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.
As it is possible that Comcast, or Xfinity, or whatever the cable/Internet colossus is called, might actually be at our new home in Berwyn even as I type this column up, it will have to be our little secret that this company is the worst company ever on the planet Earth. Further, I can confirm from personal experience that every lame joke you have ever heard about cable service comes from a place of very deep pain.
Thirteen years ago Rich Gloor Sr. took me aside, into the empty living room of the rambling old house at 327 S. Humphrey Ave., and told me, "Dan, you've got to find a way to buy this house. Mary wants it."
On Sunday afternoon in the glorious sanctuary of New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church on the West Side, a racially and religiously diverse group of maybe 150 souls gathered to remember, to honor, and to act on behalf of the nine African Americans murdered last Wednesday during Bible study in a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina.
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.