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Local talents helped make convention a success The 2019 Illinois Press Association convention is in the books. I’ve been going to the IPA convention for more than 30 years, and honestly took for granted all that happened. I can now tell you firsthand that I never knew how much time, energy and effort it takes to put the convention together! For this year’s convention, we started making plans last July. But no matter how much of a head start we get, it’s always a last-minute scramble to put it all together. This year, we wanted put a program together that featured the fine work of our members. We are fortunate to have so many talented individuals willing to share their expertise. We made the decision to go with local talent to present the program, because that is what they are — local and accessible. We felt strongly that by making those connections on the varied topics, attendees could reach out to our resident experts for continued advice. After all, that’s the purpose of an association — to bring like people together to solve common problems. We would have loved greater attendance for our legislative session on Wednesday night, but we were up against other receptions and the Senate stayed in session, which prevented those lawmakers from visiting. Nonetheless good contacts were made, and that’s what it was all about.

Having Attorney General Kwame Raoul kick off the convention was great, and we are thankful that he took the time to talk about the issues that he and his staff are facing. The advertising awards luncheon featured a dessert auction that set a record amount of money raised. For me, a personal highSAM FISHER light was having Sam Zito in attendance to present his President & CEO namesake trophy during the ad awards luncheon. I was involved with establishing the trophy originally, and knowing and working with Sam for a long time made it a real treat. It’s nice to have a trophy named after a living legend. Recognizing the Distinguished Service Award winners at the Chairman’s reception is always a special event. This year, we recognized three outstanding individuals – Mike Kramer, Charlie Wheeler and Dale Barker. And for the third year in a row, the editorial “Best of the Press” awards were presented in a much shorter time period than years ago. Both Jeffs (Holman and Rogers) did a fabulous job during their respective awards presentation.

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After a whirlwind first few months, Capitol News Illinois shifts focus to what's next The first five months of 2019 have been a blur for the team at Capitol News Illinois, the news service created by the Illinois Press Foundation to provide Statehouse coverage to the state’s newspapers. When the calendar flips to June, it will mark the end of the first chapter of what has been a heckuva story thus far. That JEFF ROGERS chapter began with the official Director of Foundation launch of Capitol News Illinois on Jan. 28 and ends with the completion of a frenetic four-month session of the General Assembly. Capitol News Illinois has been well received. Our content has been published by 299 newspapers throughout the state with a combined circulation of more than 1.64 million! The need for the news service was obvious, as was the support for Capitol News Illinois from newspaper editors and publishers. Thank you! The next chapter is certain to be different. As the legislative session ends, the Capitol News Illinois focus will shift to enterprise coverage of statewide issues, impacts of recently enacted laws, and analysis of how the Pritzker administration and the 101st General Assembly fared during its first few months. We’ll talk to veteran lawmakers about how this session differed from others, and to new lawmakers about how the reality of service compared with their expectations. We’ll also devote plenty of time to covering the many state agencies that often fly under the radar of news cov-

The Capitol News Illinois team (from left) Grant Morgan, Rebecca Anzel, Peter Hancock, Jeff Rogers and Jerry Nowicki talk about coverage plans for the day during a meeting at their office in the basement of the Capitol in Springfield. (Photo by Lee Milner of Illinois Times) erage. And we’ll shift some focus to the Illinois Supreme Court. We’ll look at some of the decisions rendered while all attention was being paid to the Capitol. And we’ll be there when the court reconvenes in September. We’re also endeavoring to work more with newspapers on stories and projects, and to develop collaborative relationships with other media. We’ll work to incorporate video much more frequently into our content. Upgrades to the Capitol News Illinois website and the way we deliver news will also be priorities. And we’ll continue to hone our podcasting skills. Oh, and there's fundraising to be done! So, while our hours and deadlines

might change, the pace will not slow! We’re looking forward to the challenges that coverage independent of legislative sessions will present. This seems like a perfect time to say a little about a group of newspaper editors who have already been working with Capitol News Illinois to make sure that transition is as smooth and successful as possible. In the March-April PressLines, I mentioned that Daily Herald Media Group Senior Vice President and Editor John Lampinen was working with us to form an advisory committee of newspaper editors. That committee has been formed, and we’ve been meeting weekly for a while now to talk about many aspects of Capitol

News Illinois. There have been suggestions, compliments, constructive criticisms, questions and general discussion of how Capitol News Illinois can best serve the state’s newspapers. There have been a number of tweaks we’ve made as a result of those conversations. It’s been very helpful! I want to thank the people who are members of that committee. If they’re anything like me, the 9 a.m. Monday teleconferences come quickly and early! Committee members include: • Tom English, executive editor of The Southern Illinoisan of Carbondale

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker interviews with Capitol News Illinois reporter Peter Hancock for the first edition of the news service's podcast, Capitol Cast. It debuted March 29. (Photo by Peter Hancock of Capitol News Illinois) • Chris Coates, editor of the Herald & Review of Decatur; central Illinois editor for Lee Enterprises • Tom Martin, editor of the Register-Mail of Galesburg; editor of Western Illinois Division for GateHouse • Jon Styf, editor of the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake • Mark Pickering, editor of The Pantagraph of Bloomington; central Illinois deputy editor for Lee Enterprises • Wendy Martin, editor of the Mason County Democrat • Tammie Sloup, editor of The Times of Ottawa • Kate Schott, editorial engagement editor of the State Journal-Register of Springfield • Jason Piscia, digital managing editor of the State Journal-Register of Springfield • Jeffry Couch, executive editor of the Belleville News-Democrat • Steve Hoffman, editor of the Piatt County Journal-Republican • Larry Lough, editor of the Woodstock Independent • Margaret Holt, standards editor,

Capitol News Illinois reporters Peter Hancock (left) and Grant Morgan talk during a recording of a reporters roundtable for the Capitol Cast podcast. (Photo by Jeff Rogers of Capitol News Illinois)

National coverage of Capitol News Illinois

Capitol News Illinois has been written about by the following trade journals: • Editor & Publisher: https://www.editorandpublisher.com/a-section/illinois-press-foundation-creates-statehouse-news-bureau/ • Columbia Journalism Review: https://www.cjr.org/united_states_project/capitol-news-illinois.php • Nieman Lab: https://www.niemanlab.org/2019/03/collaborating-at-the-capitol-a-new-illinois-reporting-service-doubles-the-number-of-statehouse-journalists/

Chicago Tribune • Diane Dungey, senior deputy managing editor, Daily Herald Media Group • Gary Dotson, senior editor, Belleville News-Democrat • Renee Trappe, group editor for southern Illinois community newspapers, Daily Herald Media Group • Bob Uphues, editor, Wednesday Journal, Inc., of Oak Park • Chris Kaergard, associate editor, Peoria Journal Star • Dan Haley, editor and publisher, Wednesday Journal, Inc., of Oak Park • Dennis Anderson, executive editor, Peoria Journal Star. If I missed anyone, or botched a title, my apologies! I want to thank four people who

have been most important in ensuring a strong start for Capitol News Illinois. Those are the folks whose bylines you’ve been reading for the past four months: Rebecca Anzel, Peter Hancock, Grant Morgan and Jerry Nowicki. It would be hard to overstate how much I enjoy working with this team. Rebecca, Peter, Grant and Jerry have a passion for reporting, a dedication to the mission of Capitol News Illinois, and a willingness to work as long and hard as necessary to get the job done well. This old newspaper editor has been inspired by their effort! Sadly, the next chapter will be written without Grant Morgan’s contributions. Grant has been a full-time intern for Capitol News Illinois through

the Public Affairs Reporting program at University of Illinois Springfield. Grant has been a sheer joy to work with. I’d like to think he learned as much from all of us as we learned from him. To be part of a startup news organization that didn’t quite know what to expect added a degree of difficulty to Grant’s internship, and he handled it like a longtime professional. So, thank you, Grant! And thanks also to a PAR program classmate of Grant’s, Lindsey Salvatelli, who has spent the last four weeks of her internship working with Capitol News Illinois. As I write this, she’s worked a whole 7 days for our news service, but she’s certainly been a welcome addition! It’s been a super busy, but super fun first four months for Capitol News Illinois. We’re just getting started! On a personal note, it was very gratifying to speak to so many people at the annual convention about Capitol News Illinois. Your words of encouragement mean a lot, and motivate me each day to make the news service better.


