PressLines March/April 2018

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March-April 2018 Month 2015

Official Publication of the Illinois Press Association

Your voice needed for newsprint tariff issue 2 ProPublica Illinois releases 'The Money Game' 5 Uniform Certificate of Publication now required 3 Social media is neither social nor media 9




No voice is too small The newsprint tariff issue continues to evolve. This action was initiated by a complaint brought by a single newsprint producer – NORPAC of Longview, Wash. NORPAC is owned by a New York hedge fund looking to increase the value of their investment by alleging unfair trade practices related to Canadian subsidies in the production of newsprint. As the IPA has already made members aware, the Department of Commerce issued a preliminary ruling in January ordering countervailing duties, adding a 5-10 percent tariff. Then on March 13, Commerce issued another preliminary tariff of up to SAM FISHER 22 percent in anti-dumping duties. These preliminary President & CEO tariffs are in addition to the recent increases that you are seeing in the price of newsprint. This month, IPA Board members Scott Stone and Sue Walker, Foundation Board members John Galer and Jerry Reppert, IPA COO Josh Sharp and I attended the NNA Leadership Summit in D.C. We headed to the Hill and made over a dozen visits to our leg-

islators and their staff, talking about the horrific impact that these tariffs will have on our newspapers and the communities they serve. The case now heads to the International Trade Commission for further investigation. The ITC will make a recommendation to the Department of Commerce for a final determination. Additionally, there is a strong coalition of national organizations and responsible newsprint producers working very hard to make sure that these tariffs are not permanent. The STOPP coalition has established a website - that completely addresses the issue. No voice is too small as we are asking for you to get support from locally elected officials, chamber of commerce’s, community organizations, social service agencies and every organization that we serve. Please build your own local coalitions and voice your concerns to Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

March 12, 2018 The Honorable Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20230 Re: The Uncoated Groundwood Paper from Cananda, Inv. Noc. C-122-862 and A-122-861 Dear Secretary Ross: On behalf of the printing industry in Illinois, we urge you to heavily scrutinize the antidumping and countervailing duty petitions filed by North Pacific Paper Company (NORPAC) regarding uncoated groundwood paper imports from Canada. We believe that these cases do not warrant the imposition of duties, which would have a very severe impact on numerous industries and communities across the United States. NORPAC’s petitions are based on incorrect assessments of a changing market, and appear to be driven by the short-term investment strategies of the company’s hedge fund owners. The stated objectives of the petitions are flatly inconsistent with the views of the broader paper industry in the United States. If Canadian imports of uncoated groundwood paper are subject to duties, prices across the entire paper market will be shocked and the industry’s supply chains will suffer. Some paper manufacturers see the pending tariffs as a harbinger for further declines in the newsprint market and have indicated that they may be forced to convert operations to manufacture more profitable paper products. With fewer producers of newsprint, publishers would face even higher costs or a disruption in supply of this critical raw material. NORPAC’s petitions do not reflect the views of the paper industry in the United States. In fact, the antidumping and countervailing duty petitions are opposed by other U.S. producers of newsprint and the American Forest and Paper Association, which represents the broader U.S. paper industry. Given the outlier status of NORPAC, it appears that its owners, One Rock Capital Partners, may be using the petitions as a means of increasing the short-term value of this one mill, without any regard for the dramatic negative implications for the commercial printing industry in thousands of small cities and towns. We respectfully request that this letter be placed on the official record of the Department’s Uncoated Groundwood Paper Investigation. Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely,

Sam Fisher President/CEO Illinois Press Association

The Honorable Wilbur Ross Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce 1401 Constitution Ave. N.W. Washington, D.C. 20230 If you have any questions about this issue don’t hesitate to contact Josh Sharp or myself.

William J. Gibson Illinois Director Great Lakes Graphics Association

Todd Maisch President/CEO Illinois Chamber of Commerce

Please build your own local coalitions and voice your concerns to Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. We have a sample letter located on our website at

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OFFICERS Don Bricker Shaw Media, Sterling

Todd Sears The State Journal-Register, Springfield

Chris Fusco Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago

Jim Slonoff The Hinsdalean, Hinsdale

Darrell Garth Chicago Citizen Newspaper Group

Scott Stone Daily Herald Media Group, Arlington Heights

Jim Shrader | Treasurer Hearst Newspapers, Alton

Margaret Holt Chicago Tribune Media Group, Chicago

Sue Walker Herald Newspapers, Inc., Chicago

Sandy Macfarland | Immediate Past Chair Law Bulletin Publishing, Chicago

John Reed The News-Gazette Group, Champaign

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Uniform Certificate of Publication now required for IPA members One of the more recent changes to the IPA’s bylaws was the adoption of a uniform certificate of publication. The certificate of publication is contemplated and required according to Illinois’ law. It’s actually the first section of the Notice by PubliJOSH SHARP cation Act: Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

(715 ILCS 5/1) ( from Ch. 100, par. 1)

Sec. 1. When any notice shall be required by law, or the order of court, or by any contract, to be published in any newspaper, and no other mode of proving the same is proOWEN IRWIN vided, the certificate of the pubAssistant Vice President, lisher, by himself Government Relations or his authorized agent, with a written or printed copy of such notice annexed, stating the number of times which the same shall have been published, and the dates of the first and last papers containing the same, shall be sufficient evidence of the publication therein set forth. The certificate shall also contain the further certificate of the pub-

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lisher, by himself or his authorized agent, stating that the newspaper is a newspaper as hereinafter defined. The certificate of publication is integral to the public notice process. It provides, as sworn affidavit, evidence to a court or unit of local government that a notice was actually published in a newspaper. In some legal proceedings, newspaper publishers have even been called on to testify that proper notification was given via their newspaper. Unfortunately, some newspapers are not including legally required information in the text of their certificate. There have also been issues between newspapers about where a publication is “published” or “circulated.” To help alleviate some of those problems, the IPA developed a uniform and required certificate of publication for its members to use. Use of this certificate became effective, as condition of membership, on January 1, 2018. The IPA is asking all members to begin using this Certificate of Publication as soon as possible. To download the required official certificate of publication for IPA members, please visit http:// PublicNoticeLaws.aspx One other note about certificates – they DON’T have to be notarized. For some newspapers this has become an extra level of delay or expense as they wait to issue certificates until they can be notarized. All that’s required by law is the signature of the publisher or their authorized agent.

To download the required official certificate of publication for IPA members, please visit LegalLegislative/PublicNoticeLaws.aspx




First items on my agenda I remember attending my very first Illinois Press Association convention, back in the late 1970s. My publisher-husband, Bob, and I were just out of college, and especially through those early years the IPA was an invaluable resource. As the owners of two small weekly newspapers, we took advantage of training for our employees and for ourselves. The IPA is an organization that WENDY has given a lot to us MARTIN over the years, and I was thrilled with Chair, IPA Board of the opportunity to Directors give back by serving on the Board of Directors. As a board member I’ve had the opportunity to work with the publishers and of some of the best (and biggest) newspapers in the state. Certainly, there are a lot of differences between their

organizations and ours, but we are all equally reliant on the services of the Illinois Press Association. The IPA may not constantly be in the front of your mind, but they are always there behind the scenes, protecting public notices, keeping FOIA laws strong, watching to protect industry tax incentives, and keeping good relations with members of the state legislature. We are fortunate to have top-notch staff members and experienced leaders taking care of the organization day-to-day. In addition to being a long-time IPA member, Sam Fisher has served on the Board of Directors and was president of the board during our Sesquicentennial year. We could not have found a more experi-

enced and “in tune” person to serve as president and chief executive officer. I have enjoyed working with Sam in the past, and look forward to this next year working with him. Josh Sharp is a name that should be familiar to all. His tenure with the IPA goes back 14 years, and he has been superb as government relations director. He has transitioned to a well-deserved expanded role within the IPA as executive vice president and chief operating officer. In this position he will still oversee lobbying for newspaper interests but he is looking forward to having time for broader interactions with members. Since I first started in the newspaper business, we’ve seen a lot of changes in

"The IPA may not constantly be in the front of your mind, but they are always there behind the scenes, protecting public notices, keeping FOIA laws strong, watching to protect industry tax incentives, and keeping good relations with members of the state legislature."

our industry and newspapers have had to adapt and adjust. I believe we are at a critical juncture where we need to make sure our voice is heard above the fray – a voice that reminds readers (and potential new readers) that the news we provide them has been vetted, the facts have been checked, and they can be confident that what we provide them is not "fake news." Although many papers may cover the same state and national stories, we all also provide unique content that our readers can’t get anywhere else about their own neighborhoods and communities. One of the first things on my agenda is a campaign to help members of all sizes promote our products as our readers’ most reliable source of real news. I’ve had a sneak peak at what is being developed, and I have to say, it is even better than I imagined! I have always said I’m one of the luckiest people in the world, to have a job I love and look forward to every day. I am in an industry I love, and I look forward to doing what I can to see it thrive.

