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It's almost convention time! This year's features new programming, improved contest W

e are in the process of finalizing plans for this year’s annual convention to be held May 1-3 at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in downtown Springfield. After last year’s convention, we started talking about adding more value to the convention for members. We’re hoping the changes that we’ve made will make the convention more relevant in today’s business environment. We established both advertising and editorial committees to provide input for programming, but most importantly to update the annual contest to better reflect what’s happening in today’s newspapers. The convention kicks off Wednesday, May 1, with our Legislative Day. We encourage member newspapers to come to Springfield to meet with their local lawmakers. It’s a perfect time to get to know the legislators who decide on policy that not only impacts our communities but our newspapers as well. Wednesday evening, the Association will host a Legislative Reception that will provide yet another opportunity to build relationships. It’s important that you reach out now to your legislators to set up

meetings and invite them to the reception. If you need any help setting up appointments, let us know as we will provide assistance. We’ve taken a new approach to convention sessions, as we will be hosting a series of three “Power Sessions” (two on Thursday and one Friday morning) that will offer SAM FISHER attendees a chance to attend shorter sessions on varied President & CEO topics. Each session will have approximately eight topics that attendees can choose from, with the opportunity to attend more than one topic. (See convention agenda for more details). As always, we will have the Advertising and Editorial awards luncheons. This year, we will recognize three individuals with the IPA Distinguished Service Award. This year’s recipients are Dale Barker – first female IPA president, Mike Kramer of the Law Bulletin Media and Charlie Wheeler of the Public Affairs Reporting Program at Universi-


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ty of Illinois Springfield. These will be presented during the Chairman’s Reception on Thursday evening. (Bios of all recipients are in this issue). The IAPME Awards Dinner after the Chairman’s Reception is open to all attendees, as it was last year. Friday’s programming kicks off with a program that features two of “E&P’s Ten Newspapers That Do It Right.” (You can read more about them in this edition of PressLines, as well!) Editors from both the News-Gazette in Champaign and Herald & Review in Decatur will give an overview of what earned them this distinction. Additionally, Dennis Anderson will talk about IAPME’s Bicentennial series that won an honorable mention distinction from E&P. Illinois should be proud that these newspapers and their staff were recognized. We’ll close up the convention with the “Best of the Press” luncheon, and we promise that we will speed through the awards presentation as we have the past two years! Ultimately, the real value of attending the convention is the opportunity to develop relationships with your peers that will last a lifetime. See you at convention!

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You have questions about Capitol News Illinois; we have answers, and more than a million readers! Often, timing is everything. That certainly was the case for the launch of Capitol News Illinois, the news service providing state government coverage for Illinois Press Association member newspapers. With a new governor, J.B. Pritzker, and his Democratic Party holding supermajorities in both the House and Senate, there’s JEFF ROGERS a high volume of significant Director of Foundation legislation moving through the Statehouse at a high rate of speed. Raise the minimum wage. Legalize recreational marijuana. Repeal and replace current abortion law. Tighten gun ownership laws. Prevent anyone younger than 21 from legally purchasing tobacco products. All high-profile pushes that get people talking, and reading newspapers. Hiring and preparation for the launch dictated that the Capitol News Illinois launch occur almost simultaneously with the beginning of the 101st General Assembly sessions in January. Which has meant that, from day one, there has rarely been a dull moment or slow day for our news service. That’s been great for “business,” as the Capitol News Illinois content publication numbers show. The launch has gone so well that we’ve actually begun to discuss potential next steps for Capitol News Illinois, a talk I did not anticipate us having until the current legislative session ends in May! More about those potential next steps in a bit. I’ve been asked a lot of questions about Capitol News Illinois during

Capitol News Illinois reporters (from left) Peter Hancock, Jerry Nowicki and Rebecca Anzel; and bureau chief Jeff Rogers celebrate the Illinois Press Foundation's state government news service surpassing 1 million in combined circulation of newspapers publishing their content. They marked the occasion with a celebration Feb. 18 at the Illinois Press Foundation/Association office in Springfield. (PressLines photo by Cindy Bedolli) the first few weeks of its existence. Here are some of those questions, and the answers. How is Capitol News Illinois funded? The news service is a nonprofit operation that is funded almost exclusively by donations from the Illinois Press Foundation and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. There is funding to operate at the current staffing level (3 full-time reporters) for 3 years. Very soon, we will seek additional donors with an aim to have the news service fully funded without financial involvement from the Foundation within 2 years.

So, your reporters work for the Illinois Press Foundation? They do, but they really work for the member newspapers. If our member newspapers aren’t happy with our coverage and aren’t publishing Capitol News Illinois content, there’s no reason for the news service to exist. Neither my work for Capitol News Illinois, nor the work of our reporters, is supervised or managed by the Illinois Press Association. I supervise the work of Capitol News Illinois reporters. As it relates to Capitol News Illinois, I report to the Illinois Press Foundation Board and its Statehouse News Bureau Committee.

Where do Capitol News Illinois reporters work? They work almost exclusively from our office in the media area of the Capitol basement. When they’re not working at the Capitol, they’re usually working remotely from home. Since my last correspondence in PressLines, two very positive developments have occurred for Capitol News Illinois. First, the news service was approved as members of the Illinois Legislative Correspondents Association. That membership gave us access to office space, and Feb. 15 was move-in day. Our workspace isn’t spacious – we share an office





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Capitol News Illinois reporter Grant Morgan, an intern from the Public Affairs Reporting program at University of Illinois Springfield, hams it up for the camera in the news bureau's new office in the Capitol in Springfield on moving day, Feb. 15.. (PressLines photo by Jerry Nowicki) us access to office space, and Feb. 15 was move-in day. Our workspace isn’t spacious – we share an office with IPA members Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Illinois Times – but it beats having our reporters camped out at the folding tables in the visiting media nook! (And office mate Lee Milner of the Illinois Times was gracious enough to provide some photos for this piece. He also helped ensure there were acceptable spaces for everyone in the office. It was a team effort!) So, you mentioned ILCA membership, but didn’t say anything about press credentials. Technically not a question, but worthy of an answer. Capitol News Illinois was denied press credentials by both the House and the Senate for this session of the General Assembly. Essentially, the determination was made that Capitol News Illinois employees work for a lobbying organization - Illinois Press Association - rather than for a news organization. Those determinations, while disap-

pointing, were not a surprise. We have vowed to work with both the House and Senate leaders’ offices to try to bring Capitol News Illinois into compliance with the media credential guidelines. Your help in that regard might eventually be requested, and beneficial. Stay tuned. How do you cover the Legislature without credentials? It’s not that difficult, actually. Not having credentials prevents us from two things: access to the House and Senate floors during sessions (we do have access to public galleries in both chambers), and taking photos or videos in certain instances. We would prefer to have credentials, certainly, but Capitol News Illinois is still able to do its job well without them. Are member newspapers happy with Capitol News Illinois content? It sure seems like it! In the first 5 weeks of operation, Capitol News Illinois stories had been published

