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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.

ABCDE Award, staff institute, audit review – D158 Board Agenda 1/18/23

District 158 Board regular meeting - January 18, 7 p.m. LANSING, Ill. (January 15, 2023) – The January 18 meeting of the District 158 School Board begins at 7 p.m. The meeting will occur at the Administration Center, 18300 Greenbay Avenue in Lansing. The meeting may also be watched virtually....

Officer of the year, ‘indoor amusement’ special use requests – Village Board agendas 1/17/23

LANSING, Ill. (January 14, 2023) – The January 17 Lansing Village Board meetings begin at 7 p.m. with the regular board meeting, which is directly followed by the Committee of the Whole meeting. Village Board meeting agenda (7 p.m.) Many of the items brought before the Village Board at this meeting...

Video: Previewing the MLK Day Celebration at Waddie Ann Events

by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (January 13, 2023) – A collaboration of musicians, business owners, community organizers, and progress celebrators will gather at Waddie Ann Events on Sunday, January 15 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King. The Lansing Journal stopped in to preview the event with some of the...

Agenda: Lan-Oak Park District Board meeting – 1/16/22

Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Eisenhower Center All residents are welcome to attend meetings of the Park District Board of Commissioners. The Board typically meets on the third Monday of each month, and per the Open Meetings Act they publish an agenda to notify the public of items...

Saturday is ‘Walmart Wellness Day’ – vaccines and free health screenings available

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (January 12, 2023) – Lansing's Walmart will participate in Walmart Wellness Day on Saturday, January 14, offering vaccinations and free health screenings at its pharmacy. Running from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, Walmart has said it will provide "free health screenings for things like...

Lansing Police Department promotes three officers, hires four

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (January 11, 2022) – The Lansing Police Department promoted three of its own on Tuesday, a week after four new officers were hired by the department. Promotions Scott Bailey Scott Bailey is now a Deputy Chief at LPD, moving into the role after serving as Detective Lieutenant. "Scott has...

Local Flavor: Carne asada and flan — handmade from family recipes at Taqueria La Soga

Muñoz family serves up traditional, made-to-order carne asada and other Mexican cuisine by Josh Bootsma, with Melanie Jongsma LANSING, Ill. (January 9, 2023) – Gilberto Muñoz begins his workdays at 6 a.m. or earlier, hand slicing meat and seasoning it with just the right amount of salt. This sliced, seasoned meat...

Video: Reading to the next generation of journalists at Lansing Christian School

by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (January 6, 2023) – Lansing Christian School ended its Reading Week on Friday by inviting local businesses and organizations to read to students. The Lansing Journal came to the school Friday morning to read to fourth- and fifth-graders a book about a young, aspiring journalist. More...

Video: 4 things we accomplished together in 2022

by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (December 30, 2022) – As the year comes to an end, publisher Melanie Jongsma and Managing Editor Josh Bootsma examine four things that The Lansing Journal and you, our readers, accomplished together in 2022:  All the stories mentioned in the video are listed below: Walmart arson Friday...

Virtual reality, new venue – Planning and Zoning agenda 12/28/22

LANSING, Ill. (December 25, 2022) – All residents are welcome to attend Planning and Zoning Board meetings. The Planning and Zoning Board meets as needed, and per the Open Meetings Act they publish an agenda to notify the public of items that are up for discussion. Meetings typically begin...