IPA Board of Directors welcomes three IPA board Chair Wendy Martin has appointed three to fill vacancies on the IPA Board of Directors. Those appointed are: Chris Fusco, editor-in-chief of the Chicago Sun-Times. Fusco was named editor-in-chief of the Chicago Sun-Times in October 2017. Before that, he served as the news organization's managing editor for a little more than a year, and was a Sun-Times reporter for 16 years, producing numerous investigative reports involving government corruption, crime, child welfare, transportation, nursing-home care, public pensions and other subjects. Fusco is the recipient of more than a

dozen local and several national journalism honors, including the George Polk Award for local reporting, which he shared with colleagues Tim Novak and Carol Marin for their years-long investigation exposing law-enforcement failings in a homicide case involving a nephew of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. Those stories, which also won the Chicago Headline Club's Watchdog Award, led to the nephew's manslaughter conviction nearly 10 years after the crime. Fusco began his journalism career at the Northwest Herald in 1994 and joined the Daily Herald the following year, eventually becoming the newspaper's lead political reporter. He moved

to the Sun-Times in 2000, working as a state-government reporter and relief editor on the city desk. He began focusing exclusively on investigations in 2009. Margaret Holt is standards editor of the Chicago Tribune. She has a particular interest in urban issues and diversity of coverage and regularly meets with community leaders and groups. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Holt began her career in downstate Illinois newsrooms. She held a variety of reporting and editing positions in the Chicago area and Dallas before joining the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale as business editor, becoming deputy managing editor




in charge of Palm Beach operations. In 1993, she joined the Chicago Tribune as sports editor. She represents the Tribune on the Mid-America Press Institute board, and is a past chair of the organization, which offers mid-career training to journalists. Holt is regularly invited to participate in media

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ProPublica Illinois releases 'The Money Game,' a tool for tracking fundraising in the Illinois governor’s race

The widget, which can be published on any website for free, displays automatically updated information on candidates’ fundraising and spending in the Illinois governor’s race, which is on track to break records

The 2018 race for Illinois governor could be the most expensive in U.S. history. With nine months until election day, the five leading candidates have raised more than $136 million, already exceeding any previous contest in Illinois. To track this money circus, ProPublica Illinois has created an embeddable tool that updates daily with the latest fundraising information. The tool is free; anyone can use the widget on their website to provide users with an at-a-glance summary of each candidates’ contributions and spending. “We want this widget to help readers understand this unprecedented money race, and to complement the political reporting being done around the state,” said news applications developer David Eads​ in a blog post. “We also want to help spread high-quality, data-driven reporting around Illinois. Making this widget available for free is an experiment in achieving that goal.” The widget uses data reported by the Illinois State Board Of Elections. Contributions are updated daily. Spending numbers (and any numbers calculated from spending) are current as of the most recent

quarterly filing date. To embed the widget or get more information: ht t ps://projec t s.propublic graphic s/il/2018- c ampaign-w idgets/gov-primary/embed/

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Stick to the basics: Present all sides of the story

Most reporters can likely relate to this scenario. Someone speaks up at a public meeting to unleash criticism about an individual or organization. Reporters have little difficulty presenting a balanced report – recording all sides of the story – if the accused is at the meeting. But what happens if the individual is not present? JIM PUMARLO And what if deadlines do not permit Red Wing, Minn. time to get the other side of the argument? It’s the classic case of a “single source” story. These types of stories are no doubt the easiest to write, and they are the most likely to prompt calls of “foul play” from readers – for good reason. Consider this editor’s note which prefaced a story. Note: The following article pertains to a presentation which represented one side of a highly controversial topic. Representatives for the alternative position were not available to contest or counter statements made and statis-

tics shared. As such, that perspective is not a component of this report. Give the newspaper credit for acknowledging the shortcomings in its report, but say what? The editor’s note – the newspaper’s lack of initiative in pursuing and presenting the other side of the story – is rather remarkable in today’s 24/7 communications landscape. Multiple avenues are available to get the opposing view from picking up the telephone to sending an email to checking out organization websites. Blindsided attacks are a common occurrence in reporting the news. Newsrooms, as the clearinghouse of information in your communities, are often in perfect position to anticipate the circumstances and double down your efforts to present all sides of a story. A simple brainstorming session at a staff meeting can reveal additional opportunities for broader coverage. The more voices in a story, the more balanced a report. Coverage of public affairs affords ample opportunities for including multiple voices. A school board is prepared to act on a recommendation to switch from half-day to all-day kindergarten; the packet of materials accompanying the agenda details the reasons. A preview

of the meeting is a chance to provide “pro” and “con” arguments including interviews with a variety of individuals. Follow-up reports on a variety of board actions present similar opportunities. Review other everyday coverage in your newspapers. A community’s selection of a “citizen of the year” is an automatic feature story – usually a one-on-one sit-down with the honoree. Inject some flavor to the story by including comments from other individuals. A big-box retailer comes into a town with great fanfare. A sidebar is appropriate to capture the sentiments of those who believe existing local retailers will be helped or hindered. Most items in police blotters are sufficiently summarized in a few sentences. On occasion, take the time to quiz police on some incidents, and the circumstances can lead to an interesting story. Tracking down all the voices – all the perspectives – of a story is just the first step, however. Two other points are important in the spirit of fairness. No. 1, give the opposing voices equal prominence. Court proceedings are a great example. In other words, don’t put the prosecutor’s arguments on Page One and bury the defense’s rebuttal on

jump page. Readers’ attention is limited on the web, too; present the opposing viewpoints in the first few paragraphs. No. 2, don’t be afraid to hold a story if it means delivering a more complete – and more fair – report. That’s especially the case with nondaily newspapers where it can be a few days to a week before readers receive the “other side” of the story. In these cases, the web is a great friend. Newspapers can wait a few hours to pursue all the voices and still deliver a timely report. Seeking and incorporating the many varied – yet pertinent – voices in a story is not always easy. It can take time and hard work – solid journalism that benefits the newspaper and readers alike.

three years directing and coordinating daily operations for Colorado College’s Career Center where he was responsible for developing strategies and plans to improve business processes and performance. Before serving in higher education, he had a long career in newspapers and associated media working in numerous disciplines including executive management, operations, finance, marketing, sales and oversight of news operations. Bricker was previously an executive with Shaw Media serving as an officer of Shaw Media and Vice President of Suburban Group Publishing. He was publisher of the Appeal-Dem-

ocrat and in Marysville, Calif. and had responsibility for a six-county region that included four twice-weekly newspapers, their associated web sites, a monthly newspaper, an advertising agency, two direct mail products and various niche publications. Bricker’s background also includes leadership positions with The Gazette in Colorado Springs, Colo., The Lima News in Lima, Ohio, The Orange County Register in southern California, and the Daily Southtown in Chicago’s southwest suburbs. He has a B.S. in management from the University of Phoenix and did executive

development work at Northwestern University. Don served on the board of directors and was president of the DeKalb County (IL) Economic Development Corporation. He also served on various Chamber of Commerce boards, and was the honorary base commander at Beale Air Force Base in Marysville, Calif.

