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2023 Annual Report

2023 Annual Report

ELi published 393 original reports last year.

Spread the Word: ELi Has a New Facebook Page

Spread the Word: ELi Has a New Facebook Page

Please share our new page with your friends and communities.

ELi Facebook Page is Down

ELi Facebook Page is Down

The staff is working diligently to fix the problem ASAP.

A Reminder of ELi’s Facebook Policy

A Reminder of ELi’s Facebook Policy

Our moderation policy is centered on a dedication to readers trusting us to be responsible.

Ask ELi: Checking in With City Manager Belleman

Ask ELi: Checking in With City Manager Belleman

He talked about new city hires, preparing for the first big winter storm and why Council meeting minutes have not yet been approved.

First Major Storm on Its Way

First Major Storm on Its Way

Here are reminders on how to handle the expected heavy snow along with announcements of city closings.

ELi Needs Your Input

ELi Needs Your Input

Take a couple minutes and respond to our reader survey. Help guide us into 2024.

ELi Truly Appreciates Our Donors

ELi Truly Appreciates Our Donors

The contributions of 610 individuals will help sustain ELi’s mission of bringing you the news of East Lansing.

Donate Now and Help ELi Keep the Lights On

Donate Now and Help ELi Keep the Lights On

Make a difference in your community: Help us get as close to our $200,000 goal as possible. Matching funds are available through Sunday, as is a NewsMatch bonus.

What Does ELi See Ahead in 2024?

What Does ELi See Ahead in 2024?

Here are the stories on the reporting and editorial team’s radar in the new year.

A Year in Review: What ELi Covered in 2023

A Year in Review: What ELi Covered in 2023

With the year coming to an end, we look back at top stories and issues in the City of East Lansing.

Last Chance at a 2023 Tax-Deductible Donation That Helps ELi Survive!

Last Chance at a 2023 Tax-Deductible Donation That Helps ELi Survive!

We need you more than ever! Donate by Dec. 31 and help us get closer to our annual campaign goal.

Ask ELi: Belleman Gives Updates On City Happenings

Ask ELi: Belleman Gives Updates On City Happenings

The city manager responds to questions about Country Mills Farms, Council goal setting plans and an employee pay study.

Help ELi Reach Its $200,000 Goal by Dec. 31

Help ELi Reach Its $200,000 Goal by Dec. 31

Donate now to your independent local news source and your dollars will be matched!

Farewell from ELi Founder Alice Dreger

Farewell from ELi Founder Alice Dreger

A long look back at ELi – and bright hopes for the future – from founder Alice Dreger.

Annual Giving Campaign Update: Help Us Keep the Lights On at ELi!

Annual Giving Campaign Update: Help Us Keep the Lights On at ELi!

We are almost 50% of the way toward our $200,000 goal. Donate now and take advantage of matching funds.

ELi Is Grateful for Your Support

ELi Is Grateful for Your Support

As our annual campaign continues, we need your help. Donate by Dec. 31 and your funds will be matched!

ELi Readers Show Strong Support for Investigative Journalism

ELi Readers Show Strong Support for Investigative Journalism

The seed donor for ELi’s new Investigative News Fund has let us know we can release his name. The fund has reached almost $5,000 in two weeks.

Ask ELi: Digging in Glencairn Neighborhood Disrupts Water/Sewer Lines

Ask ELi: Digging in Glencairn Neighborhood Disrupts Water/Sewer Lines

DPW interim director confirms city workers had responded to incidents associated with the digging in Glencairn

Help ELi Sustain its Investigative News Endeavors

Help ELi Sustain its Investigative News Endeavors

Your local team of reporters and editors have been in overdrive recently working to keep the community informed with deep and time-consuming investigative work.

We Can Only Grow Stronger With Your Help

We Can Only Grow Stronger With Your Help

Take a few moments to complete our readership survey and help guide ELi on how to deliver the news you need.

Please Note ELi’s Updated Facebook Comment Policy

Please Note ELi’s Updated Facebook Comment Policy

New moderation policy is centered on our dedication to readers trusting us to be responsible.

Did you just miss it?

Did you just miss it?

We published fresh news today…but not here.