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'This is not a job where you grow bored' Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul talks about first few months in post By JEFF ROGERS Director, Illinois Press Foundation jrogers@illinoispress.org SPRINGFIELD – The attorney general’s office in Illinois deals with a number of high-impact matters: scams, open government, access to public records, public notices, and corruption among them. Kwame Raoul, a former state lawmaker who was elected attorney general in 2018, talked about all of those tasks and more as a keynote speaker during the 2019 Illinois Press Association Annual Convention & Trade Show at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield. But he also told convention participants which matter he’s received the most correspondence about: the Jussie Smollett case. Smollett, an actor who starred in the FOX network television show “Empire,” was charged earlier this year with 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly staging a racist, anti-gay attack against himself in Chicago. Charges in the high-profile case were dropped in March, prompting much public backlash against Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. “I’m not involved with it,” Raoul said in answer to an audience question during his speech on Thursday, May 2. Raoul also said it’s not his job to supervise the prosecutorial discretion of Illinois’ state’s attorneys. “I will say that if he did what he’s accused of, he’s a jerk,” Raoul said, prompting laughter throughout the ballroom. “Of all the things going on in the Statehouse, this is the one thing I get the most correspondences on,” he said.

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul speaks to convention-goers May 2 at the 2019 Illinois Press Association Annual Convention & Trade Show at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield.. (Photo by Sarah Rogers for the Illinois Press Association) Raoul began his address by saying that even though he’d endured a rigorous political campaign for the attorney general post, including 32 debates, he and others in his office were still surprised by the volume of work that awaited them. “Makes me miss the Legislature, just a little bit,” he said with a laugh. “We thought we had a good sense of what being in the attorney general office would be like. None of us had a complete picture of what it’s actually

like to be in the office.” Raoul said he’s found “amazing” the number of different consumer scams brought to his office’s attention “week after week, month after month.” He talked about continuing to work with lawmakers to promote government accountability through legislation. He also addressed the work of Illinois journalists. “… In the climate where not only members of the media are criticized

but their personal safety is also threatened, I recognize that a strong, free press is essential to our democracy,” Raoul said. “It’s one reason why, as a state senator, I worked with the attorney general’s office to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act.” A valuable resource provided to journalists and all citizens is the Public Access Counselor office, which was established in 2009 as part of the toughening of FOIA requirements that Raoul referenced. His predecessor, Lisa Madigan, started the office, which mediates disputes between citizens and public bodies over access to public records and open meetings. The PAC office issues advisory and binding opinions on such disputes, and also provides training to officeholders regarding public records and open meetings. “We’ve got good people and good officers, but not enough” in the PAC office, Raoul said. “But I could say that about just about every area of my office, and I did go in and testify before an appropriations committee this year, asking for an increase.” Raoul is seeking a 15 percent increase in general revenue funding for his office. He said that would bring state funding for the attorney general’s office that existed in 1999. “When Lisa Madigan took office, a little over 60 percent of the revenue … came from the state,” he said. “That has flipped,” he said, to the point that more than 60 percent of funding now comes from special, unpredictable funds that shouldn’t be relied upon. He said the work of the Public Access Counselor’s office is crucial.

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Belleville News-Democrat, Galena Gazette take top advertising honors SPRINGFIELD – The Belleville News-Democrat emerged as the top daily newspaper for advertising awards at the Illinois Press Association’s annual convention May 2 in Springfield. The Galena Gazette was crowned the top nondaily newspaper. The Belleville News Democrat received the James S. Copley Memorial Trophy for advertising achievement based on points accumulated in the IPA’s annual advertising contest, which was for work completed in 2018. The Copley Trophy was established and contributed by the Illinois division of Copley Newspapers in memory of James S. Copley, publisher of the San Diego Union and Tribune and owner of Copley Newspapers, Inc. The Galena Gazette received the Sam Zito Award of Excellence, which is named in honor of the longtime sales representative from Crystal Lake. Forty-four newspapers submitted over 500 contest entries. Division trophies were presented to the newspaper in each division that accumulated the highest number of points. Divisions include daily and weekly newspapers from smallest (G) to largest (J). [A-F divisions are

First-place winners in the 2018 Illinois Press Association advertising contest pose for a photo after the awards luncheon May 2 at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield. (Photo by Sarah Rogers for Illinois Press Association) non-advertising designations.] The Division G trophy was awarded to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. The Division H trophy went to The Galena Gazette. The News-Gazette in Champaign claimed the Division I trophy, while the Belleville News-Democrat was awarded the

Division J trophy. Division G includes newspapers with circulations of 1 – 4,000. Division H includes newspapers with circulations of 4,001 – 8,000. Division I includes newspapers with circulations of 8,001 – 30,000. Division J is comprised of newspapers with

circulations of 30,001 and over. Plaques were presented to all firstplace winners in the advertising contest. Members of the Alabama Press Association judged the contest. The Illinois Press Association, located in Springfield, represents the interests of approximately 440 newspapers.

at the high volume of complaints the office receives about local government. “One is to have consequences for bad actors, and there are some out there,” he said. “But I do believe that there are many local governments … that just do not know what they’re doing. People

just don’t know how to respond.” Regarding the amount of work the PAC has, Raoul said it’s a “sad commentary on Illinois that there’s so much demand for our office.” Raoul referred to his 3-plus months in office thus far as “a journey.” “Every day is a giving day in terms

of putting work on my desk,” he said with a smile. “This is not a job where you grow bored. “There’s no time to celebrate victories, and there’s no time to sulk about any shortcomings, because the next challenge hits you in the face immediately. But I love it.”

KWAME RAOUL Continued from Page 5 “We go out and train local governments at how they can be responsive to FOIA requests. And there are a lot of local governments in the state of Illinois,” he said with a laugh. “It’s a lot to bite off with limited staff, but it’s important for us to engage in that part.” He said there are two ways to look


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Scenes from the Advertising Awards luncheon LEFT: Jay Dickerson, marketing and advertising director of The Galena Gazette, holds the newspaper's trophies won during the advertising awards luncheon May 2 at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield. The Galena Gazette was honored as the Sam Zito Award of Excellence winner as the sweepstakes winner among nondaily newspapers. It also won the Excellence in Advertising Trophy in Division H. BELOW LEFT: Brooke Edwards of the Pinckneyville Press poses with Jeff Holman, advertising director with the Illinois Press Association, after winning the 2018 Advertising Sales Rep of the Year Award. BELOW RIGHT: Jackie Martin of News-Gazette Media in Champaign, stands with IPA President and CEO Sam Fisher after winning the 2018 Advertising Sales Manager of the Year Award. (Photos by Sarah Rogers for the Illinois Press Association)


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SWEET SUCCESS! Dessert auction raises record amount for IPF

Auctioneer Bill Beck auctioned off some spectacular desserts to the highest bidders after the advertising awards luncheon May 2. People at each table pooled their resources to outbid other tables. All proceeds from the auction go to the Illinois Press Foundation. (Photos by Sarah Rogers for the Illinois Press Association)


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Lifetimes devoted to the craft Kramer, Wheeler, Barker honored by IPA with Distinguished Service Awards By JEFF ROGERS Director, Illinois Press Foundation jrogers@illinoispress.org SPRINGFIELD – It was an emotional night Thursday, May 2, as friends, family and fellow journalists honored three recipients of the Illinois Press Association’s Distinguished Service Awards. Honored were Mike Kramer, president of Law Bulletin Media in Chicago; Charlie Wheeler, longtime Chicago Sun-Times reporter and director of the Public Affairs Reporting program at the University of Illinois Springfield; and Dale Barker, a longtime newspaper publisher and the first female president of the Illinois Press Association Board. Mike Kramer, president of Law Bulletin Media, the parent company of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer magazine, 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 was introduced by Sandy Macfarland, vice-chairman and CEO of Law Bulletin Media. “I have the best of both worlds, working for the Law Bulletin and working for my best friend,” Kramer said. He talked about his first job, at the Piatt County Journal weekly newspaper in Monticello. “I learned in the course of business there was a young man who died in Vietnam in 1968 and won the Medal of Honor and was never honored locally. … He was a troublemaker,”

