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

Thornton Township Senior Center set to re-open

Months-long remodeling program complete; programs restart February 1 by Melanie Jongsma CALUMET CITY, Ill. (January 28, 2019) – “We wanted to create a warmer environment,” explained Communications Director Ernst Lamothe about the remodeling project that has consumed the Thornton Township Senior Center for much of 2018. The Senior Center, which hosts exercise and dance classes, … Read more

New Star shines a light on community integration for people with disabilities

by Jennifer Yos CRETE, Ill. (December 1, 2018) – For parents of children who are intellectually or developmentally disabled, the concerns and solutions regarding the question “What next?” after their child’s high school graduation can be complicated. As a single parent of a disabled son explains: “That’s the difficult part because once they’re done with … 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