by 260 newspapers, with a combined circulation of 1.48 million. Of those 260 papers, 46 are dailies and 214 weeklies. There had been 2,291 instances of Capitol News Illinois stories published, with 467 (more than 20 percent) placed on a newspaper’s front page. Those numbers continue to grow! In addition to numbers, I’ve received positive feedback – and some constructive criticism – from many Illinois editors. The more we hear, the better we’re able to tailor our work to our member newspapers’ needs. How are you letting people know about the early success of Capitol News Illinois? We are working with a local marketing company on promotional materials that tell our story. Those will be in printed and digital forms. We’re also getting ourselves out to media locally and nationally. We’ve had Capitol News Illinois personnel appear on two episodes of “Capitol Connection,” which originates with WCIA-TV in Champaign and is

broadcast additionally in the Springfield, Peoria, Rockford and Quad Cities markets in Illinois and Iowa, and in Evansville and Terre Haute in Indiana. We’ve also had reporters appear on the “Capitol View” television news show (PBS), “The 21st” radio show and podcast on NPR Illinois, and on CLTV News in Chicago. We also soon will have stories about Capitol News Illinois published by Nieman Lab, Editor & Publisher, Poynter Institute and Columbia Journalism Review. Plus, we take every opportunity to tell our story when we see people in person! Can I edit and cut Capitol News Illinois content as I wish? Yes! I tell people to consider Capitol News Illinois a wire service. Run what you want, when you want to run it. Feel free to rewrite, rearrange, and replace. Localize if you wish. In fact, I’d encourage you to localize our stories as often as you can! Just try not to edit mistakes into a story! (But, by all means, if you spot an error in our content, let us know!) Can I share Capitol News Illinois content with a newspaper that is not a member of the Illinois Press Association? Or with a radio station? Nope. Capitol News Illinois content is exclusive to members of the Illinois Press Association. That said, if a nonmember would consider becoming an IPA member to have access to Capitol News Illinois content, we might allow a test drive.





CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS Continued from Page 4 How does the Capitol News Illinois website work? Every one of the news service’s stories, photos and videos is posted to within minutes of being sent via email to member newspapers. That way, newspaper editors, publishers and reporters can access any story any time they want. The most recently posted content will be on the Home page. The weekly roundup, Capitol Recap, also is updated regularly, as each story is published. That way, no matter what time or day you access the weekly roundup, it is the most recently updated version. The Capitol Recap always will be accessible on the Home page’s right rail. Below the Capitol Recap button is a daily schedule of Capitol News Illinois’ coverage plans. This is updated throughout the day, so you may keep track of scheduled content. The site also has archived photos that are accessible, a search function to quickly find past Capitol News Illinois content, information about the news team and the Foundation, and buttons to donate money or submit a story idea. All Capitol News Illinois content on the site is password protected, mean-

ing it is visible only to those who have registered. Each IPA member newspaper may have as many or as few registrants as it wishes, and registration usernames and passwords may be shared by multiple people. If you have not yet registered for website access and wish to, feel free to send me an email at jrogers@ So, what’s next for Capitol News Illinois? Plenty! Among the many things we are discussing are recording weekly podcasts, increasing our video presence, forming collaborative relationships with other media agencies, developing a social media strategy and presence, and improving our website. I know, I know, we just launched the Capitol News Illinois website! But our plan all along was to get a basic site up and running and then add bells and whistles that, among other things, will improve the content delivery process. But perhaps the biggest thing that’s next for Capitol News Illinois will involve our member newspapers. We’re working with John Lampinen, senior vice president and editor of the Daily Herald Media Group, to form

an advisory committee of newspaper editors. That committee will include editors from papers large and small; daily and weekly; and from the north, south, east and west. John approached us with the idea, and we are excited about the opportunity to work with a committee to help Capitol News Illinois be as responsive as possible to the needs of the state’s newspapers and continually improve its coverage. As I mentioned before, a number of editors have provided feedback about Capitol News Illinois. Some even have requested stories, and we’ve

accommodated as often as possible. But that process has been organic. An advisory committee would be a more formal and strategic way of working with member newspapers. As I also mentioned before, if the state’s newspapers aren’t happy with our content and aren’t publishing it, there’s no reason for Capitol News Illinois to exist. We work for you, and the launch has gone better than any of us could have imagined. But working closely with each of you will only help Capitol News Illinois to grow and thrive in the long term!




Illinois papers that Do It Right! Champaign, Decatur papers honored by E&P along with Bicentennial project

Each year, Editor & Publisher honors “Newspapers That Do It Right” nationally. And most years, Illinois figures prominently on the list. This year was no different. Three central Illinois newspapers were among those honored in the trade journal’s March 2019 edition. The Herald & Review of Decatur and the News-Gazette of Champaign were among the “10 Newspapers That Do It Right,” while the Journal Star of Peoria was among 12 newspapers receiving Honorable Mention. “This year’s list of 10 Newspapers That Do It Right recognizes some of the most diverse ideas out there today,” E&P reporters Nu Yang and Evelyn Mateos wrote. “From an augmented reality app to a video studio, some of these publications are thinking outside the box, experimenting with strategies and revenue ideas to engage with their audiences. “On the other hand, some of them, despite operating with limited staff and resources, are being recognized for doing hard-hitting investigative journalism that produced results and changes in their communities. “Our 10 newspapers, along with

Regional Editor Allison Petty (from left), reporter Jaylyn Cook and Digital Editor John Reidy discuss a story at the Herald & Review on Jan. 18. (Jim Bowling, Herald & Review) the ones listed in our honorable mentions, show that journalism continues to thrive, thanks to bright ideas and bright people. We hope they inspire others to keep up the great work.” Herald & Review The Decatur newsroom is being recognized for its use of government documents and public records to create substantive journalism. "This award is an incredible honor," said Allison Petty, regional editor. "Everyone in this newsroom works hard to ensure we are providing a strong news organization for the community we live in, and it’s gratifying to see that passion recognized on a national level." The magazine pointed to the Herald & Review's coverage about the

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Pictured (from left): producer Ed Bond, sports columnist Loren Tate, beat writer Scott Richey, reporter Julie Wurth, reporter Mary Schenk, and radio news director Carol Vorel in the WDWS-AM radio studio inside News-Gazette Media. The News-Gazette in Champaign was among the 10 Newspapers That Do It Right in the March 2019 edition of trade journal Editor & Publisher. In 2016, The News-Gazette's "50 Ways To Engage Our Readers" project led to a "10 Newspapers That Do It Right" honor. In 2015 and 2017, Editor & Publisher named The News-Gazette honorable mention in its "10 Newspapers That Do It Right" issues for the newpaper's drone videos and "High School Confidential" series, respectively. (




RIGHT Continued from Page 6 shortcomings of the medical system at the Macon County Jail, a shortage of court reporters in the region and other watchdog reporting for the award. "Playing detective has paid off for the reporters at the Herald & Review," Editor & Publisher wrote. "By scouring through documents of local elected bodies, reporters were able to connect dots and discovered trends that led to important stories." The magazine said "this aggressive approach to a simple strategy has delivered big results." Other honorees include Kansas City Star in Missouri; Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington; Columbus Dispatch in Ohio; and Wilmington StarNews in North Carolina. Previous "Do It Right" winners include the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Houston Chronicle, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Newsday and Boston Herald. "I am very proud that the Herald & Review was named one of the '10 Newspapers That Do It Right,'" Publisher Michelle Pazar said. "This award doesn't group newspapers by circulation or staff size, so it is even more of an honor that we rose to the top of a very crowded and talented field." Last year, the Herald & Review's strong digital growth and focus on public service journalism won an honorable mention in the "Do It Right" edition. Petty in April also was named to the magazine's "25 Under 35” list of rising stars in the media industry. The newspaper also in 2018 won top honors for public service and investigative journalism from Illinois Associated Press Managing Editors and was one of 10 newsrooms from across America selected for the Total Newsroom Training program from Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening investigative journalism. “I'm so proud of what our team in Decatur does each day," said Chris Coates, the Central Illinois editor.

itally connected and more involved with the community. Chris is one of the most driven and passionate people I have had the pleasure of working with. He challenges all of us to bring our 'A' game every day." "The mantra that 'local journalism matters' is more than a slogan; it's the guiding force behind everything the Herald & Review does," Pazar said. "We are constantly tapping into new audiences and informing our readers through digital initiatives, community events and watchdog reporting. While this award is well-deserved, it's not why our reporters, editors, photographers, delivery staff and advertising sales people show up to work every day. They do it for our readers."

