • Create poster with crayons, markers, paint, collages, pencils, photographs, or computer graphics.
    • Copyrighted characters (like Snoopy), product logos, and trademarked or brand names cannot be used.
    • Lettering and message should be large enough to reproduce well, with all pencil markings erased.
    • Each teacher/ sponsor must include a 2015 IL Poster Entry Form found here with their classes' submissions.

Illinois Prizes

  • 1st Place: $200
  • 2nd Place: $150
  • 3rd Place: $100

Contact Information

Mail Posters To:
Illinois Emergency Management Agency Radon Program
Attn: Melinda Lewis
1035 Outer Park Drive
Springfield, IL 62704

For Teachers, Parents, and Students:

General Radon Facts

  • Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and radioactive gas.
  • Radon comes from the decay of the naturally-occurring uranium in the soil.
  • Radon is classified as a Class A Known Human Carcinogen.
  • Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States according to the 2005 U.S. Surgeon General Report. The Surgeon General urges all Americans to get their homes tested for radon.
  • Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.
  • Lung cancer from radon exposure is preventable.
  • Radon enters homes through cracks and gaps in the foundation, openings around service pipes that enter the home, sump pits, plumbing penetrations, and crawls and floors open to the soil.
  • The home acts as a vacuum on the soil and draws in the soil gas that can contain radon.
  • The only way to know if you're at risk for radon exposure in the home is to test.
  • Testing is easy and inexpensive. Get a test kit here.
  • The USEPA has set an action level of 4.0 pCi/L for indoor radon exposure. The USEPA recommends that homes with radon levels above the action level be mitigated.
  • Mitigation is relatively inexpensive and can be done by a licensed radon mitigation professional in the state of Illinois.
  • The Illinois Emergency Management Agency estimates that 1,160 Illinois citizens die from radon related lung cancer annually.
  • Radon exposure leads to more deaths each year than falls in the home, drowning, or home fires.
  • Lung cancer due to indoor radon exposure claims approximately 21,000 lives each year.

Radon in Illinois

  • Average indoor radon level in Illinois is 4.4 pCi/L.
  • 40% of the homes in Illinois that are tested by a licensed radon measurement professional had levels greater than the action level of 4.0 pCi/L.
  • The average national indoor radon level is 1.3 pCi/L.
  • The average outdoor radon level is 0.4 pCi/L.
  • Find licensed radon measurement and mitigation professionals HERE.

Other Resources

2015 Illinois Radon Poster Contest Results
Thank you to all of the students who participated in last lear's Illinois Radon Poster Contest. The winning posters can be seen below. Thank you again to all students and teachers that participated in last lear's Illinois Radon Poster Contest. We look forward to seeing your creations again next year!

1st Place: Ally A.
Byron, IL

2nd Place: Stefania D.
Chicago, IL

3rd Place: Gabi D.
Evanston, IL

4th Place: Levi M.
Vienna, IL

5th Place: Elise J.
Evanston, IL

6th Place: Doha S.
Burbank, IL


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