Kramer said. “I was incensed by that. We wrote editorial after editorial.” Eventually, the local American Legion Post was renamed the HammBurke Post, and the Monticello city park was renamed the Robert C. Burke Memorial Park. “Look up his citation and try to understand why we couldn’t do anything for this young man,” Kramer said. Charlie Wheeler was introduced by John O’Connor, a longtime political writer for The Associated Press who was a 1986 graduate of the PAR program Wheeler would take the lead of in 1993. “He is a man who covered the news and covered some of the biggest scalawags in state history, and yet he is such a gentle, kind, upstanding man,” O’Connor said of Wheeler, who covered the Statehouse for more than two decades before teaching graduate students how to write about state government. “Many people believe he and [House Speaker] Mike Madigan actually wrote the [state] Constitution. There’s no man alive today who knows more about that Constitution than Charlie. Maybe Mike Madigan does, but he doesn’t talk to anyone.” Wheeler said he was “truly honored that you folks would recognize me.” He said the job of journalists “is so important,” and he urged those in the room to “continue in the good fight, because our nation depends on it.” “If you think back in history, when our nation was founded, the idea of regular people governing themselves … was pretty radical.”

TOP: Distinguished Service Award recipient Dale Barker had her “biggest fan club” representing her at the awards event, her daughter, Susan Warren, and three granddaughters. BOTTOM LEFT: Charlie Wheeler, longtime director of the Public Affairs Reporting program at University of Illinois Springfield, speaks after receiving his award May 2 at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield. BOTTOM RIGHT: Mike Kramer (right), president of Law Bulletin Media, accepts the award from Sandy Macfarland, the company's vice chairman and CEO. “And to make it all work, they needed an informed public,” Wheeler said. “And that is our job, to inform the people. That’s what the First Amendment is all about.”

Dale Barker had her “biggest fan club” representing her at the awards event, her daughter Susan Warren and three granddaughters.

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Daily Herald's Lampinen join's AP's Lincoln League Daily Herald Editor John Lampinen was inducted into the prestigious Lincoln League of Journalists on May 2 by the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors during the organization's annual editorial awards dinner at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield. Lampinen (right) was introduced by Douglas K. Ray, chairman, CEO and publisher of Paddock Publications Inc. "This was a great surprise," Lampinen said, thanking the IAPME board and mentioning the numerous journalists in the audience who'd gotten their starts at the Daily Herald. "I feel pleased to think I may have touched their careers in some way, but I'm even more blessed that they have touched mine and inspired mine." (Photo by Sarah Rogers for the Illinois Press Association)

DISTINGUISHED Continued from Page 11 “She devoted her life to quality reporting,” Warren said of her mother, whose newspaper career began in 1948 and concluded with a long run as publisher at the same paper, the Illinoian-Star in Beardstown, that began in 1973. She called Barker a “brilliant journalist.” “Mom turned 89 a few months ago, and while she still has the heart of a warrior, it would have been hard for her to be here tonight.” Motioning to her daughters, Warren said, “All of these girls learned so much from their Grandma Dale, but determination tops the list.” To the staff members of the Cass County Star-Gazette in Beardstown who attended the event, Warren said, “Mom loves you all, and has always had heartfelt thanks to you for being there for her.”


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Hearing from editors at Illinois newspapers that Do It Right! The Friday, May 3, convention schedule included a general session featuring representatives from three newspaper efforts that were recognized by Editor & Publisher in its annual "Newspapers That Do It Right" feature. LEFT: The News-Gazette of Champaign was among the 10 papers honored. Jim Rossow (left), vice president of news, and Editor Jeff D'Alessio spoke to convention-goers about The Year of Podcasts at their news organization. BOTTOM LEFT: Dennis Anderson (left), executive editor of The Journal Star of Peoria, and Diane Dungey, senior deputy managing editor for Daily Herald Media Group, spoke about the yearlong series of Bicentennial stories that was among 12 papers and projects receiving Honorable Mention from Editor & Publisher., BOTTOM RIGHT: The Herald & Review of Decatur was also among the top 10 papers honored by the trade journal. Allison Petty (left), regional editor for Lee Enterprises, and Chris Coates, central Illinois editor for the newspaper group, spoke about the Herald & Review's efforts to turn public documents into strong investigative reporting stories.


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Editorial excellence honored Individual contest winners recognized; six winners of sweepstakes revealed SPRINGFIELD – Illinois’ top newspapers were honored Friday, May 3, at the Illinois Press Association’s annual convention in Springfield. More than 100 daily and nondaily newspapers competed in 44 editorial categories. The Alabama Press Association judged the more than 2,400 editorial entries. The Daily Herald Group in Arlington Heights won the Stuart R. Paddock Memorial Sweepstakes Trophy for large dailies. The Sweepstakes Trophies are awarded to newspapers earning the most points in six different circulation divisions. Points are awarded for first place through honorable mention in most contest categories, including general excellence, photography, news writing, opinion writing, design, and community service. Runner-up for the Paddock Trophy was the

Chicago Sun-Times. In third place was Chicago Tribune Media Group. In the medium-sized daily newspaper category, The News-Gazette in Champaign took top honors. It was awarded the Mabel S. Shaw Memorial Sweepstakes Trophy. The Journal Star in Peoria claimed second place, and The Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale placed third. In the small daily newspaper category, The Register-Mail in Galesburg claimed top honors. The newspaper was awarded the Patrick Coburn Award of Excellence. Coming in second for the Coburn Award was the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb, followed by The Telegraph in Alton. In the large, nondaily newspaper category, the Pioneer Press Media Group claimed the Will Loomis Memorial Trophy. The Austin Weekly News in Chicago received second place. The

Wednesday Journal Group in Oak Park received third place. The Harold and Eva White Memorial Trophy is awarded to a medium-sized nondaily newspaper. The winner this year was The Galena Gazette. Second place went to the Bureau County Republican in Princeton. And in third place was The Journal-News in Hillsboro. The Ford County Record in Paxton claimed ownership of the David B. Kramer Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the best small, nondaily newspaper in Illinois. The Woodstock Independent received second place. And the third-place award was won by the Riverside-Brookfield Landmark. The Illinois Press Association, located in Springfield, represents approximately 440 daily and weekly newspapers.

First-place winners in the 2018 Illinois Press Association editorial contest pose for a photo after the awards luncheon May 3 at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield. For a look at each of the sweepstakes winners, turn to Pages 16 and 17. (Photo by Sarah Rogers for Illinois Press Association)

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DIVISION A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER The David B. Kramer Memorial Trophy

DIVISION B WEEKLY NEWSPAPER The Harold and Eva White Trophy

Ford County Record, Paxton

The Galena Gazette DIVISION C WEEKLY NEWSPAPER The Will Loomis Memorial Trophy

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DIVISION D DAILY NEWSPAPER: The Patrick Coburn Award of Excellence

The Register-Mail, Galesburg DIVISION F DAILY NEWSPAPER The Stuart R. Paddock Memorial Trophy

Daily Herald Group, Arlington Heights

DIVISION E DAILY NEWSPAPER: The Mabel S. Shaw Memorial Trophy

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New to this year's convention as well were "power sessions," which were opportunities for people to listen to and talk with presenters on topics ranging from reporting to podcasts to digital newsletters to circulation ideas. Each power session lasted 25 minutes. LEFT: Mark Baldwin, executive editor of the Rockford Register Star, talks about news literacy projects that have been done at his newspaper. (Photos by Sarah Rogers for the Illinois Press Association)

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Smooth transition Journalism education group gets new leader, new home at IPA office a Friend of Scholastic Journalism by the national Journalism Education Association. At the same conference, Renaud was honored with the prestigious Pioneer Award. “She’s a really humble person, but she’s done an amazing job; [IJEA] is such a dynamic bunch," Fisher said of Renaud and the organization. "There were literally hundreds of kids there. It was amazing to see the number of students and educators that scholastic journalism is touching."

