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Illinois Farm Bureau Director of News and Communications Jeff Brown talks with journalism students at Normal Community High School on Sept. 21. Brown was at the school along with Jeff Rogers of the Illinois Press Foundation to present a $1,500 grant to the journalism program there. (Illinois Farm Bureau photo)

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Inland Foundation and Illinois Press Association partner on Community News Grant program I

t has been a busy first few months as president and CEO of the Illinois Press Association. I and staff members have been working on a number of projects that will benefit both our newspaper members and their customers. You’ll be hearing about most of those projects soon after the calendar turns to 2022. Many of you would have received an email earlier this week announcing another project that I’m writing about here. The Illinois Press Association is partnering with the Inland Press Foundation to launch a grant program that will help recipient newspapers strengthen their vital local news reporting. The Inland Foundation will begin accepting applications on Jan 3, 2022, from Illinois daily and nondaily newspapers for the Community News Grant program . The grants will be supported for two years, and will cover half the cost of adding a reporter to a newspaper’s staff. The newspaper will pay the remaining half of that salary. Think of it as similar to the Report For America program, in which some of you have participated in the past. The granted reporting position must be a new position in your newsroom. The grants will fund newspaper reporting

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on critical topics such as schools and education, local government, health care, the environment, and infrastructure. To be eligible, publications must be bona fide daily or nondaily newspapers in Illinois who publish a minimum of 48 issues per year. They must have an average of at least 25 percent news content, with paid subscribers representing more than 50 percent of total circulation. The program will give special consideration to independent and family-

owned newspapers. Illinois is one of two states – Kansas the other – where Inland Foundation is launching the grant program. If successful in Illinois and Kansas, the Inland Foundation hopes to expand the grant program to other states. Tom Slaughter, executive director of the Inland Foundation, said the foundation was pleased to launch the pilot in Illinois. “The Inland Foundation

OFFICERS Sue Walker | Chair Herald Newspapers, Inc., Chicago 900 Community Drive Springfield, IL 62703 Ph. 217-241-1300 Fax 217-241-1301 www.illinoispress.org

was created in Illinois more than 40 years ago by members of the Inland Press Association,” Slaughter said. He added, “The association had a long history in Illinois, tracing to its founding in Chicago more than 100 years ago. We’re delighted that the Inland Foundation can help support local journalism here.” I’m thrilled that Inland chose Illinois, and think that this is only a beginning of a program that can help fill reporting positions in Illinois newsrooms that have been lost over the years. We hope the program grows into something much bigger in the coming years, to add even more reporters into newsrooms in Illinois and in other states. Look for more information being sent to you on Jan. 3, when the application process begins. But I would urge your news and operations leaders to begin planning now for applying. You may also make donations to the Community News Grant program, to the Inland Press Foundation, P.O. Box 3790, Lawrence, KS 66046, or click here to give. And with that, I wish you and your family a healthy and joyous holiday season. We’ll see you in 2022!

DIRECTORS Stefanie Anderson Paddock Publications Inc./ Southern Illinois LOCAL Media Group

Dorothy Leavell | Vice-Chair Crusader Group, Chicago

Durrell Garth Chicago Citizen Newspaper Group

David Bauer | Treasurer Hearst Newspapers, Jacksonville

Margaret Holt Chicago Tribune Media Group, Chicago

Don Bricker | Immediate Past-Chair Shaw Media, Crystal Lake

Rinda Maddux The Sidell Reporter

Peter Mierzwa Law Bulletin Media, Chicago Jim Slonoff The Hinsdalean, Hinsdale Scott Stone Daily Herald Media Group, Arlington Heights Ron Wallace Quincy Herald-Whig Nykia Wright Chicago Sun-Times

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ILLINOIS PRESSLINES is published bimonthly for $30 per year for Illinois Press Association members by the Illinois Press Association, 900 Community Drive, Springfield, IL 62703. Jeff Rogers, Editor © Copyright 2021. All rights reserved. Volume 27 Winter 2021 Number 6 Date of Issue: 12/22/2021


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'Mini' in name only, grants delivered to journalism students in 18 schools

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specially with the holiday season upon us, it seems like years ago when I made the trips to 18 high schools throughout the state to deliver grant checks from the Illinois Press Foundation. But it was only three months ago. Back when it was still warm enough for a relatively long walk from the parking lot, through security, to the office and then to the classroom to bring this 50-plus-yearold-dude in a suit jacket to a light sweat. In spite of the occasional perspiration, JEFF ROGERS I had a blast Director of Foundation at every stop, visiting student journalists and instructors in schools small (South Central High School in Farina) and large (Evanston Township High School). There were 18 stops in all, each to present a check to a school’s journalism or agriculture communications program. The checks were grants from the IPF’s Mini-Grants program, which this year had Illinois Farm Bureau as a financial sponsor. The IFB generously gave $22,133.87 to the grants program this year, which was revived after being dormant for two years. The grants paid for everything from laptops to cameras to podcast equipment to website hosting fees. I and the Illinois Press Foundation Board thought it was important to deliver the grants in person rather than putting the checks in the mail.

As the journalism instructor at the first stop, Normal Community High School, said, the grants are a big deal for the students and the schools. Bradley Bovenkerk told his students that while the $1,500 check being presented to them was a “minigrant,” the amount is not “mini” to the journalism program. “That’s a lot of popcorn sold at sporting events,” he said, referring to the program’s fundraising efforts. There were about 40 journalism students in attendance at the Normal Community High School presentation. It was so great to see so many students interested in journalism! It was also great to have representatives of Illinois Farm Bureau at many of the presentations.

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ABOVE: Illinois Press Foundation Director Jeff Rogers talks with journalism students at Normal Community High School on Sept. 21. (Illinois Farm Bureau photo) BELOW: The South Central FFA Chapter received $1500 for two Dell laptops, to be used by the Chapter Officers, for the betterment of the FFA Chapter, and the promotion of agricultural education. Pictured, from left, are Rogers; Katie Albert, Fayette County Farm Bureau Manager, TJ Bolin, agriculture educator and FFA adviser; and students Alec Langley, Brandt Hiestand, Chezney Robb, and Carter Holmes.

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ROGERS Continued from Page 3 At the Normal school, IFB brought a team of journalists to record the event. You can watch a video here. “As a journalism alum myself, it’s really exciting to see all of you interested in journalism, interested in potentially pursuing journalism as a career, and developing those skills that journalists need,” Jeff Brown, Illinois Farm Bureau director of news and communications, told the Normal students. “We’re happy to support the development of those skills.” Every school visit was memorable. I was privileged to share a stage with former IPA President and CEO Sam Fisher, now an IPF Board member, at the check presentation at Putnam County High School in Granville. The freshman choir was on hand to sing during the check presentation event at Homewood Flossmoor High School. I got to see a former co-worker at The Journal-Standard in Freeport, Jason Block, for the first time in decades. He’s now a journalism teacher and the adviser to the student newspaper at Prospect High School in Mount Prospect. The day of my visit there, he was prepping student journalists for the publication of the first print edition of The Prospector newspaper in many months. I was able to relive my days of dropping kids off at school in the morning by joining the long line of vehicles outside Metea Valley High School in Aurora. Once inside, I was able to spend some time talking with the students and their adviser, Adam Page about how the purchase of a camera with the grant money would allow them to retire a camera that had been in use since the school opened more than 12 years ago. “With a new camera, we will be able to download photos from the camera straight to our computers and easily to our publication,” Autumn Zayas, photo editor, wrote. “This grant will truly help elevate our program for

Journalism instructor Brad Bovenkerk instructs a student at Normal Community High School on Sept. 21. The school was the recipient of a $1,500 grant from the Illinois Press Foundation and Illinois Farm Bureau to pay for a book scanner, microphones, camera monitor and photo-computer tether. (Illinois Farm Bureau photo)

ABOVE: The FFA program at Sparta High School purchased a Coolpix camera, carrying case and memory card with its $415 grant from the Illinois Press Foundation and Illinois Farm Bureau. LEFT: Illinois Press Foundation Director Jeff Rogers (left) and IPF Board member Sam Fisher talk to students at Putnam County High School in Granville during a grant check presentation Sept. 21. years to come.” At Morgan Park High School, I got to watch Keith Majeske teach a journalism class. One of the students interviewed me there for a story in the student newspaper, the Empehi

News. I took the most recent edition of the paper home with me. The students at Thornridge High School in Dolton had donuts waiting in a room where we talked about journalism for more than an hour. I

left there with some swag – a shirt and school lanyard. I was able to watch a reporter from the Journal-Courier interview

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Illinois Press Foundation, broadcasters to host NewsTrain NewsTrain is coming to Illinois on April 1, 2022! The Illinois Press Foundation and Illinois Broadcasters Association will be hosting the News Leaders Association’s premier digital-skills workshop at Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois. NewsTrain is unique in that it: • Provides one of the biggest bangs for the training buck in the news industry, costing early birds only $75 for a full day of training. • Brings highly rated training delivered by marquee journalists to smaller markets. • Offers a much-needed opportunity for inperson networking when many journalists have been working remotely and much training is

delivered online. NewsTrain attendees regularly rate sessions as 4.5, with 5 as highly useful and highly effective. “Loved my time here. I highly recommend this for every newsroom,” said attendee Jeffrey Schmucker, assistant city editor of The Blade, in Toledo. To plan Illinois NewsTrain, Jeff Rogers, director of the Illinois Press Foundation and editor of Capitol News Illinois, is leading a host committee of Illinois journalists and journalism educators in assessing the skills that journalists most urgently need.

Working with the host committee, NewsTrain Project Director Linda Austin is developing an agenda to provide interactive and immediately usable training in those skills. In addition to the overall program focused on digital skills, the agenda will include a newsleadership track designed for editors, team leaders, news directors, producers and aspiring newsroom leaders. Competitive scholarships will be offered to journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds. Also, a group rate will be available for schools. NewsTrain will follow all recommended COVID-19 protocols at the time of the event.

LEFT: Illinois Press Foundation Director Jeff Rogers (center) speaks with journalism students at Morgan Park High School in Chicago on Sept. 29. He's joined by instructor Keith Majeske and Principal Femi Skanes. RIGHT: Rogers and Lindsay McQueen (right), manager of Cass-Morgan Farm Bureau, present a check for $450 from the foundation and Illinois Farm Bureau Mini-Grant program to Jacksonville High School English teacher Cammie Symons for the school’s journalism program on Sept. 22. (Photo by Rochelle Eiselt of the Journal-Courier in Jacksonville)

ROGERS Continued from Page 4 students at Jacksonville High School, where they were presented with a check for $450 to pay for website hosting fees. At two schools – Wayne City and Liberty – I was the bearer of surprise news. We were able to give Wayne City High School a grant of $1,100 to pay for a printer so student journalists there didn’t have to walk down several halls or to another floor to retrieve copies of page proofs. That grant was available after another school eliminated its journalism program after the initial recipients were announced. At Liberty High School, the adviser who made the grant application in the spring was no longer at the school in the fall. So

the new journalism instructor there was pleased to learn his school was receiving $1,473.87 to buy a camera and kit, software and portable digital recorders. Kevin Modelski, an English instructor at York High School in Elmhurst, wrote me recently to tell me that broadcasting equipment that was purchased with a $900 grant has been “instrumental in helping our kids get their livestreaming off the ground.” Those kinds of testimonials make us proud at the Illinois Press Foundation. The IPF really believes strongly in education about journalism. So much so, that we are discussing ways to extend

our grant programs to include journalism efforts at community colleges and four-year colleges and universities in the state. Hopefully, I’ll have more to report on that in early 2022. We’ll also be beginning the next grant cycle for high school programs in the spring. Notice I didn’t use the word “mini.” I was struck so much by Mr. Bovenkerk’s comment that the grant was not “mini” or small to the students at Normal Community High School. I decided right there and then that we would no longer call the grant a “mini-grant” after this year. The Illinois Press Foundation Board agreed wholeheartedly. Cheers! And have a wonderful holiday season.


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AG's office rules on 'public comments' in closed session By JOE CRAVEN Craven Law Office, Springfield The attorney general recently issued a public access opinion to answer the question: “Can public comments be heard during closed session?” While the dichotomy between the terms “public” and “closed” seems like the answer to that question should be obvious, many public bodies have used the procedures within the Open Meetings Act (“the Act”) to shield certain dialogues with the public. This opinion can aide members of the press if they believe they are improperly excluded from hearing “public” comments a body tries to hear in closed session. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) specifically addressed how the Board of Education of Hillsboro Community Unit School District No.

3 handled the public comments during its June 15, 2021, meeting. Specifically, several members of the public attended the meeting to address the board’s recent decision to not Joe Craven rehire the Hillsboro High School boys’ basketball coach. There is a provision of the Act that provides the opportunity for any person to address public officials under the rules established and recorded by the public body. That right is not limited to certain topics, but the body may set reasonable restrictions to the public comment. For example, many public bodies limit the amount of time someone may address the body. However, when members of the public sought to discuss the decision

of the Hillsboro board to not rehire its basketball coach, the board prevented their opportunity to make public comments during the open meeting. Instead, the board let the public know it would be hearing those comments one by one in closed session. Oftentimes, public bodies find it necessary to go into closed session to privately discuss one of the several permissible subjects listed in the Act. While nothing in the Act requires the body to hold a closed meeting on those subjects, there are a number of perfectly valid reasons why the body would choose to do so. One such reason is to discuss the performance of a specific employee, which is what the Hillsboro board asserted it was going into “closed session” to discuss here. To go into a closed meeting, the Act provides a specific, simple procedure. The body must cite to the statutory exception allowing the closing of the meeting during open session, and a majority of the quorum present must vote in favor of closing the meeting. But, may the public body close

its meeting for the purposes of hearing “public comments” on these closed session topics? This opinion makes it clear that restricting public comments in this fashion is prohibited. The public may comment on any topic – including those the public body chooses to discuss in closed session. The Act does not limit what the public chooses to discuss with the public body. The OAG found as such by declaring “the Board violated [the Act] by requiring members of the public to address it during the closed session portion” of its meeting. As this opinion points out, a public body that takes ‘public’ comments into ‘closed’ session may result in the public altering or adjusting their comments. This is one of the many reasons it is important for members of the press to be familiar with the intent and procedures allowed under the Act. A firm grasp on these issues will ensure those covering public bodies are not improperly withheld from covering certain comments, deliberations, or interactions with the public.

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Task force could produce lifeline for local journalism By STATE SEN. STEVE STADELMAN D-Loves Park Democracy dies in darkness. Those words underscore the masthead of The Washington Post every day. Sadly, the light journalism brings to many communities in Illinois and across the country is dimming. In the past 15 years or so, more than 2,000 newspapers around the country have closed, especially in rural areas. That means no reporters covering local city council or school board meetings. If people don't get the information they need to know what's going on in their town, they can't make educated decisions when they vote or hold their public officials accountable. Journalists play an important watchdog role in our system. As a television news anchor and reporter in Rockford for nearly 25 years and a state senator for eight years, I've seen journalism from both sides. You could say a new Illinois law, which establishes the Local Journalism Task Force, is the result of my two careers intersecting. The legislation I introduced and passed this year calls on the task force to assess the state of local journalism and issue public policy recommendations. I think there needs to be a serious, open and frank discussion on the future of local news and how its future will affect government. As people rely

less on traditional news organizations, we've seen a rise in media outlets that push a political agenda. Social media, meanwhile, is far too often the source of false and even Sen. Steve dangerous information. Stadelman Professional news organizations are able to counteract that, helping readers and viewers know the difference. Dwindling access to local news isn't just a rural issue as many corporate owners of bigger-city newspapers cut staff and close bureaus to save money. While a large city still has many media outlets, we know that in our increasingly diverse society, some voices are not being heard. There's also an economic argument to be made. Newspapers have historically connected local businesses with readers. Without that connection, the local economy and businesses are hurt. Members of the Local Journalism Task Force include news organizations that represent working journalists, academic institutions that teach journalism or have conducted studies and research into the issue along with state lawmakers and governor's staff. Potential solutions considered in other states include creating a fund to bring news and information to underserved communities, providing

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tax incentives to persuade media outlets to close local news gaps and more money for public broadcasting. Or there may be no role for state government as the private sector develops new business models. Nonprofit news websites buoyed by philanthropic foundations have sprung up around the country. So too have partnerships with nonprofit groups that allow traditional news organizations to dig deeper and undertake investigations. A recent article in The Atlantic points out that equal to its watchdog role is the value of local news in establishing a community's sense of self through stories on church

picnics, restaurant openings and closings, school football games and fights to save a historic building or raise money for a cancer victim: "When that tissue disintegrates, something vital rots away. As local news crumbles, so does our tether to one another." People want to know what's going on in the towns and neighborhoods where they live, work and raise families. Their access to news and local information shouldn't depend on their ZIP code. Sen. Steve Stadelman, D-Loves Park, has represented the Rockford area in the Illinois Senate since 2013.


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Sesker named Herald-Whig sports editor QUINCY – Craig Sesker, who joined the Herald-Whig in Quincy in 1988 as a sports writer, has been named its sports editor. He replaces Matt Schuckman, who had risen to the role of sports editor after joining the HeraldWhig in 1999 as a sports writer. Craig Sesker Sesker began his professional career just up the Mississippi River, where he served as sports editor of the Burlington (Iowa) Hawk Eye. He

also worked as a sports writer at the Omaha World-Herald, and has written magazine articles and books as a freelance writer.

Wolfe now sales, digital manager at Daily Journal KANKAKEE – The Daily Journal has announced the promotion of Cori Wolfe to manager of sales and digital operations. With her focused ability to work across multiple departments, Wolfe has been instrumental in enhancing the Journal's internal operations, said Sally R. Hendron, vice president of finance.

