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PSA: We Are Not Your Government

Monday, January 21, 2019

We're interested in your thoughts on on various issues, and we'll try to answer your questions, but we can't actually make changes to policies or plans. East Lansing's government can, though, and there are lots of ways to communicate with them.

Notice: If You Make Surprising Claims, We May Check Them

Friday, January 11, 2019

Is ELi guilty of journalistic malpractice because we checked out a citizen's claims on a subject of local significance, and reproduced in our report that person's original claim? Our Publisher explains why, in fact, we're just doing our job.

How Did ELi Raise Over $80,000?

Friday, January 4, 2019

We know ELi readers love backstories and data-crunching, so today we are going a little Nate Silver on you.

ELi Supporters Secure East Lansing News for 2019

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year, East Lansing! Thanks to our financial supporters, ELi's public service news reporting will be sustained throughout 2019! We look forward to bringing you the news!

ELi’s Top Feel-Good Stories of 2018

Friday, December 28, 2018

What happens when ELi's Publisher asks Managing Editor Ann Nichols to choose her top ten "feel-good" stories from a whole year of news? We get fifteen!

City of East Lansing Hides Public Lawsuit Information

Monday, November 19, 2018

The City of East Lansing won't release material that would show in what lawsuits it is engaged. An attorney for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press explains why East Lansing's taxpayers have a right to this information.

What Does It Take to Do This?

Thursday, November 15, 2018

What does it take for ELi to do this kind of reporting? Our Publisher paused and combed her hair this morning to record a video to explain. We’d appreciate if you’d take five minutes to watch it.

You Can't See This Story....

Friday, November 9, 2018

From time to time, we at ELi have to deploy our own kind of Trojan Horse to get stories out to our readers. 

What Does ELi Face Under the Current Administration?

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Recently a reader asked us why we didn't explain the reasoning behind Mayor Pro Tem Erik Altman's actions related to medical marijuana, and suggested that we were afraid to push for real answers. ELi's Publisher Alice Dreger explains why it's not quite that simple.

Your ELi: Pushing for Transparency

Friday, October 12, 2018

Our publisher has a special message for you, live from the annual local independent news conference in Chicago, about what happened this morning at City Council.

Meet ELi’s “Gov Gang”

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

In our collective background, you'll find ballroom dancing, swimming, Warrior Women, campaigns for justice, and an appearance on Oprah. Oh, and one of us is married to two Elis. Meet the five current members of the ELi "Gov Gang."

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