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The Chicago Sun-Times is among an elite group of newspapers that has been honored by Editor & Publisher magazine as one of the 10 News Publishers That Do It Right! PAGE 3


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In the worst of times, newspapers rise to the occasion

e are in uncharted territory. As I contemplated what to write about for this issue of PressLines, it seemed fairly apparent – coronavirus. However, the health crisis and the responses to it are evolving by the day, even the minute, so what might be important as I write this has likely changed by the time you read this. So, here’s what I know that will not change as this crisis escalates. What we do is invaluable. I’ve seen how our newspapers have reacted by reporting and delivering the necessary information that our communities so desperately need. Timely and accurate information is very likely the most important tool we have for fighting this pandemic. That includes special sites, sections, social media, newsletters, text alerts and, yes, the printed product. We have taken a leadership role for our communities, and that’s not something that will be forgotten. We’ve taken a beating as an industry, and it’s been tough on us. There are times when all of us have wondered what the future holds

for newspapers. This crisis has answered it for me: We are needed, as nobody can deliver what we do – it’s invaluable. We do what we do because we believe that it makes a difference – it’s a passion for the business, one I’ve had my entire career. I often joke SAM FISHER that I’m too old to get a job, as I’ve always felt that I get to President & CEO do something that I love and I get paid to do it. There is so much that we don’t know about the coming days, weeks and months. But we should know that we are important, and without us our communities would suffer. Our importance becomes increasingly apparent in a time of crisis, but that importance will exist when the pandemic we face is over. Keep an eye out for your community. There will be those who will try to capitalize on this

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Below are thoughts that my counterpart in Indiana communicated to his members, and they’re worth sharing. n While everyone struggles to understand “flattening the curve” and social distancing, who will provide them with the information about what is happening in their community? n Who will explain what steps the county health department has instituted to deal with COVID-19? n Who will explain what steps the hospital’s emergency room and doctor’s offices have taken to deal with requests for a coronavirus test?

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situation and circumvent the process. No matter how bad this gets, information is critical and transparency by those charged with making those decisions that impact us must continue. We’re here to help. We’re not physically in the office, but we are only a phone call or email away. Keep doing what you’re doing.

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Chicago Sun-Times doing it right, E&P says Honored among '10 News Publishers That Do It Right'; Chicago Tribune and News-Gazette earn honorable mention It’s become a rite of spring. Editor & Publisher honors the top newspapers nationally, and each year an Illinois newspaper is included on the list. This year, it’s the Chicago Sun-Times, which was honored in the trade journal’s March 2020 edition as one of E&P’s 10 “super news publishers” in the past year. The Chicago Tribune and the News-Gazette of Champaign were among 12 news organizations that were given Honorable Mention. But, the journal pointed out, this year’s process was a bit different. “This year, we revamped our annual list of 10 Newspapers That Do It Right to 10 News Publishers That Do It Right,” E&P reporters Nu Yang and Evelyn Mateos wrote. “Our nomination form stated: ‘As our news industry grows and expands beyond paper, we want to profile not just newspapers, but all news publishers that are doing exciting things at their company. “So, for the first time, we invited news publishers – across all platforms – to send in a nomination. We heard back from 70 news outlets around the world, and we’re proud to introduce the 10 “super” news publishers (along with our honorable mentions) that made the list this year.”

Here’s what E&P had to say about the Chicago Sun-Times: Although the story of the Chicago Sun-Times begins in 1948, a new chapter began at the newspaper in 2017, when Tribune Publishing (then known as Tronc) had plans to acquire the Sun-Times, but were outbid by a coalition of labor unions and philanthropists. Since then, the Sun-Times has been working on revamping its newsroom through several initiatives and projects, specifically when it comes to digital. Recently, the newsroom rebranded both their print and digital offerings to make them feel more polished and cohesive as well as launched digital subscriptions. The Sun-Times also wanted to find a new CMS. They chose Vox Media’s Chorus platform in May 2019, becoming the first newspaper to move its website to the platform. Sun-Times chief digital strategist Matt Watson explained it was an opportunity to regroup existing sections and add sub-navigation menus on specific sections. Additionally, years of content was restored online after being removed due to several CMS migrations in the previous decade. Watson said the overall

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IPA/IPF convention rescheduled for Oct. 22-23 Given the uncertainty of the impact of the coronavirus, we have made the difficult but prudent decision to move our 2020 convention from May 7-8 until Oct. 22 -23. Our convention venue, the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield, gave us the opportunity to move our convention dates without any increased financial exposure. Additionally, we have notified our sponsors and exhibitors, and they are in agreement and have committed their involvement for the October convention. With the convention less than two months away, we didn’t want to put our annual event or its participants at risk because of the ever increasing impact of the coronavirus. We have also made the decision not to wait to announce contest winners. We will be notifying winning newspapers and their staffs later this month as planned. However, will wait to announce General Excellence and Sweepstakes winners until convention. We will also award all contest plaques and certificates at convention. We have every intention of hosting a successful convention. We will be sending registration information in August, and we’ll see you in October! — Sam Fisher, Illinois Press Association president and CEO

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n Who will tell residents whether there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in your community? n Who will assure us that the shelves of stores remain stocked, maybe not with hand sanitizers, but the essentials needed while people try to stay at home as often as possible? n Who will tell them that the phar-

macies remain open to fill prescriptions for those who need medicine? n Who will share stories on how first responders are protecting themselves while serving calls from possible coronavirus victims? n Who will explain to parents what students should be doing to stay current in the classroom? n Who will help circulate the

latest information released by county board members, school superintendents, mayors and city councils on the local response to an ever-changing situation? n Who will inform families where they can go to replace the school lunches their children were receiving? n Who will ask hard questions of

government officials when flaws in the system become evident? The answer to all of the above questions is the local newspaper. Be proud of the role you fill in a democracy and make your community proud of the way you fulfilled your role when this crisis passes. Steve Key Hoosier State Press Association


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RIGHT Continued from Page 3 website experience is significantly faster and more stable now. Video and podcasting are also booming enterprises for the Sun-Times. In 2019, the company saw nearly 900,000 podcast downloads, and as of January this year, there is a 109 percent increase in video views, 167 percent increase in YouTube subscribers, and 137 percent increase in watch time. As for podcasting, “The Ben Joravsky Show,” which launched in February 2019, is the product of a partnership between the Sun-Times and the alt-weekly Chicago Reader, and takes a deep dive into Chicago and Illinois news. The Sun-Times also launched several other popular podcasts including: “Halas Intrigue,” a Chicago Bears football podcast which has a companion newsletter; “The Fran Spielman Show,” where veteran city hall reporter Fran Spielman interviews Chicago’s movers and shakers; and “Motive,” a collaboration between the Sun-Times and WBEZ/ Chicago Public Media about Thaddeus “T.J.” Jimenez, who was arrested for murder when he was 13 and spent 16 years behind bars until a judge ruled that he’d been wrongfully convicted. Director of digital operations Brian Ernst explained that the goal is for video and podcasting to become their own entities so that they can produce more evergreen content. On the print side, the Sun-Times launched Sports Saturday in April 2019, which wraps around the regular Saturday edition and includes in-depth cover stories and photography. Editor-in-chief Chris Fusco told E&P that a recent cover story featuring Javier Báez, shortstop and second baseman for the Chicago Cubs, generated more than 100,000 pageviews in two days. In addition, as of November 2019, print and direct-sell digital revenues on Saturdays were up 31 percent over the same period the previous year. Fusco said these initiatives—and the others the newsroom have launched since new ownership took place—have allowed the Sun-Times to compete with the number one daily newspaper in the city, the Chicago Tribune, but he admits he loves the competition. “How great is it to have a city where citizens can pick up two papers, and read and respect the Tribune’s editorial page, and they can read and respect ours and then make a decision,” he said. “That’s what it’s all about.” Here’s what Fusco had to say in an announcement to Sun-Times readers about the honor: Thanks to the support of our owners, our adver-

