Presslines Jan-Feb 2019

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January-February 2019

JOURNALISM GENIUS Meet the Capitol News Illinois reporting team! 4 New story series offered to IPA members 9 Last-minute IPA Contest info inside 10-13

s That's what a former student calls Charlie Wheeler, who soon will retire as director of the UIS' storied Public Affairs Reporting program. PAGES 14-20




Exciting year ahead for Association, members


t is important to reflect on last year’s biggest issue as we look forward to this year. In 2018, we faced one of the biggest challenges to the industry in a long time, perhaps ever. The proposed tariffs on newsprint which started in early 2017 caught us all off-guard. We learned all too quickly how trade laws worked, and at the outset it appeared that we had an insurmountable task in getting the preliminary tariffs from becoming permanent. But as an industry, we learned and adapted quickly. We wrote countless editorials, and garnered the support of our elected officials. In Illinois, we were able to get our full congressional delegation on board to oppose the tariffs. No other state played a larger role in keeping tariffs from becoming permanent. Tariffs brought us together, proving that we had value and were a force to be reckoned with.

This year, we hope for no surprises, and as an Association we plan to provide even more services for our members. First and foremost is the Foundation’s initiative – Capitol News Illinois. The bureau is fully staffed and has started providing our members much needed coverage of state government. SAM FISHER We also plan to offer more President & CEO for members at this year’s convention. We’ve added a legislative day, so our members can head to the Capitol to meet with their local lawmakers. As part of that day, we’re hosting a reception for our legislators and members. With the help of both the newly formed adver-

tising and editorial committees, our contests were upgraded. We plan to expand our educational programming beyond the usual editorial and advertising topics. We’ll add circulation, production and management programs. There will be much more information about the convention in the coming weeks. At the convention, we will introduce the results of a member needs survey that will be conducted later this spring. The survey is intended to give us direction on how best to meet our members' ever-changing needs. Additionally, we plan on having regional meetings around the state to personally address member needs. There’s a lot more planned, and we’ll communicate that in the future. Here’s to a great 2019!

Ron Wallace becomes chairman of Press Association board Wallace

Ron Wallace became president of the Illinois Press Association Board of Directors during the board’s meeting Dec. 12. He succeeds Wendy Martin, editor of the Mason County

Democrat in Havana. Wallace is vice president of newspapers and publisher of The Herald-Whig in Quincy, and joined the company in 2013. Also at the December board

meeting, Scott Stone became the board’s vice-chairman. Stone is president and chief operating officer of Daily Herald Media Group in Arlington Heights.

OFFICERS Ron Wallace | Chair Quincy Herald-Whig 900 Community Drive Springfield, IL 62703 Ph. 217-241-1300, Fax 217-241-1301 Illinois PressLines is printed and distributed courtesy of GateHouse Media, Inc. in Peoria and Springfield.

Scott Stone | Vice-Chair Daily Herald Media Group, Arlington Heights John Reed | Treasurer The News-Gazette Group, Champaign

Paul Gaier, president of GateHouse Media’s Illinois operation and president and publisher of the Peoria Journal Star, was approved as a board member.

DIRECTORS David C.L Bauer Hearst Newspapers, Jacksonville

Margaret Holt Chicago Tribune Media Group, Chicago

Don Bricker Shaw Media, Sterling

Sandy Macfarland Law Bulletin Media, Chicago

Chris Fusco Chicago Sun-Times

Jim Slonoff The Hinsdalean, Hinsdale

Paul Gaier Gatehouse Media

Sue Walker Herald Newspapers, Inc., Chicago

Wendy Martin | Immediate Past Chair Mason County Democrat, Havana

Darrell Garth Chicago Citizen Newspaper Group

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Josh Sharp, Executive Vice President & COO, Ext. 238 —

Cindy Bedolli, Member Relations Ext. 226 -

Jeff Rogers, Director of Foundation Ext. 286 –

Tracy Spoonmore, Chief Financial Officer Ext. 237 -

Jeffrey Holman, Director of Advertising Ext. 248 —

ILLINOIS PRESSLINES (USPS 006-862) is published bimonthly for $30 per year for Illinois Press Association members by the Illinois Press Association, 900 Community Drive, Springfield, IL 62703. Jeff Rogers, Editor © Copyright 2019. All rights reserved. Volume 25 January/February 2019 Number 1 Date of Issue: 1/21/2019 POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to ILLINOIS PRESSLINES, 900 Community Drive, Springfield, IL 62703. Periodical postage paid at Springfield, Ill. and Peoria, Ill.




Mugshots and arrest details remain public information


ome of you may have already been impacted by new laws, effective Jan. 1. One of those laws, Public Act 100-0927, started as a very bad piece of legislation from a news reporting perspective. The bill as originally introduced would have unconstitutionally required that the media industry in Illinois remove or expunge coverage of certain criminal record information, free of charge, within 30 days after a request by the subject of that information. However, thanks to our lobbying efforts in Springfield, the final bill was not of major significance. The IPA was able to secure an amendment that exempted the news media from any changes to the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and removed any unfavorable changes to the Freedom of Information Act. Nevertheless, even as of this writing, it is clear that early drafts of the legislation (SB 2560) which were not part of the final bill, are causing some confusion among our members. To be clear, Public Act 100-0927 added language to the Freedom of Information Act, section 2.15, dealing exclusively with the release of mugshots by law enforcement officers. Prior to the enactment of Public Act 100-0927, section 2.15 read as follows: “(a) Arrest reports. The following chronologically maintained arrest and criminal history information maintained by State or local criminal justice agencies shall be furnished as soon as practical, but in no event later than 72 hours after the arrest, notwithstanding the time limits otherwise provided for in Section 3 of this Act: (i) information that identifies the individual, including the name, age, address, and photograph, when and if available; (ii) information detailing any charges relating to the arrest; (iii) the time and location of the arrest; (iv) the name of the investigating or arresting law enforcement agency; (v) if the individual is

incarcerated, the amount of any bail or bond; and (vi) if the individual is incarcerated, the time and date that the individual was received into, discharged from, or transferred JOSH SHARP from the arresting agency's Executive Vice President & COO custody.” That language referenced above was NOT changed, and remains in full force and effect. The amendment below to Section 2.15 relates only to the posting of mugshots by law enforcement offices on their own social media websites, and only for relatively minor offenses: “(e) Notwithstanding the requirements of subsection (a), a law enforcement agency may not publish booking photographs, commonly known as “mugshots”, on its social media website in connection with civil offenses, petty offenses, business offenses, Class C misdemeanors, and Class B misdemeanors unless the booking photograph is posted to social media to assist in the search for a missing person or to assist in the search for a fugitive, person of interest, or individual wanted in relation to a crime other than a petty offense, business offense, Class C misdemeanor, or Class B misdemeanor.” Importantly, you will note there is no prohibition on posting mugshots on the official website of the law enforcement agency, nor is there a prohibition on providing the mugshots to members of the news media. To the contrary, the language previously discussed in Section (a) requires the production of those photos. Other changes made by Public Act 100-0927 deal with the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business

Practices Act, and apply only to for-profit publications and websites that post mugshots, and then demand a ransom to take the photos down. The law sets up a procedure to DON CRAVEN allow “victims” Legal Counsel, to demand the Craven Law Office photo be taken down. Again, these changes to the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act DO NOT APPLY TO THE NEWS MEDIA. If you get a demand to take down a story or a mugshot, obviously consult with your own attorney, but do not be

For additional info

Josh Sharp

Executive Vice President & COO, Illinois Press Association 217-241-1300 – Office

Don Craven

General Counsel, Illinois Press Association 217-544-1777 –Office fooled by the demand letter, thinking you have to immediately remove the information. If local law enforcement tells you the statute on mugshots has changed, please invite them to read the entire public act. There are no changes in Public Act 100-0927 that regulate the news media in Illinois.




3 reporters hired; Capitol News Illinois set to launch


he Illinois Press Foundation’s news service, Capitol News Illinois, is set to officially launch later this month. I wanted to update you further on Capitol News Illinois staffing, which has been completed, and our plans for time leading up to the Jan. 28 launch. Capitol News Illinois will begin with a team of 3 full-time reporters and a full-time intern JEFF ROGERS during the spring semester. I will Director of Foundation serve as interim bureau chief. We have hired Rebecca Anzel, Peter Hancock and Jerry Nowicki to be reporters for Capitol News Illinois. Grant Morgan will work full-time until June as an intern from the University of Illinois Springfield’s Public Affairs Reporting program.

Rebecca Anzel joined the Capitol News Illinois reporting team on Jan. 7. She previously reported as an intern from the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s Statehouse bureau, were she covered legislative efforts, committee hearings, courts and lawmakers for Illinois’ legal community. Anzel said the opportunity to work for an organization addressing a growing need for statehouse coverage is thrilling. “Capitol News Illinois is innovating what it means to inform citizens about their state government,” she said. “The news service is uniquely positioned to bring unprecedented access to information about the governor, constitutional officers, agencies, Legislature and courts to news consumers in all corners of the state through their local outlets.” In addition to her experience covering the Illinois Statehouse, Anzel

also covered county and town governments for a chain of community newspapers on Long Island, and the federal government for a national wire service. “I cannot wait to Rebecca Anzel combine my experiences with those of Jerry and Peter to create compelling and informative pieces for our readers,” she said. “This is a really exciting moment in journalism.” Anzel earned her master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield and is a graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism on Long Island, New York, where she focused on multimedia techniques. Peter Hancock joined the Capitol News Illinois reporting team on Jan. 21. Hancock has covered Kansas state government for much of the past two decades. For the past 4 years, Hancock has been the statehouse reporter for the Lawrence Journal-World. He provided year-round daily coverage of the Kansas Statehouse, state government, appellate courts, elections and Kansas’ congressional delegation. He previously worked for 8 years as a statehouse reporter for Kansas Public Radio, and with the Kansas Health Policy Authority and the Kansas Education Policy Report. “As a longtime veteran of statehouse reporting in Kansas, I know how challenging it is for individual newspapers to make that kind of commitment,” Hancock said. “Capitol News Illinois offers a unique opportunity for newspapers throughout the state to pool their resources and enable a small team of reporters to deliver critical news and information about state government to communities throughout the state. “I covered state politics and government in Kansas for the better part of the past 20 years, working in both

print and broadcast journalism. I graduated from the University of Kansas with bachelor’s degrees in political science and secondary education. Although I was born and raised in the Kansas Peter Hancock City area, I have deep family roots in central and southern Illinois, and so coming to Springfield is a bit like coming back home.” Jerry Nowicki joined the Illinois Press Foundation’s reporting team on Jan. 2. Nowicki spent the past two years on Illinois Senate staff as a legislative aide to state Sen. Steve Landek. Prior to that, he was editor of the LeRoy Farmer City Press, which won the 2015 David B. Kramer Memorial Trophy for Illinois’ best small weekly newspaper. He said he looks forward to offering a new view of Statehouse happenings in partnership with local newspapers. “The launch of Capitol News Illinois provides an exhilarating opportunity to reconnect local newspapers with Statehouse coverage,” Nowicki said. “We know there are many outstanding reporters doing great work at the Capitol, but we also understand that a greater variety of voices is better for our democracy and for our industry. Our team could not be more excited to offer another unique, civic-minded and nonpartisan voice to the Capitol press corps.” Complementing his Statehouse and reporting experience, Nowicki has lived in a variety of Illinois communities. He grew up in Evergreen Park, a southwest suburb of Chicago, and has lived for a time in each of New Lenox, Bloomington, Champaign and LeRoy. He currently resides in Springfield. “We have a dynamic reporting team with varying points of view and life experiences,” Nowicki said. “I think my Statehouse and small-town weekly

experience will mesh well with the talented reporters that make up our team, and I’m excited to get started.” He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Illinois State University Jerry Nowicki and will obtain his master’s degree in communication from Purdue University in May 2019. Grant Morgan is a student in the University of Illinois Springfield’s Public Affairs Reporting program. He began his internship with Capitol News Illinois on Jan. 7. He is an Ohio native and holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, political science, economics and English from The University of Akron. There, he worked for 4 years at his student newspaper, including a stint as editor-in-chief. “I am most excited Grant Morgan about the idea of having a news service specifically dedicated to a single state,” Morgan said. “It is becoming more and more difficult for news publications of all sizes to stay afloat, let alone hire and retain qualified people. To many of these papers, the benefit of having a reliable, go-to source for essential stories from the state's capital would be enormous. And I am looking forward to helping Capitol News Illinois become that source. “ Our news team will begin providing daily coverage of state government on Jan. 28, when the schedule for General Assembly sessions picks up in pace. Content (stories, photos, video and audio recordings, and newspaper graphics) will be made available on a Capitol News Illinois website, which The Foundation is working with a local third-party provider to develop. Member newspapers will be able to




Nominate Your Best!

Official nomination forms and complete rules can be found on the Advertising page of the IPA website at

The Illinois Press Association / Foundation is proud to reward four different sales positions. There are two Advertising Sales Manager of the Year awards and two Advertising Sales Representative of the Year awards, one each for dailies and for weeklies. This is the 12th year for these advertising awards.

QUESTIONS? Please call Jeffrey Holman, Illinois Press Advertising Service at 217-241-1700. Nomination forms and letters of recommendation can either be

Nominations should be based on the individual’s 2018 calendar-year accomplishments. There is no cost and no limit to the number of nominations per newspaper.

Awards will be presented May 2, 2019, at the annual Excellence in Advertising Awards Luncheon.

mailed to: Illinois Press Association 900 Community Drive Springfield, IL 62703 or e-mailed to:


Nominations should be sent to the Illinois Press Association and must be received by FEBRUARY 15, 2019





Foundation awards scholarships to PAR students At its December board meeting, the Illinois Press Foundation Board of Directors awarded three $1,200 scholarships to University of Illinois Springfield Public Affairs Reporting graduate students Cassandra “Cassie” Buchman, Grant Morgan and Lindsey Salvatelli. “In talking to all of these kids, they’re really passionate about journalism,” IPF Director Jeff Rogers said. “They all have passion. Having been in journalism for nearly 30 years, it’s refreshing to see.” Buchman is a May 2018 graduate of Eastern Illinois University, holding a bachelor’s degree in journalism. As a freshman, she joined the staff of the Daily Eastern News as a reporter, and then rose through the ranks to become editor-in-chief. She also served as an intern with the Daily Herald in Arlington Heights during the summer of 2016. In the spring of this year, the IPF sponsored Buchman to serve as a National Newspaper Association Foundation news fellow. She traveled to Washington, D.C., to report on issues of national importance. As one of seven fellows from college newsrooms across the country, she had the opportunity to meet with policymakers and policy influencers during her time in the city. She also met with Illinois’ congressional representatives. “All of these experiences showed me how vital journalism, especially at the local level, is to people,” Buchman wrote in her scholarship application. “People look to newspapers to shed light on what is happening, to answer the questions they have, and to make sure public officials are being held accountable for their decisions and actions.” She continued, “Becoming a reliable, responsible reporter who is able to help readers better understand the world around them is my ultimate goal.” Buchman will spend her PAR internship at the Capitol reporting for

Cassandra Buchman receives a scholarship check for $1,200 from Illinois Press Foundation Board President Jerry Reppert (right) and Foundation Director Jeff Rogers during an IPF Board meeting Dec. 6.

