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Josh Bootsma

Josh Bootsma
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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.

Current and former Visible Music College students to showcase original work

Saturday, March 30, Living Word Church By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (March 2019) – Five Visible Music College students and alumni will be performing their original music at Living Word Church in Lansing on Saturday, March 30. From 7:00 to 9:00pm, the event, titled “Abounding: A Night of Worship,” will be...

Larry Thomas campaigns at Lynnie Ques

Political events keep Lansing voters informed By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (February 21, 2019) - Larry Thomas Jr. hosted his first campaign event as an Independent candidate for Village Trustee on February 21 at Lynnie Ques in Lansing. The three-hour event was largely informal as the 10-year Lansing resident focused primarily...

Million Dollar Quartet rocks Theatre at the Center

"Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" as rock-and-roll legends resurrect greatest hits By Josh Bootsma MUNSTER, Ind. (March 6, 2019) – The unmistakable sound of strumming guitars and trilling pianos is filling Theatre at the Center nowadays as four reincarnated rock-and-roll pioneers take to the stage and bring audiences back to the heyday...

Saad Abbasy, Trustee candidate

Village Voice Party, Lansing, Illinois by Josh Bootsma Experience Saad Abbasy has called Lansing home his whole life—from playing in the Old Timer’s League at a young age, to graduating from TF South, to buying a house in Lansing and raising two young children with his wife Lindsey.Abbasy first got involved...

New Public Works Director puts residents first

Gary Richardson is willing to roll up his sleeves or put on his coat to help Lansing citizens By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (February 2, 2019) – As midnight drew near on Sunday, January 27, Gary Richardson couldn’t sleep. Snowfall had started in Lansing, and he knew by the time the...

Cook County Treasurer to refund $8.3 million in property taxes

Visit treasurer website to see if you're entitled to a refund By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (January 26, 2019) – The Cook County Treasurer’s office has announced that automatic property tax refunds of $8.3 million will go to nearly 30,000 homeowners—with no application required.Calling it a “late Christmas present for homeowners” the...

Jump N’ Jam to move to Landings shopping area

Moving to Lansing will "take us to the next level," says owner By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (January 16, 2019) – Jump N’ Jam Playland, an indoor inflatable party facility, plans to move from Calumet City to Lansing in the coming months, taking over the space currently occupied by America’s Kids...

2018 highlights — Ballet, veterans, massage parlors, and ghosts

2018 was a big year in Lansing, and The Lansing Journal recorded hundreds of stories. In these last days of 2018 and the opening days of 2019, we share some highlights chosen by different members of The Lansing Journal writing team.Josh Bootsma is the newest member of the...

Human Relations Commission meets at library for first time

Introductions, thoughtful discussion, and public comments mark promising start LANSING, Ill (December 20, 2018) – Lansing’s Human Relations Commission met at the Lansing Public Library for the first time Thursday night, where they will be meeting every third Thursday of each month. Commissioner introductions, practical discussions, an Open Meetings Act presentation, and...

Lansing’s Crosstown Classic—Memorial vs. Heritage

Middle school rivalry is alive and well By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (December 20, 2018) – The gym at Memorial Junior High School was rocking on Monday afternoon as the Memorial Mustangs faced off against the Heritage Middle School Nationals in their annual crosstown basketball match-up. The Background Despite being the only two middle schools...