The Chicago Sun-Times launched its Sports Saturday section in April 2019. The section, which wraps around the regular Saturday edition and includes in-depth cover stories and photography, was one of the projects mentioned by Editor & Publisher as it named the Sun-Times among the "10 News Publishers That Do It Right" in its March edition. tisers and you, our readers, we hired additional journalists, transformed our digital experience and partnered with a variety of other media organizations last year to produce high-quality journalism that moved the needle. Now, we’re being nationally recognized for all this work. A change on the top of our homepage says it all: We’ve swapped out “The Hardest-Working Paper in America” with a new tagline: “One of Editor & Publisher’s ‘10 That Do It Right 2020.’” “The Sun-Times has been working on revamping its newsroom through several initiatives and projects, specifically when it comes to digital,” the magazine said in its story Monday honoring our media company and others. “Recently, the newsroom rebranded both their print and digital offerings to make them feel more polished and cohesive as well as launched digital subscriptions.” E&P — for decades a national authority on the news industry — spotlighted our innovative Sports Saturday edition, our new website powered by Vox Media’s Chorus system, and video and podcasting initiatives that included partnerships with WBEZ and the Chicago Reader. We’re honored to be in the company of quality news companies big and small, from the Arizona Republic to the Financial Times to the Keene Sentinel in Keene, New Hampshire. Our appearance in the “10 That Do It Right” reflects the work of our entire staff. It also seems fitting to recognize individual Sun-Times reporters

who won national honors last year. They include: n Lauren FitzPatrick, National Headliner Award for best “education reporting by an individual or team” for her collection of stories on school cleanliness, school nursing shortages and a profile of a principal who suffered from PTSD sparked by his violent childhood. n Stephanie Zimmermann, Consumer Federation of America Betty Furness Consumer Media Service Award for her body of work in consumer investigations. n Nader Issa, National Association of Black Journalists’ Salute to Excellence Awards, “digital media, single story news” for his multimedia coverage of a controversial Chicago police shooting of a South Side barber. n Maureen O’Donnell, Society of Professional Obituary Writers Awards, “best short-form obituary” for her obit of longtime diner owner Sarkis Tashjian. n Richard Roeper, African American Film Critics Association Roger Ebert Award for his “esteemed career spanning over 30 years, in which he used his platform to analyze and champion vital works of cinema, both mainstream and independent, at the Chicago Sun-Times.” n Mary Mitchell, National Society of Newspaper Columnists, honorable mention for a series of columns related to the Laquan McDonald case. Already this year, we’ve been hard at work,

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Here’s what E&P had to say about the Chicago Tribune’s honorable mention: Last year, the Chicago Tribune reached an important digital-subscriber milestone—100,000 digital-only subscribers. The marketing and editorial teams saw this as an opportunity to not only celebrate a win, but to leverage the moment and unite the organization in achieving further growth. The Tribune’s 100K marketing campaign consisted of print and digital assets that announced the important mile-

stone, thanked subscribers for their loyalty, highlighted key pieces of journalism which would not be possible to produce without the support of subscribers, and featured digital opportunities subscribers could utilize. The result was a 94 percent increase in digital-only subscriber growth and 180 percent increase in digital-only revenue growth from 2017 to 2019, and Tribune Publishing closed out 2019 with more than 330K digital-only subscribers. And, here’s what E&P wrote about the News-Gazette of Champaign, which was among the 10 “Newspapers That Do It Right” in 2019: Last summer, the News-Gazette invited more than 300 high school student-athletes to its office for its Faces of the Fall project. Students — nominated by their schools and dressed in full uniform — received a News-Gazette business card designed and produced in-house that each participant scanned with their cellphone to connect with the paper on social media. There was a “red carpet” complete with a selfie station. About 70 students were invited to record radio spots promoting programming on News-Gazette Media’s three stations. Another 150 students went in front of the newsroom’s green screen and created GIFs for social media channels. Professional portraits were also published online and ran in the print edition each day through the season. The entire experience was filmed, and the video made available at news-gazette.com.

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Hearst Newspapers invests in The Martin Group

N-G sports section, website earn national honors

ALTON – Hearst Newspapers, the parent company of The Telegraph in Alton and The Intelligencer in Edwardsville, on Feb. 10 announced a strategic investment in The Martin Group, an award-winning integrated marketing communications agency with offices in Albany, Buffalo and Rochester, New York. Founded in 2001, The Martin Group provides research, strategy, analytics, creative services, public relations, digital marketing, paid media and advertising and social media solutions to help brands effectively differentiate and tell their unique stories. Hearst Newspapers is the operating group responsible for Hearst's newspapers, local digital marketing services businesses and directories. With more than 3,000 employees across the nation, Hearst Newspapers publishes 24 dailies and 52 weeklies. It also operates digital marketing services and directories businesses under the LocalEdge brand.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – For the 10th year in a row, The News-Gazette of Champaign was named a Top 10 sports section (Sunday) by the Associated Press Sports Editors in its annual writing and sections contest. Also, for the first time, The News-Gazette received a Top 10 honor for best website (newsgazette. com). The N¬G's daily section also was cited (Top 10 Honorable Mention), adding to a run of national recognition that started in 1996. In the last 24 years, The N¬G's sports section has been honored 34 times in the APSE contest. Individually, multimedia specialist Anthony Zilis extended his streak of APSE honors to five years with a Top 10 award for best video. The APSE awards, voted on by sports editors and journalists from across the nation during four days of judging, honor work published in 2019. Winners will receive their awards in June at the APSE summer conference in Indianapolis. The N-G competed in category C, which featured publications with circulation between 14,800 and 30,999.

LeRoy High School students start online newspaper LEROY – The community has a new way of following the happenings of LeRoy High School. An online newspaper, The Paw Print, was started by two students, freshman Lily Monigold and junior Mary Thayn, for the purposes of giving them and others the opportunity to explore journalism. Monigold shared the idea with Thayn at a cross country meet, and Thayn started the process of making it happen. The first edition on the site was published Jan. 20. Monigold and Thayn are co-editors of the paper created, design, controlled and written by students. Content can be viewed at leroypawprint.weebly.com.

Downloads surpass 1,500 for new Daily Journal app KANKAKEE – Since its launch Feb. 13, the new Daily Journal news app was downloaded more than 1,500 times in the first couple of weeks. The free app features all the news published on daily¬journal.com, but now in an easy-to-read format designed for your phone or tablet. That content includes the Journal's extensive coverage of local government and area happenings, as well as new businesses and expansions. Also, you can access the Journal's acclaimed sports section and weekly podcast, as well as the many lifestyle

and opinion items we publish daily in the Journal. Push notifications alert you when there's breaking news stories or important updates. The app is available on both Apple and Android devices.

Ashton Gazette celebrates 125th anniversary ASHTON – On Feb. 28, the Ashton Gazette celebrated its 125th anniversary. The paper was founded in 1895 by John Bancroft and his sister-in-law (and later wife) Cora John. The fifth of six Ashton newspapers, The Gazette continues as a landmark in the community, one of the oldest businesses in the area.