Jim Pumarlo writes, speaks and provides training on community newsroom success strategies. He is author of “Journalism Primer: A Guide to Community News Coverage,” “Votes and Quotes: A Guide to Outstanding Election Coverage” and “Bad News and Good Judgment: A Guide to Reporting on Sensitive Issues in SmallTown Newspapers.” He can be reached at and welcomes comments and questions at

BOARD Continued from Page 4 and college sessions on accuracy, ethics and diversity. A member of the Native American Journalists Association, Holt is a Tuscarora Nation member and has represented NAJA on the board of UNITY, which focused on advancing diversity and inclusion in media coverage and staffing. She is interested in music, theater and sports, especially the Chicago Sky. Don Bricker is the publisher of Sauk Valley Media and Shaw Media’s vice president for administration and operations. Prior to his current role, Bricker spent

"I’m excited having Margaret, Don and Chris on the IPA board. They are great additions and each will offer their unique perspective and long-time experience in the industry to the Association," IPA President & Chief Executive Officer Sam Fisher said.



Putting the boss in an ad Sometimes it’s a good idea to feature a boss in an ad. Sometimes it’s not. Two ads come to mind. One shows a plumbing company’s president seated at the head of a conference table, surrounded by a handful of employees. He is the only one looking at the camera, and they are leaning toward him, eyes fixed on a document he is holding. (Maybe it’s a flow chart showing their titles and job res p on s i bi l it ie s .) Names are listed in the caption, and his is in bold type. The headJOHN FOUST line – too trite to Raleigh, N.C. mean anything to anyone who is not pictured – reads, “Leading the field.” Clearly, the underlying message is, “Look at me. I’m the boss.” The other ad features a large, closecropped photo of a construction CEO standing next to a pickup truck. He’s wearing a hard hat and his expression suggests that the photo was shot as he was talking. The headline is in quotes and emphasizes the fact that he is involved in all of his company’s projects – and even devotes time to travel to clients’ job sites. The body copy provides details about his commitment to make sure things are done correctly. That’s a stark contrast, isn’t it? The first ad says, “I’m important.” The second one says, “You (the customer) are important.” Putting bosses in ads can be tricky, because bosses are bosses. They ultimately control their companies’ ad budgets. So when you get an idea – or a request – to put the boss in an ad, things need to be handled with care. Here are some points to keep in mind. 1. Make it relevant. A boss-testimonial has to mean something. It is about the message and the messenger. Ideally, the message should be one

that can be delivered only by that specific messenger – a person who represents a big emotional investment in the business being advertised. He is in a strong position to sell benefits and strengthen the brand image. (Think of the classic Dave Thomas ads for Wendy’s.) 2. Make it real. For this kind of ad to be effective, the photo and the copy must have the ring of authenticity. This is not the place for portrait photography; the photo’s destination is an ad, not the boardroom. The boss should be depicted in a slice-of-life setting – like the construction CEO beside the truck. She should make eye contact with the camera (and hence, the readers). To give the right voice to the photo – and personalize the message – make the headline a quote. 3. Keep it simple. For maximum visual impact, the photo composition should be uncluttered and the boss should be the most prominent element. The language should be human, clear and non-corporate. It’s much better to say, “Our commitment to customer service starts at the top – with me,” than to say, “We’re committed to the relentless pursuit of best practices to better accomplish our actionable customer-facing objectives.” Here’s a thought: What about the relentless pursuit of stronger boss-testimonial ads? © Copyright 2018 by John Foust. All rights reserved. John Foust has conducted training programs for thousands of newspaper advertising professionals. Many ad departments are using his training videos to save time and get quick results from in-house training. E-mail for information:

Illinois newspapers have helped locate over 300 missing photos of Vietnam veterans so far! Please keep promoting the Vietnam Veterans Wall of Faces to your communities. Just over 250 photos of servicemen and women killed in Vietnam are still missing from the Wall of Faces ( A customizable editorial and house ads are available for download at Thank you to all the newspapers participating in this effort!





The Great Divide

Daily & weekly publishers view digital benefits very differently During a keynote address at the Kansas Press Association convention in February, I presented the results of my annual survey of newspaper publishers in the U.S. and Canada for the first time. With roughly 15 percent of publishers in these two countries participating in the survey, it’s a good bet the results are representative of the industry as a whole. In my previous column, the KEVIN SLIMP first in a series concerning survey findings, we Director, Institute of discussed some Newspaper Technology of the differences between healthy newspapers and newspapers with diminishing health over the past three years. Today, I’m going to take a look at the differences in how daily and weekly newspaper publishers view the benefits of their digital efforts. After visiting thousands of newspapers during my career, and speaking to thousands more at conferences, there’s not much that catches me off guard about our industry these days. But I was a little surprised by the vast differences between the way daily and weekly newspaper publishers view the benefits of their digital efforts. Question 10 of the survey, “How do you feel about the following statement: 'Our business would do just as well or better without a print version,' was less divisive. It seems that both daily and non-daily publishers universally agree they wouldn’t survive without a print version. The differences arise in response to Question 11, “How do you feel about the following statement: 'Our business would do just as well or better without a digital version.'

A whopping 59 percent of daily publishers responded, “That’s ridiculous. We would be in worse shape without a digital/online edition.” Conversely, 68 percent of weekly publishers believe it either “is” or “might be” true that their paper would do just as well without a digital version. When you add in the number of folks who responded “other,” then wrote they didn’t have a digital presence, you have well more than 70 percent of weekly publishers wondering if there is any advantage to having a digital edition of their newspapers. Looking further, the differences of opinion between publishers of “healthy” newspapers and “unhealthy” newspapers is not as glaring. While 59 percent of publishers who rated their paper’s health as “very healthy” or “relatively healthy” indicated their papers might be better off without a digital version, 54 percent of publishers who rated the health of their papers as “unhealthy” or “near death” felt the same about their digital efforts. Not a huge difference. The results are even more striking when asked about the benefits of social media. Only 22 percent of non-daily (less than four issues per week) newspaper publishers report seeing any benefit, financial or otherwise, from their social media efforts. Compare that to 60 percent of daily newspaper publishers who see some type of benefit from their social media efforts and it’s clear there are some real differences between the results of social media at daily and non-daily newspapers. I’m fascinated by the responses to these surveys. As I hear from publishers and others after seeing the results of our past surveys, it’s apparent that folks are often surprised to find their newspapers aren’t so different from others. This is especially true when we look at categories like newspaper ownership models (a full 50 percent of U.S. and Canadian newspapers are not part of any group, with only 11 percent be-

ing part of a large regional or national group) and circulation (average circulation is less than 6,000). I often hear attendees at conferences respond, “I thought we were different from everyone else.” There’s some solace, I believe, from realizing you’re not alone. At the same

time, we can gain some benefit from learning what is working at other newspapers similar to our own. Kevin Slimp is the CEO of and director of The Newspaper Institute. Contact Kevin at




Social media is neither social nor media, people are learning Many community newspapers are reporting that numerous business owners are saying “I don’t need to buy newspaper advertising. I promote my business for free on social media.” If pressed, most will tell you they use Facebook to reach their needed buyers. But social media is really not social. Nor is it a form of media. I regularly work with a number of PETER college fraternity chapters and atWAGNER tend their weekIowa Information Inc. ly meetings. I’m amazed at the members’ lack of attention. While one of the members stands and speaks to the group the others are all busy texting their girlfriends or one of their brothers sitting across the room. Somehow, we’ve lost common respect for others, the ability to have verbal faceto-face conversations and the sense of community. I remember spending summers on the family farm in South Dakota. Every Saturday night the entire family would head into town to pick up groceries, machinery parts and whatever else might be desired. But shopping was the least important part of the evening. My mother, Aunt Anne and female cousins would use the evening to visit with neighbors met in the stores to catch up on the latest rumors, revelations and romances. The men were doing the same thing in the hardware store and implement shop. No one went home until all the juicy details were totally shared. Now that was true social media. My wife, who is in extensive rehab with a badly broken leg, sent me out shopping last Saturday. Finding the few

simple items was easy. Checking out was hard. The huge discount store had only two of its 11 checkout lanes going. Worst, both lanes had long lines of early-morning buyers wanting to check out overflowing carts of groceries, electronic gadgets, clothing, health and beauty products and more. Waiting in line I found myself turning to the woman behind me to show off the oversized valentine I’d bought for our dog to give his mistress. “I just have to show you this card,” I told the woman. “I couldn’t resist it,” I said. It was large enough to fill the corner of my wife’s hospital room and it only cost $3. Best of all, the picture of the dog on the front was the spitting image of Duffer, our puppy. It was the beginning of a beautiful 10-minute friendship. I learned she lived in a town not far to the north, taught grade school, had two children, a boy and a girl, was married to a grain farmer, went to the Methodist church and was in town for a postseason girls basketball tournament. Now that’s what I call getting social. I believe there’s a place for Facebook in individual business marketing even though I’ve tried more than once to cancel my account. I find my day interrupted almost hourly by the same Facebook “friend” who seems sure I really care about what he had for lunch or dinner and the television shows he is planning to watch that night. One of Facebook’s biggest problems is not everyone wants to be lambasted with meaningless information sent by someone they hardly know. Many find it intrusive. But that problem aside, there are some serious reasons why no business should depend exclusively on Facebook especially and social media in general. Most also apply to Twitter and the many other internet information sharing platforms.