Editor Chris Coates talks about his vision for the newspaper during an open house at the Herald & Review in Decatur. A tour was also given to show the process of producing news from digital to print. (Clay Jackson, Herald & Review)

Sports reporter Matt Flaten (left) and Deputy Sports Editor Justin Conn are shown in the Herald & Review on Jan. 18, 2019. (Jim Bowling, Herald & Review) "They're doing such important work. This recognition really speaks to the commitment of the journalists here and the kind of local reporting we're doing. It matters." In the submission for the award, Coates wrote, "The very best newspapers deliver on three fronts: Sense of

urgency, sense of surprise and sense of place. That means agility on breaking news, but also a keen understanding about the importance of depth and analysis on big stories." Said Pazar, "Under the leadership of Editor Chris Coates, our newsroom has become more dynamic, more dig-

News-Gazette For the second time in four years, The News-Gazette was named by Editor & Publisher as one of "10 Newspapers That Do It Right." The magazine honored News-Gazette Media for its newsroom-wide podcast project. "These publications are thinking outside the box," the magazine wrote. "We hope they inspire others to keep up the great work." Several News-Gazette Media veteran print and radio reporters introduced podcasts in 2018, including Carol Vorel ("Cold Cases"), Scott Richey ("Inside Illini Basketball"), Mary Schenk ("Legally Speaking"), Loren Tate ("Tatelines: Unedited"), Julie Wurth ("Campus Conversation") and producer Ed Bond. In 2016, The News-Gazette's "50 Ways To Engage Our Readers" project led to a "10 Newspapers That Do It Right" honor. In 2015 and 2017, Editor & Publisher named The News-Gazette honorable mention in its "10 Newspapers That Do It Right" issues for the newpaper's drone videos and "High School Confidential" series, respectively.

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RIGHT Continued from Page 7 "We're blessed with an innovative staff that will try anything to reacher a greater audience," said Jim Rossow, News-Gazette Media vice president-news. "These podcasts are doing just that. The plan is to expand our offerings in 2019." The 10 newpapers recognized by Editor & Publisher range in circulation size, from the Kansas City Star (100.000 daily) to the Ledger Dispatch in Jackson. Calif. (5,000 on Tuesday and Thursdays). Journal Star In the year leading up to the Illinois Bicentennial (Dec. 3, 2018), nearly two-dozen members of the Illinois Press Association and the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors produced a weekly series of articles featuring key moments, figures, industries and events that help make Illinois unique. This statewide project was created and coordinated by Dennis Anderson,

executive editor of the Journal Star in Peoria, and produced and shared by 21 newspapers in Illinois and published by more than 110 newspapers

statewide, as well as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. This project was not only a readership initiative, but it provided newspapers sponsorship and advertising opDennis Anderson portunities as well. “Illinois newspapers have been chronicling our state’s history throughout the past 200 years, so it makes sense that we share this series of stories celebrating the Bicentennial,” Anderson said. “And it’s great that so many newspapers wanted to get involved to tell the stories that are important to all of Illinois and unique to their community.” The SJ-R’s editorial engagement editor, Kate Schott, and Diane Dungey, senior deputy managing editor of the Daily Herald in Arlington Heights, assisted Anderson with the project, and “both have been vital to this happening,” Anderson said.

In addition to the SJR, other newspapers contributing articles included the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, the Belleville News-Democrat, the Pantagraph of Bloomington, the SouthDiane Dungey ern Illinoisan of Carbondale, the News-Gazette of Champaign, the Chicago Defender, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Decatur Herald & Review, The Paper from Dwight, the Galesburg Register-Mail, the HanKate Schott cock Journal Pilot, the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, the Lebanon Advertiser, County Journal of Percy, the Journal Star of Peoria, the Rock Island Argus, the Rock River Times, the Rockford Register Star and Sauk Valley Media of Sterling/Dixon.

IJEA moving its headquarters to IPA/IPF office A proposal from the Illinois Press Foundation and IPF Board of Directors member Linda Jones to house the state’s high school press association in the IPA/IPF Headquarters building has been accepted. The Illinois Journalism Education Association Board of Directors voted unanimously on Feb. 23 to relocate its headquarters to the IPA/IPF office in Springfield, with Jones as IJEA’s new executive director. The changes will take effect on June 1, 2019. The journalism department at Eastern Illinois University has served as IJEA headquarters since the organization’s founding in 1988, with James Tidwell serving as its first executive director. Tidwell was succeeded by Sally Renaud, also an IPF board member, in 2005. “We are excited the IJEA will be headquartered in Springfield with Linda as its executive director, as this continues the strong partnership the IJEA and IPF has had over the decades,” Renaud said. “IPA/ IPF, IJEA and Linda are dedicated to promoting

and protecting free- expression through educational activities, which includes providing resources and training and recognizing excellence.” Jones, a reporter and editor for 13 years and an associate professor of journalism at Roosevelt University in Chicago since 1992, joined the IJEA board in 2002. Jones has served as the executive director of Scholastic Press Association of Chicago since 1993. “I love the prospect of professional journalists and the next generation of journalists working more closely together,” Jones said of the collaboration with IPA/IPF. “This is a great opportunity for all of us who treasure student journalism. And it’s an honor to follow in the footsteps of Sally Renaud, James Tidwell and Eastern Illinois University.” The proposal includes collaborative projects and outreach between the two organizations, including workshops and expanding relationships between high school journalism programs and their area newspapers.