Daily Record to relaunch with new look LAWRENCEVILLE – The Daily Record has a new publication schedule, a fresh design and a renewed focus on covering local news in Lawrenceville and Lawrence counties. The Daily Record will be printed weekly on Thursdays and will continue reporting the news daily with expanded coverage online at LawDailyRecord.com. The print edition is switching to a hyperlocal format with fewer national dispatches from the Associated Press and more Lawrence County news. Editor Bill Richardson said the shift to online-first reporting will provide readers with more news as it happens, and local journalists will still be telling the community's stories. A new version of LawDailyRecord. com is in development and is expected to launch this spring. The Daily Record is currently printed at the Daily News in nearby Robinson. The Daily News will idle its printing press and outsource printing for both newspapers to The Tribune-Star in Terre Haute, Indiana, allowing more color pages to be printed.

Paddock Publications buys Sullivan newspapers PANA – Paddock Publications Inc., the employee-owned parent of the Pana News Group, has added to its growing central Illinois presence with the acquisition of the Moultrie County News-Progress in Sullivan. The weekly newspaper and a countywide shopper were purchased from Best Newspapers Inc. Siblings Robert and Kathleen Best were the second-generation owners of the newspaper, which was originally bought by their parents in 1961. The new acquisitions will be printed at Paddock's facility in Virden, along with all of Paddock's downstate newspapers. Paddock now operates 12 community publications in central Illinois and nine in southern Illinois, including the Pana News-Palladium, the Golden Prairie News, the Nokomis Free Press-Progress, the Blue Mound Leader, and the Ramsey News-Journal, as well as a group of four newspapers headquartered in Virden

Greenville advocate owners announce sale GREENVILLE – The owners of The Greenville Advocate for the past decade, Jay and Paula Endress of Carlinville, have announced the newspaper has been sold to an established local company. The buyer, Centralia Publishing Ltd., owns the Centralia Morning Sentinel, Mt. Vernon Morning Sentinel, Salem Times-Commoner, Carlyle Union Banner, and radio station WCXO in Carlyle. The new general manager will be Ron Smith, a veteran of more than 30 years in the newspaper business. Established in February 1858, The Greenville Advocate is the oldest business in Bond County and one of the oldest newspapers in Illinois publishing under its original name. The Morning Sentinel was established in 1863, and has been owned by the Joy and Perrine families since 1888.


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Former newspaper GM pleads guilty in theft case

BND moves to new home in downtown Belleville

KINGSTON – Cynthia R. Jensen, 56, of Kingston, pleaded guilty Jan. 10 to a felony theft charge in Walworth County Circuit Court in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. The former general manager of Rock Valley Publishing, Southern Lakes News¬papers and Southern Lakes PubCynthia Jensen lishing – which is based in Delavan, Wisconsin – made a $250,000 restitution payment at the court hearing and pleaded guilty to a felony charge that typically carries a maximum penalty of six years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Jensen must pay an additional $24,575.58 in restitution within six months and will serve two years of probation under a plea agreement. Court records show Jensen, an Illinois-licensed CPA, made unauthorized transactions from the company to herself and her husband between May 2015 and early 2018. Company records show that Jensen transferred $871,560 in company funds into her personal accounts from May 11, 2015, until Feb. 9, 2018, without authorization. She was charged Sept. 25, 2018, with seven counts of identity theft for financial gain and two counts of theft in a business setting of more than $10,000, all as a party to a crime. Jensen opened a slot machine video gaming business called CJ's Gaming in DeKalb close to the same time the theft started. While employed as general manager and business manager for the publishing firm, Jensen made unauthorized ACH transfers from the company into her personal accounts and issued checks to herself and her husband without authorization by forging a signature of a company owner, the records show.

BELLEVILLE – The Belleville News-Democrat's new address will be 23 Public Square, on the second floor of the Mathis, Marifian & Richter building. The newspaper’s new home is near the site of the old Belleville News-Democrat building that burned down 121 years ago on Public Square. The move is expected to occur later in the spring.

Firm hired to manage papers in Crawford, Laurence counties LAWRENCEVILLE – A media company formed by North Carolina's last two independent daily newspapers has been hired to manage two family-owned publications in eastern Illinois. Kathleen Lewis, publisher of the Daily News of Robinson and the Daily Record of Lawrenceville, signed a management agreement with Restoration NewsMedia in late December. Executives for the North Carolina company began overseeing operations at the papers in January. The Daily News of Robinson celebrated its centennial last year and has been published by the Lewis family since Fernando Wood "F.W." Lewis, then editor and publisher of the weekly Robinson Constitution, established the daily newspaper in 1919.

Lee Enterprises buys papers from Berkshire Hathaway DAVENPORT, Iowa – Davenport-based Lee Enterprises is buying Berkshire Hathaway's BH Media Group publications and The Buffalo News for $140 million. The deal covers 30 daily newspapers in 10 states as well as 49 paid weekly publications with digital sites and 32 other print products.

Among the daily papers are the Omaha World-Herald in Nebraska, the Tulsa World in Oklahoma, and the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina. Lee is based in Davenport and operates the Quad-City Times, Dispatch-Argus (Moline-Rock Island), the Herald & Review of Decatur, The Pantagraph of Bloomington, The Southern Illinoisan of Carbondale, and the Journal Gazette and Times-Courier of Mattoon. As part of the agreement, Lee will enter into a 10-year lease for BH Media's real estate. Warren Buffett, Berkshire's chairman and CEO, said he and his partner, Charlie Munger, have long admired Lee. The deal was expected to close in March.

New advertiser-generated content in Greenville Advocate GREENVILLE – A new monthly feature will be included in The Greenville Advocate's Banking and Finance section. Each month, stories written by local advertisers from within the section will be included in the section to help consumers to be aware of the financial programs offered to them locally. These stories will cover a variety of topics, such as information about saving for retirement or college, tools available for local business owners, tips on investments, insurance program options, tips on financial security, and many more. The local financial businesses that will be featured are Bradford National Bank; Edward Jones, David Tabor; Kovack Securities, Lee D. Simmonds, Financial Advisor; Peoples State Bank, SIUA, Inc., Chance Vohlken, Certified Insurance Counselor; and Investment Center, Andrew Feyerabend, Financial Advisor. The Banking and Finance section is published on the fourth Thursday of each month.

Rockford, Freeport papers move production to Milwaukee FREEPORT – The Freeport Journal-Standard is moving its newspaper printing and production operation from Rockford to a sister facility in Milwaukee, which also produces the Journal Sentinel. The Journal-Standard news and advertising teams will remain in Freeport. The Rockford Register Star will also be produced in Milwaukee. The transition will take place in April, and will not affect the daily publication of The Journal-Standard. Subscribers to the print edition will continue to receive home delivery at the usual time, and the news team will continue to be based at the newspaper's offices on West Douglas Street in Freeport. The anticipated last newspaper to be produced in Rockford will be on April 5, for the April 6 edition. The company will work to connect employees with local resources to assist with seeking new employment, and opportunities will be made available to them, if possible, at other company locations.

Herald Tribune wins grant from Report For America CHESTER – The Randolph County Herald Tribune has won a Report For America grant from The Ground Truth Project, enabling the paper to bring a full-time reporter on board to cover Chester and Randolph counties, starting this summer. Supported by a $5 million grant over five years from the Knight Foundation to Ground Truth, Report for America pays half of its reporters' salaries for the first year; local newsrooms and local supporters pay the other half. Report For America interviews and hires the reporting candidates, and they remain on the beat for one or two years, working hard to cover the community they have been assigned.