ELi Has a New Executive Director and Publisher: Beth Peck

ELi Has a New Executive Director and Publisher: Beth Peck

Peck graduated from Michigan State University in 2004 with a degree in journalism and a specialization in public relations, and her career has spanned marketing, fundraising, and nonprofit management.

Your ELi: Why ELi Sometimes Necessarily Makes Local Officials Uncomfortable

Your ELi: Why ELi Sometimes Necessarily Makes Local Officials Uncomfortable

We’re not (just) working from an anonymous complaint, and this is not the first time we’ve looked very closely at local officials’ actions.

It’s ELi News Appreciation Week!

It’s ELi News Appreciation Week!

Show the ELi reporting and editorial staff how much you appreciate their public service journalism!

Updates from ELi’s Publisher

Updates from ELi’s Publisher

Find out what’s happening at ELi (and hurry if you want to join us tomorrow night).

ELi Won’t Be Publishing This Week

ELi Won’t Be Publishing This Week

Thanks for all your support of this local news service team, East Lansing!

Only a Few Tickets Remain for ELi’s Special Screening of “Storm Lake”

Only a Few Tickets Remain for ELi’s Special Screening of “Storm Lake”

Only 12 of the 60 tickets remain, so act fast if you’d like to join us for a screening of “Storm Lake.” Before the film, you can grab dinner and a Storm Lake cocktail and check out an original indoor mural that will be on special display. Plus, meet members of the reporting team!

ELi Opens Search for New Executive Director

ELi Opens Search for New Executive Director

This article tells you about the job and why ELi’s Board of Directors is making this move.

ELi’s Leadership Changes, as Vlasin Retires and Grigsby Becomes Board President

ELi’s Leadership Changes, as Vlasin Retires and Grigsby Becomes Board President

ELi’s Board thanks Ray Vlasin for his exceptional service during a difficult time and looks forward to working as a new leadership team.

Michigan Court of Appeals Rules in ELi’s Favor, Against Scott Chappelle

Michigan Court of Appeals Rules in ELi’s Favor, Against Scott Chappelle

“This decision should put an end to [Chappelle’s] vindictive crusade,” ELi’s attorney Brian Wassom said about the decision, “and serve as a reassurance to journalists across the state that freedom of the press is still alive and well in Michigan.”

We are grieving with you, and we are working on reporting.

We are grieving with you, and we are working on reporting.

A message from ELi’s publisher.

Karessa Weir and Nathan Andrus Named to ELi’s Board of Directors

Karessa Weir and Nathan Andrus Named to ELi’s Board of Directors

New board members are well-versed in ELi operations and goals.

Please Bear With Us While We Debug

Please Bear With Us While We Debug

We’re asking your patience while we work out the bugs at our website.

East Lansing Info’s Annual Report for 2022

East Lansing Info’s Annual Report for 2022

Learn about ELi’s operations, income and expenses for 2022 in this annual transparency report.

An Update from ELi’s Publisher on Ongoing Operations

An Update from ELi’s Publisher on Ongoing Operations

An inside look at what’s happening at ELi.

Meet the ELi Gang at Fieldhouse, and Bid at Our Silent Auction!

Meet the ELi Gang at Fieldhouse, and Bid at Our Silent Auction!

We’d love to see you at our event on Wednesday, Jan. 25!

In Chappelle’s Suit Against ELi, Appeals Court Judge Says There’s No Glimmer of a Case

In Chappelle’s Suit Against ELi, Appeals Court Judge Says There’s No Glimmer of a Case

“From the beginning, your honors, in the circuit court and before this court, this case has been a farce,” ELi’sattorney Brian Wassom said. “This is an exercise of Mr. Chapelle’s vanity and vendetta parading as a defamation claim.”

ELi’s Supporters Provide Over $140,000 for 2023 Reporting

ELi’s Supporters Provide Over $140,000 for 2023 Reporting

Thanks to you, we did it! ELi’s Annual Campaign raised over 78% of what we anticipate will be ELi’s total budget for 2023 ($175,000). This means we can focus our efforts on doing what we came to do: reporting the news for you.

ELi’s Last Update of 2022

ELi’s Last Update of 2022

We let you in on what’s coming at ELi in January and February.

Ten Big East Lansing Stories Coming in 2023

Ten Big East Lansing Stories Coming in 2023

What are we expecting to cover in 2023 for East Lansing? Here’s a rundown.