Lindsey Salvatelli (center) was among three University of Illinois Springfield Public Affairs Reporting program graduate students to receive scholarships from the Illinois Press Foundation. The State Journal-Register (Springfield) and GateHouse Media. She aspires to work at a daily newspaper upon graduation. Morgan is a graduate of The University of Akron in Ohio, holding bachelors’ degrees in philosophy, political science, economics and English. Morgan served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, the Buchtelite. During his tenure at the Buchtelite,

Morgan served as a reporter, arts editor then news editor before being named editor-in-chief. His dogged coverage of administration resulted in the resignation of the university’s president. “It was a fulfillment unlike any I had known, to hold those accountable who would do their best to deceive us,” Morgan said in his scholarship application. “Our work was recognized by major parts of the re-

gion, and even used in investigative pieces by the Akron Beacon Journal and the Devil Strip magazine.” He also worked as a staff assistant to a member of Canadian provinGrant Morgan cial parliament while spending a summer at Oxford University, publishing his senior project there. Grant will be spending his PAR internship with the IPF’s new statehouse reporting bureau, Capitol News Illinois. He will be covering legislative sessions and committee hearings, while also handling various enterprise projects. Salvatelli is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, holding degrees in journalism and political science with an emphasis in international relations. “I truly believe in the purpose of a free press and holding elected officials accountable for their actions, or sometimes inactions. I believe my work is much larger than myself; it’s what keeps citizens informed about the decisions being made for them,” Salvatelli wrote in her scholarship application. While at NIU, Salvatelli worked as the news editor for the student newspaper, the Northern Star, and also interned with the Rockford Register Star. Salvatelli will intern with the Illinois Times this spring. The IPF Board annually awards scholarships to the PAR graduate students at its holiday board meeting in December. Last year, the Board voted to increase the scholarships from $1,000 to $1,200 each due to the rising cost of tuition. “While the scholarships will be greatly appreciated by the recipients, they represent only a small part of the assistance our program has received from the state’s newspapers over the years,” said Charlie Wheeler, PAR director and IPF Board secretary.




IPF board member receives national recognition The Illinois Press Foundation is honored to have a 2018 national award-winner on its board! Sally Renaud was one of five educators recognized by the National Scholastic Press Association as Pioneer Award recipients. Sally was awarded Nov. 3 during the JEA/NSPA convention in Chicago. The Pioneer is the highest honor NSPA awards to journalism educators. Pioneers are individuals who make substantial contributions to high school journalism programs and scholastic journalism education outside their primary employment. “These Pioneers represent the best of the best in the country,” NSPA Executive Director Laura Widmer said. Sally has been executive director of the Illinois Journalism Education Association since January 2005, learning early on from press association veterans Randy Swikle, Susan Tantillo, Linda Jones and Dave Porreca. During her tenure, the organization and board have created an annual statewide onside contest with the Illinois High School Association, created an All-State Journalism Team and training partnership with the Illinois Press Foundation, recognized outstanding advising with the James A. Tidwell Award – in partnership with EIU and the estate of Diana Peckham. Stan Zoller, in his nomination letter, said since her arrival in Illinois,

Illinois Press Foundation Board President Jerry Reppert presents a bouquet of flowers to board member Sally Renaud during the board's Dec. 6 meeting in Springfield in recognition of Renaud receiving the Pioneer Award from the National Scholastic Press Association. Renaud received the highest honor the NSPA awards on Nov. 3 during a national convention in Chicago. Renaud is professor at Eastern Illinois University, and has been executive director of the Illinois Journalism Education Association since January 2005. Renaud has led IJEA to thrive along with new opportunities for Illinois’ scholastic journalists. “First held in 2006, the tournament continues to grow bringing student journalists from throughout the state together thanks to Sally’s Pioneer spirt and vision,” Zoller said. “Also, since taking the helm of the IJEA, the achievements of scholastic journalists are now recognized through new IJEA-sponsored contests for media staffs across the state.” He also mentioned the importance of Renaud’s insights and guidance

during Illinois’ push for HB-5902, the Speech Rights for Scholastic Journalism Act in 2016, which were a major contribution to the successful passage and signing of the bill. “I, along with fellow NSPA Pioneer Brenda Field, worked closely with Sally throughout the entire process,” Zoller said. “Her passion for a free and independent scholastic press was reflected in her tireless efforts on behalf of the bill – which is now law in Illinois.” Linda Drake, of Chase County Jr/Sr High School, Cottonwood Falls, Kan-

for the 300-plus weekly newspapers that are IPA members. Weekly “roundups” of state government news will be available for download, updated regularly to accommodate varying publication deadlines. Daily coverage plans will be sent in the morning to all email address-

es that are registered for access to Capitol News Illinois content. When a story and corresponding photos, video or audio are ready for download, email alerts will be sent. Coverage emphasis will be placed on legislative sessions, committee hearings, state agencies and the Su-

sas, said during her tenure at Emporia State University, Renaud fostered the love for scholastic journalism through her teaching, through her help with so many Kansas Scholastic Press Association activities as well as mentoring of many already in the field. “There are so many outstanding journalism advisers because of Sally Renaud,” Drake said. “Sally is the epitome of what the NSPA Pioneer Award represents.” Retired journalism teacher Wayne Brasler had this to say about Renaud. “What has impressed me most is her talent for involving newcomers to our field with warmth and enthusiasm. She also is gracious, impressive and generous. The value she holds for the ability of high school and college journalism to transform lives both of the new talent coming in and those who use the media in their daily lives is inspirational.” NSPA Pioneer Candace Perkins Bowen said Renaud is a valuable resource for those involved in scholastic media in Illinois and far beyond. She mentioned in a video clip on the Eastern Illinois University’s Journalism Department page, Renaud explains what she enjoys most about teaching: “I love watching students practice… get their first bylines, their first great stories.” Bowen added, “It’s that student-centered approach, no matter the age of the students, that sets Sally Renaud apart and makes her a true Pioneer in our field.”

CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS Continued from Page 4 access content on the website with a username and password. More details about the website and login access will be sent as we get closer to the Jan. 28 launch. Capitol News Illinois plans to provide not only daily content, but also coverage of state government tailored

preme Court. I’m excited about the news team we have hired, and we’re eager to get to work! If you have any questions about Capitol News Illinois or coverage suggestions, please email me at jrogers@ or give me a call at 217-241-1300, ext. 286.




Thank you to those who donated Memorials in 2018! Memorial donation for Tim Landis Richard and Dana Saal Brent Bohlen Roberta Johnson Trust Valerie W. Leonalti William and Margaret Wheelhouse John R. Paul

Memorial Donation for Bob Best David and Sara Reed

Memorial Donation for Marx Gibson

Memorial Brick for Pat Seil

Memorial Donation for Byron Tracy

Memorial Brick for Terri Simon

Memorial Donation for Jim Roberts

Memorial Brick for Rob Titone

David and Sara Reed David and Sara Reed David and Sara Reed

Galena Gazette (P. Carter Newton) Galena Gazette (P. Carter Newton) Jim Shaner

Memorial Donation for John Foreman David and Sara Reed

TO DONATE: If you would like to donate in the memory of a loved one or dear friend, go to, fill out the form, and return to the Illinois Press Foundation. Memorial donations support the programs of the Illinois Press Foundation, The Illinois Press Foundation offers an appropriate tax-exempt memorial as a tribute to the memory of men and women in the newspaper industry. The Illinois Press Foundation is grateful for your continued support.

IPF awarded IJEA Friend of Scholastic Journalism Award

IIllinois Press Foundtion Director Jeff Rogers (left) and Illinois Press Association President and CEO Sam Fisher (right) accept the Illinois Journalism Education Association’s Friend of Scholastic Journalism Award on Nov. 3, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. The IJEA annually honors an individual or group that has demonstrated outstanding commitment to scholastic journalism. The IJEA selects honorees who have supported their mission by assisting IJEA in promoting high standards of scholastic journalism and elevating the status of secondary education media programs; supporting opportunities for interaction between students and professionals; and serving as a model for students.

Bradford, Shrader join board of Illinois Press Foundation Dr. Peggy Bradford and Jim Shrader were approved as members of the Illinois Press Foundation Board of Directors during the board's meeting Dec. 6 in Springfield. Bradford became the eighth college president of Shawnee Community College in June 2017. She is a native of southern Illinois and attended Shawnee Community College, earning her associate degree. Bradford previously served as the provost and vice president of academic affairs at State University of New York (SUNY) Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York. Bradford earned her Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from Northern Illinois University, Juris Doctorate in Corporate and Business Planning Law from The University of Iowa-College of Law, Master of Science in Administration and Community Development from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and Bachelor of Science in counseling and administration from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Shrader retired as publisher of the Alton Telegraph on Oct. 1, 2018. He served on the Illinois Press Association board from 2010 to late last year. A native of Madison, Dr. Peggy Bradford Illinois, he began his newspaper career in 1979 at the Granite City Journal. In 1980 he joined the Belleville News-Democrat as an advertising account executive. In May 1989, Shrader was recruited to be the Jim Shrader advertising director for The Telegraph in Alton. In 1992, after training under Publisher Don Miller, Shrader was promoted to publisher of The (News Philadelphia, Ohio) Times-Reporter, then-sister newspaper to The Telegraph. In July 1998, Shrader was promoted “back home” to the publisher’s position at The Telegraph.




IAPME, IPA offer Illinois Important Dates stories Series follows 2018's Bicentennial pieces By Dennis Anderson and Diane Dungey Most editors have been on the other end of a phone call with an irate reader asking why their hometown newspaper failed to commemorate an important date in our history, such as Pearl Harbor. After it happens once, the editor pledges it won’t happen again, until it does. The Illinois Associated Press Media Editors and the Illinois Press Association are following 2018’s Illinois Bicentennial series with the Illinois Important Dates series for 2019. This series will include about 10 stories related to dates and events - Labor Day, Memorial Day, Black History Month, Dennis Anderson D-Day, Pearl Harbor, Martin Luther King Day, Veterans Day, 1969 Moon Landing, 9/11, Fourth of July - most newspapers write about. The idea of the series is to provide front-page-quality artiDiane Dungey cles with statewide interest to share with readers in a timely fashion of the date. Publications committed to providing the stories for the series are the Chicago Sun-Times, the Pantagraph of Bloomington, the Daily Herald, the Journal Star of Peoria, the Effingham Daily News, the Southern Illinoisan, State Journal-Register of Springfield, the Rockford Register-Star, the Southern Illinoisan and the Quad City Times. In most cases, the stories will be distributed by IPA two weeks before the date being commemorated. The series' first story, "Martin Luther King's influence resonates in Illinois," was sent to editors and publish-

ers Jan. 17. It was written by Maudlyne Ihejirika of the Chicago Sun-Times and included four photos. If you want your publication or a specific editor added to the distribu-

tion list, please email Jeff Rogers at Dennis Anderson (danderson@ is the executive editor of the Journal Star in Peoria.

Diane Dungey ( is the managing editor of the Daily Herald in Arlington Heights. They will be editing the Illinois Important Dates series.

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Deadline Jan. 31 for IPA contest entries!

The IPA Excellence in News and Advertising contests are open, but the deadlines are closing in! Newspapers have until 5 p.m. Jan. 31 to enter. Because this year's convention is earlier than in recent years, there will not be a deadline extension this year. The contest is open to Illinois Press Association dues-paying members. Both contests now allow entries published in print or online. Online-only newspaper members may compete in the contest in Division A, but will not be eligible for the sweepstakes awards. Under the direction of advertising and editorial committees, comprised of 15 member newspaper representatives, the IPA has added several new classes to both the advertising and editorial contest. New editorial classes include: • News Reporting – Series • Story-Series - Localized National Story • Freedom of Information Award • Obituary Tribute • Sports Feature • Feature Writing – Personality Profile • Feature Series • Best Review • Story/Series - Agricultural Story • Humorous Column • Sports Photo – Portrait/Personality • Online Photo Series/Gallery • Creative Use of Multimedia • Social Media Journalism • Video Journalism • Distinguished Coverage of Diversity • Public Notice Journalism Award Sponsored by the Cook County Suburban Publishers

• Editorial Rookie of the Year • Knight Chair Award for Sustained

Investigative Journalism – Sponsored by the University of Illinois Department of Journalism/Knight Chair for Investigative-Enterprise Reporting Of those classes, three offer cash prizes to first-place winners. The advertising contest features mostly new classes. In doing research for the committee, the IPA found that most state press associations now call for the type of advertiser, rather than the type/size of ad. For example, the IPA advertising contest previously called for best full page ad, an ad less than a full page, a leaderboard online ad, etc. Now newspapers may submit any size or format of ad to fit the following classes: • Real Estate Ad • Motor Vehicle Ad • Health Care Ad • Food Ad • Service/Institutional Ad • Home Furnishings & Appliances Ad • Apparel, Jewelry & Accessories Ad • Garden, Yard & Farm Ad • Religious / Nonprofit Ad • Lifestyle/Recreation Ad • Miscellaneous Ad • Political Ad • Events/Entertainment Ad • Best Social Media Online Ad • Wild Card: New Business Concept • Best Pro Bono/Public Service Ad • Best Event Organized By a Newspaper • Best Use of Real News Campaign There are some leftover classes from the previous prompt, like Best House Ad and Best Ad Designer. For a full list of classes and the entry cri-

teria, see the contest prompts. Links are at the end of this article. The committees also evaluated rules and made several key changes. As previously mentioned, entries may have been published in print or online. In previous years, only print content was eligible for the contest. Now online content is also eligible. This is a perk for members in more ways than one. More content is now eligible, plus users may submit URLs instead of tearsheets. Online advertising is now eligible, as well. In addition, advertising entries do not need to be designed inhouse; however, the idea for the design must have originated within the news organization. As long as the material is produced at the newspaper’s direction, the entries may be submitted in the appropriate contest. Winners (including placements) will be announced via email after judging is complete, excluding general excellence and sweepstakes. General excellence and sweepstakes winners will be announced during the IPA Awards Luncheons at the President Abraham Lincoln DoubleTree Hotel, Springfield, Illinois. The contest will remain open at through 5 p.m. Jan. 31, 2019. All entries must have been published within the calendar year Jan. 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018. If you need clarification of the rules, call Jeff Rogers at (217) 241-1300 or email Save the date for the 2019 Annual Convention & Trade Show, which will be held May 1-3 at the Abraham Lincoln Hotel, Springfield.