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Kindred, longtime Pantagraph sports staffer, to retire BLOOMINGTON – Randy Kindred, sports editor of The Pantagraph since 2012 and part of the sports staff for almost 42 years, was set to retire March 20. Kindred, 62, began working for The Pantagraph sports department as a part-timer while a student at Randy Kindred Illinois State University in April 1978 and joined the full-time staff in October 1979. A native of Atlanta, Kindred has won numerous awards for stories and his popular column, which began in 1989 and will continue. Justin Conn, Central Illinois deputy sports editor, will oversee the sports department at The Pantagraph.

award-winning outdoors writer Mike Roux. Roux lives in Chatham and is heavily published in the outdoor world, holding many prestigious awards, including Illinois Outdoor

Writer of the Year. He has columns in four monthly periodicals and free¬lances for dozens of magazines each year. Roux is also a member of the Mossy Oak Camo Pro Hunting staff.

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Cunningham hired as new editor of Times-Tribune TROY – Macoupin County native Kyle Cunningham has recently joined the Times-Tribune at the editor position. Cunningham, who lives in Benld, has extensive experience writing for multiple newspaper publications, including the Macoupin County Enquirer, Greenville Advocate, Jersey County Journal and the Carlyle Union Banner. He started out primarily as a sports reporter before later transitioning to a news role. Although he has never been an editor in the past, Cunningham filled in briefly at the Jersey County Journal.

New outdoors writer joins The Carmi Chronicle CHATHAM – The Carmi Chronicle has hired a new outdoors columnist,

His column will focus on fishing, hunting, boating, camping and other outdoor activities. He will focus heavily on the southern Illinois region, but he will also share his world travel adventures, as well.

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Chicago Tribune cuts Haugh as sports columnist CHICAGO – David Haugh might be riding high in the ratings as morning co-host on Entercom sports/talk WSCR 670-AM, but his days as a Chicago Tribune sports columnist are over. Haugh, 51, disclosed on social media Jan. 28 that it was his final day after 17 years with the David Haugh Tribune – including the past 10 years in what he called his "dream job" as a star sports columnist. Haugh declined to comment further on his departure, but sources noted his status with the newspaper shifted to freelance in 2018 when he teamed with Mike Mulligan on The Score's morning show. As a result, Haugh cut back his output from five columns a week to two or three.

Tribune CEO steps down CHICAGO – Tribune Publishing announced a shakeup of its leadership ranks Feb. 3 – less than three months after hedge fund Alden Global Capital became the company's largest shareholder. Tim Knight, a longtime company executive who became CEO in January 2019, has been replaced Tim Knight by Terry Jimenez, Tribune Publishing's chief financial officer. Knight left the company at the end of the month. Jimenez took Knight's seat on the board, the company said in a news release. Terry Jiminez Also, board member Philip Franklin has replaced David Dreier as nonexecutive chairman.

The change in leadership comes amid an employee buyout program to reduce head count and expenses. At the same time, some journalists at Tribune Publishing newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun have launched independent efforts to find new owners in the face of an increasingly uncertain future under Alden.

Music critic Greg Kot leaves Chicago Tribune CHICAGO – Greg Kot, the nationally renowned authority on popular music for the Chicago Tribune, has left the newspaper after 40 years – including the last 30 as music critic. Kot, 62, was the highest-profile personality so far to announce his departure from the Tribune under a volunGreg Kot tary buyout plan offered to employees of Tribune Publishing newspapers. His last day at the Tribune was Feb. 14. Kot said his immediate plans include caring for his father and continuing to operate Over The Edge, his Chicago-based business that helps prepare boys and girls to play competitive basketball. Along with former Sun-Times rock critic Jim DeRogatis, Kot also will continue to co-host "Sound Opinions," the nationally syndicated rock 'n' roll talk show produced by Chicago Public Media WBEZ 91.5¬ FM. "Sound Opinions" airs at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. A native of Syracuse, New York, and graduate of Marquette University, Kot worked for the Quad City Times in Davenport, Iowa, before joining the Tribune as a copy editor in 1980. He is the author or co¬author of numerous books, including: "I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the Music the Music That Shaped the Civil Rights Era";

"Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music" and "Wilco: Learning How to Die."

Paddock executive VP retiring, will stay on the board TROY – Robert Y. Paddock Jr., vice chairman and executive vice president of Paddock Publications, has retired from day-to-day responsibilities at the Daily Herald Media Robert Paddock Jr. Group. He will continue on the board of directors for the company that has been employee-owned since 2018.

Iozia joins Journal-Courier staff as associate editor JACKSONVILLE – Veteran journalist Darren Iozia has joined the staff of the Journal-Courier as associate editor. Iozia, a native of England, relocated to the Jacksonville area in 2013 from Orlando, Florida, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience. Most reDarren Iozia cently, he was managing editor of The Source, a position he held for seven years. He also has worked at the Orlando Sentinel, Pioneer Publishing and Portfolio magazine. He is a member of Jacksonville Rotary Club, from which he received a Paul Harris Fellowship award in 2014, and a member of the board of the Art Association of Jacksonville. His photographic work was featured at the David Strawn Art Gallery in 2013. In his role with the Journal-Courier, he will write stories and take photographs while coordinating news coverage and helping reporters to sharpen their skills.

Dold, Kendall out at top in Chicago Tribune newsroom CHICAGO – In a top-level shakeup by the new corporate brass of Tribune Publishing, Bruce Dold is out as publisher and editor-in-chief of the Chicago Tribune, and Peter Kendall is out as managing editor. Succeeding Dold in the editor-in-chief role is Colin McMahon, who will continue in Bruce Dold his current position as chief content officer for Tribune Publishing. Terry Jimenez moved up earlier in February from chief financial officer to chief executive officer and president of Tribune Publishing. The role of Chicago Tribune publisher apparently has been eliminated, with McMahon assigned to report to Par Ridder, general manager of Chicago Tribune Media Peter Kendall Group. The changes occur as Alden Global Capital steps up as Tribune Publishing's largest stockholder. The New York-based hedge fund is widely thought to be planning deep cuts at Tribune newspapers in keeping with its reputation for sweeping layoffs and other aggressive measures at its news operations. Dold, a 42-year veteran of the Tribune, was a reporter, columnist and editorial page editor before he was named publisher and editor-in-chief in 2016. He won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. His last day at the Tribune will be April 30. Kendall, a 32-year veteran of the Tribune, has been managing editor of content since 2015 and has already left the company.


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Chicago Tribune reporter to be honored by DePaul CHICAGO – Jeremy Gorner, a police reporter on the metro staff of the Chicago Tribune, has been named a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from DePaul University’s Center for Journalism Integrity and Excellence. He is scheduled to be honored at a luncheon April 30 Jeremy Gorner along with former television news anchor Ron Magers, who is receiving the 2020 Distinguished Journalist Award. Gorner, who graduated from DePaul in 2004 with a degree in political science, joined the Tribune in 2006 from the former City News Bureau of Chicago. He played key roles in investigations of the Laquan McDonald shooting and other police accountability issues.

JGTC hires general manager, upgrades website

Wally Haas (right), opinion editor of the Rockford Register Star, listens as Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara (left) proclaims the day Wally Haas Day in the city on Jan. 28. The day marked the 40th anniversary of Haas' employment at the newspaper. Executive Editor Mark Baldwin (center) listens in as well. (Photo by Scott P. Yates of the Rockford Register Star)

Lee Enterprises taps regional Belleville News-Democrat hires advertising director new Illinois politics reporter BLOOMINGTON – Jaime Reynolds has joined Lee Enterprises Central Illinois as regional advertising director. Reynolds has worked in the media industry for 18 years, starting in a newsroom when she was still in high school and most recently focusing on digital adverJaime Reynolds tising and events with Gatehouse Live. She will oversee advertising at The Pantagraph, The Herald & Review in Decatur, Journal Gazette & Times-Courier in Mattoon and Woodford County Journal in Eureka. Reynolds grew up in Carbondale and is moving to the Bloomington-Normal area from central Missouri with her husband and four children.