1. Not all friends on a Facebook friends list receive the notice of a special sale or even a non-commercial message. With over 2 billion users, Facebook users would be overwhelmed if every message copied to them was delivered. Therefore, only about 20 percent of those on a “friends” list actually get any message. The users are determined by their interaction with the sender. Those who most often open, respond to or create messages to the business are the ones Facebook pre-selects to get the latest posting. 2. The average local business has between 300 and 700 followers on their contact list. When Facebook edits the list to their acceptable 20 percent level only 60 participants on the list of 300 get the message and just 140 of the larger list of 700.

tional cost problem. “Friends” only look at Facebook postings when they find interesting, fresh material to read and share. Keeping the site up-to-date requires the time and talent of a committed employee or an expensive outside content source.

3. Facebook is not really free. It is possible to send sales and promotional postings to a larger group of followers, but Facebook charges handsomely for that privilege. The result is the nation’s larger, better capitalized online retailers and discounters — who are willing and able to pay the fee — connect more often with your customers than you do.

5. Facebook, Twitter and web server providers such as Google and Yahoo regularly sell the names, interests and e-mail addresses gleaned from their systems to interested buyers. That means favored customers on your list can eventually appear on the e-mail and “friends” lists of national department and specialty stores, Amazon and all sorts of online discounters.

4. Creating and depending on a Facebook account creates an addi-

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Illinois Press Association Annual Convention & Trade Show June 7-8, 2018 Marriott Bloomington-Normal

Agenda Thursday, June 7 10-11:15 a.m. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 2-2:15 p.m. 2:15-3:15 p.m. 3:30-4:30 p.m. 5-6:30 p.m. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Advertising Educational Session - TBA Advertising Awards Luncheon and Dessert Auction Photo of Winners Advertising Educational Session - TBA Engaging with our community - presented by the Peoria Journal Star Chairman's Reception IPA & IAPME Dinner Maintaining Independence, a conversation with Chicago Sun-Times CEO Edwin Eisendrath presented by the IAPME • Dinner and speaking event also includes the IAPME annual awards announcements and Lincoln League Award presentation 9-10 p.m. Trivia

Friday, June 8 8:30-9:30 a.m. 10-11:15 a.m. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 2-2:15 p.m.

Editorial Educational Session - TBA Editorial Educational Session - TBA Editorial Awards Luncheon Photo of Winners

Registration opens soon!

Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center 201 Broadway Ave. Bloomington-Normal, IL 61761 Special rate of $138/night available June 6 to June 8. Book by May 16. Visit to book at the group rate or call 309-862-9000 and mention Illinois Press.




WAGNER Continued from Page 8 6. Recent studies have revealed that many of those wonderful responses on Facebook or other internet sites have come from a single individual paid to make the

service look good. More recent national articles have stated increasing numbers of those comments have been created by robots, usually referred to as bots, with no human

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Alton Telegraph gets new signage

The operator of a crane lifts an LED-lighted sign onto the building at 219 Piasa St. that houses the new offices of The Telegraph. The newspaper, which was recently purchased by the family-owned Hearst Newspapers chain, moved its news, advertising and circulation operations from 111 E. Broadway in Alton to the Piasa Street location late last year. The building got outdoor signage the morning of Feb. 26. Other locally owned newspapers by Hearst include the Edwardsville Intelligencer and the Jacksonville Journal-Courier.

Friday Journal & Topics to end as focus shifts to website The Journal & Topics Media Group, which has been serving the Northwest suburbs for the last 88 years, has ramped up its coverage of local communities and its people through its newly-designed website, With this change, Journal & Topics no longer publishes Friday Journals, distributed in Des Plaines, Mount

Prospect, Golf Mill area and Prospect Heights, as of Feb. 2. They further reported that all of their other publications, including the Wednesday editions that circulate in those communities, will see an increase in news content. The traditional print versions of all 16 Journal & Topics newspapers will continue as they have for nearly a century.

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With the closure of the McLeansboro Times-Leader, the McLeansboro Gazette was launched Feb. 14. The Leader and the Mt. Vernon Register News, both owned by CNHI of Montgomery, Ala., were shuttered early February. The Gazette was announced Feb. 14 at a community meeting held at the Laborer's International Hall in McLeansboro, attended mostly by local officials and other news orga-

nizations. The paper is part of C&R Media, a division of Reppert Publications. Jerry Reppert is a veteran newsman in southern Illinois, with several weekly newspapers, including in Anna, Carmi, Benton and Olney. The editor of the new paper is Brett Templeton. She was at the Register-News when they ceased publication. The Gazette will be published weekly.

Paddock purchases Nashville-based SouthComm Publishing Town Square Publications, a subsidiary of Paddock Publications Inc., announced March 2 it has purchased the assets of Nashville-based SouthComm Publishing. The custom publishing division for chamber of commerce magazines of SouthComm Inc., also based in Nashville, has been a significant competitor of Paddock's Town Square Publications since Paddock entered the chamber of commerce specialty publications business nearly 10 years ago. The acquisition expands Town Square's national footprint, particularly in Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Virginia and Florida, making it the largest publisher of chamber of commerce magazines and directories in the country. Details of the transaction are not being disclosed. As the operations of SouthComm Publishing and Town Square are so closely aligned, the transition for chamber publishing partners should be seamless, said Paddock Publications President and Chief Operations Officer Scott Stone. For Paddock, this is the fourth major acquisition of a chamber publishing company's assets in the past four years. The others include: Village Profile of Elgin, CommunityLink of Pinckneyville and Lawton Publishing of Spokane, Washington. "TheSouthComm acquisition is in keeping with the company's strategic plan to grow Paddock's business in new and different ways," said Douglas K. Ray, chairman, chief executive officer and publisher. "The decision to expand into the nondaily newspaper business has proved to be an excellent one, as the company's niche divisions are contributing nicely to the overall revenue and profitability of Paddock Publications." Town Square began developing chamber publishing partnerships in Chicago, the suburbs and neighboring states. Today, Town Square works with chambers of commerce across the country to secure advertising sales for and product development of community guides and chamber directories.





News-Gazette sports section ranked among nation’s Top 10 For the eighth consecutive year, The News-Gazette's sports section was named one of the country's best by the Associated Press Sports Editors in its annual writing and sections contest. The N-G received a Top 10 nod for both its Sunday section and special section in the 30,000-75,000 circulation division. It was also named as an honorable mention (Top 10) for best website (30-75,000). Also, multimedia specialist Anthony Zilis won a Top 5 national honor in short video (30,000-75,000) for his

story on the IHSA boys' state track and field meet. It marked the 29th time in the last 22 years the newspaper's sports section has been honored in the APSE contest. The website award was The N-G's first since the category was introduced. The APSE awards, voted on by sports editors and journalists from across the nation during four days of judging, honor work published in2017. Winners will receive their awards in June at the APSE summer conference in Nashville, Tenn.

