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 last week at the annual meeting of The Hemingway District business association (where, by the by, I am a vice president), John Lynch, CEO of the Oak Park Economic Development Corporation, spoke about the need to "create" new retail space in some parts of Oak Park where demand is outpacing supply.
The first news article I ever wrote in Oak Park was about the final effort of parishioners at what was then simply St. Catherine's to keep the parish school racially integrated. It was the late 1970s and the school, which for decades had about equally served portions of an all-white Austin and Oak Park, had quickly turned into a primarily West Side school.
Fresh face on Harrison: Looking to get the jump on all the many local business districts that host annual meetings — think appetizers, semi-optimistic speeches and uncontested elections to volunteer boards — the Oak Park Arts District is always first out of the January gate.
Right there in the lobby, ready for members, guests or residents of the West Cook YMCA to grab, is the daily dose of fresh fruit. Could be an artfully stacked triangle of bananas. Or it might be apples or pears. Or whatever is in season.
Inside Sales Support / Order Entry Small, established hospitality furnishings sales agency in Oak Park (one block from Green Line) seeking an individual to provide Inside Sales Support and Order Entry assistance in a casual fast paced environment....