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Thank you, March supporters — election season demands extra effort

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And you came through for all of us

LANSING, Ill. (April 1, 2023) – This election season has been a busy one here at The Lansing Journal. March began with an article detailing the Candidate Forum we moderated. It ended with a video sharing some discouraging voter data. And in between the March 2023 print issue was delivered, and people expressed appreciation for the work that went into compiling all that information in time for election season in Lansing.

That kind of work is helpful during any election season, and it might be essential for elections in Cook County. Managing Editor Josh Bootsma and I both struggled to find basic information — the Cook County website didn’t have Lansing’s ballot information until March, and that was the key to finding out which offices were up for election and which candidates were officially on the ballot.

Support from our community made that kind of research possible. And having the information available benefits the whole community.

We know that our readers would probably rather see stories and videos about new businesses coming to town, student accomplishments at our local schools, and the newest restaurants to win a Local Flavor Award. We love those stories too.

But when you support The Lansing Journal, you are supporting a newspaper that is committed to building community. Sometimes the work is inspiring; sometimes it’s tedious. Sometimes it’s fun restaurants; sometimes it’s election season. Either way, you can count on us to do what needs to be done.

Let’s finish strong this election season

Could we make a special ask of you to close out this election season in Lansing? Will you make sure to vote sometime between now and Election Day, Tuesday, April 4? It’s the best way to ensure that all your support and all our time has been invested well.

And it’s the only way to change the downward trend in voter turnout Josh shared with us. Re-visit our recent video to see the chart and plan out your voting options between now and Tuesday.

Let’s thank our March sustainers and supporters

These people give for a variety of reasons, but the overall effect is that our community has a source of news that no one else is reporting. Will you join us in thanking them?

