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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.

Voter Guide: April 6, 2021 – District 158 Board elections

By Josh Bootsma Background: The Lansing Journal made efforts to contact all candidates in the April 6 election to gather information to share with Lansing voters. Using a "candidate info form," we asked the same questions of each local office seeker. Answers were prepared and submitted by the candidates. We...

Voter Guide: April 6, 2021 – District 171 Board elections

By Josh Bootsma Background: The Lansing Journal made efforts to contact all candidates in the April 6 election to gather information to share with Lansing voters. Using a "candidate info form," we asked the same questions of each local office seeker. Answers were prepared and submitted by the candidates. We...

Voter Guide: April 6, 2021 – Lan-Oak Park Board elections

By Josh Bootsma Background: The Lansing Journal made efforts to contact all candidates in the April 6 election to gather information to share with Lansing voters. Using a "candidate info form," we asked the same questions of each local office seeker. Answers were prepared and submitted by the candidates. We...

Village Board approves Mayor’s five appointments to local boards and commissions

911 Commission, Planning & Zoning Board, and Human Relations Commission By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (March 4, 2021) – During Tuesday's Village Board meeting, the Village Board voted to approve each of Mayor Patty Eidam's appointments to the 911 Commission, Planning and Zoning Board, and Human Relations Commission.The appointees were first...

Voter Guide: April 6, 2021 – Lansing Library Board elections

By Josh Bootsma Background: The Lansing Journal made efforts to contact all candidates in the April 6 election to gather information to share with Lansing voters. Using a "candidate info form," we asked the same questions of each local office seeker. Answers were prepared and submitted by the candidates. We...

Window closing for TF South seniors to apply for scholarships

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (March 3, 2021) – The deadline for TF South seniors to apply for local scholarships is Friday, March 5, though a few days of grace will be granted.According to TF South Administrative Assistant Nicole Moore, TF South seniors should access their Naviance accounts to see...

UPDATED Voter Guide: April 6, 2021 – Bloom Township elections

By Josh Bootsma March 3 Update: On March 1, The Lansing Journal published a Bloom Township voter guide that we have since learned was inaccurate. The corrected version is included below, and is up-to-date according to the Cook County Clerk's office.LANSING, Ill. (March 1, 2021) – Lansing is part of...

Local high schools celebrate and educate during Black History Month

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (March 1, 2021) – The pandemic did little to stop two local high schools from celebrating Black History Month; in fact, it provided new and helpful ways for them to do so. Both TF South in Lansing and Unity Christian Academy in South Holland have...

Voter Guide: April 6, 2021 – South Suburban College Board elections

By Josh Bootsma Background: The Lansing Journal made efforts to contact all candidates in the April 6 election to gather information to share with Lansing voters. Using a "candidate info form," we asked the same questions of each local office seeker. Answers were prepared and submitted by the candidates. We...

Voter Guide: April 6, 2021 – Thornton Township elections

By Josh Bootsma Background: The Lansing Journal made efforts to contact all candidates in the April 6 election to gather information to share with Lansing voters. Using a "candidate info form," we asked the same questions of each local office seeker. Answers were prepared and submitted by the candidates. We...