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Download the prompts for the full list of classes using the links below. Editorial: Advertising:

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Need a refresher on using the contest system?

Using the IPA's contest system is as easy as sending an email. If you've ever used social media like Facebook or added an attachment to an email, you have the skills to use the electronic submission system. The rules have changed a lot since last year, so be sure to download and review the new contest prompts. URLs to download the prompts are available at the bottom of Page 10. The rules will also be available on the contest website, Some browsers, such as Safari, will view the rules in a new window. Other browsers will require that you save the files to your desktop and then open them in an application such as Acrobat or Preview. For your convenience, rules that are special to a contest class will appear when that class is selected. All required fields – boxes that must be filled in – will be marked with a red asterisk and the system will not allow you to continue without filling in those boxes. The contest website is open for submissions now. You can find it at

ipa. So, open a browser on your computer and let's begin. If you encounter problems, you may need to enable pop-up windows for your browser. Step 1 — The Association Code is IPA2018 (case sensitive). Register on the contest website using your email address. Passwords must be at least six characters, contain two unique characters, contain one digit or symbols, and contain uppercase and lowercase letters.

based on your circulation. Fill in your name under "preparer’s name."

Step 2 — Login to the contest by clicking "Newspaper Login" on the home page. Once you log in, you will see a page showing any entries you have already submitted.

Step 5 — Select the contest class. These are drop-down menus for your convenience. This field will clear each time you save an entry, so you must select a class for each new entry.

Step 3 — Click on the “Add New Entry” link.

You will receive a confirmation email, which you will need to complete registration. Click the link to confirm your registration.

Step 4 — On this page, select your newspaper name. A lot of information will autofill. If that information is incorrect, please call Kate Richardson at 217-241-1300. Your division will be selected for you

When you select your newspaper from the dropdown list, the address and circulation information will fill in automatically. If you cannot find your newspaper or group, or if the information that fills in is incorrect, please call the IPA right away at 217241-1300 so the database may be updated.

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entry. If uploading full-page PDF files, it will be helpful if the entry name matches the headline on the page so the judges can find it easily. If the judges cannot tell what is to be judged, the entry will be discarded without refund. Step 8 — Include the name of the person or people who should be credited for any award. This is generally the writer, reporter, photographer, graphic artist, cartoonist, etc. It is not necessarily the name of the person submitting the entry nor the person picking up the award at the convention. Step 9 — Add your file or files. You can drag and drop files or use the “Add files” button to navigate your files. Generally, files should be in PDF format except photos, which should be in high-resolution JPG format. Other files and URLs may be acceptable as noted in the special instructions. Upload as many files as are necessary to complete your entry but refer to the special instructions for any limitations. We recommend combining multiple files into a single PDF. Complete issues may need to be compressed.

After selecting advertising or editorial for the contest, choose a class to enter from the drop-down list. When a class is selected, special rules for that class will appear in red. Boxes marked with a red asterisk are required fields. Step 6 — If necessary, provide an explanation of your entry. The explanation/cutline box is limited to 3,000 characters. It’s a good idea to write your explanation in another program, such as Word, and copy/ paste into the explanation box. If a URL is required, fill in the URL box; there is no need to type “http://.” Step 7 — Include the name of the

Step 10 — When you have completed your submission, click the “Save” button. If you click the “Back to list” button, you will lose the entry you just completed. After clicking “Save,” you will be directed back to the list of your entries. Step 11 — To submit another entry, click “Add New Entry.” As long as you have not logged out of the system, your newspaper name will still be in place and you can simply start at Step 6 again. You may log out and log back in later to continue adding entries. You will need to select your newspaper name each time you log in.

Step 12 — If you are done submitting entries, please review the list. You may not change an entry, but you may delete an entry and resubmit it. When done uploading all your entries, click the "Billing" button on the list page. This will take you to a page where the entry fee is automatically generated. You will have the option of paying through PayPal, phoning in a credit card payment or mailing in payment. You do not have to have a PayPal account to pay securely through PayPal. Simply, click "Pay with Debit or Credit Card."

Payment MUST be made prior to judging. Once payment is made, IPA staff will disable your access to the page. If you find out later that you need access, you will need to call the IPA office at 217-241-1300. If you were wanting to add an entry, you can either call the IPA to have the account enabled or you can register using a different email address to create a second account with its own billing.

Frequently Asked Questions We don't use PayPal. Can I pay for our entries another way? You don't have to have a PayPal account to pay securely through PayPal with a credit or debit card; however, you may phone in a credit card number (217-241-1300) or pay by check mailed to the IPA at 900 Community Drive, Springfield, IL 62703. I no longer work at the newspaper. May I still enter the contest? Only newspapers may enter the contest. Individuals must have permission from the publisher of the newspaper to enter on behalf of the newspaper. Any awards presented by IPA are to the newspapers. We don't have a full-time photographer. Can we submit work by freelance photographers or a photographer who works for our group? As long as the photo was created for your newspaper, you may enter it in the contest. Like other content, photos must be entered by the largest-circulation newspaper for which the work was created or by a group (with combined circulation).


Illinois Press Association Annual Convention

May 1-3, 2019 | President Abraham Lincoln, Springfield



Honoring industry's veterans, rookies Special awards part of annual convention

Join us in Springfield earlier this year! ✓ IPA Legislative Day at the Capitol, May 1 ✓ IPA Legislative Reception, May 1 ✓ Chairman’s Reception ✓ Distinguished Service Awards ✓ Advertising Awards Luncheon ✓ Editorial Awards Luncheon ✓ Dinner & IAPME Awards ✓ Educational Sessions ✓ Plus more to be announced!

Nominate your colleagues for two special awards, the James C. Craven Freedom of the Press Award and the new Editorial Rookie of the Year Award. The James C. Craven Freedom of the Press Award was established in 1993 to honor the legacy of James Craven. Nominations should reflect the continuing efforts of the candidate to promote the principles underlying the role of the press in a democratic society. Nominations should include a letter of recommendation and be emailed to Cindy Bedolli at by March 1. The Editorial Rookie of the Year Award honors a new journalist with less than three years of experience in the field. This award is held in conjunction with the annual Excellence in News contest. This class is free to enter. To nominate someone, register for the contest, using the SEC code IPA2018. Then submit the requested items in Class 40 of the editorial contest. Winners will be announced during awards luncheons at the IPA Annual Convention & Trade Show at the President Abraham Lincoln DoubleTree Hotel, Springfield, Illinois, May 1-3, 2019.




Always teaching, and learning Wheeler set for last semester leading acclaimed PAR program By JEFF ROGERS Director, Illinois Press Foundation


textbook come to life. That’s how one of his former students describes Charlie Wheeler, who has been director of the Public Affairs Reporting program at University of Illinois Springfield since 1993. Lisa Ryan, who graduated from the program in 2015 and now works for a public radio and television news organization in northeast Ohio, described the Wheeler “textbook.” “Filled with reporting advice, history lessons, and an amazing memory for the smallest detail,” she said. Ryan is among more than 700 graduates of the program, which has had only three directors in its 47 years. But when the program’s Class of 2019-2020 assembles in the fall, there will be a new director. Wheeler is retiring in August, having decided that 50 is a nice, even number of years spent in and around journalism. He started his first full-time job in 1969 as a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. “I feel fortunate. I feel blessed,” Wheeler said. “Not many people get the opportunity to make a career out of doing something they like.”

Charlie Wheeler works in his office on the third floor of the Public Affairs Center Building on the campus of the University of Illinois Springfield. Wheeler will be retiring in August after having been the director of the university's Public Affairs Reporting program since 1993. His retirement will come 50 years after Wheeler began his professional journalism career. "I feel blessed," he said. "Not many people get the opportunity to make a career out of doing something they like."

Family legacy Wheeler is quick to point out his connection with journalism began long before 1969, long before he was alive. His grandfather, Charles N. Wheeler, was a newspaper reporter, first for Joliet newspapers and eventually for the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Daily News. He covered World War I

and the Irish rebellion. His father, Charles N. Wheeler Jr., was a reporter, copy editor, features editor and assistant city editor for three decades with the Chicago Times and then the Chicago SunTimes. Charles N. Wheeler III also seemed destined for a journalism career,

writing about the sports teams of his high school, Joliet Catholic, as a part-timer for the Joliet Herald-News. He also wrote for the paper’s year-end “progress edition.” But when Wheeler headed to St. Mary’s College in Winona, Minnesota, he planned to major in chemistry. The U.S.-Soviet space race sparked

an interest in science. Still, he wrote about the St. Mary’s sports teams for the college, and for the Winona newspaper. He ended up getting a degree in English. “I thought, Do I really want to spend my life in a lab?” Wheeler said.

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The 1907 Statehouse press corps represented numerous Chicago newspapers, with the exception of Leigh Call, fourth from right, who reported for the Associated Press and Springfield’s Illinois State Journal. Second from right is Charles N. Wheeler of the Chicago Inter-Ocean, grandfather of Charles N. Wheeler III, a former Statehouse correspondent and current director of the Public Affairs Reporting program at UIS. (Photo courtesy of Statehouse Press Room) So, he went to graduate school at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, never having taken an actual journalism course. But even after getting his master’s degree in journalism there, he delayed the start of his career to serve as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Panama, which he did from 1965 until returning home in 1969 when his father was diagnosed with cancer. Reporting years Wheeler was hired as a reporter for

the Chicago Sun-Times in April 1969. One of his first assignments was to cover a rally of the Black Panther Party, a group Wheeler said he knew little of at the time. “I always felt like I didn’t know enough about what I was going to write about,” Wheeler said. It was a concern he would later turn into a pillar of the PAR program. Wheeler found his niche at the Sun-Times covering the campaign for delegates to the Constitutional Convention – or “Con-Con” – and the ratification of the state’s fourth

Constitution in 1970. It’s difficult to talk to Wheeler at any length about state government without “Con-Con” entering the conversation. “I made that my beat, if you will,” Wheeler said. That “beat” became more official when, in 1971, Wheeler began covering state government in Springfield while the Legislature was in session. “I was the only guy in the newsroom who had been in Springfield before and wanted to go back,” Wheeler said with a smile. “The beauty in covering the State-

house is that what you learn today is the foundation for what happens tomorrow. But what happens tomorrow has enough twists that you can never get bored. It’s always exciting. … You wind up learning the darndest things.” That wealth of knowledge accrued is something Wheeler’s students marvel. “I’m convinced the only person who knows more about Illinois state government than him is literally Michael Madigan, and he wrote the state Constitution,” said Seth Richardson, who is a 2015 graduate of the PAR program and is now chief political reporter at The Sun-Times moved Wheeler to Springfield full-time in 1974, though he’d still work from the Chicago area during primary and general election seasons for statewide and federal offices. He became the Sun-Times’ Statehouse bureau chief in 1987. Marcel Pacatte, a journalist in residence and assistant professor at Boise State University who was a member of Wheeler’s first PAR class in 1993-94, recalls a story he’d tell his students. “One of my favorite stories he told is when his editor called from Chicago to tell him that he needed to write a story to answer one the Tribune had, and Charlie was able to say, ‘But I broke that story last week!’” Being an ‘editor’ Wheeler said he still considers himself to be a reporter, even though he’s been a teacher for 26 years. He said his role as director of the Public Affairs Reporting program is more like being an editor, with the students being reporters. But there’s another role Wheeler plays in the program that is apparent in the way past students speak of him, with reverence and affection.

