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Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.

Illiana’s Local History students tour Ridge Road

Jeff White teaches history in the community by Melanie Jongsma LANSING, Ill. (September 22, 2017) - Jeff White has been teaching history at Illiana Christian High School since 1993. The Local History elective he's been teaching for the past 12 years was started by Dave Zandstra in 1974, and it's been...

Potts Park updates nearing completion

"Destination Parks" are part of Lan-Oak Park District strategy by Melanie Jongsma LANSING, Ill. (September 23, 2017) - You're unlikely to stumble across Potts Park unless you already know where it is. It's accessible from the south via Chicago Avenue, or from the north via Oakwood Avenue, then west on 172nd...

Fast facts about Property Tax Appeals in Bloom Township

If you live south of 186th Street in Lansing, you are in Bloom Township. The Bloom Township timeline of Property Tax Reassessments and Appeals is different from that of Thornton Township, and the staff at their office in Chicago Heights shared this information: The Bloom Township Assessor is Nora Martinez-Gomez Her...

New Medicare cards

Lansing seniors will receive safer Medicare cards next spring information summarized from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services In order to reduce the risk of medical identity theft for seniors, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is in the process of removing Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare...

Voting rights and political engagement

Cook County Clerk David Orr to speak at rally information provided by the office of David Orr RIVERDALE, Ill. (September 23, 2017) - In an emailed invitation, Cook County Clerk David Orr writes, "I am proud to join the dynamic South Suburban Women of Action on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the...

Bloom Township celebrates Illinois Township Day

Lansing's "other township" highlights programs, services, and events on Bloom Township Day by Melanie Jongsma CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. (September 21, 2017) - Most of Lansing is in Thornton Township, and as Illinois' largest township, Thornton is very active and visible. But Lansing residents south of 186th Street are part of Bloom...

Village Board meeting highlights – 9/19/17

Basketball champs, giant checks, promotions, and more by Melanie Jongsma Village Board meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of every month at the Municipal Court Complex, 2710 170th Street. The Committee of the Whole meeting begins at 7:00pm, and typically at that meeting items are brought up for...

Big River opens at Munster’s Theatre at the Center

Lansing's neighbor puts professional theater within reach information provided by Big Splash Public Relations Founded in 1991, the 410-seat Theatre at the Center is a year-round professional theater at its home—The Center for Visual and Performing Arts—in Munster, Indiana. Theatre at the Center is the only professional theater company...

Lansing Village Board recognizes Officer Tim Biron’s promotion

"Promotion has been long overdue, well-earned, and well-deserved," says Chief Murrin by Melanie Jongsma LANSING, Ill. (September 19, 2017) - As part of the Mayor's Report at the Committee of the Whole meeting, the Village Board recognized Lansing Police Officer Tim Biron, who was recently promoted from Sergeant to Lieutenant. The...

September Students of the Month

Rotary Club honors TF South students At the Friday, September 15, 2017, Rotary Club of Lansing Luncheon, Kori Newberry and Trevor Greenwood were honored as September Students of the Month. Kori and Trevor are seniors at TF South High School. They were chosen for their accomplishments in the areas of...