BELLEVILLE – People in southwestern Illinois have a new state affairs and politics reporter to keep an eye on their elected officials and tax dollars. Kelsey Landis began her new post at the BND on Jan. 21, just in time for the new legislative session and as the primary campaign heated Kelsey Landis up. During her first two years at the BND, Landis had a track record of strong breaking news and local government accountability coverage. She also covered growth and the economy. Landis was part of the BND team that gained national attention for its coverage of a Belleville man who fired on a Congressional baseball game, and she won statewide awards for her accountability

and enterprise reporting. In her new position, Landis covers state affairs and politics through a southern Illinois lens. Landis replaced Joseph Bustos, who joined the state politics reporting team at one of McClatchy’s sister news organizations, The State, in Columbia, South Carolina.

Berkenbile new advertising director at Democrat Message MT. STERLING – Kim Berkenbile joined the team at the Brown County Democrat Message on June 31 as advertising manager. Having lived in Mount Sterling for 10 years, she is a familiar face to Brown County and the community. Kim Berkenbile She and her husband, James, along with three children moved to Mount Sterling

MATTOON – David Rigas has been named general manager for the Journal Gazette & Times-Courier. Rigas, who now resides in Mattoon, most recently served as digital director and advertising director for KPC Media in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and has served similar roles for publications and media organizations in Hilton Head, South Carolina, and Atlanta, Georgia. Rigas holds a degree in business administration from West Liberty State University-West Virginia. The JGTC has also upgraded its website. Mobile and desktop users will find bigger headlines, bolder photo presentation and a streamlined format that's easier to navigate with a click or swipe.

'Wally Haas Day' marks editor's 40 years ROCKFORD – Register Star Opinion Editor Wally Haas marked 40 years with the newspaper in January and was surprised with a special proclamation from Mayor Tom McNamara. McNamara, who was scheduled to meet with the newspaper's Editorial Board, learned it was Haas' anniversary with the paper before the meeting and declared it "Wally Haas Day." Haas, who joined the newspaper as a copy editor Jan. 28, 1980, has spent the past 20 years as opinion editor. He also worked as regional editor, news editor and assistant managing editor, among other roles.


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Paul Fullmer CARLSBAD, Calif. – Paul Fullmer, former president of Selz/ Seabolt Communications in Chicago, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, in Carlsbad, California, after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Fullmer, who retired to Galena in 2000, was 85. Paul Fullmer A 1955 journalism graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Fullmer spent two years as a reporter/columnist for the Aurora Beacon-News after graduation. He then joined the Lawrence H. Selz Organization and spent his entire professional career with the public relations firm. In 1980, he became president and CEO of the firm, renamed Selz/Seabolt Communications, and served in that role for 20 years until selling the company to the French communications conglomerate, Publicis, in 2000. He continued as a consultant for three years. After moving to Galena, Fullmer became a volunteer tutor and a participant in the Big Brother program. He was elected a board member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northern Illinois in 2008. He also was an active member of the Notre Dame Club of Dubuque, Iowa.

Edgar Franklin “Ed” Coudal SARAOSA, Fla. – Edgar Franklin "Ed" Coudal, 84, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, in Sarasota, Florida. Born and raised in Chicago, Ed was the son of Nels and Jenny (Halsor) Coudal. He graduated from Chicago's Steinmetz High School in 1952, and Northwestern University in 1956, earning a B.A. in Journalism. He married Mary Lou Wade of Chicago in 1957 and they lived in Baltimore and San Francisco while he served in the U.S. Army. Ed later joined the Chicago American news-

paper as a reporter and went on to serve as an editor and writer for the Chicago Today newspaper. He worked for the Young & Rubicam advertising agency and the Pullman Corporation as a public relations executive. He founded Coudal & Associates, a public relations consultancy. The Coudals started family life in Skokie, St. Joan of Arc parish, and then settled in Park Ridge, Mary Seat of Wisdom parish. After divorcing, Ed moved to the Sarasota area 30 years ago, where he met Ms. Montague. He was a longtime resident of Siesta Key. Edgar's love for Chicago and its history never wavered, nor did his passion for the Chicago Cubs. He was an active member of the Mensa community and had countless friends in common with Bill W. A life¬long writer, painter and voracious reader, Ed was known for his sense of humor, intellect and good counsel. Ed leaves behind his longtime partner and love, Martha Montague; his five children and their spouses, James Coudal (Heidi), Mary Beth Coudal (Chris Jones), John Coudal (Laurie), Brendan Coudal (Nicole), Mary Kate Sweeney (Jed); and Martha's children, Kristin (Jack) and Scott (Irene). He was lovingly known as "Bestefar," to his 12 grandchildren.

Linda Z. Waters DUNLAP – Linda Ziegler Waters, 67, of Dunlap passed away peacefully Jan. 12, 2020, at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born in Peoria on March 16, 1952, to George P. and Lillian L. Ziegler. She married M. Michael Waters on Aug. 13, 1977, in Henry. Salutatorian of Linda Z. Waters Bradford High School, Linda attended Illinois State University, where she obtained degrees in sociology and journalism. While working at The Vidette

in Normal, Linda met her beloved, Michael. After college, she worked for Scott Foresman before returning to Peoria to assist her family in running the Bradford Republican, the Stark County News and the Henry News Republican. Linda was incredibly involved with her children's education and extra¬curricular activities. She took on many roles, including but not limited to, Room Mom, PTA member, editor of the school newspaper and yearbook, and the unofficial baker for Teacher Appreciation Week. She had many roles throughout her life, but Linda's main priority was always her family. Linda had many decades in bridge groups with Mike, baking cookies with friends and organizing college-reunion golf tournaments. Linda's mission in life was to bring people together and to love everyone around her. Linda's most joyous role was as a grandmother. Linda exemplified selflessness and love with every breath. She was absolutely passionate about taking care of her friends and family. She treated her daughter's friends as if they were her own children. Linda was a passionate CASA volunteer in Peoria. She enjoyed many card games, her favorite games being those played with her grandchildren. Linda had a soft spot for Brittany Spaniels and river boating. She was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church. Linda will forever be the heart of Linda's Legs, the Walk MS Team organized by her daughter, which has raised more than $100,000 for local efforts to fight MS. She was also a dedicated advocate for the OSF INI MS Clinic. Linda was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1977. A two-time breast cancer survivor, Linda was faithful fighter. Her strength and courage have impacted many. Linda was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her brother, Doug. She is survived by four daughters, Kathleen (Brian) DuBois of Washington, Illinois, Kristine (Peter) Ray

of Peoria, Illinois, Karlene (Justin) Enderle of St. Charles, Missouri, and Kerrianne (Steve Tikhonov) Waters of Edwards, Illinois; six grandchildren, Evan, Lillian and Madelyn DuBois of Washington, Illinois, Michael and Theodore Ray of Peoria, Illinois, and Benjamin Enderle of St. Charles, Missouri; four nieces, Laura (Matt) Dalmut of Farmington, Arkansas, Krista (Alan) Levin of Cincinnati, Ohio, Renee (Adam) Lipton of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Courtney Ziegler of Sparland, Illinois; and two nephews, Patrick (Kate) Shaw of Milford, Michigan, and Zachary Ziegler of Sparland, Illinois. Friends may sign the online guestbook or send condolences at www. wrightandsalmon.com.