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WHEELER Continued from Page 15 “Charlie was like a father to all of us, providing gentle guidance,” said Dana Perino, a 1995 PAR graduate who now is an anchor and co-host on the Fox News Channel. “I’ve appreciated how he’s kept in touch with us all these years.” Wheeler recently completed and sent to all grads and others the annual “Green Sheet.” The holiday-season newsletter shares greetings from a number of PAR grads and as much contact information as possible about each alum. His connection to PAR reaches back to 1973, when the Sun-Times had its first intern from the program’s first class. Wheeler got familiar with how the program worked, what it taught, by working with interns every spring in the Sun-Times’ Statehouse bureau. “I enjoyed working with the students, so when the position opened up” it was a natural step to take, Wheeler said. “It wasn’t all that different because, in a sense, I was doing the same stuff that I had been doing as a reporter – taking complicated stuff and explaining it for readers.” The PAR program was founded in 1972 by former U.S. Sen. Paul Simon, who was lieutenant governor at the time and had just lost the Democratic primary for governor. Simon had been a newspaper editor and publisher in his earlier years, and decided to bring both his journalistic and political knowledge into creating a program that trained young reporters to cover state government. It was a novel idea at the time, Wheeler said, and the more “avant-garde” Sangamon State University (now UIS) was a perfect birthing place for the program. Bill Miller, an award-winning radio reporter, took over as director in 1974. The program became prominent in both legislative and journalistic circles during Miller’s tenure. “When my fellow Statehouse reporters learned I had been chosen to

Charlie Wheeler talks about state government issues during a CapitolView that was recorded Jan. 11. The television talk show, broadcast on WSEC-TV/PBS in Springfield, was hosted by State Journal-Register political columnist Bernie Schoenburg. succeed Bill, they asked me how it felt to be taking a job where all I could do was mess it up, so high was the regard in which Bill and PAR were held,” Wheeler wrote in this year’s “Green Sheet.” Wheeler did anything but mess up the program. It has thrived, and continues to help place former students in prominent journalism jobs throughout the country. The first semester is a sort of “boot camp” for budding Statehouse reporters, where students are drilled on the important but often mundane issues central to state government. Think property taxes and school funding. Wheeler wants to be sure his students aren’t like he was when he was a young reporter, feeling like he didn’t know enough about the subjects he was assigned to write about. “Charlie not only teaches students, he’s a student of government,” said Sean Crawford, the news director at the college’s WUIS and a member of the PAR Class of 1997. “He understands why things happen and why they don’t. … He is as well researched as anyone I know.” In the spring, students get to apply

that knowledge as interns with newspapers, TV stations and wire services covering the Statehouse. They work as full-time reporters from January until they graduate. “I feel the courses are geared toward preparing students for their internships, but also for their careers later,” Wheeler said. “If you can cover the Legislature in Illinois, you can cover just about anything else. Maybe not the White House these days. …” Said Kate Clements Gary, a 1998 PAR graduate who now is a director of communications and marketing at the University of Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters: “Charlie’s retirement is the end of an era. He taught a generation of reporters not just how to be better interviewers, writers and investigative reporters, but why our role as watchdogs was so essential to democracy.” What’s next? That role of being a watchdog is one that Wheeler worries is slipping away from news organizations that have been cutting into reporting resources. The top challenge to the PAR pro-

gram, he said, is something that’s out of its control. “The attrition in the Statehouse in terms of full-time bureaus is a challenge,” Wheeler said. “It’s not just in Illinois, it’s across the country. “There’s a new generation of ownerships that have less of an understanding that the newspaper is a community resource.” That news bureaus have mostly disappeared from the Statehouse has impacted the PAR program as well as news consumers. This year’s class has only seven students – four in print and three in broadcast – in great part because there was only that number of internships available. “It’s a challenge for the program, but in a broader sense it’s a challenge for the industry, for our nation,” Wheeler said. “If you don’t have newspapers there chronicling what’s going on, … people can’t be engaged citizens.” That Wheeler reporting legacy? It will have to wait at least another generation. Wheeler’s children work in unrelated fields. As for the PAR program, Wheeler said the university is committed to its continuing, and is actively working to hire his successor. And he vows to stay involved, whether it’s as an adviser to the next director, continuing to show up at the Capitol a few days a week as he does now, or working in his role as a board member for the Illinois Press Foundation and helping it grow its new state government news service. “Despite its downsizing, the program still provides aspiring journalists a unique opportunity to gain professional experience in a very demanding reporting environment, all the while earning a graduate degree,” Wheeler said. “Now someone else will have the honor of bearing the PAR standard. … May he or she have as wonderful and rewarding a tenure as I!”



PAR program graduates share their thoughts Illinois Press Foundation Director Jeff Rogers reached out to Charlie Wheeler's former students in the University of Illinois Springfield Public Affairs Reporting program, seeking their thoughts about Wheeler or for some comments about what the PAR program has meant for them. Here are their responses. I can confidently say that the PAR program changed the course of my life. How could it not? And how is Charlie separated at all from the PAR program? To me, they are one and the same. He poured his soul into this work - and always with that kind, humble smile. How can you measure the impact one person makes in this world? I'm not sure, really, but there are a whole lot of PAR grads Charlie impacted who went on and impacted others by seeking truth and sharing stories. His ripple effect was, and is, very real. Kristy Eckert, PAR Class of 2002 Charlie's retirement is the end of an era. He taught a generation of reporters not just how to be better interviewers, writers, and investigative reporters, but why our role as watchdogs was so essential to democracy. His integrity and credibility as a truly excellent journalist and his vast institutional knowledge of Illinois government are secondto-none. Charlie also created a family out of PAR, and went out of his way to keep us connected from the inaugural class right through to today. He is certainly leaving big shoes to fill. Kate Clements Garry, PAR Class of 1998 Charlie not only teaches students, he’s a student of government. He understands why things happen and why they don’t. You might not always agree with his view, but you have to respect it. He is as well researched as anyone I know. What Charlie instills in his students is that there is no substitute for hard work. He has always taught us to read the bill. Don’t take someone’s word for it. Do your due diligence. Sean Crawford, PAR Class of 1997 Charlie Wheeler was a class act from the moment I interviewed for the PAR program to the end. He is a first class educator who took a keen interest in his students both professionally and personally. During my time there I stayed at the Embassy, a house he had and rented to students. His teaching was enlightening, but what I remember most was when we would have a party (as we did a lot) he would come and often be the last to leave. I have nothing but fond memories and wish him the best. Jeremy Moore, PAR Class of 1999 Charlie is a journalism genius. Fewer pure journalists with grit will be produced as a result of his

retirement. He taught me to hold public officials and the government accountable, and as a result that’s the reputation I’ve earned and it has sustained my career. The PAR program is a well-kept secret that on the shoulders of Charlie Wheeler has produced esteemed journalists who work at the same news agencies aggressively recruiting students from Northwestern and Mizzou. Congrats on your retirement — the best is yet to come! Daralene Jones, PAR Class of 2003 Charlie Wheeler is one of the nicest, most sincere, ethical and supportive individuals I have ever come across while a journalist and a lawyer, so I don’t know if that’s saying much, just kidding. But he’s a good man who genuinely loves reporting and he truly cares about the PAR students. He encouraged me to become a journalist and I learned so many invaluable skills from being a journalist through the PAR program that I now utilize as an attorney - interviewing, investigating, writing succinctly, being confident and direct, being professional, being tenacious, accurately reporting, having ethics, using shorthand, negotiating, using an actual phone and calling someone or meeting in-person because you typically get so much more out of that interaction than an email. The list goes on. I’m so happy that I met Charlie Wheeler and had it not been for him, I don’t know if I’d be where I’m at today. Thanks, Charlie. You will be missed but you will always be remembered as one of the best journalists and mentors out there. Cheers! Erin Calandriello, PAR Class of 2006 Applying to PAR was the best decision I ever made. I got the Tribune internship, which led to a job at the Tribune, and I know this life-changing opportunity never would've happened without PAR. I referred to my PAR notes from Charlie's class time and time again during my reporting days for reminders about the Illinois school funding formula, details about the state constitution, the ins and outs of campaign finance laws, etc. I talked with Charlie off and on the record many times for background on state government topics. Who can beat his institutional knowledge, candor and wit when it comes to Illinois government? I'm no longer a reporter, but I'm a better citizen/ voter/reader/writer for doing PAR and learning from Charlie. Michelle Manchir, PAR Class of 2010

I think many graduates of PAR would share how great of an impact Charlie made on their lives and careers. For me, he is one of the reasons I have always loved teaching journalism and communication. I recently joined Illinois State University’s School of Communication as a clinical faculty member teaching one class, after several years of teaching online courses elsewhere. On the first day of classes, I always tell my students that many people will influence and impact their careers. They will learn in life, you can never repay those people. The way you acknowledge what they have done for you is by paying it forward, by inspiring the next generation of journalists. Charlie is one of the people who inspired me. I think of him, his never ending kindness, gentle nature, and mentoring, often. I don’t fully believe I can ever repay him, but I hope to always make him proud by paying it forward. Karen Blatter-Schieler, PAR Class of 2002 PAR has meant the world to me. Nowhere else in this country could I have earned a master's degree while covering a statehouse, while meeting the love of my life, while becoming a skilled public radio reporter. I owe my professional and personal development to the program, and by extension, to Charlie Wheeler. I'll always cherish the few late nights we spent at his office chatting about state government, and how to cover it well. I'm grateful I was among those who fell under Charlie's guiding hand. I wish him and the program continued success. Sam Dunklau, PAR Class of 2018 The skills I developed and honed in PAR helped me succeed as a Statehouse journalist, and today working in public relations to further public policy. Charlie is immensely respected for his meticulous approach to understanding and explaining the legislative process, and helping young reporters learn firsthand how to ask the right questions to help shed some light on the complex policies and politics that drive Illinois state government. I will always appreciate Charlie's leadership and dedication to PAR's success, and wish him all the best in his retirement. Ryan Keith, PAR Class of 2000

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GRADUATES Continued from Page 17 Charlie's program was a really neat opportunity for me. I always wanted to be a news reporter. My parents used to read the Indianapolis Star, and I was always required to watch the 5 p.m. news. Becoming a reporter seemed like a distant dream, but Charlie's program helped that reality come true. I had two good internships under my belt. My college journalism teacher, Mike Loizzo, talked to me about the unique opportunity to get my master's degree. I laughed at it, but the main anchors at WISH-TV in Indianapolis told me to take the opportunity after my internship. I learned a lot about public policy and government reporting at the state capital. These skills were crucial my first journalism job in Kirksville. My first story covered the lieutenant governor's speech to the Missouri Corn Growers Association. I'm now finishing up law school, but Charlie's been a great mentor. It was fun to see him work and report on state government politics. I really enjoyed working my thesis project with him. I learned a lot about government legislation. I hope Charlie has a good retirement. Ray Carter, PAR Class of 2013

covering state government alongside award-winning reporters, while taking graduate classes and making lifelong friends, was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Without that opportunity I would not have been afforded the opportunity to live and work in Washington, D.C.; work in journalism for more than 10 years; teach journalism courses at various universities, including Penn State; or gain my current role as a public information officer for Penn State University Police and Public Safety. I still recall lessons Charlie taught me and apply them in my career as well as teach them to my students. I will always be grateful for Charlie and the opportunity he and the interview committee provided me. Jennifer (Miller) Cruden, PAR Class of 2005

When I first heard about the PAR program, it sounded too good to be true. You get another year in college to figure everything out while preparing for, and eventually getting, an internship and a master's degree? It's as good as it gets. And Charlie put everybody in a position to succeed. More than that, he cares. He cares about the students. He cares about UIS. He cares about the health and integrity of the news business. He cares about the way our state operates. We are all smarter people for knowing Charlie and having the PAR experience. Pat Milhizer, PAR Class of 2002

I’m not sure how my college professor found the PAR program, but I remember when he brought it up to me in the spring of 1994, before I graduated, and he convinced me that a one-year intensive program was worth it. He sure was right about that. I remember how all of us failed our first writing test. It was a real wake-up call. But from there, we learned to write and report. We learned about campaign finance laws as well, and that came in very handy for me later on in my career. Charlie was like a father to all of us - providing gentle guidance. I’ve appreciated how he’s kept in touch with us all these years. Charlie’s career has been one of great consequence, and I hope that as he reflects on his work thus far, he has some inkling of how much the PAR program - and he - has meant to us. For he’s a jolly good fellow, indeed. Dana Perino, PAR Class of 1995

There are few people that I personally owe more to than Charlie Wheeler, whose hardboiled but plainspoken wisdom helped me get into public service. The people of Illinois and the country owe him a lot, too, for his years of training the journalists who keep government accountable all across America. The university and Springfield are losing a dedicated watchdog with a long memory. Ken Lowe, PAR Class of 2008 I remember the phone ringing in my apartment as a senior in undergraduate school. It was Charlie and he was calling to tell me I’d been accepted into the PAR program. I was stunned. I know I didn’t say much except, ‘Oh my God, thank you!’ I cried tears of joy after we hung up. That phone call changed my entire life. As a child, I lived in rural Pennsylvania. Attending my interview for the PAR program gave me the first opportunity to fly. Moving to the Midwest,

Being part of the PAR program changed the course of my life. I will always be grateful to Charlie and all that he's done to advance good journalism. He had a wonderful teaching style and will be greatly missed. Good luck in retirement, Charlie. You have more than earned it. Stephanie Lahnum, PAR Class of 2006

I can’t imagine the PAR program without Charlie, just as i couldn’t imagine the PAR program without Bill Miller before him. My dad taught journalism at Lincoln Land and I can state that I’ve probably been one of the Green Sheet’s most constant and most faithful readers, from the time I was in grade school up to now. I’ve always been filled with wonder and awe, really, at what the alums are up to, and that awe directly stems from the care and hard work that Charlie, and Bill before him, gave to the program. That knowledge and association built up an immense amount of respect for PAR, and it was probably always a given that I would end up wanting to participate.

I was admitted to the program while Bill was in charge, and I studied under Charlie. Usually one might expect some learning curve bumps from “the new kid,” but while Charlie may have been new at directing the program, he certainly was not new to the capitol or, more important, new to understanding the importance of the program. Those of us in his first class were quite fortunate to be under his tutelage because of that. One of the things I keep coming back to is how important it has been for Illinois to have had someone in the statehouse press corps who was, as it were, present at the creation: There to cover con-con. Just as one of the secrets to Mike Madigan’s genius and staying power has been the fact that he was there for the debate and writing of the “new” constitution, so it was Charlie's genius and staying power to have been the watchdog in the press corps who had been there to report on it as it occurred. There’s literally no way to replace that institutional knowledge, and our journalism will be the poorer for it. Luckily, there are so many PAR-trained journalists running around that we’ll be only one step removed from that knowledge for a couple of decades to come. Marcel Pacatte, PAR Class of 1994 When I think of Charlie Wheeler, the first word that comes to mind is passion. He has so much of it for a program that has been blessed to have him for so many years. It would be hard to even measure the impact he has had on so many journalists. Gwyn Bevel, PAR Class of 2005 Charlie is simply the best! He truly cared about our futures, and did everything he could to prepare us for our careers. I absolutely love how he created a networking system with PAR grads so we could all stay in touch, and develop career contacts. Charlie is one of a kind, and deserves this retirement more than anyone I know. Crystal Britt, PAR Class of 2001 My thoughts about Charlie center around his goodness as a human being. Charlie showed me that you can be a tough journalist and still be a kind person. One of my favorite memories of my PAR year (98-99) was when Charlie came to a Thanksgiving meal at my apartment with my fellow classmates and I who were not with family on the holiday. It was a wonderful evening, and I'm so glad Charlie was able to participate with us! I'll never forget him perched on the edge of my futon (the only seating I had) and telling us stories about the press corps. Michelle Brutlag Hosick, PAR Class of 1999