Southern Illinois newspaper columnist publishes book MARION – Cheryl Ranchino Trench, a southern Illinois native, has completed her first book, "Snapshots and Footnotes." She is a longtime columnist for Swinford Publications. The words in this small volume first appeared in "Paper Cheryl Ranchino Telephone" columns Trench in newspapers, The Herrin Spokesman, The Southern Illinoisan and later, The Herrin Independent and The Marion Star. Some were standalone essays, many were simple footnotes, reflections or snapshots in the body of the columns. Published by Page Publishing, “Snapshots and Footnotes” is a collection of snapshots and footnotes through the author's eyes. The book is sold in stores, including Barnes and Noble, and online at the Apple iTunes Store, Amazon, and Google Play.

VonderHaar retires as Alton Telegraph publisher ALTON – Denise VonderHaar, publisher of The Telegraph in Alton and The Intelligencer in Edwardsville, retired Dec. 3. VonderHaar joined Hearst Newspapers, the parent company of

The Telegraph and The Intelligencer, in June 2000 as controller. She was promoted to publisher of The Intelligencer in 2008 and The Telegraph in Denise VonderHaar 2018. VonderHaar announced her decision to management and staff in an October meeting. The duties of the publisher will transition to the management teams at The Telegraph and The Intelligencer. VonderHaar and her husband, Gary, live in rural St Rose. They have three children and three grandchildren, and are awaiting the arrival of two more grandchildren in 2022. Hearst Community Newspapers also owns the Journal-Courier in Jacksonville.

Rapp resigns as Shaw Media assistant regional editor PRINCETON – Goldie Rapp resigned as assistant regional news editor of Shaw Media, effective Nov. 12. Rapp joined the weekly Bureau County Republican in 2010 as a reporter. She wrote Goldie Rapp in her Nov. 10 farewell column that she’s stepping aside to focus on her family, after welcoming her third child in June.

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A childhood spent delivering newspapers around Winnetka inspired author's book WINNETKA – A little spending money and possibly a taste of independence. That's what 7-year-old Gary D. Cole craved. He found his solution with a newspaper route in his Winnetka neighborhood. Cole chronicles his years delivering the Chicago Tribune in his new book, "Newsboy: Along My Route in Chicagoland 1968-1975". In meticulous detail, the North Carolina resident shares stories of the neighborhood where he grew up, the interesting people he met while delivering newspapers and the things he learned from the pages of those papers. Cole said writing the book "came from a place of great pain." He was a practicing attorney when, at the age of 40, Cole had what he called "a midlife crisis." He left his law partnership to create a "theater on video" company. "This was five years before YouTube came along, and sadly it didn't work out," Cole said. "What was supposed to redeem me was a government job with the National Endowment for the Arts and that blew up in my face as well. I had two young kids at home and I was at my wit's end. I took refuge in these memories about my customers from my childhood. It proved therapeutic." That was in 2003. He was able to remember so many details about those long-ago years because, he said, "I kind of transported my brain to a distant time which really helped me deal with the pain I was experiencing.” "The memories were incredibly vivid,” he continued. “This was my street and my customers and my route." He worked on the book sporadically, completing two other books before he finished this one: a novel called "Black Box," which revolved around a theater company

pay at a local news agency. The new method had the newsboys buying the papers from the news agency and collecting marked up payments from their customers. In addition to being a valuable learning experience, being a newsboy turned out to be a profitable venture. "I got a stereo. I bought a sailboat. I joined the Columbia Record Club," he said. "I really enjoyed the independence of being a paperboy." The author praised the skills he acquired that helped him later in life. "It made me a better listener,"

Cole started in Portland, Oregon, and a memoir called "Artless". After the disappointments of his art endeavors, Cole returned to practicing law. He retired at the end of 2020, which gave him more time to complete "Newsboy." In the pages, the author shares his love of sports and his interest in politics, which was nurtured by reading the papers that he delivered. It exposed him to the events of the world. Part of his route kept Cole indoors delivering papers to the primarily elderly residents of a building called the Chimney Apartments. "I sort of had surrogate grandparents that I was introduced to from my route," he said. Cole’s parents appreciated the fact that "I had supportive neighbors who I could go in and visit," he said. Cole had more contact with the neighbors when the Tribune changed the function of the newsboys. When he first started, newspapers would be dropped off for him and he would deliver them and then collect his

he noted. "I went on to become an entrepreneur in a number of different areas – mostly in the arts – and I think having that sort of entrepreneurial background was very helpful." In addition, Cole concluded, "I felt I had to understand the news that I was delivering to my customers. That responsibility sparked that interest at a very young age." Cole is donating sales of his book for the first six months to the Chicago Headline Club in honor of late Tribune columnist Mike Royko.


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Journal Star remains committed to diversifying coverage Editor’s note: This Romando Dixson column was originally published in the Sept. 5 edition of the Journal Star of Peoria.

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irst and foremost, I could not be more proud of the staff at the Journal Star. The journalists here are hard-working, dedicated and talented. They care about the community, and they care about covering the Peoria area fairly and thoroughly. I moved to Peoria last year to take over as executive editor. Shortly before I arrived, I wrote about the diversity efforts of the Journal Star and Gannett, the parent company of the paper. We want all of our newspapers to be representative of the communities we serve by 2025. We believe diversity in race, gender and thought is the best way to truly serve the community. We believe we must be transparent about our mission and progress to our goals. A year after I wrote about the initiative, not much has changed about the racial makeup of the

Journal Star staff. Our community is about 85% white. Our newsroom is about 93% white. Our newsroom is dominated by males. How can we truly say we are reflective of our community when we have only one female reporter Romando Dixson and zero reporters who are people of color? We can't. But that does not mean we are not making progress in how we're covering our community. Our series on South Peoria, its history and challenges led to the most positive emails and comments I have received of anything we published this year. I am proud of our partnership with Strictly HipHop 90.7 FM and Demarcus Hamilton, the program director of the radio station. We started this year with "State of Peoria," a show designed to prepare the community for the general election with interviews with candidates

for mayor, City Council and more. We have continued that partnership with "RapPolitics," a Facebook live show that celebrates people who are positive influences in the community. Through partnerships, we hope to reach a broader audience and give a platform to people from diverse backgrounds. Every morning, we share the front page of the Journal Star on social media. It is one of my favorite things to see entrepreneurs highlighted on Page 1A of the paper and subsequently see them share the photo of the page onto their own Facebook account. It's an even greater pleasure to know that we are highlighting local residents from different races, genders and backgrounds. To be clear, we are not perfect. But we welcome your feedback. And we'll continue working until people in every corner of the community feel as if they are represented within the pages of our newspaper and the walls of our newsroom.

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McNamee, Sun-Times editorial page editor, retires CHICAGO – Tom McNamee, who rose from general assignment reporter to editorial page editor of the Sun-Times, stepped down after four decades at the newspaper. His retirement, effective in midOctober, was announced to the staff Sept. 27 by Steve Warmbir, interim Tom McNamee editor-in-chief of the Sun-Times. A lifelong Chicagoan with degrees from Northern Illinois University and the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, McNamee joined the Sun-Times in 1982. Except for a 3-year stint as editor of North Shore magazine (when it was under the ownership of the Sun-Times' parent company), McNamee worked for the newspaper

as a reporter, assignment editor, Sunday editor and columnist. He was promoted to editorial page editor in 2008. McNamee co-hosted a weekly radio show on WLS-890 AM for five years with Don Hayner, a former Sun-Times reporter who later became managing editor and editorin-chief. McNamee and Hayner also co-wrote three books about Chicago – “StreetWise Chicago: A History of Chicago Street Names”; “The Metro Chicago Almanac: Fascinating Facts and Offbeat Offerings about the Windy City”; and “The Stadium: 1929-1994, The Official Commemorative History of the Chicago Stadium.”

King succeeds Cox as interim Journal-Pilot editor CARTHAGE – The Oct. 27 issue of the Journal-Pilot was Mark Cox’s last as the newspaper’s editor, and

his interim successor is Sara King, who had been the weekly paper’s graphic designer for more than 10 years. King’s responsibilities have included weekly page layout and advertisement design. She was recognized in 2020 by the Illinois Press Association for the top singlepage graphic design, with her work on the 100th Anniversary of the Hancock County Basketball Tournament. Her work on that special section and the Hancock County Fair also gained her a second place overall for section design. King is the daughter of Steve and Donna Kleopfer, of Burnside. She and her husband, Kory King, live in Carthage with their daughter, Aubrey, and son, Ashton. King co-owns Custom Creations Graphic Designs and Mom & Me Cakes. She was a 1997 graduate of Carthage High School and graduated from Carl Sandburg College in 1999 with a degree in

graphic design. Cox wrote in an Oct. 20 column that he was moving on to restore cars with his son - “a long-standing dream of mine,” he said. He became editor of the weekly newspaper in 2018.

Kadner pens last column at Chicago Sun-Times CHICAGO – Phil Kadner delivered his farewell column in the Chicago Sun-Times on Oct. 20, capping an illustrious career in Chicago journalism, including a 37-year run at the Daily Southtown followed by a 5-year encore at the SunTimes. Kadner grew up on Phil Kadner the Southwest Side and graduated from Bogan High School and Northern Illinois University.


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Lampinen retiring as Daily Herald editor Baumann, managing editor since 2012, will lead paper's newsroom Editor’s Note: This story, written by Robert Feder, was published in the Daily Herald on Nov. 2. ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – John Lampinen, who has led the news operation of the Daily Herald with integrity, compassion and fairness for two decades, will retire as editor in December, culminating a 48-year career with the newspaper. Succeeding him as executive editor will be Jim Baumann, a 36-year veteran of the Daily Herald who’s been managing editor since 2012. “You should know that this was John’s personal decision, reached after much thought and planning,” according to an internal memo from Doug Ray, CEO, publisher and chairman of Paddock Publications, and Scott Stone, chief operating officer of the employee-owned company. “John has agreed to consult for an additional year, with a focus on special projects and general support for his longtime managing editor, Jim Baumann. Effective with John’s retirement, Jim will assume the position of executive editor and will lead the newsroom. Our editorial team is in great hands,” they wrote. Lampinen, 69, was born in Waukegan and graduated from the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign. Except for a brief time in Minnesota, he has worked for the Daily Herald since he began as a reporter for the weekly edition in 1973. He moved up the ranks before being named editor in 2001 and senior vice president of Paddock Publications. “As a news organization, our job ultimately is to make the world a little better place,” Lampinen wrote in an email to staff Tuesday. “We talk about this frequently in the newsroom, and

every day, we strive to fulfill that mission. Your steadfast spirit of service is genuinely inspirational. “But it can’t be just today. If we believe in the mission, if we care about John Lampinen the community, about our world, we understand that the work cannot stop with yesterday’s story nor can it stop with us. If we do not sustain our journalism beyond our time here, what will our service have been? This is an obligation all of us have to the community: To set a path for the future.” In 2019, Lampinen was inducted into the Lincoln League of Journalists by the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors. The prestigious award honors those who have provided exemplary service to other journalists and to newspapers in Illinois. “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,” Lampinen said on accepting the citation. Baumann, 59, a second-generation suburban journalist, grew up in Arlington Heights and attended Prospect High School. After graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign he joined the Daily Herald as an intern in 1983. He was named managing editor in 2012. “John was my first editor at the Herald when I did a summer internship in 1983,” Baumann said. “He’s been an amazing teacher and source of encouragement ever since. He’s done well in preparing me – and the rest of the staff – for what comes next. And there will be plenty of good things to come.”

Baumann just released his first book, “Grammar Moses: A humorous look at grammar and usage,” a collection of his popular Sunday columns from the Daily Herald. It’s published by Chicagobased Eckhartz Press. Here is the text of the memo from Ray and Stone: Forty-eight years – from weekly newspaper reporter to Editor. It is John Lampinen’s remarkable career and his story of personal growth and professional development. He has notified us that he plans to retire from full-time employment at year

end. Of course, we are sad to see him go but also happy that he will have more time with his wife Lucy and their families. You should know that this was John’s personal decision, reached after much thought and planning. John has agreed to consult for an additional year, with a focus on special projects and general support for his longtime Managing Editor Jim Baumann. Effective with John’s retirement, Jim will assume the

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LAMPINEN Continued from Page 12 position of Executive Editor and will lead the newsroom. Our editorial team is in great hands. One of the byproducts of change is the creation of opportunities for others. Departmental restructuring will be announced in the coming weeks. John has led the editorial department since 2001, and one of his greatest accomplishments has been mentoring Jim and making Jim ready for his new responsibility. John joined the Herald weekly newspapers in 1973, beginning his climb from entry level reporter to Editor. Along the way, he led by example, creating some of the finest writing ever displayed on the pages of the newspapers. His interviewing skill is a model for all of us. It centers around listening. Here is a snapshot of John’s career. A graduate of the University of Illinois, John joined what was then the Libertyville staff of the Herald weekly newspapers, which later converted from weekly to daily frequency. As the newspapers grew, his career likewise followed suit. Following a variety of local reporting beats, he became a columnist, Director of Special Editorial Projects, Assistant Metro Editor, News Editor of the Lake County group, City Editor, Assistant Managing Editor and Managing Editor. He was named Executive Editor in 1998 and Editor in 2001. Jim Baumann’s career path has been similar to John’s. He joined the Daily Herald in 1985 after graduation from the University of Illinois. After four years as a reporter, he assumed various editing positions for the DuPage and Fox Valley editions. In 2012, he became Managing Editor, and a corporate Vice President in 2016. The transition to Executive Editor will be seamless.

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Dungey retires after 40 years with Daily Herald Editor’s Note: This story, written by Robert Feder, was published Oct. 12 by the Daily Herald. Diane Dungey, senior deputy managing editor of the Daily Herald Daily Herald and the highest-ranking woman in the newsroom, is calling it a career after 40 years. Editor John Lampinen and Managing Editor Jim Baumann announced in an email on Oct. 12 that Dungey would retire from full-times duties Nov. 12. She will take on an unspecified post-retirement role with the newsroom, they said. “We thank Diane for the great devotion she has brought to the paper all these years and to meeting the needs of the communities we serve,” Lampinen and Baumann wrote. “We wish her all the best, and we’re happy she will be staying connected to the paper.” Dungey, 62, who grew up in downstate Kewanee, joined the Daily Herald in 1981 straight out of Northern Illinois University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a journalism degree. Over the next four decades she rose from reporter to special projects editor, features editor and assistant managing editor before being named deputy managing editor in 2010 and senior deputy managing editor in 2019. “In these last roles, she has overseen our day-today coverage and planned our weekend and projects

coverage,” Lampinen and Baumann wrote. “In addition, she has been a vital advisor to the two of us. And she has mentored and developed our most senior staff members with a care and devotion that is unmatched.” Dungey also is a member of the Daily Herald editorial board. Diane Dungey “I fell into journalism years ago, knowing I wanted to be a writer and knowing I needed to get a salary for it,” Dungey told me. “That has been great, but the real payoff is being surrounded every day by interesting, smart, creative, thought-provoking people, both in the newsroom and in the community. The people I’ve met along the way stick in my memory, and I’m glad to have them there. “I’m grateful to the Daily Herald, the Paddock family, Editor John Lampinen and Publisher and CEO Doug Ray for hiring me back in 1981 when I was a very green news reporter and for letting me hang around all these years. They have been good stewards of a great company in a tough industry. “I hope to keep my hand in and help support journalism in any way I can. My husband and I are going to continue living in the suburbs, giving more time to family, friends and travel, and keeping up our newspaper subscriptions.”

Daily Herald’s ‘Grammar Moses’ publishes book This Robert Feder column was published in the Oct. 20, 2021, edition of the Daily Herald Every Sunday Jim Baumann, the mild-mannered managing editor of the Daily Herald, slips into his waggish alter ego as Grammar Moses to remind readers why they need to speak, write and think carefully. Now he's ready to throw the book at them. Eckhartz Press, the Chicagobased publishing house led by Rick Kaempfer and David Stern, just announced the release of "Grammar Moses: A humorous look at grammar and usage." The 169-page paperback is available for preorder now at

grammarmosesthebook.com. Along with a compilation of Baumann's favorite columns over the past six years is a trove of internal memos to the Daily Herald staff that gave rise to his popular weekly feature in print and online. Baumann, a second-generation suburban journalist, grew up in Arlington Heights and attended Prospect High School. After graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he joined the Daily Herald as an intern in 1983. He's been managing editor since 2012. On the eve of his first book's publication, Baumann shared a few well-worded thoughts on the importance of clear communication,

his play-on-words homage to American folk artist Grandma Moses, and why it bugs him when people mix up "their," "there" and "they're": Q. How did an occasional memo to the staff morph into a weekly column in the Daily Herald? A. I was talking to Eileen Brown, our head of marketing and promotion at the time, and she came up with the idea. I wasn't sure anyone outside our walls would be interested, let alone whether such a column could be sustainable. So you have her to blame for what it's become. Q. Where do your ideas come from? A. A journalist is always observant,

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BOOK Continued from Page 13 It seemed natural that I'd steal her shtick. Q. Have social media and texting contributed to the decline of good grammar? A. We all have backspace buttons on our computers and phones, so why don't we use them? I understand that social media is casual, and that texting is even more so. But I'd think choosing from their/there/they're wouldn't be too difficult. The whole world can see on Facebook that you can't put together a sentence. I just don't think too many people worry about that. Q. How did you choose the columns for the book? A. Clearly, I don't have a 1.000 batting average. There have been

Jim Baumann, who is the next executive editor of the Daily Herald, has published a book of some of the best of his "Grammar Moses" columns in the suburban Chicago newspaper. always listening. When I hear or see something that is either funny or irritating, I know I have something to work with. And, yes, I realize I just ended that last sentence with a preposition. So sue me. When you're passionate about something, and when you are under pressure to produce, it just comes to you. Q. English teachers must love you. Do ever hear from any of them? A. Often. I think former English teachers are my sweet spot. Why? Because they spent their careers trying to teach kids good communication skills and they see a lot of that work undone today. I also try to counsel them that language evolves, so their work is not for naught. Wait, can I say "not for naught"? Q. Why should the average person care about proper grammar? A. When you write to someone or talk to someone, you want them to understand you. Right? That's why we invented languages. That's why we

invented frameworks for employing those languages. You can torture them only so much before they don't work for you anymore. For me, it starts with clear communication. Q. When it comes to grammar and usage, what's your personal pet peeve? A. A couple things really get under my skin. To have any facility with grammar, you need to be a critical thinker. Does "Me and her went shopping" make any sense? Take out the "her." I think the least skilled of us knows "Me went to the store" sounds like something an unfrozen caveman might say. What's more bothersome to me is how people who understand grammar and mathematics twist their messages to make you think you're buying something better than it really is. Q. What made you come up with the name "Grammar Moses"? A. I love art. I could spend days in the Louvre, the D'Orsay, the Rijksmuseum, the Art Institute of Chicago. Just ask my long-suffering wife. So Grandma Moses is on my radar. What an inspiring painter.

some clunkers along the way. So I spared you having to read them again. I chose the funniest ones and the ones that addressed the biggest problem areas. I also chose the ones that had the best contributions from my pen pals. The column is really a conversation with readers, and without that interplay there would be no column and certainly no book. I write a lot about music, and I've pointed out that the best greatest hits albums always have a new song or two. That's the reward for the constant fans who've bought all the other albums. So I lead off the book with a smattering of the internal staff memos that were the precursor to the column.