Chicago Sun-Times wins Report for America grant to hire additional neighborhood reporters The Chicago Sun-Times was announced Feb. 8 as a recipient of a Report for America grant, allowing the newspaper to hire a reporter to bolster its neighborhood coverage on the city's South and West sides. The Sun-Times was one of eight news organizations chosen from more than 85 applicants nationwide by the nonprofit Report for America, which launched last year with the goal of placing service-oriented journalists in under-covered communities to rebuild trust in the media. "This grant will enable us to broaden our scope of neighborhood coverage with a specific focus on communities that need fair and balanced reporting the most," SunTimes Editor-in-Chief Chris Fusco said. "We're hoping the Report for America reporter can embed herself or himself on the South and West sides to spotlight the many challenges those communities face — while also telling their success stories." Half of each RFA reporter's salary is paid by the nonprofit, and the other half is covered by each newsroom in combination with local philanthropists. The group has already deployed reporters at three

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news outlets across the Appalachian region, and is aiming to place 1,000 reporters in community newsrooms over the next five years. “We're thrilled to be working with the Sun-Times," RFA co-founder and president Steven Walden said. "The judges chose the Sun-Times not only because they were impressed with what [the paper is] up to generally but because [it] had such a compelling plan to help residents in under-covered parts of Chicago to be better heard and better understood." A study released last month by the Center for Media Engagement found that most South and West side residents "felt underrepresented or poorly represented by Chicago news media, but are also the most interested in getting involved in Chicago news organizations." The Sun-Times' RFA reporter will focus on crime, housing, education and environmental issues in those parts of the city, as well as business development, infrastructure improvements and social-service interventions. Applications for the one-year position — which is slated to start in June and can be extended to a second year — are now open at www.

Herald & Review Sports Writer Joey Wagner and Sports Editor Justin Conn introduced new podcast, Outside the Box, early January. They feature various coaches and players on their preps podcast. Past podcasts are available on www.heraldreview. com/sports.

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Couch named editor, general manager of Belleville News-Democrat Jeffry Couch has been appointed editor and general manager of the Belleville News-Democrat. Couch has led the BND's newsroom for nearly 14 years. Tony Berg, Midwest regional publisher for McClatchy, the BND's owner, announced Couch's expanded role during a staff meeting on Feb. 1. "Jeff is a proven and Couch trusted leader in Belleville," Berg said before the meeting. "With his strong record of award-winning local journalism and digital audience growth, I am confident that he will be successful in continuing to drive our digital transformation." In his new role, Couch will be the BND's top executive while continuing his role as editor. Couch succeeds Jay Tebbe as the top executive at the News-Democrat. Tebbe was president and publisher of the BND for 14 years before retiring at the end of 2017. Couch joined the BND as executive editor in 2004. During his tenure, the newsroom expanded its investigative and enterprise work as the BND evolved into a digital media company and has had a record of strong digital audience growth. With nearly 38 years as a professional journalist, Couch has worked as a reporter and editor in western Pennsylvania, North Carolina and South Carolina. Prior to his appointment as BND executive editor, Couch served for four years as managing editor of The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and 15 years as a reporter and editor at The Fayetteville Observer in Fayetteville, N.C. Couch is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. He and his wife, Kerry Warren Couch, live on their horse farm outside of Mascoutah.



Editor named Nokomis' 'Person of Year'

Nokomis Chamber of Commerce honored Nokomis Free Press-Progress Editor John Broux, left, as Person of the Year, and Lola and Tom Spears, right, owners of the Business of the Year, Nokomis Gift and Garden, at its Monday, Jan. 29 event held at Town Pump Bowl. Second from left is Edward Heck, Chamber of Commerce president.

Heimerman, Olson take on new roles at Daily Chronicle Christopher Heimerman has been named editor of the Daily Chronicle, making him the 16th editor in the newspaper's 139-year history. Heimerman, 38, has worked for Shaw Media since October 2011. He joined the Chronicle's staff in April 2017 as news editor. The promotion to editor is the latest move in his 12-year journalism career. He is part of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce's current Leadership Academy class and lives in DeKalb with his wife, Kayla, and their 4-yearold twin daughters, Anna and Elise. Eric Olson, 40, has been named the Daily Chronicle's general manager. Olson was named editor of the Daily Chronicle in July 2012. As general manager, he will continue to help guide in the newspaper's editorial direction and also work

with community partners to ensure that the Daily Chronicle and the MidWeek continue to be active in providing relevant information, marketing solutions and community advocacy. Heimerman He is taking on a new role after the departure of Karen Pletsch, who retired as publisher of the newspaper earlier this month after a distinguished career. Olson has worked Olson with Shaw Media for almost 18 years and is president of the Rotary Club of DeKalb. He lives in Sycamore with his wife, Kate, and their three daughters.

Former Sun-Times editor to lead New York Daily News Veteran Chicago journalist Jim Kirk, former publisher and editor-in-chief of the Sun-Times, was appointed interim editor-in-chief of the New York Daily News Jan. 18. The move comes four months after the New York tabloid was acquired by tronc, Chicago-based parent company of the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. The Daily News Kirk has been without an editor-in-chief or publisher since Arthur Browne retired from both jobs at the end of December. Kirk, 52, who joined tronc in August as senior vice president of strategic initiatives for its digital content and commerce division, most recently served as interim executive editor of the L.A. Times. In announcing Kirk's latest role, Justin Dearborn, CEO of tronc, said Kirk will oversee day-to-day editorial operations at the Daily News and work closely with other departments in the company. He'll also participate in the search for a permanent editor-in-chief. After five years at the Sun-Times, Kirk left in the wake of the paper's sale to an investment group headed by Edwin Eisendrath, the former Chicago alderman, and a coalition of labor unions. Kirk's move to tronc reunited him with Michael Ferro, the chairman of tronc who hired Kirk at the Sun-Times when Ferro headed former owner Wrapports. A native of south suburban Dolton and graduate of Illinois State University, Kirk began as Midwest managing editor for Adweek and as a reporter for the Sun-Times. He moved to the Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg News, the Chicago News Cooperative and Crain's Chicago Business before rejoining the SunTimes.


Hosey named editor of The Herald-News

Joe Hosey is the new editor of The Herald-News, Morris Herald-News and Herald Life. Hosey takes over for Jon Styf, who is the editor of the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake after leading The Herald-News since October 2016. Hosey joined The Herald-News as a reporter in 1999. He most notably covered the disappearance of Stacy Peterson and the criminal investigation of former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson. During his time with The Herald-News, he was crime reporter, a metro columnist and a member of an investigative reporting team. Hosey left in 2010 to work for Patch, where he continued to Hosey cover the Joliet area and crime, including the Hickory Street slayings in 2013. He returned to The Herald-News last year as news editor to manage the daily news staff. He was named 2015 Illinois Journalist of the Year by the Journalism Department of Northern Illinois University and the 2014 National Press Club John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award winner. Hosey wrote the book "Fatal Vows: The Tragic Wives of Sergeant Drew Peterson," published in 2008. The Lifetime movie "Drew Peterson: Untouchable" was based on the book.

Yucus named lifestyle editor Christopher Yucus has been named lifestyle editor at the NewsTribune. Yucus started working for the NewsTribune in 2011 as a sports writer before becoming a staff photographer for the paper in 2013. He has won multiple statewide awards for his photography and writing during his tenure at the NewsTribune, including a first place finish in the portrait/ personality category in the 2016 Illinois Associated Press Editors' Awards. A 2006 graduate of Northern Illinois University with a bachelor's degree in English, Yucus lives in La Salle with his wife, Chelsey.



