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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.

Countdown to November elections: Registering to vote

This is Part 1 of a three-part series. Part 2 will offer a guide to early voting and mail-in voting. Part 3 will list the various offices that will be on the ballot for Lansing voters. By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (September 24, 2020) – 2020 has been a year like...

Village prepares to respond to potential civil unrest following Breonna Taylor decision

Barriers placed in some Walmart entrances "strictly as a preventative measure" By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (September 24, 2020) – An alert went out from the Village of Lansing this morning. The alert said: In light of the decision out of Louisville, Kentucky yesterday, the Village of Lansing is prepared to take...

8th annual LOOP bike ride successfully navigates pandemic precautions

Nearly 120 cyclists participated in the ride that finished at the Lansing Airport By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (September 22, 2020) – If you would have asked Amy Todd in January how she was planning to make the 2020 LOOP (Lansing Out On Pedals) event safe for participants, she probably would...

Human Relations Commission greets new commissioners and says goodbye to departing member

Cam Sanchez and Valerie McDaniels attend their first meeting; Regina Titsworth announces departure By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (September 19, 2020) – Two new faces were present during the Lansing Human Relations Commission meeting Thursday night—those of Cam Sanchez and Valerie McDaniels. Both new members were appointed by Mayor Patty Eidam...

Lansing Police Chief Dennis Murrin to retire in January

January 13, 2021, will end roughly 35 years of service By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (September 15, 2020) – Lansing Police Chief Dennis Murrin has announced his plans to retire on January 13, 2021, ending three and a half decades of work with the Lansing Police Department. Murrin joined the police force...

Lansing hopes to increase Census response before Sept. 30 deadline

"Under-counted communities will lose millions of dollars over a 10-year period for important programs and infrastructure such as new roads," says Clerk Payne By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (September 16, 2020) – With only two weeks until the September 30 deadline for the the 2020 Census, the Village of Lansing is...

Lansing hopes to increase Census response before Sept. 30 deadline

"Under-counted communities will lose millions of dollars over a 10-year period for important programs and infrastructure such as new roads," says Clerk Payne By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (September 16, 2020) – With only two weeks until the September 30 deadline for the the 2020 Census, the Village of Lansing is...

Event venue business hopes to host weddings and parties in Landings shopping area

WaddieAnn Events recommended by Planning and Zoning Board for special use By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (September 10, 2020) – WaddieAnn Walton is an entrepreneur with an eye for design. About three years ago, those skills led her to open an event venue in Matteson, IL. Now, Walton hopes to grow...

Napleton River Oaks hopes to demolish old Fannie May structure as part of expansion

Planning and Zoning Board approves the plan, to go before Village Board on 9/15 By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (September 10, 2020) – Stefanie Day, a representative from the Napleton River Oaks Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram car dealership, came before the Lansing Planning and Zoning Board on September 9 and explained...

School District 158 a runner-up for “Closing the Achievement Gap” award

Facility improvements over last decade made D158 an award finalist, says superintendent By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (September 7, 2020) – Lansing Elementary and Middle School District 158 achieved a runner-up placement in District Administration's Districts of Distinction award program. District 158 was a finalist in the "Closing the Achievement Gap"...