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Thornton Township used to advertise

LANSING, Ill. (July 17, 2023) – Thornton Township used to advertise in The Lansing Journal.

They used to reserve a half-page or full-page ad in every monthly print edition. They used that space to let our community know about Women’s History Month, Martin Luther King Day services, summer STEM programs, Job Fairs, the annual Taste of Thornton Township, and other community events. They appreciated the vital role we play in keeping residents informed — and we appreciated the advertising revenue they directed our way.

Thornton Township used to invest money to advertise community programs and opportunities in The Lansing Journal each month. These samples are from 2019.

A lot has changed in Thornton Township, and Thornton Township doesn’t advertise with us anymore.

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We can only make that commitment because of you.

It is so important for a local newspaper to have a diverse and sustainable funding base. This is where you, our readers, come in. Dedicated readers like you have always been the backbone of The Lansing Journal.

Not only do you keep us free, you keep us independent.

Your investment allows us to focus on providing high-quality news, regardless of who holds political office in our region. Each gift you give helps maintain our independence so we can continue to serve as a reliable source of news for Lansing and Thornton Township.


What your support does

We firmly believe that an informed community is an empowered community. Your support directly:

  1. Enables us to investigate and report on local issues: Your support ensures that we can send reporters to the halls of power, hold public officials accountable, and shed light on matters that directly impact your everyday life.
  2. Ensures diverse perspectives: We are intentional about presenting a balanced view of our community, amplifying the voices of residents, providing forums for discussion, and promoting understanding among different groups.
  3. Fosters civic engagement: Through our coverage of local events, elections, and opportunities, we encourage community participation and empower residents to have a say in shaping the future of Lansing and Thornton Township.
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      Some people can’t give right now

      We understand that times are tough. Not everyone may be in a position to give. If that’s you, there are other ways you can help:

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      Your word-of-mouth advocacy helps us reach a wider audience and reinforces our mission of community engagement.

      But if you can give, please do. We need your help in order to stay independent and keep serving our community.

      Together, we can ensure that good people throughout our community have access to independent journalism that keeps us all informed and connected.

      Melanie Jongsma, Publisher
      The Lansing Journal

      P.S. Many of you are already doing your part. Thank you. That kind of support has kept us going through good times and bad, through thick and thin. If more of our readers were like you, we would be on solid footing through whatever comes next. We are hoping more of our readers will make the same choice you already made.

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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.