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Atwood Record Herald News hires reporter ATWOOD – The Atwood Record Herald News has hired Black Faith as its new staff writer and sportswriter. Faith, a Decatur native, graduated from Eisenhower High School before earning an associate degree from Richland Community College and his bachelor’s degree in journalism, with a concentration in sports media relations, from Eastern Illinois University. He worked at the Daily Eastern and then at a small daily newspaper in Fairmont, Minnesota.

Ford County Record welcomes new sports editor PAXTON – The Ford County Record added Jeremy Orr as its sports editor in the week of Aug. 9. Orr will cover sports and other community events. He covered sports in northeast Indiana prior to coming to Illinois. Orr spent nearly a decade writing for a Christian blog that focused on issues relevant to men's ministry. One of his articles was published by a national men's ministry organization, Man Up God's Way. Orr has covered hundreds of games including Division I basketball and football. He spent his formative years in Columbia City, Indiana, graduated from Columbia City High School, and attended Olivet Nazarene University. Orr spent nearly 20 years in the insurance industry before moving over to journalism in 2019. He resides in Tolono with his wife, Marji, and their four children, Teagan, 13, Andrew, 13, Deklin, 6, and Makena, 3.

McMahon resigns; Pugh named Tribune's top editor GALESBURG – Colin McMahon resigned Aug. 10 after 18 tumultuous months as the top editor of the

Chicago Tribune, citing the need for "an injection of new energy and commitment" to the beleaguered newsroom. His departure, effective Aug. 20, marks the end of a 34-year Mitch Pugh run for McMahon, who rose from copy editor to editor-in-chief of the Tribune and chief content officer of Tribune Publishing. His tenure as editor coincided with the Colin McMahon takeover of Tribune Publishing by New York-based hedge fund Alden Global Capital and the departure of scores of journalists through buyouts, resignations and cutbacks. Par Ridder, general manager of Chicago Tribune Media Group, announced McMahon will be succeeded by Mitch Pugh, who had been executive editor of the Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina. Pugh started Aug. 30. Pugh, a native of Riverton in central Illinois and a graduate of the University of Illinois Springfield, began his career at the State Journal-Register in Springfield and later worked for the Crystal Lake Sun. As executive editor of the Post and Courier since 2013, he oversaw a newsroom that won a Pulitzer Prize for public service journalism in 2015. McMahon, a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, joined the Tribune in 1987 as a copy editor after stints as a reporter and editor at the Dayton Journal Herald and two other Ohio newspapers. He covered national politics and crime for the Tribune and later became a foreign correspondent posted in Baghdad, Buenos Aires, Moscow and Mexico City. He succeeded Bruce Dold as editorin-chief in February 2020.

Breeze-Courier in Taylorville hires 23-year-old sports editor TAYLORVILLE – The BreezeCourier has hired Taylorville native Lucas Domonousky as its new sports editor. Domonousky, 23, attended two semesters at Lincoln Land Community College, but paused his higher education because of concerns for his Lucas Domonousky health and safety. A former prep football standout at Taylorville High School, Domonousky had brain surgery in 2016 to address seizures he’d suffered.

Pantagraph hires three staffers BLOOMINGTON – The Pantagraph recently welcomed three new staff members. Connor Wood is covering Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University and Heartland Community College. He previously worked as a reporter for the Centralia Morning Sentinel. Brendan Denison is the newspaper’s new breaking news reporter. He was a digital content producer for WCIA-TV in Champaign and a crime and county government reporter for The Commercial-News in Danville. Jess Earl has joined as a copy editor and previously was a newsletter producer for WCBE-FM in Columbus, Ohio.

Illinois Times in Springfield adds two staff writers SPRINGFIELD – Scott Reeder and Kenneth Lowe, who had been occasionally contributing articles to the Illinois Times, will now have their work appear weekly. Reeder, a resident of Sherman,

is a veteran Statehouse reporter, having worked for several news organizations, including the Small Newspaper Group and Illinois News Network. His weekly opinion column, which appears regularly in many Illinois newspapers, becomes a regular feature of the expanded IT opinion section. Kenneth Lowe of Springfield, who has been a reporter for the Herald & Review in Decatur and The Pantagraph in Bloomington, has spent recent years employed in communications and media relations, first for Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, then for the office of the Illinois Senate president.

Schunke resigns as Ford County Chronicle ad rep PAXTON – Ford County Chronicle media representative Sheryl Schunke has resigned from her position, concluding a nearly two-decade-long career in the newspaper industry. Schunke began selling ads for the Ford County Chronicle in July 2020, when the weekly newspaper was established. She previously worked for the Paxton Record, Ford County Record and Target Shopper. Schunke's newspaper career started at the Paxton Record in either 2003 or 2004, she said, when she was hired as advertising manager. She worked at the Paxton Record for 3½ years until The News-Gazette bought the daily paper in 2007. Schunke then worked as office manager at the Ford County Record from 2007 to approximately 2014 or 2015, when she became the Ford County Record's media representative, a position she held until December 2019. Schunke then worked for Prime Life Times as a media representative before being hired as a media representative for the Chronicle in July 2020.


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Ex-Forest Park Review editor named to village council FOREST PARK – The Forest Park village council voted unanimously July 14 to appoint former Forest Park Review Editor Maria Maxham to fill a vacant commissioner seat. Maxham replaced former Commissioner Dan Novak, who resigned his position because his family Maria Maxham is moving out of the village. Maxham said she made the decision to take the appointment over the July 10 weekend after being asked by Forest Park Mayor Rory Hoskins, who consulted at least two other board members. Maxham was also selected to become the commissioner for public health and safety, which means that she works with the village's building department on issues like code enforcement, the issuance of building permits and restaurant inspections. Maxham, an 18-year Forest Park resident, was hired to edit the Forest Park Review in September 2019. Before that, she had built a reputation as a well-regarded romance novelist. During her tenure with the Review, Maxham earned several journalism awards and accolades, including

the Top Journalist award from the Illinois Association of Park Districts.

Two promotions at Growing Community Media OAK PARK – Javier Govea and Mary Ellen Nelligan, two longtime staff members at Growing Community Media, have accepted promotions to new roles at the nonprofit publisher. Govea is now editorial design manager for the newsroom. In this role Javier Govea he will lead both print and digital editorial design for GCM's four flags: Austin Weekly News, Forest Park Review, RiversideBrookfield Landmark and Wednesday Journal of Oak Park and River Mary Ellen Nelligan Forest. Govea is now in his second run at GCM, having rejoined the newsroom one year ago. He was an editorial designer with Wednesday Journal Inc. for several years previously. He has also worked as an editorial page designer for Pioneer Press/ Chicago Tribune. Nelligan takes on the newly created post of development manager for the

nonprofit. As Growing Community Media NFP enters its second full year, Nelligan will focus on growing membership donations, connecting with potential larger donors and working with foundations on grant opportunities. Nelligan has worked in sales and sales administration at GCM for several years. She has been active in development efforts and this promotion will allow her to focus on that work.

Maliska joins Mason County Democrat news staff HAVANA – Veteran journalist Gavin Maliska has been named managing editor of The Mason County Democrat. Maliska is a longtime journalist in newspapers, broadcasting, and online publishing who’s worked as a writer, photographer, editor, and newsroom manager. He started his career with community newspapers in the far northwest suburbs of Chicago, and continued at the Daily Herald in Arlington Heights, and the Chicago Sun-Times. Maliska previously had been managing editor at the Greenwood Commonwealth, a 125-year-old newspaper serving Leflore County, Mississippi, before returning with his wife, Betty, to their families in northern Illinois.

Hanis named editor of Chicago Daily Law Bulletin CHICAGO – Law Bulletin Media has named longtime Chicago journalist Andrea Hanis as its top editor. Hanis has worked in the newsrooms of acclaimed media organizations such as the Chicago Tribune, Crain's Chicago Business and the Andrea Hanis Chicago Sun-Times. At the Tribune, Hanis was editor of Blue Sky Innovation, which covered technology, entrepreneurship and innovation through business news, features, service journalism and live events. Hanis was most recently an editorial writer at the Tribune and was previously an editor on the Tribune Business section. Prior to the Tribune, she was an assistant managing editor leading the award-winning Business of Life section at Crain's Chicago Business, covering workplace issues and Chicago executives. At the Sun-Times, she was a features and travel editor, winning national awards for her writing and editing. Hanis earned her bachelor's degree in journalism at Indiana University.

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Peotone’s Vedette sold to Chicago publishing group PEOTONE – The Vedette has been sold by Chris Russell to Southwest Exurban Publishing Company, which owns and publishes five weekly newspapers in the southwest suburbs and the southwest side of Chicago.

Andrea Arens has been named editor of the Vedette, and Russell will continue to work with her to ensure continuity of the paper, according to a brief in the Nov. 24 edition. Arens has lived in Peotone for 8 years and is married to Todd Sandberg, a native of Peotone. Both are active in the community and run the Peotone Car Club. They have two

sons. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Columbia College in Chicago and a master’s degree in special education from Roosevelt University. She also teaches special education at a private, not-for-profit, residential treatment facility. An editor for Manteno was to be named within the next 30 days. All other writers will be offered to

remain with the company. The Vedette will be printed in Palos Heights, where Southwest Exurban also operates a direct mail, brochure, and magazine printing business. Southwest Exurban Publishing is owned by Steven Landek, who is also chairman of the company’s board, COO Mark Hornung, and the board’s secretary, Michael Thiessen.


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Better Newspapers buys Journal Printing

Lee Enterprises partners with Mudd Advertising

Three newspapers honored for parks coverage

MASCOUTAH – Better Newspapers Inc. has purchased Journal Printing in Highland. Greg Hoskins, president and publisher of the Mascoutah-based newspaper chain, said the printing company is being purchased from three family owners, all of whom are retiring and are the only employees: Kerry Federer, his sister Pam Schmitt, and their brother, Keith Federer. Journal Printing operations will be relocated from the address in the 1000 block of Laurel Street to the building that houses the Shoppers' Review, the Better Newspapers' publication at 1200 12th St., Highland.

DAVENPORT, Iowa – Lee Enterprises Inc. has entered into a partnership with Mudd Advertising, an automotive advertising agency based in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Lee operates in 77 markets and includes The Pantagraph in Bloomington, Herald & Review in Decatur and Journal Gazette & TimesCourier in Mattoon-Charleston. "The partnership leverages a customized version of Lee's innovative Vision platform enabling Mudd to fully support the crosschannel marketing efforts of retail automotive dealers and manufacturers across the United States," Lee said in a statement. Vision is a sales software powered by Lee's full-service national agency, Amplified Digital.

HINSDALE – The Hinsdalean, the Daily Herald and the Lake County News-Sun were named Illinois Parks' Top Journalists at the Illinois Association of Park Districts' Best of the Best Awards Gala on Oct. 15 in Wheeling. The Hinsdalean was nominated by the Hinsdale Parks and Recreation Department. Its entry packet included articles about the Hinsdale Community Pool, KLM and Brooks Park, along with two editorials. The nomination letter mentioned the paper's coverage of and presence at community events, including sponsoring a photo booth at Fall Family Fest and a turkey for the Turkey Trail. Specific winners from the other newspapers were Trey Arline of The Daily Herald, nominated by the Bloomingdale Park District; and Steve Sadin of the Lake County News-Sun, nominated by the Waukegan Park District.

Shaw Local News Network to participate in national program CRYSTAL LAKE – Shaw Local News Network is one of 30 news organizations in the U.S. recently selected to take part in the Meta Journalism Project's U.S. Reader Revenue Accelerators program. As part of the program, Shaw Local and other news publishers will work with Blue Engine coaches who are experienced in journalism, marketing and business management to help newsrooms build their businesses. Publishers involved in the program come from 22 states, including Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia. Since its inception, the Meta Journalism Project Accelerator program has worked with more than 400 publishers worldwide. Participating U.S. Reader Revenue Accelerator publishers fall into three

groups: traditional long-standing local brands in their communities, nontraditional news publishers, and digitally native organizations that are involved in investigative journalism or policy reporting in their regions.

Daily Herald's coverage of tornado honored ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – The staff of the Daily Herald has been honored in the Chicago Journalists Association's 2021 Sarah Brown Boyden Award competition. The paper's coverage of the June 21 tornado that ripped through parts of Woodridge and Naperville won the competition's award for Breaking News. In addition, freelance photographer Karie Angell Luc won the competition's award for News/Sports Photography for pictures she took for the Daily Herald at the Norge Ski Jump in Fox River Grove. Coverage by Christopher Placek and other Daily Herald staff members on the sale of Arlington Park had been named a finalist in the Business news category. The awards were announced Nov. 19 at a virtual ceremony hosted by the association, which was founded in 1933.

Tribune announces journalism partnership with nonprofit CHICAGO – The Chicago Tribune and Injustice Watch will be partnering on reporting and community engagement projects examining critical issues shaping life in Chicagoland. The aim of the partnership is to spotlight the resilience of the residents in the region and reach more people in marginalized and underserved communities in both the city and suburbs. Over the next 18 months, the Tribune and Injustice Watch plan to host a series of conversations and events, creating opportunities to help shape the Tribune’s coverage.


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Olney Hometown Register turns 182

Clinton County News merges with The Herald

Herald & Review returns to downtown Decatur

OLNEY – In June, the Olney Hometown Register marked 182 consecutive years of publication. The newspaper, published twice weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays, is owned by Paducah, Kentucky-based Paxton Media Group. The Hometown Register flag was founded in Mount Carmel and rebranded in September 2020 with the acquisition of the former Carmi Times, Clay County Advocate-Press, Newton Press-Mentor, Olney Daily Mail, and Teutopolis Press-Dieterich Gazette newspapers. The newspaper primarily covers Clay, Jasper, Richland, Wabash and White counties, and their neighboring counties. PMG, now in its fifth generation of Paxton family leadership, owns community newspapers across the Midwest and southern U.S. Andrea Howe is the editor of The Hometown Register and a sister newspaper in Indiana. Chip Barche is the local regional editor. Courtney Shuttle is the publisher of The Hometown Register and several sister newspapers in Indiana.

NEW BADEN – Two Herald Publications newspapers merged the first week of September. The Clinton County News and The Herald headquartered in Mascoutah became one paper, under with "The Herald" banner. Herald Publications has published the Clinton County News for 55 years, according to a brief in the Aug. 26 edition of the paper.

DECATUR – The Herald & Review returned to Main Street in downtown Decatur. Newsroom, advertising and other staff will occupy the entire second floor of 225 S. Main St., which will be renamed the Herald & Review Building. The announcement was made to staff Sept. 17. The relocation was expected to start in December. Until then, customers continued to do business

Pantagraph produces two special sections BLOOMINGTON – The Pantagraph published two special sections in September. The first was the return of Our Salute to Labor and Workforce on Sept. 5 in The Pantagraph and at pantagraph.com. It's a showcase of the contributions that workers make to the economy and community. On Sept. 11, The Pantagraph recognized the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The special section includes memories from Central Illinois residents who generously contributed their thoughts.

at its previous location at 601 E. William St. The move marks a return to the historic center of the city for the Herald & Review, which was founded in April 1872. The newspaper occupied multiple sites under various names, including 237 N. Main St. – dubbed the "Herald Block" – and 365 N. Main St. The paper’s most recent home offices opened in May 1976 after about two years of construction. The newspaper relocated there from North Street and Main, where it had been based for 81 years.

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Chicago Sun-Times, WBEZ parent company working on historic partnership The Chicago Sun-Times and the parent company of public radio station WBEZ will explore a potentially historic partnership under a nonbinding letter of intent that could create one of the largest local nonprofit news organizations in the country. The two legacy Chicago media outlets announced the signing of the letter Sept. 29, following a closed meeting of the board of Chicago Public Media, WBEZ’s parent company. A final deal would make the Sun-Times a subsidiary of Chicago Public Media. Still, that final deal has yet to be reached, according to a news release from the two companies. The goal is to complete the merger by the end of 2021, Chicago Public Media CEO Matt Moog said in a combined interview with SunTimes CEO Nykia Wright. Moog also said he would expect the two newsrooms to operate independently “out of the gate.” But he said, “a lot of the organizational things, frankly, depend on the input of the staff.” He stressed there are “no plans for job reduction at all.”

Hike in postage causes Journal to increase subscription rate BEECHER CITY – The Beecher City Journal raised the price of subscriptions Sept. 1, citing a significant increase in postage costs. The U.S. Postal Service hiked postage from 8 to 9 percent for periodical class mailings on Aug. 29. It also increased the cost of other services. For example, a first-class stamp increased from 55 cents to 58 cents, and a postcard stamp went from 36 cents to 40 cents. The newspaper’s new subscription rate for customers in Effingham, Fayette and Shelby counties is $40 per year. Elsewhere in Illinois, the

Wright said the potential deal is the result of a years-long effort to put the Sun-Times on more sound financial footing. Both CEOs said the partnership could help each newsroom engage with a wider audience and expand on its work. Wright described it as a “collaboration” rather than a “transaction.” Moog also pointed to Chicago Public Media’s established base of supporters. The joint news release said early support for the plan has come from Sun-Times investor Michael Sacks, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Pritzker Traubert Foundation. The news release said the combined organization “would invest in journalism through expanded capacity to better serve Chicago; expand and engage with diverse audiences throughout the region, and expand digital capabilities to deliver a compelling digital experience across platforms and reach audiences where they are.” It also said WBEZ and the Sun-Times would share content from both newsrooms across multiple platforms, including broadcast, print,

rate is $46, and out of state is $50. Single copies of the paper increased to $1.

