Video: Friday Round-up, June 11, 2021

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Phase 5, intrepid reporting during COVID, street resurfacing, garage sales, and Cruise Night

by Melanie Jongsma and Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (June 11, 2021) – Publisher Melanie Jongsma and Managing Editor Josh Bootsma spent a few minutes rounding up some important news from the week. Links to the stories mentioned appear below the video.

Phase 5 (0:20)

Illinois moved into Phase 5 on Friday, June 11, and The Lansing Journal published the news as it was released by Governor JB Pritzker’s office:

Local impacts of COVID (2:03)

Throughout our year of COVID, in spite of personal challenges faced by our reporters and business challenges brought on by economic uncertainties, The Lansing Journal faithfully reported the local impacts of this worldwide pandemic. Examples are linked below:

Without The Lansing Journal, those important local stories would have gone unreported and undocumented.

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Free money for street resurfacing (3:59)

Josh reported on Village Board discussions about using Rebuild Illinois funds to fix Lansing streets:

Lansing’s pavement assessment (5:25)

Last year Katie Arvia reported on the pavement assessment process, which produced results that the Village is referring to now to make street repair decisions:

81 garage sales (6:17)

Josh compiled the addresses of all 81 garage sales that will be hosted in Lansing on Saturday, June 12:

Understanding Cruise Night (7:30)

Melanie Jongsma first reported on Cruise Night in 2017, and it changed her understanding of this Lansing tradition:

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you for your thoughtful commentary. I must respectfully disagree with your assessment that the additional funds for road repair are “free money”. Government has but two sources of income for the most part; income from either personal or corporate taxes, or simply printing more money and increasing a skyrocketing deficit which we can not cover. In my opinion, both scenarios have long term effects which we are passing on to future generations.

    • You’re right, Bill. Thanks for the reminder to think long-term. I appreciate the feedback.

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