Ask ELi Live at Hooked: Come Join Us!

Ask ELi Live at Hooked: Come Join Us!

We’ll be meeting with readers (and people interested in becoming ELi reporters) on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Hooked.

Why Has ELi Survived?

Why Has ELi Survived?

Here are the simple truths about ELi.

Lucas Day Named City Desk Editor for ELi
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Lucas Day Named City Desk Editor for ELi

ELi has expanded its editorial staff with the hiring of Lucas Day as City Desk Editor. Day comes to ELi with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from MSU and experience reporting for The State News as well as other outlets.

ELi Wants to Know YOUR Questions for the East Lansing School Board Candidates
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ELi Wants to Know YOUR Questions for the East Lansing School Board Candidates

We need your help articulating questions that will help registered voters decide who to back.

ELi Will Start Publishing News Again Tomorrow

ELi Will Start Publishing News Again Tomorrow

We’re back. And there’s a lot to catch up on. Get connected now.

East Lansing Info Appoints New Managing Editor: Julie Seraphinoff

East Lansing Info Appoints New Managing Editor: Julie Seraphinoff

Exciting step for ELi as relaunch of publication nears

ELi Moves Forward Towards Relaunch

ELi Moves Forward Towards Relaunch

ELi is looking to restart reporting on East Lansing in early September. Read about the plan and how YOU can help make it happen.

ELi’s Task Force Producing Recommendations to Publication Restart

ELi’s Task Force Producing Recommendations to Publication Restart

We bring you an update from the ELi Task Force, which is drafting recommendations for how to restart publication at ELi.

East Lansing Info (ELi) Begins Search for Managing Editor

East Lansing Info (ELi) Begins Search for Managing Editor

East Lansing Info’s recently formed Task Force makes its first recommendation: to begin an immediate search for a new Managing Editor.

ELi Board to Convene Task Force to Examine Best Course for Our Future Operations

ELi Board to Convene Task Force to Examine Best Course for Our Future Operations

For nearly eight years, ELi has brought the community the news. Now, it would like to examine how it can best serve the community in the future.

ELi Begins Search for New Executive Director and Managing Editor. Are You Interested in Applying?

ELi Begins Search for New Executive Director and Managing Editor. Are You Interested in Applying?

ELi is seeking an individual who will serve as the CEO of our nonprofit corporation and oversee content production. Are you interested in applying for this position? Here’s what you need to know.

ELi Wants to Hear From You as We Envision Our Future Together

ELi Wants to Hear From You as We Envision Our Future Together

As East Lansing Info considers how to best serve the community, we are asking for your help. Do you mind sharing your thoughts with us?

ELi Takes a Reporting Pause to Assess Next Steps

ELi Takes a Reporting Pause to Assess Next Steps

ELi’s Founder Alice Dreger explains what this two-week pause will entail, including conversations with ELi staff and the community.

A Letter from ELi’s Board President

A Letter from ELi’s Board President

Sam Hosey, the President of ELi’s Board of Directors, announces an upcoming transition at ELi.

East Lansing Info’s Annual Report for 2021

East Lansing Info’s Annual Report for 2021

Get the inside scoop on ELi’s revenue, expenses, and accomplishments for the calendar year 2021 in our latest annual report to readers.

ELi Board Approves Sabbatical for Founder Alice Dreger, Names Emily Joan Elliott as Acting Executive Director and Publisher

ELi Board Approves Sabbatical for Founder Alice Dreger, Names Emily Joan Elliott as Acting Executive Director and Publisher

After nearly a year of preparation, the ELi team is shifting some top roles – and expressing excitement about the changes. Karessa Wheeler reports for ELi.

Raising Over $160,000, ELi’s 2022 Sustainability Campaign Was the Most Successful Yet!

Raising Over $160,000, ELi’s 2022 Sustainability Campaign Was the Most Successful Yet!

We want to give a big thank you for all the moral and financial support we received so we can keep bringing the news in 2022!

East Lansing Stories We Expect to Be Big in 2022
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East Lansing Stories We Expect to Be Big in 2022

ELi’s mission is to bring East Lansing the news. Here’s a look at what we think we’ll be helping you to know about and understand in context in 2022.

