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.
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.
David Ansell continues as the top medical staffer at Rush, a job he calls being "the doctor for the hospital," but lately has added a new role and a new title. He is now chairman of the board at Rush Oak Park Hospital, the local community hospital now fully owned by Rush.
Surely we've all had the experience where endless delays and determined procrastination led to better-than-expected outcomes. It has happened in your marriage where just endlessly avoiding an issue — money, sex, children — has led to blissful day ends where you just can't believe how profound your love has grown.
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.