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GRADUATES Continued from Page 18 If it weren’t for Charlie Wheeler, I wouldn’t be where I am today as a newspaper reporter. Charlie gave everything he had and more to his position. He picked me up from the airport when I first flew out to Illinois for my interview with PAR. He introduced me to his wonderful family while I was there. He even paid my first month’s rent when times were tough in the beginning of the program. He led by example and showed me the importance of integrity in reporting and in my personal life. He treated me and all of my colleagues with respect, even as he held us to high standards. He taught me that I could do anything I set my mind to, given the proper work ethic. I owe so much to him and am honored to be one of his PAR graduates - Class of 2011! I wish him a wonderful retirement spent with his family. Thank you for everything, Charlie! Holly Dillemuth, PAR Class of 2011 To me, Charlie is the Public Affairs Reporting program. He is a textbook come to life, filled with reporting advice, history lessons, and an amazing memory for the smallest detail. Charlie is the fatherly leader of journalism in Illinois, raising young journalists from our first walks in the Statehouse to our graduations. As his students have traveled from Springfield to other parts of the country and the world, he has made a lasting mark on the field in which he has devoted his life's work. He was kind enough to rent his beautiful, historic home to myself and three other PAR students during my time in the program. My year in Springfield wouldn't be the same without him, or without having such a great group of friends and roommates in the MacArthur House. I stayed in a room where his daughter once lived, and it felt like we became part of his family during our time in Springfield. I hope Charlie's legacy in the Public Affairs Reporting program continues even after his retirement. Lisa Ryan, PAR Class of 2015 There aren't enough good things I can say about Charlie. He was the best at taking complex government operations and breaking them down for the layman. I'm convinced the only person who knows more about Illinois state government than him is literally Michael Madigan, and he wrote the state Constitution. I wouldn't be where I am without him or the PAR program. It's kind of crazy to consider how many good journalists went through the program and learned from Charlie. The sheer reach he's had on the journalism community is mind-boggling. On a personal note, he's one of the best guys I've ever met. He had no reason to believe in me, but he did and it made me the person I am today. He gave me the opportunity to report in the big leagues and

the knowledge to do so. If I can be half the reporter and man Charlie is, then I'll consider that a victory. Seth Richardson, PAR Class of 2015 It's immeasurable how much the PAR program and Charlie Wheeler have impacted my career. I honestly credit much of my growth and success in journalism to Charlie and the program, because he made sure that we were truly prepared for the field. Charlie is a beloved figure and is totally irreplaceable. His predecessor will have some major shoes to fill. The PAR program was an experience unlike any other, and I'm grateful that I was among those that got the opportunity to study under someone as knowledgeable and honorable as Charlie Wheeler. Adrienne Crossley, PAR Class of 2015 The Public Affairs Reporting program was life-changing for me, and Charlie Wheeler had a lot to do with that. That's not just because he's knowledgeable and knows pretty much everything about Illinois politics, but I love his authenticity. He gave it to us straight about everything from how the news business works to how the governor at the time was affecting journalism. Charlie's passion for reporting is so pure. It motivated me to give my all because he was watching, and he'd accept nothing less. I once joked with a PAR alum of a different class that "Charlie's nice, but don't let that fool you. He doesn't play." It's so true. He loves his students, but he will not stand for mediocrity. Charlie's guidance helped shape my career and set me on the path to becoming the woman I am today. I wish Charlie all the best in his retirement. He deserves it. Krista Burris, PAR Class of 2015 Charlie Wheeler’s mentorship, guidance, and teaching empowered my entire career. Charlie’s stewardship of the Public Affairs Reporting program helped generations of journalism students start their careers in an immersive, supportive, and wholly unique setting. I learned immeasurable skills about reporting, gained policy insights, and was introduced to the wacky world of Illinois politics. Charlie provided me, and my classmates, with this incredible opportunity. He himself is a one-of-a-kind resource who I feel lucky to have learned from. The Illinois press corps, media outlets around the country, and a slew of organizations are better off because Charlie wholeheartedly mentored, guided, and supported his students. Here’s to a wonderful retirement. Alissa Rivera, PAR Class of 2012 Charlie has such a calm and patient demeanor that you can almost be forgiven for losing sight of what a formidable reporter he is. But then he offers

a mild observation or razor-tipped question that cuts to the heart of the issue, and you’re reminded of the wealth of knowledge and experience he carries with him. In my career as a journalism professor, there is nothing more rewarding than sending one of my graduates to Charlie’s PAR program and having them graduate as peers thanks to his thoughtful, meticulous instruction. Government reporting in newsrooms throughout Illinois and beyond is the better because of him. Sara (Baker) Netzley, PAR Class of 2000 I think of Charlie less in the context of an accomplished journalist and educator (which he was), but more in the context of the kind of admirable personal qualities we should all hope to embody. I arrived to the Public Affairs Reporting (PAR) program searching for my place in a world of journalism that lacked diversity - and this lack having previously caused much harm in my previous endeavors at entry into the field. My arrival on the first day of classes as a student in the Class of 1994 didn’t do much to assuage my unease - as I took the last student seat among my fellow students and realized I was the only African-American and minority member of my entire class. But Charlie was a positive and unifying presence in the program, embodying the type of inclusiveness and open-mindedness that all the students were inspired to follow. Charlie genuinely welcomed me, pushed me to be my best, and always encouraged me when the weight of being the “only one” became too much. He deftly encouraged and supported extracurricular activities among the students that provided the proximity needed for us to get to know each other in all of our humanity. And a year later, the students chose me to lead the procession at graduation. Not long after that, I had my first job offer at a daily newspaper with the encouragement and support of Charlie. I am still friends and in communication with several of my former PAR classmates, and we share a bond that can only be made when people face and push through their fears together - including fear of differences - to arrive on the other side with a fresh perspective and a newfound respect for each other and our humanity. The PAR program loses an amazing leader in Charlie. But it is important for others to realize from Charlie’s life how very possible it is for one person to make such a difference and change in the world by just leading by example. Tanya Marie Bonner, PAR Class of 1994

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ď ŹGRADUATES Continued from Page 19 I remember going to Charlie's class feeling totally clueless for not understanding how the legislative process worked. Everything clicked after I started covering the legislature for my internship. I tackled complex issues from concealed carry and an income tax increase to Medicaid reform. I learned to translate legislative jargon into layman's terms. The program tested my patience and persistence as I spent long hours at the Statehouse working to get the story. Those skills still come in handy today. I am forever grateful to Charlie and everyone involved for the incredible experience and lifelong friends I gained from the program. Congrats on a much-deserved retirement, Charlie! Diane Lee, PAR Class of 2011 Charlie Wheeler helps young journalists and communications professionals unmask the magic behind the political scene. If it wasn't for Charlie, I would not be able to thrive in Missouri politics. He prepared me for this season in my life and I am forever grateful. Brittany Hilderbrand, PAR Class of 2016 I'm not sure where I'd be professionally if it wasn't for Charlie. Newly out of college, working at a small paper and generally stuck in a rut, I heard about the PAR program and talked to Charlie about it. He sold me on the program, and grad school in general. The knowledge, the contacts and the wonderful friendships gained during that year have greatly enriched my life. Thank you, Charlie. Kate (Thayer) Wegrzyn, PAR Class of 2005 I was not a good candidate for PAR on paper. I barely got out of college, was coming off the lowest point in my life and never thought I'd have a career in journalism but Charlie Wheeler took a shot on me. In doing so, I made up for years of inaction, insecurity and doubt about my future and grew to find a calling in journalism. Were it not for Charlie, I'd be an aimless joke collecting on past due loans. Instead, I have a job I love and a lot to appreciate all because Charlie Wheeler took a chance on me." Drew Zimmerman, PAR Class of 2016 Charlie was the mentor I didn't know I needed. He provided patient but persistent guidance as he encouraged everyone in my PAR class (2002) to reach their full potential. He made a daunting task covering Illinois politics – seem feasible for a novice reporter like me. I've had what I consider a successful career in community journalism and much of that is because of what I learned during PAR. Kate Schott, PAR Class of 2002 Charlie Wheeler and PAR have been invaluable

Marcel Pacatte, a graduate of Charlie Wheeler's first class as director of the Public Affairs Reporting program at UIS, sent along this photo of a commentary written by Chicago Sun-Times columnist Steve Neal in 1993 as Wheeler was leaving the paper for the PAR job. to me. His kindness, genuine interest in me as a student and as a journalist, and guidance have not only benefited me personally and professionally – they've served as an example of the kind of leader I want to be. I'm grateful for all that I've learned from him, and am proud to call him a friend today. We are all better journalists because of Charlie. Jennifer Fuller, PAR Class of 2001 You can always tell that Charlie is soaking up everything around him and placing the pieces of what's he's learning into the larger puzzle. Every time I'd think I figured out something in Illinois politics, Charlie would kindly give me a history lesson and point me in a better direction. He epitomizes the importance of having reporters who have been on their beats and immerse themselves fully into their work. I can't imagine there are many people, including politicians, who have a better grasp of what's happening in the Statehouse.

Charlie has this mild manner. He's a sweet guy. He sees the positive in people. That's something for a guy who has been in the trenches of Illinois politics for as long as he has. I don't know that I ever heard him say anything bad about anyone, including some of the worst politicians. He might think someone was wrong or had made a bad decision, but his focus remained on that. It's admirable. Finally, Charlie cares about his students. I've had dozens of teachers and professors in my life, and some I kept in touch with for a while. But I've had two - one from undergrad and Charlie - who have been a part of my life since we met. Charlie wants you to stop by when you're in or passing through Springfield. He wants to hold and kiss your babies. He wants to know that you matter to him. He mattered to me, too. My wife and I met in PAR and have been married more than 13 years. It's no coincidence that our only son is named Charlie. Brian Wallheimer, PAR Class of 2004



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Annual budgets, expenditures, bid notices; … they are the crumbs that will lead to your next big story. “For a newspaper that’s paying attention, our legal notices are an endless source of stories. They are often the first warning of a development project” said Dan Haley, president of the Suburban Cook County Publishers and publisher of Wednesday Journal Publications. Wednesday Journal Publications, based on Oak Park, includes the Wednesday Journal of Oak Park and River Forest, the Forest Park Review, the Riverside-Brookfield Landmark of Oak Park and River Forest, and the Austin Weekly News (Chicago). Haley said in these communities, “there is an increasing concern about taxation.” “Those [stories] are engendering an increasingly strong response from our towns, where people are very concerned about property tax levels,” Haley said. “[Public notice] is a critical way that we hold governments accountable – to have them put their information out in a widely public fashion. It is a discipline to make sure that they are accurately reporting in a timely way.” In May at the Illinois Press Association’s annual convention, the Cook County Suburban Publishers will honor those who have mastered this discipline by sponsoring the new Public Notice Journalism Award in IPA’s annual Excellence in News contest. The Public Notice Journalism Award recognizes excellence in journalism that draws reader attention to public notices, and to rewards reporters and editors to who incorporate public notice and public notice issues into their reporting and writing.

“The award is to bring recognition to the people who talk about public notice(cq?) and keep public notices public,” said Susan Walker, assistant secretary of the Cook County Suburban Publishers and general manager of the Hyde Park Herald (Chicago). All entries must have been published within the calendar year Jan. 1, 2018 – Dec. 31, 2018. Entries must consist of a news story or series (not an editorial or opinion piece) initially prompted by a public notice that drew attention to the subject, or in which a public notice or the omission of a public notice figured heavily in the reporting. Stories should reference and/or provide a link to the notice; or if the story is based on a public notice requirement that was not met or was deficient, it must describe the deficiency. Newspapers will compete in two divisions, daily and non-daily. First-place winners will receive a special plaque and a $250 cash prize. One division’s winning entry will qualify as an entry in the national public notice journalism contest sponsored by the Public Notice Resource Center (PNRC). The winner of the national PNRC contest will receive a $500 prize. For more information on the contest and public notice class, click here (http:// IllinoisPressAssociation.aspx) The Cook County Suburban Publishers is an organization of newspaper publishers, working with Cook County officials to ensure legal notices are placed in correlation with the notice’s township.




Daily Herald introduces advisory Sounding Board By MADHU KRISHNAMURTHY The Daily Herald is launching an advisory Sounding Board made up of suburban readers and experts to broaden the perspectives the Editorial Board considers when crafting editorial opinions. The 10-member board, comprising men and women of varying ages and walks of life, will interact in private group conversations with the newspaper's Editorial Board, said Jim Slusher, the newspaper's deputy managing editor for opinion. At an organizational meeting for the new group, Slusher said the paper's "fundamental goal is to make our editorials better." "Of course, we strive in our editorials to some extent to persuade people of our points of view," he told the group, "but a large part of our goal is, beyond that, to get people to think themselves, and to give them a perspective on our communities, our life, our world ... that they can engage with. Out of that process, we believe better democracy occurs and people are smarter and better about the way that they manage their communities and their lives." The Sounding Board members hail from across the political spectrum and represent various ethnic, religious, educational, professional and public service backgrounds. They are: • Pamela Davis of West Chicago, former CEO of Edward Hospital System. • David Dial of Naperville, Aurora University criminal justice chairman and former Naperville police chief. • Nathaniel Edmond of Lake in the Hills, pastor of Second Baptist Church of Elgin. • Amy Florian of Hoffman Estates, CEO of Corgenius and a fellow in thanatology, the scientific study of death.

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The Daily Herald Editorial Board met with members of a new Sounding Board created to provide nuance and depth to the newspaper's editorial perspectives. Board members are, from left, Amy Florian, Christine Radogno, David Dial, Tom Roeser, Carole Medal, Therese Hart, Pamela Davis and Nathaniel Edmond. At far right is Daily Herald Opinion Page Editor Jim Slusher. • Grace Garlick of Arlington Heights, a journalism student at Harper College in Palatine. • Therese Hart of Crystal Lake, humanities professor and department chair at Harper College in Palatine. • Carole Medal of Arlington Heights, executive director of Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin and Arlington Heights Library Board trustee. • Christine Radogno of Lemont, retired Illinois state Senate Republican leader. • Edgar Ramos of Homer Glen, a licensed clinical psychologist and founder and director of Ramos and Associates Behavioral Health Clinic. • Tom Roeser of Barrington Hills, president of Otto Engineering in Carpentersville. Another initial participant, Vaseem Iftekhar of Hawthorn Woods, decided to run for the College of Lake County board after the Sounding Board was

formed. Founder and chairman of the Northern Illinois American Muslim Alliance in Hawthorn Woods, he is stepping aside from the Sounding Board until the election campaign is over to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest. "We wanted to get people who have lots of different experiences of life and who can engage with us about ideas they think that we ought to be writing about," Slusher said. "We purposely tried to find a group that would have a wide variety of perspectives on the world." Slusher emphasized that discussions with the Sounding Board will be conducted for the purposes of background and engagement. He said he hopes the exchange will help Editorial Board members write deeper, more thoughtful editorials, even in cases where an editorial differs from the point of view of an individual Sounding Board member.