The 10 Stories That Meant the Most to ELi Reporters in 2021
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The 10 Stories That Meant the Most to ELi Reporters in 2021

We asked our reporters which stories that they wrote meant the most to them in 2021. They answered, passing along a varied collection of stories for this year in review.

What is ELi Working On For You?

What is ELi Working On For You?

ELi’s Publisher gives you a look inside our “newsroom.”

Direct Your IRA Distribution to ELi: Save on Taxes and Support Local News!

Direct Your IRA Distribution to ELi: Save on Taxes and Support Local News!

Wrote a reader who contributed via his IRA, “The folks at ELi provide something of real value that almost NO other places have – honest investigative reporting for the people. I’m grateful and want to keep them going.” Learn how to help!

Ding, Ding, Ding! We Have Hit TWO-THIRDS of Our Goal!

Ding, Ding, Ding! We Have Hit TWO-THIRDS of Our Goal!

We are SUPER excited to bring you this fundraising update and to thank the 24 new donors who stepped up this week to unlock a $1,000 bonus for ELi!

Is Bugging Comcast What a Local News Service Should Be Doing?
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Is Bugging Comcast What a Local News Service Should Be Doing?

When thousands of East Lansing residents were going on three days without Comcast service, ELi’s Alice Dreger pushed for answers. Why does ELi believe this is in keeping with our public service mission?

Chappelle Is Filing an Appeal – And Our Team Will Keep Working for You

Chappelle Is Filing an Appeal – And Our Team Will Keep Working for You

We bring you an update and tell you about our Weekend Warrior campaign to keep ELi going throughout 2022!

The City of East Lansing Keeps Withholding Public Information: When Will Things Change?

The City of East Lansing Keeps Withholding Public Information: When Will Things Change?

ELi faces a persistent lack of transparency and thus an unnecessary uphill climb in our efforts to report on what your local government is doing — including with your money. ELi City Desk reporter Andrew Graham brings the story.

ELi Becomes History (But in a Good Way!)

ELi Becomes History (But in a Good Way!)

Why would we be happy that ELi has become history? Find out!

Why I Report for ELi

Why I Report for ELi

Managing Editor Emily Joan Elliott reflects on how ELi has grown as a community institution, including a four-fold growth of “Ask ELi to Investigate” in just one year.

Why Would Someone Donate Stock to ELi?

Why Would Someone Donate Stock to ELi?

Publisher Alice Dreger explains ELi’s new policy regarding stock donations and how it will help ELi during our 2022 Sustainability Campaign. We also bring you a campaign update!

An Update on ELi’s Health from Our Publisher

An Update on ELi’s Health from Our Publisher

One reader calls ELi “a minor miracle and greatly appreciated.” So, what is the state of this local public news service? Our publisher brings you an update.

ELi’s Andrew Graham Appears on WKAR to Discuss Council Race

ELi’s Andrew Graham Appears on WKAR to Discuss Council Race

Listen to Andrew Graham speak on WKAR about the upcoming East Lansing City Council elections on the air today at 4:44 p.m. or online!

ELi’s Financial Resources Are Very Low. What Are We Doing to Sustain This Service for 2022?

ELi’s Financial Resources Are Very Low. What Are We Doing to Sustain This Service for 2022?

With very little money left in the bank, ELi needs to raise $200,000 to function next year. Can you help us meet that goal by becoming a core donor?

Your ELi: An Update on the Lawsuit Against ELi
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Your ELi: An Update on the Lawsuit Against ELi

ELi’s Executive Director and Publisher brings you an update on the alleged-defamation lawsuit launched against ELi and her by real estate developer Scott Chappelle.

Your ELi: All the ELi News Facebook Shows You

Your ELi: All the ELi News Facebook Shows You

A significant portion of ELi’s readership uses Facebook to access the news we bring the community, but there is something we want to tell you about that.

Why Doesn’t ELi Publish Letters to the Editor?

Why Doesn’t ELi Publish Letters to the Editor?

ELi’s Publisher Alice Dreger and Managing Editor Emily Joan Elliott explain why we don’t post letters to the editor, even though we do carefully read what you send us!