By CHRISTOPHER HEIMERMAN For the Illinois Press Association SPRINGFIELD – College journalism has not been immune to the effects of the state budget impasse that lasted from 2015 to 2017 and the ongoing fiscal crisis in Illinois. Eastern Illinois University has been the home for the Illinois Journalism Education Association headquarters since the organization was founded in 1988. There, staff reductions and enrollment dips have taken a toll. Sally Renaud has been the IJEA’s executive director since 2005. Then, about 15 full-time faculty at EIU handled classes, advising and outreach to the industry. Today, that number has been whittled to six by retirements and downsizing over the years. “When the faculty got smaller – because of the budget impasse and other things – we just couldn’t continue to do these things anymore,” she said. So, the IJEA headquarters needed to be moved. Thank goodness Renaud’s fellow Illinois Press Foundation Board member, Linda Jones, was waiting in the wings. Jones will take the reins as executive director June 1, when IJEA moves its headquarters to the Illinois Press Association’s office in Springfield. “Some things had to go here, and it’s sad,” Renaud said, “but I believe this is a great way to move it to the next step. We value everything the [Illinois Press Foundation] does.” IPA President and Chief Executive Officer Sam Fisher said Jones, who teaches at Roosevelt University in Chicago, will be in Springfield about once a month, and the move will open even more doors to collaboration.

Linda Jones, an associate professor of journalism at Roosevelt University in Chicago, will be the next executive director of the Illinois Journalism Education Association. Jones, who also is a member of the Illinois Press Foundation Board, has been teaching at the university since 1992. (Photo submitted by Linda Jones) "It's just going to create a closer relationship," Fisher said. "I'm glad we'll be able to be even more involved than we were before."

Fisher saw the power of IJEA firsthand in November during a conference in Chicago, where the Illinois Press Foundation was named

A feature mentality Jones spent most of her 13 years in newspapers as an editor, and taught a feature-writing class this past year at Roosevelt University, where she’s molded young minds since 1992. She teaches her students that a feature-forward mentality is the keystone of effective writing. She said many students resist anecdotal, colorful ledes, for fear of burying the facts. “You sort of have to talk them down from that,” she said. “You can’t write like a wire service. If you’re going to write for a local paper like that, you’re not going to be read. It’s got to be interesting.” She leans on tips for making hard facts easy reading, most effectively shared by Roy Peter Clark, the vice president and senior scholar at the Poynter Institute. Right off the top? Translate jargon for the reader, he advises. “I still use that stuff,” Jones said. “It’s not enough to just report what a committee did. The story’s not there. The story is in what they did and how it affects real people.” Jones marvels at the glassy-eyed stares she gets when she pays the

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TRANSITION Continued from Page 20 advice forward. And then finals week wraps up. “You get the click factor,” she said. “Going into the last two weeks of class, you think they’re never going to get it, and then they do.” The transition of emphasis from print to digital has been challenging, she said, adding that just two of 35 of her students in a class this past semester read papers - and they’d predominantly read it for sports coverage. It’s a far cry from her upbringing, when her family got two papers: one in the morning and one in the evening. “It was considered important to read the newspaper every day,” Jones said. “Today, it’s not a routine,” Renaud added. Jones clings to that mindset by giving papers to her students, giving them about 10 minutes and then asking what they found interesting or, often more importantly, what they found discardable. She said with many schools, particularly in Chicago, no longer having access to a printing press, many teachers have been told they must transition to online. Unfortunately, many teachers don’t have that skill set, so training is a key role for IJEA. The organization’s board voted unanimously Feb. 23 that moving to

Outgoing Illinois Journalism Education Association Executive Director Sally Renaud is shown working with Sarah Doerner, of DuQuoin, longtime IJEA past president. (Photo submitted by Sally Renaud) Springfield and putting Jones at the helm was a way to bolster that training and outreach. ‘Mutual Admiration Society’ Renaud said both she and Jones are card-carrying members of that group. “I could not ask this organization to be in better hands - perfect hands,” Renaud said of Jones. Renaud has enjoyed paying her story forward over the years. At age

24, she had her daughter and realized she’d have to adapt. “It was hard to be a sports editor with a baby,” she said. “I had to change my whole career because of a child." So she got into education. “I loved advising student media,” she said. Renaud succeeded IJEA’s executive director, James Tidwell, in January 2005 and didn’t look back.

Under Renaud’s direction, IJEA has teamed with the Illinois High School Association to create an annual statewide onsite contest. She’s also helped create an All-State Journalism Team and training partnership with the IPF, as well as the James A. Tidwell Award for outstanding advising. She also helped with the passage of the Speech Rights for Scholastic Journalism Act in 2016. With expert timing, the National Scholastic Press Association awarded Renaud with the Pioneer Award at the JEA/NSPA conference Nov. 3 in Chicago. The Pioneer is the highest honor NSPA awards to journalism educators. “These Pioneers represent the best of the best in the country,” NSPA Executive Director Laura Widmer said in a news release from the IPF. Pioneers are individuals who make substantial contributions to high school journalism programs and scholastic journalism education outside their primary employment. With that honor in tow, Renaud can look back on her career with utmost fondness. More importantly, though, she’s looking forward. “Linda is someone who has supported high school journalism all of her career,” Renoud said. “She’s going to do a tremendous job.”

Huntley High’s Brown named state’s top journalism teacher Marengo McHenry County News Huntley High School teacher Dennis Brown has been named the winner of the Illinois Journalism Education Association's Tidwell Award, which recognizes the top high school media educator in the state. Brown teaches journalism and social studies courses and serves as adviser to the school's national award-winning newsmagazine, The Voice. Each year since 2013, the state high school press association, the Illinois Journalism Education Association, has honored a single outstanding high

school media educator who has done exemplary work during this and the previous academic year, with the Tidwell Award. "It is IJEA's highest honor for journalism teachers and advisers," said Stan Zoller, a longtime journalist and journalism educator who serves as IJEA's East Region director. In his 22 years at the high school, Brown has overseen publication staffs that have garnered numerous national and state recognitions, and boasts a cadre of alumni who have gone on to successful careers in journalism.

Earlier this spring, Voice staffers picked up their third consecutive Silver Crown Award in the Magazine Hybrid category from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. "[Brown] is beloved by his students who rise to the occasion for him and continue to meet those expectations long after they leave Huntley," said Emma Kubelka, current Voice editor-in-chief. "He puts in as much energy and commitment as he expects from others. He demonstrates by example what commitment to a profession and to a belief is all about."


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Upward Bound: Two Illinois journalists included on 25 under 35 list By CHRISTOPHER HEIMERMAN For the Illinois Press Association For Mary Koester, sharing is caring – especially for her readers. The 35-year-old is the managing editor of her hometown newspaper, the North County News in Red Bud, and when she gets a scoop, she doesn’t exactly tuck it away. She’s quick to share content with other media outlets that cover her stomping ground. “I think of them as my friends, not rivals,” Koester said. “We’re all in this together. Why can’t we work together and play nice?” Koester’s ability to share the sandbox helped her become one of 25 burgeoning 35-and-younger members of the free press recently recognized by Editor & Publisher. Delving into investigations Another honoree, Lexi Cortes, likes to share, too. The 27-year-old Collinsville resident is particularly eager to share tough-to-get information with her readers, since she was recently promoted to investigations reporter for her hometown paper, the Belleville News-Democrat. Cortes fell into journalism by a sort of happenstance, when she was undecided where her career might lie while attending the University of Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, and got a gig at the student newspaper, the Alestle. She’d always loved writing. “It was like, I can make money and be a writer,” she said. “I wasn’t a big news junkie at the time.” Cortes covered education until recently, when two investigative reporters left for other pastures one retirement and the other in public radio: Beth Hundsdorfer now does investigative reporting for KWMU-FM. “We have a partnership with them, so it works out pretty well,” Cortes said, adding that both companies will share content. She said working the investigations beat is a dream realized, and lessons learned through her peers have her ready for the intense beat. “My favorite writers have been in my own newsroom,” she said. “It’s a lot of pressure, but I think

Lexi Cortes, the 27-year-old investigative reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat, is shown in the newspaper's office. She was recently named among this year’s 25 Under 35 top young newspaper professionals by the trade journal Editor & Publisher. (Belleville News-Democrat photo) that’s good. They’ve never been shy about giving me high expectations.” Community-minded Try keeping up with Koester – at your own risk. She and her husband, Daniel, have a daughter, Lexy. As if running a newspaper and managing her home weren’t enough, she also runs marathons and obstacle races, in addition to other physical endurance feats. Her work in the community reads longer than most byline stories. She’s a director of the Red Bud Chamber of Commerce, a Community Foundation of Randolph County board member, a Girl Scout leader, and has been recognized by the Regional Office of Education with a “Friend of Education.” Her philanthropy was also emblemized when she received the Red Bud Masonic Lodge “Community

Builder” award. “I’m still trying to figure out how it all works,” Koester said, laughing. One of her proudest achievements is bringing back the Senior Tea program for high school girls, which helps introduce those teens on the brink of graduation to major players in the local business community. The program was defunct since 2017, but Koester, who was an inspired member while in high school, breathed new life into the group. Its latest incarnation, launched in late April, is Coffee and Conversations. “I thought it was a shame this tradition had went away,” she said. “Women in the community are serving in every sector, and young women need those role models.”