Latonis joins Breeze-Courier staff Tom Latonis, 62, of Pana has joined the staff of the Breeze-Courier effective March 1. He has a 34-year career in community journalism. Latonis will be covering the Pana area as well as the Christian County Board and court proceedings in addition to various other assignments on his beat. He started in the advertising department of the Pana News-Palladium in the fall of 1984 and became sports editor in 1987. He was proLatonis moted to editor in 1989. He won an Illinois Press Association Award for his sports column, "From Out in Left Field" and for his editorial column, "Keeping One Eye Open." A native of Springfield, he graduated from St. Cabrini Grade School in 1969. His family moved to Petersburg, and he graduated from Petersburg PORTA High School in 1973. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in RadioTV in the summer of 1978 from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, with a

minor in political science. He began working in radio at WDQN, DuQuoin and WSIU, Carbondale, before taking a job with WKXK radio in Pana in September of 1978. He was in charge of the station's satellite studio in Nokomis. Latonis covered news and sports as well and was playby-play announcer for the Nokomis Redskins and the Pana Panthers. He worked for two years at WFMB radio in Springfield before returning to the Pana radio station in February of 1982 and working there until he was hired by the newspaper. Latonis is past president of the Pana Jaycees, Pana Chamber of Commerce, Pana Tri-County Fair Association, Pana Quarterback Club and the Nokomis Homecoming Association. He is currently deputy coroner of Christian County and Pana Township supervisor. He and his late wife, Cynthia "Cindy" Phillips-Latonis, who died Jan. 1, 2018, are the parents of two sons, Jacob Latonis, a freshman at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and Thomas Phillips Latonis who died in infancy.

Rogers shifts focus to Carbondale, Weaver named GM JG-TC Publisher Craig Rogers will serve as full-time publisher of The Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale, where he has served in addition to working as publisher of the JG-TC. He became publisher of the JG-TC in November 2014. Rogers was named publisher of The Southern Illinoisan in July 2016. Both are owned by Lee Enterprises of Davenport, Iowa. Other publications owned by Lee include the Decatur Herald & Review and the Bloomington Pantagraph. "It is with bittersweet feelings that I step down from leading the JG-TC to focus full-time on The Southern Illinoisan," Rogers said. "I leave behind many friends in Mattoon and Charleston. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Coles County, a really great community. Most of all, I will truly miss working with

the staff at the JGTC and want to commend the staff on many great accomplishments over the past three-plus years." Regional Publisher Julie Bechtel will continue to oversee operations at Rogers the JG-TC. Penny Weaver, who was named associate publisher last summer, will have the role of general manager and continue her duties as editor. Tammy Jordan remains the newspaper's Weaver advertising director. With its office in Mattoon, the JG-TC covers the Mattoon and Charleston areas and the nearby region.

Northwest Herald names new editor


Jon Styf recently was named editor of the Northwest Herald. He will oversee the flagship paper of Sterling-based Shaw Media, publisher of close to 100 print and digital publications in Illinois and Iowa. Styf, 37, is coming to Crystal Lake after spending more than a year as editor of the Joliet Herald-News. Before that, he was the Northwest Herald sports editor for four years, the DeKalb Daily Chronicle sports editor for two years, and an assisStyf tant news editor and news reporter at other publications. Styf has lived near Plainfield for the past year, and he lived in McHenry County four years before that with his wife and three elementary school age children. "I'm so happy to be moving back to McHenry County, a place that my family considers home, to lead a newspaper that I am so passionate about," Styf said. "I'm excited about the opportunity to take a key role in telling the story of McHenry County as we cover everything from breaking news to informing the public on how their tax money is spent and serve as a watchdog for the community." Shaw Media has about 550 employees at newspapers, magazines and other publications in northern Illinois and Iowa. Its daily newspapers include the Joliet Herald-News, the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake and the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb.



Quad-City Times editor departing for South Carolina Autumn Phillips has resigned as the Quad-City Times executive editor to accept a position as the managing editor of The Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina. Her last day was Jan. 31. Phillips joined the Times in December 2015. She has worked for the Davenport-based Lee Enterprises, parent company of the Times, since March 2012. Phillips, 44, announced Phillips her decision to the news staff early January. Times Publisher Debbie Anselm credited Phillips as a strong supporter of community journalism and enterprise reporting. During Phillips' tenure, the Times underwent a redesign of its Sunday newspaper. Phillips also was a driving force behind the Times' new virtual reality storytelling project, hosted on the free app QCT VR. According to Anselm, the changes have come as Phillips and her team also "made sure we were good stewards for transparency in government and an advocate for open meetings and open records.” A national search for a new executive editor is in the works. Wishing Phillips well, Anselm said, "I appreciate the way she carried out her role. She was an active leader. She was in the community working beside other leaders and other citizens." Phillips' community service includes the Rotary Club of Davenport. She also is a board member for the Iowa Freedom of Information Council and the national APME (Associated Press Media Editors) board. Also during her tenure, the Times was named one of the 10 Newspapers That Do it Right by Editor & Publisher magazine in 2017. Prior to joining the Times, Phillips was editor at The Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale and in Twin Falls, Idaho, both Lee newspapers.



James Russell, associate executive director for the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB), has retired from the non-profit association, effective Jan. tion systems. He worked brief ly in 1, 2018. radio and then became editor at the Russell ends a 43-year career in comClay County Advocate-Press. From munications and publicathere he was hired onto the Press tions, including 17 years at IASB and 26 as a newspastaff. per editor in Illinois and In another change, Marty David, Ohio. He joined IASB in who has served as News Editor at June 2000 as director of the Press, has announced that he is publications. changing careers and will be movA graduate of Kent State ing to St. Louis, Mo. at the end of University School of JourRussell April to accept a position with TD nalism, Russell worked at daily and weekly newspapers in Ohio Ameritrade. for 12 years before moving to Illinois in The Press is currently looking to 1986. He was managing editor for The fill David's slot on the news staff. Times-Press, Streator, for 14 years. He also taught journalism at Eastern Illinois University, judged college newspaper contests, and served on the Illinois Press Aside from providing a wider Association Foundation board of direccoverage net of local sports alongtors. side Sports Editor Ethan Lillard, Named IASB associate executive director in 2010, Russell was responsible for both will sell advertising for the the Association’s communications and paper. production services departments, which Want to listen to a game live, includes a staff of 10. or catch up on past games? Go to IASB is a voluntary organization of www.mississippi valleypublishing. local boards of education dedicated to com/ journalpilot/ and click on strengthening the public schools through "The Sports Yex" at the top right local citizen control. The private, not-forcorner of the screen. profit corporation operates under authority granted by Article 23 of The Illinois School Code, and currently represents 846 of the state’s 850 public school districts, and nearly 6,000 locally elected school board members. IASB supports the annual IPA newspaper contest as one of its special category sponsors; i.e., the Robert M. Cole Award for outstanding school board coverage. The award, named for the first full-time executive director of IASB, recognizes outstanding coverage of education issues that emphasize the community's connection with its local public school district. As an editor, Russell himself was a multiple IPA sweepstakes award winner. Kara Kienzler, IASB director of production services since 2013, has assumed his responsibilities.

Turner fills editor role Brian "Weez" Turner, 39, who has served 13 years as sports editor at the Wayne County Press, has been elevated to the position of editor at the 153-year-old newspaper. The staff change was announced by Press Publisher Tom Mathews Jr. Mathews has simultaneously Turner held the editor's position since the early 90s. Turner graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a business degree in administrative informa-

Yex joins Journal-Pilot staff to cover sports, sell advertising Longtime WCAZ radio host Keith Yex is the newest face at the Hancock County Journal-Pilot. Yex, who has 28 years of experience in radio, is taking his talents to a different medium. He will broadcast sporting events in Yex Hancock County live to the Journal-Pilot's website.

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Joan Abernethy Joan (nee Leichtfuss) Abernethy, 87, died Jan. 24 in Hinsdale. Born January 25, 1930, in Milwaukee, Wis., to parents Margaret (nee O'Neill) Leichtfuss and Dr. Irvin W. Leichtfuss of Milwaukee, Wis., she married James I. Abernethy in 1954 and they raised their family in Crystal Lake. She graduated from Northwestern University in 1952. While there, she was a Phi Beta Kappa scholar and proud member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She was a career editor of the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake. Abernathy is survived by her five children and their spouses, 10 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Mary Louise Bauch Mary Louise Bauch, 91, of Mount Carroll, died Feb. 28. Bauch was born Sept. 26, 1926, in Freeport, to J. Bernard "Ben" and Frieda (Ruthe) Lindgren. She graduated from Freeport High School in 1944 and married Donald E. Bauch in 1947. Bauch was a bookkeeper for Don's business, Bee Line Ready Mix. She worked at the Mount Carroll National Bank, The Runaway Unicorn Bauch clothing shop, as editor for the Mirror-Democrat newspaper and at the Carroll County Courthouse where she retired as secretary in the state's attorney's office. Bauch loved her family, singing, reading, knitting, golfing, bridge, fashion and color. In later years she was happiest watching the birds at her windows and her lovely flower beds. She shared kindness whenever she could. Bauch will be dearly remembered by her two daughters, five grandchildren, and four great-grandsons. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son and a grandson.