Report on ELi’s Income and Expenses in the Last Fiscal Year

Report on ELi’s Income and Expenses in the Last Fiscal Year

You may be hearing about local news operations closing all over America. How come we are still here, 7 years in? Find out in our report on ELi’s income and expenses.

Your ELi: The Country Mill Lawsuit

Your ELi: The Country Mill Lawsuit

The lawsuit that Country Mill filed against the City of East Lansing for allegedly targeting the owner’s religious beliefs is now being tried in federal court. We explain how we will be covering it and recap the story as it has evolved thus far.

Your ELi: How We’re Handling a Twist in the 2021 Council Race
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Your ELi: How We’re Handling a Twist in the 2021 Council Race

Our Publisher Alice Dreger explains in detail what we’re doing to manage a conflict-of-interest problem in the City Council elections.

Thank you! We have reached our fundraising goal!

Thank you! We have reached our fundraising goal!

With your help, we did it! Two days before the deadline, we reached the fundraising goal for our 2021-22 Youth Journalism Programming. Thank you!

How is ELi Doing at This Point?

How is ELi Doing at This Point?

As news organizations all around us keep closing, here’s the reality of where ELi stands.

ELi’s Youth Journalists Generate the News You Read – And We Can MATCH Your Support for Them If You Act TODAY!
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ELi’s Youth Journalists Generate the News You Read – And We Can MATCH Your Support for Them If You Act TODAY!

To put it bluntly, ELi could not deliver the quality news you rely on without the work of our youngest reporters. Help us reach our youth journalism fundraising goal today!

Now YOU Can Help Support East Lansing’s Own Youth Journalists!

Now YOU Can Help Support East Lansing’s Own Youth Journalists!

If you give now to support ELi’s Youth Journalism Programs, we will see your gift DOUBLE thanks to matching funds! It’s easy to help our area young people engage with factual local journalism!

ELi Invites Applicants to Fifth Annual Summer Youth Journalism Program

ELi Invites Applicants to Fifth Annual Summer Youth Journalism Program

ELi is now accepting applications for its 5th annual Summer Youth Journalism Program to be held in August 2021. Read on to find out more about the two courses offered and how to apply.

Your ELi: Help Shape ELi’s Sports Coverage

Your ELi: Help Shape ELi’s Sports Coverage

ELi plans to cover ELHS Trojans’ varsity sports, but we would like your feedback on what that might look like.

ELi Readers Brainstorm How to Help the City of East Lansing’s Financial Woes

ELi Readers Brainstorm How to Help the City of East Lansing’s Financial Woes

ELi’s 90-minute public brainstorming session produced a lot of ideas for how the City could increase revenues and reduce expenses. Have a look!

Join ELi in Brainstorming How the City of East Lansing Might Save Money
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Join ELi in Brainstorming How the City of East Lansing Might Save Money

Have you had ideas about how the City of East Lansing might save money or increase revenues? Curious what others have to say? Join us Monday evening!

Expect ELi to Be Quiet Until April 12

Expect ELi to Be Quiet Until April 12

We will be taking a much needed publishing break that coincides with a week of ELPS Spring Break and fewer governmental meetings.

Your ELi: We Want to Know What YOU Value in a Local News Service [UPDATED]

Your ELi: We Want to Know What YOU Value in a Local News Service [UPDATED]

We have a date: Mar. 10 at 7 p.m. on Zoom! Take our survey and get ready to join us in a public discussion of what we should value as we work for you at ELi.

We Need a Little Break

We Need a Little Break

It’s Emily’s birthday, and Alice is away, so you’ll see a little less from us for a few days. We hope it makes you appreciate the work of ELi’s team even more!

Your ELi: The Context of Today’s Report on EHOP

Your ELi: The Context of Today’s Report on EHOP

ELi’s reporting team looked into the City’s Employee Homeownership Program to understand how one relatively unusual benefit has been disbursed.

East Lansing Info’s Annual Report for 2020

East Lansing Info’s Annual Report for 2020

Our Executive Director and Publisher brings you ELi’s 2020 Annual Report so you can see what we brought in, what we spent, and what we achieved for East Lansing.

ELi Contributors Raise Over $132K for 2021 Reporting

ELi Contributors Raise Over $132K for 2021 Reporting

We bring you preliminary numbers on our 2021 Sustainability Campaign and tell you what some donors said as they helped last night!