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Mary Koester, 35, of Red Bud, is shown in the North County News office, where she serves as managing editor. She was recently named among Editors & Publisher's 25 Under 35. She had big shoes to fill when she transitioned from the General Ledger of Red Bud to relieving Jane Lucht, who’d been NCN’s editor for 30-plus years. Even in retirement, Lucht continues to be active in the community, and still writes weekly about the Red Bud Museum. “She set the bar,” Koester said. “The way she did things set me up for how to do things.”

Q&A with E&P

Following are question-and-answer sessions with Illinois' 25 Under 35 honoroees that were published in the April edition of Editor & Publisher: Mary J. Koester, 35 Managing editor and editor, North County News Red Bud, Ill. Education: Southern Illinois University—Carbondale, bachelor of science, photojournalism with a minor in psychology; Southwestern Illinois College—Belleville, associate degree, art with an emphasis on Spanish language studies Mary J. Koester has worked in the newspaper industry for almost 12 years and has seen many changes in that time, from layoffs to newspaper closures, but she has worked hard to keep her paper relevant and important to her community. To increase reader interactions, Koester added various contests, more features, special sections,

new columns, an online/social media presence and experimented with augmented reality. She also tries to be active in the community on behalf of the paper, such as participating in the new business program for high school students, and inviting other local papers to come speak on the importance of media relations, advertising and working with newspapers to these students. In addition, Koester serves on the Red Bud Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors, the Randolph Community Foundation and the Southern Illinois Editorial Association. What advice do you have for other young professionals in the newspaper industry? Get to know your community and become a valuable part of it. Don’t be afraid to volunteer with various organizations or at the schools. Also get to know the other papers/media in your coverage area. You may see them as competition, but they are another valuable resource. Look to others in your newsroom, as well as at neighboring papers, for help and guidance Take all the trainings you can find to learn about what is new in the industry. The way people consume news is constantly changing, and so is the way we gather and share information. Join news and media organizations, at the local, state and possibly national levels. Become active in those organizations if you can. This helps you

get to know other media people in the area and trainings/seminars offered. This is such a valuable resource as you’ll meet others that deal with the same things you are. Why is it important for you to be active in the community? My newspaper has always been a part of the community—covering and supporting community events, the schools, churches and other organizations. We have also had employees be members in community organizations. I grew up in this community and am raising my family here, so it is especially important to me to continue that support. Newspapers are the lifeblood of a community, especially a small, rural one. We are our community’s cheerleaders and ambassadors. We preserve the community’s history for future generations. It is imperative to help our communities continue to prosper. Always keep in mind the newspaper is not just something that documents a community from an outsider’s perspective; we are a part of the community too. Lexi Cortes, 27 Investigative reporter, Belleville News-Democrat Belleville, Ill. Education: Southern Illinois University—Edwardsville, bachelor of science, mass communications Lexi Cortes joined the Belleville News-Democrat just as they were preparing for a major change to their production system, which also required some reordering of the newsroom. According to growth producer Jason Koch, she was asked to fill two roles: one for the copy/ design desk, the second as a reporter. “She managed to fill both roles with aplomb, producing well-reported, well-written, and engaging stories while also helping us to edit stories for print and digital, lay out pages for print, and manage our website and social media accounts,” said Koch. “Eventually, the decision was made to make Lexi a full-time reporter.” Cortes started working on the education beat and soon became the paper’s newest investigative reporter. “We would love to have a staff full of Lexis,” Koch said. “She is certainly going to play a role in helping to keep the News-Democrat strong and, because of it, ensure that journalism remains strong in Southern Illinois.” What advice do you have for other young professionals in the newspaper industry? This is for the perfectionists like me: What we do is an art. And we’re doing it on a tight schedule.

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Kerkemeyer named publisher of The Southern CARBONDALE – Lee Enterprises Inc., The Southern Illinoisan's parent company, recently named Terra Kerkemeyer publisher of The Southern. Kerkemeyer succeeds Craig Rogers, who has left the company. Kerkemeyer joined The Southern Illinoisan in 2011 and was named circulation director in 2016. Kerkemeyer began her publishing career with the Benton Evening News and The Progress in Christopher in Terra Kerkemeyer 1988 and was promoted to several leadership roles before being named publisher in 2003. She said she learned a lot and worked in many roles, including circulation, advertising, news, graphic design, publisher and general manager. "I really, truly love the newspaper business,” Kerkemeyer said. “It's something I've been doing for more than 30 years. We print history every day, and what we do is so important here.” A search has begun to fill the position of circulation manager. She and her husband, Randy, have three children.

Perry named interim editor in Mattoon MATTOON – Scott Perry, deputy night editor of the Herald & Review, has been named interim editor of the Journal Gazette and Times-Courier. The interim position marks a return to the area for Perry, who was hired by the Herald & Review 27 years ago to lead its Mattoon bureau and establish a new bureau in Effingham. Before joining the Herald & Review, Perry spent four years as a reporter at the Effingham Daily News. Scott Perry Before becoming deputy night editor, which oversees the daily production of the newspaper, Perry served as night editor, business editor, managing editor and the Herald & Review's interim editor. Perry will serve in the interim editor position until a replacement is named for former Editor Penny Weaver.

McElroy joins Daily Journal Laura McElroy, 42, of Kankakee, has been hired as a reporter at the Daily Journal. She began working in her position March 4. McElroy most recently worked as managing editor of The Herald/Country Market newspaper in Bourbonnais, which closed in late January.

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McElroy is a 1994 graduate of Bishop McNamara Catholic School and earned her associate degree at Kankakee Community College and bachelor's degree at Governors State University. In her spare time she enjoys exercising at Le Body Shop in Bradley, hiking and the outdoors, and cruising in her 1946 Ford Truck that once belonged to her father, Jerry Bennett, who has passed

away. She and her husband of 18 years, Josh McElroy, a self-employed handyman, have a 1-year-old daughter, Story.

Jeffers now publisher at Greenville Advocate A 12-year employee of The Greenville Advocate has been named publisher, replacing co-publishers Rich and Ronda Reeves, who retired March 31 from the newspaper. Adam Jeffers, who has worked primarily as a graphic artist at the paper, assumed the publisher duties April 1. "My previous roles have been more 'behind the scenes,' but I'm really a people person,” Jeffers said. “Now, I'll be more visible and able to strike up conversations with new and interesting people in the community." Jeffers said he has plans as he takes the reins of the 161-year-old publication. "Certainly, we'll retain many of the time-honored traditions of The Advocate – keeping the community informed, providing a forum for people to express their views, and offering a way for merchants to get their messages out to their customers,” he said. "But we'll also be introducing some new ideas to make sure that The Advocate is leading the community into the future." Jeffers has volunteered for a variety of community service activities and operated a haunted house during Halloween. He and his wife, Amy, have four children.

Pleij joins Advocate staff Debbie Pleij has joined the staff of Strohm Newspapers, publisher of the Marshall Advocate, as the advertising coordinator. Debbie grew up in Oblong, Illinois. She received a bachelor's degree in nursing from Bradley University and worked as a nurse in Peoria and Grand Rapids, Michigan. Debbie lived in the Netherlands, her husband Rudolf's native country, for 12 years. The couple moved to Martinsville in 2014 with their daughter, Katie and son, Finn.

