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.
Speaking to a packed house of local business leaders Friday morning at the Carleton Hotel, Oak Park Village President Anan Abu-Taleb forcefully laid down a marker, asking citizens and business people to demand that each local taxing body cut its annual property tax levy by 10 percent over the next six years.
You in the mood to talk about software? Government software. Yep, I know. Software is dull. You'd rather crab about how long it takes to get a building permit to build a deck, lay a new sidewalk, open a store on Lake Street. Damn village. Takes too long, costs too much, and you can never get a straight answer from anyone.
There I was, standing on the veranda — yes, an up-high porch — at the sort of Frank Lloyd Wright-ish designed Arizona Biltmore watching the most lovely sunset as it turned the clouds several non-Midwestern shades and then eased down over the tippy top of the also-famed Wrigley Mansion.
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.