Herald-Whig owner buys five publications QUINCY ¬– Phillips Media Group acquired five publications from Gannett Co., Inc., on Sept. 1. The five publications are the Baxter Bulletin in Mountain Home, Arkansas, and four in Missouri: The Big Nickel in Joplin, the Rolla Daily News, the Kirksville Daily Express, and the NEMO Trader in La Plata. Phillips Media Group acquired the Herald-Whig in Quincy and Hannibal (Missouri) Courier Post earlier this

websites, podcasts, newsletters, mobile apps, social media and live events. “Once together, the Chicago Sun-Times and WBEZ would reach millions of Chicago-area residents, connecting them to each other and to the news that impacts their communities,” it said. The newspaper has been publishing under the Sun-Times banner for roughly 74 years. It has been owned since the summer of 2017 by a group of labor unions brought together by businessman and former Ald. Edwin Eisendrath (43rd) to block a bid by the Chicago Tribune’s parent company to take over its competitor. Eisendrath resigned as Sun-Times Media’s CEO in 2018. Sacks and Chicago Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz became investors in 2019. WBEZ’s history dates back to 1943, when it was established as an extension service of the Chicago Board of Education, according to its website. It became one of the first charter member stations of National Public Radio in 1970, and it adopted the name Chicago Public Media in 2010.

year. With the addition of the five papers from Gannett, the company owns 17 publications in Arkansas, Missouri, and Illinois. The company also operates Springfield, Missouribased Nowata Printing Company. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Better Newspapers announces new division, updated site JERSEYVILLE – Five of Campbell Publications’ newspapers have been dubbed the River County News division. The Calhoun News-Herald, Greene Prairie Press, Jersey County Journal, Pike Press, Scott County

Times and Pike Reporter are headquartered at the company’s Jerseyville office. The company has also created a consolidated website, according to a brief in the Aug. 18 edition of the County Journal. The goal, the brief states, is to give readers a more navigable site under one regional umbrella. An e-edition remains for all of the company’s publications. Advertisers may still submit their advertisements through the website, where ad space will also be available. Print edition subscribers receive free online access for 1 year. For Jerseyville readers, online access requires a paid subscription, because the print edition is delivered for free.


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Galena Gazette moves into new building GALENA – After 26 years at its office, the Galena Gazette is moving to a new, smaller first-floor space at the former home of Galena Cellars. In 1995, the newspaper moved from its South Street location to its building at 716 S. Bench St. It’s sold that building to Illinois Bank & Trust and will rent space at 515 and 517 S. Main St. Often, there would be only one person working the 4,800-squarefoot building on South Bench Street, and the pandemic only drove home the need to downsize.

Lee Enterprises, Amazon partner on video services DECATUR – Lee Enterprises Inc. has announced a partnership with Amazon Advertising. The partnership will bring Over The Top video services to its more than 35,000 local business advertisers. OTT streams video directly to viewers using various video services and internet-enabled devices, such as IMDB TV, Amazon Publishing Services, and the livestreaming platform Twitch. Amazon OTT and Twitch draw 120 million U.S. viewers per month. Lee, which owns several Illinois newspapers, including the Decatur Herald & Review, the Bloomington Pantagraph and The Southern Illinoisan, operates in 77 markets.

Register-Mail ends publishing of police blotters in paper GALESBURG – In July, The Register-Mail stopped a longrunning tradition of publishing the arrest column. Editor Tom Martin wrote in an Aug. 7 column that one of the shortcomings of publishing the arrests is that the adjudication of these cases is never reported.

“While many of those arrested are convicted, many are not,” he wrote. “The charges are dropped or the person was found not guilty. We don't have enough reporters to follow each of these cases, and therein lies the problem. The arrest is the last word for many whose names appear there.” The Register-Mail has not published its blotter or mugshots online, Martin wrote, adding that the newspaper’s owner Gannett made the decision to stop publishing the blotter companywide, part of a nationwide trend.

Oakland Independent wins national award for ag story OAKLAND – The Oakland Independent has won a secondplace award in the Best Agricultural Story category in the 2021 National Newspaper Association Foundation's Better Newspaper Contest and Advertising Contest. Publisher and Editor Janice Hunt's story, "Bumper Crop of Appreciation", was about Mike Anderson's retirement from farming going viral on social media, bringing an avalanche of appreciation from strangers across the country. The Independent, which has a circulation of 850, competed in the category against daily and nondaily U.S. newspapers with a circulation of less than 6,000. Judging was performed primarily by active community newspaper editors and publishers, as well as retired university journalism professors and retired and former newspaper professionals. Winners were honored at an awards ceremony held during the NNAF's 135th Annual Convention and Trade Show in Jacksonville, Florida, in October.

Sidell Reporter places twice in national contest SIDELL – The Sidell Reporter

earned two second-place awards in the 2021 National Newspaper Association Foundation's Better Newspaper Contest and Advertising Contest. Winners were recognized at an awards ceremony Oct. 2 during the 135th Annual Convention and Trade Show in Jacksonville, Florida. The Reporter was among 1,229 entries in the editorial contest and among 180 entries in the advertising contest. A total of 509 awards were presented to 83 member newspapers in 33 states. The Reporter, one of only two

newspapers in Illinois placing in the contest, received a second-place award for the Best Health Story. The story, "Perfect Timing", was written by Suzanne Lukehart Woodard and reported on the sudden cardiac arrest of Katie Fritz, a Salt Fork High School student, and the fast action and knowledge of the staff that saved her life. The Reporter also took second in the Best Single Ad Idea in Black and White for a help wanted ad for the Catlin Fire Department.


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Remembering SIU's William 'Reck' Recktenwald Editor’s note: This column written by Lauren Cross, interim editor of The Southern Illinoisan, was first published in the Aug. 24, 2021, edition of The Southern.

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ike many students who walked the halls of SIU's School of Journalism, I had the honor of having Bill Recktenwald as a teacher and mentor. He died Aug. 20, 2021, at the age of 79. “Reck”, as we all know him, gained a reputation for his stellar work on the Chicago Sun-Times/ Better Government Association's Mirage Tavern series, where he posed as a bartender at a phony bar in Chicago to catch city inspectors taking bribes. After his time as chief investigator at the BGA, he eventually spent about two decades with the Chicago Tribune before coming to work at the SIU School of Journalism in the late 1990s as a senior lecturer. As a journalism student at Southern Illinois University, I recall Reck coming into class with printed copies of the Mirage Tavern series for us to read. He shared personal stories about the inner workings of that sting operation, but he also wanted the work to speak for itself. "Get a hold of some victims!" Reck yelled out during one of my first-year journalism classes in 2011, his curled fists gripping the air with such excitement. The lesson was on how to better approach crime stories and elevate crime statistics by seeking out first-person accounts. It was a simple directive, but boy, his words stuck with me as I navigated my journalism career after college. I’ve knocked on doors in a low-income public housing complex in East Chicago, Indiana, an epicenter at the time for environmental harm and lead poisoning, and on the doors of mothers and fathers who lost their sons and daughters to gun violence. All the while, Reck’s words, “Get a hold of some victims!” echoing. Phil Greer, a friend and colleague of Reck’s for close to half a century, said Aug. 21 they shared

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nearly parallel careers at the Tribune and SIU, even retiring at the same time earlier this year. “In his years at the Tribune, he was a mentor to all the young reporters, he always took the time,” Greer said. At the Tribune, Reck was always about getting to the bottom of the story strategically – meaning he’d start from the bottom and work his way up, Greer said. “When you start at the bottom, you find out what was really transpiring. You don’t start at the top with the politicians and the police chief. It’s a mistake reporters make today. But if you go out and talk to the people working the streets, the sanitary worker who’s out, you find out a hell of a lot more than with a department official,” Greer said. “Reck always told reporters at the Tribune: ‘Tell their story.’ If you’re sitting there talking

to someone who’s lost a son or daughter to gun violence, you let them cry their heart out, and then you turn around and tell their story. Reck was good about that,” Greer said. “I can’t tell you how many times Reck and I would leave someone’s house on an assignment and would just sit in the car crying,” Greer added. SIUC journalism professor Bill Freivogel said Reck “regaled students with great stories from his career." “In explaining to young reporters why it is important to ask at the end of the interview if there was anything to add, he retold his interview with a coroner. A young man had died and his parents thought it was foul play. At the end of his interview, Reck asked if there was anything to add. The coroner said there was the matter of the note he had found in the dead man's stomach: a suicide note,” Freivogel wrote in a post on the SIU College of Arts and Media's Facebook page. “He also told me once about how he decided to end his undercover stint as a guard in an Illinois prison. One of the prisoners made an off-hand remark calling him ‘Mirage man.’ He knew that meant the prisoner knew he was a journalist and that he was very much at risk inside the prison walls,” Freivogel added. During one of Reck's many international visits to see friends, he was in Sri Lanka when a deadly tsunami hit southeast Asia. He lived to tell the tale. Reck's name may be synonymous with the Mirage Tavern series and his legendary status as a Chicago investigative journalist. But to the students at SIU, Reck will be forever remembered for giving his all to journalism long after he retired from the craft, and for the virtues he taught us. Greer said Reck loved his job at SIU and his students – and did everything to show it. He said Reck was heartbroken the day one of his closest students, Ryan Rendleman, died in 2008 just a few weeks shy of graduation. Ryan was struck and killed by a car while on his way to a journalism assignment for the Daily Egyptian.

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RECKTENWALD Continued from Page 21 Reck was instrumental in getting a redbud tree planted at the school more than a decade ago in Ryan’s dedication, and Greer said Saturday there are plans to plant a redbud tree near Ryan’s in honor of Reck. Aaron Graff, a 27-year-old who graduated from SIUC in 2016, said he will remember Reck "for the amount of love he had for his students.” He said Reck gave one of his college roommates a spare mattress he had, and sold a car to a student for far less than what it was worth. "He was conscious of our lives. He was aware that there were people who came from money, and people who didn't, and he would go out of his way to help people who didn't," Graff recalled. If Graff overslept and was late for class, he said Reck would call his cellphone, ending the call with 'Now

get your a-- to class." In a Facebook post, Graff recalled one of his Reck's greatest lessons. "I wrote a story once that I had Reck read before publishing at the Daily Egyptian. He told me to, 'Write it so that a person who would read it will cry.' And I laughed. But he said, 'No, seriously.' That was Reck, as we called him. He loved so heavy and he taught us much more than how to write a sentence," he said. Caleb Hale, a writer, photographer and former online editor for The Southern, described Reck as "a great teacher, mentor, and friend for the last 20 years," in a social media post Friday. "But that relationship was not unique to me. The fact is Bill impacted the lives and careers of literally hundreds of journalists in the field today, as they continue to

practice the lessons he taught them as students from his own storied career. His legacy is one of such impact, I'm certain there are many former students tonight reflecting on a piece of sage advice he offered them at some point as we mourn his passing," Hale wrote. Tyler Dixon, a former SIU student who now teaches journalism at Notre Dame High School in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, said some of Reck's advice sounded bizarre at the time — but makes perfect sense now. "He would tell me 'Always carry around a pencil in the winter,' and I was like 'What are you talking about?' and he says 'I was covering a story once in the winter and my ink froze," Dixon said. He said Reck was kind but tough on his students. “Reck came in one day and I was

standing at my desk in the DE, and he says ‘Oh, that was a good story,’ and I said ‘Oh thanks, I worked really hard on it,’ and he replied, ‘What are you working on for tomorrow?’” Dixon recalled. When Dixon replied that he didn’t know yet, Reck scoffed: “‘Well, you better figure it out because what you wrote today will be at the bottom of a bird cage tomorrow.” And he’s right. Reck demanded the best out of us at SIU (and hated whenever we were late to class.) You felt the weight of his words and knew he never took his SIU career lightly – he knew he was teaching the next generation. Our industry is vastly different from the one Reck knew. But his lessons still ring true. Thanks for everything, Reck.

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Julie Marie Kosmond GATINEAU, Canada – Julie Marie Kosmond, born in 1962, died Nov. 16, 2021, in Gatineau, Canada, with her children Chris and Gillian, her sister, Lisa Kosmond Helmuth, and her husband of 30 years, Michel Murray, by her side. Julie was a scholar, an artist (sketch, oils), a loyal and loving friend, an investigator, writer, and a "muckraker," receiving acclaim for uncovering governmental abuse of power with reliable and creative coverage of local news in Aylmer. Julie's brilliance is reflected in her formal (undergrad, and masters in Arts, Doctorate of Law), and informal education. She graduated from the University of Illinois, ChampaignUrbana in 1984 and attended the Sorbonne in Paris (twice). She excelled at the University of Chicago, Master of Arts Humanities (1989), serving as

the editor of the student newspaper, The Maroon, and writing a masters thesis (in French) on the 19th century symbolist poetry of Charles Baudelaire. There, she excelled in writing, Nick Goodban Russian literature,and enjoyed studying the works of Carl Jung. She later received her Doctorate of Law in 1995 from the University of Colorado Boulder. As a student, she served as production editor of the University of Colorado Law Review and also found time to serve as editor of the Amicus Alumni Magazine. Julie also published a law review article (widely cited in US court cases) on the use of repressed memories as evidence in sexual abuse trials, again earning a prestigious legal writing award. Julie was an artist – drawing, music, photography, public speaking and writing. An

award-winning investigative reporter, she worked to make the world a better place. Her insatiable curiosity led her to read voraciously and travel widely in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, and Europe. While in Boulder Julie fell in love with nature – hiking, running, meditating, and beginning her life journey of following Tom Brown, Jr., an acclaimed animal tracker and wildlife expert. Despite her accomplishments, Julie loved simplicity, love, and kindness. Julie was thoughtful, kind, and generous – always there to listen and support people who were lonely, sad or suffering. She was preceded in death by her brother, Raymond James (1968); parents, James (2016) and Nancy (1996); and nephew, James Helmuth (2013). She leaves behind her cherished nephew, Jack Benjamin Helmuth.

Collection of late regional editor’s work a 'loving tribute' PALOS HEIGHTS – When Jack Murray died Oct. 23, 2020, his wife, Jessica Loftus, didn't feel comfortable arranging a wake or funeral because of the pandemic. She thought a better idea would be to hold a spring event to celebrate his life because the former regional editor and reporter loved the spring. So Loftus created a book in his honor filled with some of his writings over the years. "Jack of All Words" is available for free at the Palos Park Public Library, 12330 Forest Glen Blvd. Camille Kreicioch, the owner of Golden Shoes at 12212 S. Harlem Ave., is assisting the Palos Heights Women's Club in distributing copies to its members.


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Elise Ford Allen, Peoria’s first Black female newspaper founder, dies PEORIA – What began as words of hope printed on the back of advertising flyers became a lifetime endeavor for Elise Ford Allen, founder of The Traveler Weekly newspaper. Allen died Nov. 3 at her home, at age 100. She made history in 1966 by becoming the first Black woman to publish a newspaper in Peoria. The effort arose from her desire to fight discrimination and to lift up others. Allen’s first editorial appeared on advertising flyers produced by the family's printing company. Her husband, James, ran the presses, and her 10 children distributed the flyers around the community. "When people got the advertisement, they would turn it over and see her work," her daughter, Linda Hollis, said. "It got to the point where they wanted the advertisement not only to see what's on sale at the local five-and-dime, they wanted to read her editorial, and that began to grow from one page to two pages, and it eventually became her newspaper."

'That was her whole goal — to give people hope' People read Allen's editorials because they were insightful and hopeful, Hollis said. "People were clamoring for her work," she said. "She gave people belief that the world was a better place. She believed that all her life. She believed that the pen has power and the words that you speak have power, and if you tell the people the truth and show them how their

actions can harm or help others, then maybe they can do better in life. That was her whole goal: to give people hope, because people who don't have hope have nothing. If she could give them hope, they could make a better day for themselves." Allen touted efforts to end cyclical poverty, which perpetuates discrimination by keeping the poor out of mainstream society. In the 1970s, Allen wrote these words in an editorial: "We not only want to take part in solving our own problems, but also in making the true principles of democracy a living reality to all Americans without regard to race color or creed; the dignity of the individual, and their civil rights must be defended always. The real test today is the ability and desire of all of us to meet Americans as Americans and all peoples as equals." In addition to being Peoria's first Black female newspaper editor, she was also the city's first Black female mayoral candidate. She ran in 1973 on a platform of bringing to light the plight of Peoria's poor. She placed fifth among the eight candidates – otherwise all white men – who ran.

'I wish everyone could experience what we did' Elise Ford was born in Peoria in 1921 into a family of high achievers. Her father was Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford, Peoria's first Black dentist, and her grandfather was Maj. George Ford, a member of the 10th Cavalry – the Buffalo Soldiers, one of the first peacetime, all-Black regiments in the Army – and the first president of the NAACP in Springfield.