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Herald Publications welcomes new general manager Greg Hoskins, publisher of Herald Publications, a subsidiary of Better Newspapers Inc., is proud to welcome Tim Tucker as the new general manager. Tucker will be responsible for the Mascoutah and Nashville offices. The Mascoutah office produces the Mascoutah Herald, Scott Flier, Fairview Heights Tribune, and Clinton County News. The Nashville office publishes The Nashville News. "I'm extremely happy to be part of the Mascoutah and Nashville teams," Tucker said. "Greg already has strong, experienced employees at these offices, and we hope to continue to build and expand on those strengths." Tim Tucker Tucker is a 1973 graduate of Mascoutah High School. He graduated from the Broadcast Center (a trade school in St. Louis) and became an announcer for radio stations in Sparta, Mt. Vernon, Benton and Harrisburg. Over the past 18 years, Tucker was in advertising sales and management for the Belleville News Democrat. He currently lives in Belleville with his wife, Elizabeth.

Woodsmall returns to Republic-Times staff A familiar face to Republic-Times readers has returned to the newspaper. Scott Woodsmall has rejoined the Republic-Times as a reporter, columnist and web editor. Woodsmall, 35, grew up in Maeystown and is a 2001 graduate of Valmeyer High School. After earning a bachelor of arts degree in communications from University of Missouri-St. Louis, Woodsmall first joined the staff of the Republic-Times in 2007. He left the paper to pursue a teaching career, after which he taught English at Waterloo High School for six years. Woodsmall resides in Waterloo with wife, Bridget, and their young son, Nowell.

Times-Tribune welcomes staff reporter Emily Klein Emily Klein has joined the staff of the Times-Tribune as a reporter. With the goal of expanded coverage, Klein will cover local news and happenings both in Collinsville and in other areas throughout Madison County. Klein, from St. Louis, is a graduate of Webster University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in mass communications, as well as a certificate in magazine design. She worked internships with AAA Traveler Magazine and St. Emily Klein Louis Magazine, and was a staff reporter for Call Newspapers in 2018, after serving as editor-in-chief for Webster University's Ampersand Magazine. In her spare time she like to play piano and bass guitar.

Campbell Publications names new publisher Nichole Liehr of rural Baylis is the new publisher of Campbell Publications. Liehr is filling the position held for the past 27 years by Julie Boren of Pittsfield. Boren will be taking a step toward retirement while continuing to oversee the editorial product of Campbell Publications in the role of executive

Nichole Liehr, middle, the new publisher of Campbell Publications, is shown with retired Publisher Julie Boren, and company President Tim Campbell. editor. Liehr has been employed by Campbell Publications for 23 years, most recently as advertising director and general manager. "Nikki is the perfect person to step into the role of publisher," Boren said. "She has direct knowledge of all departments in our company, she has a love for the mission of community newspapers and will always strive to better serve our readers." Liehr attended Griggsville High School and Illinois State University. She joined the Pike Press office staff in 1996. She and her husband, Michael, raised their three sons, Zachary, Braxton and Spencer, in Pittsfield. Their family now includes daughters-in-law Libby, Laura and Kayla and five (soon to be seven) grandchildren.

Journal hires digital sales manager A former Chicago Tribune Media Group digital sales engineer has been hired by the Daily Journal to enhance this portion of the business. Jennifer Licary, a 2009 graphic design graduate from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, had been with the Chicago Tribune from December 2016 until her hiring at the Journal. A self-described "geek at heart," the Wisconsin native has great enthusiasm about technology and how if affects people's lives. She has spent many years within the digital realm, working her way up at the Chicago Tribune as a digital sales engineer to multimedia sales representative. "The Tribune's loss is our gain," said Len R. Small, president and CEO of Small Newspaper Group. Before working at the Tribune, Licary lived in San Antonio and worked as a development manager at a marketing agency. A resident of Bourbonnais, Licary spends her spare time baking, golfing and playing with her dog, Jordy.


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QMI agrees to purchase Hannibal Courier-Post HANNIBAL, Missouri - Quincy Media Inc., owner and operator of The Herald-Whig and WGEM-TV/Radio, has agreed to purchase the Hannibal Courier-Post, Missouri's oldest daily newspaper. The move will bring control of the newspaper, now owned by GateHouse Media, back to the Hannibal area. "This purchase helps us advance our mission of producing the highest-quality journalism and serving the interests of our local communities," said Ralph M. Oakley, president/CEO of Quincy Media Inc. "By bringing ownership back home to Hannibal, we feel the Courier-Post will shine as one of Missouri's finest local newspapers." The purchase is expected to close later this summer. Ron Wallace, QMI vice president of newspapers and publisher of The Herald-Whig, said he is excited to help the Courier-Post advance the ideals of local journalism. "What this really does is give readers in Hannibal the opportunity to once again have their own paper," Wallace said. "All decisions will be made locally, backed by the financial strength and community values of QMI." Quincy Media Inc. is one of the largest local journalism companies in the country. The family-owned company began as Quincy Newspapers Inc. in 1926, the result of the merger of the Quincy Herald and the Quincy Whig. It entered the broadcast business in Quincy in the 1940s and 1950s. The company changed its name to Quincy Media Inc. in 2016 and now has properties in 16 television markets.

Digitized Gazettes now online GALENA – With an Internet connection and a few clicks of the mouse, those hoping for a glimpse into Galena's past have a new tool at their disposal. The first digitized volumes of The Galena Gazette are now accessible through the University of Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections at idnc.library.illinois. edu. The first batch digitized over the winter months includes 1887, 1888 and 1889. There are some editions from 1876, and two years of the Galena Tribune, from 1905 and 1906. Now, instead of accessing the historic publications only in the historic collections room of the Galena Public Library, the public can view the newspapers 24 hours a day thanks to an recent effort to preserve the brittle bound volumes that were fraying and breaking from use. Three more volumes – 1890, 1891 and 1892 – have been digitized and will soon be accessible, as well, according to Nita Burke, director of the Galena Public Library. The plan is to digitize the volumes in the worst condition first and then work forward.

Freeburg Tribune announces online edition The Freeburg Tribune is excited to announce its newest platform for sharing news with its subscribers. The Freeburg Tribune is now available to subscribers at www.freeburgtribune.com. The website contains the current edition as a flip page. The viewer will be able to enlarge areas to view at optimal size.


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The Daily Herald Media Group recently relocated its headquarters to 95 W. Algonquin Road in Arlington Heights, about two blocks west of its old location. (Photos by Jeff Knox/Daily Herald)

Daily Herald completes move of headquarters Daily Herald staff ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – Several suburban companies were instrumental in the successful relocation of The Daily Herald Media Group's headquarters at 95 W. Algonquin Road in Arlington Heights at the beginning of May. The 26,700-square-foot, two-floor buildout involved a relocation from the iconic five-story building located two blocks east at 155 E.Algonquin Road in Arlington Heights. The new offices house the newsroom, advertising, customer service, administration and IT groups. The Daily Herald's printing facility remains along the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway in Schaumburg.

With a desire to stay in Arlington Heights and working within a tight time frame, Elgin-base Pancor Construction and Development worked with the Daily Herald staff to initiate planning and construction on the interior buildout, completing the project on time and on budget for a May 1o occupancy. The Pancor project team completed design, architecture and construction activities, while assisting with IT and building services. Pete Nelson, along with project manager Katy Liston and site manager DashAbazi, worked with the Daily Herald corporate staff to implement key revisions and provide an updated functionality to the new facility.

The Daily Herald's building was listed for sale in May 2017 and sold to Chicago-based Bradford Allen earlier this year. William Novelli Jr., senior vice president for CBRE in Oak Brook, handled the listing and sale. David VenHorst, managing broker and partner with Tenant Advisors,Inc. in Schaumburg, worked with the Daily Herald management team to find its new headquarters and negotiate a lease. Kenneth Stone, senior commercial manager with MidWest Moving and Storage in Elk Grove Village, coordinated the move and the cleanout of the 155 E. Algonquin Road facility.