  • Various friends of The Lansing Journal who prefer to remain ANONYMOUS
  • Lindsey and Saad Abbasy
  • Karen Adams
  • James Adduci
  • Marguerite Arndt
  • Jennifer Avenatti
  • Patrick Baker
  • Evelyn Baldwin
  • Adam Barker
  • Jeanne Benson
  • Dan Bergan
  • Marlene Biesboer
  • Wes and Joy Blocker
  • Gail Blom
  • Bob Boer
  • Dan and Kristy Bootsma
  • Debbie Boroviak
  • Susan and Daniel Bovino
  • Theresa Bresnahan
  • Joseph Bugajski
  • Marsha Bultema
  • Nancy Caddick
  • Dan and Maryann Centracchio
  • Kathleen and William Clausing
  • Laurel Clausing
  • Elly Clousing
  • Jane Compeau
  • Marlene Cook
  • Ruth Cook
  • Diane Costello
  • Denise Cox
  • Kerry Czarobski
  • Tricia DeBlock
  • Patricia Deckinga
  • Antoinette DeLaurentis
  • Debra DeNardo
  • Geary Depue
  • Rob and Sandy DeVries
  • Stefanie DeYoung
  • LouAnn Dommer
  • Lisa Doorn
  • Fran Duffy
  • Barb Dust
  • Richard Dust
  • Don Dykstra
  • Roseann Dykstra
  • Pamela Edrington
  • Alexa Edwards
  • Master El
  • Martina Eldsmoe
  • Jerome Ellis
  • Margaret Evans
  • Frank Fetters
  • Fine Tune Auto
  • Ed Follmar
  • Bob Forner
  • David Franklin
  • Pat Frederickson
  • Jim and Judy Friesema
  • Tina Funchion
  • Geraldine Giglio
  • Edward Gonzalez
  • Jacob Gourley
  • Tony and Maureen Grady-Perovich
  • Patty Grigutis
  • Dr. and Mrs. Jasper Gulotta
  • Jerry and Judi Haan
  • Brian Hanigan
  • Jan and Peter Hansen
  • Brian and Kathy Hardy
  • Cam and Megan Harvey
  • Agatha Hason
  • Julie Hiskes
  • Ted and Helen Hnatusko
  • Marjorie Holme
  • Mark Hornung
  • Margaret Housinger
  • Donna Huizenga
  • HVAC Masters
  • Stephanie Jansma
  • Wynter Johnson
  • Vinell Jones
  • Melanie Jongsma
  • Connie Jordan
  • Darlene Kadar
  • Arlo and Brenda Kallemeyn
  • Jim and JoAnn Kijewski
  • Jean Klacik
  • Nicole Kleidon
  • Robert Knight
  • Frank Knittle
  • Judy and Karl Koch
  • Anita and John Kowalisyn
  • Pat Kremer
  • Cynthia Krusza
  • Mark and Missy Krygsheld
  • Jill Laboy
  • Pamela Lancy
  • David and Sally Larsen
  • Marc Lehnerer
  • Clem and Barb Lessner
  • Morris Lewis
  • Marie Limback
  • Judy Lohr-Safcik
  • Jim and Suzanne Long
  • John Long
  • Luci Lugowski
  • Rich and Diane Lund
  • Caleb Lyzenga
  • Marvin Lyzenga
  • Kate Maanum
  • Nadine Mack
  • Carol McFarland
  • Barbara McKinney
  • Dehlia Mendoza
  • Lynda Mendoza
  • Roberto Mendoza
  • Martha Montiel
  • Kerry Moore
  • Joyce Mulder
  • Chuck Murach
  • Hollis Napoli
  • Marilou Ooms
  • Grant Oppenhuis
  • Paul Orich
  • Gregory Ott
  • Thomas Panichi
  • Robert Parrent
  • Moira Peterson
  • Gabriel Pierce
  • Susan Planer
  • Rosemarie Polgar
  • Jay and Chris Popp
  • Mary Ann Pozen
  • Joanne Pritchard
  • Lorraine Przybyl
  • Jean Qualls
  • Penelope Rellis
  • Carla Rispens
  • Rose Rivas
  • Chuck and Jane Roseen
  • Shirley Rucker
  • Kristin Russell
  • Jennifer Saia, In Memory
  • Scott Sands
  • Carol Schaap
  • Ann Schenkel
  • Roberta Schopp-Coe
  • Duane and Sandy Schultz
  • Dave and Janice Schurman
  • Pete and Shirley Schurman
  • Irene Sepiol
  • Joyce Seyforth
  • Robert and Gloria Sharer
  • Freddie Simmons
  • Connie Simon
  • Todd Simon
  • Mike and Denise Skrbina
  • Slaughter & Associates
  • Michelle Smith
  • Frieda Smits
  • Richard Smits
  • Reba Spilis
  • Kelsee Stallinga
  • Dan Stamper
  • Srbislav Stancov
  • Kirstin Stellfox
  • Anne Marie Stole
  • John Stole
  • Richard Sufak
  • Raymond Sutorius
  • Jim Sweeney
  • Debbie Terpstra
  • Linda Todd
  • Virginia and John Ulaszek
  • Lionel Valencia
  • Wendy Van Der Aa
  • Jill Van Kuiken
  • James Van Milligen
  • Rita VanDrunen
  • Arlyn VanEk
  • Gerrit Veenstra
  • Irma Vela
  • Tim Vermeer
  • Sandy Vree
  • Kenya Wafford
  • Sandra Wagner
  • Scott Wagner
  • Phyllis Warsen
  • Waters Edge Aquascaping
  • Beverly Wilhelm
  • Adrienne Winchester
  • Nancy and Bob Wojcik
  • Ron and Joan Wolford
  • Bob and Jean Wood
  • Michael and Dana Wood
  • Mitchell Wood
  • Jennifer Yos
  • Patricia Yos
  • Chris Zdanowski
  • Char Zralka
  • Noel Zupancic

Whether you give monthly or occasionally, we are grateful for your investment. And if you have already voted, thank you for demonstrating that you care about this community.
Candidate Forum
P.S. If you haven’t voted, it’s not too late. You can Early Vote Sunday and Monday at these nearby locations:

Calumet City Public Library
600 Manistee Avenue, Calumet City
(708) 862-6220

  • Sunday, April 2, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Monday, April 3, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Sandridge School
2950 Glenwood-Dyer Road, Lynwood
(708) 895-2450

  • Sunday, April 2, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Monday, April 3, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

And of course you can vote on Election Day, Tuesday, April 4, 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. Lansing has a total of seven different polling places — six for Thornton Township residents of Lansing, and one for Bloom Township residents of Lansing:

  • First Church PCA (3134 Ridge Road) — Thornton Township Precincts 43 and 47
  • Calvin Coolidge School (17845 Henry Street) — Thornton Township Precincts 16, 51, 56, and 65
  • Lansing Public Library (2750 Indiana Avenue) — Thornton Township Precincts 18 and 68
  • Oak Glen School (2101 E. 182nd Street) — Thornton Township Precincts 19, 50, and 117
  • Lansing Police Department (2710 170th Street) — Thornton Township Precinct 17
  • Reavis School (17121 Roy Street) — Thornton Township Precinct 13
  • Bethel Church (3500 Glenwood-Lansing Road) — Bloom Township Precincts 5, 14, and 44

Registered voters can determine the precinct they live in by checking their Voter ID Card or by using the Voter Information Tool on the Cook County Clerk’s website.

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.