Indeed, he said he doesn't expect much consensus from the group and added that an important byproduct of this process will be to show that people of widely different political and social perspectives can exchange ideas constructively, with civility and respect. Florian said she appreciated the paper's concerted effort in promoting civility in discourse, an underlying message in many of its editorials. Sounding Board members recognized their role is not to rubbe-stamp the newspaper's editorial ideas nor to speak with one voice. "We may not agree," Edmond said, "and that's OK." Daily Herald Editor John Lampinen noted that even Editorial Board members sometimes disagree with each other to varying degrees on positions the newspaper takes. Editorials collectively represent the institutional voice and traditional values of the newspaper as a community leader, he said. Editorials maintain consistency over the years, Lampinen said, in much the same way that Supreme Court opinions reflect precedents established over time. "The newspaper's vision is generally fiscally conservative, socially moderate or progressive," Lampinen said. "We know that our communities are more diverse than the members of this Editorial Board, so when we do stake out positions, we want to make sure that we do a better job of hearing from different perspectives in the community." Lampinen stressed he expects Sounding Board members to bring up issues important to their communities that the paper otherwise might not be addressing. The board's work will begin in earnest this month through regular communications with Daily Herald editors supplemented by quarterly group get-togethers.





West Frankfort, Benton papers merge to form Franklin County Gazette WEST FRANKFORT— The West Frankfort Gazette staff announced in December some recent changes brought about to better serve their readers. Recently, an office building on Main Street in Benton purchased by Reppert Publications had been the home office of sister publication, the Benton Gazette. That building now houses the staffs of both papers, putting everything in one convenient location for customers. The phone number for the old West Frankfort now reaches the Benton building. The paper also announced the merger, beginning in January, of the Benton and West Frankfort papers to form the Franklin County Gazette. This will ensure total coverage of the entire Franklin County region, the paper said. “Rest assured, we are still committed to bringing you week-to-week coverage of all the goings-on in and around West Frankfort, including council meetings, sports, and other stories. There will be no loss of local content in this merger for either our Benton or West Frankfort readers, but an increase in countywide coverage for all of our valued customers.”

Troy Times-Tribune has new ownership, publisher retires TROY — As of Jan. 1, the Troy Times-Tribune, formerly owned by Newsprint, Inc., has been sold and is now owned by Better Newspapers Inc., with Greg Hoskins as president and publisher. “We are excited for the opportunity to grow, and intend to continue to serve our readers in the communities we cover to the best of our ability,” Editor Steve Rensberry wrote in a

column published Jan. 3. “Among the changes we expect to offer in the near future is an updated and improved website and digital subscriptions. Things will take some time, but we will keep you posted!” Rensberry also announced in the column that longtime publisher, executive editor and businessman Paul Ping had retired. “Paul has steered this hometown newspaper through many of the changes that have occurred,” Rensberry wrote. “After first purchasing the Troy Tribune in 1967, Paul ran the paper until it was sold in 1978, before starting Troy’s second newspaper in 1985, under Newsprint Inc., called The Troy Times. Two years later, in 1987, the Troy Tribune merged with the Troy Times, becoming the Troy Times-Tribune, with Paul Ping as publisher/editor. And the rest, as they say, is history. “We are sad to see him go, but wish him nothing but the best in his retirement. He has definitely earned some rest and relaxation!”

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Southwest News-Herald expands coverage area The Southwest News-Herald is expanding its service area in 2019, providing a greater sweep of news to its readers and more complete Southwest Side coverage for advertisers. Back of the Yards, Brighton Park and McKinley Park have been added to the dozen city neighborhoods already served by the News-Herald, as the paper absorbs its sister publication, the Archer Journal News. "Southwest Side neighborhoods have so much in common that it simply makes sense to serve them with a paper that speaks with a unified voice," said Mark Hornung, chief operating officer of Southwest Community News Group, which owns and operates the paper, which has been rebranded as the Greater Southwest News-Herald. "Back of the Yards, Brighton Park and McKinley Park are vibrant, interesting, important neighborhoods in the Archer Avenue corridor," added

Hardin County Independent has new look in digital world The Hardin County Independent introduced a new website,, on Nov. 14. “ I encourage you to take a look!,” Jennifer Lane, editor and publisher, said. “Dirxion, the previous eEdition host, served the Independent well, but now we are moving to the eEdition being hosted along with our new website provider, Websites for Newspapers.” The new website will have local stories and information; free obituaries; current weather; and at the bottom, a link to national news. In addition, eEdition subscribers can access their eEdition on the site or log in through a weekly email link. The website also has a link to the Hardin County Independent Facebook page. Customers will be able to contact the Independent on the page to communicate or place ads.

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Slidell Journal introduces redesign to readers

SIDELL — The Sidell Journal launched a newspaper redesign at the beginning of the year after “playing around with some page designs over the last few months,” Editor Rinda Maddox wrote in a column published Jan. 10. Maddox said a newspaper design guru offered his services for free to redesign the newspaper. “Before he was finished, though, we had a difference of opinion on a couple of things, and I guess he was not used to an editor disagreeing with him because he decided to drop the project before it was completed,” Maddox wrote. After several months, staff “took what we liked, and even went with a few things we were not sure we liked, and printed last week’s issue with the changes.” More changes were made to the Jan. 10 edition. “This week, we feel that we have come closer to making changes that we like, and can own as our product,” Maddox wrote.

Matching funds to help digitize Galena Gazettes GALENA – Although there are still lots of pieces that need to fall into place, the effort to preserve the historic Galena Gazette newspapers, on permanent loan to the Galena Public Library, is moving forward. The Galena Foundation recently committed $10,000 in matching funds to the digitization of newspapers from 1876 to 1919. According to Nita Burke, library director, the library has $3,100 for the matching funds and is securing the remainder so that the digitization process can begin, hope¬fully in 2019. Burke said $3,000 came from an anonymous donor. Burke explained that Northern Micrographics, based in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, will complete the work.

Former Republic-Times office demolished

The building at 114 N. Main Street in Waterloo, which served as the Republic¬-Times newspaper office from 2004¬ to 2013, was demolished Dec. 14 to make way for a single¬-story office space. The Republic¬Times office is now located at 205 W. Mill St. (Kermit Constantine photo) Once the papers are digitized, the original news¬papers will be housed in archival boxes in climate controlled storage. The exact location has not yet been determined. Gazette Publisher Carter Newton said the bound volumes of the Gazette were moved to the library in the late 1980s, after the Main Street newspaper museum closed. Newton said he inquired at that time about whether the library would like the collection on permanent loan. Newton expressed his gratitude to library of¬ficials for providing a much better home for the important pieces of history than would be possible at the Gazette office. "The library has played an important role in the preservation of these important community artifacts,” Newton said.

Intelligencer shifts services to mail delivery EDWARDSVILLE — The Intelligencer will be transitioning

delivery of its home¬-delivered newspaper from route carriers to the United States Postal Service, the paper announced Jan. 4. The Intelligencer estimates the shift should be complete within the next two weeks. "Though the delivery method will be changing, readers will still be getting the same quality of community news coverage at the same time as they get it today," Publisher Denise Vonder Harr said. "This shift to same-day mail ensures long-term, reliable home delivery," Circulation Manager Melissa Pitts said. "USPS consistently ranks among the top levels of customer satisfaction, and we are confident that they will be a quality partner in this endeavor." The only change subscribers will notice is that newspapers will be delivered in mailboxes, Pitts added. Effective immediately, The Intelligencer has aligned with the postal service's holiday observances and will no longer publish newspapers

on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Columbus Day and Veterans Day. The Intelligencer continues to observe federal holidays and publish a paper six days a week. "Delivering community-oriented, timely and quality news to our readers will continue being our top priority,” said Managing Editor Brittany Johnson. With the transition, The Intelligencer is also updating its circulation system. Payment processing will be moving to a Hearst property in Michigan as a more streamlined payment approach.

Oakland Independent raises subscription rates for first time in more than 5 years OAKLAND — Janice Hunt, owner and publisher of the Oakland Independent told readers in a column Jan. 10 that subscription rates would increase $5 a year beginning March 1. Subscription costs will be $35 for those living in Coles, Douglas and Edgar counties; $40 for those elsewhere in Illinois; and $45 for anywhere else in the United States. Newsstand prices will increase from 75 cents to $1 per issue. “In other words, I’m asking subscribers to pay a dime more every week,” Hunt wrote. “Newspapers can’t run on good content alone. There are operating costs involved. And, as you can imagine, those continue to rise,” she wrote. “Postage costs keep climbing; they’re about to go up again this month. “And just last week, I learned that my printing cost increased 20 percent, effective immediately.” Any subscription paid at the old rate by Feb. 28 will be exempt from the increase until the next expiration date.





No injuries as car crashes into Reporter and Regional News offices PALOS HEIGHTS — A vehicle crashed into the Southwest Regional Publishing offices Dec. 6, causing substantial damage to the newsroom but resulting in no injuries. The Toyota Highlander SUV plowed in reverse through two of building's 6x8-foot plate glass windows about 3:25 p.m., destroying a masonry support column and rendering that portion of the building uninhabitable. The building includes the newsrooms of The Reporter and The Regional News. "The noise and the violence of the crash were astounding," said Anthony Caciopo, editor of The Regional News. "It looked and sounded like an explosion." Caciopo watched it happen no more than 10 feet in front of him as he worked at his desk. The impact tossed aside furniture, equipment and file cabinets. A portion of the ceiling collapsed, leaving a heavy light fixture dangling. The car narrowly missed reporter Dermot Connolly, whose back was to the scene.

"I heard a smashing sound behind me and jumped up and ran across the room," he said. "I couldn't believe how close it came to where I was sitting." When the vehicle came to rest, its rear portion extended approximately 4 feet into the building, pointed upward at a slight angle. Two other employees said, "It sounded like a bomb went off. " According to police, the 72¬year-old driver mistook the accelerator for the brake when leaving an angled parking space just north of the Reporter and Regional building. She had reportedly just walked out of a neighboring hair salon, got in her vehicle and attempted to back out of the parking space, while turning her wheels. That's when she apparently hit the accelerator and the vehicle curved around in reverse before crashing into the building. The Palos Park woman was attended to by personnel from the Palos Heights Fire Department and Police Department but declined treatment

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come up with creative ways to stay in the building. The press is not going anywhere." The property was listed in the fall. The asking price is not disclosed, though the property's fair market value is about $2.3 million, according to the Winnebago County Treasurer's Office. GateHouse Media Illinois, based in Fairport, New York, is the Register Star's parent company and building owner.

ROCKFORD — The iconic Register Star News Tower is for sale, though the company hopes to lease back space to house its 121 employees and its printing press operation built in 2006. "Like other newspaper organizations, we are not in the real estate business," Publisher Paul Gaier said. "The core of our business is reporting and news gathering and providing small¬ and medium-sized businesses with comprehensive marketing solutions." The landmark, eight-story Art Deco-style tower was built in 1930 along the Rock River. The tower and its add-ons occupy more than 200,000 square feet. "We want someone to help us redevelop the building, and we want to be tenants," Gaier said. "We're trying to

Joliet Herald-News makes content, lineup changes JOLIET — Some big changes came to The Joliet Herald-News starting Jan. 13. In an attempt to improve upon the experience of readership, the Herald-News is, among other things, making sweeping changes to the day-

The newsroom at The Regional and The Reporter newspapers was demolished Dec. 6 when this SUV crashed into the building. The desk and chair of reporter Dermot Connolly are visible in the foreground. He was working there at the time of the incident. "I feel like I won the lottery,” he said of his narrow escape. (Regional News photo by Anthony Caciopo)

to-day lineup of its features section. Features now will have People and Pets on Sunday, Around Town on Monday, Body and Soul on Tuesday, Good Deeds on Wednesday, Food on Thursday, and Arts and Entertainment on Friday. In addition to shaking up the features lineup, columnist and former Herald-News Managing Editor Bill Wimbiscus had his Sunday piece moved from the Opinions page to a more prominent location in the local section at the front of the paper. Speaking of the local section, going forward, it will include more state and nation news than ever before. The paper hopes these changes will keep readers better informed about what's going on in the Joliet area and beyond, and engaged with the news of the day on any given day.

Daily Herald introduces lively section on personal finance The Daily Herald introduced in its Dec. 16 edition a new Business Personal Finance section. Editors began exploring the possibilities for the new section a few weeks earlier when Gannett Media notified the paper that it was discontinuing the USA Today Personal Finance section. Among other things, the paper added Michelle Singletary's popular “Color of Money” column, as well as advice from NerdWallet, which helps consumers make and manage financial decisions. “The Motley Fool's” entertaining investment and financial planning package was moved from Tuesdays and made a centerpiece of the presentation on Sundays.




Daily Herald chosen for ProPublica network ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — The Daily Herald has been selected to participate in the ProPublica Local Reporting Network, a program aimed at strengthening investigative journalism at local and regional news organizations. The newspaper is one of 14 news organizations nationwide announced as winners on Dec. 12. The Daily Herald, which was chosen from among more

than 215 newsrooms that applied, will team with reporter David Bernstein and with the staff of ProPublica Illinois to deliver investigative journalism on state government and politics. The network, which has doubled since its inception in 2018, pays the salaries and an allowance for benefits for reporters to work on accountability projects. The only other participant from

the state is reporter Rachel Otwell of Illinois Newsroom, a regional journalism collaboration based in Urbana and supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and McCormick Foundation. "While the past year has seen yet more cutbacks at local news organizations, the ProPublica Local Reporting Network has been a bright spot nationally," ProPublica senior editor

Charles Ornstein said in a statement. "We couldn't be happier with the accountability journalism produced by our inaugural class, and are excited to pursue another year of investigative projects with moral force." ProPublica, an independent, nonprofit newsroom, has received four Pulitzer Prizes, three Peabody Awards, two Emmy Awards and five George Polk Awards since it began in 2008.


