Understanding the Open Meetings Act

by Melanie Jongsma LANSING, Ill. (January 25, 2019) – “You guys can get together,” Attorney Erin Blake told the Human Relations Commission at their first business meeting, December 20, 2018. Blake was providing some training about the Open Meetings Act, and she was specifically responding to concerns expressed by some of the Commissioners. Most of … Read more

Human Relations Commission meets at library for first time

Introductions, thoughtful discussion, and public comments mark promising start by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill (December 20, 2018) – Lansing’s Human Relations Commission met at the Lansing Public Library for the first time Thursday night, where they will be meeting every third Thursday of each month. Commissioner introductions, practical discussions, an Open Meetings Act presentation, and public comments … Read more

Agenda: Human Relations Commission meeting – 12/20/18

All residents are welcome to attend meetings of the Human Relations Commission. The HRC meets monthly, and per the Open Meetings Act they publish an agenda to notify the public of items that are up for discussion. Meetings will typically begin at 6:30pm on Thursdays at the Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Avenue, Lansing, Illinois. … Read more

Human Relations Commission holds first meeting

As one long process ends, another begins by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (November 27, 2018) – The Lansing Human Relations Commission held its first meeting Tuesday night at the Lansing Police Department. The meeting included the reading of the commission’s mission and goals, planning the commission’s regular meeting schedule, and receiving a training session from a representative … Read more

Illinois Department of Human Rights event planned at Lansing Public Library

November 7 event part of statewide Fairness and Equality Campaign by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (October 26, 2018) – The Lansing Public Library will host “Introduction to the Illinois Department of Human Rights” on November 7 as part of the Illinois Bicentennial Fairness and Equality Campaign. Starting at 6:00pm on the library stage, an attorney … Read more

Embracing our diversity by adapting our institutions

Lansing Voices thoughtful comments submitted by Rev. Daniel Roels, New Hope Church The strain in Lansing is evident. It is difficult to know what to do when the raw racial nerve that runs through our whole country is exposed among us, here. A recent Halloween display raises the specter of the racial lynchings that are … Read more

Reaching an understanding


Administration, police, and community members sign non-binding agreement by Melanie Jongsma LANSING, Ill. (October 17, 2018) – If you lived in Lansing 15 months ago, you may recall the anger, frustration, and confusion surrounding an incident that involved a white off-duty police officer and a black teenager. The incident was videoed by the black teen’s … Read more

Affirming diversity

Lansing’s first Human Relations Commission combines variety of backgrounds into unity of purpose photos and article by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (October 2, 2018) – Nine Lansing residents were unanimously approved to serve on Lansing’s Human Relations Commission on Tuesday, September 18, marking the end of more than a year’s worth of planning by the … Read more

Village Board approves Mayor Eidam’s choices for Human Relations Commission

Nine Commissioners unanimously approved by Melanie Jongsma LANSING, Ill. (September 20, 2018) – During the Village Board meeting on Tuesday, September 18, nine Lansing residents were unanimously approved to become Lansing’s first Human Relations Commission. The Commissioners, who met each other for the first time Tuesday evening, bring a variety of work experience and education … Read more

Highlights from the State of the Village address

State of the Village

Lots of information by Melanie Jongsma LANSING, Ill. (September 7, 2018) – Over 100 members of the Lansing community attended last night’s State of the Village presentation held at Lansing Public Library. Five representatives of Lansing’s government—Mayor Patty Eidam, Village Clerk Vivian Payne, Village Administrator Dan Podgorski, Police Chief Dennis Murrin, and Director of Communications … Read more