Three to be inducted into PAR Hall of Fame Republished from NPR Illinois Three Springfield educated journalists are the newest inductees into The Bill Miller Public Affairs Reporting Hall of Fame at the University of Illinois Springfield. Trif Alatzas of Baltimore Sun Media; Patty Culhane of Al Jazeera; and Natasha Korecki of Politico are the 2019 inductees. The award-winning journalists’ experiences range from bridging print to digital, to reporting from the military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and covering the criminal trials of two consecutive Illinois governors. Trif Alatzas is publisher and editor-in-chief of Baltimore Sun Media. A 1989 graduate of the PAR program, he interned in the Illinois State Capitol with United Press International and Gannett News Service. Under his leadership, Baltimore Sun Media has been recognized with more than 40 national awards, including being named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize three times during the past four years Patty Culhane joined Al Jazeera in 2009. Before joining, she worked

as a correspondent for MSNBC/ NBC covering the Bush administration. She has been a journalist for 24 years, working in Iowa, Illinois and Norfolk, Virginia, where she covered the Trif Alatzas U.S. military, travelling extensively through the Middle East covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She is a 1995 graduate of the PAR program. Natasha Korecki is a national correspondent for Politico, covering the 2020 presidential race. Before that, she authored and launched Politico’s Illinois Playbook. She previously worked as chief political writer at the Chicago Sun-Times covering federal courts and law enforcement during a golden age of political corruption prosecutions in Chicago. Korecki reported on the criminal trials of two consecutive governors – George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich – and created the “Blago Blog,” which drew a national following. She is the author of “Only in Chicago” (Agate), based on the Blago-

Anderson joins IPA Board Stefanie Anderson, a senior vice president of Paddock Publications Inc. and general manager of Southern Illinois LOCAL Media Group, is the newest member of the Illinois Press Association Board of Directors. Prior to moving to southern Illinois to oversee the community newspaper group, Anderson was director of production in the Schaumburg printing facility for the Daily Herald Media Group. With Paddock for more than 25 years, Anderson has held roles in marketing, IT and production, among others. With a long history in newspapers beginning in the 1980s, Anderson worked in multiple disciplines with McClatchy and Tribune Media before

joining Paddock in 1992. In 2016, Paddock expanded into the community newspaper market via the purchase of 12 newspapers in downstate Illinois with Anderson at the helm. Through 2017 Stefanie Anderson and into 2018, expansion continued including several central Illinois properties. In total, Anderson oversees 17 publications in Marion, Du Quoin, Harrisburg, Carbondale, Gallatin, Benton, Chester, Virden, Girard, Farmersville, Palmyra, Pana, Nokomis, Assumption and Blue Mound, including a printing facility in Virden and digital printing shops in Carbondale and Pana.

jevich probe and trials. Korecki is a 1997 graduate of the PAR program. An induction ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 29 in the Conservatory Room of Patty Culhane the Inn at 835, located at 835 S. Second St. in Springfield. Register at PARHallofFame2019 or call 217-2067163. Charles N. Wheeler III, the retiring director of the PAR program, will make closing remarks on the status of state government reporting. The PAR Hall of Fame honors program graduates who have had distinguished careers in journalism and recognizes the contribution the UIS PAR program has made to journalism and to the state of Illinois. The PAR Hall of Fame is named in honor of Bill Miller, an award-winning journalist

who served as the PAR program’s director for 19 years. The PAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is sponsored by NPR Illinois, the UIS Center for State Policy and Leadership, Illinois Natasha Korecki Times, the Illinois Press Association, and the UIS Office of Advancement. The UIS Public Affairs Reporting program is a one-year, professionally-oriented master's degree program that prepares students to become working reporters covering public affairs in its broadest sense — informing readers, listeners and viewers about ongoing events and activities that impact the public. For more information, contact Nichol Timms with the UIS Center for State Policy and Leadership at 217-




Agenda Wednesday, May 1 9: 30 a.m. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 3-5 p.m. 5-8 p.m.

Registration desk opens Legislative Visits Exhibitors Set-up Legislative Reception: Come meet and network with your state legislative representatives. This is your opportunity to develop relationships with elected officials and have your voice heard by decisionmakers in the state of Illinois. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served at this event.

Thursday, May 2 7 a.m. 7:30-8:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 9-9:45 a.m. 10-11:25 a.m. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 2:15-3:15 p.m. 3:30-4:55 p.m. 5:30-7 p.m. 7-9 p.m.

Registration desk opens Appreciation Breakfast (invite only) Exhibitors Open Kwame Raoul, Illinois Attorney General - Invited Power Sessions: Mini Sessions on Special Events, Special Sections, Digital Solutions for Local Advertisers, Selling IPA Networks, Retaining Readers and Profits, and Legal Advertising Updates. You choose the session you want to attend! IPA Advertising Awards Luncheon and Dessert Auction Revenue Idea Exchange: That's My Idea! Great Ideas to Take Home and Implement Power Sessions: Mini Sessions on Email Newsletters, Capitol News Illinois, Reader Outreach Efforts, Leveraging Free Content, Special Events, Special Sections, Digital Solutions for Local Advertisers, and Retaining Readers and Profits. You choose the sessions you want to attend! IPA/IPF/IAPME Chairman’s Reception featuring Distinguished Service Awards (see recipients on Page 12) Dinner and IAPME Awards – Both IPA and IAPME members are invited to attend this special event!

Friday, May 3 8 a.m. 8-10 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 9-9:45 a.m.

Registration desk opens Continental breakfast and coffee Exhibitors Open Illinois Newspapers That Do It Right – Editors from the Herald & Review of Decatur and the News-Gazette of Champaign, and those involved in last year's Bicentennial Project will talk about being honored as Newspapers That Do It Right by Editor & Publisher. 10-11:25 a.m. Power Sessions: Mini Sessions on News Literacy Projects, Reader Panels, Making Podcasts People Will Listen To, Using Social Media to Connect with Readers, Capitol News Illinois, Top 10, Leveraging Free Content, and Retaining Readers and Profits. You choose the sessions you want to attend! 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. IPA News-Editorial Awards Luncheon

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Meet this year's Distinguished Service Award winners The Illinois Press Association will honor three longtime IPA members at the IPA/IPF/IAPME Chairman’s Reception, scheduled for 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, during the IPA’s Annual Convention & Trade Show at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield. The Distinguished Service Award recognizes IPA members for their exceptional service, involvement and support of the IPA, the Illinois Press Foundation and the Illinois First Amendment Center.

DALE BARKER Not every newspaper publisher gets a correspondence from a U.S. president, but Dale Barker did. And few people get to be a first to do something significant, but Dale Barker did that, too. First the first: She was a member of the Illinois Press Association Board for many years, serving in 1988 as the board’s first female president in 123 years. Now, the presidential correspondence: Soon after the 52 American diplomats being held hostage in Iran were released in January 1981, Barker, then the publisher of the Illinoian-Star daily newspaper in Beardstown, received a telegram from President Ronald Reagan. It thanked her for her patriotism and support during the crisis. What did she do? Well, Barker was one of four publishers from across the nation who were on the “MacNeil-Lehrer Report” television show on PBS on Dec. 20, 1979, to talk about how their communities were reacting to the hostage crisis. Beardstown’s citizens responded to a call for renewed patriotism by President Jimmy Carter by flying Old Glory throughout the city. Later in 1981, Barker received perhaps an even greater honor than a telegram from the president – the Emma C. McKinney Award from the National Newspaper Association. It’s the highest honor from the organization for female journalists. Barker is one of only three from Illinois to win the award, including Mary Bailey (1976) and Cheryl Wormley (2001). Barker’s distinguished career included work in editorial, display and classified advertising, management and dispatch. It started in 1948 with a 3-year stint at the Illinoian-Star and concluded with a long run as publisher of the same paper from 1973 to ? In between, Barker worked at the Champaign-Urbana Courier (1951-58), the White Haven Press in Memphis, Tennessee (1962-69), the Jackson (Mississippi) Sun (1969-70), and the Martin Publishing Company of Havana (1970-72), where she was advertising manager of The Key, a monthly publication she helped inaugurate. She later helped initiate The Cass County Almanac, a weekly newspaper to which she was named editor. She also was a board member and Master Editor with the Southern Illinois Editorial Association, among many other involvements in professional organizations.

