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Kristi Delaurentiis

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: ComEd grants awarded to Southland recipients

Lansing received welcome news last week that they’ve been selected to receive one of ComEd’s Green Region Program grants for 2014. The Crete Park District and the Forest Preserve District of Will County were also recipients, selected for open space projects located in south suburban Crete an…

June 29, 2014 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Cook County provides forum for connecting

Regional needs like transportation funding and other infrastructure investments seem to be getting lots of media attention lately.

April 13, 2014 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Planning for a healthy, vibrant, sustainable region

More and more communities are focused on integrating strategies and practices that incorporate longer term horizons. The trend is to not only accommodate the needs of today’s residents, but also to plan carefully so future generations are also served.

February 23, 2014 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Emergency preparedness takes on new meaning

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Emergency preparedness takes on new meaning

Meteorologists confirmed more than 74 tornadoes ravaged the Midwest over a two-day period in November, leaving 10 dead and hundreds injured in Illinois and Indiana alone. It is proof that communities need to be prepared for nature’s fury and other disasters.

December 15, 2013 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Lansing strong, getting stronger

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Lansing strong, getting stronger

Lansing is moving in the right direction, getting stronger day by day.

October 13, 2013 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Lansing plan takes shape, reveals opportunity

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Lansing plan takes shape, reveals opportunity

Planners use a structured process to help a community with its goals and objectives for beneficial development.

August 04, 2013 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Cook County's economic development challenges, opportunities

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Cook County's economic development challenges, opportunities

Last month, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and her Council of Economic Advisers released the “Partnering for Prosperity” report, which lays out a clear economic growth action agenda for Cook County.

May 26, 2013 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Up to challenge on redevelopment transformation

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Up to challenge on redevelopment transformation

I recently attended Lansing’s 120th birthday celebration that provided a glimpse of the village’s rich and sometimes colorful past. A lot has changed from those early days.

March 17, 2013 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Consider keeping these resolutions this year

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Consider keeping these resolutions this year

It’s time again to make New Year’s resolutions. Endeavor to live a healthier lifestyle, spend more time with family and friends, be more in control of finances, or perhaps start your own business. All are worthy and (hopefully) attainable goals, but here are a few others that should make you…

January 06, 2013 12:00 am
Kristi DeLaurentiis

Kristi DeLaurentiis

Kristi DeLaurentiis is director of planning and development for the village of Lansing.

December 21, 2012 2:30 pm
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Lansing making big plan for village's future

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Lansing making big plan for village's future

Daniel Burnham is perhaps the most heralded American architect and urban planner of the past century, creating groundbreaking urban plans for many cities that fostered a sense of place and community. Like Burnham, Lansing has an opportunity to “make big plans.”

November 04, 2012 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Lansing is readying itself for business

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Lansing is readying itself for business

The recent controversy with Chick-fil-A got me thinking about communities that are turning away businesses based on ideology or political positions. I doubt many in the south suburbs or Northwest Indiana are doing so. We’re all working to attract businesses.

August 19, 2012 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Park Plaza is key aspect of Lansing's downtown

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Park Plaza is key aspect of Lansing's downtown

Just recently Kristi DeLaurentiis, director of planning and development for the village of Lansing, authored the column “Building Blocks for the Future” that appeared in The Times. I was one of the attendees at the Sustainable Communities Building Blocks workshop, hosted by Lansing, that she…

June 17, 2012 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Building blocks for the future

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Building blocks for the future

We’re lucky. Lansing’s founders planned their community and downtown in a way that has withstood the test of time, providing residents across the generations an attractive place to live, work and play. Mostly they got it right, but today’s village leaders want to ensure that current and pros…

June 03, 2012 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Signs of light at end of dark financial tunnel

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Signs of light at end of dark financial tunnel

It seems there might be light at the end of the tunnel. Despite the hard economic times of the last few years, community leaders are feeling optimistic by early signs that we are leaving those days behind.

March 18, 2012 12:00 am
Revitalizing the region

Revitalizing the region

It's no secret that Gary has had its share of challenges over the years, but a group of stakeholders hopes it can help make changes there that will lead to success for the entire region.

February 27, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: We have many people to be thankful for

It's that time of year when we traditionally assess our individual situations, count our blessings and celebrate the human spirit. In 2010, for many of us, assessing is outdistancing the counting and celebrating by a mile.

November 28, 2010 12:00 am
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