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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.

Online Exclusive: Village, LPD, and TF South finish video on police interactions

"What To Do When Stopped By The Police" represents culmination of long, collaborative process outlined in the MOU signed in July 2018 by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (January 18, 2020) – A video entitled “What To Do When Stopped By The Police” will be making its debut at TF South High...

Rain, sleet, snow hitting Illinois, impacting travel this weekend

Public urged to plan ahead as flooding and heavy snow possible Information provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (January 10, 2020) – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is warning the public that a major storm with the potential for torrential rains, flash flooding, freezing rain, sleet and...

Josh Bootsma’s news highlight of 2019

The Carriers Editor's note: It takes a team of professional writers to cover Lansing news and contribute articles to the daily online edition as well as the monthly print issue. We asked our contributors to choose a favorite story from the past year and explain what made it special for...

License plate recognition camera installation delayed

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (December 19, 2019) – On October 1st, the Lansing Village Board of Trustees approved the Lansing Police Department’s request to purchase and install license plate recognition cameras at three Lansing intersections, with hopes to install the cameras before the end of the year. During the...

Lansing Fire Station receives structural and aesthetic updates

by Josh Bootsma Lansing Fire Station No. 3 has been the home of Lansing firefighters since the building was built in 1976. Since that time, the station located at 19300 Burnham Ave. has received minimal updates. Recently, the fire station was remodeled and is better equipped to serve the handful...

Lansing’s Human Relations Commission evaluates Year 1

and hopes for measurable progress moving forward by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (November 30, 2019) – In August of 2017, a community meeting was held to address police and community relations in Lansing. This meeting was a response to an incident involving a white off-duty police officer and a black teenager...

White Christmas brings charm of original film to Theatre at the Center

Musical adaptation unites artistry and nostalgia by Josh Bootsma MUNSTER, Ind. (December 1, 2019) – The theatre swells as Bob Wallace invites the audience to join him and the rest of his troupe in Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” the timeless refrain of heart-warming, snowy nostalgia. So ends White Christmas, Theatre at...

Lansing firefighter Randall Wright promoted to engineer

by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (November 7, 2019) – Lansing Fire Chief Chad Kooyenga promoted firefighter Randall Wright to engineer during the November 5 Village Board meeting. Wright has worked for the department for seven years. Chief Kooyenga said of Wright, "He's been a real asset to the department. He's the...

American Legion Riders donate to Lansing Police and Fire Departments

$500 given to each department by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (November 7, 2019) – Representatives from the Lansing American Legion Riders came forward during the November 5 Village Board Meeting to present checks to the Lansing Police and Fire Departments, each in the amount of $500. The president of the Legion Riders...

License plate recognition cameras planned for three Lansing intersections

Lansing Police to use cameras to track suspects more effectively, not monitor traffic violations by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (October 26, 2019) - In the next few months, Lansing residents will see cameras being set up at three intersections throughout the village. These cameras will not document traffic violations but rather...