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Jennifer Yos

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Jennifer Yos grew up on Walter Street in Lansing with nine siblings. She attended St. Ann’s School and T.F. South, and she earned a BA in the Teaching of English from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and a MS in Education: Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Francis, Joliet. For 34 years she taught English, as well as Creative Writing and Drama, at Lincoln-Way High School. She dabbled in freelance journalism for the Joliet Herald News Living section. Now retired, Jennifer appreciates the opportunity to write for The Lansing Journal and is uplifted by the variety of positive people she has already met who are making a difference in Lansing.

What is causing that expressway sound? And will it end?

By Jennifer Yos LANSING, Ill. (September 18, 2022) – Lansing residents who live close to the I-80/94 expressway (aka Frank Borman, Kingery, Tri-State) are familiar with traffic sounds — even with sound barrier walls in place — but last week a new thundering sound made its debut that has many...

Losing the Queen, remembering Mom: A personal reflection on Queen Elizabeth’s death

Local Voices Jennifer Yos Our dear Mom — who passed away in April of 2019 at the age of 97 – was and remained a loyal British citizen all her long life, even after moving to America as a war bride in 1948 at the age of 27 and living here...

Mexico en el Corazón touches hearts in Lansing

By Jennifer Yos LANSING, Ill. (September 6, 2022) – On Saturday I had the privilege and pleasure of experiencing Mexico en el Corazón performed live in the Henry Hertz Auditorium at TF South High School. The Lansing Journal reporter originally scheduled to attend and cover the event had a last-minute...

Lansing Police Department hosts 2022 National Night Out at Fox Pointe

By Jennifer Yos LANSING, Ill. (August 4, 2022) – The first Tuesday of every August, police departments throughout the nation host National Night Out events in an effort to improve police and community relations for crime prevention. The Lansing Police Department, with the help of several volunteers and the donations...

Lansing resident Elizabeth Gerald to be presented Presidential LIfetime Achievement Award

By Jennifer Yos LANSING, Ill. (July 29, 2022) - Lansing resident Elizabeth Gerald received word from The White House this past spring that she will be presented the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award on September 30, 2022, for her work as founder and CEO of the nonprofit Marcie Jonea Gerald (MJG)...

Happy trails – Lansing enjoys two bike paths as summer returns

By Jennifer Yos LANSING, Ill. (May 27, 2022) – Summer days are here at last and Lansing bicycle riders are fortunate to have two separate trail options for their riding enjoyment — The Pennsy Greenway Rail Trail and the Thorn Creek Trail. Soon, the Village hopes to add another, as...

Four years in – Unity Christian Academy to celebrate first graduating class

School looks forward to moving into larger South Holland building By Jennifer Yos SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (May 27, 2022) – Unity Christian Academy (UCA) is celebrating its four-year milestone as a south suburban Christian high school. The academy provides open-enrollment Christian education for students from the south suburbs of Chicago and...

Onward and upward – Lansing firefighter finds more ladders to climb

By Jennifer Yos LANSING, Ill. (May 16, 2022) – Firefighter and paramedic Jeremy Taylor is coming up on his 21st anniversary with the Lansing Fire Department. Within those years, he has served on the Technical Rescue, Hazmat, and Dive Teams, has been a CPR instructor, has taught at various fire...

Lansing author publishes book on struggle with bipolar disorder

Christian author Abigail Alleman's bipolar disorder is the focus of her new book, A Million Skies: Secure in God’s Strength When Your Mind Can’t Rest By Jennifer Yos LANSING, Ill. (March 26, 2022) – Living Word Church recently hosted a book-signing event for author Abigail Alleman, a Lansing resident and church...

Sand Ridge Nature Center hosts Underground Railroad walks

Center hosts self-guided Underground Railroad tour to close out Black History Month By Jennifer Yos SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (March 2, 2022) – In participation of Black History Month, the Sand Ridge Nature Center hosted its annual Underground Railroad Walks on Saturday, February 26. The free event was hosted at the Sand...
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