Solar eclipse to be viewable in Southern Illinois

Preparations are underway to host thousands of visitors in Illinois for the April 8 total solar eclipse that will pass over much of the southern third of the state.

Staff from multiple state agencies – including the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Department of Natural Resources, Illinois State Police, Illinois Conservation Police, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Office of Homeland Security, the Illinois Office of Tourism, and the Illinois Department of Public Health – have worked together for more than a year to ensure a safe and successful experience for the influx of eclipse watchers.

For more on the eclipse, please see this week’s print edition.