MIKE KRAMER Mike Kramer is president of Law Bulletin Media, the parent company of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer magazine. Mike grew up in Gibson City and graduated from Monmouth College with a bachelor’s degree in English. He has spent more than 46 years in the news business as a reporter, editor, publisher and now president, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, both newspapermen. He started his career as a reporter for the Piatt County Journal-Republican, one of 10 small weeklies his family owned in Central Illinois. Mike later founded a Minnesota real estate newspaper and ran it until 1997, when it was acquired by Law Bulletin Media. Mike joined LB Media as publisher of its real estate division, leading its real estate publications and conference series. He moved up the ladder, later being named editor and publisher of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer, a vice president of the company, senior vice president, and in 2015 he was named president. As president Mike is responsible for the overall day-to-day operation of Law Bulletin Media, with oversight for its many divisions including the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Chicago Lawyer, Public Notice Network, JuraLaw, Lawyerport, Sullivan’s, Jury Verdict Reporter, Leading Lawyers, Rejournals and the Midwest Conference Series. Mike was an executive director of the Minnesota Press Association. He chairs the Illinois Press Association’s Legislative Committee and is a past member of the board of directors for the Public Notice Resource Center and American Court & Commercial Newspaper Association.

CHARLES WHEELER Charlie Wheeler started his first full-time job in 1969 as a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. 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 Public Affairs Reporting program at University of Illinois Springfield. Wheeler began covering state government for the Sun-Times in 1971. He was moved to Springfield full-time by the paper in 1974, and became its Statehouse bureau chief in 1987. In 1993, Wheeler became the third director of the PAR program, founded in 1972 by former U.S. Sen. Paul Simon. He succeeded Bill Miller, an award-winning radio reporter, who was director for nearly 20 years. Under Wheeler’s direction, the PAR program has thrived, and continues to help place former students in prominent journalism jobs throughout the country. The first semester is a “boot camp” for budding Statehouse reporters. Students take what they’ve learned about state government into second-semester internships with print and broadcast media outlets. Wheeler will retire in August, exactly 50 years after beginning his career as a journalist. Charlie’s retirement is the end of an era,” said Kate Clements Gary, a 1998 PAR graduate. “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.” He will continue to serve on the Illinois Press Foundation board, and serve on the board’s committee that oversees operations of the new Capitol News Illinois state government news service. “I feel fortunate. I feel blessed,” Wheeler said. “Not many people get the opportunity to make a career out of doing something they like.”



PAST DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD HONOREES 2018: John Galer, Hillsboro Journal Inc. 2018: Jim Slonoff, The Hinsdalean 2017: Tom Oakley, Quincy Media, Quincy 2017: Tom Shaw, Shaw Media, Sterling 2017: Cheryl Wormley, Woodstock Independent 2017: Bill Garth (posthumous), Citizen Newspapers, Chicago 2016: Jeff Farren, Kendall County Record, Yorkville 2016: Kathy Farren, Kendall County Record, Yorkville 2016: John Foreman, News-Gazette Media, Champaign 2016: Carter Newton, The Galena Gazette. 2015: Sandy Macfarland, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin 2015: Patrick Coburn, State Journal-Register, Springfield 2015: Howard Hay, Chicago Tribune

2015: Doug Ray, Paddock Publications, Arlington Heights 2015: Clyde Wills, Metropolis Planet 2009:Bruce Sagan, Hyde Park Herald, Chicago 2005: Charles Richards, Regional Publishing Company, Palos Heights 2003: Wayne Woltman, Press-Republican Newspapers, St. Charles 1999: Jack R. Kubik, Sr., LIFE Newspapers, Berwyn 1996: Lanning Macfarland, Jr., Chicago Daily Law Bulletin 1995: Jerry Reppert, The Gazette Democrat, Anna 1994: Thomas (Tom) Phillips, Pana News-Palladium 1991: Robert (Bob) Best, The News Progress, Sullivan 1990: Joseph (Joe) Ferstl, Pulitzer/Lerner Newspaper, Morton Grove 1989: Charles Flynn, The News-Gazette, Champaign





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Jeff Holman, Ad Director for the Illinois Press Association Jeff will talk about how easy it is to sell your existing advertising clients into the statewide classified and display advertising networks. Newspapers make an instant 50% commission off of every sale. Every existing advertiser and advertising prospect looking to reach 30 to 300 miles outside their immediate area is a potential target.

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Jackie Martin, Director of Business Development, News-Gazette Media, Champaign, Illinois Jackie will discuss special events and the different ways to maximize advertising dollars to have a successful and profitable event.

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Jay Dickerson, Advertising Manager for the Galena Gazette Through three special sections (that weren’t in the calendar at the beginning of the year), Jay will talk about the successes this weekly newspaper has seen, partnering with trusted clients in new ways, and tapping in to new sources of revenue in unexpected ways.

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Chris Freeman, Interlink Interlink circulation makes it easy to stop overpaying postage & retain and grow subscriptions.

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Michael Keever, SVP/CMO, NTVB Media Your newspaper readers watch an average of five hours of television a night and have more than a 1,000 choices in primetime alone. The need for guidance on what to watch has never been more important, yet many newspapers don’t maximize this opportunity. Learn about a 3-prong strategy on how you can you can better serve your readers in print, digitally and with robust TV magazines from a company that has provided solutions for more than 300 newspaper partners over the past 35 years.

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Josh Sharp, Illinois Press Association There has been many bills filed and discussed during this active session of the 101st General Assembly. Josh will talk about legislation that would impact Illinois newspapers, and how as IPA members you can help support or oppose particular bills.

board meeings, community conversations and news literacy classes in the Rockford area. He'll talk about the benefits of such efforts, and how you can do them in your market.

John Sahly, Northwest Herald Shaw Media has been at the forefront of the push to use email newsletters as marketing and circulation tools. Sahly, the senior digital editor for Shaw Media, will talk about what he's learned that can help you launch an effective email newsletter campaign.

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Mark Baldwin, Rockford Register Star Baldwin, as executive editor of the Register Star, has led public editorial

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Chris Coates, Decatur Herald & Review Whether it's going out into the community to meet with readers, or inviting them to the newspaper, the staff at the Herald & Review in Decatur has put an emphasis on reader outreach. Coats, the Central Illinois editor, will talk about those efforts and how you could employ them at your newspaper.

Daily Herald staff Most newspapers talk about forming a community advisory panel, but the Daily Herald has done it. Edi-

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Jeff Rogers, Illinois Press Foundation Capitol News Illinois, the new state government news service launched this year by the Illinois Press Foundation, has gotten off to a fast start. Rogers, the bureau chief of Capitol News Illinois, will talk about the news service's first few months and solicit input on how the service can grow and improve the content it provides the state's newspapers.

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Angie Muhs, The State Journal-Register State politics and sports are big in Springfield, and the State Journal-Register has them covered in regular podcast. Muhs, the paper's executive editor, will talk about what it takes to produce effective and interesting podcasts in your newsroom.

