Supporting local reporting

Through COVID and beyond

Throughout COVID, we’ve been publishing important information about the local impacts — news that no one else is reporting. Every single day.

Reader support is what makes that possible. Will you give today?

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The Lansing Journal — reporting news that no one else is covering

From our first article that mentioned the coronavirus in January of 2020, through Illinois’ recent move into Phase 5 of Restore Illinois, The Lansing Journal has supported our community by sharing daily information. We shared information from the Governor’s Office and the Illinois Department of Public Health because that state-wide data is important for all of us.

But we also reported the local stories that no one else covered.

Local business information, local school board decisions, changes to local church services, local event cancellations, and resources for local families who needed help.

Not only did you need this information to navigate your way through uncertain times, many of you told us our daily email felt like a connection to the broader community.

That’s the value of community news.

Chicago media and newspapers from across the border aren’t going to send crews here to let you know which local restaurants were offering carry-out or what new classes the library was hosting virtually. That’s the job of a community newspaper.

We published photos of the creative ways neighbors connected with each other — signs in windows, chalk drawings on sidewalks, conversations across porches. We showed the lines waiting outside ALDI, and the social distance reminders on the Walgreen’s floor, and the businesses hiring delivery drivers.

We saluted Lansing veterans whose Honor Flights had to be postponed. We celebrated Lansing teachers whose persistence made learning possible even remotely. We rejoiced with Lansing church members whose humor helped their pastors preach to absent parishioners.

Without The Lansing Journal, those details would be lost to history.

We can’t do this kind of local reporting without your help. So now that Illinois has entered Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan, I hope you’ll observe this milestone by making a special thank-you gift to your community newspaper.

We’d love to have you as a monthly supporter — those contributions help us plan each month’s budget. But if you aren’t able to make that kind of sustained commitment, a one-time gift is helpful too. You can even use the form below to let us know that you’re sending a check.

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Just like local restaurants, local hardware stores, and local flower shops, this local newspaper needs your patronage. We don’t have a brick-and-mortar location that you see on Ridge Road or Torrence Avenue, but we are a small business that depends on local support. Investment from readers enables us to report, publish, and deliver local news, and make it equally accessible to all.


When you give to The Lansing Journal, every dollar supports the journalism. Your contributions cover the costs of reporting, publishing, and delivering local news every single day — award-winning local news!

Need other examples of the kind of news your support makes possible?

We have plenty. The Lansing Journal is all about our local community. We cover stories that are important to our community but overlooked by other media.

Lester CrawlWe let you know about the new Primary Center at Lester Crawl School, which will be one of the largest in the state.

We let you know when South Suburban College began offering COVID vaccinations.

We covered TF South’s football victory over TF North during 2021’s shortened sports season.

We post local obituaries, local COVID numbers, Local Voices, local information about our schools and alums, and more.

How much is that kind of news worth to you?

Your friends and neighbors

Support local newsWhen Marlene Cook wrote a book about the First Church PCA graveyard, when Ballet Folklórico performed at TF South, when local residents started a Food Swap, and when Lansing veterans participated in Honor Flight Chicago—you read about it in The Lansing Journal.

Who else is writing about your friends, your neighbors, your kids?

“I quit my subscription to The Times a few months ago,” one Lansing resident told us. “The only reason we subscribed was to not miss death notices, but now we can get this on the internet very easily. The Lansing Journal is doing a great service to the Lansing community!”

Businesses too

supportBusinesses, we’ve covered your grand openings, your ribbon-cuttings, your expansions and remodels. We’ve encouraged people to shop local. We’ve shared the histories of established Lansing businesses and celebrated the arrival of new ventures.

How much would you pay for that kind of publicity?

We can’t do it alone

We believe that local residents, businesses, schools, and elected officials have important stories to share. We believe that our community deserves a quality newspaper. Quality costs money, but it’s worth investing in. Will you make that investment?

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