Pazar named Herald & Review publisher DECATUR — Michelle Pazar is the new publisher of the Herald & Review and Central Illinois Group publisher for Lee Enterprises Inc. – positions she has held on an interim basis the past four months. "To get to this point from where I started is just incredible for me," said Pazar, 35. "I am so thankful for the opportunity to work with such a tremendous team." Pazar also will oversee The Pantagraph in Bloomington and Journal Gazette & Times-Courier in Mattoon/Charleston. She succeeds Julie Bechtel, who left after five years in Central Illinois when she was named executive vice president of Berkshire Hathaway's newspaper division in August. At that time, Pazar was Michelle Pazar named interim publisher. Pazar was selected following a nationwide search, said Chris White, a Lee Enterprise vice president and a group publisher. "What I am proud to say is over the past four months, I think the right person to lead this team proved herself by the work she has done over the last quarter," White said. "We've had a tremendous quarter here in the Central Illinois group." Pazar's "knowledge of the market, her passion and her vision for the future" made her stand out among the other candidates, White said. In June, Berkshire Hathaway hired Lee to manage its portfolio of 30 newspapers operated through BH Media Group. Properties include the Omaha World-Herald, the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina. Bechtel continues to report to Kevin Mowbray, president of Davenport, Iowa-based Lee, in her new role. Pazar sees the upcoming year and beyond "as pivotal," she said on Jan. 2. "As the media landscape continues to change, we are going to be at the forefront of that." On the advertising side, one of the big projects for the Central Illinois Group newspapers in the coming year is expanding its digital product offerings to help local businesses grow, Pazar said.

"Content-wise, we will be looking at making sure watchdog journalism continues to be a No. 1 priority; that we are keeping our readers and businesses informed," she added. Pazar began her career with Lee in August 2006 in The Pantagraph's advertising services department, working her way up to advertising director in 2015. Last year, she was promoted to regional advertising director, overseeing Lee's advertising operations in Bloomington, Decatur and Mattoon.

Muhs now president of Associated Press Media Editors Southern Illinois native and State Journal-Register Executive Editor Angie Muhs is now president of Associated Press Media Editors, a professional group for newspaper editors. Muhs has been involved with the group since 2012. She began working her way up the leadership ladder about three years ago, as a member of the national board. She became president in September. APME provides professional development and mentorship for newspaper editors and offers low-cost training for journalists to improve their skills. The group is also involved with issues affecting journalists. Angie Muhs Muhs said, "We issued a statement of concern last week when the White House revoked a journalist's credentials. It can be a challenge, to react in a timely fashion, under time crunch, while reaching out to our boards to make sure we're capturing members' sentiments, but I take that responsibility to serve as a voice for the profession very seriously." While Muhs takes pride and joy in her commitments with APME, she also keeps busy hours at her day job as executive editor of the State Journal-Register in Springfield, where she oversees the newsroom. Over the years, Muhs has worked for a number of publications throughout the country, including Portland Press Herald in Maine, The State in South Carolina, Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky, and Miami Herald in Florida. Muhs has worked as a reporter, political writer, state capital bureau chief and government editor.





Shaw Media names new publisher for The Times Shaw Media has named Dan Goetz publisher of The Times of Ottawa, effective Jan. 7. Goetz is a 25-year employee of Shaw Media and most recently was publisher of the Newton Daily News in Newton, Iowa, a position he'd held since 2008. He began his newspaper career in 1994 as an advertising Dan Goetz account executive at the Telegraph in Dixon, working his way up to major accounts manager and advertising director in 1997 and 1999, respectively, for Sauk Valley Media in Sterling.

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Goetz and his wife, Lydia, will be moving to the Ottawa area, and Goetz notes he's excited about getting involved in the local communities. "Everything I have learned about Ottawa, Streator and Starved Rock Country tells me that it would be a great community to work and live in," Goetz said. "Everything that I have learned about The Times and the folks that work there tell me that it would be a great organization to be part of." Kevin Elder, Shaw Media's vice president of shared services, had been serving as interim general manager of The Times since July. As publisher, Goetz will also oversee the Bureau County Republican in Princeton. "Dan is a proven leader, both within the company and in the community. I look forward to Dan joining the teams in Ottawa and Streator and believe he will be a terrific addition," said Don Bricker, Shaw Media's vice president of operations.

Cox named managing editor of Journal-Pilot in Carthage Mark Cox of Keokuk, Iowa, has been named managing editor of the Hancock County Journal-Pilot. Cox has been a writer for Mississippi Valley Publishing newspapers since September, first with the Daily Gate City in Keokuk, and most recently with the Journal-Pilot in Carthage. "We are delighted to have someone of Mark's caliber at the Journal-Pilot," said Steve Helenthal, co-publisher of Mississippi Valley Publishing. Before beginning wih MVP newspapers, Cox was director of quality and continuous improvement with Dexter Laundry in Fairfield, Iowa. He also served as director of engineering and quality and as regulatory affairs manager with Dexter. He held several management positions with Methode Electronics in Carthage from 1997 through 2012, including director of

quality in the automotive division and manager/senior engineer in warranty systems. Earlier he worked for seven years with Woodword Governor Co., in Rockford. "We raised our family in Hancock County, and it is nice to be able to give something back," Cox said. "I look forward to continuing the great tradition of the Journal-Pilot and growing the coverage. To do that, I encourage residents to reach out to us at the Journal-Pilot with your photos, story ideas and questions."

Melissa Wilkinson named editor of Breese Journal Melissa Wilkinson introduced herself to readers of the Breese Journal as the newspaper’s new editor in the Nov. 22 edition. Wilkinson has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She then studied graphic design at St. Louis Community College for Melissa Wilkinson two years, serving as editor-in-chief of the Meramec campus paper, The Montage. She was an intern at a St. Louis newspaper last summer. “The most magnificent thing about this county is how apathy doesn’t exist here,” Wilkinson wrote in her welcome to readers. “Between the board meetings and parades I’ve found that, time and time again, there’s always someone willing to go the extra mile or volunteer or speak out for what they think is true and just.”

Carmi Chronicle adds Lacey Cobb to staff The Carmi Chronicle has announced the addition of 2018 Carmi-White County grad Lacey Cobb to the staff as a reporter and photographer. Cobb served as editor of the Bulldog Barks school newspaper and is

planning on pursuing a career in journalism. In addition to journalism, Cobb also was in band, color guard, Winter Guard, book club (president), Maroon Platoon, business team, drama Lacey Cobb club, Thespian Society, and National Honors Society while at CWC, and plans to study Communications at Southeastern Illinois College in the fall of 2019.

Longtime Rantoul Press columnist Kelley bids adieu RANTOUL – Linda Kelley, who had been a monthly columnist for the Rantoul Press for 10 years, wrote in her Dec. 5 column that it would be her last for the newspaper. “I knew when this day arrived, it would be the end of the year and a turning of a page towards the end of my career as I transition Linda Kelley into retirement,” Kelley wrote. Years of journaling, blogging, articles and book drafts led me through life without much of a challenge. However, during the fall of 2007, I was open to whatever plans God had for me, and an advertisement in the Rantoul Press caught my eye: "Got something to say? Become a columnist." Her first column was published Dec. 12, 2007. “Even though all columns were issued gratis, I treated each one as serious as a paid career, paying close attention to details, research and an effort to always be on time,” Kelley wrote. “On the rare occasion that I wrote fluff, I was never happy with those pieces.” The final words of Kelley’s final column? “Live your story; write it down on paper and in the hearts of your loved ones so it will be passed along through time.”




Zwicky ends long run as Journal Star photographer PEORIA – Fred Zwicky ended a 28-year run as a photojournalist for the Peoria Journal Star, he announced to readers in a column published Dec. 16. He moved on to become the senior photographer for the news service at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. “I’m still a storyteller, just for a new audience and a new community,” Zwicky wrote. “My goal is to continue to be a ‘life’ photographer, to photograph what it means to be alive and celebrate this world visually.” While being a photojournalist offered him opportunities to meet actors, presidents and sports stars, Zwicky said the subjects he cherished are largely unsung. “This community is rich. Perhaps we’re not Caterpillar’s world headquarters anymore, but our wealth is measured by the amazing people who are making Peoria greater, one small effort at a time.”

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Tony Scott, a news editor and reporter with the Yorkville Kendall County Record, ended what he called his journalism journey this month. Scott stepped down to begin a job with Northern Illinois University as a donor relations writer for the NIU Foundation. “Being a journalist and writing award-winning stories for my hometown community has been a great honor and privilege,” Scott wrote in a farewell column published Jan. 10. “It’s something I always wanted to do. I got to do it, and they actually paid me for it!”

Longtime correspondent retires from Southwest News-Herald Trudy Maskin has ended a more than 14-year run as neighborhood correspondent for the Chicago Southwest News-Herald. “Trudy faithfully wrote the Greater Ashburn column for 14 years, starting with the Oct. 21, 2004, edition of this newspaper,” wrote Southwest News-Herald columnist Joan Hadac in the paper’s Dec. 14 edition. “By my reckoning, that’s a good 700 columns – reporting on news large and small in the area. “Like every Southwest News-Herald correspondent, Trudy made the neighborhoods she served a better place.”

Home repair columnist retires to write a book’ Henri de Marne, a home repair columnist for the Daily Herald, told readers in a Jan. 8 column that he was retiring. “I just turned 93 and after 61 years in the construction industry and 45 years writing this column, it's time for me to concentrate on remaining healthy and on more personal matters,” de Marne wrote. De Marne said he’s been urged by family and friends to write about his life, “and that is what I will attempt to do now.” De Marne wrote a nationally syndicated column until 2016, Henri de Marne then began writing for the Daily Herald and several other newspapers.


Dana Heupel SPRINGFIELD — Dana D. Heupel, 68, of Springfield, passed away Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at his home. He was born in Franklin, Indiana, November 10, 1950, the son of Donald and Arline (Mellott) Heupel. He graduated from Indiana University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. His parents preceded him in death. Dana retired in 2014 from the University of Illinois at Springfield, where he served as the executive editor of Illinois Issues. Prior to joining Illinois Issues, Dana served 30 years in the newspaper business as a reporter, city editor and statehouse editor with Copley News Service and later Gatehouse Media, which included the State Journal-Register in Springfield. His career also included working at The Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, Indiana, The Fresno Bee in California, The Indianapolis Star, and The Kendallville News Sun. Many of his colleagues and friends remember Dana as a “passionate journalist", a “leader," a "planner", "a great teacher of journalism and writing,” always offering these lessons with kindness and patience. He was a true gentleman with a passion for his craft. Dana cared about the issues in Illinois government. He wrote in his send-off column titled "A Retiring Newsman Looks Back,” ”It's not that I don't understand how government works; it’s more that I refuse to give up on the notion of how it should operate. … I leave with the belief I spent the last few years of my career doing something important." This passion carried through his retirement. He will be greatly missed. Dana won numerous awards during his career, including the Illinois Associated Press' Member of the Year in 1999. In his free time, Dana found great joy in music and was an accomplished guitar player. He loved the outdoors and especially fly fishing and golf-

ing. He was a member of the Press Club at Lake Springfield. He served on the Woodlake Homeowners Association for several years, many of them as president. After Dana came to Dana Heupel Springfield, he met and then married Kathie Wozniak, March 30, 2001, and she survives. Also surviving are his son, Jon (wife Katie) Heupel of Chicago; 2 stepsons, Matthew (wife Dr. Janelle) Wozniak of Fort. Collins, Colorado, and Scott (wife Charlotte) Wozniak of Medford, Oregon; 2 grandsons, August and Andrew Heupel; 3 stepgrandsons: Nate, Alex and Coltrane Wozniak; his brother, Richard (wife Laura) Heupel of Bloomington, Indiana; 2 sisters, Carol (husband Roger) Rhodes of Bloomington, Indiana, and Janene (husband Rick) Trobridge of Wabash, Indiana; 4 nieces and several cousins. Honoring his wishes, Cremation Rites will be accorded by the Bisch Crematory. There was a memorial gathering at Bisch Funeral Home West in Springfield on Jan. 2. Private inurnment will be at a later date in Oak Ridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may direct memorial contributions to the Friend in Deed c/o the State Journal Register or the Central Illinois Food Bank.

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Burnell Heinecke Burnell Albert Heinecke, 91, died at 4:35 a.m., Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at Lewis Memorial Christian Village. He was born June 11, 1927, in Mascoutah, the son of Herman and Olivia (Emge) Heinecke. He was raised in Freeburg, and immediately upon graduation from Tull Freeburg High School enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served aboard aircraft carriers Kula Gulf (CVE 108) Ticonderoga (CV14). A 1950 honors graduate of McKendree College at Lebanon, he worked for two years at the Belleville Daily Advocate before joining the staff of the Chicago Sun-Times. In 1956, he was selected to become a Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University. During most of his 23 years with the Sun-Times, he was involved with state and legislative issues, and during his 10 years as Bureau Chief in the State Capitol also served as president of the Illinois Legislative Correspondents Association. There, he helped create its ILCA Gridiron Dinners. He has an ILCA scholarship in his name at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

While it was still Sangamon State University, he had taught an introduction to journalism class there from 1976 to 1978. He also serviced as president of the Central Illinois chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He covered the administrations of William Stratton, Otto Kerner, Sam Shapiro, Richard Ogilvie, Dan Walker and Jim Thompson. After resigning from the Sun-Times in 1975, he created Heinecke News Service, serving 39 Illinois publications (mostly weeklies) and publications in Chicago, Washington and New York City. Faced with a 1978 recession, he joined the campaign staff of Jerry Cosentino, and after his election as state treasurer became an administrative assistant, a position he also held under State Treasurer James Donnewald. One of his proudest achievements as Legislative Liaison was helping draft and secure enactment of the Illinois Farm Development Authority. Later, he worked for two years as assistant to the Director of Labor under the Thompson administration. As a permanent resident of Springfield after 1965, Burnell had a chance to exercise his performance interests in the local theatres. Although he once had the lead role of Herbie in “Muni's Gypsy,” his favorite roles were as a pi-

rate in two productions of “Peter Pan” and as the grandfather in “Ragtime.” Besides acting with the Springfield Muni Opera and Springfield Theatre Guild, he also performed roles in short plays by Midwest Playwrights and had movie roles in NBC's “The Awakening Land” and more recently had a spotlighted segment in “Legally Blonde 2.” He served on the Board of Managers of both the Muni and Theatre Guild and had key roles in several Muni building projects while also serving as Producer or Production Coordinator for shows from 1968 through 2007. He also served 1978-1980 on one of the first Illinois Humanities Councils that helped pave the way for creation of Illinois Public Radio networks after a failed attempt to create a statewide public television network. That led to his being asked onto the Western Illinois University Foundation Board. After 25 years of service there, he was given lifetime status and continued work on its Scholarship Committee screening honors applicants. Earlier, he had served two terms as president of the McKendree College Alumni Association and was honored by the college with its lifetime Outstanding Graduate in Journalism Award. Following retirement from state

employment, Burnell pursued his love of new cars — and travel — with a 15year career as an Automotive Relocation Specialist (driver) for Springfield auto dealers and rental agencies (primarily Enterprise). Burnell was a lifetime member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Freeburg and a member since 1946 of Locklar-Smith Post 550 of the American Legion in Freeburg. Survivors include one nephew, Timothy (Barb Wunderlich) Mudd of Freeburg; one niece, Lyn Mudd of Swansea; great nieces and nephews, Joseph (Sara) Mudd, Scott Mudd, Kimberly (Ed) Scheibel, Bethany (Steve) Raetz, Morgan (Justin) Belding, Olivia (Steve) Tomei, Carrie (Justin) Brown and Matt (Shelley) Wunderlich, several great nieces and nephews; as well as many friends, including a dear friend, Shirley Clark of Springfield. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Wilmette (Bertram) Mudd, two nephews, Dennis and David Mudd, two close cousins, Harold Heinecke and Aletha (Waeltz) Weiss and a good friend Virginia Davlin O'Brien. Memorial contributions may be made to McKendree College, Lebanon, IL, Springfield Muni Opera or St. Paul's Church in Freeburg, IL.