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Register-Mail, Galesburg staff Whether it's interesting photos and angles from around the city of Galesburg and the surrounding area, or a regular video of conversations in reporter Tom Loewy's car, the Register-Mail uses social media to connect with readers in interesting ways. Learn how you can do the same in your newsroom.

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Don Craven, IPA Legal Counsel You all have questions for Don Craven, and often you all have the same questions! So, Craven will be on hand to talk about the most frequently asked questions from newspaper editors and reporters. You'll get answers so the next time you have a burning question, the answer might just already be at your fingertips!

High school students Anahi Mosquera, Kaitlyn Waynick, Zach Price, Tim O’Leary, Jeromel Lara, Cassie Sutton, Isabel Taylor, Jack Dugan, De’Jon McAdory, Taylor Trimble, Rhaya Truman, Megan Bachman, Cheryl Chen and Jimeya Mayes attended the Illinois Press Foundation/Eastern Illinois University 2018 High School Journalism Camp. Students spent their time at the EIU campus learning from journalism faculty and professional journalists, then went on mini-internships. Applications for this year's workshop are due May 20.

Workshop for future journalists Foundation, Eastern Illinois host 7-day, free event for high schoolers High school students can learn journalism hands-on from award-winning reporters, editors and photographers at the Illinois Press Foundation workshop at Eastern Illinois University on June 23-29. Applications for the 7-day workshop, which is funded by the Illinois Press Foundation and EIU and covers housing, meals and tuition, will be accepted through May 20, 2019. Students will be selected to participate in this free journalism experience. Graduating seniors are eligible for this workshop, as are those currently in their sophomore or junior years.

Held in Charleston, on the campus of Eastern Illinois University, this residential program provides students an intimate look at journalism as a career by immersing students into approaches used by modern, digital newsrooms. The workshop introduces students to the complete process of publishing news: gathering and validating information, substantiating and using multiple sources, writing news, editing, designing, and production. In addition, students are exposed to the concepts of news literacy and how to differentiate and establish fact from fiction in today’s sometimes frenetic, rush-to-re-

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where they tell stories reported from these communities. Students must complete an application form. Other requirements: (1) completion of sophomore year in high school, (2) a 500-word essay by student describing career goals and how the workshop would help achieve those goals; (3) two letters of recommendation from student's teachers/advisers. These materials can be sent to either the email address listed below as documents, scans or PDFs or through the post office to the physical address cited below. Final application deadline is May 20, 2019, but entries will be judged and internship slots filled as applications roll in. So you might want to apply early. Graduating seniors are eligible to participate. Need more information? Contact Joe Gisondi, workshop director, 2019 IPF/ EIU High School Journalism Workshop, by phone (217-581-6003), fax (217-5817188) or e-mail (

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Becky Lamm (from left), Melody Farringer, Pat Schye, Gail Diehl, Colleen Gift, Darlene Becker, Carolyn Talbert, Pam Watter and Sharon Boehlefeld celebrate 20 years of their About a Book club during their meeting Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, at Freeport Public Library in Freeport. (Jane Lethlean/ The Journal-Standard correspondent)




Daily Herald making 2-block move to new office Paddock Publications Inc., owner of the Daily Herald, is mov­ing to new offices this spring, company executives announced March 12. The employee-­ owned company, now headquartered in a five­-story office center at 155 E. Algonquin Road in Arlington Heights, is mov­ing two blocks west to 95 W. Algon­ quin Road to occupy smaller space in a six-­story brown brick building adjacent to Hilton's Double Tree Hotel in Arlington Heights. The plan to "right­size" the office space was announced in Decem­ber 2016 when the company put its current office center up for sale. "The corporate office environ­ment has been transformed by dig­ ital technology, and there is less need for in-­the-­office accommoda­tions," Publisher and CEO Douglas K. Ray and President and COO Scott T. Stone said in a joint memorandum. "This is the case for news­papers, in particular, as we have seen Chicago's downtown metros and newspapers across the coun­ try sell their real estate and move their headquarters

The Daily Herald is moving this spring to 95 W. Algonquin Road in Arlington Heights. (Daily Herald photo by Paul Valade) into smaller buildings. "Like our peers, we believe our financial resources should be directed at innovation through journalism and content improve­ment, product diversification and marketing to the needs of new and existing custom-

ers." The 147­-year-­old newspa­per company's history in Arling­ton Heights dates back decades, and company executives said they made a priority of keeping the cor­porate headquarters in town.

Pantagraph carrier helps man found outside in snow BLOOMINGTON — ­ The most shocking thing a newspaper carrier expects to see might be a skunk, an opos­sum or maybe an unfriendly dog, but early March 8, Harvey Dorsey's route was interrupted by a 911 call. Between 3 and 4 a.m., Dorsey was delivering The Pantagraph in Bloomington when he no­ticed a screen door standing open. He kept driving to drop off a newspaper down the street and came back to find a 93-­year­-old man lying in the snow.

"There was blood all over his hands and his pants, so I ran back to the car to get my phone and call 911," he said. Dorsey said it looked like the man tried to step outside to check his mailbox and fell. A walker was lying on its side, and the man was lying halfway out the door. The man said he had been there for about 4 hours and he was cold. Dorsey covered him with his jacket, held his head and talked to him while they waited for the paramed­ics to arrive.

Pantagraph unveils new Sunday sections

This new approach replaces the paper's annual Outlook section that was published on two successive Sundays in March. Each Sunday section will have a cover story related to the theme, a column written by a community contributor and human interest feature stories about people readers might not know, but who are making a difference in their community.

Starting with the Sunday, March 3, edi­tion, The Pantagraph began pub­lishing six special Life sections, called "In Focus," with content dedicated to specific themes. The lineup includes: Food, March 3; Business/Retail, March 10; Health, March 17; Entertain­ment, March 24; Real Estate, March 31; and Education, April 7.

BOOK CLUB Continued from Page 19 recent gathering, which celebrated the club’s 20-year anniversary, original member Carolyn Talbert read letters from Barr and Fernandez to the group of women who gathered at Freeport Public Library. “I couldn’t believe the club was still going strong, and it makes me feel so good,” Barr said. “I had a shared love of reading with Maisy and we wanted to share this with the community we wrote stories for, and the club seemed like a good fit. It was also a great way to support the local book store.” Barr said the two women did not know what to expect, and 20 years later “seems like a lifetime ago.” “We were both young reporters then, and I didn’t think about things sticking around,” Barr said. “It touches me, and I still love small book stores. On my nightstand is always about four books.” Unfortunately a cold winter night prevented many current About a Book members from attending the celebration during the last meeting in February, but Talbert still had a table lined with pictures and all of the newspaper articles written about the club. As the small group gathered for a picture, Talbert said, “It’s nice to know a love of books still continues.” Talbert said she joined Two Girls and a Book at the beginning. On the first night, she remembers more than 30 women and men gathered at a local coffee shop to discuss the book “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer. “We have had a mix of both men and women over the years, but we still have a core group,” Talbert said. “We vote on the book we want to read and meet the next month.” Another core member is Colleen Gift, who admits some chosen books were not always of interest to her, but she would read and discuss at the next meeting. “There is so much that is transient in this life, and this group has been constant,” Gift said. “We have great discussions, and I love the social interaction.”