Last Chance at a 2020 Tax Deduction for a Donation that Helps ELi Survive

Last Chance at a 2020 Tax Deduction for a Donation that Helps ELi Survive

Here’s an update as of 8:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Fan of NPR’s Peter Sagal? Well, We Have a Special ELi Campaign for You!

Fan of NPR’s Peter Sagal? Well, We Have a Special ELi Campaign for You!

Hear Peter Sagal of “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!” explain why YOU should donate to keep ELi running! And, if you donate $50 to this special campaign, you’ll get an autographed copy of Peter’s memoir about running!

Top Off a Bucket to Help ELi Keep Reporting!

Top Off a Bucket to Help ELi Keep Reporting!

We just need a little more money to top off three special-match buckets, all of them captained by people who love East Lansing neighborhoods!

The Ten Stories That Meant the Most to Your ELi Reporters in 2020
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The Ten Stories That Meant the Most to Your ELi Reporters in 2020

From ELHS closing due to Covid-19, to volunteers sewing masks to donate, to the Harbor Bay dealings, our reporters highlight stories they enjoyed bringing you in 2020. At this page, you can click on “play” buttons to hear individual recordings of the articles read by their own reporters!

The Good that East Lansing Brings

The Good that East Lansing Brings

The unexpected joy obtained through ELi is providing a place for us to witness and amplify the good of this exceptional community.

Why Have ELi’s Expenses Gone Up “So Much”?

Why Have ELi’s Expenses Gone Up “So Much”?

Get an inside look at ELi’s expenses to see where donated dollars go and to understand why, this year, our Sustainability Campaign goal is higher than last.

ELi’s 2021 Fundraising: Worrisome Status and Outlook

ELi’s 2021 Fundraising: Worrisome Status and Outlook

The thought of having our city, East Lansing, be in the dark or be misled when it comes to facts is just too awful a thought. But we are far short of our fundraising need.

ELi’s Board Secretary Awarded Prestigious Mitchell Scholarship

ELi’s Board Secretary Awarded Prestigious Mitchell Scholarship

Maysa Sitar, Secretary of ELi’s Board of Directors, won a Mitchell Scholarship to study at Queen’s University Belfast. We explain why Maysa is so deserving of this honor.

ELi Has No Office. So Why Did We Just Run an Emergency Drill?

ELi Has No Office. So Why Did We Just Run an Emergency Drill?

We ran through how to deal with a mass shooting, a series of gas explosions, and a tornado. Our Executive Director and Publisher explains why.

#SupportELiNews TODAY for #GivingTuesday

#SupportELiNews TODAY for #GivingTuesday

Keep investigative and informative local news coming in 2021 for East Lansing! Give today and we will get a full MATCH for your donation!

It’s Trivia Night with the ELi Team!

It’s Trivia Night with the ELi Team!

Looking for something fun to do? Come play trivia, hosted by the ELi staff. First-place winner gets a Crunchy’s gift card courtesy of our Publisher Alice Dreger!

Why I Report for ELi

Why I Report for ELi

Why should you support ELi during our 2021 Sustainability Campaign? ELi’s City Desk Editor Andrew Graham explains why ELi is important to him and the community.

Why I Report for ELi

Why I Report for ELi

Why should you support ELi? Managing Editor Emily Joan Elliott explains why she loves working here.

We Can Double Your Gift to ELi Now!

We Can Double Your Gift to ELi Now!

Make a donation in support of ELi today and see your tax-deductible gift DOUBLED!

If You Are Doing Okay, Can You Please Give ELi a Few Minutes?

If You Are Doing Okay, Can You Please Give ELi a Few Minutes?

Alice has made a short video directed at people who are doing pretty okay financially and who understand the value of ELi. Now is the time.

Introducing a Podcast from ELi: ‘East Lansing Insider’
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Introducing a Podcast from ELi: ‘East Lansing Insider’

The podcast will bring you news and analysis of the latest happenings in East Lansing by our staff each week.

Your ELi: Remembering an Extraordinary Council-Watcher

Your ELi: Remembering an Extraordinary Council-Watcher

“What local news does is unite and empower the people who believe that democracy is a moral act.” ELi’s Alice Dreger remembers John Kloswick, her Council-watching partner.