Jeffrey W. Forsythe MASCOUTAH – Jeffrey W. Forsythe, Sr., age 62, of Mascoutah, formerly of Belleville, died on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, at Belleville Memorial Hospital in Belleville. Born on Oct. 10,1957, in Weisbaden, Germany, Jeffrey was a United States Marine veteran. He worked at the MasJeffrey W. Forsythe coutah Herald, and then as a salesman for the Belleville News-Democrat from 1991 to 2016. He loved “Star Wars” and computer gaming. His call sign was Kan wolf 1. He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Clarissa Michelle Forsythe. Jeffrey is survived by his wife of 42 years, Delane Forsythe, nee, Grimont; his children, Thomas Edward (Tina) Forsythe and Jeffrey Wayne (Jamie) Forsythe, Jr.; his grandchildren, Haiden, Thalia, and Tessa; and his mother, Edwina "Edie" Schumann, nee Harrison. Condolences may be expressed online to the family at www.kasslyfuneral.com.


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Armond Ahrens KANKAKEE – Armond A. Ahrens, 85, of Kankakee, passed away Jan. 23, 2020, at Watseka Rehabilitation & Health Care Center. He was born Dec. 1, 1934, in Steger, to Arthur and Clara (Bucholz) Ahrens. Armond married Linda Ahrens on Oct. 2, 1966, at First PresbyteArmond Ahrens rian Church in Kankakee. They were married 53 years. Armond was a 1953 graduate of Kankakee High School. For more than 50 years he was an employee of The Daily Journal, retiring in 2003. Armond met his wife at The Daily Journal, where she also worked for seven years in the classifieds department. He was known at work for his jovial demeanor. Armond began his service with The Daily Journal in the mailroom in 1948 and was hired full time in the press room on Aug. 8,1953. He was skilled at the art of color separations (decomposing a color photo into single-color layers) to make color photo images printed in the newspaper. This skill helped The Daily Journal earn several national awards for its color presentations. While at The Daily Journal, Armond also served as chapter chairman for the Graphic Communications International Union. He was a member of the GCIU for a half-century. At one time, he was secretary treasurer of the GCIU Local C41. In his youth, Armond was in a bowling league and he enjoyed golfing. He also was skilled in some construction work and worked alongside his father on various projects, and did many remodeling projects at home. From 1958 to 1964, Armond served in the U.S. Army National Guard (129th Infantry Companies A and C) and was honorably discharged. He was noted as a sharpshooter. He trained alongside professional baseball players Curt Flood and Mike Shannon, and Clint

Eastwood was a swimming instructor for the Guard while he was stationed at Fort Ord in California. Armond was a St. Louis Cardinals fan, philatelist, numismatist and loved his pets at home, including many cats and a dog over the years. Despite his last few years fighting Alzheimer's disease and other serious ailments, Armond continued showing glimpses of his amusing personality, making the staff at Watseka Rehabilitation & Health Care Center laugh. Upon his death, to honor his military service and pay respect to his character, the staff of Watseka Rehabilitation lined the hallway at the facility and played a recording of Taps as he was taken away. Hospice of Kankakee Valley placed the American flag over him and that flag was given to his family. Surviving are his wife; one son, Derek Ahrens of Kankakee; one daughter, Tracy Ahrens of Momence; one sister, Audrey Harrawood of Bonfield; one brother, Arnold Ahrens of Bourbonnais; one niece, Laurie (James) Watters of Bonfield; one great¬nephew, Connor Thorsten of Bonfield; and one brother¬-in¬-law, Art Lezotte of Beulah, Michigan. Armond was preceded in death by his parents.

Jerome 'Jerry' Morgan MOMENCE – Jerome "Jerry" H. Morgan, 86, of Momence, and formerly of Kankakee, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, at Momence Meadows Nursing Home in Momence. He was born Nov. 4, 1933, in Kankakee, the son of Frank and Beatrice Hubert Morgan. Jerry Morgan Jerome married Marjorie Bires on Aug. 27, 1965, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kankakee. She preceded him in death on May 17,1999. Jerry was a reporter at The Daily Journal in Kankakee for more than 30 years. He served in the U.S. Army

from 1954 to 1956. Jerry was a member of the St. Teresa Catholic Church in Kankakee. He enjoyed writing stories and reading books, especially mysteries and World War II history. Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Anthony (Lamise) Morgan, of Elgin, and Paul (Julie) Morgan, of Momence; two granddaughters, Cassie and Cailie Morgan; and his sister, Shirley Hosek, of Manteno. He was also preceded in death by his parents. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Please sign his online guestbook at cotterfh.com.

James R. Ward WHEATON – James R. Ward, 98, resident of Glen Ellyn for 63 years, passed away on January 24, 2020, at Wynscape Health & Rehabilitation in Wheaton. Jim was born Aug. 12, 1921, in Aurora to the Rev. Eliasand Genevieve (Robertson) Ward. Jim married Mary Lorena (Marilo) Lotts James R. Ward (Mendota and Ottawa) in 1947; they were together 41 years until her death in 1988. JoAnn (Hickey) Williams (Glen Ellyn) and Jim were married in 1989 until her death in 2009. Although his home base was Aurora, Jim lived in and attended elementary schools in Plattville, Sheridan, Paw Paw and Hampshire. Jim graduated from Plainfield High School in 1938. He attended Northwestern University, where he joined the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and became a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and the Deru Society; he served as editor of the Daily Northwestern in 1941. WWII interrupted his senior year studies as he worked in the Office of Civilian Defense-Youth Division as part of Eleanor Roosevelt's staff. In 1942 he then graduated from Northwestern and also received a commission as a Navy officer. Jim served as an aviation specialist stateside and later in

the South Pacific as lieutenant flight director on the USS Bataan (CV¬29) until 1945. Following the war, he returned to Northwestern to complete his Master of Science in journalism in 1949; his first job was writing news for CBS in Chicago. He transitioned to work as special assistant to the president of Hotpoint and later was with R. H Donnelly/Donnelly Marketing's (Oakbrook) as Midwest sales manager for 32 years. Following "retirement" in 1986, he purchased Hinsdale Travel which he continued to own until 1996. He then shifted to selling farm real estate with Coleman Land Company (St. Charles) from which he fully retired in 2007 at the age of 86. Jim had many interests and supported many organizations through his active participation. These included: founding the Lake Ellyn Yacht Club, First Methodist Church of Glen Ellyn, Wheaton Community Radio Amateurs (call sign W9DHX), Boy Scouts of America, American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA), Skål International travel, Clan Donnachaidh Society (Scottish heritage), Sheridan Historical Society, Northwestern University's John Evans Club, and The Chicago Farmers for which he was international travel coordinator for many years. Jim is survived by two sons, Jeffrey Ward (Dr. Julie Bjoraker) of Dover, Minnesota, and Dr. Robertson Ward (Diane) of Provo, Utah; three grandchildren, Caryn Ward Lantz (Charles) of Burnsville, Minnesota, Brandon Ward (Cielle) of Parker, Colorado, and Shane Ward (Carly) of Chattanooga, Tennessee; and six great-grandchildren, a much-loved extended family, and special friend Jeannine Warkow of Winfield, Illinois. Jim was also preceded in death by his parents, one stepbrother,and three stepsisters. Memorials may be directed to the Medill School of Journalism, c/o Northwestern University, Alumni Relations and Development, 1201 Davis St, Evanston, Illinois 60208 or the Sheridan Historical Society Museum, 185 N. Robinson St., Sheridan, Illinois 60551.