Penny Weaver new editor in Mahomet MAHOMET — Penny Weaver was introduced to readers as the new editor of The Mahomet Citizen in the newspaper's March 15 edition. Weaver comes to Mahomet as the former editor of Mattoon's Jour­nal Gazette & Times­ Courier. Her career has also taken her to Effingham; St. Elmo; Atlanta, Georgia;and even Houston, Texas. "I like to see communities just be a positive place where people pull together and are Penny Weaver proud of their com­munity, and they should be," Weaver said."I think this newspaper has a role to fill in reporting what's going on and reflecting the pride that we have in the community."

Frazier sports editor at suburban papers Nick Frazier has been hired as sports editor of The Lake Forest Leader and The Highland Park Landmark for 22nd Century Media. After graduating from Boston University, Frazier was an intern covering high school sports for The Patriot Ledger and The Brockton Enterprise.

Finlon joins Record Newspapers staff An experienced journalist has joined the staff of the Record Newspa­pers and as a general assignment reporter. Katie Finlon, who has served as a reporter for Shaw Media's Daily Chron­icle in DeKalb, began work March 4 with the Record Newspapers, based in Yorkville. Finlon will provide regular coverage of Kendall County government, Yorkville City Council and the Yorkville School Dis­trict 115 Board ofEducation and schools, in addition to breaking news and features throughout Kendall County and Sand­w ich.

Rotche now GM in Freeport, Rockford FREEPORT — Jim Rotche, advertis­ing director of the Freeport Journal­Standard and Rockford Register Star, will assume additional duties as general manager of the two properties, President and Publisher Paul Gaier announced March 4. Rotche joined GateHouse Media, parent of the Freeport and Rockford properties, in late Jim Rotche 2018. He previously spent nearly 20 years with the Chicago Tribune in a variety of leadership roles in print and digital advertising. His final job with the Tribune was as general manager of 33 weekly

and six daily publications. "In the very short time since Jim joined GateHouse, he has embraced the Rockford market and has been instrumental in improving advertising trends and promoting a team atmo­sphere," Gaier said in his announcement. Rotche grew up in the Sauganash neighborhood on Chicago's far north side. He holds a bachelor's degree in business from Michigan State and an MBA from California State University, Fullerton. He and his wife, Caroline, are the parents of two adult children."I look forward to helping our papers continue to be the community watchdog and a primary source for news and information," Rotche said. "My goal is to do my part in serving both the resi­dents and businesses of the Rockford and Freeport areas as they continue to be com­ munities where we are proud to live and work."

Jackson named GM, ad director at SJR SPRINGFIELD — An advertising executive whose career has taken him around the country has been named general manager and director of advertising at The State Journal­Register. Eugene Jackson began work at the SJ­R on Feb. 25. "I'm really excited and hon­ored to lead this amazing team into the future," Jackson said. "The paper has a long, rich history." Jackson, 38, most recently was senior vice president of advertising and market­ing at the Washington Times in Washington, D.C., Eugene Jackson where he had been since 2018. Before that, he was regional publisher of the Rapid City (South Dakota) Journal and Casper( Wyoming) Tribune from 2017­to 2018; publisher at the Daily Journal in Park Hills, Missouri, from 2016­to 2017; and director of advertising at the Connecticut Post from 2015 to ­2016.

New reporter joins Hyde Park Herald Samantha Smylie began working at the Hyde Park Her­ald as a staff writer on Feb. 18, after freelancing since January. The 23­-year-­old Chicagoan was born and raised in Engle­wood, where she attended public schools.

Ad industry veteran joins Sun­-Times Media CHICAGO — A senior advertising leader who has worked for major newspaper companies including Gannett, Hearst Media and Tribune Publishing joined Sun­ Times Media on Feb. 18 as senior vice president of sales & marketing. Pam Henson brings a quarter century of multimedia sales expe­rience to the Chicago Sun­-Times and Answers Media, Sun­-Times Media's fall service video­ and web ­production company.



Office move for Harrisburg Register/Eldorado Journal HARRISBURG - The office of the Harrisburg Register/Eldorado Journal is in a new location, but it's not too far away from the old one. On Feb. 25, the paper opened shop in its new location at 105 S. Commercial St., Suite 1. It's on the southeast corner of the same building it previously was in. It's also the former location of WLC Management. The newspaper office, which also is the office for the Gallatin Democrat/Ridgway News, shares an entrance with Joel Graves' Farmers Insurance office.

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The Final Run: Decatur press churns out its last pages DECATUR — The printing of the Herald & Review newspaper in Decatur has moved to Peoria, to a towering facility with a modern press, capable of better color and quality and far fewer chances of mechanical breakdowns. Photographer Clay Jackson chronicled the final week of printing in Decatur and the end of an era. Since the Herald & Review moved to the hilltop 601 E. William St. building in May 1976, the hulking press and ink­-stained hands who carefully and skillfully tended to it have churned out thousands of newspapers overnight, crafting the first draft of history. An entire life could be traced on the pages these thunderous machines made over the decades: a birth listing, a graduation photo, the listing for a first job spotted in the help want-

ed ads, a marriage announcement, a real estate listing, an an­niversary announcement, an obituary. Many achievements. Crimes and regrets. Stories big and small. A latticework of us, all on the papers made in Decatur. The move required a reduction in the width of the Herald & Review, and an earlier press time. The paper also is in the process of adding a new slate of comic strips. The same changes were in place at the Journal Gazette & Times-Courier in Mattoon and Charleston. "Our mission is to provide great content to our readers and solutions to our advertis­ ers. But we're also adapting to the future. We thank you for your continued support," Randy Mitchell, publisher of the JG & T-C, said in a column to readers.

Joe Tonellato inspects a copy of the Journal Gazette/Times­Courier during a press run for the Herald & Review and Journal Gazette/Times­Courier. (Herald & Review photo by Clay Jackson)

Bourbonnais paper closes

The Southern moves printing to St. Louis

BOURBONNAIS — The Bour­bonnais Herald & Country Mar­ket newspapers have ended their 44-­year run in Kankakee County. The final edition of the news­papers were published this week. Publisher Toby Olszewski said this decision was difficult and one which had been in discussion for about a year. The weekly newspaper had a staff of eight, mainly part­-timeemployees. The paper covered news from many Kankakee Coun­ty commu­nities, but focused on Bradley, Bourbonnais and Manteno.

CARBONDALE — The South­ern Illinoisan announced on Jan. 29 an agreement to out­source the printing of the news­paper to the St. Louis Post-­Dis­patch printing facility in Mary­land Heights, Missouri. The new printing agreement began with the Tuesday, Feb.12, edition of The Southern. "The decision to move our printing was extremely difficult," said Craig Rogers, publisher of The Southern. "Maintaining our aging printing equipment or re­placing it was cost prohibitive. Printing at the Post-Dispatch allows us to continue our mis­sion as an advocate for positive change in the communities that we serve." The change will not impact delivery of the newspaper to subscribers. Current newsroom and business operations, adver­tising sales, packaging and de­livery will remain in Carbondale.