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The Fords are descendants of West Ford, who some believe to be the son of America's first president, George Washington. Hollis has done extensive research and written a book on the topic, "I Cannot Tell a Lie: The True Story of George Washington's African American Descendants." Elise Ford was just 18 years old when she met James Allen in 1939. "It was love at first sight, and that was it. They were bonded, from that time on. They stayed together until the day he died. I think they had been married over 65 years," Hollis said. "They were such good parents. They were just awesome to be with. I wish everyone could experience what we did." Allen was a tireless mother who helped with homework and prepared hot meals every day, Hollis said. "I don't know how in the world she did it. She raised 10 children, had a husband who had his own business,

ran a newspaper and took care of a household," Hollis said. "She was a mother first, but also a shrewd businesswoman." From segregation to seeing a Black man elected president over the course of her 100 years, Elise Ford Allen saw many changes. She began life during segregation – she and her siblings weren't allowed to swim in Peoria's public swimming pool unless it was about to be cleaned. In her later years, she saw a Black man become president. "She never thought in her lifetime that she would see it," Hollis said. "She was amazed at it, she made sure she got out to cast her vote, and she encouraged others to vote." Allen's daughter, Angela Henry, began taking over more duties at The Traveler after Allen had a stroke 15 years ago, but Allen never completely relinquished control of the product. In the last five years, as speech became increasingly difficult, Allen communicated with her eyes. "Her eyes spoke volumes," Hollis said. "Just a lift of an eyebrow or a blink of her eye, you knew if you were on the right path or the wrong path." Every week Henry, who was also her mom's caregiver, would discuss what was being published. Henry feels well prepared to take over the reins and keep her mother's legacy alive. "The paper continues. We've got a great, great number of writers who love my mom, and are grateful to be on her platform," Henry said. "Before there was Facebook, before there was social media, there was The Traveler. I think that's why today it's held in such high regard."


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Edward A. Czerwinski NEW LENNOX – Edward A. Czerwinski, 76, of New Lenox passed away Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, at his home. Edward was born in Chicago to the late Albert and Irene Czerwinski. Ed received his B.A. in English from Culver Stockton College in Canton, Missouri. He was editor of the Star Newspaper for many years before eventually becoming the webmaster. Ed enjoyed reading, spending time with family, playing cards with friends, and a good drink. Beloved husband of the late Patricia (nee Sherwood) Czerwinski; loving father of Kerry (Matt) Carey, Steven (Kimberly) Czerwinski, and Jon Czerwinski; cherished Dziadzia of Ben and Katie Carey, Sloane Czerwinski, Amelia and Henry Czerwinski; dear brother of Christine Bana; loved uncle, cousin, and friend.

Carol J. Langjahr PEORIA – Carol J. Langjahr, 80, of Peoria, died Friday, Nov. 12, 2021 in Peoria. She was born on June 10, 1941, in Peoria, a daughter of Albert L. and Eleanor F. (Kroepel) Rosenbohm. She married Dean A. Langjahr on Feb. 27, 1960 in Bartonville. He preceded her in death on June 26, 2008 in Carol Langjahr Peoria. Carol worked in the Advertising Department for the Peoria Journal Star for more than 20 years, retiring in 2005. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Peoria and a former member of St. John Lutheran Church in Bartonville, where she was an active volunteer for both churches. Carol was a member of the Peoria Farm Bureau and was an active volunteer for Susan G. Komen over

the years. Carol is survived by her two children, Sherry L. (Robert) Wear of Keller, Texas, and Greg D. (Wendy) Langjahr of Hartsville, South Carolina; four grandchildren, Lauren and Bert Wear of Keller, Texas, and Nathan and Nicholas Langjahr of Hartsville, South Carolina. She was also preceded in death by her parents. Memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen. Online condolences may be left for Carol's family at www. davison¬fulton.com.

Rose M. Thomas OREGON – Rose Marie Thomas, 93, of Oregon, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon, following an extended illness. Rose was born Nov. 25, 1927, in Oregon, the daughter of Lawrence and Ruth Martin. She graduated from Oregon High School in 1945, and married Robert L. "Ollie" Thomas on October 27, 1946. They spent much of their early life together in agriculture, first living and working at the Ogle County Poor Farm, where Ollie's father, Ralph Thomas, served as superintendent, and later on a dairy farm west of Oregon in Rockvale Township. During this time, Rose also worked for the Ogle County Soil Conservation Service. In 1965, she accepted a position with Woods Equipment Company, working in the credit department. She retired in 1992 as Credit Manager. Following retirement, Rose worked part-time for Shaw Media as a receptionist in the office of the Ogle County Republican Reporter, and volunteered with the Ogle County Hospice Association and the Autumn on Parade festival. She and Ollie loved tending their beautifully manicured and landscaped yards, both at their home on North River Road and later at the home they built on North 6th Street in Oregon.

Rose also adored the many Golden Retrievers they owned over the years,including Annie, the beautiful Golden Lab who was her best friend for the last six years of her life. During her younger days she loved horse riding, and she and Ollie took part in many local trail rides. Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Ollie, who died in 2006. She is survived by sons Rick (Lisa) Thomas and Terry (Earleen) Thomas; grandchildren Christopher (Melanie), Maggie, Stephen (Delaney), Jack, and Charles; and great-grandchildren Henry, Teddy, Charlie, and Patrick. She is also survived by special friends Joy Schuble, June Danekas, and Wes and Liz Sosa and their children, Norah and Wyatt. Also preceding her in death were her parents and four brothers: David, Howard, Jonas, and Lawrence, Jr. Memorials may be made to Serenity Hospice and Home.

Paul Edward Fabris CLINTON – Paul Edward Fabris, 84, of Clinton, died at 1:13 p.m. Nov. 17, 2021, at his family residence in Clinton. Paul was born March 2, 1937, in Creston, the son of John and Vera (Riddell) Fabris. He married Carol Ann Meteer on Aug. 27, 1961. She passed away on Paul Fabris January 18, 2013. Paul was a graduate of Jacksonville Illinois School for the Deaf. He worked at the Clinton Daily Journal from 1981 until 2000. He enjoyed woodworking. Survivors include his children, Donald E. (Julie) Fabris, of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin; Larry L. (Regina) Fabris, of Clinton; four grandchildren, Isaac and Sarah Fabris, of Clinton; and Logan and Lauren Fabris, of Fond du Lac; brother, Robert (Betsy) Fabris, of La Moille, Illinois; and half-sister, Susie Davidson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, John; and one half-brother, Wendell Davidson. Memorials may be directed to the Clinton Community YMCA. Online condolences may be made at Calvertmemorial.com.

John Nicholas "Nick" Goodban ELMHURST – John Nicholas "Nick" Goodban was born Dec. 23, 1941, in Hong Kong, 2 days before the Japanese captured the British colony. He died November 1, 2021 from complications related to Alzheimer's. His parents and he, who were British subjects, were held Nick Goodban captive until the end of WWII. After attending boarding schools in England, Nick immigrated to the U.S. where he attended graduate school at the University of Illinois, Urbana. He later became a U. S. citizen. Nick was Senior Vice President for Philanthropy at the Tribune McCormick Foundation and was the recipient of numerous awards related to the support of charitable organizations in Chicago. He was known for his kindness and energy, a humanitarian who had a concern for and interest in everyone. His outside interests included being first cellist for the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, also serving as its president; a member of the Elmhurst Chorale Union and an occasional soloist; an instructor for a BMW highspeed driving school; and a finisher of a number of marathons and triathlons. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald and Mary Goodban, and is survived by his wife, Marjorie; daughters, Joanna and Caroline of in Colorado; and younger siblings, Diana, of Scotland, Katharine, of Wales, and David, of England.


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Joseph Musser GONZALEZ – Joseph “Joe” Leroy Musser, 86, died Oct. 5, 2021, on his Gonzales County, Texas, farm. Joe was born in 1936 to Joe and Nelly Musser in Morton Grove. His family moved to Rockford when he was 4 years old. Joe grew up in Rockford, working hard even as a child and youth to help support his family. He graduated from Rockford East High. During his life, he lived in Rockford, various areas of Chicago, California and Texas. While a junior in high school, he was recommended for a position as a writer with the Rockford Morning Star newspaper. He was the sports reporter who covered the Rockford Peaches women's baseball team. After high school, Joe worked for various companies doing a wide variety of work. At the age of 23, Joe fully dedicated his life's work to God, wanting to do only work that glorified his Lord and Savior. This decision took him in many, many directions working with a host of amazing people. He had a unique talent for listening to someone's story and then being able to write it in their voice. He collaborated with many in this way and also did his own original work. Joe wrote over 65 books and had a dozen books on the New York Times Bestseller List including several that were #1. His books and movies included Tom Skinner's "Black and Free," "The Tommy John Story," "Joni," six books with Col. Oliver North – "War Stories, I, II and III" and the novels "Mission Compromised," "The Assassins", and "Jericho Sanction," "Patty Anglin's "Acres of Hope," "Fire On the Hills," "The Shepherd of Times Square," "Josh; The Excitement of the Unexpected," "Restoring A Loving Marriage" "Behold a Pale Horse." Radio, TV and movies are all a part of Joe's extensive work. Additionally, he served in the Army National Guard of Illinois and was a Reserve of the Army. Joe served on the board of directors for

Bibles For The World for almost 40 years, working to distribute millions of Bibles around the world. Joe was married to his first wife Nancy Green Musser (1937-2009) for 53 years. They had Joseph Musser six children and six grandchildren. In 2014, Joe married Mira Kirkland of San Antonio, and they moved to Texas. Survivors include his wife, Mira Kirkland Musser of Cost, Texas; children, Kerry Musser, Kevin Musser (Dieunn), Bruce Musser, David Musser, and Laurinda Nelson (David); stepchildren, Annie Walther (Patrick), Kate Siegel; as well as five grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren. Joe was pre-deceased by his first wife, Nancy; their infant daughter, Laurel Joy; his brothers, Bill "Butch" and Ken; sister, Marlene; and his infant granddaughter, Hannah Joy. Surviving siblings include Rosemary Wayman, Alice Hale (Larry) and Walt Musser (Becky). The family requests that donations be made to Bibles for the World, BFTW.org or Josh McDowell Ministries, josh.org,

Leo Floros MOUNT PROSPECT – Leo Floros, 94, formerly of Mount Prospect, passed away Oct. 30, 2021. Leo spent his career in journalism at the Chicago Sun-Times and public relations at Selz Seabolt and Associates. He contributed many years of public service to Mount Prospect as a school board member, village trustee and numerous commissions Leo Floros and committees. Beloved husband of the late Lillian Floros. Loving father of Carol (Carol Koszola) Floros and Nancy (Greg) Rajanen. Cherished grandfather of Adam (Michelle Ubau)

Rajanen and Krista (Scott Tharp) Rajanen, and great grandchildren Leo, Grace, and Auggie. Fond uncle of many. Leo was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Paraskevi Floros, and siblings, Gus Floros and Jenny Floros.

Betty J. Lash FREMONT – Betty J. Lash, 89, died Nov. 6, 2021. Born in the small town of Poy Sippi, Wisconsin, the daughter of the late Ervin and Clara (Lautenbach) Fink, she was a farm girl and loved animals, although not the dairy cows for their 5 a.m. milking. She graduated with a journalism degree Betty Lash from University of Wisconsin and was a huge Wisconsin fan. She worked in journalism in Philadelphia, Milwaukee and later Chicago, where she met her husband, Robert CLash. She loved to travel, hike and quilt. She donated many of her quilts to children in need through Project Linus. Betty was the beloved wife of the late Robert C. Lash (1998); and loving mother of the late Robert John "R.J." Lash (2010). She is survived by her son, Christopher (Ellen) Lash; R.J.'s wife and their daughter, JoLynn and Samantha Lash; and many friends who loved her dearly.

Lori J. McFalls LASALLE – Lori J. McFalls, 68, a former Memphis City Schools English teacher, died Nov. 10, 2021, at Methodist Hospice Residence. She was born Aug. 6, 1953, in LaSalle, to Theodore and Bonnie Wachowiak. She graduated from the University of Illinois in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She worked for The Pantagraph in Bloomington before moving to Memphis in 1980

to join The Commercial Appeal, working as a copy editor, news editor and librarian. In 1983, she married Richard McFalls, also a Commercial Appeal copy editor, and their daughter, Sarah, was born in 1985. Volunteering at Snowden School and with the school's Partners in Education led her to leave journalism for teaching. She enrolled at the University of Memphis in 1993, beginning what would be a 22-year career in classrooms at Trezevant High School, White Station Middle School and White Station High School. She taught Honors and CLUE English, and an AP Seminar course. While cultivating skill in the English language and an appreciation of its literature, her primary goal was to make her students into thinkers. She pushed them to be their best instead of "the best" and encouraged them to understand the difference. Public encounters with former students never failed to elicit profuse thanks for the impact she had on their lives. She retired from White Station High in 2018. Outside the classroom, she loved popular culture, art, old Hollywood movies, Broadway musicals, reading, cooking and "Jeopardy" (she was a contestant in 1987 and would treat students to a screening of the episode at the end of the school year). In addition to spending time with her family, life's pleasures included freshly fallen snow, a good piece of dark chocolate, her mother's potato salad, Thanksgiving stuffing, "Little Women," and a competitive game of Scrabble. The family deeply appreciates the expert and compassionate care given by the nurses and aides of Baptist Trinity Home Care & Hospice and Methodist Hospice Residence. She is survived by her husband, Richard McFalls of Memphis; her daughter, Sarah McFalls (Hunter Deacon) of Knoxville, Tennessee; her sister, Becky Havens of Peru, and a nephew, Alex (Laura) Havens of Seward, Arkansas. Memorials may be sent to Literacy Mid¬South and A Step Ahead Foundation.


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Clinton Tucker COLLINSVILLE – Clinton Lee Tucker, 84 of Collinsville, born April 15, 1937, in Granite City, died Friday, July 30, 2021, at his residence surrounded by family. Clint graduated from Collinsville High School in 1955. He married the love of his life, Gloria Jean Lutz, on Feb. 27, 1960, and she preceded him in death. He worked as a newspaper pressman for many years, printing papers for the St. Louis

Post-Dispatch and the former St. Louis Globe Democrat among others. He also worked at Fairmount Park Racetrack for most of his life, starting in his teens and reluctantly Clinton Tucker retiring at 82. He loved working there and made many friends over the years. Clint loved cracking jokes and telling stories, always with a twinkle in his eye … never embellishing or

exaggerating, of course. He enjoyed making people laugh, and always kept his sense of humor. So many people at the track – coworkers and patrons alike – knew and loved "Tuck", as they called him. In his younger years he enjoyed bowling and took home many trophies. A true sports fan, he loved to take trips with his buddies to go see the Chiefs play in Kansas City, and rarely missed seeing a Cardinals or Blues game. He is loved and missed by all. He is survived by his three

children, Diane Tucker of Collinsville, Clinton (Liza) Tucker of Collinsville, and Sam (Bee) Tucker of Chicago; three grandchildren, Gage (Kelsey), Isabella and Alyssa; one greatgrandchild on the way; a brother, Del (Dee) Tucker of Goose Creek, South Carolina; a sister, Carol Juenger of O'Fallon; numerous nieces and nephews; and two granddogs, Loki and Moe. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Elmo and Aleene (nee Gantt) Tucker.

'Tenacious' attorney and longtime columnist Judge dies CHICAGO – For attorney Jay S. Judge, it wasn't enough to win cases for his clients. He wanted to help others better understand the law and its intricate details by writing for multiple publications, including his bimonthly column Federal Courts, which appeared in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin for more than 30 years. "No matter what were the deadlines, he would keep up with the articles," said Steve Judge, Jay's youngest son and partner in his father's firm, Judge, James, Hoban & Judge LLC. "He loved to run into someone who would bring up something he wrote in the article. I think that made it all worthwhile." Jay Judge died July 5, 2021, at the age of 81. He was working until his death, writing motions from his hospital room. Judge started his Park Ridge law firm in 1971, just one year after graduating from John Marshall Law School. He attended law school in the evenings while working full-time as an insurance claims adjuster. His work experience helped him find his niche as a trial, appellate and insurance coverage attorney. Judge's clients were often public entities that he defended. He never shied away from an opportunity to take his case to trial, said Kathy James. She worked with Judge for more than 40 years, starting while she was still in law school, accepting a fulltime position after graduation and later becoming a partner. She said through every step, Judge was there to mentor. "Jay was wonderful about giving people opportu-

nities to go, to do," James said. And she added, when anyone from the firm won their case, Judge celebrated with one of his original poems, handwritten on one of the firm's large flip boards, containing facts from the case interjected with some humor and always with a rhyming cadence. Jay Judge "He was very proud," James said. "Every accomplishment for the firm was an accomplishment for him because he mentored and brought us to where we were." While Judge relished his role as an advocate for his clients, he found a great love of writing including his column for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. "Jay was one of our most prolific and widely read contributors," said Peter Mierzwa, president and publisher of Law Bulletin Media. "His analysis of federal court decisions in a variety of cases revealed his love of the law, which he shared through his insightful columns in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin for the past 30 years, totaling over 900 articles. He will be dearly missed." Judge also wrote the column Ready for Defense in Township Perspective magazine, published by the Township Officials of Illinois. "I always looked forward to reading his articles because they are substantive," said attorney Craig Tobin, of Tobin & Munoz LLC. "His columns helped a lot of people. It helped a lot of lawyers." Tobin said when it came to Judge's columns in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, he would keep it

relevant, discussing current cases, issues in the law and an analysis of the courts while also bringing in historical basis. "He was a scholar of the law. That's why his articles were so well read," Tobin said. "He was a prolific writer and that is what made him a terrific lawyer. He had a passion for following the law and finding it fascinating." Tobin added Judge was the kind of person that could relate to all different types of people – in the courtroom and in life. "He had a very uplifting spirit, but it didn't make him any less tenacious," Tobin said. During his 50-year law career, Judge fought hard to defend his clients, known for his meticulous handwritten notes, opening and closing arguments, which were infused with various color highlighters and markers. He often asked assistants to type up the notes later so that he could share them with his partners, James said. And when the past year moved work to online, he straddled his old ways, continuing to go into the office daily, while embracing the opportunity to use Zoom to argue motions, she said. Judge's Park Ridge office was truly a second home, so much so that he married his wife, Deborah, in a ceremony on the office property. Steve Judge said the family decided to celebrate his life with a memorial service at the firm, in a manner his father would have appreciated: surrounded by family, friends and associates.