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Julie Bergschneider Julie Elizabeth Bergschneider, 54, of Franklin, died Jan. 29 in Franklin. She was born Jan. 24, 1964, the daughter of Leo Edward and Bernice Hermes Bergschneider. Bergschneider was a 1982 graduate of Franklin High School. She earned her associate’s degree from Spoon River Community College, and later earned her Bachelor of Science degree in journalism with a minor in graphic Bergschneider communications from Western Illinois University in Macomb. Bergschneider was employed at three central and west-central Illinois newspapers, where she worked as a graphic artist, a paginator of news pages, a photographer and a production manager. Bergschneider is survived by her parents of Franklin, three brothers, five sisters and 19 nieces and nephews.

Kyle Leonard Kyle Leonard, 55, died Jan. 12 in Highland Park. Leonard was born March 3, 1962 in Framington, Mass., grew up in Kenilworth, Ill. and lived in Hawthorn Woods for the past 16 years. He was a 1980 graduate of New Trier East High School and also a graduate of Western Michigan University. Leonard was a reporter, managing editor and bureau chief for Bergschneider Pioneer Press Newspapers and the Chicago Tribune. He was an all-state soccer goalie in high school, went on to college on a soccer scholarship and also enjoyed traveling, boating, snow and water skiing. Surviving are his beloved wife Cynthia (nee Groebner) Leonard, two sons and five brothers. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Virginia Gilbert Virginia Mary Gilbert, 78, of Bloomington, passed away Feb. 15 in Normal. Gilbert, known as "Ginny," was born Oct. 13, 1939, in Newark, Ohio, the daughter of Ed and Virginia Devine Wisener. She married the love of her life, Thomas Gilbert, on Sept. 2, 1961, in Newark, Ohio. He passed away Dec. 28, 2016, and her life was never the same. She was also preceded in death Gilbert by her parents, Virginia (Bill) McCandlish and Ed (Dorothea) Wisener, and one sister, Darlene. In Gilbert’s youth, she was head majorette, a homecoming and pageant queen and also played the oboe and clarinet. Gilbert was a newspaper editor, re-


porter and photographer for the Newark, Ohio, newspaper. She became one of the first employees at the State Farm Ohio Regional office in 1959 before transferring to Bloomington for Tom's career at State Farm. She then worked at the Pantagraph in investigative reporting and as publication manager at Growmark, where she won numerous local and national Women of Excellence awards for communications, photography and publications. Gilbert also wrote, illustrated and published a book about her life and family, which dated back to family history in the mid-1800s. Gilbert was most proud of her family and they were always her top priority. She is survived by her three children, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Also surviving is one brother.

Ian J. Clark, 87, of Mt. Prospect, died after a lengthy illness Dec. 30, 2017. Beloved husband of Genevieve (nee Kaage); loving father of James (Ann Marie) Clark, DeKalb, John (Lisa) Clark, Bangor, Maine, and Joseph (Joan) Clark, Crystal Lake. Cherished grandfather of Andrew (Laurel), Kevin (Stephanie), Kelsey, Carly, Marleah (Ricky) and Alex; dear brother of the late Jean Fleck; brother-in-law of William Fleck, Irvin and Muriel Kaage and Eleanor Kaage; fond uncle of several nieces and nephews. Clark's career spanned over 50 years in the newspaper business, retiring in 1995 from the Chicago SunTimes as circulation manager.

Norma Mendoza Norma Jean Mendoza, 82, of Granite City, died Feb. 15 in Maryville. She was born Nov. 9, 1935 in Lilborne, Mo., daughter of the late William Howard and Virginia (Nee Qualls) Uptain. She married Ruben Mendoza on March 10, 1960 in Webster Groves, Mo. He passed away April 11, 2010. Mendoza had a longtime career in journalism, retiring in 2012 from the Edwardsville IntelligencMendoza er after more than 10 years of service. She was invited back to the field with the Troy Times Tribune for five years of service until retiring Jan. 5. She enjoyed her many years covering news, writing feature and business stories. She graduated on the Dean’s List from SIUE and had given back by teaching Spanish and journalism courses on the collegiate levels. She had also served as an assistant editor with The Laryngoscope medical magazine and was a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. She is survived by her six children, 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.



‘Dick’ Meents Richard "Dick" Meents, 73, of Champaign died at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, on Feb. 20. He was born on Sept. 4, 1944, in Watseka, to Lester and Naomi (Bible) Meents. Meents graduated from Sheldon High School in 1962 and served as a member of the United States Naval Reserve from 1965-1967 before being sent to Vietnam on active duty from 1967Meents 1968 as a storekeeper petty officer third class on the USS Tulare AKA112. Meents attended Parkland College and Illinois Community College. He worked for Champaign County in computer analysis from 1968-1983 before joining The News-Gazette from 19832004, retiring in early 2005. Never one to be idle, Meents returned to the workforce a month later, parttime in the mailroom at Christie Clinic from March 2005 to present. He was a member of The Salvation Army and the American Legion. Meents is survived by his loving wife, Joyce Meents. They were married on July 19, 1980, in Champaign. Also surviving is his son, daughter and a grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Robert, who died at birth. Meents leaves behind the legacy of a love for all sports and was an avid Illini fan, holding season tickets to both football and basketball. Many a trip to Braggin' Rights games and other away Illini games was made with his son, Joe, and grandson, Ryan. He enjoyed golfing and was the commissioner of a fantasy football league, of which his son and grandson were members. Meents loved his family. Family vacations every summer to Gatlinburg, Tenn., were an essential part of his life. He was a devoted father to his daughter, Sarah, and very active as a volunteer in CU Special Rec, where he cheered his daughter on in all of her activities.


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David Beatty David E Beatty, 89, of Springfield, registered his final flight plan on March 2, 2018, to complete his whole life's ambition. His life was one immersed in his faith and love of Christ, but also his 68 years of marriage to his wife Wilma. They blessed this world with three children, Bill (wife Debbie) Beatty, Kevin Beatty (wife Mardana) Beatty, and Sheryl (husband Joe) Geisler, who preceded him in her call home in July. Most commonly known as Grandpa Beatty, his continued joy was in his granddaughter Katie Geisler; and grandsons: Philip (Erin) Krupps, Kevin Beatty, Jr., Seth Geisler, Adam (Tanya) Beatty, Aaron (Heather) Beatty, Mark (Shelbi) Beatty, Jason Beatty, Bryan (Ashley) Beatty, and Jonathan Beatty.

A long and remarkable career as a photographer allowed him to capture many of the best of the community over his 73-year career. A master of photography degree was far from distinguishing his pedigree in the portfolio of his life's work, from President Harry Truman, as a young photographer for the State Journal-Register, to Bob Hope at the old Holiday Inn East, the late Billie Graham, with some of his work published in Life Magazine or to Capital Airport for his iconic aeronautical profile shots with the likes of Mario Andretti. The latter tying in his other passion, flight, as a staple of life. After serving our nation in the Korean War, and in Heidleberg, Germany, he found his time in the air provided the peace and opportunity for his family to travel often in his Cessna over the years, and ending his flight career with his completely rebuilt 1946 Aeronca Champ.

Ruth Reed, 90, of Morrison, died Jan. 11,2018. She was born June 10, 1927, to Carl and Effie (Dykema) Kuehl in Morrison. Her childhood was spent on two farms, both in the Morrison area. She graduated in 1945 from Morrison High School. Reed went to work for Illinois Northern Utilities Co. She left work when her first child, Steven, was born. When she returned to work, Mendoza she was employed with Whiteside News Sentinel, and retired from Pleasant View Nursing Home. Reed was an avid reader, and enjoyed the outdoors, especially working in her yard and flower beds. She loved music and attending musical events. She is survived by her two daughters, five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, one sister, and many nieces and nephews. Reed was preceded in death by her parents, her first son, a sister and two brothers.

