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Video: Your step-by-step guide to Village Board meetings


Josh and Melanie break it down

LANSING, Ill. (September 8, 2023) – It is probably understandable that most people don’t make a habit of attending Village Board meetings. After a busy day of work, school, and family obligations, sitting on a wooden bench and listening to government officials for 90 minutes or more does not sound appealing.

What Lansing residents might not realize, however, is that the unfamiliar language and process of a board meeting can become familiar. And the discussions and decisions that happen at these meetings impact everyday life for regular people in Lansing. The meeting discussed in this week’s video, for example, included information about:

  • One Trick Pony coming to Ridge Road
  • JJ’s Original Maxwell St. Polish opening on Torrence
  • A new member being appointed to Lansing’s Human Relations Commission
  • A new program being offered by the Lansing Fire Department
  • Changing the start time of the board meetings
  • Saving monarch butterflies

To ease you into board meeting attendance, in this video Josh and Melanie summarize what to expect. And they include the much-awaited presentation by Mark Kocol of One Trick Pony:

Join Josh and Melanie

Lansing Village Board meetings now begin at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the Police and Court Complex (Lansing Police Department), 2710 170th Street, Lansing. Enter the doors that say Court Room Entrance.

Bring your agenda and follow along

The Village of Lansing posts agendas and minutes from public meetings in the “Documents” section of their website, and copies are usually emailed to The Lansing Journal as well. We publish the agendas in time for them to reach subscribers a day or two ahead of the meeting.

Stay informed

Lansing Journal subscribers receive an email each morning with links to Lansing headlines, so they stay informed about items being discussed at Lansing Village Board meetings, as well as news that happens between meetings. Subscriptions are free:


Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.


  1. Thanks for the video explaining the process for attending the village board meetings.
    I have lived in Lansing my entire life and have often wondered about attending but have never gotten any info for them.
    Love the local info you provide and wish I could do more to support.

    Thanks again

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