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Edward Ed" Robert Bonacorsi Eva Murphy PORT CHARLOTTE, Florida – Edward "Ed" Robert Bonacorsi, 90, of Port Charlotte, Florida, passed away July 16, 2021, after a valiant battle with lung cancer. He was home with his loving family. Ed was born in Oglesby on July 12, 1931, to Edward Ed Bonacorsi and Emma (Perino) Bonacorsi. Throughout his 90 years, Ed was a man of many talents and had a variety of hobbies. He graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1949. Thereafter, he attended and graduated from Saint Louis College of Pharmacy in 1952. He was soon the owner of two pharmacies in Jerseyville. He was a successful businessman, restaurant owner and enjoyed managing Bonacorsi homes in his retirement. He was an artist with the stroke of his pen, as he wrote as a staff columnist for many newspapers. Ed had an impeccable taste for food and was an excellent chef. He was undoubtedly known for his famous Eddys Fried Chicken. He was a lifetime member of many organizations, including the Elks, Moose and most recently the AMVets. Ed is survived by his wife, Patricia A. (Henderson) of 65 years; son, Robert of North Port, Florida; granddaughter, Ashley (Kyle); greatgrandchildren Isaac and Ameila; brother, William (Kaye) of LaGrange, Georgia. He was preceded in death by his sister, Irene Spinning (Bonacorsi) and brother, Donald. Please consider donating in his name to the AMVet Department of Florida Service Foundation, 1529 Aqueduct Lane, Key Largo, FL 33037.

CARMEL, Indiana – Eva Lee (Stief) Murphy, 98, died June 15th, 2021, in Carmel. She was born Sept. 16, 1922, at St. Luke's Hospital in St. Louis to Charles and Beatrice (Traubel) Stief Jr. Eva Lee was a graduate of East St. Louis High and attended the Miss Hickey School. She was a member of the Ainad Belles, the Excelsior Club, the Junior Service Club, the P.E.O, and the First United Methodist Church in O'Fallon. Eva was employed as the society editor of the Metro East Journal during the years her husband served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific. There are so many things to know about this beautiful matriarch. She lived 99 ½ years and said she must still be around because God had some work left for her to do. She was the mother of two boys, David (Lee Longerich) and Paul (Pam Hanson), and the grandmother to Erin, Chad (Rachel Crain), Ryan (Melissa Franzen), Jack (Rachel Schwartzman) and Patrick Murphy as well as Brady (Aleia) and Courtney Hanson. She was a great-grandmother to Patricia Green (Matt), Tucker, Dakota, Malachai, Aurora, Payten and Carlie Murphy, as well as Maxx and Olivia Hanson. In addition, she was a bonus grandmother to Kyle and Kaleigh Fischer and so many more. In God's magic she was a great-greatgrandmother to Remmington Green. She was laid to rest next to her husband, Jack Murphy, and her eldest son, David.

Carl Lawrence Peterson GURNEE – Carl Lawrence Petersen, 91, of Beach Park, went home to be with the Lord on July 14, 2021, at Gurnee Place. He was born Oct. 21, 1929, in Waukegan to the late John Lawrence

and Anna Kristen (nee Jorgensen) Petersen. On Feb. 12, 1972, in Waukegan, Carl married the love of his life, Janet (nee Nelson). He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving Carl Peterson during WWII, and later served in the Navy Reserves. Carl worked as a printer for the Waukegan News Sun, the Herald American, and the Chicago Tribune. He is survived by his loving family: his devoted wife of 49 years, Janet Petersen; daughter and son-in-law, Andrea and Dan Inman; son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Laura Stephens; five grandchildren, Ashley (Christopher) Bouchard, Erin (Nick) Ruggiero, Tyler Inman, Emma (Jonathan) Cramer, and Thea (Carsten) Colburn; seven greatgrandchildren, Evan, Olivia, and Levi Bouchard, Rainen and Osher Cramer, Keena and Cohen Colburn; one sister, Anna Lucille Mahncke; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Carl was preceded in death by his four brothers and three sisters-in-law, William (Grace) Petersen, Ingolf (Use) Petersen, Robert Petersen, Walter (Ann) Petersen; and one brother-in-law, Robert Mahncke. In Carl's loving memory, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gurnee Community Church, www. gcchome.org.

Margery Guba Wiedrich HILTON HEAD, S.C. – Margery Guba Wiedrich, 90, passed away peacefully Aug. 10, 2021, while in hospice care at the Life Care Center of Hilton Head, South Carolina. Margery was born April 16, 1931, in Gary, Indiana, to Andrew and Mary Guba. She is one of 14 brothers and sisters. Margery moved to Chicago, attended college at Northwestern University and

worked for many years at The Chicago Tribune newspaper. Margery held the positions of executive secretary, assistant to the Editorial Board reporting to Margery Wiedrich Don Maxwell, and executive secretary to the director of the Chicago Musicland Festival reporting to Philip Maxwell. Margery met her husband of 50 years, Robert C. Wiedrich, syndicated columnist, journalist and author while working at the Chicago Tribune. They lived in Chicago including the Rogers Park and Sauganash neighborhoods during their married life. In later years, Margery lived at The Summit of Uptown in Park Ridge, until moving to Hilton Head in May 2021. Margery loved her family, friends, fine dining and travel. She and Robert were world travelers and enjoyed their many escapades together. She had a wonderful sense of style, was an excellent cook and consummate hostess. Margery will be remembered for her generous, loving and fighting spirit. Margery is survived by stepdaughter Karen (Gene) Chamberlain of Hilton Head, SC; son-in-law Lynn Ruemler; grandchildren Emily Ruemler (Matt) McDanel, Kelsey Ruemler (Cody), Alex Chamberlain, Liz Chamberlain; and greatgrandchildren Arianna Ruemler, Lilly McDanel, Noah McDanel; brothers Bud (Doreen) Guba, Ted Guba; and many loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, in 2012; her stepdaughter, Deborah Ruemler, in 2017; her parents; and 11 siblings. Donations in memory of Margery Guba Wiedrich can be made to The American Cancer Society at donate3. cancer.org.


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Mayor Daley's late press secretary later penned memoir CHICAGO – Francis J. "Frank" Sullivan was press secretary to Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley for the final 4 years of his life and later wrote of his time with Daley in a 1989 book, "Legend." Sullivan, 91, died June 18, 2021, in a suburban nursing facility following a year of declining health, said his daughter, Molly. Born in Evanston, Sullivan was the grandson of Francis J. Sullivan, who served two terms in the state House in the early 1900s. Sullivan grew up in the Edgewater neighborhood, graduated from Loyola Academy in 1946 and received a bachelor's degree from Loyola University in Chicago. During college, Sullivan worked in 1949 for NBC's Chicago studios as a page. After graduating from Loyola, he served in the Army before going to work for his father's insurance company, his daughter said. In 1956, the Chicago Sun-Times hired him as a straw poll staffer. He soon was promoted to reporter, and he first covered criminal courts, and then,

Barbara Bank Swanson FARMINGTON HILLS, Michigan – Barbara Bank Swanson, 64, passed away peacefully Aug. 12, 2021. She was surrounded by her loving family. Barbara was born on June 22, 1957, in Philadelphia to Bill and Celia (Bunny) Bank. With her three older brothers and two younger sisters, the house was always abuzz. The family moved to Southfield, Michigan, while Barbara was in high school. After graduation, she attended Michigan State University where she majored in communications. She cut her teeth in media when she worked for the State News, MSU's newspaper. After graduation, she married Dale Swanson in 1979 then they moved to Chicago for her job with the Chicago Tribune. While achieving an MBA from Loyola University Chicago, she would stay at the Tribune for 27 years where she rose to the position of vice

starting in 1964, covered City Hall. "I remember him telling me he loved politics," his daughter said. "He was always in pursuit of knowledge and ideas, and when you're a reporter you're always in pursuit. And he liked criminal courts because that's where Frank Sullivan the action always was, and with City Hall, it was the same." In 1967, Daley asked Sullivan to become a press aide to the appointed Cook County state's attorney, John Stamos, who was making a bid for election. The job was short-lived, as Stamos never was officially slated for the office. Then, at Daley's request, Sullivan in March 1968 joined the Chicago Police Department, where he launched the department's news affairs office and served as director of public information for the next four years, regularly reporting to the mayor. Sullivan was thrust into the spotlight in the summer of 1968 amid the riots during the Democratic National Convention, when police officers

president of Classified Advertising Sales. A career transition led her briefly to work at AR systems, then she became senior vice president of Advertising and Marketing for the Barbara Swanson Chicago Sun Times. Ever the driven worker, she took an opportunity out west in Portland, Oregon, where she became the vice president of Sales and Marketing at the Oregonian. After 4 years, she started a chapter of Club Z tutoring and served as its co-owner and area director for 2 years before retirement. Known as "Barb" by her family and close friends, she was not only a driven leader, mentor, and friend but also a person dedicated to service. She lived by the principles of Tikkun Olam (Repair the World). She raised her sons Greg and Kenny in Wilmette and instilled in them her same commitment to service.

indiscriminately beat protesters and members of the media in what a national commission later called a "police riot." He forcefully defended the department's actions. "When clubs are swung, blood is shed," Sullivan said at an August 1968 news conference. "It's unfortunate but necessary." Sullivan moved to the mayor's office in 1972 and became Daley's press secretary the next year, replacing Earl Bush. He sparred with reporters as the U.S. Justice Department indicted eight aldermen, a Cook County Circuit Court clerk, a Cook County clerk, two Chicago police commanders, a former Illinois governor and Bush himself for various alleged crimes. Daley suffered a stroke in May 1974 and did not come to City Hall for 4 months. Sullivan recalled in 1977 that during that Daley's illness, the mayor told him, "It was easy to be with me when times were good. You have stood with me when times have been hard."

To Barb, service was not an option but an obligation. She dedicated uncountable time and money to multiple charitable organizations. She championed multiple causes over the years. For over a decade, she was on the board of directors for the Greater Chicago Food Depository and made a point to bring Greg and Kenny to volunteer in food packing. It was Barb's mission to alleviate hunger in Chicagoland and touched countless lives. While living in Portland, she served as a board member of the Oregon Food Pantry for 8 years. She additionally worked extensively on the Go Red Campaign for the American Heart Association, American Stroke Association in both Chicago and Oregon/Southwest Washington, for a time serving as Chairperson. While living in Chicago, she also gained many irreplaceable friends. She was always there for her many close friends, always present in their lives and those of their children.

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Her friends, in turn, were there for her in her darkest hours as well. When she fell ill, she moved in with her sister, Rhonda, and brother-inlaw, Lance. They cared for her with love until her final days. Her sons, nieces, and nephews were constantly at her side. She was always caring and did what was right, even when it was the more difficult route. She was worldly and traveled to get to know a new place and new people. She was a professional mentor to many women. She always put her family first, and none of us would be where we are without her help and influence. Barb was the dear mother of Greg Swanson (fiancee Lauren Klees) and Kenneth (Alley) Swanson. Loving grandmother of Leo Swanson. Devoted sister of Robert (Anita) Bank, Allen Bank, Rhonda (Lance) Segal, Helaine Goodman and the Late Howard Roseman. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and many other friends and family.


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Raymond Foli ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – Ray Armando Foli, 88, died August 7, 2021 at Northwest Community Hospital with his wife and family at his side. He was born July 11, 1933, in Johnston City to Antonio and Josephine. Born to Italian immigrant parents, he was very proud of his Italian heritage. His family moved to Chicago's old town neighborhood on Sedgwick street and he attended high school at DePaul University Academy. He loved being a city kid and it was during those school years when Ray acquired his first camera. In 1957, Ray began his 40-year career with United Press International as a photojournalist in news and sports. He covered all Chicago sports teams, City Hall politics and national political conventions. He attended six Olympics, numerous World Series, Super Bowl XX, MLB Spring Training camps, and six Chicago Bulls championships. He loved being in the action and above all being with his fellow photogs. What great times they had together. Ray loved golfing and giving lessons to the kids, sketching cartoons for

his grandchildren, the St. Louis Cardinals and Frank Sinatra. But most of all, he was most happy being home with Eileen, his loving wife and best friend for 50 years. A cherished Raymond Foli husband, father and grandfather, he will always be in our hearts and fill our homes with his unwavering courage, his smile and laughter and his own "Ray Foli style." Rest in peace, Papa ... Ray is survived by his loving wife, Eileen (nee O'Shea) Foli; his children, Pamela Koenig and Michael (Tina) Foli, Erin (Jordan) Pockross; his grandchildren, Stephanie (Eddie), Andrea, Timothy (Nicole), Josh, Megan (Riley), Quinn, Lennon; his great grandchildren, Kade, Rose, Kolby and Riley Jr; his sister-in-law, Maureen O'Shea; his niece, Leann Eichelman. He was preceded in death by his parents, Antonio and Josephine, spouse, Marguerite (nee Connor) Foli, and brother, Lawrence (late Lorraine) Foli. In lieu of flowers, memorial con¬tributions may be given to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

William "Bill" Lydon HUNTLEY – William "Bill" Lydon, 81, died peacefully Aug. 25, 2021, with his family by his side. Bill was born July 29, 1940, the son of Coleman and Catherine Lydon. On Sept. 10, 1960, he married his sweetheart and wife of 61 years, Carolyn Riffner. Bill worked hard all of his life, first in the sporting goods business and later for the Wall Street Journal, but his true passion was coaching. He coached at Queen of All Saints and made many impactful connections with his students and continued to provide mentorship off the field and court. Besides being a Cubs fan, Bill was an avid golfer, finding his peace (and sometimes ire) on the golf course. He loved playing with his family and friends. His brother, son,and best friend frequently made up his foursome. When taking time to relax at home, you'd usually find him watching his Cubbies on TV or catching players teeing off from his kitchen table, as he had fulfilled his dream and made it to Del Webb, where he had a great view of the fifth hole. The move to Del Webb fostered many great friendships throughout the later years for him and Carolyn. Bill's greatest

joy was his family,and he truly adored all his grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.Bill was an incredible husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He treasured a lifelong Bill Lyndon brotherhood with his childhood friends that continued through all his days,and now he will be welcomed by those who preceded him. He will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege to know him. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Carolyn; his caring children, Michael (Susan) Lydon, Bill (Kathy) Lydon, Karen (Jeff) Fredrickson, and Sharon (Bob) Horvath; his doting grandchildren,Tara (Chris), Ashley, Shaina (Doug), Breanna (Danny), Kevin (Jade), and Kendall; his greatgrandchildren, Max, Cruz, Camden, Etta, Bryce, Gio, Dahlia, Rowan, and Liana; his siblings, John (Paulette) Lydon, Michael, Kathy (Norm) Kehl, Peggy (Tom) Kleinschmidt, Pat (Karen) Lydon, Dan (MaryLou) Lydon and Jim (Tyra) Lydon; and by many nieces and nephews. Online condolences may be directed to defiorefuneral.com.

SULLIVAN Continued from Page 28 Sullivan continued working with Daley after the mayor won reelection with almost 78 percent of the vote in April 1975. On a frigid Monday, Dec. 20, 1976, Daley collapsed on his way to lunch and was taken to the office of his private physician on North Michigan Avenue. After suffering a massive heart attack, Daley was pronounced dead in his doctor's office, and in an alley where an ambulance was backed up to a loading dock to take the mayor's body away, it fell to Sullivan to make the announcement. "I am sorry to inform you and the people of Chicago that Mayor Richard J. Daley is dead," Sullivan told reporters. Sullivan remained press secretary for Daley's successor, Michael Bilandic before leaving City

Hall in April 1977. At that time, he told the Tribune that he believed Daley "did more for Chicago than all of his critics and opponents combined." "It was a great adventure working for Mayor Daley for almost nine years," Sullivan said. "It was truly the last hurrah." Sullivan formed his own public relations firm, Frank Sullivan and Associates, and represented various clients over the next decade-plus, including the village of Berwyn, Cook County Assessor Thomas Hynes and former Chicago Park District Superintendent Edmund Kelly. In 1985, Sullivan resurrected Avenue M magazine, paying $20,000 to the estate of the previous owner. The magazine was aimed at moneyed North Side residents, with a mix of stories about the area's tony

retailers and socialites but also articles about Sullivan's own twin interests, journalism and politics. Also in 1989, Sullivan published "Legend," a 258page memoir about his years working with Daley. Sullivan stopped publishing Avenue M about 1990. After that, he did some consulting and ghostwrote several books, including for Holocaust survivors who had wanted their family history memorialized for their children, his daughter said. He also ghost-wrote a book for a prominent Chicago developer, she said. During retirement, Sullivan divided his time between Florida and Chicago. He wrote letters to the editor and kept up with old associates, including those in the news business, Molly Sullivan said. Sullivan also self-published his autobiography, "A Few Thoughts on the Road to 90," she said.


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Versatile Trib reporter Sylvia Shepherd dies at 89 CHICAGO – Sylvia Shepherd covered neighborhood news and worked in the Chicago Tribune's educational services group, which produced a section designed to teach children how to read and use the Tribune in conjunction with their classwork. Shepherd, 89, died June 25. 2021, of complications from a February stroke at Northwest Health – La Porte Hospital in La Porte, Indiana, said Dee DeVincent, a friend who lived with Shepherd. Born in Michigan City, Indiana, Shepherd moved with her family to Chicago as a child and then moved to La Porte. She graduated from La Porte High School and then earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and English from Indiana University in 1955. After college, Shepherd was hired as a general assignment reporter at the Indianapolis Star. In July 1959, the Tribune hired Shepherd as a neighborhood news reporter. In

January 1965, Shepherd shifted to covering the Loop and being based in the State of Illinois building. "She was inspired by the foreign correspondent Ernie Sylvia Shepherd Pyle during World War II," said noted author Jean Carper, a longtime friend. "She was very determined, and she never wanted to do anything other than have a career in journalism." One of Shepherd's regular features was writing a column, "Dog of the Week," profiling a dog that was available for adoption from the Animal Welfare League. Former Tribune reporter Jane Hawley, who replaced Shepherd covering the Loop, wrote in an email that she remembers Shepherd as being older and more experienced than the typical neighborhood news reporter. "I remember her as a kind, knowledgeable professional," Hawley

wrote. "I think my time in that office was comfortable in part because she had already established friendly-butprofessional norms." In 1964, Tribune reporter Casey Banas helped form the Tribune's education services group, and Shepherd joined the unit in mid 1965. "She really enjoyed the idea of trying to get kids into the newspaper," DeVincent said. "That was her thing ever since she was 13." Shepherd's work also continued to appear in the Tribune. In February 1967, she was the author of a long article in a 31-page section about the infamous snowstorm that had paralyzed Chicago just a month earlier. "The true realization of what the storm would cost in misery came as rush-hour traffic tried to crawl out of the city, and the roads became tortuous paths fit only for toboggans and dog sleds," Shepherd wrote. Carper said Shepherd preferred having more time to really delve into a subject than the daily reporting

grind had offered her. "(Education services) was a place where she could do more long-form pieces," Carper said. After taking an early retirement from the Tribune in 1987, Shepherd worked as a freelance writer for several publications. In 1996, Shepherd and DeVincent moved from Lombard to La Porte. Shepherd had always been fascinated by the local lore surrounding female serial killer Belle Gunness, who murdered at least 14 people in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. After two years of research, Shepherd in 2001 published the 258-page book "The Mistress of Murder Hill: The Serial Killings of Belle Gunness," a look at the case that draws on historical documents. "Sylvia's parents always talked about Belle Gunness," DeVincent said. "So Sylvia decided one day she was going to write a book about her." Shepherd also is survived by a sister.

