Dan Haley is editor and publisher of the Journal and has been since its first issue on July 31, 1980. He remembers those early days – the excitement and the hardships – but no one wants to hear about it. Maybe he'll write a book.
Haley is a native of Oak Park. His first publishing venture was in the mid-1960s when, at age 10, he started a newspaper for his block on South Taylor. He remembers those early days – especially the heady smell of the mimeograph fluid. "Mighty fine," he says.
In 1980, with the old Oak Park News floundering, Haley turned down the job of Lively Arts editor at the Pioneer Press/Oak Leaves. Instead, along with his founding colleagues, Anne Duggan and Sharon Britton, they rounded up 65 locals to invest in the notion of an independent local newspaper.
Today from Wednesday Journal World Headquarters on Oak Park Avenue, the Journal publishes newspapers and websites for five city and suburban communities. The company also publishes Chicago Parent magazine.
Haley and his wife Mary (the former editor of Chicago Parent) live in an old house in Oak Park and have two kids.
Because it is so glamorous, only occasionally do I pull back the veil on our world of commerce and information here at Wednesday Journal World Headquarters on Oak Park Avenue. I mean, if you knew how elite and effete we get to be, then everyone would want to be in community publishing.
News from the East: Ray Johnson, former Oak Park trustee, is still following along from Brooklyn where he relocated last year. We know this because just a few hours after we posted a story on Friday about Village President Anan Abu-Taleb taking a cattle prod to the slow-moving pseudo-developers of the Colt site on Lake Street, Johnson offered his thoughts on our Facebook page.
Yes, it was hastily formed. But the first meeting of the Faculty and Neighbors Volleyball League took place over the weekend. There was even an impromptu tournament held on the always empty upper level of the parking garage at Oak Park and River Forest High School.
There was a moment, maybe a month ago, when prosecutors in Bali announced they would not seek the death penalty — the firing squad — in their case against Tommy Schaeffer and Heather Mack. I felt an inexplicable sense of relief.
The Walgreens store at Harlem and North in Elmwood Park will be demolished and rebuilt starting this summer according to a Pioneer Press report. Also being demolished and rebuilt will be the adjacent First Merit Bank branch.