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Bernie Finkel EVANSTON – Bernard Finkel wrote, produced and hosted "The Jewish Community Hour" show each Sunday morning on a north suburban radio station for more than 33 years until signing off in 2009. Finkel, 93, died of congestive heart failure on Dec. 25 at AMITA Health St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, said his son Norman. A West Rogers Park resident for the past five years, Finkel previously had lived for many years in Skokie. Born in Chicago, Finkel grew up on the West Side and graduated from Manley High School. He served in the Army both in Texas and on a ship in the Pacific Ocean from March 1945 until October 1946. Back home, he received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Finkel was a well-regarded sandlot baseball player. In 1947, he struck out 20 batters during a game at Douglas Park, which prompted the Chicago Cubs to take a closer look, Finkel told the Tribune in 2008. Ultimately, however, Finkel did not proceed with any tryout, because "tryouts were on a Saturday," Finkel told the Tribune. And while the tryouts conflicted with his Jewish Sabbath, Finkel also realized a career as a ballplayer also inevitably would involve games conflicting with his desire to observe the Sabbath. "He was a really great ballplayer, but he viewed religious practices as more important," his son said. "He knew he'd have to play on the Sabbath." Finkel was a reporter at the Chicago Defender, then worked for Peacock Newspapers, a chain of suburban and neighborhood news publications, and Lerner Newspapers before going into

the public relations industry as a solo practitioner. In 1963, a friend of Finkel's, Jerry Rabin, began hosting "The Jewish Community Hour" on Sunday mornings on the north suburban radio station WNMP-AM, which later was known as WLTD-¬AM and WONXAM before adopting its current call letters, WCGO-AM, in 2009. Finkel occasionally would fill in on the air for Rabin whenever Rabin was away. "I remember as kids listening to my dad. We were glued to the radio, listening to him," Norman Finkel said. After Rabin's death in December 1975, his widow, Lilyan, asked Finkel to assume the hosting duties permanently. A part-time cantor and a former rabbinical student who spent five years studying at the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Finkel was well-qualified to take over the program. He agreed to do so, but it meant an extraordinary time commitment, his son said. The reason was that the show was time¬brokered, which meant that Finkel each week had to buy airtime from the radio station, which immediately provided a financial hurdle. "Jerry Rabin had three or four sponsors a week, and (the show) was not a money-making venture," Norman Finkel said. "My dad said he'd do it and make something out of it, and he did. There were times when he had 15 or 16 sponsors. He busted his butt to get sponsors to sponsor the show." The show consisted of Finkel's greetings in English, Hebrew and Yiddish, followed by news and information direct from the Israeli Broadcasting Authority, and music ranging from cantorial and liturgical music to klezmer and pop Chassidic music. Finkel occasionally would even slip in an Israeli country and Western song. As the host of a brokered show, Finkel had to pay for his air time even if his show didn't air ¬ and he studiously avoided broadcasting his show when Jewish holidays fell on a Sunday. Amid an economic downturn that caused even loyal sponsors to cut back their advertising buys, Finkel

ended the show in October 2009. At the time, he also lamented what he characterized as a shift of priorities among modern-day Jews. "The roots of the current generation are not the same," he told the Tribune in 2009. "The show has run its course, apparently." Finkel retired from his public relations work in the late 1980s. In addition to his son, Finkel is survived by his wife of 68 years,Muriel; two other sons, Phillip and Calvin; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Barbara Hansen PRINCETON – Barbara Anne Hansen (Traynor) passed away quietly Wednesday, Feb.12, 2020, at Aperion Care in Princeton. She was 91. Barbara was born Sept. 2, 1928, in Princeton to Samuel T. Traynor and Anne M. Traynor (Bouxsein). She attended Princeton schools throughout her childhood, and graduated from Princeton High School in 1946. After high school, she attended the University of Illinois extension school in Galesburg for one year before transferring to Eureka College in Eureka to study journalism. She graduated from Eureka in 1952. She and her first husband lived in Chicago briefly, relocating to Danville when she accepted a position as the women's editor for the Danville Commercial News. She was a founding member of the Danville Light Opera, and performed in many musicals, made costumes, did props and wore many hats for the organization. While in Danville, she met and married her second husband and welcomed her first child, Karin, into the world in 1967. They moved to Princeton in 1968 and opened a store on Main Street called The Collection. In 1971, she welcomed her second child, Kristian, into this world. Not long after, Barbara became the children's librarian at Matson Public Library and held that position for more than 20 years. As the face of the children's library, she encouraged

multiple generations of young readers to celebrate and cultivate their love of reading and books. In addition, she worked as a reporter for the Bureau County Republican and, after retiring from the library, became the museum director at the Bureau County Historical Society. Barbara loved life so very much. She loved to read and play games; she did crossword puzzles and played Scrabble with her lifelong friend, Clay Skinner, for decades. She and her children often sat up late at night playing three-handed Pinochle. Barbara played bridge and was involved in the Homestead Festival musical productions for many years. She used to do a Friday morning storytime spot on WZOE for the library, participated in storytelling conventions, and was a proud member of the hand bell choirs at both Hampshire Colony Congregational Church and the Methodist church. She originally wanted to be an artist and interior designer and never lost her love of sketching little pictures, especially elaborate floorplans, garden layouts and decorative schemes. She loved chocolate, peanut butter, and going out to dinner and to the movies. She loved music and theatre, and made frequent trips to the city with her friends and her children to visit museums, see shows and have adventures. Barbara was fun, sweet, funny, intelligent, caring, and utterly and completely one of a kind. Her children and her grandchildren were the lights of her life and it would be impossible to quantify her love for them. She is survived by one daughter, Karin Elizabeth Hansen of Chicago; one son, Kristian Rex Hansen of Princeton; a daughter-in-law, Michelle Moss Hansen of Princeton; and her grandchildren, Bjorn and Anika Hansen of Princeton. She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, and many aunts and uncles. Barb will be missed by many, and the world was a little brighter with her energy, curiosity and kindness in it. Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com.


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Robert Enstad CHICAGO – Robert Enstad was a Chicago Tribune reporter and editor for 36 years who covered the Chicago Seven trial and did investigative work that at one point had him buying illegal guns. "He was an assiduously careful reporter who always prided himself in being a solid reRobert Enstad porter and a fine writer, and his work reflected that," said retired Tribune reporter William Mullen. Enstad, 81, died of complications from Parkinson's disease on Jan. 29, 2020, at Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha, Wisconsin, said his brother, Richard. A longtime resident of Kenosha, he had previously lived in Evanston. Born in Pine City, Minneosta, Enstad grew up in River Falls, Wisconsin. While in high school, Enstad took a keen interest in politics, and he authored a column for the weekly River Falls Journal newspaper. Enstad procured press credentials to attend the 1956 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, and his experience at the event spurred him to pursue a career in journalism, his family said. After earning a bachelor's degree in journalism from Indiana University in 1961, Enstad joined the Tribune in July 1961 as a neighborhood news reporter, largely covering McHenry County suburbs. He covered criminal courts from 1964 until 1967, followed by a stint covering the federal building. "As a young reporter for City News Bureau (in the mid-1960s), I was assigned to cover the Criminal Courts building, where Bob Enstad was the dean of the press room," recalled David Gilbert, who later was a Tribune reporter and Gov. James R. Thompson's press secretary. "He always made sure I didn't get scooped too badly, and he took time to teach