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love of his life, Frances Cheek, who preceded him in death in 2016. He enjoyed watching any Illini sport, as well as Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears. Listening to "old" country and bluegrass was what he enjoyed after he was unable to read and work crossword puzzles due to health limitations. He is survived by a stepdaughter, Billie Sue Robbins, of Monticello; stepson, Lloyd Elmore, of LeRoy; niece, Sandy Schulz of Westville; and nephew, Ronald Shafer, of Franklin Park. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Howard, and nephew, David Shafer. Memorials may be made to Faith in Action in Monticello. Condolences may be sent to the family at www. mackeywrightfuneralhome.com.

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also did radio spots for WGCY in Gibson City. Jim was happiest when he was in the bleachers or along the sidelines watching his kids' activities and the games/ events he was covering. James Cotter Jim coached his kids in tee-ball, baseball, softball and basketball. Jimis also survived by his children, Elena Kae Cotter of Normal and Austin James Cotter and Caleb Addison Cotter, both of St. Joseph; a brother, Robert (Ronda) Cotter of Piper City; three nephews, Kenny and John Cotter of Piper City and Nick Miller of Rochelle; one niece, Hannah Miller of Weldon; his mother, Frances Cotter of Piper City; and his in-laws, Roger and Betty Gronewald of Royal.

MONTICELLO – Ralph E. "Shorty" Shafer, 95, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021 at the Piatt County Nursing Home in Monticello. A lifelong resident of Monticello, “Shorty” was born April 24, 1926, at home, son of H. Russell and Ona (Breeden) Shafer. He was a graduate of Monticello High School in 1944 and was captain of the winning basketball team in the Okaw Valley Tournament the same year. “Shorty” was drafted into the U.S. Navy shortly after graduation and spent 2 years in the Philippines. Following his time in the service, he began working at The Kankakee Daily Journal and later was a parts manager at several dealerships. On Sept. 22, 1995, he married the

URBANA – James I. Cotter, 55, of St. Joseph, passed away at 7:53 a.m. Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Jim was born July 1, 1966 in Paxton, the son of Kenneth and Frances (Peters) Cotter of Piper City. He married Susan Gronewald on July 18, 1992. She survives. To know Jim was to love Jim. He was an avid Cubs, Illini and St. JosephOgden Spartan Fan. He worked for more than 30 years in the University of Illinois Library system. In the evenings and weekends, Jim was a freelance writer covering the Fighting Illini, SJ-O Spartans and other local teams. He wrote for the St. Joseph Leader, St. Joseph Record, Danville Commercial News and Orange and Blue News. He


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Joseph McCray FREEPORT – Joseph McCray, 81, of Mount Carroll, passed away Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport. Joseph was born June 8, 1940, in Mount Carroll, the son of James and Ada (Jones) McCray. He is a 1958 Mount Joseph McCray Carroll High School graduate, and in July 1958, Joe enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving at the Great Lakes Naval Base. Joe enjoyed trapping, going to air shows and Ham Radio, using the call signals N9DLD and NA9VY. He worked as a farmhand and at the old Jolly Green Giant Cannery in Lanark. On June 22, 1973, Joe married Kimberly Pidde at the First Baptist Church in Mount Carroll. They raised five children and celebrated 48 years of marriage. Joe discovered he was pretty good at taking pictures, and he started working for the local paper, the Carroll County MirrorDemocrat. He also took photos for the Carroll County Review. It was never a surprise to see Joe on the sidelines capturing memories at sporting events. He had a special talent at seeing life through the lens of his camera. You could find a friend in Joe; he was always willing to listen … and tell his stories. Family was the most important part of his life. He raised his children to respect the military, especially the Navy. He loved watching his grandchildren thrive in life. Joe shared his many stories with family, friends and strangers, and usually on more than one occasion. He was a member of the Palisades Amateur Radio Club, a volunteer with U.S. Sea Cadets in Dubuque, Iowa, and at Great Lakes. He also volunteered with the Navy RDAC. Joseph will be dearly missed by his wife, Kim McCray of Mount Carroll; their five children, Autumn

McCray of Mount Carroll, Joseph (Julia) McCray of Morrison, Heather Adamec of Milledgeville, Christopher McCray of Fort Meade, Maryland, and Daniel (Katy) McCray of San Diego; 14 grandchildren, Donovan and Nicholas Smith, Daisy Rose McCray, Aaron, Brady and Madison McCray, Isabella and Ashlynn Poisal, Courtney Schmidt, Bridget and Dalton Adamec, Alex, William and Juliette McCray; a sister, Kathleen Woodley of Pekin; a sister-in-law, Iris McCray of Westminster, California; and many nieces, nephews, greatnieces and great-nephews. Joe was preceded in death by both parents, James and Ada McCray; two grandchildren, Logan McCray and Faith Adamec; and four siblings, Virginia (McCray) Gedgate, Robert McCray, Marjorie (McCray) Buckwalter, and Frank Oliver McCray in infancy.

Yvonne "Bonnie" Martinich SHILOH – Yvonne T. "Bonnie" Martinich, 78, of Shiloh, born Aug. 1, 1943, in Cincinnati, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. Bonnie met Ray Sr., the love of her life, working as a flight attendant for Western Airlines out of Salt Lake City, while Ray was stationed at Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah. She later took on the role of an Air Force Officer's wife and raised three wonderful children. Bonnie co-delivered the Belleville News Democrat with her son and youngest daughter from 1982 to 1992 and continued to do so with Ray Sr. until 2006, finally hanging it up after 24 years (probably the longest standing independent paper carrier in News Democrat history). She worked as a Clinique associate for 15-plus years until her first grandchild was born, at which time she started a new beginning as a grandmother. Bonnie later welcomed two additional grandchildren, spending as much time with each as she

could, which included many trips to Indiana and Texas to visit her middle grandchild, Raymond III. Bonnie was a member of the Cathedral of St. Peter Catholic Church in Bonnie Martinich Belleville. She and Ray Sr. volunteered countless hours decorating the church, working Bingo, and assisting with the annual Wurstmarkt. She loved to travel, spend time with family and friends, and always put the needs of others first. Bonnie was a devoted wife, loving mother (mother-in-law), and proud grandmother whose love and nurturing will always be missed! She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Raymond J. Martinich, Sr., whom she married on June 25, 1966, and who died on February 16, 2018; a daughter, Yvonne M. Martinich; her parents, Charles and Vivian, nee Frye, Lussy; two brothers, Robert P. Lussy and Charles H. Lussy; a sister-in-law, Jeanette Martinich; and a brother-inlaw, Frank R. Martinich. She is survived by a son, Raymond J. Jr., (Catherine) Martinich of Fort Worth, Texas; a daughter, Christine M. (Scott) Oldani of O'Fallon; three grandchildren, Dominic Oldani, Raymond J. Martinich III, and Olivia Oldani; a sister-in-law, Mary Anna Lussy of Westminster, California; and nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the Cathedral of St. Peter Catholic Church. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfli.com.

Anna Jean Rhodes ST. ELMO – Anna Jean Rhodes, 92, of St. Elmo, Illinois, died at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 at Aperion Care in St. Elmo. Anna Jean was born May 28, 1929, in Tonkawa, Oklahoma, the daughter of Hobart M. and Mattie B. (Garrett)

Bates. She married her high school sweetheart, Phillip H. Rhodes, on Feb. 6, 1949, in St. Elmo. She was a member of the First United Anna Jean Rhodes Methodist Church in St. Elmo since 1943. She loved to cook and she was a collector of many things; she had more than 2,000 cookbooks and more than 300 nativities. Anna Jean announced the St. Elmo news on the radio and she wrote news articles for several newspapers in the area. She was a volunteer for many things. Anna Jean has been active in the schools, her church, women's clubs, Eastern Star, 4-H, Girl Scouts, Fayette County Home Extension, American Cancer Society drives, and farming organizations, to name a few. After her husband passed away, Anna Jean took over the management of 423 acres of rented farmland and continued his role of selling for Pioneer Seed Co., a position he held for 15 years. She has contributed countless volunteer hours to her community and the county, including the Fayette County Red Cross Board and Diabetes Board, was secretary for Historical Vandalia Museum, and has served as president for various boards, councils, organizations and causes. She has served virtually every position in her church over the years. She was a member of St. Elmo Women's Civic Club beginning in 1954. She received a 16-gallon pin for donating blood to the American Red Cross. To honor her years of volunteer service, Anna Jean was awarded 2015 St. Elmo Citizen of The Year. She is survived by her son, Steven Rhodes (Scott Edmonds) of Chicago; daughter, Phyllis Lea (Prentiss) of Libertyville; and grandchildren, Soo Jin Lea and Chae Rin Lea of Libertyville. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hobart and Mattie Bates; husband, Phillip Rhodes; and brother, McKinley Bates.


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TUSCOLA – Beverly Jo Hastings, 88, of Tuscola, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, at home surrounded by her family. Beverly was born Nov. 4, 1933, in Franklin, Illinois, the daughter of Wilma Hamman Gregory. She was the youngest of five children. She married Robert D. Hastings on Dec. 6, 1952. They were married 43 years prior to his death May 28, 1996. Beverly worked for the

Secretary of State in Springfield after graduating from Meredosia High School. Upon arriving in Tuscola, she was employed by USI Chemical before starting a 48-year career in the newspaper business in 1968. She served as the office manager and publisher for the Tuscola Review until 2005. She then started the Tuscola Journal in 2006, which she sold in 2016, retiring at the age of 83. Tuscola Mayor Dan Kleiss said, "I have

Former Herald-News district manager dies at 58 JOLIET – The poem "One Solitary Life," which is attributed to James Allan Francis, lists the ways Jesus was not "great," according to the world's standards, and yet impacted the world. Likewise, former Joliet resident Walter Jay Henry of Texas, who died Sept. 16, 2021, at age 48, didn't leave behind walls covered with certificates and awards. He left a solid example of his faith in God, which he lived prayerfully and humbly. Through the years, Jay worked in various capacities, including managing a Walmart store and overseeing newspaper carriers at The Herald-News, starting in 2001. The Herald-News named Jay as its January 2004 Employee of the Month. Although Jay had a good work ethic, his wife, DeeDee Henry of Texas, said it was Jay's character and faith that stood out to people, and she hopes that anyone who reads about Jay will be inspired to "walk in faith and come to know Jesus." Chad Henry of New Lenox, Jay's son, echoed DeeDee's sentiments. "He had an unbelievable strength about him," Henry said. "It wasn't the traditional worldly strength

everyone sees or expects. The strength was to be silent or to be humble, which, to me, is more manly than the world describes." DeeDee said when Jay was hospitalized for Walter Jay Henry bacterial pneumonia, all three of his children, Henry, Jillian Leach and Jenni Bradley, rallied to help. Henry "set up camp" outside Jay's window and worked there from his laptop. The plan eventually was to move Jay to a rehabilitation facility to strengthen his lungs, DeeDee said. In fact, Jay had said he was feeling better and let his family know he was praying for them, DeeDee said. Jay's prayerful faith even at his sickest impacted every nurse who cared for Jay, Bradley said. "He touched everybody," she said. DeeDee said Jay's unconditional love for God and for his family, even near the end, was "amazing." "His last words were, 'This is God's will,' " she said. "At the lowest moment of his life and struggling to breathe, he was focused on God.”

known the family all my life and for as long as I can remember going through those doors there on Sale Street, Mrs. Hastings would be sitting at that front counter and you would be greeted by her friendly smile and accommodating attitude. She was the matriarch of news in Tuscola for so many years. I know she will be missed by her family and the entire Tuscola community."

Aurelia 'Pucky' Zimmerman LISLE – Aurelia Mary Zimmerman, age 83, a resident of Villa St. Benedict in Lisle, formerly of Naperville, passed away on Sept. 24, 2021. Aurelia was loved beyond words and always will be. Pucky's life was defined by her throaty laugh, her quick wit, her listening ear, her giving spirit, and her deep faith. Pucky grew up in River Forest with three older brothers whom she adored. She graduated from Trinity High School where she made many lifelong friends. She was a talented artist and earned a degree in art from the University of Illinois. In 1963, she married Jack and had a loving marriage that would later become the foundation for a family of six. They settled in the Cress Creek neighborhood of Naperville, becoming one of the first families to build in Creekside. Pucky worked for over 20 years in the Sun family of newspapers, starting as paste-up for the Lisle Sun and retiring as Business Editor for the Naperville Sun. She was proud to be a hard news reporter and her extensive knowledge of Naperville was invaluable to the newspaper's development. Pucky was a faithful member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, serving as catechist, lector, and the founding editor of SSPP's monthly newsletter, the SSPP Chapel. Pucky was recently elected to the Villa St. Benedict Resident

Council, exemplifying her lifetime of service. In her free time, Pucky loved working in her garden and getting together with friends. She was an incredibly Beverly Jo Hastings loving grandmother attending every grandparents' day celebration, every birthday, and every graduation party. She religiously mailed cards for birthdays, Halloween, and Valentine's Day, even as her children and grandchildren moved around the country. She always had peppermint Mentos to share and was infamously fantastic at Wii bowling, crosswords, Wheel of Fortune, and dancing during Zoom calls. Pucky's impact was larger than life; her wit and love will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was the beloved wife of Jack Zimmerman, mother to Mary (Greg) Afuso, Maggie (Dave) Baer, Tom (Debbie) Zimmerman and Robert (Michelle) Zimmerman, grandmother to Joe, Luke and Paul Afuso, Charlie and Jack Baer, Mary Kate (Harrison) Summerour, Lucy and Liz Zimmerman, daughter of Joe and Claudia McCormick, sister of Tom(Marcia) McCormick, Joe (Margaret) McCormick and Jim (Jane) McCormick, sister-inlaw to Bill (Adele) Zimmerman and Mary Kate (Mike) Hermann, dear aunt, cousin and friend.


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Trailblazing editor of Trib's WOMANEWS loved arts Editor’s note: This feature obituary was first published in the Sept. 20, 2021, edition of the Chicago Tribune CHICAGO – Marjorie David was the first editor of the Tribune's WOMANEWS section, which was launched in 1991 and designed to reflect the changes in the lives of women as they balanced home, family, work and community. David brought a love of arts and culture to her work in editing the paper's various features sections. "She was one of the generally unsung reasons for the paper's greatness, part of a large and deep infrastructure of versatile professionals with the highest standards who kept a complex organism running at peak efficiency," said former Tribune Managing Editor James Warren. David, 74, died Aug. 20, 2021, at NorthShore Evanston Hospital in Evanston, said her brother, Keith Beasley. The cause was sepsis from contracting pneumonia after undergoing an operation to insert a mechanical heart pump, he said. David had suffered from a congenital heart defect and progressive heart disease, he said. Born Marjorie Beasley in Detroit, David attended Monteith College, an experimental college established by Wayne State University in Detroit. She received a bachelor's degree in 1969 from Wayne State, and while at the university worked on the school paper, The SouthEnd. David started out as a copy editor at the Detroit Free Press, and then edited sections devoted to women, homes and gardening. In 1972, David became assistant features editor at the Charlotte Observer, then joined the Tribune in 1976 as a copy editor on the features desk. She

eventually worked on the Friday section as an assistant editor in charge of the know-how, audio-video and photography pages. A photography enthusiast, she also occasionally wrote articles about photography. In 1990, the Tribune's associate Marjorie David editor at the time, Colleen "Koky" Dishon, began devising the concept of a new section on Sundays titled "WOMANEWS," conceived as a more newsy version of the TempoWoman section. "The section's name was printed in capital letters to emphasize that women were making news," David wrote in a reflection in the Tribune in 2005. "WOMANEWS itself became news as pundits weighed in on the merits of a news section for women. … Controversy meant liveliness and dialogue, and the section was … a conversation with readers." Former Tribune Sunday magazine Senior Features Editor Brenda Butler lauded David's "tenacity for getting the job done." "Marjorie was really good at research and at pulling together the studies on which a section like that would be based, in terms of understanding the needs of women, what was lacking, what they weren't getting in newspapers or magazines at that time," Butler said. "She could get the vision and run with that. Koky was the brains behind it, but Marjorie was the one who executed it, and that was a thick section, so she had to build that section every week, and she got some … national writers to contribute. It was a big deal." An avid gardener, David later became assistant

editor of the Tribune's Home & Garden section. "I remember her as a great gardener," former Tribune garden writer Beth Botts said. "She was very detail-oriented and was one of those people at a newspaper who you don't see their bylines, but they make the thing happen every day." "When Marjorie and I worked together over many years in the Tribune's then-Home & Garden section, she not only enriched our pages with her great editing but also graced those of us who worked alongside her with her bright spirit and enthusiasm," said former Tribune Home & Garden Editor Elaine Matsushita. While working for the Tribune, David earned a master's degree in fine arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. After retiring in 2008, David, an avid birder, volunteered at the Field Museum of Natural History, and helped to prepare its avian collection from 2016 until 2020. "She enjoyed traveling, whether her itinerary included Europe's sights or polar bears in Canada," said Margaret Carroll, a former Tribune magazine assistant editor. "Defying ongoing health issues, Marjorie lived with a fierce determination to enjoy each day to the fullest." In 2020, David moved from the Near South Side Dearborn Park area to the Westminster Place retirement community in Evanston. A marriage to Greg David ended in divorce. In addition to her brother, David is survived by another brother, Bryan. David's family is planning a memorial service for next spring.

