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The Lansing Journal journeys: Election Day in Lansing


submitted by Melanie Jongsma

Election official Gerald Gaskew did not have a copy of The Lansing Journal to take a photo with, but he did have “the Lansing Journal lady,” as introduced by fellow official Connie Simon. Because of his dedicated service to Lansing voters on Election Day, we decided to make an exception and allow this entry into our Lansing Journal Journeys series.

Gerald Gaskew served as an election official for Lansing Precincts 5, 14, and 44 on Election Day for the Illinois Gubernatorial Primaries. (Photo: Connie Simon)

Gaskew also decided to become a Daily News subscriber immediately in order to stay informed about local election results and other important news. To join Gerald and receive local news delivered right to your email inbox each morning, click the link below:

To join Gerald and work on Election Day, visit the Cook County website and fill out the application:

Not only will you be actively participating in democracy, you’ll also earn $175–365 for your day of service.

About The Lansing Journal Journeys

The Lansing Journal Journeys is an award-winning feature that showcases people displaying The Lansing Journal in creative locations.

We initiated the series because we are a community newspaper, and we like to see community faces in our pages and community names in our photo credits.

To participate, your location doesn’t have to be exotic or far; it just has to have The Lansing Journal in it somewhere. Email photos to [email protected] and tell us:

  1. The names of any people (or animals) in the photo
  2. Some information about the location
  3. The name of the person who took the photo

We’ll publish them online as soon as possible. Make sure you are subscribed, so you see your photos when we post them!

Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.


  1. I too met Gerald Gaskew at my Precinct yesterday. What a delightful person he is. He enjoyed his job and kept the voters at ease while he explained the mechanics of what we were to do. He kept the banter light and greeted everyone like he knew them all his life. Having voted in a different Lansing Precinct for over forty years, with Poll workers who, during past few years, were not from Lansing, I asked him if he was a Lansing resident, he proudly said “YES” and even gave me his address. Thank you Gerald.

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