Carl Caruso Carl Caruso started at the Chicago Tribune as a copy boy, launching a 45year career in which he also worked as a photographer, and managed and modernized the newspaper's photo lab. "Carl was a pioneer in color (photography)," said retired Tribune photographer Bob Fila. "He Carl Caruso made color prints and introduced developing color transparency film and color prints. And he was a hell of a darkroom guy." Caruso, 92, died Oct. 17 of complications from a stroke at the Moorings

of Arlington Heights rehab center, said his daughter, Jerelyn Kane. He had been a longtime Rolling Meadows resident until moving to the Church Creek senior living community in Arlington Heights in December 2017. Caruso grew up in Lincoln Park and graduated from Waller High School (now Lincoln Park High School). He was a sophomore when he was hired by the Tribune as a copy boy in November 1942. After a year, Caruso was promoted to work in the paper's reference library, then known as the morgue. Caruso was drafted into the Army at 18 and served in the Philippines

during World War II. He returned to the Tribune after three years and was assigned to the 24th floor of the Tribune Tower, where he cataloged the private library of Tribune owner and publisher Col. Robert R. McCormick. In 1949, Caruso shifted from reference library work to a job in the paper's photo lab, where he worked as a film processor and as an in-house camera repairman. "He was a great mechanic. He knew all about cameras," said former Tribune photographer Val Mazzenga. Caruso managed the Tribune's photo lab from 1966 until 1981, and then

was a lab technician from 1981 until 1988. After retiring from the Tribune in 1988, Caruso spent considerable time with his wife, Diane, at a cabin they owned on the Menominee River in Marinette, Wisconsin, his daughter said. Caruso's wife died in 2015. His son, Christopher, died in an automobile accident in 1986. In addition to his daughter, he is survived by two other daughters, Jill Wagner and Jennifer Norys; five sisters, Leona Thudium, Mary Mattes, Rose Hopper, Josephine Juhas and Ann Hummel; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson.




Thomas Jachimiec Thomas Jachimiec, 75, of Michigan One of the most recognizable names City, Indiana, formerly of Arlington Heights, for 40 years, passed away De- in the southern Illinois newspaper incember 26, 2018, after a short illness. dustry passed away Jan. 4. Bob "Hawk" Ellis, 82, Tom grew up in Chicago, attendof West Frankfort, had ed St. Roman Grade School, Gordon devoted more than 50 Tech High School, and graduated from years of his life to jourNorthern Illinois University, majoring nalism. Ellis was a rein journalism. He was editor of the tired managing editor of Northern Star, the campus newspaper. the now-defunct Daily He began his career in 1966 as a reAmerican newspaper. He porter for the weekly Southwest News Bob Ellis also worked for a short Herald. In 1967, he joined Paddock time at the Eldorado Publications in Arlington Heights. He Daily Journal between 1980 and1982. retired in 2006 after 39 years. Ellis was hired in 1968 by Larry Perrotto, who had just purchased the Daily American and still today owns Former Piatt County Journal-Re- myriad publications through Commupublican Editor Maggie Schwarzen- nity Media. traub passed away on Dec. 26, 2018, at "When I first met Bob, he was manher home in Monticello. aging a shoe store on Main Street. Schwarzentraub worked at the Journal-Republican for several years, serving as editor into the year 2000. She then served as an editor at HuWayne Stayskal spent 27 years as man Kinetics Publishing Company in- an editorial cartoonist for Chicago Champaign for nine years, retiring in newspapers including the Tribune be2010. fore joining the Tampa Tribune as its editorial cartoonist. During his two deKevin R. Kraljev, 50, of Mascoutah, cades in Tampa, his Illinois, born Oct. 2, 1968, in Detroit, work was nationally synMichigan, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, dicated and his cartoons at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in O'Fallon, appeared in the Tribune Wayne Stayskal from time to time. Illinois. Kevin was the IT director for the St. "Wayne was among Louis Post Dispatch and was the former the most underrated and innovative editor of the Scott AFB newspaper. cartoonists of his generation," said Tribune editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis. "His drawing was like no one else. When you saw a Stayskal cartoon, you Duane Ruser, 83, of Marissa, passed knew it was a Stayskal cartoon. Back away on Monday, December 17, 2018, in a day when most cartoonists' work at the Freeburg Care Center in Free- looked very similar, Wayne had the burg. creative courage to be unique." He was a newspaper publisher. He Stayskal, 86, died of complications and his late wife, Dee, owned and op- from Alzheimer's disease Nov. 20 at erated several newspapers, including his home. He had been a Carol Stream The Marissa Messenger from 1976 to resident and previously lived in St. 1988; during the same time The New Charles. Prior to his time in Tampa, he Athens Journal-Press; and The Ritz- had resided in Elmhurst and Wayne. ville Journal from 1988 to 2006. A Chicago native, Stayskal was the

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Bob Ellis I knew he had quite an interest in sports through his involvement in softball and golf, so when our sports editor was hired away by the Mount Vernon newspaper, I asked Bob if he wanted the job. He accepted. That's how it all started," Perrotto said. Perrotto described Ellis, who was not formally trained as a journalist, as "a natural writer.” What Ellis also possessed, Perrotto said, was "an affinity” for the community of West Frankfort and "a great wit." One-line jokes were an Ellis staple. Perrotto said Ellis worked under the veteran leadership of longtime managing editor Henson Purcell and would later move from the sports department to the news department. "West Frankfort is going to miss Bob a lot. He was a real force of good

for this community for a long time," Perrotto said. WJPF Radio news personality Tom Miller has only fond memories of Ellis as the two were friends for 36 years. "It never occurred to me that Bob could die," Miller said. “I knew he'd been sick on and off, but Bob's one of those guys who has always been around. It’s hard for me to believe he’s gone." West Frankfort Mayor Tom Jordan said Ellis was one of a kind. "He was always there for me, offering words of wisdom and humor along with it. Bob was much more than a former mayor and councilman; he was a friend. He had a great heart, especially for the city of West Frankfort. I could always count on him. He is going to be missed." Ellis leaves behind a wife, Kay.

Wayne Stayskal son of Harold Stejskal, a railway mail supervisor for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific railroad. He grew up in Chicago and graduated in 1950 from Steinmetz High School. Stayskal, who changed the spelling of his surname in the late 1950s, had wanted to be a cartoonist since he was a boy sprawled on his living room floor, copying the characters in timeless comic strips like "Dick Tracy" and "Blondie," he told the Tribune in 1974. Stayskal served in the Air Force before enrolling in the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, where he received a degree in 1956. After first working in advertising art, Stayskal joined the Chicago American newspaper in 1957 as an artist for its Sunday magazine. While working at the American, which was renamed Chicago's American in 1959, Stayskal drew illustrations for the magazine and occasional sketches to accompany feature stories. He found his real interest was in becoming an editorial cartoonist. Stayskal continued with the American after it was renamed Chicago

Today and converted to a tabloid in 1969. His cartoons were produced from a conservative political perspective, including staunch opposition to abortion. In January 1973, Chicago Today discontinued its weekend editions, and Stayskal's work began appearing on Sundays in the Tribune's Perspective section. After the Tribune absorbed Chicago Today in September 1974, Stayskal's editorial cartoons began appearing six days a week in the Tribune. Stayskal left the Tribune in 1984 to move to Tampa to work as an editorial cartoonist for the Tampa Tribune. His work was syndicated nationwide by Tribune Media. Survivors also include his wife of 67 years, Helen; three other sons, Robert, Bill and Dan; two sisters, Alice Sommerville and Janice Drechsel; 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A celebration of life service will take place at 10 a.m. Feb. 16 at the Windsor Park Retirement Community, 124 Windsor Park Drive, Carol Stream.





Charles Mount Across more than 33 years as a Tribune reporter, Charles Mount developed a reputation as a dogged, tenacious reporter who produced many exclusive articles from his years covering the State of Illinois and the Cook County civil and criminal courts. "He was hard-nosed and he was an excellent reporter, with really good contacts throughout his career," said former Tribune city editor and former assistant managing editor Bernie Judge. "He covered the courts in excellent fashion and always tried to do the job so the Tribune was first with anything fresh." Mount, 78, died of heart failure on Dec. 18, said his daughter Hillary Fiveash. He had been an Elgin resident and previously had lived in northern California, Crystal Lake and Northbrook. Born Charles Kirtley Mount in Cincinnati, Mount was the son of an Army lieutenant colonel father and grew up all around the country. He also lived with his parents when his father was posted in Trieste, Italy, in the late 1940s. He then moved with his family in the South Side Roseland neighborhood in 1949. Mount began high school at Fenger High School in Roseland but moved with his family in early 1956 to Fort Knox, Kentucky, where he graduated from Fort Knox High School in 1958. Mount attended Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1962 and served as the sports editor for the Daily Northwestern. Mount stayed in Evanston to earn a master's degree from Medill in 1963, and while in school he also worked part time as a sports reporter for the Associated Press. Mount started his Army service after earning his master's degree, and after going through basic training, he shifted to serving in the Army reserves as part of a special forces group before retiring from a 28-year

Army career as a lieutenant colonel. In May 1964, Mount took a job as a neighborhood news reporter for the Tribune. Mount later covered military affairs before taking on Charles Mount Cook County criminal courts as his beat in 1973. On March 31, 1975, Mount used his Army training while on the job when an 18-year-old who had been charged with armed robbery tried to escape out the door of a courtroom in the Criminal Courts Building and was hit with a flying tackle in the hallway by Mount. Later in 1975, Mount shifted his beat to covering the State of Illinois. He later worked as a general assignment reporter, and in late 1978, Mount and a fellow Tribune reporter, Ronald Koziol, were among the Tribune reporters tasked with covering the gruesome discovery of bodies inside the home of mass murderer John Wayne Gacy Jr. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Mount covered the Cook County Board, while continuing to also serve as a general assignment reporter. In 1991, Mount and his first wife divorced and he moved from Northbrook to Wheeling, and then to Crystal Lake. Mount moved to the Tribune's McHenry County bureau in 1992, mostly covering McHenry County, including the execution of convicted triple murderer Charles Albanese of Spring Grove in 1995. After retiring from the Tribune in 1998, Mount purchased a recreational vehicle and drove around the country, golfing and skiing. He eventually bought a house in Isleton, California, where he enjoyed golfing, playing tennis and water skiing, his daughter said. In addition to his daughter, Mount is survived by another daughter, Kimberly Grabiner, and three grandchildren.

Warren Moulds Warren Moulds was a business reporter for two Chicago newspapers owned by the Chicago Tribune before embarking on a career in public relations. At 64 years old, he returned to journalism as a freelance reporter for the Tribune's metro section, covering western suburbs including Winfield, St. Charles and Burr Ridge from 1998 until 2005. Moulds, 85, died of complications from lung cancer Dec. 13 at his home, said his wife of 47 years, JoAnn. He had been a Wheaton resident for 45 years until moving to Geneva last year.

Richard Lee Richard Wilson Lee, 83, head of South Dakota State University's Deparment of Journalism and Mass Communication for 24 years, taught many of the journalists who filled the state's newsrooms and several others who achieved national prominence. Lee died of cancer Saturday, November 10, 2018, at the United Living Center in Brookings, South Dakota. Dick was born Christmas Day 1934 in Belleville and began his storytelling career early. At age 8, Dick began writing The Cub's Column for the Marissa Messenger, the weekly newspaper that his parents, Thomas J. Lee and Kathleen Wilson Lee, co-owned with his uncle Robert S. Lee. In 1956, Dick earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, where he was in Air Force ROTC. Upon graduation, he went on active duty with the Air Force. Dick returned to his hometown in 1959 and became the third-generation editor of the Marissa Messenger, following both his father and his grandfather in that role. Dick earned a master's degree in journalism from SIU Carbondale. He taught journalism at SIU Edwardsville from 1961 to 1966.

Pat Somers Cronin Pat Somers Cronin crafted advertising copy and wrote stories for the Chicago Daily News during a lifetime of writing that also included 20 years as a columnist for the Beverly Review on the southwest side. The mother of 10, she was staunchly anti-abortion and wrote book reviews and commentary for the Catholic Press and other publications. Cronin, 91, died of natural causes Nov. 14 in Smith Village in the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago, according to her son Michael.

Nancy Long GURNEE – Nancy Long, who delighted Lake County Journal readers for years with her long-running “Village Vine" column, has died. She was 78. Long, a resident of Gurnee, died unexpectedly Dec. 24 at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

Mary Cameron Frey Mary Cameron Frey was a longtime society columnist for the Chicago SunTimes and later for Crain’s Chicago Business whose coverage provided an inside look at philanthropy in Chicago. Frey, 86, died of natural causes Dec. 26 at Roper St. Francis Healthcare’s hospice cottage in Charleston, South Carolina, said her son, Bill Cameron. She had moved to Charleston in May after decades as a resident of the Gold Coast on the Near North Side.