Without getting into too much detail: For my project I've been provided exclusively 74LS chips, but I need either a BCD to decimal decoder, or a decimal counter like the CD4017 for control signals. The 4017 is very convenient because it already has decoded outputs which can be used as signals for other input pins on a circuit. Is there a similar chip that can fan out to at least 2 to 3 74LS input pins? I don't want to run into current issues mixing 4000 and 74LS.
This is a request for a recommendation, which is generally off-topic here, but I'll try to provide a generic answer for replacing CD4xxx chips with LS or HC compatible ones.
Replace CD40xxx with 74HC40xxx. If you actually require LSTTL compatible input levels, then add a "T". So we would get 74HCT4017.
Then we can look to see if such a chip exists, and voilà, yes it does.
If it didn't and a 74HC40xxx exists, you could consider adding pullups to the LSTTL outputs.
There is nothing in the 74LS world which is a fairly direct equivalent of the 4017. The closest would be the 74LS390. This will provide 2 decades of decimal counting, but you'll need another chip to get the last 2 bits provided by a 4017.
The result will be an inverted sense, so if you need it you can include a couple of inverter packages. But that's up to you.
There are other options within the 7400 series LS family that may also work. The above aren't the only similar devices (74LS390 and 74LS445, for example.) But this gets the point across.
It will probably require at least two chips from the LS family, I think.