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ling-based Shaw's portfolio of publications, which includes more than 150 titles in northern Illinois and Iowa, including Sauk Valley Media, publisher of the Daily Gazette in Sterling and the Telegraph in Dixon, among other regional newspapers.

husband, Gary, was refinishing an antique walnut Eastlake-style mirror, and that while taking the glass out of the mirror, he noticed a newspaper under the wood slats that hold the glass in place. “He said they used to typically put newspapers behind the glass to decrease vibration,” Ann Frank said. “He removed the wood slats and took the newspaper out. He was very excited to see the date on the newspaper being 1879, as this confirmed to him how old this antique truly is." The newspaper was the Thursday, Aug. 21,1879, edition of the Eureka Journal, founded in 1867. It was the forerunner of the Woodford County Journal.

STERLING – Shaw Media has acquired four weekly Whiteside County newspapers from Morrison-based WNS Publications, Shaw officials recently announced. The acquisition of the Whiteside News Sentinel in Morrison, the Prophetstown Echo, the Erie Review and the Fulton Journal was completed April 1. Terms were not disclosed. Although the publications themselves are older, WNS was founded in 1983 by owner and President Tony Komlanc. The weeklies are the latest addition to Ster-

1879 newspaper found behind mirror EUREKA – A reflection of the people and happenings in Eureka's distant past has been discovered in an unlikely place: inside an old mirror in Wisconsin. Ann Frank of Evansville, Wisconsin, said her


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Ken Davis closing down 'Chicago Newsroom' "Chicago Newsroom," the weekly roundtable of local journalists and newsmakers, is bowing out at the end of May after a nine-year run on

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Robert Melvin Robert Dean Melvin, 88, passed away at 2:38 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at his home in Champaign. Robert was born Oct. 12, 1930, in Monmouth, a son of Merle and Erma Melvin. Survivors include his beautiful and loving Robert Melvin wife of 60 years, Shirley; three sons, Mike Melvin of Bondville and Gary and Jeff Melvin, both of Champaign; two daughters, Sandy Peterson of Oquawkja and Robin Auteberry of Longview; two sisters, Norma Metier and Judy Owens, both of Monmouth; and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Mark, and a brother, Bill. Bob was a proud veteran and served his country honorably during the Korean War in the Army. Upon completion of his service, he returned home and worked as a pressman for the Monmouth newspaper. Later, he worked locally as the pressroom foreman at the Courier newspaper in Urbana. Bob loved to play golf and watch it on TV. He also had two holes-in-one in his lifetime. He was always active in his son's lives and was a Little League coach for several years. Bob was also a fan of Illini sports and enjoyed both woodworking and painting. Bob will be missed by his family and friends.

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Steven Olin Steven C. Olin, formerly of Princeton, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at his home in Eureka. Steve was born Sept. 24, 1953, to Burton and Evelyn (Enbom) Olin in Princeton. He was a graduate of PrinceSteven Olin ton High School, Class of 1971. He attended Illinois Valley Community College for two years and Illinois State University, receiving his bachelor's degree and master's degree in history. Steve worked as a copy editor/page designer for nearly 30 years for the Peoria Journal Star before retiring. He was proud of being an active member of the Peoria Newspaper Guild, holding various leadership positions. As president from 1981 to 1983, he led contract negotiations with Journal Star management. He remained a strong advocate for labor unions his entire working life and beyond. Steve retired in February 2007. He remarked multiple times before and after retirement how truly privileged he felt to have worked with so many talented and dedicated journalists and friends in his nearly 30 years at the paper. He had friends from Princeton High School and the University of Illinois, as well as his coworkers and colleagues at the Peoria Journal Star, who he kept in touch with on a regular basis. He belonged to the IVCC Chess Club, playing in several tournaments. He especially enjoyed summer vacations fishing with his family at his brother's home in Southern Illinois, and special holidays at his mother's home in Princeton where family gathered. He adored his niece, Amy, and it was important to him that she get a good college education. Steve loved his family very much and was always there for them. Steve is survived by his mother,

Evelyn Olin; one brother, David Olin; and one niece, Amy Olin. He was preceded in death by his father, Burton Olin; his grandparents, Arthur and Loretta Enbom, and Charles and Anna Olin; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Online condolences can be left at www.norbergfh.com.

John Thomas Lucadamo John Thomas Lucadamo, 73, of Evanston, passed away on Sunday, April 14. John was born February 8, 1946, in Rahway, New Jersey, the son of Katherine Lander Lucadamo and Ulysses Victor Lucadamo. He was the husband John Thomas of Nancye Jean Kirk Lucadamo and father of Victor Bland Kirk Lucadamo of Boston and Eleanor Elizabeth Kirk Lucadamo of Urbana. John graduated from The Pingry School in Short Hills, New Jersey, and Alfred University in Alfred, New York, before traveling to Evanston to attend Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He began his journalism career at The Courier Journal in Louisville, Kentucky, where he met his wife, Nancye. Evanston became John's permanent home when he returned there in 1977, working as an editor and reporter first at The Chicago Sun-Times and later at The Chicago Tribune. While covering education for the Tribune, his desire to be a teacher grew. He left the newspaper in 1996 for a second career as a journalism and English teacher at New Trier High School, where he was advisor to the school newspaper. He passed along his passion for journalism to his students, often taking them to The Tribune to talk with former colleagues. When he retired from teaching in 2011, John's life somehow

got busier. He was active in the OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) program at Northwestern University, frequently organizing classes each semester always including one class based on his latest favorite Charles Dickens novel. But his real love was the Wednesday lunch program at St. Mark's Episcopal Church. For many years, John volunteered at the Saturday soup kitchen at First Presbyterian Church and was concerned that there was no lunch offered for those in need in Evanston on Wednesdays. He took it upon himself to fix this and cajoled others to join him in the ministry of making sandwiches, preparing meals, setting up tables, and welcoming guests to the church every week for food and fellowship. The lunch program was a logical ministry for John to pursue. It combined his devotion to the St. Mark's community with his love for cooking and bringing people together around a table filled with good food and drink and lively banter. His children, whom he adored, were frequently brought into these conversations, initially, around the dinner table, and more recently via cellphone from their homes in Boston and Urbana.

Gary Stein Gary Stein, 72, passed away May 1 at Broward Health Coral Springs Florida, surrounded by his wife, Jacalyn (Herman), his son, Mark, brother, Lloyd, niece, Allison, and brother-in-law, Lonnie. Gary grew up in Chicago and studied journalism at Northern Illinois University. After sports writing stints in Rockford and New York, Gary moved to the Sun-Sentinel in Ft. Lauderdale, where he began a 36-year career as a sports writer, columnist, editor, bureau chief, and editorial writer. In total, Gary wrote more than 3,500 columns for the Sun-Sentinel.

Michael Lazarak Michael Lazarak, 95, was a man who played a key role in building the Southwest News-Herald into Chicago's largest audited, paid-circulation neighborhood newspaper. A former longtime resident of the West Lawn neighborhood, Mr. Lazarak died March 29. Lazarak served as circulation manager for Vondrak Publications from the late 1940s to his retirement in 1987. He supervised distribution of the News-Herald, as well as the company's weekly "shopper" publications: the Clear-Ridge Reporter, Southwest Shopper and Bargain Beacon. To that end, Mr. Lazarak maintained and strengthened the company's network of paperboys and papergirls - more than 300 paper routes stretching from 49th and Bell on the northeast to 87th and Cicero on the southwest and all points between. Lazarak's successor after he retired, Brad O'Connor, worked under him for more than a decade and remembered him as a good boss. Born in the Brighton Park neighborhood, Lazarek attended Sawyer Elementary School and then Gage Park High School. He left school to help support his family, but later took night courses and graduated from Gage Park. When America was thrust into World War II, Lazarak joined the Navy and served in the Seabees (Construction Battalions), helping build advance bases to defend Alaska's Aleutian Islands from attack by the Japanese. After the war, Lazarak was active in veterans' affairs and served as commander of the Wilbur J. Roeder American Legion Post 1229. He and his wife of many years, (the late) Loretta, were longtime homeowners in the south end of West Lawn, near 71st and Ridgeway. Lazarak was the father of Sharyn (George) Petecki; grandfather of George Jr., Gregory, and Eric (Victoria); and greatgrandfather of George III, Evelyn and Lillian.