Editor purchases Olney Gazette Mark Allen, editor of the Olney Ga­zette, purchased the weekly newspaper Feb. 1 from Jerry Reppert, of Anna. Reppert, proprietor of Reppert Pub­lications, founded the Gazette in Apri 2017 along with former publisher RickCampbell, of West Frankfort. Allen is a 1988 graduate of East Richland High School, 1990 graduate of Olney Central College, and a 1992 graduate of University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journal­ism. Following post­-college stints selling Kirby vacuum cleaners door­to ­door, and washing dishes, he practiced the journalism profession at newspapers in Mount Vernon, McLeansboro, Harrisburg, and Bridgeport. Allen was editor of the Olney Daily Mail from March 1997 to April 2017.

Newspapers' office closes in Abingdon ABINGDON­— The Ar­gus­Sentinel/Roseville In­ dependent office in Abing­don closed effective Janu­ary. The papers continue to operate, with readers urged to email news items or to submit them via the papers' Facebook pages. Box­es are also set up at two convenience stores locally for people to drop off items. A staff writer also is available via phone on Monday through Friday.


William Lee Wesselhoff William Lee Wesselhoff, of Jacksonville, Florida, passed away March 7, 2019. William "Bill" was born in Moline on May 24, 1954, to Nancy (Dingler) Wesselhoff and John "Jack" Wesselhoff. Bill was known as a newspaper man, having dedicated his life's work to journalism. His body of work included careers at Sycamore News, The Daily Chronicle, The Burlington Hawkeye, The Florida Times Union, and The Kings Bay Periscope. The majority of his work was editorial and dedicated to his beloved local sports beat. In 1982, he won the Illinois Investigative Reporter of the Year by United Press International for his work on uncovering a local, fraudulent headstone scheme. He was a baseball fan, particularly of the White Sox. A small private ceremony will be held at the Jacksonville National Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held in the summer in DeKalb – date pending.





Edward Elliott Kirkpatrick Edward Elliott Kirkpatrick, former editor of the Times Leader in McLeansboro, from 1957 to 1967, died Feb.27, 2019, in West Lafayette, Indiana, following a short illness. Kirkpatrick, who was 97, was editor and part owner of the Time Leader newspaper for 10 years. He and his famKkirpatrick ily moved in 1967 from McLeansboro to West Lafayette, Indiana, where he became editor and writer for the Agricultural Communication Department at Purdue University. After completing one year at Indiana State University, he became sports editor of the Frankfort Morning Times. In 1942, he left for service in World War II. When he returned from military service, Kirkpatrick attended Indiana University, and graduated in 1948 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and business. After graduation, Kirkpatrick worked as assistant to the publisher of the Knightstown (Indiana) Banner for three years. He then became office manager of the Daily Register in Harrisburg. He returned to Frankfort in 1954 to serve as night editor of the Morning Times, and in 1957 moved to become editor and manager of the Times Leader. In 1986, he retired from his position with the ACD at Purdue University, but continued working until a year before his death.

Harlan Draeger Harlan Draeger was a longtime Chicago newspaperman revered for his tenacity and institutional knowledge. "Harlan was a meticulous reporter who could squeeze every last elusive morsel (from) a story," said former Chicago Daily News marketing columnist Joe Cappo, who later was the publisher of Crain's Chicago Business. "He was the kind

of colleague who would offer to pitch in on any story that involved wrongdoing, or possible wrongdoing, by public officials." Draeger, 90, died of pneumonia Feb. 28 at Draeger Froedtert South hospital in Kenosha, Wisconsin, said his wife of 61 years, Rita. Right after college, Draeger worked briefly as a reporter for the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune before taking a reporting job at the Kenosha News. He started working for the Chicago Daily News in 1966. Early on, Draeger made a name for himself as an environmental reporter. After the Daily News folded in 1978, Draeger joined the Sun-Times, where he continued reporting with a special emphasis on investigative work. In 1979, Draeger teamed up with Marcia Kramer, whom he had worked with at the Daily News as well, on an article examining a lengthy list of no-bid contracts awarded by the administration of Mayor Michael Bilandic. Other projects that Draeger worked on at the Sun-Times included covering murder trials and the federal corruption trial of former state Rep. Larry Bullock, spotlighting corruption at McCormick Place and reporting on a raft of issues at the Metropolitan Sanitary District, which now is the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. Draeger was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in 1994. Draeger retired from the SunTimes in 1992.

She was a teacher for many years, most recently in special education, where she was a staunch and passionate advocate for her students. She also worked in the corporate world for several years as an editor and advertising manager with Lakeland Newspapers, MacMillan Publishing and the Chicago Sun-Times.

(Gentz) Oppendike. He graduated from Prophetstown High School and on August 14, 1960, he married Jana Waldbusser. Neil owned and published the Prophetstown Echo Newspaper. He later sold it and worked as a district manager for Waddel and Reed, then founded Good Wood Custom Built Homes.

Michael Schoepke

Patricia ‘Trish’ Phillips Spracklen

Michael Schoepke grew up with the Daily Herald, cutting his teeth on the old typesetting machines alongside his father and uncles. and ultimately helping convert its production to a modern, computerized system. Schoepke, who retired in 2014 as director of computer operations, Schoepke died March 5 in New Mexico. He was 68. "Mike was instrumental in choosing the software and hardware over the years to run the company," said Stuart R. Paddock III, senior vice president of information technologies. "Under his leadership, he brought on new editorial systems, a new classified system, new production systems, digital online systems and a circulation system.” Schoepke grew up in Arlington Heights. He started working at the Daily Herald as a teenager, following in the footsteps of his father, William Schoepke, and his three uncles, Art, Butch and Richard. They all worked in production, from the newspaper's days as a weekly to its conversion into a daily with the third largest circulation in the state.

Maureen S. Combs

Niel Oppendike

Patricia M. “Trish” Phillips Spracklen, 54, of Pana passed away Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in her home. She was born July 27, 1964, in Pana to Thomas J. Phillips, Jr. and Doris (Christner) Phillips. Trish attended grade Phillips Spracklen school at Sacred Heart School and Pana High School before graduating from St. Mary’s Academy in Nauvoo. She also attended Western Illinois University. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Pana, and was a lifelong employee of the family owned business, the Pana News Palladium. She was the head graphic designer and sat on the Board of Directors. Trish was a voracious reader and tea drinker and was always eager to learn. She enjoyed antiques, science fiction and chaired the former annual St. Pat’s Chicken Dinner and Pancake & Sausage Breakfast. She was very devoted to her family & grandchildren. Trish is survived by her daughters: Alicia Phillips-Bennett-Dingee (Alex), Madison, Wisconsin, and Nicole Bonn (Josh), Pana; father, Thomas Phillips, Pana; grandchildren: Joshua “J.J.” Dean Bonn, Jr. and Elliana “Ellie” Nicole Bonn; and sister, Elizabeth “Beth” Bennett (David), Madison, Wisconsin. She was preceded in death by her mother, Doris Phillips, and sister, Cindy Phillips Latonis.

Maureen S. Combs, 71, of Lake Villa, passed away Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at Highland Park Hospital after complications from an auto accident. She was born June 19, 1947, in Chicago to Russell and Meredythe Scurto.

PROPHETSTOWN – Niel Oppendike, 79, of Prophetstown, died Sunday, March 3, 2019, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Neil was born March 8,1939, in Sterling, to Millard and Minita