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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.

Long-awaited Tacos & Burritos Rancho Grande now open on Torrence

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (April 22, 2022) – The "Coming Soon" promise that's been enticing the Lansing community on the video board of 17904 Torrence Avenue has been fulfilled. Tacos & Burritos Rancho Grande is now here. The newly-constructed Torrence location is the second location of the Mexican eatery in...

Accusations abound at first in-person Dolton Board meeting in months

Facts, falsehoods, and everything in-between discussed during 3+ hour meeting Monday By Josh Bootsma DOLTON, Ill. (April 21, 2022) – Those hoping that the Dolton Board of Trustees, Clerk, and Mayor would set aside their past differences and achieve a mutual understanding during the board's first in-person board meeting in months...

Energy assistance and resource fair coming to Lansing Library on April 22

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (April 20, 2022) – The Village of Lansing and Nicor Gas will be presenting information to the public regarding billing assistance, energy-saving products, and other social assistance programs on Friday, April 22. The resource fair will take place at the Lansing Public Library at 10 a.m....

Township board discusses bills and financial questions

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (April 18, 2022) – Following Thornton Township's annual public meeting on April 12, Township trustees, Clerk Loretta Wells, and Supervisor Tiffany Henyard made their way to the second level of Thornton Township headquarters to conduct their twice-monthly board meeting. The meeting highlighted a handful of...

Big week for TFS baseball, Combined girls soccer team wins vs. Shepard

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (March 23, 2022) — Baseball had a busy week, playing four games and winning half of them. Badminton "suffered" its first second-place finish, and soccer, volleyball, and tennis also played. Scores below: TFS Baseball April 11 Opponent: Hillcrest High School Result: TFS beat Hillcrest 17-0 Jack Starcevich led the way...

Video: Good Friday Prayer Walk

by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (April 15, 2022) – Melanie and Josh spent Good Friday at the annual prayer walk in Lansing. The video is below: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqnJGrrYmkA] Past prayer walks Good Friday ‘Way of the Cross’ brings Lansing together after a year apart (April 2, 2021) Annual Good Friday Prayer Walk...

District 158 responds to ‘fighting and mob action’ at Memorial Jr. High

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (April 14, 2022) – Lansing School District 158 released a letter on Wednesday sharing some details and results of a fight that took place at Memorial Junior High School last week. The letter quickly spread in the Lansing community on Wednesday and Thursday. The fighting The letter...

Lansing Police Department donates armored vests to Ukraine effort

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (April 12, 2022) – The Lansing Police Department has donated some of its unused ballistic vests to aid ongoing efforts in Ukraine, joining some other local police departments in supporting Ukrainian troops. Ukrainian connections The campaign for police department donations to Ukraine was organized by Steven Vaccaro,...

TFS Badminton still undefeated, outdoor sports dodge poor weather

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (March 23, 2022) — While outdoor sports like baseball and softball have struggled to dodge poor weather this week, indoor sports like badminton and volleyball have continued to play on. The TFS badminton team is not only undefeated in their season, but the team can almost...

Lansing honors Officer Kenneth Novak 30 years after his death

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (April 8, 2022) – Last year, Lansing Mayor Patty Eidam named April 8 as Lansing Fallen Heroes Memorial Day, a day to honor the the men and women of Lansing who have passed away in the line of duty. This year, Village of Lansing officials, Police...