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Anna 'Anne' Barr Anna "Anne" Barr, 99, of Pekin, formerly of Sierra Vista, Arizona, Minonk and Peru, left this Earth peacefully and on her own terms surrounded by family at 12:06 a.m. May 3, 2019. Born March 2, 1920, in Peru, she was the daughter of Robert and Anna Barr Maria Dirkes Noel. She married Edward "Ed" Barr on Nov. 14, 1943, in Wichita Falls, Texas. They were married for 64 years before he passed Nov. 12, 2007. No doubt that when they were reunited, Ed looked at her and said, "Where ya been, kid?" Left to cherish her memories and honor her legacies are her children: Bill (Jill) Barr of Peoria, (formerly of Tremont) and Steve Barr of Normal; six grandchildren whom she adored, Jim (Kathy) Uphoff of Washington, Illinois Joe (fiancĂŠe Denise Bolinsky Williamson) Uphoff of Camp Hill, Pa., Zach (Larissa Armstrong) Barr of Bloomington, Lauren Barr of Peoria, Darah Hannan of Peoria, and Seth (Craig Resendes) Hannan of Kissimmee, Florida; five great-grandchildren who were her pride and joy, Joe (Lori) Ryland of McCook, Nebraska, Lauren Funicelli of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Kelsy (Brandon) Wilson of Mitchell, Indiana, Tyler Uphoff of Washington, Illinois, and Jordan Dieken of Peoria; and three great-great-grandchildren who she cherished, Alivia and Emilia Wilson, both of Mitchell, Indiana, and Reece Ryland of McCook, Nebraska. She was preceded in death by her beloved daughter, Ruthanne. Their joyous reunion was probably by far one of the very best that heaven has ever seen. She lived her life of 99 years and two months to the fullest. Her health had been perfect up until two days

before she passed. She often said getting old wasn't for sissies! She was a renaissance woman who was ahead of her time in a patriarchal world. Her careers included newspaper editor of the Minonk News Dispatch, correspondent for the Peoria Journal Star, bank manager and legal aide, all this while raising three children, being a homemaker and the "hostess with the mostest." She was a fiery redhead and continued to have her "natural" hair color until last year (only her hairdresser knew for sure). She had the spitfire and ornery attitude to match her hair. She was smart, tough, artistic, witty, brutally honest, compassionate, open-minded and selfless. Christmas at her home every year was always referred to as the "Christmas Explosion." Her home was immediately decorated for Christmas every year Nov. 1. Trees in every room, her Christmas village, Santa and angel collections covered every square inch of her home. This was the same day that she also started wearing her extensive wardrobe of Christmas sweaters, Christmas shoes and Christmas jewelry. Her family has long believed that Anne was the real Santa Claus. She was an incredibly gifted woman who made beautiful things out of nothing, countless afghans for the church bazaars, handmade Christmas ornaments for family and friends, and needlepointed 100 Christmas cards every year. She gave up driving two years ago only because she preferred to be chauffeured. Anne loved many things, including: her granddogs Casey Lynn and Joe, the Chicago Cubs, pink nail polish, Popes Francis and John Paul II (she touched his hand), travel, metallic thread, hats, potato pancakes, pretty blue glass, stylish shoes, family pictures and social gatherings. Above all she loved her family, her friends and her faith. She was loved

beyond words and will be greatly missed. Memorials may be directed to As Good As Gold Golden Retriever Rescue of Illinois, 518 S. Route 31, Suite 178 McHenry, IL 60050 or Peoria Players Theatre (stage improvement fund), 4300 N. University, Peoria, IL 61614.

Grant A. Fredericksen Grant Alan Fredericksen, 67, of Metamora passed away Sunday, March 17, 2019, surrounded by loved ones at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria after a brief illness. Grant was born June 17, 1951, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to Hans G. and SaraEtta M. (Crone) Fredericksen. He married Belinda L. Schriner on Jan. 7, 2006, in Peoria. He is survived by his wife; brothers, Bruce (Jane) and Joel; brotherin-law, Scott (Janelle) Schriner; sister-in-law, Kathy (Larry) Braun; along with many nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by Jerry Scheirer, his turkey-hunting and coffee-drinking buddy, and long time friends Arlan and Marilyn Roberds; his church family; and of course, his canine walking buddy, Sampuppy. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters-in-law, JoAnn E. Frost and Karen J. Black. Grant graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in 1973 with a degree in history. He received his master's degree in library science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. After working in libraries in Dunlap, Illinois, and Franklin, Wisconsin, he was the director of Illinois Prairie District Public Library in Metamora for 35 years until his retirement in 2017. He also wrote for the Woodford Courier, where his weekly "North of the Alley" column appeared. Grant was also a past president of the Rotary Club in Roanoke and served

on the board with the Association for the Developmentally Disabled of Woodford County (ADDWC). In his spare time, he was a member of the Church Dartball League of Greater Peoria. Grant attended First English Lutheran Church of Peoria, where he also served on the church council and ushered for many years. Grant will be remembered as a kind and loving husband, brother and friend. His good nature, patience and generous giving of his time will be missed. Grant's memorial website is available at www.deitersfuneralhome. com, where condolences may also be sent to the family.

Teresa Matta Teresa Elizabeth Louise Matta, 50, of Mt. Olive, died at 10:35 p.m. Monday, April 1, 2019, at HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield. Ms. Matta was born July 10, 1968, in Gardena, California, the daughter of John and Mary Kathryn (Abion) Teresa Matta Matta. She attended Mt. Olive Grade School and was a 1986 graduate of Mt. Olive High School. She attended Robert Morris Business College in Springfield. For the past 10 years, she worked for the Mt. Olive Herald office, and she will be sadly missed. She also worked part-time for Dollar General in Mt. Olive. She loved her nieces and nephews and enjoyed socializing with friends. Along with her father, she is survived by one brother, John (Aimee) Matta of Mt. Olive; two sisters, Kathy (Greg) Mayer of Mt. Olive and Heidi (Jeff) Heyen of Litchield; nieces and nephews, Andy, Shelbie, Bryce, Jeffery, Miranda, Riley and Caleb; and great nephew, Parker.


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Daily Herald wins 7 Lisagor awards Daily Herald staff report Several Daily Herald writers, photographers and editors have been honored with seven awards at the annual Peter Lisagor Excellence in Journalism competition. "Peter Lisagor, the late Washington bureau chief for the old Daily News, was one of the most respected journalists in Chicago area history," Editor John Lampinen said, "so it's especially gratifying when our staff earns awards named in his memory." Among the recognized work was transportation writer Marni Pyke's ongoing coverage of ethics questions regarding hiring and contracts at the Illinois Toll Highway Authority. Her reports led to the removal and replacement of the entire tollway board and earned her a Lisagor Award for Best Investigative Reporting. In addition, the Daily Herald Editorial Board, led by Deputy Managing Editor Jim Slusher, received a Lisagor Award for Best Editorial Writing for a series of editorials related to Pyke's investigative work. Those editorials called for greater accountability and transparency from the tollway authority. The Daily Herald also won Lisagor Awards for: • BestFeature Story or Series, to Lampinen for "Last Kiss," an eight-part series on the emotional trials of surviving the loss of a spouse. • Best Arts Reporting and Criticism, to film critic Dann Gire for a selection of movie reviews. • Best Design, to Assistant Managing Editor Neil Holdway for a selection of Page 1 designs. • Best Feature Photo, to Assistant Photo Editor RickWest for a picture of students getting high-fives from teachers on their return to school after summer vacation. •Best Sports Photo, to Night Photo Editor Patrick Kunzer for a picture of high school boys soccer players silhouetted at sunset. The newspaper had 22 finalists in 14 categories for the judging, which is sponsored by the Chicago Headline Club to recognize the best in journalism throughout the Chicago region and northern Indiana. Three finalists were named in April for each category of the competition, and awards were presented May 10 at a dinner at the Union League Club in downtown Chicago. In three categories, Best Design, Best Feature Photo and Best Sports Photo, all three finalists were Daily Herald staff members. "We're proud of the recognition from the Chicago Headline Club and proud of our talented, hard-working staff," Managing Editor Jim Baumann said.


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