Paul King Paul R. King, age 89, of East Peoria, passed away the afternoon of Feb. 25 in Peoria. King was born on July 8, 1928, in Peoria, the only child of Jack and Henrietta (Spath) King. He married Margaret Colleen "Marge" Smith on June 11, 1949, in Peoria. She then became a fan of the Chicago White Sox, so King would speak to King her during baseball season. Marge passed away on April 14, 2010. They had four children. Paul is survived by his grandchildren, great-granddaughter, and beloved dog, Floppy. A graduate of St. Patrick Grade School (1942), Manual Training High School (1946) and Bradley University (1950), King began a 45-year career in sports journalism with the Peoria Journal Star newspaper while a senior at Manual.

He served in the local heavy weapons unit of the Illinois National Guard. King was named sports editor of the Journal Star in 1964 and oversaw the newspaper's vastly expanded coverage of athletics on the amateur and professional levels, until his retirement in 1991. He was a charter member of the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame board of directors. He was inducted by the GPSHF in 1992 and was also enshrined by the Bradley University Athletic, Illinois Basketball Coaches Association and Peoria Old Timers Racing Hall of Fame. King founded the Tri-County Tennis Tournament and Bowling Tournament of Champions. He served on the former Peoria Mayor Dick Carver's Committee that successfully brought baseball back to Peoria, after a 25-year absence. He was a member of the College Football and Basketball Writers Associations of America and served as president of the Illinois Associated Press Sports Ed-

itors Association. King was a member of the NASCAR Union 76 Racing Panel that previewed weekly national motorsports events and served on the panel to celebrate the 100th Knox-Monmouth football game, among the oldest collegiate athletic events in the nation. He was active in basketball, baseball and softball youth coaching and participated in the Peoria Park District Senior Slow Pitch softball program. He directed competition in a multitude of Journal Star/Peoria Park District cosponsored events while supervising a sports department staff made up of nearly three dozen subeditors, writers, desk personnel and part-timers. King hired the first female members of the Journal Star sports staff and, with the advent of Title IX legislation, oversaw expanded coverage of the girls' and women's interscholastic athletics for the newspaper.


Frances Swarbrick Frances Elsa (Pervier) Swarbrick, 95, of Dixon, died peacefully Jan. 25 at her country home near Dixon. Swarbrick was born Nov. 8, 1922, in Minneapolis, the daughter of Norville C. and Elsa (Radde) Pervier. Her mother died at her birth. She attended the Cummings School of Art in Des Moines, Iowa, the American Academy of Art in Chicago, and Carthage College in Carthage. Swarbrick married WilSwarbick liam Henry Swarbrick, a fellow student at the college, in 1944, who became a Lutheran minister. He died in 2012. Swarbrick was a reporter for the Rockford Register Star for many years, covering regional news. She served as a courtroom artist at many trials. She was best known for her artwork. Swarbrick is survived by her brother, two daughters, a son, 10 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Irene Tindall Longtime Naperville resident and former Naperville Sun columnist, Irene M. Tindall, 88, died on Feb. 16 of complications from pneumonia. A native of Long Branch, N.J., Tindall began her journalism career at the Asbury Park Press as a proofreader in the 1940s. By the 1970s, she was a full-time writer and photographer for the newspaper, rising to the position of editor in chief of the Lisle Sun. She returned to the Naperville Sun as a columnist until her retirement. When she retired from that position in her 70s, she began volunteering at downtown Naperville's Serendipity Resale Shop. She also delivered books as a volunteer for the Naperville Library to a group she affectionately referred to as "my old people" until she herself was in her mid-80s. She left Serendipity last year at the age of 87, when she moved to the Wyndemere retirement community in Wheaton. She is survived by her children Steve, Bob, JJ and Jane.


‘Josh’ Hohulin


Paul Povse Paul David Povse, 70, journalist, professor and local movie critic, died at home under hospice care with his family beside him on Feb. 14. Povse's life was brightened by his passions – his devotion to his family, his journalism profession, his love of movies, books, music, his dogs, Cardinals baseball and SaluPovse ki basketball. His quiet but acerbic wit, his arsenal of words, and vast knowledge of popular music characterized this impeccably dressed journalist, husband, father, brother, son and friend. Povse earned a bachelor's degree in communication from SIU-Carbondale in 1970 and worked as a reporter, city editor, columnist and recruiter for the State Journal-Register newspaper for 37 years. He met his forever friend, his "Babe,"


Donna (Freeman) at work. Together, they enjoyed viewing hundreds of movies during their marriage for his newspaper column. He left the newspaper in 2007 and became an adjunct professor in journalism at SIU-Carbondale and then Lincoln Land Community College. He was also a freelance writer for the St. Louis Beacon. Povse served on the SIU Alumni Association Board of Directors and was honored by The Associated Press, Illinois Press Association, Copley News Service and the American Bar Association. He was a champion of public radio, a mentor to young journalists, a benevolent advocate for his journalism students and a volunteer for FriendIn-Deed, WUIS public radio, and SIU-Carbondale Alumni Association. Povse was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his devoted wife, Donna Povse, his daughter and granddaughter.

Joshua "Josh" Hohulin, 29, of rural Fisher died March 1 from injuries from an automobile accident. Hohulin was born March 30, 1988, in Austin, Texas, a son of David D. and Renee (Fairfield) Hohulin. They survive in rural Fisher. Also surviving are his two sisters, his nephew, Hohulin and paternal grandparents. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Russ and Betty Fairfield. Hohulin was the newly named editor of One Mission Society's Action magazine and a former Gibson City Courier sports editor. In December 2015, the Courier printed its final edition. That led to an opportunity at One Mission Society, a suburban Indianapolis-based organization that GCBC supports. Hohulin would have been 30 years old this March. He was transitioning to his new role as a full-time missionary this year.

‘Bill’ Galante Friendship was more important than a commission to Bill Galante. In a 52-year career, that was the secret of his success. He sold Chicago SunTimes ads to car dealers, counting among his friends Chicago household names like Max Madsen, Frank Mancari and Joe Rizza. Galante greeted them Galante with a smile, a joke and a handshake. “It was a very honorable thing,” he once said. “And if someone cups their other hand over the handshake, that was a good sign, you lock in a friendship, and that friendship grew.” As the Sun-Times auto advertising manager, he closed deals at sports events and meals at Rosebud, the Como Inn, Capital Grille and Ruth’s Chris Steak House, where he liked to enjoy an Abso-

lut on the rocks with a twist of lemon. He cemented friendships with car dealers by attending their birthday parties and their kids’ bat mitzvahs and weddings. Sometimes, he vacationed with them. Galante retired in 2012 at 82. He died Feb. 1 at 88 at his Palos Hills home while listening to his favorite singer, Frank Sinatra, according to his daughter, M. Jane Burns. Before the internet, newspapers had loads of auto advertising that filled the Sunday papers. He’d work to position the ads in prominent real estate pages in the Sun-Times, cajoling pressmen with his people skills and pizza. “I wouldn’t have become one of the largest Mitsubishi dealers in America without Bill Galante,” Madsen said. “Bill was more interested in your success than a commission.” Young Galante grew up at Laramie and Division and attended Fenwick High School. He met his wife, Mary, a student

at the College of St. Teresa, while he was studying at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. She was dating his friend. “I stole her away,” he used to say. “I’m glad I did.” In 1960, he started his career selling newspaper ads. He called on clients in a spiffy suit. He said he drove a Mercedes, because “whenever I saw someone driving in a Mercedes I saw success.” Though he loved fine dining, there were times in Chicago’s Michael Jordan era when he just couldn’t enjoy a meal. “The only time he wouldn’t eat was before a Bulls game. He’d be like, “I’m so nervous,’ ” said his daughter. A Marine Corps veteran, he served in Hawaii during the Korean War. His wife, Mary, and sister, Adeline, died before him. In addition to his daughter Jane, he is survived by his daughters Margaret McMahon, M. Beth Galante and Katie O’Brien; sons James and William, 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.