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

Proposed Human Relations Commission members being reviewed by Trustees

by Melanie Jongsma LANSING, Ill. (August 22, 2018) – At the August 21 Committee of the Whole meeting, Mayor Patty Eidam reported that 31 Lansing residents had applied for the Human Relations Commission. Mayor Eidam selected 15 of those applicants to be interviewed, and following the interviews she chose 9 to recommend for appointment to … Read more

Last call for HRC applicants

Village announces April 30 deadline by Melanie Jongsma LANSING, Ill. (April 23, 2018) – The Village has announced that the last day to submit an application for Lansing’s Human Relations Commission will be April 30, 2018. As reported in our March 23 story, Commissioners will be committing to a multiple-year term, so applicants should be … Read more

‘Why I’m applying for the Human Relations Commission’

Human Relations Commission

Five applicants share their thoughts by Melanie Jongsma LANSING, Ill. (April 4, 2018) – For the first time in 21 years, Lansing is forming a new Commission—and it’s a Commission with a particularly difficult assignment. The Human Relations Commission will be tasked with helping Lansing develop a culture that embraces diversity, promotes inclusion, inspires involvement, … Read more

Human Relations Commission: draft ordinance introduced

Human Relations Commission

Steps continue in embracing Lansing’s diversity, but more applicants needed by Melanie Jongsma LANSING, Ill. (March 23, 2018) – During the Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday, March 20, Mayor Eidam included in her Mayor’s Report an update on the formation of a Human Relations Commission in Lansing. She had begun discussions on the … Read more

Village seeking more applicants

Soon-to-be-formed Human Relations Commission needs wider representation by Ashlee De Wit LANSING, Ill. (March 2018) – Ten Lansing residents have submitted applications for the Human Relations Commission so far, but Director of Communications Ken Reynolds would like to see many more completed before the interview process begins. The application was released to the public at … Read more

Application for Human Relations Commission now available to public

by Ashlee De Wit LANSING, Ill. (February 2018) — The application for Lansing’s Human Relations Commission was released to the public, as announced by the Village Director of Communications, Ken Reynolds, at the February 6 Village Board Meeting. For residents who are interested in serving on the commission, the application is available online and a … Read more