me the ins and outs of covering one of the most interesting places in the city. (He was a) great man, awesome reporter and a good friend." Enstad later worked as a rewrite man and briefly reported from the Tribune's Washington, D.C., bureau in 1971. Enstad covered the Chicago Seven trial at Chicago's federal building in 1970, which included conspiracy and riot incitement charges related to anti¬-Vietnam War protests in Chicago during the 1968 Democratic convention. Enstad also covered separate contempt of court charges against the defendants in 1973. "He was always proud, and rightfully so, of his coverage," Mullen said. "He was in the courtroom for the (Chicago Seven) trial, and the late Bob Davis, another small-town Wisconsin kid and one of the best rewrite men in the history of the Tribune, would take his notes daily over the phone, producing his stories. The Tribune was a notably arch-conservative newspaper then, and the trial, with its silly Yippie high jinks and explosive political ramifications, could have been a mess in less sure hands, but Bob's coverage was fair, factual and when it needed to be, colorful." Enstad's investigative work included a 1970 article that explored a new Illinois law requiring all motorists to take new driver's license tests. Enstad and another reporter each brought a clunker car ¬- a 1962 Cadillac ¬- to a testing station, and Enstad deliberately attempted to fail the test. "During the test, I ran up over a curb, turned the front wheels the wrong way when parking on a hill, and purposely forgot to signal for turns," Enstad wrote. "But despite these and several other boo¬boos, my test examiner cheerfully informed me that I had earned the right to be licensed to drive." In 1972, Enstad was part of a Tribune task force investigating the ease with which handguns could be purchased. Along with reporter

William Currie, Enstad became a gunrunner in Florida, Virginia and Iowa, buying handguns illegally in those states from licensed firearms dealers who ignored a federal law that had demanded they sell guns to only residents of the state in which they did business. In 1983, Enstad won a Peter Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline Club along with four other Tribune colleagues for their work covering the 1982 collapse of a bridge that was under construction, an accident that claimed 14 lives. Enstad also was one of the regular diners featured in the Tribune's "Motley Crew" column, which was a somewhat tongue-in-cheek look at budget restaurants. The column was written first by veteran rewrite man John R. Thomson from 1969 until 1978 and then was resurrected for several months in 1983 under the authorship of Bob Davis. Sheila Wolfe, a retired Tribune editor, called Enstad "good-natured and one of the best-liked people in the newsroom." "In the office, he had this country boy quality about him," Wolfe said. "He was wide-eyed and low-key, and always dressed very casually." Enstad later covered the northern suburbs and southern Wisconsin and toward the end of his career worked on the Tribune's overnight desk. "When we opened the (Tribune's) Lake County bureau in 1991, Bob was wired in and was the guy who showed a lot of the younger reporters around and knew everyone up there and had covered the courts," said retired Tribune Deputy Bureau Chief John Gorman. "He was a gifted writer, and he knew how to talk the talk to lawyers. He was a huge asset for the Tribune." Former Lake County State's Attorney Mike Waller frequently was interviewed by Enstad both before and after the Tribune opened its Lake County bureau. "He had a real good way with dealing with people. He listened very closely and he was

persistent," Waller said. "What I think made him good at his job was when he wrote a story, if I was quoted in it, it was always right on point and accurately reported the facts as I knew them." In 1994, Enstad returned to his hometown of River Falls, after he learned that a town native, CIA-operative-turned-KGB-double-agent Aldrich Ames, was charged with espionage. Enstad interviewed people who had grown up with Ames, who shortly after Enstad's article was published pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life imprisonment. Outside of work, Enstad was passionate about cars and enjoyed driving a Rolls Royce and a Bentley. He also owned numerous sailboats throughout his life, mooring them in Kenosha. "Bob loved the sea, if you can call Lake Michigan a sea, and it seemed like every time my wife and I went out sailing with him, he had a newer, larger sailboat," recalled retired Tribune travel editor Ross Werland. "His heart was even bigger than his boats." Enstad retired from the Tribune in 1998. In addition to his brother, he is survived by a sister, Karyl Rommelfanger.

Charles E. Hayes PALATINE – Charles E. Hayes, was born March 13, 1931, in Evanston to Chester K. and Dorothy (Wilger) Hayes. He was raised in Park Ridge and graduated from Maine Township High School, where he was editor of the student newspaper. He earned a B.S.degree (1953) from Wittenberg College (University), Springfield, Ohio, where he was editor of the student newspaper and a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. In 1955, he received an M.S. degree in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University.

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In 1974, he participated in the seminar for editors and publishers at the American Press Institute, Columbia University, and was awarded an Acknowledgement of Achievement. In 1954, while completing work on his graduate degree, Mr. Hayes was hired by the late Stuart R. Paddock Sr., editor of Arlington Heights-based Paddock Publications, as a reporter for its group of weekly newspapers. He advanced to news editor, managing editor, executive editor, vice president and editor in chief. During his tenure as editor, the Paddock newspapers became pioneers in the emerging suburban press and grew in frequency from weekly to tri-weekly to daily. In 1975, Mr. Hayes joined the Chicago Tribune as editor of the Suburban Trib supplements (1975 to 1982). Before his retirement from the Tribune in 1994, he subsequently served on the editorial board (1982) and as real estate editor (1983 to 1994). In 1992, he received a SAMMY Award from the Sales and Marketing Council of Greater Chicago for his coverage of the Chicago Housing Industry. After his retirement, he was New Homes columnist from 1994 to 2008 for the Copley suburban daily newspapers which became part of the Sun-Times Media Group and eventually acquired by the Chicago Tribune. Mr. Hayes is past president (1969 to 1970) of the Chicago Headline Club (Society of Professional Journalists ¬Sigma Delta Chi) and past president of the Suburban Press Club. He held memberships in the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Chicago Press Club, Chicago Press Veterans Association and Suburban Press Foundation advisory council. He received the Christian Family Movement Instrument of Peace Award in 1960 and was named 1964 Man of the Year by Arlington Heights Jaycees. He served from 1975 to 1982 as one of the original appointees to the Illinois Health Facilities Authority, which issued tax-exempt bonds for non-

profit health care institutions. He is a founder and past president of the Opportunity Council, Inc. (1958 to 1969), adult education program for Spanish-speaking migrant workers, and in 1959 to 1960 he received a Certificate of Merit and Honorary Membership from the League of United Latin American Citizens for his outstanding community service. He was made an honorary member of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) in recognition of his efforts on behalf of suburban Hispanics. In 1982, he received a letter of thanks from then-Gov. James R. Thompson for his outstanding service and a Recognition of Dedicated Service Award from Chairman John P. Dailey of the Illinois Health Facilities Authority. Mr. Hayes volunteered from 1957 to 2003 for The Salvation Army and is past chairman of Family Services Advisory Council, past chairman and life member of the Community Counseling Center Advisory Council and ex-officio member of the Chicago Advisory Board. The Army recognized his contributions with nine honors and citations. He was a director of One Renaissance Place condominiums and a member of Palatine Senior Center and Christ Lutheran Church of Palatine. While a member of the Palatine Senior Center, he assisted on PTSCC accreditation committees, helping to achieve high national standards from National Council of Aging (NCOA), helping them to achieve funding. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Robert and sisterin-law Elizabeth (Grady). He is survived by his nieces Diane (Jack) Zajac of Niles and Lisa (Michael) Pozzi of Hoffman Estates; great-nephews Joseph Zajac, Patrick Zajac, Jacob Pozzi, and Conner Pozzi; and good friends Jason Whiston, Joe and Bonnie Schneller, and Steve and Laura Novick, and many others.


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