Community Profile and Demographics
41°33′57″N 87°32′45″W / 41.56583°N 87.54583°W / 41.56583; -87.54583 (41.565785, -87.545791). It is 6.9 miles (11.1 km) south of the Chicago city limits at 138th Street, and 25.6 miles (41.2 km) from the Chicago Loop. Lansing is bordered by Glenwood and Thornton to the west, Calumet City and South Holland to the north, Lynwood to the south, and by Munster and Hammond in Indiana to the east.
The current Mayor of Lansing is Norman Abbott. The Village Administrator is J. Wynsma. The Village Clerk is Donna Kooyenga. Lansing is in the Illinois' 2nd congressional district. Lansing is a home rule community.
The first family to settle in Lansing was that of August Hildebrandt in 1843. Henry, George, and John Lansing settled the area in 1846, which was incorporated in 1893. Early settlement in the village was primarily by Dutch and German immigrants. Industrial development of the surrounding Calumet region attracted immigrants from Ireland and Eastern Europe to the village in the 20th century. These settlement patterns are reflected in Lansing's current demographics; according to the census of 2000, the top five non African-American ancestries in Lansing were German (17%), Polish (13%), Irish (13%), Dutch (11%), and Italian (7%).
- Public high schools
- Private high schools
- Public primary and middle schools
- Memorial Junior High School
- Nathan Hale Elementary School
- Heritage Middle School
- Oak Glen Elementary School
- Reavis Elementary School
- Coolidge Elementary School
- Private primary and middle schools
- Tom Gorzelanny, pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, spent part of his childhood in Lansing
- Curtis Granderson, outfielder for the New York Mets, graduated from Thornton Fractional South High School
- Harry Smith, co-anchor for CBS' The Early Show and the host of A&E's Biography series
- Pierre Thomas, running back for the New Orleans Saints, graduated from Thornton Fractional South High School