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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.

Re-released: ‘What’s open?’ – a guide to holiday dining in Lansing

Options for COVID-impacted families and others wary of gathering By Melanie Jongsma and Jennifer Yos LANSING, Ill. (December 22, 2021) – As COVID forces last-minute changes in plans for family gatherings, The Lansing Journal is re-releasing this guide to Lansing restaurants and their hours for the upcoming holidays. The information below was...

‘What’s open?’ – a guide to holiday dining in Lansing

By Jennifer Yos LANSING, Ill. (December 18, 2021) – Which local Lansing eateries will be open, closed, or have special holiday hours on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day? The Lansing Journal reached out to Lansing restaurants, carry-outs, pubs, bars, bakeries, and cafes to create...

Landon Ford starts internship at The Lansing Journal as part of Unity Christian Academy’s pilot program

by Jennifer Yos LANSING, Ill. (October 14, 2021) – Unity Christian Academy of South Holland has launched a pilot program this year that is providing internships for their high school seniors. Seniors will serve as interns in a number of fields including academic research in psychology and astronomy, marketing and...

Lansing Public Library Director Debbie Albrecht to retire after 22 years

Albrecht made building, software, and community relations improvements over 15-year directorship by Jennifer Yos LANSING, Ill. (October 13, 2021) – Library Director Debbie Albrecht will be retiring on October 29 after a combined 22-year service history with the Lansing Public Library. Albrecht began working at the library part-time as a circulation clerk...

Lansing Police and residents unite for National Night Out

by Jennifer Yos LANSING, Ill. (August 4, 2021) – The Lansing Police Department hosted a well-attended “National Night Out” on Tuesday, August 3, from 5 – 8 p.m. at Lansing’s Fox Pointe. Lansing was one of 156 cities in Illinois to participate this year in the nationwide event traditionally held...

Lansing Library to debut new youth and teen section during June 4 open house

By Jennifer Yos LANSING, Ill. (May 25, 2021) – Exciting renovations have been ongoing downstairs in the Youth and Teen section of the Lansing Public Library since late November of 2020. Library Director Debbie Albrecht decided to postpone the library’s annual block party until next summer and turn the reopening...

The Lansing Community Food Pantry: Open for giving and receiving

An organized, intentional way to help the community By Jennifer Yos LANSING, Ill. (March 11, 2021) – The Lansing Community Food Pantry has been helping Lansing residents for nearly 40 years. Located in the basement of the Lansing Assembly at the corner of Ridge Road and Chicago Avenue, the pantry is...

District 158 food drive keeps Roundball charitable spirit alive

By Jennifer Yos LANSING, Ill. (March 3, 2021) – Up until this pandemic year, every February for the past eleven years School District 158 has hosted a successful charity-driven Roundball Classic basketball tournament for local fifth graders. The four-day event at Memorial Junior High School not only promoted friendly sports...

Oak Glen teacher makes history, achieves National Board Certification

Christina Gaura is the first teacher in District 158 history to achieve the distinctive credential By Jennifer Yos LANSING, Ill. (January 28, 2021) – In December, Christina Gaura achieved a personal goal and made District 158 history by receiving her certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). National...

Sunnybrook District 171 reaches contract agreement with teachers

Long process ends with "successful" result for District 171 and its teachers By Jennifer Yos LANSING, Ill. (January 27, 2021) – At its Monday, January 25, school board meeting, the Sunnybrook District 171 School Board voted to approve a professional agreement between Sunnybrook School District 171 and the Sunnybrook Education Association—...