Longtime Mascoutah Herald race photographer dies MASCOUTAH – Robert "Bob" Junge was one of the Mascoutah Herald's top race photographers at the Indianapolis 500 and the Worldwide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois. He started his love for racing at

the 1955 Indianapolis 500 at the age of 14. Junge would attend more than 56 Indy 500 races during his lifetime. For the past 20 years, Junge has been able to provide the Herald with crash photos, driver photos and

start-of-the-race photos. He enjoyed the ability to tell a story with a picture. On race day, he could spend up to 6-8 hours waiting for the perfect shot. Many races he would take several hundred pictures knowing

only 4-5 would be used. The times traveling to the events will be greatly missed. But the many photos he was able to share over the years with the readers are definitely priceless.


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Cynthia Belt MARSHALL – Cynthia S. "Cindy" Belt, 64, of Paris, died at 4:10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, at Marshall Rehab and Health Care. She was born April 30, 1957, in Terre Haute, Indiana, the daughter of the late Donald E. Belt and Eleanor E. Jones Belt of Paris. She was extremely proud of her title as aunt, and also Fairy Godmother to other children in the community. A 1975 graduate of Paris High School, Belt earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in journalism from Indiana State University in 1979. Upon graduation, she worked as a reporter for the former Paris Beacon-News. She appreciated her association with Edward, Ned and Ernestine Jenison. She considered herself a graduate of the Jenison school of journalism. Belt later left the newspaper to establish the first public relations/marketing department for Paris Community Hospital. After 15 years, she assumed the position of community liaison and development director for the former Edgar County Children's Home. Belt is credited in helping to bring the largest children's event to Twin Lakes Park in Paris: The Great American Duck Race and Children's Festival. She later joined Union Hospital in Terre Haute as physician relations specialist responsible for the recruitment, retention and recognition of physicians. During her tenure at Union Hospital, Belt recruited about 30 physicians to Terre Haute. Finally, in 2014, Belt returned to her roots to serve as physician relations and business development manager for Horizon Health. As a loyal ISU Sycamore, Belt established the ISU Edgar County Alumni Club, which has brought thousands of scholarship dollars to Edgar County. She later was elected to the Board of Directors of the Indiana State University Alumni Association, and she served

the association as its president in 1987. She was a charter life member of the ISU Alumni Association. While working in Terre Haute, Belt was a member of the Cynthia Belt Red Cross Board, the Board of the Swope Art Museum and the Arts Illinois Board of Directors. Following her father's lead, Belt was also involved in the Paris community. She served on the Edgar County Emergency Telephone Services Board (E911) for 28 years and was its secretary during that time. She was appointed a City of Paris Fire & Police Commissioner in 1997. She was also a member of the Board of the Edgar County Public Health Department and the Board of the Link Art Gallery. She was the first woman to be master of ceremonies for the Edgar County Fair Queen Pageant. Belt had a variety of interests. She enjoyed cooking and quilting. In addition, she was known for entertaining. She felt the greatest thing to do for family and friends was to make a special meal as she considered food to be the international language. She also enjoyed gardening and was known for her backyard parties. Belt was also known for her annual Halloween soup luncheon extravaganza. In addition, with her love of writing, Belt contributed a "Miss Manners" column in the Prairie Press on a regular basis. She enjoyed teaching young children table manners and etiquette. She is survived by a sister, Marian R. Matingly of Paris; a brother, David E. Belt of Casey; a half-sister, Linda Frizzell of Champaign; a nephew; several nieces; and several greatnephews and great-nieces. Memorial donations may be made to the Indiana State University Alumni Association. Online condolences at TempletonFuneralHome.com.

Bill Haman BLOOMINGDALE – Robert William "Bill" Haman of Bloomingdale died Oct. 25, 2021, at age 89. Born June 26, 1932 in Madison, Wisconsin, Bill graduated from York High School (1950) and attended 3 years at the University of WisconsinMadison, where he was a member of AXP fraternity. Following his time in college, Bill served in the U.S. Army Reserve as a combat medic from 1954 to 1962, including 2 years on active duty in Baumholder, Germany. From 1955 to 1993, Bill worked at Press Publications in Elmhurst, where he was the display advertising manager. Jack Cruger, former publisher of Press Publications, had this to say: "Bill Haman was an extremely talented, hardworking newspaper ad manager. He had the unique ability to sell and do the design work on his own ads. Bill Haman was my mentor when I worked for him, and I will forever be grateful for his guidance." Bill worked with local Elmhurst merchants for more than 38 years serving and managing advertising for stores, such as Ruby's, Leonard's, Larry Roesch Auto, Honey Girl, Pfund and Clint and many others. John Quigley came to work as a sports editor for Press Publications. It was then when he first met Bill Haman. "Bill was a really nice guy," Quigley recalled. "Even though I was on the editorial side and he was on the ad side, he was always very encouraging to me. I appreciated all the support he could give me." Upon retirement, Haman was awarded the Outstanding Service Award from the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce for his retail services to the community. Bill is remembered as a lifelong fan of the Wisconsin Badgers football team and the Chicago Cubs; he was an amateur painter and botanist, and an avid reader of mystery novels. He traveled across the country with

Sheila, his wife of 51 years. Besides his wife, Sheila (née McPherson), Bill is survived by his sister, Mary Lory; his children, Sheri (Nicholas) Yozzo and Susan (Robert) Johnson; and his grandson, Ryan (Liya) Johnson.

Jerome E. “Jerry” Sobczak ORLAND PARK – Jerome E. “Jerry” Sobczak, age 92, of Orland Park and formerly of Joliet, has died. He was born in Bridgeport on the eve of the Great Depression to Elvira and Jim Sobczak. A graduate of Tilden Tech, he served in the U.S. Army in the early 1950s, and moved to Joliet in 1953. Jerry had a long and productive career as amember of the Labor Movement in Will County. His work as a printing pressman led to his position as the editor of the Joliet Labor Record. He was a champion of the union worker, and fiercely advocated for their interests in many labor contract negotiations. During his career, he served selflessly on numerous civic organizations and boards. Through his work with the United Way, he proved himself a compassionate and true friend to the needy in Will Country. Jerry was a kind and cheerful man, devoted to his family and his community. He was a loyal Cubs and Illini fan, an expert walleye fisherman, and lover of a good story, no matter how often told. Perhaps his greatest accomplishment was his long and exemplary marriage to Harriet – a model of a true and loving partnership. Jerry was the husband of Harriet Sobczak, née Wisniewski, for 68 wonderful years, cherished brother of Phyllis Dulkowski, loving father of Marie and Michael Sobczak, M.D. (Ellen), proud grandfather of Sarah Hutchinson (Ryan), Claire, Anne and Jane Sobczak, and Vallée Ross (Bryan Hodge), and doting greatgrandfather of Michael, Jack, and


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Author, columnist, local historian dies CHICAGO – When Margery Frisbie of Arlington Heights set up a signing event for her latest book in 1991 at the U.S. Catholic Bookstore in downtown Chicago and asked for 200 copies to be on hand, a doubtful store representative asked her if she didn't think she was going out on a limb. The book, "An Alley in Chicago: The Ministry of a City Priest," drew such a large crowd the title set a sales record at the store. A commemorative edition was published in 2002. Frisbie, who also was a columnist, a public relations expert, a scientist, a poet and an amateur pilot, died Aug. 8, 2021, of natural causes at her Arlington Heights home, surrounded by family. She was 98. Born in Geneva as Margery Rowbottom, near where her extended family owned a foundry, Frisbie moved to Chicago in eighth grade. She attended high school at St. Scholastica Academy in Rogers Park, where she was class president. She majored in biology and graduated in 1944

Jennie Lou Cox COVINGTON, La. – Jennie Lou Cox, 99, formerly of Edwardsville, died Aug. 13, 2021, in Covington, Louisiana. Named after her grandmother, Jennie was born at home on a farm in southern Jasper County on March 18, 1922, the daughter of Lowell and Lela (Michels) Goldsmith. She married Charles H. Cox on Aug. 29, 1947, in Olney. He preceded her in death Dec. 11, 2014. Jennie started her education by attending Brush College, a country schoolhouse where all eight grades were taught in one room. She walked a mile to and from school everyday. On winter days when the weather was bad, her father walked with her. She graduated from the 3-year Dundas High School, then finished her fourth year of high school in Olney. After graduating from Eastern Illinois State Teachers College, now Eastern

from Mundelein College, which subsequently became part of Loyola University in Chicago. After graduating, she worked as a researcher for Magnaflux in Chicago, which tested for fatigue cracks in airplane engines. She recalled how, whenever she tried to quit, her boss Margery Frisbie would secure a raise for her. An amateur pilot, she flew a Piper Cub she co-owned with fellow employees at Magnaflux out of the former Sky Harbor Airport in Northbrook. After Magnaflux, Mrs. Frisbie worked as a chemist at a Chicago chemical company, where she invented an ink for checks that could be not be erased. She left her chemistry career in 1948 to become head of public relations at Mundelein College. She also hosted a radio show on the former Chicago radio station WAAF. In 1950, she married

Illinois University, in 1944, Jennie returned to Olney to teach shorthand and typing for two years in the same high school from which she graduated. She and Charlie, a Jennie Lou Cox WWII veteran, met on the campus of the University of Illinois in 1946, where she was completing work for a master's degree in education. After Charlie graduated in 1949, they lived in Newton for 2 years before buying the Altamont News, the weekly newspaper in Altamont. Jennie quickly learned how to operate a Linotype (the typesetting machine of the day) and to feed newsprint one sheet at a time into the old printing press on press day. The couple edited and published the paper for 7½ years, winning several state and national awards for writing and news photography. In 1958, they sold

Richard Frisbie, a Chicago Daily News reporter whom she met when he came to write a story about the well-known defected Soviet spy, Elizabeth Bentley, whom Mundelein had hired to teach social studies. In 1954, the couple moved to Arlington Heights. Richard Frisbie, her husband of 68 years, died in 2018. The couple had eight children. Daughter Ellen Frisbie recalled her mother as a warm presence who took an interest in everyone. "So many of our childhood friends said the one place they always felt truly welcome was making honey toast at our kitchen table," Ellen Frisbie said. Early in their marriage, Margery Frisbie was a co-writer with her husband of the column Family Front for Marriage magazine, published by Abbey Press. The couple also wrote The Cana Couplet, a newsletter for the Cana Conference, a marriage education program.

the paper and moved to Lebanon, where Jennie taught at McKendree College, now McKendree University, and Belleville Area College, now Southwestern Illinois College. They moved to Edwardsville in 1961 when Charlie took the job as photographer for the new SIUE campus. Jennie was quickly hired as a business education teacher at East Alton - Wood River High School. She retired in 1985, after a 30-year teaching career. She was a member of the Madison County Retired Teachers Association, the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, the Illinois Education Association, and a past member of Delta Kappa Gamma women teachers' society. She was a member of ESIC Baptist Church in Edwardsville. After retiring, Jennie became a skilled quilt maker. She made many bed quilts and wall quilts that were given to relatives and friends, and smaller lap quilts that were distributed to people in hospice care. She was also known for her

See FRISBIE on Page 36 gooseberry pie, her carrot cake, and her wonderful smile. Jennie always liked to help people who had fallen on misfortune, because she never forgot the hard times of living on the farm in depression days. She later adopted a saying her mother often used: "It'll all work out." It always did for Jennie. Surviving are two sons, Charles Gregory Cox (wife Joan) of Covington, Louisiana, and Doug Cox of Burbank, California, and grandchildren, Charles S. Cox and Sally Cox of New Orleans. Also surviving is a sister, Naomi Welsh of Belleville, nieces, nephews, and other relatives. She was also preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Leon D. Goldsmith of Olney, and Lowell Goldsmith of West Salem; and sisters-in-¬law, Elizabeth L. Goldsmith of Olney, and Anna Mae Goldsmith of West Salem. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to ESIC Baptist Church or Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research.


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WINTER 2021

OBITS

Edward Joseph Albracht WATERLOO – Edward Joseph Albracht, 79, of Carlinville, died Aug. 31, 2021, at his residence in Waterloo. Edward was born March 28, 1942, to Edward Jacob and Alexandria Philomina (Theiman) Albracht in Helena, Montana. He married Bonnie L. Keith in 1965. She preceded him in death in 1968. Edward was a 1960 graduate of Carlinville High School and served in the Illinois National Guard for 6 years. In 1970, he married Suzanne A. Hibbard in St. Clair, Missouri. Suzanne preceded him in death Sept. 4, 2010. Edward began his career at the Carlinville Democrat as a journeyman apprentice in 1960. He worked there 12 years before becoming it's eighth editor in January of 1972. Professionally, Ed was a member of the International Typographic Union and the Illinois Editorial Association as well as a winner of the Golden Quill Award

on multiple occasions. Edward also became the International Ford Retractable Club's news editor in 1979. Additionally, he served in all IFRC executive Edward Albracht board positions before retiring in 2013. Edward served on the Carlinville High School Basketball Booster Club for nine years. After retiring, Edward divided his time between homes in North Fort Myers, Florida, and Carlinville. In 2019, he moved to Waterloo to be closer to family. Edward is survived by his son, Derek (Jennifer) Albracht of Waterloo; two grandchildren, Cole Hamilton Edward Albracht and Maxine Archer Leigh Albracht; brother, Carl (Gail) Albracht, of Carlinville; several nieces and nephews; and brother-in-law, Ted Briggs. Edward was preceded in death by his parents; two wives, Bonnie Lynn

and Suzanne Archer Albracht; and a sister, Darlene Briggs. Online condolences can be given at davisandersonfuneralhome.com.

Thomas Carter MORTON – Thomas L. Carter, 94, of Greeley, Colorado, formerly of Morton, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. He was born on Jan. 13, 1927, in Fairbury, to James W. (Jay) and Etta Fuessley Carter. He married Carolyn Shult, daughter of Rev. Carroll and Doris Shult, on Nov. 27, 1949, in Fairbury. Tom attended public schools in Onarga until the middle of his sophomore year and graduated from Fairbury High School in 1945. He was elected president of his class in each school. He began his career in journalism on a U.S. Army regimental newspaper while serving with the Army of Occupation in Germany in 1945-

46. Back home, after completing a course in journalism at Bradley University in Peoria, he joined his hometown newspaper, the Fairbury Blade, as a reporter and photographer from 1949 to 1958. He was editor of the weekly Tazewell County News in Morton from 1958 to 1968. His "By the Way" column in the TCN received a first place award from the National Editorial Association in 1961. Tom was a staff photojournalist at the Peoria Journal Star from 1968 to 1985, then served as photo editor until his retirement in 1988, moving to Greeley in March of 2009. Tom will be remembered for his sense of humor, his love for his family and his constant devotion to Carolyn, to whom he was married for over 72 years. Donations can be made to Pathways Hospice, the American Cancer Society or the American Tinnitus Association, in care of Adamson.

FRISBIE Continued from Page 35 She was children's book editor for the National Catholic Reporter and wrote a weekly column for the Archdiocese of Chicago's newspaper, The New World, for six years. Following that, she wrote a local history column for 19 years for the Daily Herald, which she gave up in 2016 when her eyesight began to fail. She also found time to contribute articles to magazines and newspapers and was a prolific writer of letters to the editor at local newspapers, including the Chicago Sun-Times. Former Gov. Pat Quinn was so impressed with her letters he stopped to have his photo taken with her as he walked past her house in the 2014 Arlington Heights Fourth of July parade. In the early 1990s, Frisbie took a job as a public relations specialist for the Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village, which increased her earnings. She joked that her career didn't get fully underway until she was 70. Both Frisbie and her husband, a longtime member of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library board, were social justice advocates and

well-known figures in the community. In 2007, they were grand marshals of the village's Fourth of July parade. Frisbie served on numerous commissions, including as president of Northwest Community Services; as a member of the Board of Councilors for Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and as chairperson of the Family Life Commission of the National Council of Catholic Women. Echoing Frisbie's philosophy, granddaughter Clare Malone said, "The last thing she said to me was, 'Go change the world, Clare.'" Besides "An Alley in Chicago" (Sheed & Ward, 1991), which former U.S. Sen. Paul Simon called a "fascinating story of a fascinating priest and courageous public servant," she co-authored "The Do-It-Yourself Parent" (Sheed & Ward, 1963) with Richard Frisbie. She also wrote "Help Your Child Enjoy Books (Abbey Press, 1964); "This Bookish Inclination" (Friends of the Arlington Library, 1987); "How Beautiful Upon the Prairie" (First United Methodist Church, 1988), and five other titles.

A video reading of her recently discovered unpublished manuscript "Every Third House", a book about a child struggling with her mother's mental illness, is available on YouTube, presented by her son-in-law Matt Binns. In the early 1980s, Mrs. Frisbie led protests in favor of a nuclear weapons freeze, which included a march at a Nike missile base in Arlington Heights, where protesters braved military snipers on a nearby roof. She wrote to former President George W. Bush every day for a month advising him not to invade Iraq. She was such a prolific writer to government officials that when her granddaughter, Abby Lantz, was a Senate intern reading constituent mail, she opened a letter written by her grandmother. Frisbie also enjoyed cultivating her large vegetable garden. She is also survived by her children, Felicity Frisbie, Anne Malone, Sun-Times editorial writer Thomas Frisbie, Paul Frisbie, Patrick Frisbie, Teresa Frisbie and Margaret Frisbie; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.